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Declan James has been Brockton Point’s most ineligible bachelor––happy with his short-term relationships and focusing on his business. But now that his closest friends have found their happily-ever-afters, he can’t help but wonder what that might be...

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Declan James has been Brockton Point’s most ineligible bachelor––happy with his short-term relationships and focusing on his business. But now that his closest friends have found their happily-ever-afters, he can’t help but wonder what that might be like. And then Sophia Strombi shows up on his doorstep.

Sophia’s life is––well there’s no other word for it––a mess. She’s grateful to have some work at her brother’s best friend’s bar, and a place to stay. Since she’s working hard to get her life back on track, she’s desperately trying to ignore the fact her boss makes her heart pound in a good way. Wait––no. That’s not good at all.

Besides, she has a huge secret she’s keeping from everyone––one that’s a life-changer.

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

Praise

“So much sweetness in this one ya’ll...beware of cavities j/k. Honestly this read was spot-on perfection. Nailed it Ms. Holford...” -Katrina H., Goodreads

“This is a seriously swoony read – a brother’s best friend romance with a great twist, and a determined romantic hero that will sweep you off your feet!” -Escapist Book Blog

Declan makes a sexy and totally adorable boyfriend.” -Suzette P., Goodreads

“Not many times can an author surprise me with something totally out of left field but Jody Holford has taken a different direction from a regular romance of boy meets girl to something very different and unique making it an awesome romance to read.” -Diane M., Goodreads

“Once again Jody Holford gives us an incredible story that is not only a sweet romance but a story that touches on family dynamics and the impact they have on each of us.  Declan and Sophia are such an interesting couple and you can't help but cheer for them every step of the way.” -Bette H., NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640638280
Series: Love Unexpected, Book 3
Release Date: Mar 18, 2019
Page Count: 365
Imprint: amara
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: coworkers, older brother's best friend, secret baby

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By D.M. March 18, 2019

Sophia has returned to her home town after a bad break-up. Her boss was also her boyfriend and when things went bad she lost everything that was keeping her away from home. Sophia may have moved back to town, but she’s not ready to face her family just yet. Declan is a friend of her brothers and... ...more

By Bookgasms January 23, 2019

One of the things I’ve come to love the most about Jody Holford’s books is that she consistently delivers more than a love story. I mean, the love story is there – don’t get me wrong – and it is lovely. But the threads of the story weave a more complicated tapestry of richly layered family dynami... ...more

By Claire February 21, 2019

Another winner from Jody Holford. I absolutely loved Declan...he has quickly become my favourite hero she has ever written. We met Declan in the last two books in the series and Sophia was a perfect match. Not only was the love story beautifully written but there was so much more to this story. S... ...more

By Morgan » 'Mashleas Reads' March 02, 2019

» 4 stars! «

The Story of Us was a very quick, easy to read and great romance between Declan and Sophia.

Sophia returns to her home after 10 years living away in another state. She's just recently lost her job and money and is looking for a fresh start. Enter Declan, her brothers best friend and l... ...more

By Bette March 17, 2019

Once again Jody Holford gives us an incredible story that is not only a sweet romance but a story that touches on family dynamics and the impact they have on each of us. Declan and Sophia are such an interesting couple and you can't help but cheer for them every step of the way. Declan is the pro... ...more

By Char (1RadReader59) March 09, 2019

Ten years ago, at eighteen, Sophia Strombi left warmth, love, and security of the family she always knew. Under a cloud of darkness, anger, hurt, and bad feelings. All because she wanted to go away to college. Being from just not the way it is done.
So, Sophia did it anyway. Moving to Arizona pu... ...more

By Carolyn's March 01, 2019

I love this series and of course Jody Holford's writing. While the romance is the major focus of the book, the relationships of the friends and family are extremely important. Those relationships definitely shape our lives and make us the individuals we are.

Sophia being the youngest in an Italia... ...more

By Tara March 19, 2019

I loved this book. Declan and Sophia were two amazing characters that had me rooting for them from beginning to end. Sophia is home after being away for ten years. She has a secret and has always felt like the disappointment in her family. She wants to mend fences, but her family is stubborn and... ...more

By Paula March 18, 2019

Story of Us is a complicated story of romance, life and all that can happen. Declan and Sophia fit together but family, friendship and past events keep that from being a smooth ride for either of them. Declan best friend’s little sister has returned home and needs a job. That is nopart of the boo... ...more

Story of Us is book 3 in the Love Unexpected series. I have been impatiently waiting to get my hands on Declan's story and it was even better than I had hoped. 

