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  • By: Lily Morton
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (84 ratings)

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Beautifully Unexpected

By: Lily Morton
Narrated by: Joel Leslie
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Summary

Sometimes love comes when you least expect or want it.

Magnus Carlsen is determined to grow old disgracefully. At 52, he doesn’t believe in keeping anything. Men, sofas, books—everything gets jettisoned, eventually. He’s divided his life into happy compartments. A successful trial lawyer, he spends his days lecturing jurors, exasperating judges, and striding arrogantly around courtrooms. He fills his nights with a parade of handsome young men who want to make him happy. Why date someone his own age to discuss back pain, retirement planning, and corns when he can date men who don’t care to discuss anything at all?

However, when one of these sunny young men shows an inclination for dramatic scenes, Magnus meets his new neighbor. And his whole world implodes.

Laurie Gentry is nearly the same age as Magnus, but that’s where the similarity ends. He’s messy and creative and nosy and mysterious. He’s everything that Magnus has spent a lifetime avoiding. So, why can’t he get Laurie out of his head? 

Luckily, Laurie is only in London for the summer. Magnus can uncover Laurie’s mysteries and indulge their annoyingly hot attraction, and Laurie will be gone before complications arise. A few months isn’t long enough to lose his heart. Is it?

From best-selling author Lily Morton comes a romantic comedy about two footloose older men and how one summer in London brings something quite beautifully unexpected into their lives.

©2021 Lily Morton (P)2022 Lily Morton
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Nah

The characters laugh a lot, but I find myself not laughing along with them. They would need to take a breath or two in between the quips. Their interactions are at times cute but not believable for the middle-aged men they're supposed to be. Sure, there is no single way a man or a woman should behave at a certain age. There are various sides to a person etc. etc. All of us remain children in some way, despite our skinsuits getting older. This is what I love about men at this age, actually: their maturity, experience, more of a relaxed attitude toward life due to knowing by this point what they are and what they want, and a uniquely human softness underneath. These characters... they are not it for me. 20-somethings at best.

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Wonderful

As always, Lily Morten has written a romance novel that makes you feel completely comfortable. This time there are two interesting and fascinating characters, Magnus and Laurie, who are middle-aged. I have to say, I particularly liked the age of the men in this novel. As well as the relationship that develops throughout the story.

It begins between Magnus and Laurie as a light summer flirtation and eventually the two realize they want more. I loved the deep love these two have for each other. It was wonderful to watch them fall in love and friendship turn into so much more. As a reader, you could feel this magic between the two. You don't need to miss out on Lily's usual humor.
This book is an exciting and entertaining romance and also the setting in London was great.

Joel Leslie did a wonderful job narrating, as always, and he chose perfect voices for the characters. It was a pleasure to listen to this audiobook

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Excellent as ever

This is one of my favourite Lily stories and I really enjoyed how it was brought to life. Joel’s performance is superb as ever, he is one of my favourite narrators.

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Fine if you need lesson in UK Law

I was disappointed, Joel was excellent as usual but story did not meet my expectations. Pace was slow building up to a big reveal, then it ended swiftly without ??? being expanded, opportunity to introduce angst missed.

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Magnus and Laurie ❤️

WOW.......Absolutely brilliant love book by Lily Morton and in audio listening to Joel Leslie bring Mags & Laurie to life is truly amazing these two are simply magnificent together the fun the banter so hilarious never laughed as much from friends to lovers to something very beautiful can't recommend enough. ❤️

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Absolutely beautiful

It's one of my favourite books by Lily and I'm so pleased to say Joel does a fantastic job of bringing each character from the book to life. I enjoyed every moment of this story and recommend it wholeheartedly.

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Lily is Spectacular

I’m a huge fan of the M2M romance genre. Lily writes some of the best in the business. There is very little cringe factor, all of the characters are well thought through and the story character driven.

This is another amazing story in her collection with endearing characters and a gripping prose.

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Fantastic

Devoured this within days - the story was well-written and all characters are wonderfully portrayed, with the last few chapters being the highlights of the book. Great performance from the voice actor - highly recommended

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Beautifully Unexpected

A beautiful story from Lily Morton with exceptional narration by Joel Leslie. I loved these characters and their journey to happily ever after. I loved that they were older characters coming into love for the first time.

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Beautifully Unexpected! Lovely Job by J. Leslie

I'm a loyal Lily Morton fan, but I honestly wasn't expecting to adore Beautifully Unexpected as much as I did. These two guys literally drew me in right from the start. Both a bit curmudgeonly, and completely stuck in their ways, watching the friendship between Magnus and Laurie blossom is completely fulfilling.

When the romance finally happens, it just so natural... and they're incredibly hot together. Lily Morton crafts this one perfectly.

The audio version is nicely performed by Joel Leslie. He's come up with a really pleasant accent for Magnus.

an audiobook copy of Beautifully Unexpected was provided for the purpose of my honest review, all opinions are my own

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