Review: Starting with the Unexpected by Andi Van

May 11, 2015 Review 0

Review: Starting with the Unexpected by Andi Van

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.

Title: Starting with the Unexpected
Author: Andy Van
Published by Dreamspinner Press
Source: Publisher
Published: May 15, 2015
Genres: Male Male Romance
Pages: 200
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Stars: three-half-stars
Flames: three-half-flames

This was a fun romance that starts with a “rage text.”  I found that aspect alone to be quite interesting.  It actually provided believability to the story and the characters.  How often have you gotten a call, or text, from a wrong number and felt compelled to respond for whatever reason?  I know I have.  It didn’t develop into a romance, but we did become friends of a sort, so this was a very believable experience for me.

I found the characters to be real and believable too.  From Zach – the quirky radio personality, his loyal and steadfast housemate and best friend, Jordan; Marcus, waiter and student, to the psycho exes and family.  Yes, even the psychos were believable.  Sad, but true.

I applauded Zach for advising Marcus that he needed time to mourn his recent breakup and move past it before entering into another relationship.  In spite of his instant attraction to Marcus, Zach offered only friendship.  How very adult.

The friendship and loyalty between Zach and Jordan was amazing.  I wanted them to be my friends too.  Not to mention I wouldn’t mind adopting Zach’s parents.  They were great.  Everyone was fun and zany and “my kind of people.”  Marcus’ family?  Not so much.

It was a well-rounded story with well-developed and interesting characters, as well as a well-paced story line that included some suspense and action.  It held my interest and provided me a lovely evening of entertainment.

 

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