Derek Carmichael has harbored a secret crush on his best friend’s sister for years, but she’s always been out of his reach. Now that Hannah is back in their hometown and newly single, he’s ready to convince her to see him as more than just her brother's friend and a celebrity playboy. When they both give in to their undeniable chemistry, Hannah finds herself unexpectedly expecting.?She and Derek may be becoming parents together, but that’s no basis for a happily-ever-after.
Each title in the Pine Falls series is STANDALONE:
* Unexpectedly Yours
* Kissing Her Enemy
* Dating for Keeps
About the Author
Coleen Kwan has been a bookworm all her life. At school English was her favorite subject, but for some reason she decided on a career in IT. After many years of programming, she wondered what else there was in life — and discovered writing. She loves writing contemporary romance and steampunk romance.
Coleen lives in Sydney with her partner and two children. When she isn’t writing she enjoys avoiding housework, eating chocolate and watching The Office.
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By Coleen Kwan, Stacy Abrams, Lydia Sharp
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The police officer tapped on Derek's car window.
Blowing out a breath, Derek lowered the window. "Evening, Officer." Damn. A cop pulling him over. Just what he needed on his first day back in Pine Falls.
"Driver's license, registration, and insurance, please."
Derek handed him the documents without a word.
"Well, well, if it isn't Derek Carmichael." The cop leaned in closer. He didn't exactly look pleased.
Derek sighed. He thought he'd recognized the dour, grizzled cop. "Officer Grady. So what've I done this time?"
The officer frowned at him. "You ran a stop sign back there."
"I did?" Derek blinked. "Sorry, I had a lot on my mind."
"That's no excuse."
Derek's frustration rose again. Why had he let his crotchety grandpa get to him? Grandpa Otto had never welcomed his presence, not back when his mom had dumped him here at the age of fourteen, and not today when Derek had arrived after a long drive from L.A. Otto had recently broken a bone but insisted he didn't need Derek, that he could take care of himself just fine despite his right leg being encased in plaster. Then he'd proceeded to criticize everything Derek attempted to do for him.
"So what're you doing back in Pine Falls?" The police officer eyed him suspiciously.
"Visiting my grandfather," Derek said.
He'd held his tongue when his grandfather complained that he'd heated the soup all wrong, that he made too much racket in the kitchen, that he took up too much space on the couch. He'd gritted his teeth when Otto had criticized Derek's sneakers, haircut, shirt. But then he'd started a rambling snark over Derek's "fancy-schmancy" L.A. lifestyle now he was a TV star. That was when Derek had left the house, on the verge of losing his cool, and gotten into his SUV, hoping a drive would calm him down. Unfortunately his ride had only lasted five blocks.
It seemed fitting that the cop had pulled him over right outside the Willmetts' house. He and Caleb Willmett had become friends in junior high when they'd both been busted for smoking behind the gym sheds. Derek soon discovered a haven at the Willmetts', but this evening the neat, three-story house was dark and clearly no one was home.
The police officer glanced at Derek as he wrote on his pad. "You're on that home renovation show, aren't you? My wife watches it all the time."
"Yeah? That's good to know."
"She can't believe you're the same teenage punk I hauled home to your granddaddy more'n a couple of times."
Derek kept his mouth shut. He hadn't broken the law in a while, but here in his rustic hometown in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, people had long memories.
A car coming from the opposite direction slowed as it drew level with Derek's.
"Derek?" A shocked female voice rose in the warm summer evening.
His heart jolted as he stared at the woman in the other car. "Hannah."
Holy Christ. Hannah. Caleb's older sister. He hadn't expected to see her in Pine Falls; he'd assumed she was still in Florida. But here she was in the flesh, just a few feet away, so close he could almost touch her. And he'd heard through Caleb that she wasn't married to that jerk anymore. Something restless churned in him at the thought.
"What's going on?" Hannah asked, still sounding faint with shock.
"Ma'am, you're blocking traffic," the officer grumbled, though there wasn't another vehicle in sight.
Hannah swung her car into the driveway of the Willmetts' house, got out, and hurried over just as Officer Grady finished writing out the citation and passed the pad to Derek for his signature.
