Wednesday, March 19, 2014

~ Blog Tour Review & Giveaway ~
(Beachwood Bay #3)
Melody Grace
Release Date: March 18, 2014
Note: Unconditional can be read as a stand-alone story, but you'll enjoy reading the other Beachwood Bay books, too.
~ Synopsis ~ 
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+*

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~ Excerpt ~
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?”  

~ Links to Buy ~
Amazon ** Amazon UK
iTunes ** Barnes & Noble

~ Review ~
I absolutely love this series and Garrett and Carina's story is no different.  This one was a little darker in the beginning but was relevant as it was used as a wake up call.  Fleeing, looking for somewhere to figure things out Carina ends up in Beachwood Bay at her family's old summer home.  What she doesn't expect to find is someone lving in the house.  When she finds herself at the feet of Garrett the only thing that springs to mind is their encounter at Juliet and Emerson's wedding.  

Garrett is closed off, living in the moment, no attachments, 3 strikes and he's out.  His past holding him captive.  My heart broke for him and I was waiting for the moment when we would see what had left him so tortured.  

I loved that Garrett and Carina fought against their feelings for one another.  It made their chemistry that much hotter.  I felt sorry for Carina.  She was living with regret and did not believe she was worthy of real love.  She allowed herself to be used as arm candy to obtain social status and friends.   I was glad that she finally realized how much she had lost by allowing others to dictate her actions and behavior.  

We get to catch up on all things Emerson and Julia...that's always a good thing.  We get an update on Hunter and Brit and Brit is sure to give her two cents when it comes to Garrett and Carina.   

For me the story was about taking a good look at yourself and healing before you can mend your relationships.  If you don't like what you see, make an effort to change.  Find your inner strength and use it to better yourself and not focus on your weaknesses.  There is strength in numbers and when you surround yourself with people you love, who love you back you can't go wrong. 

~ Rating ~

~ The Rest of the Beachwood Bay Series ~

 Untouched (Beachwood Bay #.5)
(Emerson & Juliet’s story begins - free novella)

Unbroken (Beachwood Bay #1)(Emerson & Juliet’s story continues)

 Untamed Hearts (Beachwood Bay #1.5)
(Brit & Hunter’s story begins - free novella)

Unafraid (Beachwood Bay #2)
(Brit & Hunter’s story continues)

 Unwrapped (Beachwood Bay #2.5)
(Lacey & Daniel’s holiday novella)

~ About the Author ~
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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