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Review: Unstoppable by Shannon Richard

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Unstoppable (Country Roads #3)
   by: Shannon Richard

Publication Date: Dec. 3, 2013
Publisher: Forever
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Source: e-ARC provided via NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 368 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Some things you don't dare let go . . .

Melanie O'Bryan knows life is too short to be afraid of taking chances. And former Air Force sergeant Bennett Hart is certainly worth taking a chance on. He's agreed to help her students with a school project, but she's hoping the handsome handyman will offer her a whole lot more. Yet despite his heated glances and teasing touches, Mel senses there's something holding him back . . .

Bennett Hart is grateful to be alive and back home in Mirabelle, Florida. Peaceful and uncomplicated-that's all he's looking for. Until a spunky, sexy-as-hell teacher turns his life upside down. After one smoldering kiss, Bennett feels like he's falling without a parachute. But with memories of his past threatening to resurface, he'll have to decide whether to keep playing it safe, or take the biggest risk of all.

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Unstoppable was a cute, light-hearted contemporary romance that is not so emotionally heavy you feel you can't breathe. Instead, it's a breath of fresh air and will leave you smiling at the friendships Richard has created, as well as fanning yourself over the sizzling tension between Mel and Bennett.
Pacing: I really liked Richard's writing style. The story felt natural and relatable, and one that I could easily envision happening in everyday life. Mel and Bennett's relationship starts off as a friendship and eventually morphs into more. I liked seeing the two hang out first as friends and then witness them start to fall for one another.
Storyline: Melanie has been crushing on Bennett for some time now and after a potentially fatal scare, he embeds himself in her life even more by simply being there for her and taking care of her. She isn't super experienced relationship wise, but she can't deny she wants something with Bennett. Bennett, who is former military, has some past demons of his own that still haunt him and doesn't think a relationship is really what he wants right now. However, the closer he gets to Mel, he finds his resolve faltering and wants to be with her. They don't have to think about the future holds, but just embrace what they have right now. However, will Bennett let his fears rule him and dominate his life to the point where he just might lose the one good thing he's found in a long while?
Characters: I liked Mel a lot. She's got some spunk in her and I'm glad she confronts Bennett about his hot and cold act. You go girl! She has feelings for him, but she's not going to let herself be jerked back and forth either while he tries to figure out what he wants. She is a teacher and is excited for the big project her and Bennett are doing together. Their project has the power to change kids' lives and that is so rewarding to her.
Bennett is a good guy, despite the fact that you want to smack him around a bit for hurting Mel. She is disappointed by the fact he is interested in her, but won't make a move. She feels rejected and my heart hurt for her because you can tell she really likes him. Bennett lets his fears unconsciously rule his life and he has to realize for himself that life is too short to live that way.
Grace and Harper, Mel's best friends, show up quite a bit in this story and I really liked that. I love their friendship and how they will drop everything when one of their own is in need. They are good shoulders to lean on, cry on, and hug on and I'm glad we got to see just how much of an impact that has on Mel.
Final Thoughts: This storyline isn't an overly original one, but it's still cute and I like that Richard made it her own with her characters' personalities and spunk. It's definitely a great choice if you're looking for something fun and cute that's low on emotional turmoil.


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  1. I got a copy from the publishers and I just finished it yesterday. I was JUST what I needed to get me out of my reading slump. It was so cute and really light-hearted. My one complaint would be that the ending was a little quick to the draw, but it was an overall adorable read. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
    Jackie @ No Bent Spines

  2. This sounds very cute and perfect for when you need something simple and fun. Great review.

    1. Thanks Teresa! It was an enjoyable one and a cute summer read.


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