Unsurprisingly Complicated by Claudia Burgoa Blog Tour @YuriBeans
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
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Unlike Any Other
The name AJ Colthurst may not have any meaning to the public eye, but it should, as I’m the daughter of two famous celebrities. Like any superstar, they crave privacy; so much of it, they built a house in the middle of nowhere for us children. As we grew older, we discovered the lies they built as a fort to protect us from the media, ended up causing emotional damage along the way.
I carry a portion of the guilt on my shoulders; the other part I discovered is the separation of my parents. Their unorthodox ways may have driven me bonkers, but knowing they are no longer together is unacceptable.
That’s why I decided to rattle their cage by reminding at least one of my parents of the past and the reason they belong together. They need to remember why their love is so perfect and why they have to fight to keep it alive. Even if it means I have to dredge up some of my own painful memories along the way.
Back in the early eighties, I set myself to succeed in the financial world. The first step had been moving to New York City to become a stockbroker, but things didn’t work out the way I had hoped. Instead, I ended up making movies and by the end of the decade, Gabe Colt had become a famous name. The downside to my career of choice: the paparazzi. In order to protect my family and our privacy, I maintained my family away from the circus. It had been for their own good; a decision we had made before we started our family.
However, those past decisions ended up chasing my entire family away and now I’m trying to put the pieces back together along with my little girl.
Unlike Any Other is ability forgiveness, family, honesty, and being true to who you are. A family is in crisis as the parents lies cause hurt to all the kids involved. Unlike Any Other carries a message to readers as well as the ability to show two people who are really meant for each other.
A.J. is known as the family princess, but her life has been no fairy tale. The lies that her parents held to hide the kids has hurt her so much that she lost a part of her identity. Her father, Gabe, is looking for fortune and fame and forget that his little girl needed her dad not a Hollywood star. Now it is time for the family to join together to reunite as one. Can Gabe pick up the pieces that AJ’s life is in?
My favorite part of the story deals with the messages that are conveyed to the readers. For Gabe, being an actor was a dream come true. Now he was in a fork in the road deciding which path to take, family or Hollywood name.
The characters are another highlight of this series. The kids were similar in many ways but opposites in uniqueness of their personality traits. AJ’s brothers were so protective that at times I laughed so hard at their antics. No one was good enough for their sister. Out of all of the kids AJ was the one hit most by the parent’s lies. AJ also lost herself in a relationship that ended up causing her to lose a piece of herself. In Unlike Any Other, we get to read about AJ picking up her life with the support of her friends and family. There were many hurdles for the family, but with love any mountain can be climbed.
The next story is a continuation of AJ’s story with Mason. Check out the review below. I recommend this series for readers who enjoy stories of love in a family, finding your true mate. and reuniting the passion in a relationship.
The lies between my parents and I came to light and now I’m working on a new life for myself. Along the way, I have my trusty superhero, Mason, to lean on when I have a hard time standing or when my crazy ex-boyfriend continues to feel he has a claim on me.
Porter has trouble understanding that there hasn’t been an ‘us’ for more than three years plus all the issues he had brought upon himself. My father was right, drugs do kill. My other concern is the growing feelings I am having regarding Mason. There’s something between us I want to explore but I keep getting mixed signals. Here, I thought that after telling my parents about my lies and having their full support, things wouldn’t be as complicated as they are.
My parents divorced before I even made my entrance into this world. My father has been obsessed with that love for years while my mother searches for love in all the wrong places. I don’t want a place to call home or a girl I can claim as mine. Except… Ainsley Janine –better known as ‘Nine’—has some special power that makes me question my preferences. The more I try to stay away from her, the more she pulls me closer.
Exploring the possibilities of having something steady in my life isn’t a problem; it’s the long term that worries me. In addition to that, the scumbag she dated years ago keeps popping up everywhere we go. If I could use my license to kill, maybe I can stop worrying about one thing and concentrate on what to do with the green eyed girl who keeps me awake most nights.
Unsurprisingly Complicated is Aj and Mason’s story. What a swoon-worthy story it is. If you love Unlike Any Other than you will definitely love this new addition to the series. Readers will experience the passion, enjoy the tidal waves, and learn the meaning of love between two most deserving people. At the end of story, you will be left smiling and dreaming of sexy alpha males that have the tendency to rescue the heroine in the story.
Mason has been the best friend to AJ. When ever AJ needed Mason he was always there to protect her. This brought them closer, and now AJ wants more. Mason, unfortunately, is stuck living in the demise of his parent’s marriage. Mason doesn’t want complicated, and that is exactly what he believes AJ is. To extract himself from being around AJ, Mason ventures off to missions in the unknown lands.
