Untouched (Beachwood Bay #0.5) by Melody Grace


Untouched (A Beachwood Bay Love Story Book)

Synopsis:

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:

Untouched was a pretty good short story. Emerson and Juliet meet one day when Juliet is heading to Emerson's town for the summer. She is not exactly thrilled with the idea of spending the summer there with her family. She is counting down the days until she can escape to California for school. Her dad is an alcoholic, her mom in denial, and her sister a nightmare. 

No one ever expects anything good from Emerson. He drinks and sleeps with random girls, waking up not knowing where he is and feeling even worse about himself. Until he meets Juliet one day when he is driving back into town. They both just feel there is something between them right from the beginning. It was really sweet. Both think the other can't possibly like them, they have too many issues, but they just work. I enjoyed this read even though it was a quick one. Emerson and Juliet are great together. She is there for him when he needs it, even if he tries to push her away, and he for her. They both have issues at home and are both trying to figure out how to deal with them. Though they haven't known each other for very long they both are head over heels for the other. That doesn't make it easy, they have bumps in the road, but hopefully they can work it all out forever.

I didn't realize when I started it that I had read the next chapter of their story already (at the time I didn't know there was this book) and I hadn't enjoyed that book. Though now that I have the backstory I am looking forward to re-reading it to see what happens as I don't really remember. Emerson and Juliet are just so great together I need to see what happens next. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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