Book Title: Didn’t Expect You
Author: Claudia Burgoa
Series: Against All Odds, Book 2
Release Date: September 16th, 2020
Synopsis: This is the story of another Broussard and Chadwick. What happens when a workaholic meets a fun and outgoing billionaire with commitment issues? A beautiful story about really great people falling in love in the slowest and sweetest way possible.
Review: If you guys have read Wrong Text, Right Love, then you’ve already met Nyx and Nate. Nyx is Persy’s older sister and Nate is Ford’s brother. Their meeting is inevitable and they’ve crossed paths while helping both their siblings through the new relationship they find themselves in. Let me start by saying that Nyx and Nate are such incredible characters. I loved Persy and Ford, but Nyx and Nate gave me all the feels. I’m still so overwhelmed by their story, because like the title of the book, I didn’t expect it.
“This attraction that has my heart throbbing just with the memory of her raspy voice and her sweet scent.”
I absolutely loved Nyx. She’s such an incredible character and I love how dedicated she is to her job. For Nyx, working is all she’s ever known. Growing up in the Broussard family has been a little hard for her and now that she has roots set down, she wants it all to count for something. The whole time I was reading the book I kept telling myself that when I grow up, I want to be Nyx. That’s how much I love her. Then there, Nate. He’s got a reputation and while he’s a billionaire and has lots to his name, he’s actually so much more relaxed than you’d expect. He’s great, though. Such an interesting character, with so much to offer. Nyx and Nate connect because of their siblings and even though Ford keeps telling his brother to stay away, it’s clearly the hardest thing for Nate to do. And nobody can blame him, because Nyx is tempting in every way.
“She’s too important to be careless. I’m finding myself, hoping I emerge from the debris that was my old life, guided by her voice. She’s becoming my guide. Perhaps the feelings I have for her are real—and as I learn to love her, I’m discovering to love myself along the way.”
Both of them have commitment issues, so it’s only obvious that when Nyx discovers she’s pregnant after a misguided one night stand with the spawn of Satan, Nate steps in to help out. That’s the thing I love about Nate. He’s got this playboy reputation and he’s all alpha male billionaire and everything, but he’s such a good guy. Yes, they’re both attracted to each other, but Nyx knows that with Nate she’s not going to find forever and Nate’s still dealing with the fallout of his last relationship that he believes that he’s not ready to take the next step with Nyx.
Claudia Burgoa has crafted such a beautiful slow burn romance, because the whole book we watch Nyx and Nate grow closer, become friends, deal with life and all that it has to offer and then fall in love. Well, technically, they’re already in love with each other, but how can we get that right in the beginning? The sexual tension is so delicious and the feelings between the two of them were absolutely stunning. There were times when I had to pause and just deal with all these emotions Nyx and Nate were making me feel. Nate’s possessiveness about the baby was such a highlight of this book!
“For the first time, I can see myself with someone. Nathaniel Chadwick. He doesn’t care that I’m weird sometimes. He doesn’t mind my family—they are a handful. He is okay with my lists and my plans and even finds them endearing and brilliant. He loves my baby—also calls her ours. He likes to take care of me, and I don’t mind letting him. Actually, I love it.”
So many tropes that I enjoy fit so seamlessly into this story. It was one for the ages and I’m glad we got to see more of Persy and Ford. I love how Ford and Nate are similar, but at the same time, nothing alike. They’re both so vastly different, you can’t help but wonder what it would have been like had they fallen for the wrong sister.
Oh god, please, don’t let me forget about Nyx’s parents. They were hilarious in Wrong Text, Right Love, but they’re even better in this. Nate endures all of the chaos that comes with witnesses the Broussard parents flaunting their sex lives in public. Honestly, that entire family is such a riot. I would watch that television show or movie over and over again because they’re just so damn comfortable in their own skin that it makes for so much fun and excitement.
Please add both the books in this series to your TBR right away, because once you start reading Claudia Burgoa, you’re going to want to keep reading all of her books.
Thanks to Claudia Burgoa and L. Wood PR for an ARC in exchange for an honest review!