Unsettled

Unsettled

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by S.C. Ellington
     
 

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**Debut romance author S.C. Ellington knocks it out of the park with this steamy contemporary romance!

After a horrific breakup with her longtime boyfriend, Brooklyn Caldwell is completely disenchanted with the notion of mingling with the opposite sex. Damon Williams had been everything she thought she wanted...until he wasn't.

In an attempt to escape her

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**Debut romance author S.C. Ellington knocks it out of the park with this steamy contemporary romance!

After a horrific breakup with her longtime boyfriend, Brooklyn Caldwell is completely disenchanted with the notion of mingling with the opposite sex. Damon Williams had been everything she thought she wanted...until he wasn't.

In an attempt to escape her heartbreaking past, Brooklyn seeks refuge in bustling Washington, D.C. where she folds into the fast-paced society unnoticed...until she meets a young entrepreneur, Logan Colton.

Brooklyn is surprised to find that while she has been successful in keeping the opposite sex at bay, somehow she is defenseless against Logan's confidence and charm-and it doesn't hurt that he is absurdly beautiful. While thrilled with Logan's candor, Brooklyn hesitates, as she can't seem to move past the heartache that she suffered at the hands of Damon.

As much as Logan didn't plan on pursuing her, he is drawn to Brooklyn's muted beauty and her witty persona. For all his success, Logan is ensnared in the coveted world of unequivocal wealth and power, but behind closed doors is taunted by demons and an undeniable need to atone for a monumental mistake.

As the two embark on a tumultuous obstacle course saturated with unknown twists and turns, Brooklyn is left to question whether she can endure the journey ahead.

Editorial Reviews

Blog - Bare Naked Words
"S.C. Ellington has a great story on her hands!"
Reviewer - Robyn Romance Book Junkie
"Unsettled is the best novel I have read in recent years!"
Blog - Crazy Chaotic Book Chics
"This is a great read and I can't wait to read the next book to see how everything plays out. SC Ellington wrote a great book and I can't wait for everyone to read it. There is a cliffhanger at the end but it makes your mind come up with conclusions just to wait and see if you were correct. The story didn't jump right into love but eventually the characters made their way."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781493645541
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
12/03/2013
Pages:
366
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)

Meet the Author

S.C. Ellington is an up and coming author who enjoys expressing her creativity through frequently writing adult, contemporary romance novels that readers can relate to, but more importantly, enjoy.

Aside from writing, Ellington enjoys curling up with her e-reader and absorbing herself in novels loaded with emotion, desire, and passion. She also likes to spend sunny, wistful afternoons, in her hammock thinking up new ideas for great stories.

Ellington currently resides on the west coast with her beautiful family and loving friends.

