Yayyyyyy!!! It's release day for Unexpected!
I'm extremely excited (like times ten) to share the release of my latest novel with you today. Unexpected is one of those books that took me some time to complete. It was started last year, but the first draft didn't get completed until May of this year. Despite the long road, I'm so glad to be here today and can't wait for you to read Alina and Ryan's story!
Unexpected by Lilly Avalon
Ever had one of those days? Alina Lyons is having one. Everything keeps falling apart and going wrong. Just when she thinks it couldn't get worse, it does. After a case of mistaken identity and a broken heart, she finds herself questioning the things she thought she knew. She wonders who she can turn to or trust anymore.
An unlikely bond with her former best friend's ex, Ryan Wilcox, sends her life in a new direction. He offers her a place to stay while she gets her life back on track. His friendship is exactly what she's been missing—what she's been needing. Alina's never felt this alive. As time goes by, the dynamic of their relationship becomes more than either of them expected. A few innocent kisses could lead them in a new direction, but are they prepared for what's on the other side?
Only one way to find out.
"This was the first novel that I had read from Lilly Avalon, and it was phenomenal. I loved her writing style, and the storyline and characters she created were extraordinary." ~Julia from The Perks of Being a Bibliophile (read full review here)
"Sweet, passionate and endearing, I was more than happy to let Ryan be my book boyfriend for the evening." ~Heather at Obsessed with Myshelf (read full review here)
"I found Ms. Avalon’s writing to be refreshing, humorous, entertaining, and thoughtful, with just enough delightfully sensual teases and steamy scenes sprinkled throughout to keep my heart and respiration rates up." ~Empress DJ at Books and Bindings (read full review here)
"Fans of friends to lovers stories will love this as much as I did. Not only do we get the story of friends becoming more, we get to see the characters becoming friends in the first place. It made for a fantastic book!" ~Sabrina at Escaping Into Books (read full review here)
An hour and a half later, our set is over. Even though I love performing, the anxiety from being onstage can really drain me. I always breathe a sigh of relief the second I get back on level ground. Once I get a beer in me, I'll feel even more relaxed.
I head over to the bar expecting to see Alina sitting in the same spot she's occupied the whole night, but she's not there. I frown, but signal a bartender and ask him to bring me a beer. I scan the room, hoping she's nearby.
As soon as I have my hands on the beer, I'm about to stand to go back to Phil and Brent when a couple of girls block me. “Hi there,” I say with a smile.
The girl on the right says, “You were amazing up there.”
“Yeah, you guys have a wonderful sound,” the other one chimes in.
“Well, thank you.”
“Can we buy you a drink?” the first girl asks, giving me the hopeful head tilt.
Before I can respond, Alina shows up at my side holding a drink. “Hey sweetness,” she says, leaning in to press a kiss to my lips. I don't even miss a beat. Parting my lips just enough to make it look like a real kiss, I cup her cheek with my free hand. She pulls back with a contented smile. “You wanna grab a booth?”
“Of course,” I respond as I stand up. “Excuse me, ladies. My girl and I have something to celebrate tonight.”
The girls glance at each other, then watch with blank expressions as I lead Alina with a hand on the small of her back over to the last empty booth. I whisper into her ear, “Nice save. It's a burden to be the only straight man in the band.”
She lets out a snort as she slides into the booth. “Oh please. It's such a burden when girls are falling at your feet.”
“It is when you're not interested in any of them.” And the one you want is only pretending to be your girlfriend.
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