Monday, March 11, 2013


UnbrokenGenre: Contemporary New Adult
Publisher: self-published
Publication Date: 3/13/13
Format: eARC
Pages: 215
Source: Received from author for 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 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?

*This book contains adult situations and explicit content.*

Like a lot of readers, I've been waiting to read Unbroken since the moment I posted a cover reveal. Shallow? Maybe. A fact of life? You bet. It's a fact that pretty covers draw readers in, but the book better be able to back the pretty up. Unbroken totally did.

Unbroken is told in a manner that I happen to enjoy a lot: We're given a present in which the two main characters, Jules and Emerson, are no longer together, we don't know what happened to drive the two apart, only that it was devastating. It's clear, though, that Jules is still not over Emerson, four years later. Jules is back in Cedar Cove to pack up her family's beach house, but she can't escape her memories of a fateful summer; a summer in which she fell hopelessly into a reckless love. She also lost her mother and had her heart broken in a matter of days.

Naturally, it doesn't take Jules long to run into Emerson, and the tension between the two is abundant. These two are like a stick of dynamite and a match. Dangerous. They're not dangerous for each in an unhealthy way, but their passion is crazy intense. They have a wicked chemistry, and within a matter of moments, Jules and Emerson look as if they're headed down a familiar path. The love between them is apparent. It's completely clear they want to be together. I wanted them together, asap! But the two have issues to clear up though before they can even begin to start again. Jules needs to know why Emerson broke her heart before. Will he do it again? And, she has a serious boyfriend, a man who can give her the life her family thinks she needs. It's a question of whether true, all-consuming love can overcome anything, even a painful past and uncertain future.

( For those who hate love triangles or cheating: Don't Worry, this is all handled very, very well. )

At this point, I think I've made it clear that this story is passionate. Jules and Emerson were crazy intense characters, especially him. Jules is a strong girl who is torn by her love for Emerson. She wants to do what's right, but she also needs to take control and fight for a life that she wants. Emerson was pure alpha male. He's the kind of guy who throw punches first, and ask questions later. Now, I won't say that he didn't thoroughly piss me off a few times, but he's hurt. It happens. Emerson can also be extremely charming and sweet to Jules. He wants the girl he fell desperately in love with years ago, but he's willing to do whatever it takes to make sure she gets the life he thinks she deserves. He is a man who knows how to take control.

And boy does he ever. All of the passion and intensity in the story and characters most definitely carries over into the intimate scenes. *fans self* I won't go into too many details, because you should savor that for yourself, but lemme just say, I will never look at a bar storeroom the same way again. Hot stuff.

Unbroken was soooo good! It was sweet, romantic, and passionate. I enjoyed the entire story, but the ending just blew me away. It was so overwhelming, a wonderful treat for this die hard romantic. When I finished, I was thoroughly pleased. I can't wait to read more from Melody Grace.

Favorite Quote:

  "Tell me no," he demands hoarsely, echoing the question he asked just two nights ago.
  Then, I didn't have the strength to answer, but this time, I dig deep into the last reserve of control I have and breathe my reply, the word falling from my lips in a moan of pure, desperate desire.
  "Yes."  ~eARC, 55%

  "I always want you, Jules. Even when I hated you, even when I wished I'd never see your face again, I still lost my mind thinking all the things I'd do to you, if you came back." His voice breaks. When he speaks again, it's with a rough, ragged tone, like he's forcing the words out.
  "I'll always want you, Juliet. It'll be the fucking death of me, but I won't ever stop."  ~eARC, 66%

About the author:
I'm a new SoCal girl, and the author of sexy & heartfelt new adult romances. UNBROKEN coming March 13th. I love gelato, red lipstick, and laying out on the beach with a good book.
Connect with Melody Grace at:
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  1. Andrea you know how much I love books which brings back two characters who have several unresolved issues to deal with and so much sexual tension! I think this will be another book that I will truly enjoy! Thanks for putting it on my radar and for the lovely review! :)

  2. I seriously adore books like this lately and I just cannot wait to get my grabby hands on this book. Great review Andrea!

  3. Why isn't it tomorrow yet? I want this book SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO bad. I love your thoughts and I'm more than positive I'll LOVE this book. I, too, wanted it as soon as you shared that cover with us. Hot chemistry? Nothing better than that! It sounds like a story of growth and emotions and I'm all up for that. I also like that the guy's name is Emerson - not so many people in fiction are named like him. I tend to forget some names even if I read a book a week before and I'm trying to write a review a week later. It's horrible! I love original and more uncommon names and this one definitely stands out. I love your review and I cannot wait to devour this baby myself. Thanks, Andrea!!

  4. Wow! This looks really good and you are right about the cover - very nice! :)

  5. I had the same reaction when I saw the cover!!! HOT!!! anyway it sounds really good too... great review :)

  6. I can't wait to read this. Covers are such a big selling point for me to, and I love this one. If the cover doesn't grab, a lot of times I won't even read the synopsis unless I'm familiar with the author or have had it recommended to me by someone. This is just the kind of story I love. Wonderful review!

  7. I've been going back and forth over whether I want to pick this one up or not and I think you just convinced me that I do!

  8. I'm glad you added that note about the cheating. Just from the summary I was afraid to read it. It sounded like something that would annoy me but I would give it a shot now.

  9. You always read some awesome books girl. Nice review.

  10. Awesome review! I've been so looking forward to reading this book!

  11. I just bought this one, and I want to push everything aside and read it right now! Especially since Emerson is an alpha male. MMMM...I lve alpha males! I don't have an issue with love triangles, either.

    Great review.


  12. I so need this book!! It sounds amazing!!! Your love for the book totally comes through in your review.

  13. Such a fabulous read! My review posts tomorrow.

  14. Well of course I had to start reading this one after reading your updates. (I was stalking your Goodreads. And nope I’m not embarrassed. I NEED good books!)
    I started today during lunch and I am only 25% in but I’m already loving it! I have a feeling I’ll stay up late reading this one tonight :)

  15. Girl I am totally with you on the shallowness and cover love! I agree, this cover is hot and I love everything about it. And wow this sounds good, I love that format too, even though it's been done so many times it always takes me by surprise. You have made me want to get my hands on this sooooo bad!

  16. Ahh! Your review makes me want this book now! Sounds like a book I will really enjoy! Can't wait to read it.

  17. Oh Andrea! I'm going to click buy on this as soon as it's available! :) I love stories told in this fashion as well and I adore second chances at love! Can't wait to read it! Thanks for such a glowing review.

  18. This one does sound really good! I remember seeing another good review I think so I'm going to go add to my to read one day list.It sounds like things that might bug me are handled really well and that makes it much more interesting to me!

  19. Oh Andrea why do you do this to me! I have so many amazing books to read as it is and you are adding to my book addiction! Oh well I can't say I blame you. :)

    Thanks for another wonderful review I have yet another book to add to my wish list because the story these two have to tell sounds too darn good to pass up!

  20. I am seriously thinking of worshiping NA genre. Honestly, it's stories like this that drive me crazy in all the best ways and the hopeless romantic I am, I suck them all up! I LOVE LOVE LOVEEEE THEM! lol ;p I can't wait to get my hands on this one and meet Emerson!

    Fabulous review, Andrea! :D

    ~ Maida <3


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