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Publisher's Summary

Party planner Colin Brightman doesn’t drink or dance, preferring to go to bed early with his spreadsheets and lists. All he wants is to forget the singles weekend his friends sent him on, but he’s stuck with a suitcase filled with condoms and skimpy Speedos that don’t belong to him.

He doesn’t expect his luggage thief to be ex-baseball superstar Walker “Walk-Off” Scanlon. Or that Walker has hired his firm to put on a charity event at his bar. Colin can’t deny the mixed emotions the annoyingly flirty man stirs in him, but he refuses to fall for someone who racks up lovers as easily as he once hit home runs.
No matter how much he might want to.

Walker Scanlon likes his men easygoing with no complications. He’s had enough of those in his life. So why is he drawn to tense and straitlaced Colin and his frosty scowl? When even his corny one-liners and jokes don’t get him a smile? Because the sparks between them are undeniable. And that unexpected kiss? Amazin’.

Now if only Colin would stop running away.

When Colin and Walker come face to face with past hurts and betrayals, they’ll need to trust themselves and each other to learn that heartbreak and love don’t go hand in hand. It’s the bottom of the ninth, and if they swing for the stars, they just might hit the grand slam of a lifetime.

Unexpected is a low-angst, high-heat romance between a corny joke-telling ex-baseball player who doesn't believe in striking out on or off the field and a divorced, tea-drinking homebody who isn't willing to get played...again.

©2022 Felice Stevens (P)2022 Felice Stevens

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wow

two of the most unlikeable characters I've ever encountered. I really wanted to stop at about chapter five, but thought it would surely get better. gotta tell you though, when you write your characters as complete jackasses right from the beginning, it's hard for redemption later. I've had a couple from this author do this. for me, it's not a great formula.

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Such an amazing listen!

I love Colin and Walker's story! I love this slow burn romance and seeing how these two relationships grows. Then Matt Haynes does an amazing job with bring these characters to life. I love that he took this story and made me love it even more. Amazing listen!

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Colin & Walker

I loved Colin and Walker’s story! Felice Stevens writes such wonderful characters, and their story really drew me in! so much so, I wanted to relive these two in audio. Matt Haynes is a new to me narrator and I really enjoyed his narration! The flow was great, and I really liked the voices that he used. He really drew me into a story that I already loved, and made it fresh and new for me. He did a great job with the banter between Colin and Walker. These two each came with their own hurts, coming from different places and handled in their own ways. Their story was packed with feels, more angst than I expected but in a wonderful way, and a fantastic slow burn that made it worth the wait. I loved seeing them take their healing steps and finding each other along the way. As usual I was sad to leave behind some characters I began to truly love!

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Love Unexpected



Colin Brightman is an Event Planner who, after his divorce devoted his time to mainly working. He wasn't going to put himself in a position to get hurt ever again.
His business partners and friends sent him on a vacation to relax and whatever else happens, happens. Instead of enjoying himself he remained solemn and alone watching as the other guest enjoyed the resort's activities.

Walker Scanlon, retired from Major League Baseball due to a career ending knee injury. Runs a bar near Barclays, where celebrities and people of all walks of life comes to enjoy a night or two away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Walker was let down by people he trusted and loved. He vowed never to put his trust and heart in anyone else. He spends his time not only at the bar but partaking in various one night stands, and the occasional trip, where he would hookup.

These two MCs are intriguing, headstrong and frustrating, at time i wanted to scream at them, but I so love their tat-a-tats.

These characters shows that life and people are unexpected. Living your life after being hurt and vowing never to let anyone in, can change in the split of a second.
Everyone deserves a second chance, Colin and Walker gets theirs.

To find out more about Colin and Walker, I recommend reading their story.

*I received this book as an ARC from the author for an honest review.*

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  • 07-26-22

Loved! Such a treat!

Matt Haynes does an amazing job of bringing Unexpected to life!
Unexpected is the perfect title for this book. Both Colin and Walker have been hurt and betrayed in the past. Each has invisible wounds that they carry with them every day.

