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Posted September 11, 2014
Melody Grace did it again. This is a must read. This book hooks you from the start. Makes yuou want more. I love the whole series. You fall in love with the characters. Pick this one up, believe me you want be able to put it down. Thank you, Melody for sharing your talent with us.I can not wait til the next book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted March 23, 2014
This was a great book! It showed how two people can find each other even with the baggage they carry. The shedding of the baggage and coming together. There were times I wanted to strangle him but in the end his heart finally opened up and forgave himself and opened up his heart fully. This is a great series I highly recommend the entire thing! I will say I am hoping for another book about them it did end with a feeling of more!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 19, 2014
So by this point, I think it's safe to say Melody Grace's Beachwood Bay series rates pretty up there, along with my other favorite New Adult Series. From the characters, to the idyllic setting, to level of steam & romance; these books just work. It also doesn't hurt that Melody Grace is a superb writer!
"This is where my childhood ended, torn away with the dying breaths of my mother. And this is where I'll be strong enough to start again" - Carina
So after, enjoying Daniel and Lacey's novella, I knew not to judge Melody Grace's choice of main characters. Sure Carina Mackenzie was pretty much Juliet's evil step-sister (nay the step), whom like their father, basically berated and belittled Juliet for her choices in Unbroken. But still...I'm a sucker for a good redemption story, and besides, we've only ever gotten Juliet's side of the story. Who's not to say Carina faced her battles too?
"It's him. This man. This infuriating, irritating, goddamn miracle of a man. It's him." - Carina
Enter Garret Sawyer, Brit's best friend, and now full owner of the bar Emerson used to run. I've always liked Garrett, but it was clear, from Brit's book, that the alleged playboy had his share of secrets too. Getting his book was just icing at this point. Pair that with the fact he's the only one who's called Carina on her bull, and I knew these two would be an interesting match to say the least.
And boy was I right. Carina is definitely not the girl we think we know. Hiding behind a facade of lies and gilded appearances, the girl that arrives at Beachwood late one night, is both fed up, and broken enough, that she believes herself beyond redemption. It doesn't help that the people around her (her father and her fiancee) treat her like dirt. Even Garrett, at the beginning, is weary of Carina's intent. Yet that's the thing I enjoyed most about Garrett, he was the kind of man who knew how to accept his faults. As soon as someone tried to hurt Carina, Garrett's protective instincts kicked in, and he basically became Carina's lifeline, giving her support and the understanding she needed to move forward. And even though the chemistry between these two simmered like crazy, they never rushed into anything; looking first to get beyond each other's walls and insecurities.
Along with the romance, this book also focused on family issues. As we know from the previous books, Carina's relationship with her sister Juliet was almost non-existent; which we learn is something Carina deeply regrets. With Garret's support, it was heartwarming to see how she tries to mend the fences with her sister. It's not say things we're easy, but I loved how that played out. Because with it, Carina learns that the things in life that matter, aren't at all the pretty or materialistic ones; it's love :)
"There's nothing to say, nothing I can do but kiss her again...A kiss of joy, of hope, for the new future we;ll share...A place of love and trust and second chances." - Garrett
All in all, I highly enjoyed this book. Carina and Garrett together we're just yum, and boy, does Garrett know what he's doing ;) Watching them work through their issues together only solidified them more as a perfect couple. Melody Grace really has a hold on her characters and their journeys, which makes her stories fun to read. My only complaint was the end of the story. I felt after a certain part, things we're resolved a little too quickly, and I would have liked to see more of Carina and Garrett as a couple after the fact. I also would have liked to see Garrett man up a bit more in terms of dealing with his issues.
That said, at the end of the book, we're presented with the next Beachwood Bay couple...and man, am I ever excited to get my hands on a book. I already love the couple, and can imagine all the deliciously sexy and angsty times that wait up ahead in Uninhibited!
Posted March 18, 2014
Ever since I read the epilogue to Unwrapped and saw Carina and Garrett's first interaction at Juliet and Emerson's wedding, I knew their relationship would be intense. They are complete opposites of one another and come from completely different worlds.... or so we think. It turns out the pair actually has some things in common: the pain of the past. I knew as soon as we met Carina in the first novel of the series that there would be more to her than meets the eye.
