Have you read Unbroken yet?? Why not?? What are you waiting for?? It is amazing!!
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*
♥ Jennifer’s review ♥
Wow!! I read this ARC by request of the author without much knowledge of the plot and thank goodness she asked me to. I would have hated to miss out on such a great romance story! Emerson and Juliet meet the summer after she graduates from high school. What Juliet thinks will be a boring summer away from her friends ends up being a summer of love, anger, sadness and regret.
Now 4 years later, Juliet thinks she is finally over losing two people she loved dearly that summer. She feels like her life is back on track and her future is all planned out until she has to go back to Cedar Cove to clean out their old vacation home. Just being back in that town brings back so many memories. But then seeing Emerson for the first time since she left, makes her question everything she thought was perfect in her life. And boy oh boy does he make quite a comeback into her life!! The man he is now, is nothing like the guy she remembers from 4 years ago 😉
This is a story about that first real love being your true love….a love that you can never forget, even if you pretend to move on.
Who would be able to say no to that?!?! No one…exactly! But, can they work through their past experiences and make it work??
I loved both Emerson and Juliet’s characters. Juliet was strong!! She struggled. But even with all she had been through and all the secrets she was keeping, she stayed strong and did what she felt was right for the people around her. I loved that there wasn’t that bouncing back and forth with her. She knew what was in her heart and she went with it even if it tore her apart at times. My heart broke for her as she struggled to figure out what to do.
And then we have Emerson. I LOVE that name!! He was a little more complicated than Juliet but he thought he was doing the right thing. He confused me at times but I was POSITIVE that he had a good heart. I knew his love for Juliet was overwhelming and I was anxiously reading my butt off to get to the part that I knew had to be coming.
I can honestly say that there was nothing about this story that I didn’t like J I enjoyed every minute of it and had a hard time putting it down. It has the perfect mix of angst, sadness, romance and even some steamy scenes. Loved those steamy scenes 😉 I am so thankful to Melody for sharing this story with me and I HIGHLY recommend it!! Seriously…go buy it people!!
♥ Lisa’s review ♥
*Warning – I ramble! 🙂 *
5 “heart-stopping, life-changing, all-consuming” Kisses! (trust me, that will make sense after you read it!)
I am a happy happy girl right now. Why, might you ask? Oh that’s because I’ve just finished an awesome, rock your socks off, love it to the very last click of my kindle book. Unbroken is Melody Grace’s debut novel, part of the Cedar Cove series – and I am ALL kinds of giddy about the upcoming books.
Yes…yes I am smiling 🙂 BIG time…
So, let’s dive into Juliet McKenzie and Emerson Ray. If I had to pick one word to describe them, it would be passion. Passion that knows no bounds. Passion that drives them in SO many ways. They’re just magnetic and you cannot deny that kind of force…and booooooy did I love every minute of that passion.
What else did I like about this story…the flashes of the past, giving you a taste of what happened but always leaving you wanting more. I had that yearning for information, I craved their story, the desire to understand them and what happened to them – almost to the point of frustration, but a good frustration!
Jules is 18 when she meets Emerson, the love of her life. He ruined her for anyone else and although she has a boyfriend (Daniel), she’s not really herself with him. She keeps a part of herself hidden, a part that only Emerson has seen and a part that she’s afraid to show Daniel for fear he won’t love her and accept her regardless. Daniel is who she “should” be with, but unfortunately not who she wants. Her family is anything but perfect, which is another aspect that she’s afraid Daniel won’t understand (and he doesn’t!) – her mom passed away the same summer she met Emerson, her dad is a drunk, failed writer and her sister is shallow with a side of gold digger.
“…and we could all finally stop acting like we were anything more than distant strangers living under the same roof, trying like hell to pretend to the world that everything was OK. Not that we don’t have practice. After all, pretending is what my family does best.”
I loved Jules…she’s damaged, better yet scarred, from what happened to her 4 years ago but she is still a very strong woman. She has a lot of walls built up to protect herself and rightfully so, having your world crushed down around you all in the span of one day would do that to anyone. Emerson is really her only weakness…and I can’t fault her for that, that boy is a force all on his own.
“I guess you never really know the danger, not until you’re the one left, huddled on the ground, surrounded by the pieces of your broken heart.”
Damaged though she may be, she’s still got spunk. I really felt a connection with her, she was very relatable and I never once was frustrated, mad or angry with anything she did – which is really a breath of fresh air for a heroine. She’s not afraid to speak her mind and do what she wants to do.
“Yeah, well I didn’t exactly have time, what with you pummeling a guy, pretending like you were going to make out with me, then judging every one of my life choices.”
