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Blog Tour: Unafraid by Melody Grace {Review, Character Interview,+ Giveaway}

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Welcome to my stop on the Unafraid tour hosted by InkSlingerPR!
Today I am excited to share my review, a character interview, and a giveaway with you all!
 
 
Unafraid (Beachwood Bay #2)
   by: Melody Grace

Publication Date: Aug. 27, 2013
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Source: e-ARC received from InkSlingerPR and the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 251 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 5/5 stars


"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?

 
 
My Review:

I adored this book. Hands down, ADORED it! I loved Untouched by Melody and while I have not had the chance to read Unbroken as of yet it is very high on my TBR! I love Melody's writing style and her ability to create such in depth characters. Both Hunter and Brit were fantastic MC's and I loved getting both of their POV's!

Brit completely broke my heart. Seriously. My heart ached so badly for her and I just wanted to see her happy. Brit has not had an easy life, by any means. All her life all she has ever known are people who end up leaving her. Her mother is a junkie and her father abandoned them. The only person she really relies on is her brother Emerson, yet Emerson too is moving forward with his life with his fiancĂ©e, Juliet in the city, leaving Brit by herself in Beachwood Bay. Yet, Brit is a little spitfire. She won't let people treat her like trash, no matter that she may feel like it. We get a prime example of her saucy attitude at the book's start after finding out the guy she's been sleeping with is actually engaged to another girl. It isn't even that she's overly hurt over him- she doesn't love him, but she feels like she's only good enough to warm some guy's bed.

"I just can't help thinking, there's some reason. That if I try harder, or act better, then they'd stay." (e-ARC 181)

Brit has a lot of insecurities and her self-worth is shot. She has been applying for multiple internships to get her foot in the door of the fashion industry and has been rejected time after time. There is a scene where Hunter pulls some strings to get her in an interview and to say it goes badly is putting it mildly. I hated that no one wanted to give her a chance, when she is clearly talented.

She also doesn't feel worthy of Hunter, due to her reputation and her family's past. Yet, Hunter was resilient. He wasn't about to let her slip through his fingers again. He was determined to show her that people don't always leave and he was going to be the one to stay.

I loved Hunter. He let Brit slip through his fingers once and hell if he's going to do it again. Yet, Hunter has his own set of problems and demons he's facing. Brit is the one sure thing in his life, his one constant, yet even he isn't able to predict the future. His parents are insistent he return home, that he's wasting his time in Beachwood Bay taking care of his grandfather's ranch. I was a bit upset with Hunter that he let his parents guilt and manipulate him in the way they did. I understand he felt trapped, but that didn't give him the right to act the way he did when it came to the girl he loved more than anything. His mom, Camille, was a real piece of work. She is that typical rich, stuck up, snob who looks down her nose at people like Brit and doesn't even give her the time of day. She makes it clear to Hunter that he doesn't belong with someone like her. Yet, blood is blood. Hunter's guilt over what happened with his brother ends up ruling him and while he knows he should leave his parents and go back to Beachwood Bay, he doesn't. He wants to make things right with his parents, but really I think he wants their understanding most of all.

Untouched and Unbroken fans will be happy to see Emerson and Juliet make an appearance in this book. It's always nice to see how your first characters in a series are doing and catch a glimpse of their lives. I like the closeness between Emerson and Brit and that she has formed a relationship with Juliet too.

One of my favorite characters would have to be Garrett, though. Garrett has taken over the bar for Emerson and serves as a big brother to Brit. He is protective of her and helps Hunter out in his pursuits of her, wanting nothing but her happiness. Garrett is known for being a player, so I wouldn't mind seeing him settle down and find love!

The chemistry between Brit and Hunter is off the charts HOT! Hunter has a bit of an alpha personality and it was so sexy how he took control, forcing Brit to open her eyes and really see him and the man he is. She fights him as long as she can, before she realizes she's tired of fighting. She wants to be loved and cherished, to be taken care of and treated with the proper respect. Hunter has promised her he will be the one to prove her wrong and for once, maybe she's not so against that.