To see that they are both closed off the the possibilities of love and forever is putting it mildly.
Neither expected the spark of attraction that happened the first time they met eyes. When they have the ultimate "cute meet" they still don't allow themselves to be open and vulnerable.
I loved Walker's zest for life. He is the perfect partner for quieter, more reserved Colin. They balance each other perfectly. The heat they generate together is HOT!

The emotional connection they forge and the trust that they build gives them the foundation to build a future together that they each didn't know they wanted or needed.
I loved how both guys opened up to each other.
This was a lovely, heartwarming story that I devoured.

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I Loved it

I enjoyed this story a lot. It has opposites attract, grumpy introvert Colin meets sunshine social butterfly, life of the party Walker, hurt to comfort and much more. I loved that it took these characters time and effort to make a connection, and I enjoyed the heated scenes when they finally did. Narrator did a good job with the story, it took me a little bit to get used to his voice for Walker, but after I did, I thought it was a perfect fit for the character and personality. Overall this was a great listening experience.

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Actually very nice

I was a bit hesitant about this book at first because the narrator was very dull. The story and the narrator did pick up and it turned into a nice book

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worst audbiobook heard.

the narration was to fast and lack of emotion, just a quick read. .

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Slow Burn HEA

Unexpected is a really enjoyable book, with characters who you come to like as you watch their past and present unfold. As they come to learn to trust each other, despite their experiences, I became more invested. While there is angst, it is balanced by the building relationship. The narrator does a good job voicing the characters and the emotions and pacing of the scenes. Overall, A very enjoyable listen.

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Take Another Look

I love the look at these two men. Colin is set in his way with his baggage from a hard past. He has such a bad attitude at the beginning of the story that he has a really bad reaction to Walker. Walker has his own difficulties and kind of gives the vibe that Colin isn't all wrong in his negative assessment. BUT and this is where the story starts to take the wonderful turn both me start to see the other as more than their assumptions. There are moments when they begin to dive deeper and that is where the relationship truly begins. Both men have the other's best interest at heart and that is what develops and drives the conclusion of the story. There are parts of the story early on that both me frustrated me with their attitude but getting to the end was so satisfying. I listened to the audio version and it was well done. And frankly I think that was what help me get past the part of the story were you just want to thump both men in the head.

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  • Lesetiger
  • 07-22-22

A heartwarming story and a terrific narration

I was looking forward to this audiobook because I love the writing style and characters of Felice's Stevens stories.
Once again, I was not disappointed. I loved this slow burn story. What I also really like is the age of Felice Stevens protagonist.

After a weekend at a resort, Colin is sitting with a stranger's suitcases. This one turns out to be Walker, a former baseball star. When the two meet, there is a certain attraction that cannot be denied.
I listened through the audiobook in just two days because I loved Colin and Walker's story. The author knows how to captivate the listener. The story was plotted in an entertaining and varied way and the relationship of the two with all the ups and downs had an interesting development. The characters are deeply created and I lost my heart to Colin and Walker. Both are very likeable and both carry a baggage from their past.

I was looking forward to Matt Haynes and this was the first time hearing him as a narrator. I think he did a brilliant job bringing the characters to life. He has a pleasant voice, always hit the right note and he skillfully conveyed the emotions.

Highly recommended!

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  • Dee Roberts
  • 08-05-22

brilliant

wow absolutely loved it
Colin has had so much hurt in his life he just works. The only friends he has are his work partners. When they decide to send Colin on a weekend vacation he was not happy, as it was for single gay men.
Arriving back at the airport someone takes his luggage by mistake.
Walker Scanlon, an ex baseball player, went on the weekend retreat for a break and was the one who took Colin's luggage.
When they finally meet Walker is interested in Colin but Colin is so cold and prickly.
As Colin's firm is sorting out Walker's event he has to spend time with him.
Both men have trust issues, but Walker wants to break down Colin and find the man hidden inside.
Both men are what the other needs to heal.
Matt Haynes narration brought the character to life.
highly recommend