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Unsettled 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
CindyMeyer More than 1 year ago
Unsettled is the debut novel by SC Ellington. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the story. The heroine, Brooklyn, is strong, sassy and independent. She’s still nursing a broken heart created by her college sweetheart when he ends their bi-coastal romance several years before. Since their agonizing breakup, and still harboring a painful secret, Brooklyn moves from California to Washington, D.C. and pours herself into her work. It’s a lackluster job that she derives little satisfaction from, but it pays the bills. It also keeps her mind off of her still shattered heart. When Logan Colton, the handsome and charming CEO who is currently being wooed by her firm begins pursuing her, Brooklyn finds herself wondering if maybe … just maybe, she should give love another try. I liked these characters. Brooklyn is smart. Yes, she’s broken, but she’s definitely nobody’s fool. She’s cautious, but Logan is persistent, and he eventually begins to convince her that life after love may be possible. Logan is a nice guy. He’s not a player. He’s kind and unpretentious. Yes, he has more money than he knows what to do with, but he’s perfectly comfortable doing the things Brooklyn enjoys, without feeling the need to impress or boast. He’s a simple, down-to-earth man who just happens to make a lot of money. Unsettled is a gentle, pleasant romantic read. It’s not high energy or high drama. It moves smoothly through the evolving romance of Brooklyn and Logan, and draws the reader in to their budding love. Then, just as the reader is settling in for what looks to be satisfying conclusion, author SC Ellington hits us with a twist I never saw coming. Cliffhanger alert! Cleverly played, Ms. Ellington!
bethlattanzi09EL More than 1 year ago
The is a story of healing and trying to move beyond all the hurt and anger from the past to open yourself up for new adventures and love. Brooklyn works at Copple Marketing under Trent…. He is an awful boss and she should have quit that job from the moment she started with the way Trent treats her. While working there she runs into Logan Colton a rich CEO. She is very cautious of Logan because she isn’t ready to open herself up again to any type of relationship and she definitely isn’t a friend with benefits kind of girl. “Can’t you see that you’re letting your past hurt screw up your other chances for happiness?” “Brooklyn, you are the only one who holds the key to your happiness. At some point you’re going to have to uncoil the rope around your heart and press forward.” I adored Logan… he is a swoon worthy boyfriend! He wasn’t completely open about himself at first but over time he slowly began to tell her things. He always had the right things to say and whenever Brooklyn would want to “run” from him, he could always reel her back in. Of course, I am a sucker for guys that can talk and he had some pretty good lines in this story. “You implied that I’m somehow unattainable – but I’m right where I want to be at this moment.” “Memories will always flood through your mind, but by the end of today, the only thing I want to do is kiss your scars away.” Of course though, all good things must somehow come to an end. I really thought the breaking point would be with Brooklyn’s ex Damon. I was wrong though….. it has nothing to do with her past. Get ready for that cliffhanger because you will definitely experience one! It was a good sexy read! A little slow to start but ends with a bang!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book! I love the build up of the relationship between Logan and Brooklyn. I also like the backstory about why Brooklyn is the way she is. This book has ups, downs, drama, fierce passion, and loyal friends. The contrast between the life Brooklyn and Colton is brought up, but isn't the main focus of the story either. I really hope that Mrs Ellington plans on giving us more of Logan's story in the next book! I can't wait for Spring so this story can continue because we are left with a nice cliffhanger.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a wonderful story! I love the characters Brooklyn to me is a strong woman lost under pain. As her and Logan's relationship grows, Brooklyn starts to heal and open back up.I loved the way they grew, and I loved the wittiness. The writing is great! I love the way Ellington writes. It's clear, easy to read, and fun. This book has some laughter and some tears.The ending - all I can say is OMG!! That last line - leaves me yelling at my kindle "stay away, hang up". I'd love to read more by this author.
Livlovesbooks More than 1 year ago
A must-read debut novel! Maybe I am not meant to find my ‘Mr. Right’ at the moment, and I for one am so over settling for ‘Mr. Right Now.’ ~Brooklyn Minor spoilers alert! I was thoroughly charmed and invested in the lives of twenty-four year old marketing assistant Brooklyn Caldwell and twenty-seven year old entrepreneur Logan Colton. Writing style: Dual POVs (mostly Brooklyn’s) Favorite bits: I liked Brooklyn’s 3-strikes dating policy and the dialogue scene when she explained it to Logan. I loved that he was undeterred. Their first text message was so funny! The bold pre-sex shower scene made me do a double-take/reread, wow! I laughed in delight at their back and forth emails proclaiming their relationship status, too cute! I loved that Logan paraphrased lyrics sung by her favorite band in a note that he left her before going on yet another business trip. Below is one of my favorite flirty dialogue exchanges before things heated up between them: “But in all honesty,” he said standing and closing the space between us, “lately the thing I’ve come to enjoy most is losing myself in you. I’d take that over watching mindless TV,” he quipped. “What about you, Ms. Caldwell? What