Emerson is…a bad boy doing all the right things. He stepped up to take care of his younger siblings since his dad isn’t in the picture and his mom is…not fit to be a mom. He’s grown up a lot in 4 years, in all the right ways, making it that much more difficult for Jules to even try and deny that she still has feelings for him. He’s all tall and muscley and hot…how can you say no to that? Especially when you fell head over heels ages ago…she was done for before she ever stepped foot in Cedar Cove.
“Emerson. I don’t even turn right away, but I know he’s here, somewhere. I can’t explain it, but it’s like my body has a special radar, just for him. I would know him in a hurricane, in a snow-storm, if I was deaf and blind. My body knows him by heart.”
Thru the good, the bad and the ugly, their past, the desire, their connection never goes away. God, how awesome is that? Four years and even thru the pain of all those memories, they still see thru to the best parts of the special relationship they had. It makes me want to cry just thinking about it!
“But the worst part, I realize suddenly, is that however awkward and painful and miserable these last few minutes with him have been, I can’t bear for them to end. It’s fucked-up, I know, but being around Emerson, however painful, is better than not being with him at all. Never being around him again.”
I will give Miss. Grace credit, she tries to make you doubt Emerson, I never did. Believe me, there were times when I sat back and wondered…questioned….considered, but there is no way I was going to give up on that boy. He is just all kinds of perfect rolled up into a hot, lip smacking package of yumminess, and I was THRILLED to bits when Jules finally saw the light.
“Emerson looks at me like I’m a goddess, like I’m water, and he’s been roaming in the desert for a thousand years in search of just one drop. Like it takes everything in him not to devour me right there where I stand. Like he sees my soul: raw, and damaged, and wanting. And he loves me all the same.”
Good grief, where can I order an Emerson? I fell for him…hard, can’t quite tell you when or why, but it was a lot of all the right things put in this delicious combination and then next thing I knew, I couldn’t get enough. Oh and have I mentioned the über swoony lines that just flow out of his mouth…that’s just the icing on the sheer perfection that is Emerson Ray.
“I’m going to love you forever, Juliet McKenzie. And I’m going to spend every day proving you’re the only one.”
“Don’t ever think I don’t want you….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….I’ll always want you, Juliet. It’ll be the fucking death of me, but I won’t ever stop.”
So back to Jules and seeing the light, finally
The things that still come back to me now are all the little details about them…how she has a blue jay tattoo on her right shoulder blade…
“A lasting reminder of all my dumb, fucked-up choices, and the road I swore I’d never take again.”
…and the fact that he named his boat after his pet name for her…Jaybird
Emerson coughs. “Well, I figured it suited her.” He gives me a devilish grin. “She was a stubborn bitch, but once I got my hands on her, she fell into line.”
Yeah…and surprisingly I didn’t want to smack him after I read that line…I actually found it endearing. Don’t ask, that cocky ‘I’m an ass hole with a heart of gold’ shit really gets me sometimes. Oh and what really gets me? The sexy, dominate cave man talk…and Emerson has that down to a “T”…
“You’re mine.” He growls, his breath hot against my face. My legs give way, and he holds me up, gripping my jaw so I have no choice but to stare up into his eyes. To lose myself in them. “You’re mine,” he says again fiercely. “Not his, not anyone else’s. You can try and pretend you don’t feel it, but you do. You’ll always be mine.”
Sounds like a plan to me – always yours Emerson, I promise 😉 So…as with most of the stories I love, they like to torture me and just because Jules saw the light, doesn’t mean she got to stay there. Remember how I mentioned the good frustration – cue that part right about now!
I ask for it…I know I do…and in the end I love it, but trust me…that is what I was doing internally…the entire time. Another thing I will reiterate – I. Never. Doubted. Emerson. 🙂 That’s all I’m sayin…that and of course you get your HEA and it’s sooooooooooooo good. Worth every torture sucking, pull your hair out frustrating page. All your questions get answered and it makes their ending so beautiful and so worth it.
So…this is a series…have I mentioned before I Love, Love, LOVE series. SO much. I get emotionally attached to characters…cause that’s how I roll, and I hate saying goodbye, so stretch out for as long as you want, you’ll never here me complain. But I digress. NOW…do I want more of Juliet and Emerson…ummm….that would be a big fat YES PLEASE! But…I also want Lacey’s story. Lacey is Juliet’s best friend – loved her – but I didn’t get as much of her as I would have liked, which leads me to hope, pray and believe that we might get Lacey’s story in the near future, which would be a whole heaping load of awesomeness if you ask me.
I applaud Melody for a fantastic book, she’s got me hooked and I can’t wait to see what comes next.