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Alex was quite sure that "gifted" was a term which delusional parents applied to their strictly average children, that vampires were gorgeous dead guys in her eighth-grade girls' novels, and "Seers" was a middle schooler's misspelling of a department store famous for power tools. Teachers, however, don't know everything, and it’s Alex’s turn to be educated. Hoping just toAlex was quite sure that "gifted" was a term which delusional parents applied to their strictly average children, that vampires were gorgeous dead guys in her eighth-grade girls' novels, and "Seers" was a middle schooler's misspelling of a department store famous for power tools. Teachers, however, don't know everything, and it’s Alex’s turn to be educated. Hoping just to clear her mind, Alex Crocker leaves work for a late night run across the small city of Bristol, Massachusetts. Instead she is dragged violently into a feud she never would have known existed. She quickly learns she’s being hunted for possessing a gift she never wanted, one that could kill her or provide her the power she’ll need to protect herself and those she cares for.Despite her desire to maintain her independence, Alex quickly becomes tied to the Rectinatti vampires through bonds of friendship, loyalty, and most surprisingly, love. These bonds, coupled with the new knowledge that she is in grave danger are enough to make her want to stay, but it’s learning what is really at stake that drives her to fight....

Title : Unforeseen
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ISBN : 13624479
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 322 Pages
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Unforeseen Reviews

  • Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
    2018-10-22 03:18

    Lauren Grimley provided me with a copy of Unforeseen in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!!Now this was truly a great piece of vampire fiction, it had everything needed to keep me interested and ready for more. The writing is great, it’s strong and descriptive and really gives voice and life to the characters. It reminded me a bit of JR Ward’s style a bit but it’s not as aggressive in it’s delivery, it’s a bit more at ease and the descriptions are not as exaggerated. The plot is great and there is a good amount of depth and detail that goes into the world that really made me curious as to the things merely mentioned. Each character’s history is at least mentioned and I would really love to know more about Sage and Markus. I also would love to know more about the two vampire factions, the Vengetti and the Recenetti. There is quite a bit that is explained but I get the feeling that there is more than just a few instances of bad blood between them.Alex is a great main character and can really hold her own when she needs to. I loved the whole Seer thing, and I thought it was pretty cool the way it was incorporated into the story. It really gives her story something unique and really felt bad for Alex, I mean who wants to be so in tune with other people that your own emotions get pushed to the side. Her personal struggle was very realistic and she never gets an easy way out. When the males were introduced I was immediately in love with all of them. Sage has a great relationship with Alex and their personal connection was awesome, even funny. He’s kind of the tough wise guy with a heart of gold, and his pesky ability to read minds leads to some rather humorous situations. Rocky seems like a rather down to earth kind of guy even if he’s a little to lax in his approach to the other, and I immediately wanted someone to stick up for him. He’s a great guy and I enjoyed having his past explained since it really gives insight on his personality. Markus is the character that takes the longest to get to know and he’s also one of my favorites, he’s a total Alpha but he’s controlled and calm so he gets major points with me. My favorite male is Darian, who I can picture with perfect clarity, he’s a great leader even if he’s a bit too controlling about somethings and I love the fact that he second guesses himself. Of course they all get brownie points of being awesome vampires who don’t force the fact constantly.I am quite curious about a few aspect of the story and I’m really hoping that there is going to be more after this because I’d love to read it. Overall I found this to be well worth my time and I’m super happy to have had the chance to read it, I totally recommend it to those out there looking for a great Urban fantasy or something similar to Black Dagger Brotherhood.

  • Lauren Grimley
    2018-11-11 01:11

    My hope as the author is that Unforeseen will appeal to urban fantasy lovers, especially those who enjoy a little romance and a little humor. For fang fans, I tried to add enough to the vampire mythology to keep you on your toes; for the newbies, I kept it real enough to keep you afloat. It's the first book in the series and my debut novel. Enjoy!

  • Kim Hepburn
    2018-10-22 05:27

    I loved it!!! From start to finish it was a great read and nice to have a different take on vampires. I would recommend this book for sure!!!

