Sunday, July 28, 2013

Novella Review: Untouched by Melody Grace

Beachwood Bay #0.5
Auhor: Melody Grace
Publication Date: May 14, 2013

Emerson Ray is trouble. Juliet knows it the minute she lays eyes on Beachwood Bay's resident bad boy. Forced to spend her summer before college in the sleepy beach town, she never expected to crash into the most devastating guy she’s ever met—or for Emerson’s blue eyes to strip through her dark secrets, and make her feel a desire she’s never known. Their connection is undeniable, but Juliet is torn. She knows, once she gives him everything, there’ll be no turning back.

Juliet McKenzie is dangerous. Emerson can tell from the way she blows through all his defenses, laying bare the demons he’s carried alone all his life. He’s left a trail of broken hearts and empty beds in his wake, but Juliet is different. Her innocence is intoxicating—and the passion she keeps hidden, just below the surface. He wants to be the only one to set it free, but with every kiss, he’s closer to losing control and doing the one thing he swore he never would: fall in love.

One summer. Two damaged hearts. Their story is only just beginning…

I have wanted to read Unbroken for a while and when I saw Untouched was a prequel novella; I decided to give it a quick read before starting Unbroken. I am glad I did because it gave a little insight into how the whirlwind romance between Emerson and Juliet started all those years ago. 

Untouched did a lot of character building to give some insight into who Emerson and Juliet really were and what made them fall in love with each other. They each have turmoil in their family lives and demons in their past and those are highlighted here to give us an idea of why they need each other so much and why they will always need each other.

“I know what that’s like. I know how dark is seems, fighting to stay above water, when the world is conspiring to pull you under.”

Emerson seems to always be pushing Juliet away and Juliet isn’t one to give in so easy. She knows how he makes her feel and once touch or look from Emerson brings her un-done. He has never found a girl that makes him feel like she does and as much as he thinks he is no good for her, three little words is all it takes for him forget everything and drag her back into his arms.

I felt like they fell “in love” a little too fast. I understand the way they make each other feel and the attraction that neither can deny but it seemed so fast to say “I Love You” to each other. In the end, we know that summer doesn’t end in happily ever after but will they get their HEA in Unbroken?

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  1. I felt the same way that their love was a little rushed, but I really enjoyed this novella. I also was glad to get a look into how they started because I knew Unbroken begins with them not together. I still need to read Unbroken, but I can't wait!

  2. Agreed! I'm glad I read it before Unbroken but I think it definitely made it a little more emotional for me :-)


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