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Peek Inside Never Expected You

When Zach Mason, veterinarian for war-wounded animals, returns home, convincing the other vet in town to hire him seems impossible.

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When Zach Mason, former army sergeant turned veterinarian for war-wounded animals, returns home, the decision to stay is easy. But convincing the only other vet in town to hire him is a good deal harder. It doesn’t help that the beautiful, intelligent, and stubborn Stella Lane is determined to make his life hell.

Stella doesn’t take outside help easily—she’s been let down in the past, most recently by her ex, just as she’d begun to plan their wedding. Trusting Zach with her animals is one thing, but trusting him with more is a hard pass. Too bad the handsome vet is nothing but temptation. And her new roommate...

Each book in the Love Unexpected series is STANDALONE:
* Let It Be Me
* Never Expected You
* Story of Us


This book made me emotional, I laughed with the humour and I felt good with the romance. Simply great reading material for this cold day over a hot tea or chocolate and since this is my first book by Jody Holford, I have a feeling it won't be my last.” -Marija L., Goodreads

The epilogue left me smiling long after I finished this story because of something the heroine tells the hero that makes him so happy. I would recommend Never Expected You by Jody Holford, if you enjoy contemporary romance, workplace romances or books by authors Vivian Arend, Barbara Freethy, Victoria James and Sinclair Jayne.” -Book Magic

“A very cute read. Never Expected You is a heartfelt read with a little bit of those emotions that might lead you to grab your tissues along the way. I loved every minute of this read.” -Becky W., Goodreads

An engaging, funny and sweet, small town read!” -Books 2 Blog

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640636514
Series: Love Unexpected, Book 2
Release Date: Sep 24, 2018
Page Count: 361
Imprint: amara next
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: boss and employee, boy next door, coworkers, friends to lovers, girl next door, opposites attract, overcoming odds

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By Mindy Lou's Book Review September 13, 2018

3.5 Stars!

Never Expected You is based in a small town setting around Stella and Zach who grew up there, went away after school and both coming back home to settle down. Usually these small town settings are like the Hallmark channel where everyone is friendly and help each other out. While we did ha ...more

By Melissasfandomworld September 12, 2018

I'm such a sucker when it comes to romance books. This story is one of those sweet romances you never knew you needed until you read it and fall in love with it. I love animals being present in books, I love these ranch-settings and coming across well developed main and minor characters. Combined wi ...more

By Bookgasms September 18, 2018

I don't know what made me more excited to read this book: The adorable cover, the irresistible blurb, or the fact that I can always count on Jody Holford to deliver beautifully layered, heartfelt romances.

And, deliver she did - on every level.

As with most of this author's books, there is more than ...more

By Marija September 24, 2018

This was a nice slow burn, small town romance that kept my attention (and lately I have reading blockage) and I finished it in almost one sitting. I loved how the characters were built realistic almost like everyday people that I meet in real life, with baggage and life struggles. The attraction bet ...more

By Bette September 19, 2018

This is one of those books that just hit every emotional button and left me happy and satisfied. I has wonderful strong characters in Stella and Zach and the slowly developing relationship between them just made my heart swell. This is a story of loss and heartache but also new beginnings, love, and ...more

By Bec September 28, 2018

Zach Mason wants in on the ever busy veterinary practice that Stella Lane runs. However, Stella wants nothing to do with him and Zach realizes winning her over will be harder than he thought. Yet, he's persistent and figures he'll be able to wear her down sooner or later. Will Zach be able to convin ...more

By Melena September 26, 2018

I have always loved the books I've read by Jody Holford, and Never Expected You is another wonderful story.

Stella came back to her hometown of Brockton Point with plans to work with her father in his veterinary practice. It is something she has wanted to do since childhood. When he passes away unexp ...more

By Sarah August 28, 2018

A lovely, sweet romance with great characters and a great story. Stella and Zach pulled me in right from the beginning. I didn't want to put the book down! ...more

By Ashley September 28, 2018

I'm not sure why i thought contemporary romances weren't for me, i keep on trying them lately and not one has disappointed me. Jody Holfords "Never Expected You" was a 4/5 in my books.
Thank you NetGalley first of all for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The fall cover with ...more

By Catherine April 04, 2019

Never Expected You
by Jody Holford

Never Expected You is one of those sweet, and touching, love stories, that straddled the line between light and heavy; one that you never knew you needed, until you read it and fall in love. An extremely pleasant romance story, light, flirty, and funny that is a litt ...more

By Bree September 24, 2018

Happy Release Day!
Make sure you add it to your Want to Read shelf!

