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New Release Review! NEVER EXPECTED YOU by Jody Holford (Love Unexpected #2)

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Never Expected You
by Jody Holford


When Zach Mason, former army sergeant turned veterinarian for war-wounded animals, returns home, the decision to stay is easy. But convincing the only other vet in town to hire him is a good deal harder. It doesn’t help that the beautiful, intelligent, and stubborn Stella Lane is determined to make his life hell.

Stella doesn’t take outside help easily—she’s been let down in the past, most recently by her ex, just as she’d begun to plan their wedding. Trusting Zach with her animals is one thing, but trusting him with more is a hard pass. Too bad the handsome vet is nothing but temptation. And her new roommate…



Having read the first book in the series, Let it Be Me, I was really looking forward to Stella’s book. She’s Megan’s best friend, but seemed to hold herself a bit apart–even from her BFF-so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but was ready to get on board with her HEA.

Overall, Stella and Zach’s story was sweetly satisfying, even if it was more than a little aggravating at times. Stella especially was very stubborn and tended to be quick to judge, and at times it made her a bit hard to sympathize with. (Her everyone’s-going-to-leave-me ‘tude seemed a bit excessive–wasn’t it just one mentor/fiance who actually betrayed her? She made it seem like it was a done over-and-over thing in her life, and I don’t think it was…) Still, it was fun to see Meg, Adam, and Charlie (from book #1) again, and Stella and Zach do eventually pull everything together in the end to come to a highly satisfying HEA, which made it all worth it.

Fingers crossed that Ms. Holford has more books in store for us in this series!

Rating: 4 stars / B

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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