do you enjoy?” The way he asked ignited me to the core. “Oh, I don’t know – reading, photography, listening to music…” I said, as I weaved my arms around his neck. “And there’s one more thing…” “What’s that?” he asked. His eyebrows stood at attention. “I enjoy you,” I said, leaning in, pecking him on the lips. Weakest element: The editing needed more polishing. This debut novel was released back in December 2013. I’m not sure if it was professionally proofread or not because there were an unacceptable amount of persistent typos. Although these errors were minor individually, I found the frequency of them alarming and somewhat disruptive over time. However, the strong character development and storytelling outweighed any issues I had with the errors. I would gladly reread this novel via audiobook someday if it's ever available in that format. Brooklyn and Logan’s story ends on a serious cliffhanger. So up next for me is the sequel, Surrounded (Unsettled, #2).
AmazeballsBookAddicts-2_ More than 1 year ago
nsettled was a great read! I had seen teasers on Facebook for this book, saying "Have you meet Logan Colton yet?". I knew then I had to read this book. It did not disappoint me. I was hooked right from the beginning and didn't want to put it down. Brooklyn Caldwell fled from the west coast and ends up in the east coast after a bad breakup with her ex. She has a thankless job as a low level assistant for a grumpy boos, Trent Walker. Brooklyn lives with Alex and Alex's boyfriend Jay. Logan Colton walks into her life and turns both their lives upside down. There are a lot of things both Logan and Brooklyn have to over come to make their relationship work. Brooklyn's ex Damon shows up. I really couldn't figure him out. I'm not sure if he really wants Brooklyn back or if he just thinks he does because she has finally moved on from him. I loved all the characters. They were all well written and easy to connect with. There are a lot of emotional twists in the story. The ending was a crazy cliffhanger that leaves you guessing what will happen next. I can't wait to read more of Logan and Brooklyn.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for more from this author
mkcooke More than 1 year ago
Unsettled overall was a really good book. From the beginning I instantly clicked with Brooklyn, the main character. She was just very realistic, and the feelings, emotions, and reactions she had were just truly believable. I also couldn't not love her after hearing all she had gone through in her past. Reading how she was working to overcome all of that was really emotional, but it just made me like her character even more for having that kind of strength. Unsettled follows Brooklyn as she continues to try to move past all the darkness that has been in her past from her previous boyfriend Damon. In the midst of trying to get past all of that she meets Logan, a handsome and extremely charming gentleman who is captivated by Brooklyn. I have to say that I really loved these two as a couple, and as different as they were from social and economic standpoints, they were so similar in that they were both dealing with past traumas. They both had demons in their pasts that still affected them, and reading how those scars and wounds brought them together was just beautiful and very powerful. Logan was a wonderful male character to read. He had his flaws, but he was charming as hell. He also pushed Brooklyn in the best possible ways to ultimately get her to accept him. Logan at times was tough to crack because he had a tough shell, but when he opened up to Brooklyn, it was easy to see why his character was just wonderful. While reading this book you'll definitely feel the relationship that is developing with Logan and Brooklyn, and even when everything's going crazy, you'll love them. The overall pacing of this book is great, and it kept me engaged the entire time. I will warn you now that it ends at a pretty heart pounding point, but luckily the next book in the series comes out soon, so don't you worry. Overall this was a very good book, with some great characters that were easy to feel for and connect with. This book left me wanting more time with them, and I'm so glad that with the next book in the series, I'll get to do just that!!
emthebookbabe More than 1 year ago
Well that was a read and a half – especially because he ending just left me hanging!!! Fortunately for me I’m reading this as part of a blog tour for Surrounded but I must admit I’m really a bit on the fence with them!!! We meet Brooklyn a while after a breakup and she is just drifting through life and obviously not happy at all with her lot. Her besties and room-mates Alex and Jay do their best to keep her afloat but its not until she meets Logan by chance. The will she won’t she dance that Brooklyn does regarding Logans persistent advances makes for an interesting storyline and one that develops into a nice fledgling romance. Its not a love at first sight kind of romance and Logan certainly had to work hard to get what he wants. However, just as you get a real sense of things turning out ok, despite both characters having issues and secrets, the ex blasts back into her life and throws everything on its head. This is a well-developed story and I liked that they didn’t just jump into bed together and declare their undying love for each other. There is a lot of humour in their interactions and I love Brooklyn’s humour and sassy attitude! She is also not one of these whiny, “I wanna throw my kindle at the wall” frustrating females that you often find and her more mature attitude quite impressed me! Logan is really intrigued by Brooklyn and he has his own past too. This coupled with the re-appearance of Brooklyn’s ex throws a real curveball in the book and leaves us with a total OMG you didn’t just end the book there moment at the end! This gets a fab four stars from me!