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  • Susana
  • 08-04-22

Unexpected

I love listening Unexpected, such a wonderful story!!! Party planner Colin Brightman, just wants to forget the weekend his friends plan for him, he is stuck in a resort watching a hot guy in skimpy Speedos have fun with everyone but he just wants to go home but now that he is back he is stuck with a suitcase filled with condoms that don’t belong to him. That bag belongs to ex-baseball superstar and playboy Walker “Walk-Off” Scanlon and of course his new client, Colin is annoyed with him because he is a flirt and refused to be another notch on his bedpost.

Walker Scanlon doesn’t know why He is drawn to Colin, he is grumpy and always with a scowl on his face, but there’s something about him that makes Walker impossible to stay away, there a spark between them and he loves a challenge. He just have to make Colin stop to run for him.

This two have a very difficult past, both have been hurt and they are afraid to trust, Colin and Walker have to face the past and learn that sometimes they just have to trus themselves and fall, I love everything abort this book!
Matt Hayes did an amazing job narrating this book, I love how he sounds and Colin and Walker voices were just amazing! I have a good laugh and of course they make me cry with them, the chemistry is amazing and I love their HEA!!! This is definitely a must read! Enjoy!

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  • Dee Slate
  • 08-03-22

Good narration for an enjoyable story

A story of 2 men, Colin, a gruff, prickly man, and Walker, a seemingly happy-go-lucky ex-sportsman who is hiding major hurts. Walker sees a glimpse of a man he wants to get to know, but Colin doesn't make it easy. Both men have issues, especially about trust, but they slowly, very slowly start to trust in their feelings towards each other. They work hard to get their solid HEA. Nice host of characters, love the way cultures/heritages are woven into the story.

Matt Haynes has a pleasant tone and cadence. Really enjoyed listening to the narration, easy to tell all the characters and feel the emotions, especially the 2 MCs. Great way to enjoy the story!

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  • AL
  • 08-01-22

Tissues needed

Story: I did not expect the book to be so emotional for me! Loved the MCs' backgrounds and the ideas the author had for their personalities! Great writing and an engaging story.
Narration: Loved the voice and the performance. It was easy to follow the narration and acting was really good.

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  • Susie Umphers
  • 07-30-22

Reevaluating life choices

Past emotionally bruising relationships have had opposite effects on Colin and Walker. Colin has become a man who focuses on his job and spends his nights cocooning at home with some hot tea and more work. Walker has become a player who never gets deeply involved in any one man, just has a bit of fun and moves on. When Colin's friends force him on a vacation and these two meet there is some attraction, but also some confusion and annoyance at how the other makes them feel things they thought they had put behind them. Watching them dance around each other all the while moving closer and closer and sharing more and more honestly makes for a great story. I enjoyed the way Matt Haynes' performance captured how these two were initially annoyed by the long-buried feelings the other was bringing out in them and the hope that this time things might be for real.

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  • Vania
  • 07-27-22

Beautiful story, wonderful characters.

Even when they are relatively low-angst, Felice Stevens’ stories are always full of heart, and with wonderful, well-rounded characters.
Colin and Walker are just that, both of them hurt in the past, both of them keeping themselves locked away from future hurts. Colin has thrown himself in his work and refuses to let anyone get close to him. Walker wears his mask as -life-of-the-party man, but he, too, never gets close to anyone.
A meet-cute and an event to plan later, they find themselves already in love, despite self-doubts, reticence and a whole lot of fear!
A wonderfully-written story, very sweet with a bit of bitter, and heart-warmingly full of hope!

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  • Katie townsend
  • 07-17-22

fantasic story and perfect narration

listening to matt haynes bring walker and colin to life was fantasic heart warming beautiful and made me feel like i was part of the story
i felt everything that colin and walker felt the good , fun, passinate and emotional times it was just perfection

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