Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Review: Unafraid by Melody Grace

Hi all!

Another week, another review!





Author: Melody Grace 
Title: Unafraid 
Series: Beachwood Bay #2 
Release date: 24th of August 2013 
Published by: Melody Grace Books 
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Contemporary, New Adult 
Pages: 251 pages in Kindle e-book format 
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle 

Summary:


"The first time I saw her, I knew this girl was wilder than any stallion I'd ever trained. She was headstrong, wounded, passionate and free. And I had to have her..."

Brittany Ray doesn't care about her bad reputation. Growing up in a sleepy beach town with a junkie mom and a runaway dad, Brit's learned the hard way that the people you love will only let you down. It's no use hoping for love or happiness. Some dreams aren't meant for girls like her.

Hunter Covington is one of those dreams.

Gorgeous, charming Hunter is damn near perfect--and it's killing him. Son of Charleston royalty, he's been trapped in a gilded cage since the day he was born. Now he's breaking free. He's quit law school to restore his grandpa's old horse ranch, trying to soothe the demons in his soul. But Beachwood Bay is full of old ghosts, like the mysterious girl who spent an unforgettable night with him--and then slipped away before dawn. Brit.

Everything about her screams danger, but Hunter doesn't care: he's never felt a connection so deep. And try as she may, Brit can't resist the desire consuming her --or the safety she finds in Hunter's arms.

A reckless passion. An undeniable bond. Scarred by their pasts, Brit and Hunter fight to heal old wounds. But will dark secrets tear apart their new beginning? And when love is the biggest risk of all, can they find the courage to face the future unafraid?

Unafraid is part of the bestselling Beachwood Bay series, and can be read as a stand-alone novel.

Review: 

Now this was a super sweet Cinderella story. There were many reasons to enjoy it to the fullest, but also aspects that left me shrugging my shoulders. 

The main couple was both admirable and extremely likable. I thought Brit not being your typical good girl – inexperienced with guys, stand-down-and-take-it kind of girl – was what made her stand out and shine. However, what I most liked about her was her hobby and the ambitions regarding that. I like reading about people that are passionate about something, but are still in a somewhat underdog position in the field. It’s satisfying to root for and follow the development of such characters and the subsequent success is always much more appreciate after that as well. 

Hunter was a prince on a white horse (put into today’s context of course) and a genuinely lovable character, but I found him and his motivators a bit of a puzzle, especially regarding Brit. While she was a great inspiration and she and Hunter fit together perfectly, I didn’t understand the overwhelming need for him to come back for her (well not really only her, but she was a major factor) and believe in their ever after, because they knew so little of each other and had basically only had direct contact during their one night. While I liked how they developed together after they met again, the reasoning behind their relationship to that point was too much insta love like. 

There were some aspects in the story that felt slightly out of place or made me curious: the kinky sex elements made me confused on what this book was trying to go for. I’m not complaining because it was scorching hot, but slightly in the category of “where did that come from?” Why did Brit stay in that town? She had a brother who would have helped and supported her I bet. Why stay and feel less than everyone else? 

There was also a lot of angst which I love, but what I appreciated more was how the angst feelings didn’t head in the direction I expected them to – no disaster or rolling your eyes moments (well, maybe a little). I was sure they would act one way (as is the pattern in many other romance books), but I was surprised and positively so by the decisions in the end. Props to Hunter and Brit for being reasonable and non-whiney characters. 

I absolutely loved the ending, it was quite near perfect, and while I usually don’t prefer such sugary dreamy a cherry-on-top settings or gestures for the end, this one worked superbly and I celebrated with the couple. 

Characters: 

Brit was a total underdog, vulnerable yet strong and that’s what I adored about her, she had exactly the right balance. There wasn’t really anything major to dislike about her, so I simply liked her. 

Hunter was a great guy, too great to be honest. At times I felt that too many good things (that women swoon over) were pushed into one character with him, but since we were introduces to several of his vices later on, he became more touchable and real. If for nothing else, you have to appreciate the effort and give props to Hunter for how he prepared the dates with Brit and other small good deeds he tried to do for her. Even though not everything turned out as planned, it’s the thought that counts and his thoughts were full of sun and happiness. 

Overall: 

Hmmm… I did enjoy reading this, but as said there were a couple of factors that stopped me from fully loving this story. Despite this, it was special enough for me to recommend!


3 stars!

LIIS

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