Book Review: Unbroken by Melody Grace

April 18, 2013 Adult Book Reviews 6

unbrokenTitle: Unbroken (Beachwood Bay #1) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Melody Grace
Publisher: Melody Grace Books
Format: eARC
Pages: 170
Release Date: March 11, 2013
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
One Line: An intense love story with a lot of heated scenes and touching moments.

About the Book: Juliet McKenzie was an innocent eighteen-year old when she spent the summer in Cedar Cove—and fell head over heels in love with Emerson. Complicated, intense Emerson, the local bad boy. His blue eyes hid dark secrets, and just one touch could set Juliet ablaze. Their love was demanding and all-consuming, but when summer ended, tragedy tore them apart. Juliet swore she’d never go back, and she’s kept that promise… Until now.

Four years later, Juliet’s done her best to rebuild the wreckage of her shattered life. She’s got a great boyfriend, and a steady job planned after she graduates. Returning to Cedar Cove to pack up her family’s beach house to prepare it for sale, Juliet is determined that nothing will stand in the way of her future. But one look from Emerson, and all her old desire comes flooding back. He let her go once, but this time, he’s not giving up without a fight. And Emerson fights dirty.

A heartbreaking history. An unstoppable passion. Torn between her past and future, Juliet struggles to separate love from desire. But will they find a way to overcome their tragic secrets—together? And after so much damage has been done, can a love remain unbroken?

Unbroken is one of those heart-stopping love stories that will have you glued to the pages from beginning to end. I fell for these two characters right away and could see the love and passion they had for each other come alive through the pages. Melody does a stunning job with her debut, creating memorable characters and intense scenes that I easily devoured. For me, especially, Emerson stole the show. That boy is just…yeah.

Juliet is an okay character, I suppose. I’d say the one thing that bugged me about Juliet was how sure she was that she wouldn’t fall for Emerson again. Knowing how irresistible he is, their intense past, and how they ended things, it’s really crazy to think she wouldn’t have at least some feelings for him again. I mean, if you’re trying really hard to convince yourself that you won’t fall for your ex-lover again when you get back into town, then chances are, you probably will. It was pretty obvious. I didn’t like how naive she was and it didn’t anything to her character. I am definitely not a fan of cheaters and I just think she could’ve handled that situation a lot better than she did.

Emerson. He really is the heart and soul of this book. Right from the start, the boy exudes confidence, sexiness, and mystery. He’s one of those guys with a crappy past, but luckily, he isn’t as messed up as some of them tend to be. I couldn’t really get why things went sour with him and Juliet, I was actually thinking one thing and it turned out to be completely different, which made me feel for him more. I think what attracted me to him was that he doesn’t hide his feelings for Juliet, a little bit guarded at the beginning, but that was it. He lays it out there for her, sure he slips up here and there, but for the most part, this guy is solid. It’s pretty hard not to fall for him.

This is one of those times where the book starts off a little slow, but once it picks up, you can’t really put it down. After Emerson and Juliet’s initial meetup, the pacing gets better. It does take awhile before you figure out exactly what happened 4 years ago and why Emerson is the way that he is, but it didn’t bother me too much. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and look forward to more from Melody.

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