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Friday, July 1, 2016

Review: Unpredictable Love by Jean C. Joachim / @MyFamHrt @JeanJoachim

Title: Unpredictable Love
Series: Pine Grove Novels, Book 1
Author: Jean C. Joachim
Publisher: Moonlight Books
Release Date: April 18, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Military, Romance
ARC Received From & Reviewed For: My Family's Heart

Uh oh. Amber signed her sister’s name on a pen pal letter to a Marine. As usual, Jory Walker was stuck fixing her sister’s little white lie.

When letters poured in from SSGT Trent Stevens in Afghanistan, Jory had no choice but to correspond. Sure he’d be drooling over Amber’s bikini photo, thinking it was Jory. Since they’d never meet, what harm could it do if she sent him a few letters?

Would her charade boomerang replacing happiness with pain? What started off as an innocent ruse, morphed into a monstrous web of deceit. Maybe unpredictable love was destined to break her heart.

This was a surprising story. It's short, sweet, and sexy. It's deep and evocative. Or maybe it's deeply evocative? *smiles*

The exchange of letters between Jory and Trent began because of Jory's sister Amber. Pretending to be someone else is always easy to do when not done in person, you know? Left uncorrected though... Well, that could end up causing more damage than originally thought.

That nagging thought lingered in the back of my mind as Jory and Trent got to know one another through pen and paper. I kept wondering if and when that exchange would happen and what the result would be. But I also kept hoping the connection Jory and Trent shared through their letters made that sin easier to forgive.

Ms. Joachim isn't a new to me author but her books continue to show me how incredibly talented she is. I find myself either loving or hating her characters while experiencing a wide range of emotions as I read her stories. She did that with Jory and Trent's story. I'm glad for the chance to read it. The ending was worth all the uncertainty and certainty I felt while reading.

Jean Joachim is a best-selling romance fiction author, with books hitting the Amazon Top 100 list since 2012. The Renovated Heart won Best Novel of the Year from Love Romances Café. Lovers & Liars was a RomCon finalist in 2013. And The Marriage List tied for third place as Best Contemporary Romance from the Gulf Coast RWA. She was chosen Author of the Year in 2012 by the New York City chapter of Romance Writers of America.

Married and the mother of two sons, Jean lives in New York City. Early in the morning, you’ll find her at her computer, writing, with a cup of tea, her rescued put, Homer, by her side and a secret stash of black licorice.


  1. Thank you for the wonderful review and for participating in the Tour. Victoria at My Family's Heart