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
My Rating: 4 ½ Steamy Stars Favorite Quotes: “You make all my minutes and seconds amount to everything.”   “I don’t need a list of ways to survive you anymore, because the only thing I want to do is be surrounded by you.” My Review: I had not read this author’s work before so backtracked and read Unsettled as well as Surrounded.  Oh happy day, as I scored twice as hard!  I am stunned to see these are her first novels as they are both excellent reads, well written, and expertly crafted.  I found the story to be moving and more than entertaining, and the characters to people I would want to know, well, most of them anyway.  The first book was exceptional but the second was even better. The love story was touching, the family issues were relevant, and the love scenes were sizzling, and the ending a perfect HEA – I am such a happy camper.  
EMAReads More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars This was an interesting twist on normal gal meets millionaire.  Logan is unpretentious and sweet.  Yet has a darkness and sadness that seems to surround him. But to the beginning, Brooklyn is a young marketing assistant that moved across the country after a horrendous breakup. One she still hasn’t recovered from.  One that hasn’t allowed her to look for happiness or love.  This ends up being a sticking point for me.  At first I got that she was sad-but they’d been apart as long as they’d been together!  Her resulting insecurity was annoying.  As more is revealed I just got more angry with her.  Yes, Damon sucked and he broke her heart and his promises.  But she kept a big secret from him.  One that showed her immaturity as well.  And her inability to move forward is hurting herself more than anyone else. When she finally lets Logan in her self doubt is still all over the place.  What begins as sweet and steamy is quickly thrown aside as things that Brooklyn overhears (yet doesn’t confirm or even give any chance for explanations) she is again thrown into an emotional abyss.  One that seemed to be lying in wait, where the unlikeliest of  life preservers is sent her way. This is book one, and the last line left me saying “wha, what the…” Great debut story, looking forward to more from S.C. Ellington.
Lisa-Lou More than 1 year ago
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Unsettled by S.C. Ellington is the first book in her Unsettled series. Allow me to warn you now, if you are not a fan of the cliffhanger - be prepared. The second book is not out and therefore no as-yet known date to the resolution of this cliffhanger. HOWEVER, if you can stand a cliffhanger then there's NO REASON to delay in reading this romance. Brooklyn is a sassy, snarky, unassuming female character that we will have you laughing out loud at her humor. Once you get INTO the story things start to heat up and speed up. There's a few twists to the story you will not expect but I honk if you are a fan of romance and Millionaires then you will thoroughly enjoy this tale of learning to fall in love again.
tara-clegg More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up the other night and didn't stop until it was finished. I loved the story and I loved the characters. Logan was sex on a stick! The chemistry between Brooke and Logan was great and their interactions with one another were even better. All in all, this was a very enjoyable read. I am already chomping at the bit for book two.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had this book on my to read list and the only regret that I have is waiting for book two to be released!!! I loved this book so much it had a wonderful story to tell. Brooklyn was a wonderfully independent young woman whom I can totally identify with. Trusting someone again after such a painful experience is not easy but Logan was able to start breaking through her walls that she had carefully constructed. Logan was a such a gentleman and was totally drawn to Brooklyn and seemed to fit so easily into her life. Logan fights his own painful life experience along with the guilt he carries and dedicates his life to helping others. You should read this book!! A great story that was hard to put down! It was worth every minute of my time and I don't think you will be disappointed. Waiting patiently for book 2 (sigh)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In many ways Unsettled is a classic tale of star-crossed lovers with a modern twist. There’s Brooklyn, an executive assistant who is emotionally scarred from a past relationship, and Logan Colton, an immensely successful young entrepreneur. Both have storied pasts and deep emotional wounds that need healing. Brooklyn’s sharp wit and Logan’s unexpected groundedness makes for an interesting dynamic. Their romance that does not give way to cliché or convention, and the story kept my attention throughout. This is not a story about a damsel in distress who gets swept away from her Prince Charming. These are real characters, and I not only could relate to them, I found myself rooting for them during certain parts of the book. I personally enjoyed the cliffhanger at the end; it’s the first book in a trilogy, so I expected there to be loose ends. Unsettled is a dazzling debut by a new writer. S.C. Ellington writes with such confidence and finesse that it’s quite a surprise this is her first novel. I look forward to the next book in the series.
tillman524 More than 1 year ago
I love reading the first book in a series and seeing the characters developed so well. It's hard to read shallow characters and want more. Brooklyn has had her heart broken and hasn't really opened herself up for love for a few years. Enter Logan. Oh. My God. The man is sex on a stick and he's so sweet and considerate of Brooklyn. He's never been a relationship kind of man, but can Brooklyn change his mind? Flip the coin and Brooklyn is going through the same kind of thing; she wants to open up to him but she's scared. Her best friend gives her "the speech" and encourages her to open up her heart and just go with the flow of things. Everyone has secrets and there are plenty revealed in Unsettled. You really don't know what you think you know...or do you?