Declan is a known player. He usually only spends one night with a woman and that's always been enough for him. After his friend, Adam, ma... ...more

By Fizza March 15, 2019

It is a sweet and sad kind of story and I enjoyed reading it a lot. Dec and Sophe are both great characters. Sophia is an independent and stubborn woman who doesn't like it when others tell her what to do. She had left home right after school and has been living on her own since then. It is somet... ...more

By Lori March 12, 2019

What a beautiful story about acceptance, family, making amends, and love! Let's start with Declan. Seriously, could a man be more perfect. Yes, he is flawed, as we all are, but his heart was always in the right place. The overwhelming urge to know Sophia, then to support her, love her, then to ma... ...more

By Becky March 17, 2019

Story of Us is such a wonderful read. I highly enjoyed this one. Sophia is back home after trying to live her own life outside the family business. She has a lot of bridges to mend within her family. I love her strength throughout everything in this one. She is one strong and stubborn cookie with... ...more

By Diane March 15, 2019

Awesome book to read!

Sophia Strombi has finally moved back to her hometown because she lost her job and fiancé and wanted to mends fences with her family. Sophia needed a job and On Dec owned by Declan James needed a manger for his bar. Sophia wasn’t sure about working for her brother’s best frie... ...more

By Laura March 07, 2019

I loved the first two books in this series but Declan and Sophia's story is on a whole other level!

Dec is so funny and charming. Watching him fall to his knees for Sophia was beautiful to watch. He went from being a bit of a player to being one of the swooniest heros I've read in a long time. So... ...more

By Katrina March 11, 2019

Story of Us by Jody Holford is Book 3 of the Love Unexpected series. While this book is part of a series it can be read as a standalone. This was the first of the series I had read and I had no issues following along.

So much sweetness in this one ya’ll...beware of cavities j/k. Honestly this rea... ...more

By Suzette March 18, 2019

Like the rest of the series this is a very warm story. Declan and Sophia build a relationship on a solid foundation looking to the future. They are both aware of the reasons why their relationship shouldn’t work but know that they are meant to be together and are determined to see it through in a... ...more

By Heather February 23, 2019

Declan doesnt like these new feelings his woman brings out in him, "where the he** was she? She’d left work hours ago, and he had no idea where she was. He did not like the worry crowding his chest. It wasn’t familiar, and it damn well wasn’t comfortable." I liked this book, I fell in love with D... ...more

By Jacki February 27, 2019

Enjoyed it

What I liked:
The writing style
The characters
Dual POVs
Part of a series: Love Unexpected
Standalone
HEA
Epilogue

I look forward to reading more from this author.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC from NetGalley.
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By Gwen March 19, 2019

Jody Holford has become one of my favorite authors to read these days. So cute and wonderful, it's a great read for over a weekend. ...more

By Stella March 15, 2019

Family and love!

Sophia left town when she was 18 to become her own person! She comes from an Italian family and they all expected that she would stay and work in her parents’ restaurant. But Sophia had other ideas, so she left, put herself through college for business and got a good job and boyf... ...more

By Judy February 27, 2019

An interesting story that deals with family and finding ones self. The characters have lots of dept and incite. You'll find them dealing with past and present issues. Finding their happy ever after. ...more

By Ann (Fanni Ann) March 19, 2019

This is a new author for me and i was quite impressed by the writing and characters, it is book three in a series and was a love at first sight story. Entertaining.

I received a copy and I am voluntarily leaving my own honest opinion ...more

By Angel March 19, 2019

Sophia was more of a flee- the - town-she- was- born- in and- gobble-life up- whole girl. Sophia went to the back door of On Dec - a popular Brakton Point pub. Declan/Dec came up behind her and said he was freezing and needed to get in his bar. Than Declan realized it was Sophia. She threw her ar... ...more

By Kristal March 05, 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed Story of Us by Jody Holford. Sophia Strombi returns home to Brockton's Point after ten years away from her rigid Italian family. Declan James is lifelong friends with Sophia's brother and owner of a growing pub. Declan gives her a job and great things happen for the pub and t... ...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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