"Have a nice day," the officer said as he handed Derek his copy.
Yeah, right. Derek tossed aside the piece of paper as soon as the officer had walked back to his cruiser.
Hannah leaned in at the driver's window, her eyes wide with disbelief. "Oh my God, it really is you."
"Looks like it." His nerves were jumping all over the place as he got out of his SUV.
She clapped a hand to her cheek. "Oh, wow. I can't believe it." Her bright gaze darted over him. "You look so different. So ... grown up."
He was twenty-four. He sure hoped he'd grown up. But seeing Hannah for the first time in six years, he suddenly felt like the gangly, monosyllabic teenager he'd once been around her.
The first time he'd met Hannah, she'd breezed into the kitchen like spring sunshine, wisps of dark blonde hair escaping from her ponytail, face fresh and glowing. She'd opened the oven and pulled out a freshly baked pecan pie as if by magic, and just like that he was a goner. At nineteen, she was five years his senior, in charge of the Willmett household — that consisted of Frank, her divorced dad; Caleb; and Grandpa Joe — and dating a pre-med student while holding down a job as a nursing assistant. She was way out of his league. But that hadn't stopped him from crushing hard on her. A crush he'd kept buried all these years.
He cleared his throat. "Thanks, I think."
She laughed. "I meant it as a compliment, silly." She peered at him more closely and tapped her chin. "Wow, that's some serious designer stubble you've got going there. Or are you trying to grow a beard?"
Trying to grow a beard? Jeez, she sure knew how to make him feel fourteen again.
He stuck out his chest. "Hey, this stuff sprouts out every day like ragweed. It's tough keeping it under control."
She smiled, her eyes radiant. "Well, it's great seeing you again."
He drank in her smile. They could have met in better circumstances, but she was here, not thousands of miles away. For the life of him, he couldn't stop staring at her. It appeared the secret crush he'd had for her had never died, only grown stronger.
"You look good."
She shrugged, self-deprecating as always. "So what's with the police pulling you over?"
He ran his fingers through his hair, reluctant to tell her. "I, uh, ran a stop sign. I was kind of preoccupied."
"I didn't realize you were back in Pine Falls."
"Just got in this afternoon. My granddad broke his leg last week and refuses to go to a rehab center, so I'm here to check up on him."
"Sorry to hear that." Crossing her arms, she studied him for a moment. "Knowing Otto, I suppose he didn't like you trying to help. Is that why you took a drive and didn't notice the stop sign?"
He nodded. No need to explain his grandfather to Hannah. He'd never talked about his granddad or his home life to anyone, not even to someone as sympathetic as Hannah, and she'd never tried to pry. She'd just let him be and treated him as part of the family, which was all he'd wanted.
"Do you want to come inside?" she asked. "You know my dad remarried, don't you? He and Rosalind are away on vacation, so I'm all on my own here."
"Yeah, sure," he said quickly, trying not to sound too eager.
As Derek followed Hannah inside, he reflected that she sounded lonely about being in the house by herself. Well, if she wanted company tonight, he was more than happy to oblige.
She led him into the large, old-fashioned kitchen, where he automatically parked himself at the familiar pine table. This was where he'd spent a large amount of his teenage years, both he and Caleb wolfing down the food Hannah prepared for them.
She washed her hands at the sink, then headed for the refrigerator. "I'm making myself a turkey sandwich," she said. "Want one too?"
He hadn't eaten since midday; his grandfather's antics had irritated his appetite away, but now he was starving. "That'd be great." He rose to his feet. "But let me help you."
She blinked up at him. Now that he was six foot three and one eighty pounds, Hannah seemed smaller and fragile, and he felt like a lumbering giant next to her.
"Uh, that's okay," she said. "You sit down. It won't take me long to put two sandwiches together."
He reseated himself. At least sitting at the table gave him an opportunity to study her freely. She had definitely lost a few pounds. Her loose-fitting lavender scrubs revealed a slender figure. Her wavy, mid-length, honey-colored hair was caught up in a casual ponytail, a few stray tendrils curling against the delicate curve of her nape.
