Today I’m reviewing Unconditional by Melody Grace. Unconditional is the sixth book in Melody’s Beachwood Bay series and I have to say, it’s my favorite one thus far. March 18th marked the one year anniversary of Melody publishing the first book in the series and to celebrate, I have compiled a few of my favorite quotes from each book below my review. I hope you enjoy!
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“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…”
Carina MacKenzie is fleeing from her past. Picking up the wreckage of her shattered dreams, she seeks comfort in the only place she’s ever felt safe: Beachwood Bay.
Garrett Sawyer isn’t looking to be anyone’s savior. Scarred by old betrayals, he’s sworn never to put his heart on the line again — especially not for a damaged, high-maintenance girl like Carina. But passion knows no logic, and soon, their reckless chemistry is making him forget his bitter vows.
Two damaged hearts. The hope of true love. As their passion blazes out of control, Carina and Garrett struggle to escape their legacies of hurt. But can you ever outrun the past? And when everything is on the line, can they trust enough to build a love that’s unconditional?
*This book contains adult situations and explicit content. 17+*
Ahhhhh FINALLY Garrett’s story has come! I have been waiting for his story for for-ever!
Unconditional was proof that good things come to those that wait. Unlike the previous books in the series, Garrett and Carina didn’t have a history together, they met for the first time at Emerson & Juliet’s wedding; nothing happened since Carina was engaged. They had instant animosity and disgust for each other, so you know that means we’re going to have a great time seeing them fight their feelings. I think what makes Unconditional my favorite is that Melody did a few things differently here. While we still get a sexy, angsty read, we have two characters with no real prior connections, and they were hurt by different people in their pasts. Up til now we didn’t really know much about Garrett except for him having a different girl every night, and we only knew what Juliet has told us about Carina. They are SO MUCH MORE than what I thought they would be! I never liked Carina in the earlier books, I thought she was a selfish B, yet after getting to know her I realized I judged her unfairly. Yes, she admits she was selfish but after hearing her story, I can understand her actions. *Whispers* I really like her now. She didn’t have it as easy as I thought and I found myself feeling bad for her and the things she went through. There’s one situation Carina finds herself in as an adult and I have to say Melody did a great job handling it delicately and with sensitivity, this happens fairly early on in the story. Garrett’s back story surprised me, It wasn’t what I was expecting at all so kudos Melody! I loved watching them push each others buttons, call each other out on their BS, yet be there for the other when they needed a friend. There were a few things I didn’t see coming and a few I had hoped to see, I was giggly happy when what I hoped for happened. Unconditional had just enough angst to make me hold my breath and clutch my chest yet leave me excitedly happy at the end. As I said earlier, this is the best one so far and I can NOT wait for the next one. I’m convinced Beachwood Bay is a magical place you can always go back to when you need a second chance to get things right. I’d like to live there if it was possible 🙂
As I mentioned at the beginning of my post, the Beachwood Bay series turned 1 on March 18th. Here are some of my favorite quotes from each book. These are quotes I’ve highlighted that made me swoon, sigh, and leave me with an overall content feeling <3
As soon as I read “My mom always said there are two kinds of love in this world, the steady breeze and the hurricane, I knew I HAD to read this book. I had originally learned of it when Melody’s cover artist posted it on Facebook. The cover made me say “ohhhhh” and the synopsis made me say “I need to read that one.” As luck would have it, or a miracle, a few day later I actually received an email from Melody, she introduced herself and asked if I’d be interested/willing to read and review her book. I’ll never forget that OMG, OMG, OMG, feeling I had realizing this was the very same book I had added to my TBR two days prior and was salivating to read. The rest is history. Melody is stuck with me for the duration of her writing career. I love Emerson and Juliet, Emerson loves her so fiercely and vice versa. *sigh*
You can read my review of Unbroken here
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Oh my Britney Ray! Britney was a hard nut to crack but Hunter was up for the challenge…Brit swore she was a product of her environment and not worthy of anything better. Hunter has excellent persuasion skills…skills that could possibly put Emerson to shame. There’s this scene in the barn…and whew *fans self* just read it! Hunter showed her she was worthy and deserving of every dream she had.
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In Unwrapped we get Daniel and Lacey’s story. Now, to gain a better appreciation for it you really need to have read Unbroken first. It was a total “Oh no they didn’t” moment at the beginning for me. I was beyond excited to read the words “not quite the end” at the end of their story. My fingers are crossed that means more is on the way for them!
As for Garrett and Carina, *sigh* just *sigh*
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Melody Grace is the USA Today bestselling author of UNBROKEN and UNTOUCHED. A small-town girl turned SoCal beach-lover, she spent years with her nose in a book before deciding it was time to write them for herself. She loves bad boys, good books, and pistachio-flavored ice-cream.