  • Hazel *Craves the Angst Reviews*
    2018-10-19 02:36

    Find This and Other Reviews At Craves The Angst.Participating in the Blogger Book Fair, I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. Sending a special thank you to the organizers and author for allowing me to participate.4 Fabulous Stars!An Enjoyable, Thrilling Adventure That Will Keep You Reading All The Way Through!The Rundown:Alex Crocker is a high school English teacher who’s had the incredible gift of insight since she was a young girl. She’s always been able to sense what others are feeling, their emotional state an open book to her. Thinking her scarily accurate “woman intuition” a burden rather than a gift, she’s lived a sheltered and solitary life. One night, while out jogging, she’s attacked by a large man in an alley. Trying to fight her way free, she quickly sees three more men have joined the fray and fearing she won't survive the night, she fights harder only to realize she is truly outmatched, especially when she glimpses the fangs in one of her attackers.Patrolling the streets for signs of the Others, Rocky and Sage see a woman being attacked in an alley. Rushing to her rescue, they quickly notice that her scent, her essence, is different than that of a normal human. And when Sage tries to use his “gift” to persuade her to forget the nights event and it doesn’t work, confusion and curiosity urge them to take the injured woman back to their coven.Alex, though not scared, is suddenly in unfamiliar settings, surrounded by strangers who aren’t human, and quickly finds herself in the middle of a feud that's as old as the vampires themselves. But the real challenge is when they think she is the prophesied Seer who will be the strongest of her kind and bring balance to the war. But thats only if she survives the “maturity” which could either kill her or drive her completely insane.The Review:Its rare that I can be surprised by a paranormal story. I love all things paranormal and even with the same recurring storylines, I always find the idea of a world hidden and different from the one I live in, exciting. So when I picked up this read, I was looking forward to it, but I never expected to be pulled in and completely captivated by it in the way that I was. In short, I ABSOLUTELY LOVED this book!Lauren Grimley, in her debut novel, Unforeseen, paints a unique and fascinating world of vampires living secretly among humans, protecting them, all with a thrilling twist and individuality to her story. The vampires weren’t your typical scary, hardcore vamps. They sleep in beds, had true feelings and ate real food. As a rule, they didn’t drink human blood and not because they were abstaining but because they didn’t like it and it couldn’t nourish them properly. They depended on each other for feeding, needing their own essence to sustain them and keep them strong. It gave them human qualities and tames the traditional lore. Rather than being demonized or infected, they were a species just as humans. I loved this! They also had age ranges, allowing those who hadn’t “matured”, to still be part of daylight hours and venture into the sun. They had title and position within their society, allowing the elders the respect they earned throughout the centuries. Characters...The main part of this story centers on Alex. When we meet her, she’s your average human with a slightly enhanced sense of herself and others. As the story progresses, Alex becomes this promising, formidable force who could be indispensable if trained well. She decides early on she wants to be useful and not let her power, which could potentially kill her, leave her dead or insane. Each member of the house becomes an integral part of Alex’s new life. Darian, her leader, Sarah and Rocky, her best friends, Sage, her mentor and Markus, her lover. Alex learns a lot of lessons during her time with her new family, some embarrassing, some hilarious but most essential to who she will become. The romance was sweet and unexpected. When the book begins, I thought we were getting a different pairing but as the story progressed, Markus and Alex become the romantic focus and they balanced each other out. She’s a bit high strung and demanding and he’s calm and reserved. I really liked the backstory on Rocky. That vamp needs a hug if ever a vamp needed one! And though we didn’t get much backstory on the other housemates, all the characters were well developed and had substance. It was easy to connect with each one because they were written so well, each having their own individual personality, making them intense yet intriguing.I enjoyed the quirky dialogue and playfulness of the coven. Every minute, from the exciting beginning to the nail biting last scene had me glued to my seat!Aww, not five stars? Why...The only reason for not giving Unforeseen five stars was there were a couple of plot holes and questions I wish had been addressed. Why didn't Levi try to escape if he had all that power? Maybe he did and we just never learned it but I wish it has been covered. Also why did Darian question the Others having a Knower if Leonce and Darian were cousins? What did that mean? Why was Alex the only female Seer? Hopefully that question will be covered in the next book as well as what became of their histories. I want to know more about the fascinating Seer lineage. But just to be clear, NONE of that distracted from how much I enjoyed this story! The Wrap Up:There are only a handful of books I’ve read where I immediately wanted to turn back to the first page and instantly do a re-read once I hit the last page. This is definitely one of them. As soon as I was done, I wanted to re-live the adventure all over again. Thankfully, I have book two in my hands to fulfill that wish.Lauren Grimley entertained me with fun and exciting characters, a well developed and written story with a creative and different spin. She has a new fan to add to her collection!