She wasn't a girl anymore, but there was a softness to her, a vulnerability that made her seem younger than before. Maybe that was because he'd grown and matured, and the five-year gap between them didn't seem as big as before. They were both adults now, both single, and he couldn't keep his eyes off her.
"No horse feed in your sandwich, right?" Hannah tilted her head at him.
"Alfalfa sprouts. You always hated them."
"Oh. Yeah, but I eat 'em now."
"You do?" She raised her eyebrows. "Wow, you've changed. You used to think they were disgusting."
"Hey, I even drink wheatgrass these days."
"That's L.A. for you. Okay, I'm putting horse feed in yours." A minute later she set the sandwich before him. "Here you go."
She placed a tall glass of milk next to his plate and turned away. Christ. Milk? Didn't she realize he'd been legal to drink for years now? But then he saw her sitting down with her own sandwich and matching glass of milk.
"I'm starving," she said. "I just got off my day shift at the nursing home."
He bit into his sandwich. It was stuffed full of turkey, avocado, lettuce, alfalfa — all the trimmings that made Hannah's sandwiches so memorable.
"I didn't realize you were back," he said around his mouthful. "The last time I spoke to Caleb, he said you were still in Florida."
She concentrated on her plate, dabbing at the crumbs. "Yeah, I had to take care of a few things before coming back."
He was treading in a minefield, he knew, but how could he ignore the facts? "The divorce?" he asked, keeping his expression neutral, though she wasn't even looking at him.
"No, that went through a few months ago." She frowned at her sandwich, and all the light in her face seemed to go out.
A knot formed in his gut. "I'm sorry about you and Rick." He was only saying what was expected of him. He was glad they'd split up, because Rick had always been a selfish jerk, and he was only sorry it had taken her this long to realize it.
She licked a stray crumb off her fingers, her expression growing defiant. "I'll get over him."
He relaxed at her upbeat tone. "Yeah, that's for sure."
But then her bottom lip wobbled, and suddenly his throat closed up in panic. Was Hannah going to cry? One look at her woebegone face had him longing to wrap her in a great big bear hug. But if he got her in his arms, what would he do next? It was one thing to be a teenager fantasizing about his best friend's older sister, but he'd never expected a situation like this.
He'd never opened up to anyone about his crush on Hannah. When he was eighteen, she'd gotten married and moved thousands of miles away. Derek had left for Los Angeles and started a successful furniture-making business, and now he had a TV career too. Their lives had diverged, and their visits to Pine Falls had never coincided. Six long and eventful years had passed.
Now, he wanted to touch her so badly. Wanted her to see — really see — him for the grown man he'd become. He stretched an arm across the table, reaching for Hannah —
The back door swung open, and a tall, fair-haired man sauntered in.
"Caleb!" Hannah called out.
Derek pulled his hand away from Hannah. Her younger brother — his best friend — had just walked in.
"Hey, Derek! Great to see you, dude!"
"You too, man."
Hannah watched as Caleb and Derek did that bro-hug thing.
She was kind of glad that her younger brother had interrupted. It had felt so strange to be alone with Derek. Of course she'd been alone with him lots of times in the past, but after not seeing or hearing from him in six years, he'd surprised her by appearing out of nowhere outside the house with a cop in tow.
God, he'd changed so much since she'd last seen him. She watched him surreptitiously as he stood next to Caleb, topping her younger brother by a couple of inches.
Derek was a man now. His lanky adolescent frame had filled out, and his shoulders were broad, his chest was muscled, and his jaw was square and evenly covered in stubble. The soft gray T-shirt he wore, that looked like one of those simple but expensive brands, clung to his firm torso, revealing developed biceps and forearms dusted with fine, dark hairs. His hands were large and blunt and rough — hardworking carpenter's hands. His dark brown hair, which used to flop across his forehead, was now slickly cropped, revealing eyes that had changed over the years, still crystalline blue and intelligent, but shrewder, more experienced and direct.
Derek was ... seriously hot.
And that made her very uncomfortable. This handsome, sexy guy had once been the smooth-cheeked teenager she saw in her kitchen every day. The Derek she had mothered along with her own kid brother. Sheesh, that was a weird thought.
