Starting with the Unexpected by Andi Van ~ Audiobook Review by PizzyGirl

StartingwiththeUnexpectedAUDLGTitle: Starting with the Unexpected

Author: Andi Van

Narrator: Jonathan David

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: L.C. Chase

Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 02/08/2016

Length: 04 hours 51 minutes

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance, New Adult


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.

Story Review:

This story was cute and fun with a bit of crazy thrown in for balance. Even though this one did not turn out like I thought it would when I read the blurb, I had a great time listening to Marcus and Zach’s story. For a while I was concerned that there was not going to be a point or anything other than Marcus and Zach hanging out, but the author really did a great job introducing the crazy in such a way that brought the story full circle and help my interest.

I liked both Zach and Marcus as people and loved them as a couple. They were adorable and snarky and real. I did struggle a bit the with crazy female trope, but it was done well and I quickly ignored my first response in favor of pure enjoyment of the story.

I recommend this story if you are looking for something sweet, sexy, and fun. This one was well balanced and in audio format, was a pleasant way to spend a few hours.

Narration Review:

This new to me narrator did a good job bringing this one to life. He really brought out the fun nature of the story and gave life to the characters


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

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