I loved how Claudia handled the conflicts of the stories. Readers are presented with the dilemmas early on, and as the story progresses we see more of the history of why the dilemmas are occurring. Each character had a lesson to learn, and for AJ and Mason they couldn’t be together until they opened themselves to each other.
I had a specific part of the book that hit me. When AJ gets hurt she automatically lashes out at others. In response to this her father tells her that when she hurts, don’t hurt. What he is saying that when someone or something hurts AJ not to allow this conflict to turn her into someone different by using cruel words back to the individual. I actually gave that statement to someone I knew that struggled with the same issue. That was a brilliant statement for AJ’s parent to come up with.
The story flows like a wave. At times the pace is fast and full of thrilling action and suspense. This is just another bonus to readers. I compare the stories peaks to a wave crashing into the shore. It has such force that you definitely want to watch what happens when climax recedes. We also get to see a glimpse of the next sibling to have his story told. There are going to be plenty of surprises in store for the last two brothers left open for love.
Enjoy the Decker siblings. Happy reading!!!
Born on the mystical day of October 30th in the not so mystical lands of Mexico City, Claudia grew up with a childhood that resembled a caffeine-injected soap opera. Seventeen years ago she ventured to the lands of her techie husband—a.k.a. the U.S.—with their offspring to start a new adventure.
She now lives in Colorado working as a CFO for a small IT company, managing her household filled with three confused dogs, said nerd husband, two daughters wrought with fandoms and a son who thinks he’s the boss of the house. To survive she works continually to find purpose for the voices flitting through her head, plus she consumes high quantities of chocolate to keep the last threads of sanity intact.
Unlike Any Other
“So that’s it; bye, bye to the old, hello Twinkie wife?”
His gaze drops and I take it as a yes.
“Where is the big love, the one that happens once in a lifetime? What happened to it? If you lost it like that, then there’s no hope for the rest of us, Dad.”
No wonder my relationship fell apart like it did. The dreamer in me thought back to my sixteen-year-old self when I thought I had found the great love that could withstand everything. I claimed to have what my parents had … almost three years later reality slapped me, no, reality crushed me.
Gabriel doesn’t speak. He has no comeback or comment to what I say. He makes a one-eighty degree turn and stares out at the blue sea.
I don’t count how long he’s immobilized in front of the window, nor do I move. However, after what feels like hours, he extends his hand and curls his fingers toward me. The moment I’m next to him, he puts his arm around my shoulder and hugs me tight, kissing the top of my head.
I hug my dad for the first time in years and my back relaxes.
“You can stay together in the name of love just for so long, AJ,” his voice has lost all the strength, the shield is down.
My body and soul identify with his, we’re defeated, sad and with only so much energy left to continue.
This is one of the traits we share, putting on a brave front while withering inside.
“Lately, I wonder if what we had justified being together for so long.” I hate those words as he lets them out. “Was it real or a fantasy we built and once reality hit we couldn’t keep it together. It hurts, being apart is painful—I won’t lie.”
Really, it hurts? Because there’s a woman outside—pregnant. I want to yell at him, my teeth grind, but I don’t let my anger get the best of me.
“It was mutual, we came to the conclusion that we wanted different things, our lives were going in different directions, and now I’m trying to build something—a new life?”
The uncertainty in his voice is a gift, a speckle of light that gives me hope. The words… well, they sound like a speech they—my parents agreed on giving us. That’s the way they were while growing up, one parental front. I don’t want to jump to conclusions, but my money is on him. Gabriel called it off.
This is unfair. My parents drove me insane with their rules. Their crazy ideas and lies to the outside world. However, they are a match made in heaven. They are like milk and cookies, one can’t go without the other.
“This is wrong.” I shake my head. “You can’t finish a once in a lifetime love story like that,” I weakly claim. “Each time you told the story, it didn’t sound as if you made some sacrifices for us. It sounded as if you did it out of love. Am I wrong? Would you like to revise your story?”
He shakes his head.
“You should. Let’s do a play-by-play,” I suggest. “Maybe you can come clean and clear up all the lies you added to it when you told it as we grew up.”
“They weren’t lies,” he defends himself. “Maybe we skipped a few details… not many. We couldn’t disclose everything to our small children.”
“Once upon a time I thought I found what you did, Dad,” my bottom lip quivers, but I continue, “but everything crumbled, and… now I’m a cynic who doesn’t want to feel or believe. You’re proving me right, love is a shitty thing.”
“It isn’t, I can prove you wrong.”
“I’m all ears, Dad.”
Unlike Any Other
© Claudia Burgoa 2015