"I can't stay long," Caleb was saying. "I just stopped by to pick up Dad's fancy spanner set. A friend of mine needs help changing a tire."
"Have you had dinner yet?" Hannah asked automatically. "I can fix you a sandwich to go if you like."
"That'd be great, sis." Caleb took a seat at the table. "Ah, just like old times, huh?" he said to Derek. "You, me, and Hannah. Eating here at my old man's table."
Hannah smiled as she got up and reached for the loaf of bread. "Elbows off the table, and mind those muddy shoes of yours." Yes, she'd missed this, the three of them hanging out doing nothing in particular. Marrying Rick had taken this and much more from her yet given her so little in return. She'd felt off kilter alone with Derek, but Caleb's presence seemed to restore the balance.
"Hannah's sandwiches are the best," Derek said. "I've never tasted any better."
Why did that sound vaguely sexual? Hannah squirmed and tried to push the thought away. She was reading too much into Derek's comment. He's just complimenting my food, nothing else, dope.
"Are you okay, Hannah?" Caleb peered at her. "What's with that face you're making?"
Oh no. Could Caleb sense her newfound awareness of Derek? That would be seriously awkward for all of them. She wasn't used to seeing a grown-up Derek, that was all, nothing to do with finding him hot or anything. Of course not. She really had to be more careful around these two.
"Just the onion getting to me," she said, quickly averting her face.
"How long are you staying in Pine Falls?" Caleb asked Derek.
"Not long. I'm leaving on Saturday. Filming starts up next week."
"Ah, the glamorous life of a TV star," Caleb teased. "So what's up with you and Marla Beaudry? Are you two still an item?"
Hannah, busy with Caleb's sandwich, couldn't help noticing Derek's shoulders stiffening. "Marla Beaudry?" she asked. "You know her?" Hannah might not have a lot of spare time, but even she knew of the sultry singing sensation known for her provocative music videos.
Caleb answered her. "She was a celebrity guest on Derek's show. He built her a shoe closet and since then they've been like this." Caleb held up two fingers twined together.
Derek drummed his fingers on the tabletop. "We're just friends now."
"Just friends? Dude, Marla Beaudry is seriously hot, and I've seen those pictures of you two hanging out in clubs. How can you be just friends?"
Derek's gaze shifted to Hannah. Was it her imagination or did he seem embarrassed? We're just friends now, he'd said. Which meant that he and Marla had been more than friends initially. She didn't know why that bothered her. Could it be that she felt a tiny bit ...jealous? God, no, how ridiculous.
"Didn't realize you were into entertainment gossip," Derek said lightly.
"Only when it involves you. I saw that footage of you and Marla when she got arrested for assaulting a photographer." Caleb sobered up a little. "You're not being dragged into that, are you?"
"I wasn't arrested. I try to stay on the right side of the law these days." Derek's eyes met Hannah's, and she knew he was thinking of the cop who'd pulled him over just half an hour ago.
She placed the wrapped sandwich in front of Caleb. "Here you go. Ham and Swiss cheese, your favorite."
"You're a star. Damn, I have to go. I still need to get that spanner set from the garage." Caleb rose to kiss her on the cheek. He turned to Derek. "Will you be home tomorrow? I can swing by for a visit."
"I'll be home, though my grandpa will probably be in a foul mood."
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Collen Kwan developed an interesting storyline with Derek Carmichael and Hannah. Their story started decades ago when Derek's mother deserted him. He was stuck with his disgruntled, angry grandfather who did not tolerate him. Luckily his friend, Caleb, had a loving supportive family that virtually adopted him. Hannah as five years older than her brother and his best friend, Derek, which was a chasm at 18. When her mother decided to leave her family, Hannah easily glided into that role for her brother. She cooked meals, took care of broken bones, and hearts. Hannah accepted Derek as her brother's shadow and, often, welcomed him into their family. After her divorce from Rick, Hannah returned home to lick her wounds. She had lost her trust in the opposite sex, and was determined to finally take on her dream to become a nurse. Her friends loved her and, finally, convinced her that she needed a girls' night out. At the bar she was surprised to see Derek. He was older and he was very grown up. Could she see beyond the young boy who was like a little brother to a very sexy man? Would he finally get his boyhood crush's attention as a real man and, not as her kid brother's younger friend? The segues were awkward. I had to read sections over because I was confused.about what had happened. Many grammatical errors and poor syntax, but the imagination of Collen Kwan developed an interesting storyline. I would read it again. I recommend she find a new editor who actually reads English.
