Thursday, February 26, 2015

**Review & Author Interview** HER UNEXPECTED HERO (Unexpected Heroes #1) by Melody Anne @authmelodyanne


Would you recognize true love if it sat down next to you? In this unforgettable new spinoff of the Billionaire books from New York Times bestselling indie author Melody Anne, two strangers must look past their painful memories to make way for everlasting love.

Alyssa’s modeling career came to an abrupt end when her manager boyfriend emptied her bank account and ruined her professional reputation. Now she’s heading to a new town in Montana to rebuild her life—if she can even get there (stupid delayed planes!). But things are looking up when she's upgraded to first class and a mysterious stranger sits down next to her…

Jackson Whitman doesn’t believe in love, or commitment, or forever—not since he lost his wife and daughter. But the beautiful woman sitting next to him at the gate has him rethinking that position. Can he convince her to be his for the night? Or will she convince him to be hers for a lifetime?



Her Unexpected Hero was my first time reading a full length book by Melody Anne, I did read a novella by her in the Baby It's Cold Outside Anthology and it turns out I have several of her books in my TBR waiting for me on my Kindle so I know I will be reading more from this author in the future.  While this is a new series, I am going to assume (the vibe I got from reading this book) that this is a spin-off of another series.  While I enjoyed this book as a new series and a standalone there were times I felt like I was missing out on some pieces of the puzzle, they were few things that made me wonder if I should go back and read her Anderson series (which I most likely will).

Her Unexpected Hero was different than I was expecting.  Melody Anne has crafted a story that you think is leading in one direction and then jumps the rails and really takes you on a new path!  When Jackson and Alyssa met there was a spark, chemistry and some heat!  Melody Anne did a great job pulling you into the story, from the emotional prologue and then right into the meeting of Alyssa and Jackson at the airport.  Alyssa was a tough sale for me, she had just had the carpet pulled from beneath her, losing everything and having to go back to living with her parents.  She was closed off, bitter and wanting to forget what she was forced to leave behind.  A fresh start was what she planned, then Jackson messed it all up (in a good way).  Jackson, I will admit, I liked right away.  He was surly, a bit fussy and hot under the collar.  Then we get to see him evolve and change during the story.  Melody Anne did a great job with her characters, I loved the family ties with Jackson and his family and the sense of community that she portrayed in that small Montana town.

As the story unfolded there were a few things that gave me pause (I have a few hang ups in my picky reader's mind that I couldn't get over, but no spoilers) and took me out of the story.  Alyssa was very wishy-washy and came off as a bit of a spoiled brat.  She didn't want Jackson, but she was upset when he wasn't there giving her attention and she made pretty silly choices.  Her character went through a lot during this book, things got pretty dramatic and a bit far fetched for me.  Jackson on the other hand became a whole new person from the surly man we meet at the airport, but I was ok with that.  He saw what he wanted, recognized it and went after it.  He was way more patient (and a bit blind) with Alyssa than many would be.  His turnaround did seem sudden, but somehow it worked.  I liked the idea that your whole life could change by sitting next to someone on a plane... ah, fate!

Her Unexpected Hero was definitely an interesting read.  While I wasn't a fan of some the plot points and the dramatic happenings, it was a solid read and I will be interested to read the next installment.  If you like your romance with drama and sizzle then this is a great book to pick up and read tonight!



1.  Do you write to a soundtrack or specific type of music?

 Country Music all the way!! I have country songs playing throughout my books. That’s how I got the name “Who I am with You.” I go to at least 6 country concerts a year. I’m a total junkie. Just went to Raylynne, Justin Moore, and Miranda Lambert last night. It was an incredible show.

2.  What’s the most memorable character that you have ever written?

 Joseph Anderson. He’s the patriarch of the Anderson Family and whenever my fans are asked who their favorite character is, Joseph is listed as one of their favorites because he’s loud, and big, and a meddler who loves his family more than anything else in the world.

3.  What kind of snack/drink is a MUST for you when writing?

Coffee!!!! No one speaks to me until I’ve had coffee, and no one wants to. I am unpleasant. I forget to eat sometimes for a day or 2, but I live on coffee. My family have made jokes that I need an IV running underground from the coffee house to my laptop so I can just plug it into my arm J

4.  Describe your perfect writing space? and where do you actually write?

I have a beautiful office that is decorated with pictures and my favorite quotes and is in the back of the house where it’s quiet, and though I work at night when everyone is sleeping, I still get lonely being back there, and so I sit at the kitchen table, or on the couch or on my deck, but never in my office.

5.  What do you do with the stuff that gets “edited” out of your books? Do you keep it or do you consider it gone for good?
I used to just throw it away, but if it’s a huge chunk, I now keep it, though it’s just in a file on my computer never to be used again. Maybe I’ll publish a deleted scenes book someday. 

6.  What is the first Romance book you remember reading?  What is the last book you read?

First romance book I ever read was a historical romance when I was in the 6th grade. I’d snuck it out of my mom’s collection. I will never forget the words “heaving bosom” I giggled and turned red at the same time. From that moment on, I was hooked on romance with totally unrealistic expectations of what a relationship was supposed to be like.

7.  What was the last thing you read?

 Last thing I read was people magazine. I’m a junkie. Love the gossip, the articles, and the fashion tips even though I live in sweats and t-shirts.

The last book I read was “Taken not Spurred” by Ruth Cardello.

8.  When you are not writing, what are you doing (any hobbies or guilty pleasures)?

Going to Country music concerts, having a bbq with family and friends, playing with my nieces and nephews, playing poker, drinking too much on a Friday and recovering on a Saturday, spa days, and nerf wars, though the kids all gang up on me and I end up getting tackled. In the summer I’m camping. I will take my computer and spend every weekend camping if I can get away with it. It’s my absolute ideal vacation!! There is nothing like a campfire and roasting a hotdog and marshmellows. Okay, now I’m ready to go camping right now.

9.What is your favorite way to interact with your fans? (social media, conventions, emails, letters..)

In person. I love the conventions. But I also love facebook and twitter. Emails sometimes take a while to get to me. I would love letters. I have gotten some great cards from fans. I got a chocolate from Australia. Now, that was cool!! Thanks again, Emma

10.   What are you working on now?  Can we get a sneak peak?

I’m doing some final tweaks on Her Forever Hero tonight, actually, and I am more than happy to give some sneak peaks. I’ll have to get my editor on that


Melody Anne is the author of the popular series, Billionaire Bachelors, and Baby for the Billionaire. She also has a Young Adult Series out; Midnight Fire and Midnight Moon - Rise of the Dark Angel. She's been writing for years and published in 2011. She hold a bachelors degree in business, so she loves to write about strong, powerful, businessmen.

When Melody isn't writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and pets. She lives in a small town that she loves, and is involved in many community projects.

See Melody's Website at: She makes it a point to respond to all her fans. You can also join her on facebook at:, or at twitter: @authmelodyanne.