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Unsurprisingly Complicated by Claudia Y. Burgoa
The lies between my parents and I came to light and now I’m working on a new life for myself. Along the way, I have my trusty superhero, Mason, to lean on when I have a hard time standing or when my crazy ex-boyfriend continues to feel he has a claim on me.
Porter has trouble understanding that there hasn’t been an ‘us’ for more than three years plus all the issues he had brought upon himself. My father was right, drugs do kill. My other concern is the growing feelings I am having regarding Mason. There’s something between us I want to explore but I keep getting mixed signals. Here, I thought that after telling my parents about my lies and having their full support, things wouldn’t be as complicated as they are.
My parents divorced before I even made my entrance into this world. My father has been obsessed with that love for years while my mother searches for love in all the wrong places. I don’t want a place to call home or a girl I can claim as mine. Except… Ainsley Janine –better known as ‘Nine’—has some special power that makes me question my preferences. The more I try to stay away from her, the more she pulls me closer.
Exploring the possibilities of having something steady in my life isn’t a problem; it’s the long term that worries me. In addition to that, the scumbag she dated years ago keeps popping up everywhere we go. If I could use my license to kill, maybe I can stop worrying about one thing and concentrate on what to do with the green eyed girl who keeps me awake most nights.
In Unlike Any Other we delved into AJ’s past relationships both with her parents and her ex. We also learned about the relationship that her parents had built (you could have knocked me over with a feather when I found out who her parents were! I thought Claudia was going in a completely different direction). When I finished Unlike Any Other, I opened Unsurprisingly Complicated immediately.
We are now picking up AJ’s story and intermingling it with Mason’s. What a story it was too. AJ has been through so much, between her parents’ relationship and how she was brought up and what has happened in the past with her and Porter, this woman has grown up to be a strong, feisty woman.
I was a little worried a few times throughout the book that her strength might falter and that she would give in to some of the pressures around her. I’m not going to tell you if she did or not but I will say this another classic Claudia Y. Burgoa book. It is full of emotion and these characters that have so many layers. I honestly wasn’t sure if AJ and Mason would make it to the end of this book or if we would have a continuation of their story in book 3 (I don’t read blurbs when I read a favorite author’s book, so I wasn’t sure what book 3 was about.)
Mason is a great hero. For a long time I don’t think AJ gave him the credit he deserved, she didn’t see him as the man he had become. In the first book she teases him a lot about being a gamer (computer) but she has no clue what he actually does. He is the kind of guy I would love to have behind me, always having my back.
I’m afraid if I go into too much more detail that I will be giving spoilers, and I hate to do that. I just want to explain these characters that I have grown to love so much. Beyond AJ, Mason, and her parents, I love her brothers. What one of us who has a brother (or two in my case) doesn’t know what it’s like to have their unmerciless teasing and unyielding loyalty. That relationship between these 3 in this series is very important and I loved the banter back and forth between the 3 of them.
Another 5 star read for me from Claudia. I loved this book and could not wait to get into book 3!
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Claudia lives in Colorado with her family and three dogs. Two beagles who believe they are human, and a bichon who thinks she’s a beagle. While managing life, she works as a CFO at a small IT Company. She’s a dreamer who enjoys music, laughter and a good story.
Claudia Y. Burgoa