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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


“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 next
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: coworkers, older brother's best friend, secret baby

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By Danielle's 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 a l ...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 dynamics, ...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. Soph ...more

By Isha March 23, 2019

Story of Us (Love Unexpected, #3) by Jody Holford  
There are some authors who know just where to strike to make a s direct connection with readers. Jody Holford is one of those authors. Story of Us stole my heart. Sophia and Declan are a beautiful mess in need of emotional healing. With baggage a m ...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 loca ...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 prover ...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 putti ...more

By Romancing the August 30, 2019

Reviewed by Lori
Book provided by publisher for review

This is the third book in the Unexpected series. Each book can be read as a standalone and they don’t need to be read in order if the reader doesn’t wish to.

This is a contemporary romance set in a small fictional town in anywhere USA. I love small ...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 Italian f ...more

By Sonya March 31, 2019

Declan James was happy with his life. He owned his own pub/bar, On Dec. Life was good and he was single. He had been thinking that it might be time to settle down when the found the right woman. He had never done long-term relationships but his friends were happy in their relationships/marriages and ...more

By Donna June 13, 2020

The Story of Us by Jody Holford is a beautiful story. And if any single men are reading my review; this is a story of how to win a girl and she will love you forever!!!
I read several reviews and everyone was saying they loved Declan. Well when you read the book you will know why. He is one of the b ...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 the ...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 book d ...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, marri ...more

By Kristie April 05, 2019

** I received an ARC of this from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

The best known bachelor of Brockton Point is Declan James. Declan is more than happy with his short relationships and working towards his career aspirations with no one in the way. Just as he is question ...more

By Christy April 09, 2019

I. Loved. These. Two! I thought they were fabulous. Sophia "ran" away from home when she turned 18 - but did she really? According to the locals - particularly her family - she did. And now she's back. Declan isn't sure what to think - he knows his best friend has never really forgiven his baby sist ...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 somethin ...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 make ...more

By Cara Ross April 24, 2019

When Sophia Strombi left Brockton Point, she left to experience life and become her own person, but in doing that she instantly became the black sheep of the family, just because she didn’t follow their rule of staying in the family business and living her life as they dictated to her.

But now she i ...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 a ...more

By Kari March 29, 2019

It’s been ten years since Sophia left her hometown to pursue her dreams for the future rather than her family’s dreams for her future. After the demise of both her career and her relationship she heads home to pick up the pieces.

Declan is Sophia’s brother’s best friend and when he sees Sophia again, ...more

By Stacy March 25, 2019

I received a copy of Story of Us by Jody Holford to read and review. Jody herself reached out to me and I’m glad she did. I fell in love with the story line and the characters, and being Canadaian, especially loved the mention of a Canadian favorite in the story. Declan and Sophia were the perfect c ...more

By Ann May 15, 2020

I did not know this was a series. I will now read them all. Sophia Stombi was the adventurous one in the family. She left to be on her own and go her own way. She has done well but She made a bad choice and is coming back home. She is not ready to face her family until she has a ...more

By Melena March 20, 2019

Jody Holford's Love Unexpected series is so much fun to read! After I really enjoyed the first two books I was excited to read about Declan and Sophia.

After seeing a couple of his friends fall in love, Declan feels like he's ready to find the one for him. It was fun seeing him in that frame of mind ...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 friend ...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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