Unbroken by Melody Grace Review
Saturday, April 20, 2013
"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 was my first book by author melody grace and wow. I devoured this book in one night. Needless to say I was sluggish the next morning at the hospital because I was up in the wee hours of the morning finishing it. I will admit mrs. Grace tried to warn me on my twitter account lol.
I can only think of a handful of books where the prologue was so powerful it drew me in from the beginning.
“My mom always said, there are two kinds of love in this world: the steady breeze, and the hurricane. The steady breeze is slow and patient. It fills the sails of the boats in the harbor, and lifts laundry on the line. It cools you on a hot summer’s day; brings the leaves of fall, like clockwork every year. You can count on a breeze, steady and sure and true.
But there’s nothing steady about a hurricane. It rips through town, reckless, sending the ocean foaming up the shore, felling trees and power lines and anyone dumb or fucked-up enough to stand in its path. Sure, it’s a thrill like nothing you’ve ever known: your pulse kicks, your body calls to it, like a spirit possessed. It’s wild and breathless and all-consuming.
But what comes next?
“You see a hurricane coming, you run.” My mom told me, the summer I turned eighteen. “You shut the doors, and you bar the windows. Because come morning, there’ll be nothing but the wreckage left behind.”
Emerson Ray was my hurricane.”
“That’s the thing about hurricanes. Once the storm touches down, all you can do is pray.” -Juliet and her mom
See what I mean....I was hooked from the first few pages! This is Juliet's story of pure utter heartbreak and her road to recovery. But can she recover completely and put her past to rest?
It's been four years since she was last in cedar cove. The day she buried her mother is one she will never forget for many reasons. But the number one being its the day her heart was shattered by the man she loved, Emerson. It's taken anti anxiety meds and loving/supporting friends to help her put the pieces of her life back together. Well now she's back with the task of packing up the last few childhood memories of her mom she holds so dear, so her family beach home can be sold. Though she tries her best to avoid any interaction with Emerson, ofcourse that doesn't happen.
Having to play the knight and shining armor role one night in his bar, Emerson sets eyes on the woman who broke his heart 4 years ago. Broke his heart you ask, yup I'm not going to lie I was confused some throughout this book , but it was obvious communication was an issue here lol.
After dealing with four years of heart break on both sides needless to say the chemistry is still there. HOT and HEAVY still there lol. With all these old emotions amidst, the fight to rekindle their lost love was intense to say the least. The whole time I read this book I couldn't help but think I'm missing something. Well I was and let's just say it left me with a mouth hanging open moment!
The secondary characters in this book where great. Juliet's BFF and current boyfriend were huge parts of her life. They kept her grounded and sane in a sense from her past. Her father and sister, smh...these two there aren't any words. Emerson's little sister's love for her brother's happiness, I will have to say was the turning point in this book. Remember me mentioning that mouth hanging open moment, lol.
I liked this book. The ending definitely packed a punch. The feeling I was missing something came front and center. My heart broke for Juliet and Emerson in the end. I will end by saying despite all the miscommunication, drama,etc.. They do get their happy ending!
Good job Mrs. Grace. Can't wait to read more.
Book rating : 4.5 stars/A
This is one of my favorite 2013 reads!! The book starts out pulling you in and you just can not put it down! Absolutely loved Juliet's story! She gets dragged into a family vacation that she does not want to be on and ends up falling in love! Everything happens for a reason. She doesn't understand why her mother pressed so hard to have the family together, but by the end of the summer she learns. You learn slowly what happened those years ago and how Juliet gets to where she is. There are times that I was screaming at Emerson for being such a douche after tearing her heart into shreds the day her mother was buried! This story was heart retching and beautiful. You see the lengths people will go to do what they believe is best for the people they love.
There are lots of hard decisions made and maybe you could say you would do things different, but you never really know. I ended up loving Emerson and so happy with the ending! I liked that you don't know everything up front, it kept me hooked until the end. I HIGHLY recommend this book to everyone!
Book rating : 4.5 stars
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