March 18, 2014

UNCONDITIONAL by Melody Grace Blog RDL {Excerpt/Review/Giveaway}

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We are extremely excited that Melody Grace's UNCONDITIONAL is now available!!  UNCONDITIONAL is a contemporary romance, and it is the most heart-wrenching and latest novel in The Beachwood Bay Series.


Fall in love with Beachwood Bay in Melody Grace’s USA Today and internationally bestselling series!

"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+*

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 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.

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A noise comes. A shadow rears up in the dark. I scream.

“What the hell?”

Panic claws my chest and I scream again, reaching blindly for something to fight him off. Squatters and junkies and all kinds of dangerous men fill my mind as my hand closes around something solid on the hall table and I swing with everything I’ve got.

“Goddamn!” The figure reels back, stumbling against the wall.

“Get away from me!” I cry, shaking. My heart is racing so fast I think it might beat right out of my chest. I grip the object in my hand tighter. “Don’t touch me!”

“I’m not trying to touch you!” The man roars, angry. “I just want to know what you’re doing breaking into my goddamn house!”

The light flips on. I reel back, blinded by the sudden glare, but as the daze clears and my eyes flick back into focus, I see the man in front of me for the first time.

I stop breathing.

He’s half-naked, that’s the first thing I notice. Jesus, his body is like nothing I’ve ever seen before: tanned bronze and chiselled like a Greek god, but not like the guys I’ve dated, all waxed and pumped from hours at a fancy gym. This guy is real, raw, all muscle and power, with web of dark tattoos snaking over the bicep of his right arm. I feel a flush roll through me, hot with prickling awareness, but I can’t look away as I take in his tight, sculpted six-pack abs, and the trail of dark hair leading down to the waistband of his navy briefs...

“Don’t mind me, darlin’.” his voice comes. “Any time you’re done looking...”

I snap my eyes up to his face, blushing. Then I look at him for real and it all clicks into place.

“Oh,” My heart clenches in my chest as I recognize him for the first time. “It’s you.”

Unshaven face. Messy mahogany bed-head hair. And a pair of stormy ocean-blue eyes scowling at me like I’m the last person on earth he wants to see.

And I can say, the feeling is entirely mutual.

“It’s me.” Garrett Sawyer agrees in a low, Southern drawl. He strides over and snatches the vase from my hand, setting it down on the table with a thud. “Now, you want to tell me what the hell you’re doing creeping around my house at three in the goddamn morning?”

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.


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