Series: Beachwood Bay Book 0.5
Author: Melody Grace
Published: May 12, 2013 by Melody Grace Book
Price: Free on Kindle.
Blurb: 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 defences, 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…
Review: So…I had a few problems with this story and I don’t know if that’s just because it’s the prequel or what, but given that this was written after the actual first book Unbroken…doesn’t really give me hope for that first book.
I think this might have been better had it been a full length novel instead of a novella because then the author could have taken her time in making the couple fall in love and really building up this romance to be epic. Instead, it was all instant. Insta-everything. Hell, even just giving us a time skip would have been better because through all the ‘I love you’s’ and ‘you complete me’s’ and all that…they had known each other…for a week…and only spoke about…twice, I think within that week.
Give me time skips and little flashes of memory of those times to give me a sense of time passing and making me believe that they deserve to have this epic romance. I felt nothing for them because they never got any time to just…know each other? It was from one big event to the next.
And the ending, all this hype to make it into the epic romance and then ending it with ‘I was wrong.’ I didn’t like that. I know this was written after, so the people who have read the first book know what’s going to happen, but for those like me, who like to read the prequel before reading the first book, the disappointing hype and then that, it just turned me off.
This whole book was just disappointing and I don’t even feel bad about spoiling the ending because according to the blurb of the first book, they didn’t work out anyway.
The writing left me wanting more exciting and there were a few errors in the book that just…leaves me concerned for the actual first book.
This, also, would not be something that I would usually read, but thanks to my first book journal that has the pages in alphabetical order, I saw these three books that began with the letter ‘U’ for free and downloaded them. I think I’ve only found a few out of the many free books I downloaded that were actually above 3 stars.
So all-in-all, I did not enjoy this book but I did finish it. I cannot say the same for the first book.
Thank you for reading my review.