*ARC received from Entangled Publishing in return for an honest review* Unexpectedly Yours is a sweet story about the romance of Hannah and her younger brother's best friend, Derek. She has a hard time reconciling the grown up, sexy TV star with the teenage boy her brother used to bring around all of the time. Derek is thrilled that Hannah, his secret crush since age fourteen, is single again. Hannah's past with her cheating ex-husband leaves her particularly wary of Derek's player rep but she succumbs to her desire for him, figuring since he is leaving town, that will be the end of it. Plans change and Derek doesn't want to walk away even when he finds out Hannah is pregnant but convincing her of that isn't going to be easy. I liked Hannah and Derek but I wasn't wowed by the story. Hannah's attitude toward Derek was a little irritating sometimes and I would have liked Derek to be a little more alpha, but all in all it was a decent read.
Derek is her brother's best friend. They have practically grown up together. Both from broken homes, Hannah understands what troubles him. If only she didn't lust over someone she considered forbidden fruit. The attraction hits them both right away when they see each other after so long. Hannah is back and single again. Can there be too much of a good thing? Hannah and Derek claim that one night is all it will be. Derek is trying to take care of an ungrateful grandfather. He needs to escape, and Hannah gives him much needed humor and happiness. The story is a solid one, with a good pace. I was frustrated at times with the characters. I felt like some parts were stuttering at me. I enjoyed the story overall and the book is a good one. ***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers in exchange for an honest review.
I agree with the feel good story review. Enjoyable. CB
This book was sweet. Also very spicy lmao. Great book. I reccomend it to anyone who likes spicy romance books with a great ending.
I like this book
This was a sweet book if a little predictable.
A sweet, sexy, and endearing tale, that has to deal with some realities of life, when the fun and games gets consequences. Hannah has moved back home, after her marriage ended up in divorce. She is dreaming about going back to school, while working part time, and living with her dad and his wife. Not an ideal situation, but has to do right now, as she is trying to get her life back in order. Derek has made a successful life in Los Angeles, now back trying to take care of his grandfather, after an accident. His teenage crush for Hannah gets all kinds of adult ratings, when the attraction they feel for each other, ends up with a supposed one night stand. The dynamics between Derek and Hannah seems a little awkward. They have a connection, and it is as solid as the attraction. But neither of them expected the feelings to get deeper than that. And then there's the pregnancy. And so life gets messy, and tension is high, fear towards the future, and responsibility, and the parenthood, it all gets tangled up, and in the heat of the moment acted upon, and things are said, people's feelings are really hurt, and the feelings of rejection just hits hard, deep, and gutting you out. So, the fun, light, and sensual tale, takes a turn into the deep muddled waters, and I was as much of a mess as the characters were. I connected with them, I felt the pain, the fear, and devastation. The characters are developed, Derek has to accept that he deserves to be loved, and Hannah has to learn to trust again after the divorce, to be able to build something together. But they work on things, they face the hard things, they are there for each other when the world seems dark and unforgiving. I love it when a story gives you a positive surprise, and digs deeper into the emotions and problems than you expected, when you find that emotional common ground with the characters, and you and up reading the ending several times over, with a big goofy smile on your face. Life gets hard and messy, but Hannah and Derek find something extraordinary with each other, when they face their biggest fears, and open up their hearts and lives for each other. ~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
Hannah has returned home after a brutal divorce. She didn't expect for her kid brother's bff to come home. Much less for him to be so sexy he's impossible to resist. Derek is having a hard time resisting Hannah after all these years. He's always had a crush but he's afraid of her brother's reaction if Derek tried to go for it with Hannah. I loved Hannah and Derek's story. They are meant for each other and it's evident from the moment they set eyes on each other. Though they were both a bit hard headed the progression of their love story was almost perfect. Hannah's family drove me off the wall. The step mother was harsh and appeared uncaring through the majority of her part in the story. Her father disappointed me, but redeemed himself a bit in the end. I love her brother, Caleb, though as most can be he was a bit pig headed but lovable. If you enjoy a sweet, determined, and enjoyable second chance story, I would definitely add Unexpectedly Yours to your TBR.