  • Lady Allison
    2018-11-13 03:20

    This review & others also found on Red Hot BooksAlex Crocker is a middle school teacher that has always had incredible "intuition" about people. She didn't think much about it, until while out on a run one night, she gets nabbed by what she later finds out are vampires. She got caught in the crosshairs of a battle in the centuries old war between two covens...or at least, that's what everyone thought. When "Knower" Sage finds he can't erase her memory, he knows that she's not the average human and takes her back to headquarters to keep her safe while finding out more about the anomaly. She fights being questioned for a long time but after finally getting some answers, she begins to learn more about the world she's been thrust into. The Q&A session between Alex and the Regan (the head of the coven) is essentially how Ms. Grimley chooses to build her world. Alex asks something in order to understand her situation better and gets a history lesson in return that conveniently explains it to the reader as well. There isn't much character development, which is disappointing as three of the vamps that befriend Alex -- Sage (the aforementioned Knower), Markus (a traditional but adorable vamp who becomes the love interest), and Rocky (the youngest vamp in the group who is serving a sentence by working for the Regan)-- are all great characters. Unfortunately, I personally wasn't a fan of Alex herself. I thought she was obnoxiously loud, rude, impatient, and she hurt Rocky! On purpose! Not cool, Alex, not cool. There was a mystery element to the story as she went on the journey to try to figure herself out as a "Seer" and what all her gifts entailed as well as a family enigma that wasn't quite solved by the end. I honestly had high hopes for this book, but had the hardest time finishing it. The plot was too strung out, it didn't piece together soon enough, and the love story completely lacked spark. I liked Markus and Alex together, but there was no way I could believe they loved each other after a couple of walks around the compound. It would've been a lot more plausible to put her with Sage since they could read each other. Overall, it wasn't a terrible read, but I was not impressed. Grade: D*ARC provided by author for review

  • VampireRomanceBooks ThatsErotica
    2018-11-14 04:17

    Unforeseen is about Alex, an English teacher who has always considered herself as extremely intuitive. She has always felt like she has been on the outside looking in, until she is thrust into a world she didn’t know existed.I enjoyed this book. Grimley writes with an incredible amount of detail. It was easy to totally submerse myself into the story. I really got a feel for all of the characters because the author gave a lot of background. Alex is a strong leading character, while having a somewhat vulnerable side, she is also a survivor. Markus is the love interest, and he compliments Alex well. Rocky is another character that really touched me. He is a young vampire who has been disowned by his family. I really liked his wit, but to me it seemed like a front for his loneliness and insecurity.Because of the amount of detail in the book it seemed to crawl at times, but the details were necessary to the story. Grimley did do a very nice job of building the action once it picked up. Overall, I thought the story was well written and it kept me interested.Unforeseen is an original and unique story, but in some aspects it reminds me a little of The Black Dagger Brotherhood. Please don’t think I am saying this is a BDB knock-off, because it is far from it. Grimley has a style of her own, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Ward is one of her influences. I would really love to see the story expand to the other warriors as I became a big fan of both Rocky and Sage. I hope to hear more from Grimley in the near future.**Reviewed by Teresa D. for VampireRomanceBooks.com**

  • Lanie
    2018-11-08 06:14

    I enjoyed reading this book. Not to spoil anything for anyone but I would have rathered seen her with Sage...thats just my opinion. But none the less the idea of Markus grew on me and I enjoyed the whole plot. For sure will read book 2!

