Starting with the Unexpected by Andi Van ~ Book Review by Caroline

25066473Title: Starting with the Unexpected

Author: Andi Van

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

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Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 05/15/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: M/M Romance


Zachary Blaise is having a weird week—even by his standards. Though he’s gay, the radio personality has been dumped via text by a girl named Marian—and he’s never even met her. On top of that, he’s developed a massive crush on Marcus, the new waiter at his favorite diner. His best friend thinks the whole thing is hilarious.

Marcus’s week hasn’t been his best either. He’s been betrayed by those closest to him, and although he isn’t the guilty party, Marcus is the one getting harassed.

Impossibly, things are about to get even weirder. Marian has secrets, and those secrets are going to make some serious ripples in Zach’s life. When he discovers that the girl called Marian is actually the man named Marcus, Zach stumbles down a rabbit hole of abusive ex-boyfriends, psychotic relatives, and revelations from his own past. If he can survive the chaos, the journey might prove worth the effort.

My View:

Does the blurb confuse you? Yep, did me too but what a funny, quirky and unique way for two people to meet.

The fun and quirkiness is soon taken out of the situation though with the family from hell!!

Zachary and Marcus meet in the strangest of ways but both are at a point in their lives where they need something, and to begin with it is something as simple as friendship. They date without really dating but the only two people who aren’t aware that they are in a relationship after a few weeks is themselves.

There is a lot going on in this story but it never seems like too much. Marcus is just coming out of relationship with an abusive asshole who committed just about the worst transgression in a relationship. His actions have invoked a she devil in the form of Marcus’s sister who is possibly the worst sibling I have ever come across.

Marcus is such a beautiful person and this is emphasised even more when you see the sort of family background he has risen from. Although he enters into a relationship with Zachary with more than a little trepidation all he really wants is a family and some loving.

Zachary is a fun character with a super supportive family except for his older brother. Somewhere along the way their relationship, once very close, stopped working and Zachary has lived with the hurt for a long time. Seeing how Marcus is treated by his family jolts both the brothers and makes way for a confession that starts to see them both heal.

Beautifully written, completely engrossing – Starting with the Unexpected was an unexpected treat and I will definitely be watching this author closely.


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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