I think I was expecting the baby part of this to be the big stumbling block for them but that doesn’t come up until must later in the book. The beginning is the back and forth for Hannah & her feelings for Derek. I can kinda see where she’s coming from because she’s known him since he was barely a teenager and she was in a motherly role with her brother at that point so that would have meant she saw Derek as the same. Now she’s coming out of a bad marriage with an immature guy so it’ll be hard for her to see Derek as mature, not a kid. But she’s definitely not giving him enough credit :) Derek has done a lot of growing up over the years but he never outgrew his crush on Hannah … and now he has the chance to act on it. He’s just got to convince her that he’s all man. This is another of those stories where their issues are caused by their lack of communication – making assumptions, not talking and reacting with emotion. If they just got over themselves and talked it would have been a much shorter book (but where is the fun in that :) ). Hannah is very caught up in what she “should” be doing and how it will look to others that she forgets to ask herself what she wants to do. And because of Derek’s childhood he still has some issues with acceptance, regardless of how successful he’s been since he left town. I feel bad for him but that causes a lot of his issues with Hannah because he reacts with his heart instead of his head whenever he feels unwanted. I know that for some people the communication issue is a no-go so I want to warn you now. I’m usually on the not-a-fan side when it comes to that kind of story but for me Kwan handles it really well. I never got overly frustrated or wanted to smack them and I always consider that a win :) It definitely isn’t everyone’s favorite storyline but her writing is so well done and that helps to make it work. (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)
Unexpectedly Yours is a sweet story about discovering true love in unexpected places. Derek is a carpenter/furniture designer based out of LA, who returns home to take care of his elderly grandfather after he injures himself. He has been featured on a home makeover show and slightly famous. Derek has always had a crush on his best friend's older sister. Hannah is 5 years older than he is and is recently divorced. She is living at home with her father and stepmother and is looking for her own place to live. He starts to flirt and she react with disbelief at first, but eventually is very flattered. Hannah isn't looking for a relationship, but because Derek is leaving to return to his show, she is happy to hook up with him in secret. They have fun and will friends with benefits turn into more? This is a really cute book. I liked both of the main characters and was struck with how realistic they are. I liked the setting, the plot and the pacing. It is a fun, fast read. I was a free copy for an honest review.
Derek had a crush on Hannah since he was a teenager, but their age difference and his friendship with his sister kept him from making a move. Now that they are both in their 20's, that five year difference doesn't seem to issue any more. The same can't be said for his friendship with Hannah's brother. Hannah agrees to one night with Derek, but even though they would both want more, their pasts hold them back from taking it. When Hannah turns up pregnant, things begin to look up for them until her family gets involved. Hannah will have to learn to trust and Derek will have feel worthy of love if they hope to make their relationship work. Somewhat predictable overall plot, but still enjoyable. Cute and sweet with a side of sexy, there were times where I was left wanting more once their lovemaking became closed door. Perfect for fans of sweet romance! I received an ARC via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
You never know what you have until it is slapping you in the rear end. I guess things did not have to go that far for Hannah. I am certain that in her life future she never imagined a younger man would make her world whole again and give her much more. I found it sweet and adorable. I wanted deep and challenging. This was the perfect setting to make the real life issues and today's world make an impact on this particular romance. I enjoyed the read. I just wanted more.
Derek came back home to help his grandfather because he broke his leg. He thought Hannah was still living in Florida. Derek had a crush on his best friend's sister. He was 14 and she was 19. Since his grandfather was so difficult to live with, he spend a lot of time at his friend's house. He is glad that Hannah had divorced her husband because he was a selfish jerk. Hannah has notices that Derek has grown up. Derek has fallen for Hannah. Everyone in Pine Falls thinks that Derek is a playboy. Will Hannah fall in love with Derek? She's still 5 years older and his friend's sister. What does Hannah think of Derek?