  • Ezinwanyi
    2018-10-17 06:29

    3.5 stars.In this book, we are introduced to 25-yr old Alex Crocker, who spends most of her time teaching and training her 8th grade students in both academic work and also in self-defense techniques. She seemed average, except that she wasn’t really average. She was an empath, and we learn right off the bat, she doesn’t have a great relationship with her parents. The familial strain was due to a tragic situation, and it splintered their familial relationship. She doesn’t have much in the way of girlfriends, and hasn’t been very lucky in love. Alex just couldn’t quite connect with guys because she attracted “soft” men, such as her ex-boyfriend Peter, who was kind of stalking her.One night, as she jogged, she was attacked and kidnapped by a couple of vampires. In captivity, Alex learns that two factions of the vampire world are vying for her allegiance because of a power she never knew she had. The group/coven holding her, the Rectinatti, tells her that they are protecting her from the other coven, the Vengetti. They help her to unravel some events that occurred in her past that seemed like normal events, but were really part of the supernatural battle for ownership of Alex and her family’s gift as Seers.During her captivity, she formed two unique relationships with Sage (a knower, gift similar to Alex’s) and with Markus, the lead warrior of this coven. While both of these warriors earn her trust, only one of these two warriors captures Alex’s heart.I enjoyed this book. It was well written and it flowed smoothly. The plot was interesting and the action was continuous. It’s one of those books that seemed simple when you begin reading it, you later realize that she made the layers, but they were woven really well. Alex was a really likeable heroine. She was strong and feisty, but she was genuine. She wasn’t hard in an effort to be ornery, she had just learned not to depend on others. But she quickly adjusted to her new reality, and she began putting her faith in others. Markus was definitely the right guy for her. He gave her room to make her own decisions and he took his time to make sure he would go all in with her. I thought for a while there would be a love triangle with Sage, but I am thankful the author didn’t go there. It seems like almost all YA books have a love triangle, so the lack of one here was refreshing. The secondary characters were also entertaining and an integral part of the plot. I look forward to getting to know them better in book 2.The only thing that I didn’t enjoy was how the family drama played out. I wanted Alex to have someone left for her to hold on to, but I guess the author wanted to cut off the old ties in order for Alex to fully attach to her new family and her new role as their seer.Either way, I look forward to watching Alex evolves further as she embraces her role as the seer as well as her continued amalgamation with the Rectinatti coven. If you want a YA vampire story with lots of action, romance, good story telling, then you should give this book a chance

  • Naomi
    2018-10-22 05:18

    When I began reading Unforeseen, in my opinion, it felt similar to another book that I have read before, but the longer I read, there were more differences and twists in the story line to give the book its own unique feel. I quickly became absorbed into the book and enjoyed the direction that the author took us with the plot.Alex is a high school teacher, who has always had good intuition in regards to people's feelings. She is a quiet person who usually keeps to herself, and really doesn't have any friends. She has been distant with her parents for some time and lost her brothers 11 years ago. Her life is about to change dramatically when she decides to jog home after work and is pulled into a dark alley.We are then introduced to the world of Vampires, the good coven of Vampires is the Rectinatti and the bad Coven is the Vangatti. They both have different rules that they abide by and different sources of food. Alex is abruptly thrust into this world into the Rectinatti coven after they save her. They sense something different about Alex and intend to keep her against her will until they figure it out.I enjoyed watching Alex interact with the Vampires. She has spunk and she throws them off guard with the way she challenges all their decisions. They really don't know how to deal with humans as they have been living in their own little world for so long. Sage has his own powers and tries to help Alex discover what she is but they often clash as they are both strong minded people. Rocky is closer to Alex's age and they have a lot more in common in regards to more modern hobbies. Marcus has an attraction to Alex, but he is very old fashioned and he takes his sweet time making any moves on Alex, so being the modern girl she is tries to push him along. We also meet the Ragen (head of the coven) Darian and his mate Sarah who also have big roles in the story. Together these 5 Vampires are a close knit bunch who work together to ensure the safety of their coven.The story unravels as we discover that there is a prophecy that is beginning to come into play and Alex is a big player in it. She needs to work with her new family and learn to control and harness her powers, as well as learning to work with other people and letting herself trust those around her to keep her safe.I believe the author was able to create a great new twist to the Vampire story. Alex is going to be a force to reckon with and she will be interesting to watch in the next books.I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Trish at Between My Lines
    2018-11-01 01:27

