Revisiting Old Friends

5 out of 5 stars

As the “companion novel” to When You Least Expect It, wow, does this hit on everything I loved about the first book. Told from the other point of view, this makes me fall even more in love with these characters. Seriously, the first book absolutely knocked my socks off. And hearing their story again made it so much better.

The author masterfully expands upon the narrative from the first book, allowing me to delve deeper into the lives of the characters I already knew and loved. One of the standout aspects of Better Than Expected is adding depth to Hannah’s story. While I initially felt that her story was already well-rounded, this book managed to add even more depth and complexity to her character. Through the pages of Better than Expected, I developed an even stronger affection and respect for Hannah, appreciating her growth and journey in ways I never anticipated. In the first book, we hear about things that went on but didn’t “live” through them like we get to in this.

Haley Cass has consistently proven her prowess as a writer, and Better than Expected is yet another testament to her exceptional talent. Her ability to craft compelling stories within the sapphic romance community is unparalleled. Cass’s storytelling skills are impeccable, capturing the essence of human emotions and weaving them into her stories with passion and authenticity. Every book I’ve read has left me spellbound, and I eagerly anticipate each new release. Haley Cass has undoubtedly become one of my go-to authors within this genre.

In addition to Cass’s remarkable writing, the performance by Lori Prince only enhances the overall experience. Prince’s performances are consistently outstanding, and she effortlessly breathes life into the characters. Her ability to convey the emotions and nuances of the story is exceptional, and she has once again proved herself to be a remarkable narrator. Lori Prince’s contribution to the audiobook adds an extra layer of depth and enjoyment to an already captivating tale.

Overall, Better than Expected by Haley Cass is an extraordinary book that not only lives up to its promises but also surpasses them. The opportunity to witness the same story from a fresh perspective is a true delight for readers. Cass’s exceptional storytelling and Prince’s superb narration combine to create an immersive and unforgettable experience. If you are a fan of sapphic romance and yearn for a heartfelt and engaging read, Better than Expected should be at the top of your reading list.

Book Description:

Kindle edition currently available for free with Kindle Unlimited.

Hannah Dalton had a lot of expectations in her life. Growing up watching her mother struggle for everything they had, she resolved to make sure she did everything she could to make those hardships worthwhile. She would pursue the career she dreamed of, she would marry someone trustworthy and kind, and she would try to give her own daughter everything her mother gave her, only without the struggle.

She just never anticipated the order in which it could all happen or the hardships that would inevitably come to pass. But, somehow, maybe it can all work out better than expected.

A companion to the bestselling novel When You Least Expect It.

Better Than Expected by Haley Cass
Narrator: Lori Prince
Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins
Published by Tantor Audio on May 2nd 2023
Genres: LesFic/Sapphic Fiction
Format: Audiobook
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Also by this author: When You Least Expect It, Down to a Science

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