I absolutely loved Unexpectedly Yours by Coleen Kwan, as it was a beautiful tale of friendship and how it can blossom into a beautiful relationship. Kwan does an excellent job in introducing readers to Derek Carmichael, a twentysomething “famous” TV celebrity who can’t seem to stay out of trouble and his long time crush on his best friend sister Hannah Wilmett. The dialogue between the characters is so charming, sweet and realistic it draws you right in. Kwan hits the spot with her charming tale of a friendship that blossoms into something more and at times has you laughing in fits. However, Kwan touches on the insecurities of Hannah and Derek, which only makes you love the characters even more. Kwan does a great job in developing the characters and not just the main characters either, as we fall in love with Derek’s grumpy grandpa and loathe Hannahs’ terrible boss. Kwan does a fantastic job in writing a story that you just cannot put down – as I read this in one sitting. Unexpectedly Yours is a wonderful story that makes you feel good and will put a smile on your face. I would definitely recommend you put this on you To-Be-Read Shelf, and when you need something to cheer you up or make you feel good, this is the book for you
4 stars Unexpectedly Yours was a sweet, entertaining and heartwarming read. I enjoyed watching the story unfold, both Hannah and Derek were likable and relatable characters. If you're in the mood for a sweet, fun and romantic read I highly recommend Unexpectedly Yours.
unexpectedly yours is a cute story about going after what you want inspire of the possible outfall, but doing it while still covering your back. it describes true feelings of confusion and what happens when you don't lay all your cards out on the table. I'm not a huge fan of older women younger men, but this was close enough it wasn't a huge issue. the characters are real and I was dragged into their personal drama, making it hard to put the book down. I could have used more at the end. I can't be more specific without spoiling. but it needed more explanation before the epilogue.
I love the whole premise of secret crushes on siblings theme in a book, but this one was even better. It had a younger guy crushing on an older woman, not by a lot, but older nonetheless. Derek was all grown up now and so hot with his flirtation with Hannah. He brought her to life, made her want to live more to the fullest. Hannah made him work for her attention. I enjoyed the fun they had together. This story read like a very good cute, sweet, a little angsty Rom com movie. The last chapter and epilogue, total movie scene worthy and heartwarming. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
I received this as an ARC on NetGalley and it was such a cute story! I have to admit though that I went back and forth between loving the hell out of it and getting straight out pissed off. All of these happy/mad feelings for the book stemmed from the female lead, Hannah. She's you're typical new divorcee who is still emotionally trying to get past a failed marriage, so her thoughts and feelings are all over the place. Throw an unexpected baby into the mix and it's bound to get crazy frustrating for someone who has never been in those shoes before. Hannah's wishy washiness made me mad most often than not because I can't stand indecisiveness. Yeah she had a crap marriage but assuming Derek was just like her ex-husband seemed childish and emature. Her thinking that someone taking care of her was a weakness? That's a pitifully sad thought process and I'm glad that by the end of the story she grew up and pushed past her fears of loving someone again instead of ending up alone. I really liked Derek. He was a very well rounded character and seemed like an all around good guy despite all the crap that people tried to judge him for. I can't honestly thin of a single time in the book where I was mad at him like I was with Hannah. You really feel for him when you see his thoughts. I was somewhat thrown by the fact that you didn't even find out Hannah was pregos until the last 40% of the book. For it having the cover that it did I would have thought most of the book would have revolved around the pregnancy. Then again, to really get pulled into loving the characters, you had to see the base of their relationship build to make it seem more realistic. So I can get with that. Overall this was a very relaxing read and I would totally recommend it to others!