    True Rating : 3.5 starsUnforeseen was a book I won on http://inlibrisveritas.wordpress.com/. This is one of those times when winning a book made me read a book I might not have otherwise. I'm wary of Vampire books, they have been overdone to death and have had all the blood sucked from them so they don't have a lot of new ideas to bring to the table.But this one was a very pleasant surprise. I really enjoyed it, I won't say it was unique but it is very readable. Alex while running home from work, gets attacked and ends up being rescued by vampires. She is resistant to their mind washing, badly injured and they take her home to keep her safe and find out why their powers don't work on her. From there Alex is thrust into a world she knows nothing about but into a world where she already belongs. What makes this book work for me is the characters. Alex is realistic, tough and even a pain at times but always entertaining. The coven of Vampires all have their own distinct personalities, together they are just plain fun. They bounce off one another and I had more than a few laugh out loud moments. In particular the youngest member Rocky is like a little brother, you want to simultaneously hug him and slap him.The world building is slowly done. As Alex reads the histories, we gain an understanding along with her, we learn about the vampire powers and the different families. We are as confused as she is as to how it all fits together and especially where she fits in. She has trouble believing in vampires and her reaction to their world felt a lot less contrived than others I have read.My biggest issue is the relationship with Marcus, it happened a bit too fast. Insta-love is one of my pet hates and it does happen. Apart from that I really enjoyed Unforeseen. A story about friendship and loyalty set within a vampire world with all the action that entails with a few twists and lots of humour; what is there not to enjoy? Really looking forward to book 2 to see where we go to next.

  • Maria Rich
    2018-11-13 02:32

    I gave this book four stars using this criteria; did it interest me? Did I stay interested? Did I want more after it was finished? While I was away from it, did it pop unbidden into my brain? If I answer Yes 100% to all of these then you get a 5. If I answered no to any of them you don’t get over a 3. A 4 is then a % of Yes. Unforeseen was fascinating, with a good cast of characters and an interesting twist on the Vampire. All vampire lovers will know about covens, but what do the covens do? Are they just hang out clubs, shields, and power trips? Or is there some purpose beyond this that we just have never realized? Unforeseen shows us one possibility and I for one love the concept.I stayed interested the whole way through, even though I had to take a while to read it (busy schedule). I was always eager to get back to it, yet it didn’t get 100% because it didn’t compel me to go to work with two hours’ sleep. On that note I was quite eager to get into book two and started it before getting a chance to write up the review for book one! I have a very restless imaginative brain that tends to keep at least two running fantasies in it at any given time. A good book will invade those fantasies and pop into my head during the work day. Unforeseen did pop into my head several times, making itself known through direct imaginings and indirect ‘I really liked that part’ or ‘I wonder what Alex will do about that?’ Yet it didn’t completely take over. Overall Unforeseen was a very satisfying read, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes vampires and strong female characters. Oh and the hot vampire dudes don’t hurt!

  • Katie
    2018-10-18 07:39

    This book was something of a surprise for me, since I have never read a modern Vampire book and was worried it would be scary, gory, or cliched. It is non of the above! It is entertaining, richly written, and full of personality. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next Alex Crocker adventure!

  • Colleen
    2018-10-25 01:22

    This was not a book I would have picked up on my own - I don't often read about vampires - but I know the author, so had to give it a read. I enjoyed it. Good job, Lauren! You wrote characters that I liked getting to know. I'm looking forward to #2 and learning more about Alex and the vamps.

  • Melanie
    2018-11-13 04:31

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  • Ben
    2018-11-04 06:23

    everybody should go buy this book! that being said im looking forward to starting it tonight.