I love that this is dual POV, because I just feel I can get a much better read on both of my characters this way. Garrett is already mysterious, so it helped to get inside his head and see what he was thinking. Most of all, I liked reading about how HE saw Carina. He sees beyond the facade she puts up and sees her pain and anguish and understands those things all too well. Garrett is no stranger to pain, but where Carina hides behind her rich, posh lifestyle and wealthy fiance, he hides behind his bar and only using women as a release, never getting attached to any one.
I have to say I wasn't sure if I could like Carina, especially after all we'd learned about her relationship with Juliet. Carina begins the novel with a huge wake up call, after things with her fiance begin to escalate in a not so good way. I am proud of her for having enough sense to walk away from a bad situation before it got worse, despite all her doubts and insecurities. My heart broke for this girl as she has grown up being put down and told what is expected of her. Going back to Beachwood Bay brings so many revelations to light for her and she realizes she wants to mend her tattered relationship with her sister. Juliet holds a lot of resentment towards Carina and theirs is one relationship that cannot be fixed with a simple apology. Carina will have to work hard at building a relationship there if she truly wants one.
Her relationship with her dad on the other hand... oh that man made my blood boil. The things he says to his daughter and how he reacts to her telling him what happened with her ex fiance.... I would have freaked the heck out. He really shows his true colors and Carina is appalled that he would gloss over the cold, hard facts. It's no wonder Carina's self worth is shot to hell. Garrett steps in and ends up being the savior that Carina needs. He is tender and understanding and offers her his shoulder to lean on, knowing she has no one else. He also has this strong urge to protect her, to keep her safe. He believes in her and that is the push she needs to start changing her life and living for HER.
As I said earlier, Garrett and Carina have an intense relationship. They did not get off to a good start at all at the wedding. He thinks she's a stuck up ice queen and she thinks he's just a womanizer. They come to a truce of sorts and he lets her stay in the spare bedroom of Emerson and Juliet's beach house. However, holy chemistry. These two definitely have it! Garrett definitely drove me a little nuts, as he is torn between what he wants (her) and what he knows he should be for her (a friend). Even though he lets Carina in (both physically and mentally), he is still apprehensive about his past. He thinks he's too damaged to truly be what she needs and give her what he wants.
"You f****** consume me, Carina!"
He's running scared. He's afraid of being hurt again, only this time he doesn't know if he would survive it.
We get to see some familiar faces in this book, aside from Juliet and Emerson. Brit and Hunter make an appearance and while I loved Brit in her book Unafraid, I found myself irritated with her in this one. I understand that she has a tough shell and letting people in isn't her forte, but once Carina proved that she wasn't as vapid and awful as she once was, I was expecting Brit to give her a break. Brit is fiercely protective of her loved ones and while I admire that, I kept waiting for her to make peace with Carina.
I was quite surprised by the epilogue of this book, as it gives us a completely new POV of the person that will be in the next book, Uninhibited. I didn't see this coming, but I have to admit I'm definitely interested in these two. Because that epilogue? HAWT.
Overall, I really enjoyed Unconditional and I like that Grace was able to take such a not very well liked character and really peel back her layers to expose her true self. Garrett was the perfect person to balance her out as he understands her on a level others couldn't. As always, I can't wait to see the direction Grace takes the series next!
Posted March 18, 2014
****I was given an complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for Nerd Alert Book Love Blog****
Carina MacKenzie is a high maintenance, self absorbed, ice queen, or is she? After one too many physical fights with her fiance, Alex, Carina finally realizes she is not living the perfect life she has always dreamed of. She does the only thing she can think of now, she flees in the middle of the night. She heads straight for Beachwood Bay, the only real place she has ever felt safe.
"...I've spent my whole life chasing perfection: perfect looks, perfect man, perfect home. But in one brutal moment, I realized it was all just a beautiful lie..."
Garrett Sawyer is a man of mystery. No one knows anything about his life prior to him coming to Beachwood Bay and that's how he plans on keeping it. He lives his life simple now, running his bar and living by his three strikes your out roll. Never sleeping with the same woman more than 3 times, so there are never any romantic complications. But life's about to change for him when he catches Carina crawling through the kitchen window of the beach house.
"...This life didn't just happen to you. You fought to make it happen. You earned it. And I thank God every day that you stumbled into my house in the middle of the night and scared the living day lights out of me..."
