Unbroken (Beachwood Bay #1) by Melody Grace

Unbroken (A Beachwood Bay Love Story Book)


"Mom always told me there are two kinds of love in this world: the steady breeze, and the hurricane. Emerson Ray was my hurricane...."

Juliet McKenzie was an innocent eighteen-year old when she spent the summer in Beachwood Bay—and fell head over heels in love with Emerson. Complicated, intense Emerson, the local bad boy. His blue eyes hid dark secrets, and just one touch could set Juliet ablaze. Their love was demanding and all-consuming, but when summer ended, tragedy tore them apart. Juliet swore she’d never go back, and she’s kept that promise… Until now.

Four years later, Juliet’s done her best to rebuild the wreckage of her shattered life. She’s got a great boyfriend, and a steady job planned after she graduates. Returning to Beachwood to pack up her family’s beach house to prepare it for sale, Juliet is determined that nothing will stand in the way of her future. But one look from Emerson, and all her old desire comes flooding back. He let her go once, but this time, he’s not giving up without a fight. And Emerson fights dirty.

A heartbreaking history. An unstoppable passion. Torn between her past and future, Juliet struggles to separate love from desire. But will they find a way to overcome their tragic secrets—together? And after so much damage has been done, can a love remain unbroken? 

*This book contains adult situations and explicit content.*


When I first read Unbroken I didn't care for it. I didn't see the connection between the main characters and it just wasn't for me. I didn't realize there was a novella where you could see the two of them meet. I read that recently without realizing it was the first chapter of Emerson and Juliet's story and really enjoyed it. Enjoyed it enough that once I figured it out I had to give Unbroken another chance. I am glad I did. As a stand alone it didn't work for me, but as a continuation of their story it was perfect. 

Juliet hasn't been back to Beachwood Bay in four years. Really she didn't plan on coming back as she doesn't want to see Emerson. Emerson who broke her heart four years ago. Her mom had just died and then everything that happened with him...it was all too much for her. She has tried hard to get her life together and have a safe, secure future. 

When she shows up to clean out her families beach house she tries to keep a low profile. She doesn't expect to see Emerson again, and if she does she doesn't expect to still react to him the same way she did four long years ago. For his part Emerson is angry with Juliet for leaving, though when you find out everything it was just like dude, you are not the one who was wronged here. You could have fixed this anytime and you didn't. I get why Emerson did what he did slightly, but man I didn't like it that much. Though when they figure everything out, when Juliet finds out what happened so long ago, I was really happy for them. They are cute together, they obviously love each other, and she really needs Emerson. Emerson doesn't let her get away with being safe and not being herself. He is really good for her even if he sacrifices his happiness at times. 

Overall I really enjoyed this story. Without reading Untouched first though it was not a great read. Definitely read that first then see how their story ends in this book. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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