“MEETING THE UNPREDICTABLE,”
BY RIANN C. MILLER
PUBLICATION: SEPTEMBER 29, 2016
What happens when opposites attract?
Tyler has spent the last six years constructing his perfectly boring life, which is exactly the way he wants it. He spends his days hiding behind the protective walls he has so carefully built and has no intentions of changing . . . until he meets the unpredictable.
Lennie Jacobs is an intoxicating mess. She never stays anywhere long enough to form a solid relationship with anyone, including her family, because she has taught her fragile heart that love isn’t an option.
What started as a way to pass the time soon blossoms into something neither expected.
He was never meant to be permanent.
She can’t promise forever.
But, when life and love are on the line, everything changes.
I’m sorry to say that this is my first time reading anything from Riann C. Miller and I hate that I have not discovered this author earlier! “Meeting the Unpredictable” is a wonderful story about a young woman named Lennie, who absolutely marches to the beat of her own drummer. Always a gypsy going from place to place, she returns to Dallas for a while to stay with her sister Jodi. Luckily while trying to bake muffins realizes she is out of ingredients and meets the sexy, introverted neighbor across the hall, Tyler. What begins as Lennie just trying to be annoying and aggravate Tyler, develops into a special friendship, surprising them both when they start longing to be with each other. As they quickly become closer friends, they endure and support one another through family arguments and past wounds that haven’t healed. Lennie brings Tyler out of his shell and Tyler shows Lennie hope as they both start embracing life.
Although there were some sad moments in “Meeting the Unpredictable,” I really, really loved every minute of this novel! Some may find Lennie’s carefree nature off-putting, but I loved how she was her, no matter what anyone else thought. If we all had a little piece of Lennie’s nonchalant confidence, the world might be a happier place. But…. if we were all too much like Lennie, the economy would most likely crumble and there may be an enormous amount of offended people walking around based on how Lennie speaks her mind. Granted she had a trust fund from her grandparents, Lennie chose not to conform to what everyone expected of her as the norm as far as college and career, but instead, travels from place to place and volunteers at animal shelters and the children’s ward at a hospital. Tyler is initially her polar opposite, keeping to himself all day in his apartment working as a corporate investigator, typically only socializing with his roommate Chad – who just happens to be head over heels for Lennie’s sister, Jodi.
Tyler tries everything he can think of to get rid of Lennie and push her away, but she never gives up. On one hand, it’s funny because of her longing to drive him crazy, but it’s also beautiful and romantic because of what develops. Both Tyler and Lennie are afraid of living, but for very different reasons and they show it in very different ways. However, as the novel progresses, you start to see bits of Lennie in Tyler, and bits of Tyler in Lennie. Author Riann C. Miller created 2 very special characters that I couldn’t help but love and I was burning up the pages reading their story. This book was nothing short of fantastic and I guarantee I will be adding other novels by this incredible author to my TBR list very soon!
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*Thanks to NetGalley for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.