This story was cute, sweet and heartwarming. This is the first Coleen Kwan story that I have read and it didn't disappoint. I loved that this story was from both their point of views, POV. Loved Derek and Hannah they were great characters that were well developed with an excellent introduction to each of them. With both of them having had some hard times in real life circumstances that made them so real. I liked learning their history and watching them come together as they give into the feelings that they have for each other, even with all their insecurities. But as their situation changes they still hold back with their feelings with one another. Will Derek give up on Hannah? Or will he make her see that he is all she needs? Will Hannah be too late to express her true feelings? You have to read to find out. Received a complimentary copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
I received an ARC from netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review... Derek was always the rough kid in the neighborhood but he has cleaned up and now he's making something of himself. He has come back to his hometown trying to show everyone he's not the same old rough boy but it's not as easy as he thought. His grandfather is hurt and snarky. His best friend's sister is still Hot! Hannah just got out of a bad marriage she does not need a new relationship especially not with a guy younger than her and living the high life in LA. Hannah is going to go to school and be responsible as always. What's a week of excitement that no one will know about? Really fun book!!
4.5 Stars! Imagine finally having your teenage crush within reach. Close your eyes and see them the way they were. How they smiled, laughed, and made you feel. Open your eyes to see them before you several years later. That is almost how it went for Derek Carmichael. Except throw in a crusty cop stopping you in front of their house to add to the delight or mortification of the experience. Once Derek is back in Hannah Willmett’s life, he can’t see himself ever leaving again. Hannah is now divorced and moved back to their hometown while Derek is only scheduled to be there for a short time. His cantankerous grandfather needs help after breaking a bone and losing every one of the aide workers Derek has hired. Although Derek is Hannah’s brother, Caleb, best friend, she can’t help but notice how enticingly hot he is. Even if he’s five years younger, she ultimately decides to give herself one night to enjoy all Derek has to offer. Kwan gives us time to see Hannah and Derek develop an adult friendship before the inevitable conception occurs. They both have simple wants and desires, but with Hannah’s signature still wet on her divorce papers, she is skittish. I love how Kwan wrote the process of becoming friends before lovers, even if the lover part was Derek’s ultimate goal. They both went through a journey to discover what they really wanted out of life and it ended up bringing them together despite the obstacles Kwan placed in their way. I loved Derek’s grandfather! He was my favorite secondary character. Hard to live with and love, but in the end Kwan brought out his mushy side. Unexpectedly Yours is the journey of two people toward their happily ever after, which includes home renovation, cranky relatives, and falling in love when you least expect it. I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Unexpectedly Yours by Coleen Kwan was a sweet fun read. This book was very enjoyable easy read. The characters were well written and very likeable, Derek has had a crush on his best friends older sister Hannah for a few years. These two are very cute together, but will they be able to make it last with the complications. This book is perfect when you want a fun story to escape in on a weekend. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I thought that this story was cute and sweet and dealt with issues that can be related to real life today. The characters were well developed and the story line kept your attention. Hannah is a young lady that has just recently gone through a rough marriage that ended in divorce pretty quickly for her. She is slowly getting over what her ex has done to her but it has only been 6 months since the divorce was final. Hannah has moved back home and is just trying to piece things back together when she runs into Derek, her brother's best friend that is in town to take care of his grandfather. When Hannah and Derek were growing up, they spent a lot of time together because of their poor parenting. Hannah was always cooking and cleaning up after her brother and best friend, Derek. Derek had a thing for Hannah back then, but he never reacted on it because of their 5 year age difference. Derek is a very well know TV celebrity, but he has not let it go to his head. Hannah has heard rumors that he is a socialite, but she doesn't know for sure because she hasn't seen Derek in a long time. Derek has his hands full with his stubborn grandfather and ends up being in town for longer than he expected the first time, which is where he and Hannah end up getting together. Hannah thinks that Derek is just there for a week and what can a quick fling hurt anyway, they won't tell anyone, especially not her brother. As things progress for Hannah and Derek and Derek is around more than what he at first expected, them being together is getting more and more hard to hide. When Hannah starts to have the first signs of being pregnant, she doesn't want to tell Derek right away, but he sees evidence of the pregnancy test and confronts Hannah. I love how Derek was so persistent for Hannah to allow him to take care of her. He never gave up on that and proved himself to her over and over again. This is a sweet story overall and of course has a HEA, but just how happy?? You need to read this quick read to find out for yourself. Such a great read that you will not regret reading at all. I am excited to see what is next from Coleen Kwan! I received a copy of this book from Entangled Publishing and Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.