"He's choosing me. The girl who was laughed at, and scorned, the girl who never came first. The girl they thought was nothing. Hunter never listened, or cared what the rumors said. He saw me, the real me, right from the start, and tonight, he's laying claim to me, in front of everyone." (e-ARC 204)




~Character Interview with Hunter~
 
Thanks for stopping by and talking to me today Hunter! I'm sure things have been pretty crazy busy lately with everything that's been going on with you and Brit!
 
No problem, I'm happy to be here.
 
Let's jump right in!
 
1) Can you tell us something about yourself that we might not know?
 
Hmm, well I'm kind of a secret Star Wars geek- they were my favorite movies growing up, I'd watch them over and over again. My brother always teased me about it, so I kept it under wraps!
 
2) What words or phrases come to mind when you think of Beachwood Bay?
 
Home. Peace. Summer. Happiness.
 
3) What was your first impression of Brit when you found her on the roof that night?
 
I was blown away seeing her again. When you have this picture of someone in your mind all this time, it's crazy to see them. I thought she couldn't be more beautiful than I remembered, but she was. But also, she looked sadder than before- kind of jaded and worn out. I hated that.
 
4) How would you describe her in 5 words? How would she describe you?
 
I'd describe her as fierce, brave, beautiful, and secretly sweet. She'd say I was stubborn, charming, persistent, irresistible- and dangerous. :)
 
5) Kissing her again- what was it like? How did it make you feel?
 
Like I'd found my purpose in life.
 
6) "Stellar" by Incubus shows up a few times throughout your story. What is the significance behind that particular song?
 
It's such a great song, something about it clicked for us. It's about being the only two people in the universe, how everything else fades away when you're with the right one.
 
7) You knew Brit had a lot of insecurities about her reputation and her past- was there a time you doubted being able to get through to her?
 
All that stuff is such bullshit, it makes me crazy to see her worry about it. Everything we've been through makes us the people we are, but Brit has spent her life watching people walk away. I knew I was going to be the one to prove her wrong.
 
8) Describe Garrett (Brit's boss) for us. He is protective of her- how did you get him to help you out?
 
Garrett's a great guy, I think he could see how crazy I am about her. I owe the guy a beer!
 
9) That night 3 years ago- what was running through your head when you and Brit walked down the beach?
 
That I couldn't screw it up! That night was so strange, and special. For a few hours, we both got to pretend we were somebody else- and doing that, it let us be ourselves completely. Just being honest together. It was amazing.
 
10) What are three things you cannot live without?
 
Horses. Beer. Brit.
 
A big thanks to Hunter for stopping by and chatting with us today!
 
 


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.

 
Giveaway:
  
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10 comments

  1. Gahhhh I need to start this series. It has been sitting on my kindle forever now. So many books so little time. *sigh* This sounds like an awesome read and I'm glad you loved it. Great review.

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    1. Yessss! They are so good girl! But I feel you about having so many books!

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  2. I want to read Unafraid due to your review of this book!
    -kelly

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  3. I loved the character interview. Very fun. I haven't heard of this book or this author before. I will definitely have to check it out.

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    1. Melody is one of my favorites. She's awesome. :D

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  4. I think I must get to this book! Yes! And I love the sound of the chemistry between Brit and Hunter :)
    Definitely looks like I'll like Hunter! Great interview!!

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    1. You will LOVE Hunter Magen! He's all kinds of awesome! And their chemistry? SWOOOOOON! :D

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  5. Great review! I loved this book too. Melody just keeps amazing me. I loved Hunter and I was glad he finally stood up to his mother because I wanted to kick him for letting her run his life. I really hope Garrett gets his own book too :-) Great Interview with Hunter too!

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    1. Thanks girl! Melody is completely awesome! And I was glad he stood up to her finally too! Because he was pissing me the eff off!!!!

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