NerdAlertBL More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying I'm not sure if this is the first book written by Ms. Ellington, if so, well done! This book will have you yelling, cheering and swooning! I would also like to thank the author for writing a beautifully written book with a diverse cast of characters! I love just about each one of them....(insert side eye to Damon). We follow the life of sweet and sassy Brooklyn as she tries to recover from the worst break-up from Damon, the man she knew she was going to marry. Several years pass and she finally has let Damon go, but she has a secret that keeps her from fully letting Damon out of her heart. As she is putting it all back together, on a new coast, she has a chance encounter with the dashing and super gorgeous Logan. Logan is every woman's dream. Wealthy, handsome, romantic and guarded. He has his own secrets that he struggles with, but tries to push them aside during his attempt to court Brooklyn. Just as they try to get closer to each other, enter Damon. Brooklyn now has to relive her past that she has worked so hard to put behind her. There are other things I could include, but I don't want to spoil this awesomeness for anyone! One thing I will say is HOLY CLIFFHANGER, Batman! The cliffhanger is totally worth the read! 5 out of 5 stars!!! oh Team Logan btw!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brooklyn is such a rude petson. Shes so rude andvweird, its hard to enjoy, or imagine how she has friends or a man after her. Her personality ruined the book for me completely
RipeForReader More than 1 year ago
My rating: 3.5 of 5 ¿¿ When Brooklyn Caldwell moved to the DC area from the West Coast, she had done so in hopes of finding better job opportunities,  working as a 'marketing assistant' for her a sleezeball boss had not been on the wish list. But it was paying the bills for now and she would keep her eyes open for other opportunities. Luckily she had her best friend Alex, and her boyfriend as her roommates, they help keep the cost down and Brooklyn from going crazy. Alex had also been the person who held Brooklyn up after a devastating breakup that had her completely turned off the idea of looking at another man again. That is, until she bumps into Logan. A huge corporate and financial success at a young age, Logan Colton is what one would call, a self-made man. With a determination to make his own stamp on the world, he by-passed the family business and built something for himself from scratch. A large driving force for Logan is a childhood tragedy that continues to haunt him. The social standing, fame and riches that come with his success seem more of a burden than a reward, Logan is always questioning people's motivation. So when a certain dark-haired beauty shows herself determined to shut him down, his interest is peaked. Brooklyn doesn't intend to play hard to get, she just doesn't trust easily, and she can't for the life of her understand why a gorgeous and wealthy man would have any interest in her. It takes. Logan a while, but eventually he is able to break through Brooklyn's shell and they begin a tentative exploration of each other. Logan soon finds out just about all there is to know about Brooklyn but he keeps things close to his chest when it comes to himself. Whenever Brooklyn pries a little too close or too deep, Logan shuts down, and although their connection is strong when they are together, insecurities pop up when they are not. Ultimately Logan will have to make a decision, whether to share all of himself with Brooklyn. But he better do it fast, it could already be too late....... ****** Warning!!! This book has an open ending and will have a follow up novel!!! A strange thing, I was pulled in to this book very fast in the first chapter, enjoying the writing style and Brooklyn's banter with her roommate Alex, but the further along in the book I got, the less engaged I felt.  At first glance Brooklyn appears to have it pretty much together, aside from her crappy job, and the fact that she has a non-existent love life, she doesn't seem that bent out of shape about it. I guess she puts on a good show, because the moment a new love interest and an old hurt appear in her life, it's almost like the stuffing goes out of her. She loses a bit of her edge, even though she battles hard to stay on top, insecurities win out.  We don't see or know enough about Logan, so I find it very difficult to pull him out beyond a two-dimensional character. We know he has some major issues linked to a childhood trauma, but there is a lot more under the surface and there are things he is being secretive about that don't really make any sense. Trust obviously is a big stumbling block for him and that is understandable, as I am deducting that people have tried to take advantage of him before, but he is too much of an enigma to know anything for sure. Although I am starting to grow into the "cliffhanger" phenomenon, something I loathed but can't seem to avoid, I do appreciate some heads up. I had no idea before I started reading this book that it was an open ended book! the title doesn't imply that it is part of a series or a trilogy, and so I find that a bit misleading.   The actual cliffhanger is one that will likely be resolved, unless my judgement of the main characters is completely out of wack.....which, of course is always a possibility. Yes, I will read the next book, because I really would like to know more about Logan..... He might be the most intriguing character yet!! ¿A passionate, angsty and complex love affair...¿ **ARC provided in return for an honest review.**