When I first got Never Expected You by Jody Holford, I was a little skeptical. This was my first time reading a book that included so many animals. I wasn’t sure what that element would bring to the story. This was also my first b ...more

By Kelly September 25, 2018

An engaging, funny and sweet, small town read

Book 2 in the Love Unexpected series, this is my first read by this author, and while I figured out when Stella's soon-to-be married best friend Megan showed up part way in that this book was probably part of series, I didn't feel I was missing anything ...more

By Elizabeth September 30, 2018

Zach knows he made the right decision not only becoming a veterinarian for animals wounded in war, but also in returning to his hometown to do it. He just has to convince the town's other vet to hire him to do so. Stella is beautiful and stubborn, and despite how attracted he is to her, Zach has his ...more

By Becky October 02, 2018

Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 10/2/18.

A sweet romance!

Having read the first book in the series, Let it Be Me , I was really looking forward to Stella's book. She's Megan's best friend, but seemed to hold herself a bit apart--even from her BFF-so I wasn't quite sure what to expect but wa ...more

By Heather September 16, 2018

This book has no on-page sex, but it has a lot of f-bombs. If copious use of the f-word bothers you, this is not the book for you because it is definitely overused in this one. Although this book is the second in a series, you do not have to have read the first to enjoy this one – it completely stan ...more

By Jessica November 25, 2018

This book has been sitting on my TBR in my Kindle for months. Literally months. I'm not sure why it has taken me so long to read it. I wish I has read it sooner.

I loved this sweet romance!
Stella has inherited her father's veterinarian practice and his home only to learn he was way into debt. She do ...more

By Sofia September 27, 2018

Never expected you is the second book in the Love Unexpected series and it's much better! I did not like Let it be me, but this one was more appealing and easier to read. Stella was a little pain in the arse because she was always fighting Zach about every single thing, but in the end, she admitted ...more

By Paula September 24, 2018

Never Expected You by Jody Holford is a charming, beautiful romance that was a pleasure to read. It is a bit different from the usual returning home veteran which I found refreshing and original. Zach Mason is a wonderful character, a true hero and the kind of man any community would be proud to hav ...more

By Lori September 22, 2018

What a beautiful character Zach is! He had everything you could want in a man and partner. He was accepting, supportive, honorable, vulnerable, sweet, and funny. But my favorite part of him was that he cherished every moment he could have with those he loved and yearned to find his place to belong. ...more

By Pamela September 24, 2018

Stella Lane and Zach Mason are two of a kind. Stella has come home to heal a broken heart and Zach has finally decided to go home and put down roots. Stella is Miss Independent. She lets n one in to help. Her shield is up protecting her from everybody, including her friends. Zach knows what he wants ...more

By Lesley September 22, 2018

Beautifully Romantic Ending.
Zach returns to his hometown hoping to become a partner in a veterinary practice, only to find his mentor has died and his beautiful (but independent and obstinate) daughter now runs the show. Stella has been badly hurt in the past and has no intention of relying on anyon ...more

By Becky October 01, 2018

A very cute read. I love the finding love when you least expected reads and Never Expected You is wonderful. Stella is strong willed, guarded and a bit feisty. She is doing everything she can to keep her fathers practice running on her own. Once she meets Zach hang on and enjoy the ride. Zach is bac ...more

By Nicole September 28, 2018

4.5 Stars
I will admit he cover drew me to this book because I love animals, but the blurb sold me on the book. Both Zach and Stella are veterinarians and truth the was the selling point for me. I love the small town and the quirks that come with it. I really liked Zach and Stella together. Great per ...more

By Shea September 15, 2018

I loved this sweet romance story. The thing that stood out to me about this story is how much Zach and Stella truly needed each other both professionally and personally. I loved the scenes where they were learning to open up to one another and learning how to comfort one another. I felt such a real ...more

By Carol September 16, 2018

I liked this book. Stella had a vet practice she took over for her dad but it was in dire need of money to improve it and just flourish. Zach comes in and wants to become a partner, but she resists all the way. She's not the most trusting person. They tangle at every turn, but eventually, she starts ...more

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Jody Holford

About the author

Jody Holford

Jody Holford lives in British Columbia with her family. She's a huge fan of Rainbow Rowell, Nora Roberts, Carly Phillips, Rachel Gibson, Sophia Kinsella, and Emily Giffen. She's unintentionally funny and rarely on time for anything. She writes multiple genres but her favourite is romance.

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