Things only got harder for Carina when her father shows up in town and wants to physically drag her back to Alex for his own selfish reasons. Now destroyed by the two most important men in her life, Carina finally breaks. Garrett feels the need to protect her and help her put herself back together. But what will happen as the chemistry between Carina and Garrett steadily builds? Can Carina start her life over again? Can she repair what is broken with her sister Juliet? And what will happen that will cause Garrett to snap and reveal his past to Carina? Can these two pick each other up and put the pieces back together or will their pasts destroy it all?
I'm sorry but I hated Carina and what she did to her sister Juliet and their mother in the first 2 books. But as her story is being told your heart aches for her and everything she's been through. This is my favorite book in this series so far. I loved Juliet and Emerson's story so much but I can relate to Carina on a whole different level. And Garrett, oh sweet and sexy Garrett, his story is just so heartbreaking and sad and it makes you love him all the more. I absolutely love this series and think Melody Grace is just getting better and better. I gladly give this book a Nerd Alert A++ or 5 stars! July can't come soon enough, I can't wait for Uninhibited!
Posted March 17, 2014
This is where my childhood ended, torn away with the dying breaths of my mother. And this is where I’ll be strong enough to start again.
One slap she can overlook, 2 times it is time to go. Fleeing the comforts and lifestyle she is accustomed to, Carina takes off for the one place left she has to go. The one place that reminds her of her mom. It is also the one place that reminds her of her failures too. Beachwood Bay is full of memories she'd soon just rather forget. But it is time to move on and that means facing her demons and her family. She has a lot of wrongs to right and it is not going to be easy. Especially with Juliet.
Garrett is a 3 strikes and you’re out kind of guy. 3 times is all a girl gets and he makes sure she knows this going in. He can't chance any feelings from taking hold with one these girls. He was sure to nip that in the bud a long time ago. He doesn't do relationships because they can get you in to trouble and leave you hurting. But the minute Carina walks back into his life he feels the shift. He knows there is something about her that he wants to protect. Sure she may be broken, but he is too. The closer she gets the closer she gets to his past. And nobody knows of his past. He is certain it would change everything.
I felt for these two and wanted to wrap my arms around them. Especially Garrett. His story about broke my heart. It did take some warming up to Carina in the beginning though. Her past actions did bring a lot of her current problems on. Well besides getting slapped around. That is absolutely uncalled for. But she does have more issues than just that she has to work through. As for Garrett, I can see why he leads the lifestyle he does. He was hurt something fierce. A definite betrayal of the worst kind. Seeing him work through it though was wonderful. I hated to think that he would let one crushing blow be the end of it for him...to turn any kind of love away a 2nd time would be heartbreaking.
I inhaled the bloody life out of this book. Once I started I couldn't stop and didn't want to. But that is the case with all of Grace's books. I devour them, I love them, and I can't get enough of them. Her Beachwood Bay stories are believable and real. You fall for these characters and make them your friends. And Garrett and Carina are no different. I do believe that UNCONDITIONAL is my favorite of the set so far. I still need to read Brit and Hunter’s books. How I let them slide by I have no idea. Pick up this wonderful read and let Grace's words take you away for a while. You'll be glad you did.
Posted March 17, 2014
Unconditional is book three in the Beachwood Bay series and this series keeps getting better and better with each book. Not one single book in this series I haven’t loved. I love the world of Beachwood Bay that Melody Grace has created.
Unconditional is the story of Garrett Sawyer, mysterious bar owner of the local Beachwood dive bar. I first fall in love with Garrett in Unafraid, when he was such a great friend to Brittany. Garrett has been living in Juliet’s old family home, when one night an unexpected guest comes crashing into his kitchen, Carina. Carina Mackenzie, estrange sister to Juliet. Carina is running from the life she always thought she wanted, that was till the man she thought she was going to spend her life with showed his ugly side. The only placed she can think of to hide out is her old family home in Beachwood Bay, what she wasn’t planning on was Garrett Sawyer.
Scarred from his past Garrett doesn’t do relationships, he thinks he isn’t the man anyone could build a future with. Stepping back from the life she was living, Carina is now going to find out who she really is and what she really wants in her life. Together Garrett and Carina might be able to find what they both have been missing in their lives.
I recommend this series to anyone how loves a true love story with steam, romances by the beach, swoon worthy leading men and girls that are not whinny or annoying. This series won’t disappoint. I can’t wait for the next installment, Uninhibited.