An Unexpected Turn by Stephanie Rose

Title: An Unexpected Turn
Author: Stephanie Rose
Release: August 12, 2022
Genre: Small Town Romance, Single Dad Romance
Cover Design: Qamber Designs
Photography: Regina Wamba



After a risky affair cost me my self-respect, my credibility, and almost my job, I jump at the guidance counselor position that opens up in Uncle Keith’s small town. He’s the only father I’ve ever really known and the one I can turn to—even when I can’t tell him why.

No one here knows what a mess I am, and this clean slate seems perfect. At least until I run into my old crush, who’s only gotten better looking with age.

I won’t be another man’s dirty little secret, even if that crush I had as a teenager blossomed into something much more—something I can’t face.

Reasons Why Absolutely Nothing Can Happen Between Us:
1. Jake is the single dad of one of my new students.
2. Age gap. Age gap. Age gap.
3. He’s my uncle’s best friend.


I didn’t realize the curvy brunette I flirted with outside my son’s school was my buddy’s sweet, shy niece, all grown-up now. I know better than to get involved.

My marriage crumbled, leaving me and my son with damage we’re still repairing. The last thing I need is to start something with someone fourteen years younger. Did I mention she’s the police chief’s surrogate daughter?

I’m old enough to know better, but I can’t keep my hands off her. I never expected to fall this hard. Even though it’s all wrong, nothing has ever felt this right.

Author’s Note: This deliciously scandalous, small-town, single dad standalone includes steamy times in front of a kitchen sink, a hot new use for a chocolate ice cream cone, and an alpha cinnamon-roll hero who’s very good with his hands.


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Praise for the novel:

Verve Romance ~ “Crazy hot, super sweet, and with one of the most rewarding epilogues I’ve ever read, An Unexpected Turn was an absolute joy to read.”

Booklover Judy Lynn ~ “There are some hot and steamy times, some very romantic and swoon-worthy moments, and times filled with heart-warming emotion.”

Pages with Payten ~ “the white hot chemistry between Peyton and Jake is undeniable”

Kristina Hearts Books ~ “If the age gap, forbidden elements, small town vibe, and real adult communication weren’t enough the heat is sizzling between Peyton and Jake!”

An Unexpected Turn by Stephanie Rose
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Holy slow burn romance!!!

I’ve decided to read this book and I’m so happy it was not a miss. Both Jake and Peyton were very loveable characters. He has an ex-wife who is making his life hell, but having his son with him makes it all worth it. I loved Jake and they way he wanted to respect this friendship with her uncle up until where he couldn’t stay away any longer.

Peyton has come to this small town in hopes of finding peace after what has happened to her back in NYC. She had a huge crush as a little girl on Jake but now she is all woman, even if so many people still see her as a kid, and she wants him. It’s been a while where I read slow burn and was so invested and was rooting so hard for our MC’s to fall for each other as I did with this story. It was funny, hot and steamy but filled with so much love and heart that I was really disappointed when the words THE END showed up on my Kindle.

My first read by this author but I’m definitely coming back!

***Review copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMGReads Blog***

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Stephanie Rose is a badass New Yorker, a wife, a mother, and lover of all things chocolate. Most days you’ll find her trying to avoid standing on discarded LEGO or deciding which book to read next. Her debut novel, Always You, released in 2015, and since then she’s written several more—some of which will never see completion—and has ideas for hundreds to come.