Unafraid captures the raw, emotional writing I have come to expect from Melody Grace. A companion novel rather than a direct sequel. The dual, first person narrative provides clarity to the reactions of the characters and insight into their actions.
While Brit has a hard shell, she is plagued by insecurities stemming from a lack of nurturing during her formative years. Emotionally tormented by her peers due to her family situation; her issues are completely understandable and relatable. The saying about words not harming is completely untrue as they ten to cut the deepest and last the longest; they can cause permanent damage to self esteem and confidence. My heart literally ached for her.
At the beginning of the story Brit is the personification of a self-fulfilling prophecy; the product of her environment. The worse thing about this is that Brit actually recognises the problem. While trying to overcome obstacles and unfortunately suffering setbacks, Brit becomes despondent. It only takes one positive incident/person in order to break the vicious cycle. The reader can sense Brit is destined for so much more than her current circumstances.
What can I say about Hunter, except OMG he gives Lucas Wolfe run for his money in the domineering stakes Hunter's back-story unfold slowly adding tension to the plot. I found myself waiting for all the details to fall into place.
I loved the inclusion of Emerson and Juliet within the story, even if it was only a small part. I have to say here and now - I hope Garrett gets his own story.
I know you hear me say this a lot BUT I love this type of story because it is like an adult fairy-tale - romantic and smexy. In the case of Unafraid it isn't Prince Charming rescuing the Damsel in Distress (Brit reminds me of Cinderella) it's the damsel and the prince rescuing each other (mentally, physically and emotionally).
I love books that get inside the characters minds - the ones that make you feel what they are feeling and make you analyse your own feelings and reactions as a result. Melody Grace has a gift for being able to achieve just that. She exposes all the emotions and makes you confront every single one of them; leaving you emotionally drained but none-the-less content
I do have to say thought that the guy on the cover doesn't look anything like Hunter - just so you know
on 1 September 2013
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
'Hotdamn', Emerson who? and 'Holy Bridle Lead Batman' sum up Unafraid by Melody Grace for me.
I loved Melody's previous two books so I knew it was going to take something pretty special for me to love someone as much as I loved Emerson Ray from Untouched and Unbroken. So imagine my surprise and delight when Hunter Covington blew Emerson out of the water! I loved Brit and Hunter's story. It began three years ago with only one night between them but little did they know then, that one night would keep them going and make them strive for a better future and to feel worthy of each other.
So Hunter Covington strolls back into Beachwood Bay with only one intent; finding Brittany Ray and making her his own. Of course Brit is horrified at his return as she only knows the Hunter from three years ago and she feels their differences are too big for them to be together. "Whatever the reason he's back in town, he's still the boy who'll inherit the whole world, and I'm still the girl with nothing. Some things never change."
But that doesn't deter Hunter in the slightest. "I smile, feeling like myself again for the first time in damn too long. Yeah, I'm going to do it right this time. I'm going to make her mine." I think this is why I fell head over heels for Hunter. He knew what he wanted. He arrived in Beachwood Bay focused and determined to get the girl and boy was he not taking no for an answer. Hunter wasn't a cocky Alpha male, he drew strength from Brittany and focused on what he knew they could achieve together. He was just dreamy *sigh*.
Brit had a lot of growing to do in this story and it was great to witness it. She was so full of self doubt and self loathing because that was all she had ever known. Brit carried around the burden of feeling worthless. When both parents left her at a young age, Brit had no choice but to question why they did that and ultimately in absence of the answer she blamed herself. It took a lot of effort and a few mistakes but Hunter was determined and he soon proved to Brit that it was never her fault and she truly was someone worth cherishing. There was a pivotal moment for Brit, when she realised she could either carry the blame for her family with her forever or she could shed the weight and be free. This was a lovely scene and yes I did she one tear or ten but who's counting? ;) "I came here looking for answers...but it turns out I've had them inside me all along. I feel the weight slip from my shoulders, the deep, knotted tangle of my heart finally unbind."
"I'm enough. I was good enough. I was always good enough. It's not my fault they couldn't stay."
Hunter seemed like the White Knight strolling in to save the day, I worried that he might have been almost too perfect but then his dark secret came to light and reminded me that he was in fact just a mere mortal with a heart breaking past as well. Hunter bowed to his parents demands and hurt Brit in the process, but when it mattered most, love prevailed and Hunter took a stand to live the life he had chosen for himself. "From the moment I wake up in the morning to the second that sleep claims me at night, she's always there, in the back of my mind. Reminding me that good things exist in this world, reassuring me that I can feel some hope again."
I loved the fact Hunter was determined to make Brit feel she was worthy of his love. He pulled out all the stops and arranged the most romantic dates. Although, he did have some help in the form of Garrett, Brit's boss/surrogate big brother. We got to know more about Garret this time around and I really liked him; "I'm not being a manwhore, and you're not being a destructive bitch... Look at us and our emotional maturity."
I was also happy to see Emerson and Juliet make an appearance although I did feel guilty because Hunter has now taken Emerson's space in my heart! But shh don't tell Em that ;) But as always Emerson was there for Brit when she needed him: "That's life. That's love. You have to figure out what you want and then fight like hell. Because it's never easy, not when your heart's on the line."
I say this about every book from Melody Grace, but it's true, the chemistry sizzles on each page. I always feel the connection between the characters and I believe their desperate need for each other. "You're going to feel me for days," he whispers, "I'm going to own you, every part of you. Even your heart." His lips curl up in a heartbreaking smile. "Especially your heart."
This book was HAWWTT! Like seriously, the smexy scenes were electric and yes this is where the bridle lead comes in ;) Lil' Brit is all grown up and Hunter Covington is now one of my favourite book boyfriends. I will not deny it was the thought of him all hot and sweaty working in the stables that done it for me. I think if he appeared in a cowboy hat that would have finished me off completely. There may have been a touch of instalove or a whirlwind relationship but do you know what? I loved Brit and Hunter so much that I didn't care. I was all in and more than happy to sit back and enjoy the ride!
Melody Grace's writing is so easy to get swept up in. I finished the book within hours an yes I may have wished for an epilogue but I doubt this is the last we will hear from Brit and Hunter as we do have a novella from the Beachwood Bay gang to look forward to this Christmas, and although I will be sad to see this series end at some point (I really would like Garrett and also Ray Jay's story) I am also looking forward to reading something different from Melody Grace as I believe she could work her magic with any set of characters.
Do not hesitate, do not pass go and do not collect your $200. Just 1-Click Unafraid now! ~Ava
on 9 November 2013
I was I love with this book the hole way through it.
I love how its a second book to one storey line but a second beginning to two characters. I couldn't get enough of what happens between these two, but I'm so glad it does because it just starts a whole new start of fresh emotions for the pair. it also make them both see sense in so many things and what they need to believe in themselves, to start to understand each other.
Just a great read.. I love it.
A really good story of how being from a different background can in the end be got over, Britney was a girl that was a bit of a wild child,she was one of the kids that was the point of everyone's Mickey taking but in the end not only does she find love with man of her dreams she also is seen as a great designer and is seen as an equal. The story is predictable but it is a good read on a rainy day, written well by a good author,well worth reading the series.
on 14 May 2014
Loved it, enjoyed catching up with Emerson, Juliet n Lacey, true love never runs smooth but once you find it don't let go, Hunter did but went after it again, brit was struggling with inner demons from her past but glad they got there in the end.
on 6 February 2014
Not only is this a tender love story, but its also very sexy! Well written and good characters, less raunchier than 50 S of G, which led the way in "lady porn", but far more enjoyable. A lovely ending too.