Series: Beachwood Bay #1
Published by Independently Published
Publication Date: March 11th, 2013
Genres: New Adult
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
"Mom always told me there are two kinds of love in this world: the steady breeze, and the hurricane. Emerson Ray was my hurricane...."
Juliet McKenzie was an innocent eighteen-year old when she spent the summer in Beachwood Bay—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 Beachwood 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?
*This book contains adult situations and explicit content.*
To say I was hooked from the prologue is an understatement. Melody Grace’s debut novel Unbroken is a heart-wrenching tale of love lost, love found, and that sometimes you gotta go through rain if you want to see the sun shine.
Emerson broke Juliet’s heart on one of the most painful days of her life. Since that day 4 years ago, Juliet has guarded her heart, entrusting it only to her ‘steady breeze’ Daniel. Daniel is studious, supportive and in love with Juliet. But her heart has always belonged to one man. And once Juliet returns to Ceder Cove to pack up her family’s beach house, she comes face to face with Emerson again.
“Muscle memory, they call it; when you do something so many times, that it becomes automatic, beyond all rational thought. To be so close to him, and not reach out… Hold him… Kiss him. It takes all the self-control I have not to give in to the temptation.
I can see it in his eyes, Emerson feels it too. And he was never about the self-control”
The chemistry between these two is fierce, passionate, and all consuming.
“Open your eyes.” Emerson‘s growl is sharp.
My eyes fly open—staring straight into his. My breath catches at the intensity of his gaze. It‘s burning, fierce, like it‘s taking everything he has not to tear my clothes off this very second.
“Say ‘no’.” Emerson‘s whisper is thick with desire.
I blink, my mind foggy and confused.
“Tell me ‘no’, and I’ll stop.”
Over the course of reading Unbroken I started to really understand Juliet and the pain that she carried with her. So many things have happened to her that would break a person. And in many ways she is broken. She suffers from debilitating anxiety attacks, and for anyone that has had one, you constantly live in a state of fear. You avoid places and people and are constantly holding yourself back. For that, I immediately empathized with her.
It took me a little longer to warm up to Emerson. He is definitely a swoon-worthy specimen but some of his decisions left me shaking my head a little. It wasn’t until events started playing out till I started really rooting for him.
Overall I really enjoyed Unbroken. The writing was gorgeous. I have so many quotes highlighted because Melody can capture the feeling of loss, and longing, and passion, so elegantly. I especially enjoyed the steamier scenes. The only complaint I have is that I wished it was longer. I would love to have read more about Juliet and Emerson from the very beginning. But I have heard from a little birdy that we might be getting a prequel novella….fingers crossed, because I would love to see the intensity of their love from the start.