Sunny Shelly’s Review: I Never Expected You, by Stefanie Jenkins

 

Title: I Never Expected You

Series: I Never #2

Author: Stefanie Jenkins
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: December 9, 2019

Blurb
Zachary Jacobs feels as though his life is spiraling out of control as he
deals with the aftermath of losing his childhood best friend, Emmett Hanks.
When his sister, Danielle, disappears without a trace, he finds comfort in the
only person who truly knows what he is going through: Haylee Hanks.
What he least expects is to fall for her. She went from the silly girl
next door to the beautiful woman he can’t get out of his head. For the first
time, he wants more than just a notch on his bedpost. Will his past be too much
for her to handle, or will she let him catch her as she falls?

 

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

All the feels! I read I Never Planned On You, and loved it, and was so thrilled that I Never Expected You was just as phenomenal!

Zach and Haylee have known each other forever, as their parents are best friends and his sister/her bestie is dating her brother/his best friend. But after Emmett tragically dies, Dani takes off and cuts everyone out, making it a double loss for the families. In their grief, Zach and Haylee help each other heal and turn to one another for support, and a beautiful love is born out of the ashes of their mourning.

I loved that SJ redid scenes that took place in Planned On You, now showing Zach and Haylee’s experiences of scenes with Kyler and Dani. And the grief that both Zach and Haylee feel in Emmett’s death carries over to every milestone in their relationship. He isn’t forgotten, but is like another character in this story. It’s beautifully told, beautifully executed and a wonderful friends to lovers romance.

While it’s not necessary to read Planned On You first, it will definitely provide more background to Zach, Haylee and Dani’s history and connection. It ends on a teeny cliffhanger, teasing a novella that SJ has planned. And I can’t wait for that!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Excerpt
Still in his embrace, I whisper in a shaky voice, “What is
happening between us?”
He exhales a breath in a way that makes me feel like he has
been holding it in for a while. Is it possible he has been feeling this
too? “I don’t know, Hails. I can’t explain it. All I know is that I can’t get
you out of my head. Let me take you out.”
I push up off his chest, our faces just a breath away from
each other. I no longer notice that we’re stuck at the top of the Ferris wheel
overlooking the city. It’s just Zach I see and feel. If a light breeze came
through, our lips would be touching.
“Okay,” I whisper against his lips.

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Author Bio
Stefanie Jenkins writes contemporary romance and lives in
Surf City, North Carolina with her husband and two sons. Born and raised in
Maryland, Stefanie brings her favorite parts of her hometown to life in her
books. She is a coffee addict, wine connoisseur, hockey fan & lover of all
romances – give her all the swoon & angst.
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