Mar 11, 2015

*Blog Tour* Unlike Any Other by Claudia Burgoa



AJ
 
The name AJ Colthurst may not have any meaning to the public eye, but it should, as I’m the daughter of two famous celebrities. Like any superstar, they crave privacy; so much of it, they built a house in the middle of nowhere for us children. As we grew older, we discovered the lies they built as a fort to protect us from the media, ended up causing emotional damage along the way.
I carry a portion of the guilt on my shoulders; the other part I discovered is the separation of my parents. Their unorthodox ways may have driven me bonkers, but knowing they are no longer together is unacceptable.

That’s why I decided to rattle their cage by reminding at least one of my parents of the past and the reason they belong together. They need to remember why their love is so perfect and why they have to fight to keep it alive. Even if it means I have to dredge up some of my own painful memories along the way.
 
Gabe
 
Back in the early eighties, I set myself to succeed in the financial world. The first step had been moving to New York City to become a stockbroker, but things didn’t work out the way I had hoped. Instead, I ended up making movies and by the end of the decade, Gabe Colt had become a famous name. The downside to my career of choice: the paparazzi. In order to protect my family and our privacy, I maintained my family away from the circus. It had been for their own good; a decision we had made before we started our family.

However, those past decisions ended up chasing my entire family away and now I’m trying to put the pieces back together along with my little girl.
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“You don’t seem surprised to see me.”
“The bank called earlier to inform me that Miss Colthurst spent twenty-five thousand dollars in one swipe and to confirm that I authorized the transaction. You haven’t used your card in a long time and suddenly you spend thousands of dollars in just minutes.” We enter a large room with wall to wall bookcases that span from the floor up to the ceiling. Behind a mahogany desk, there is a majestic panoramic window that faces the ocean. A familiar setting, but I’m positive that I’ve never been here before. Gabriel closes the door behind us and resumes the conversation. “Logically, I had to find out what you were up to. I feared you’d been in the hospital and with that pride you carry… you wouldn’t call. That’s why I sent Mason to pick you up, I wanted him to make sure you're alright. He was in the neighborhood.”
Well, he’s here, I’m here, might as well get the party started.
“I wanted you to tell me that what the magazine published is a lie.” I fight with the fist-sized knot in my throat. “But I witnessed that it’s real: a wife, a kid… your first kid, the magazine highlighted that part. Congratulations, I guess.”
I clean the dripping sarcasm from my mouth with the back of my hand.
Those wrinkles around his blue eyes shrink even more. He doesn’t look as young as he does on the cover of magazines. Late fifties look different in front of the cameras, in the media, and, in general. With all the makeup and Photoshop they apply, not many get to see the real face of Gabriel Colt; only a few of us are lucky.
“Ah, that made you crawl outside your little hideout, I see.” He closes his eyes and takes several breaths before opening them again. “Life changed while you were gone, AJ. I don’t think you have the right to burst into my house and make a scene.”
“Your house?” I try to grab the edge of the desk to keep myself from getting caught in the rapids I’m swimming against at the moment. What happened to: “What’s yours is ours?”
 “So, I take it you’re not here to apologize?” he dodges my question.
“This house looks a lot like the house in Baja—also looks like home,” I take a few steps and scan the room—avoiding his question.
Two can play the same game. I learned from the best—him.
The answer is simple. Hell, no, I’m not asking him to forgive me. Not when he’s proving that I was right. He lied for a long time. Or, that he only cares about his image and what the rest of the world thinks of him.
“Eight rooms upstairs, I bet. The biggest facing the ocean and it’s right above this library, isn’t it? You never brought us here.” Babbling, faking anger that’s keeping me standing in one piece without shedding a tear. “Can I ask you a question? Actually, just a few things and after that, I swear I’ll disappear forever since that is what you want.”
I cough a couple of times masking the shakiness of my voice. Gabriel sets his hands on his hips and stares at me before he lets a breath out. I take that as a ‘yes’ or a ‘go ahead you poor kid, let’s give this one last time before I start my new family’.
 
 
I received a copy of this story for an honest review.

Unlike Any Other is unlike any other book I’ve read recently and was completely taken with the originality of the story. Part romance, part family drama, part tale on the hazards of fame - this story caught me off guard and I loved author Claudia Burgoa for it.
 
AJ Colthurst was raised by loving parents that did their best to protect she and her siblings from the outside world. The fact that those parents were both famous celebrities only intensified their need to isolate and defend. But can a girl made into a ghost grow into a woman able to love? When news of her parents separation reaches her AJ decides to return home to demand answers from her wayward father.
 
Gabe Colthurst never anticipated a life in the spotlight but fame and fortune can cause the best man to lose sight of what's important. When his baby girl shows up at his doorstep broken hearted and demanding answers about the breakdown of her parents relationship he knows its his job to help her understand, to go back to the beginning of the love story with his soul mate and figure out where things went wrong.

What I Loved: Unlike Any Other is a unique and wonderfully written gem. To call this a romance would be a disservice. It is definitely a love story but a love story about different types of love – love between soul mates, love between a parent and child, love between friends. Author Claudia Burgoa beautifully translates both the happiness and hurt that can be inflicted during the course of a  relationship.

What I Didn’t Love: Unlike Any Other sets up an extensive universe that will grow into at least four more books in the Unexpected Series (Unsurprisingly Complicated, Uncharted, Uncut, Unable to Forget). To set the stage this story ends with several lingering questions about decisions made and paths not taken. Hopefully they will be addressed in the coming books.

Favorite Quotes:

"My life became Porter Kendrick. I lived and breathed only for him until he cut the oxygen supply and let me die."
 
“Mason’s stare is set on the horizon, I want him to look back at me with that flame. A flame I’ve never seen before. Not the burning kind that kills you, but the one that consumes you slowly and melts your heart keeping it alive, warm, and safe.”

“I’ll be here waiting for you until you’re ready. Be ready soon. The pain of not having you is killing me.”
 
I cannot recommend Unlike Any Other enough. It's originality reinvigorated me and I cannot wait to see what author Claudia Burgoa has in store next. Again, this is the first book in the Unexpected Series and will be followed with Unsurprisingly Complicated which will focus on Mason, AJ's superhero. I will be waiting with grabby hands.
 
Happy reading.
 
 
Born on the mystical day of October 30th in the not so mystical lands of Mexico City, Claudia grew up with a childhood that resembled a caffeine-injected soap opera. Seventeen years ago she ventured to the lands of her techie husband—a.k.a. the U.S.—with their offspring to start a new adventure.
She now lives in Colorado working as a CFO for a small IT company, managing her household filled with three confused dogs, said nerd husband, two daughters wrought with fandoms and a son who thinks he’s the boss of the house. To survive she works continually to find purpose for the voices flitting through her head, plus she consumes high quantities of chocolate to keep the last threads of sanity intact.

 

 


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