Dec 16 2016 8:29am

What Book Defied Expectation?

In romance we all have the same expectation of a happy ever after at the end of our read. That's a given. However, every time we pick up a new book, we have expectations of what that one will be, beyond that HEA as well. It's great when a book can defy those expectations and truly surprise a reader. 

What was the last book that defied your expectations? What made it so different than what you thought it would be? 

Tell me about it in the comments!

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Jennifer Proffitt
1. JenniferProffitt
For me that book this year was 1000000% Lucy Score's Pretend You're Mine! It started out as a simple "fake relationship book" which was my Trope of the Year. However, you get to a point and you think "okay, this will be a nice, satisfying ending" and then THE BOOK DOESN"T END. Okay, you would think that was a bad thing, but it's SO NOT. IT takes a simple love story and takes an in-depth look at what it takes to keep up a long-distance relationship. And not just any long-distance relationship, but one where one half of the couple is deployed. It really shows that love and commitment go beyond a happy-ever-after, and it's one of the most beautiful stories I've read this year!
Carmen Pinzon
2. bungluna
I don't know if this qualifies, but Jennifer Crusie's "Fast Women" totally took me by surprise. I thought it was going one way and then it took a turn to the unexpected.
4. bigedsgirl1
Can't Stop Loving You by Miranda Liasson. On the surface it seemed to be a fast, light, contemporary, romantic read. But Oh, it was so much more! There was romance and light moments, but there were tears shed at the pain of lost time as well as the loss of innocence and first love. This story had many layers and there was great reading enjoyment in the revelation of each one.
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