Title: Untouched (Beachwood Bay #0.5) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Melody Grace
Release Date: May 14, 2013
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
One Line: A great prequel to Unbroken, but I was kind of expecting a bit more.
About the Book: Emerson Ray is trouble. Juliet knows it the minute she lays eyes on Cedar Cove’s resident bad boy. Forced to spend her summer before college in the sleepy beach town, she never expected to crash into the most devastating guy she’s ever met—or for Emerson’s blue eyes to strip through her dark secrets, and make her feel a desire she’s never known. Their connection is undeniable, but Juliet is torn. She knows, once she gives him everything, there’ll be no turning back.
Juliet McKenzie is dangerous. Emerson can tell from the way she blows through all his defences, laying bare the demons he’s carried alone all his life. He’s left a trail of broken hearts and empty beds in his wake, but Juliet is different. Her innocence is intoxicating—and the passion she keeps hidden, just below the surface. He wants to be the only one to set it free, but with every kiss, he’s closer to losing control and doing the one thing he swore he never would: fall in love.
One summer. Two damaged hearts. Their story is only just beginning…
I loved Unbroken, so when I saw that Melody Grace was giving readers the prequel to Emerson and Juliet’s story, I had to give it a read. I loved getting to know these two characters again, before their second-chance love story. It’s through this story that you get to really see how these two characters change each other and learn to open up and love one another. You get a better glimpse at what their lives were like, especially Emerson’s. The passion, love, and chemistry simply jumped out from the pages and I was really invested in these two as a couple.
I loved getting to know Emerson more in this novella and seeing just how messed up he and his family are. His relationship with Juliet progressed fast, but not in an unbelievable way, just in that swept-up romantic and passionate way. That “once in a lifetime love” kind of way. If you thought they were hot and sizzling in Unbroken, they’re that and so much more in Untouched.
The only real problem I had with this story? It was too short! I want more Emerson and Juliet!!! In Untouched, you don’t get the whole summer of their love story, just the beginning, which was such a bummer, but then again, I should’ve expected it since this is just a novella. Even though I knew what happened to them, what Emerson ultimately does in the end, I still wanted to see it all play out in the present tense. Either way, this was a great prequel to a great love story.