September 18, 2014
REVIEW: Unstoppable (Beachwood Bay #5)
To Be Published September 19, 2014
Format: e-book, obtained from the author
Genre: new adult contemporary romance
To Buy: Amazon
Rating: 4.5 STARS
(From Goodreads) A secret scar…
Tegan Callahan has sworn off bad boys for good. Growing up on tour with her rock star brother, she knows first-hand the damage they can do. She’s looking for a nice, safe, stable guy – until a chance encounter with a devastatingly sexy stranger makes her question everything she thought she wanted.
A troubled soul…
Ryland James arrives in Beachwood Bay on the run from his mistakes. He knows he’s the last thing Tegan needs, but somehow, he can’t stay away. There’s something about her fierce beauty that draws him in – and makes him vow to protect her, whatever the cost.
A passionate destiny…
Their bond is undeniable; the stakes, higher than ever. But the past won’t stay gone forever, and soon, Ryland must make the ultimate choice: will he risk everything he treasures in the world, or keep Tegan safe – and sacrifice her love forever?
Oh my goodness... this series. I just love it so much. These books just keep getting better and better. Although Emerson's book will always be my favorite, I think Unstoppable may run a close second. Ray Jay was the little-seen member of Emerson's and Brit's family. Referred to, but rarely seen. Well, now we've seen him. Wow, have we ever.
Ryland and Tegan met by chance in Las Vegas the night he won his freedom back. Weeks later, they bump into each other in Beachwood Bay as each tries to start over after tragic pasts. Despite Tegan's desire to keep her distance, she soon realizes what a fruitless endeavor that is. When all seems to finally be going their way, though, Ryland removes himself from the equation in an attempt to keep all he loves safe.
Ryland and Tegan are so well suited for each other. Both are so strong and have dealt with some crazy bad stuff in their lives. Both have siblings that love them to a fault. And they seem to need each other in incomprehensible ways.
Tegan is so prickly when she and Ryland first meet. She's not just coming out of a bad relationship - she's coming out of a disastrous one. And, she's not eager to jump into anything with anyone, much less Beachwood Bay's resident bad boy. She is really not nice to poor Ryland for awhile. Luckily, he's got confidence in spades and good humor about the whole thing too. I loved his resilience. He knew he'd have Tegan from the moment he saw her, and he didn't let her doubt get in his way.
Once Tegan realized she was fighting a losing battle, the tone of the book shifted. It started with her confessing her past, which nearly sent me into tears. It was then that we saw a lot more substance in Ryland than we had before. You always got the impression in previous books that Ray Jay was a selfish bastard who didn't care much for his family. We learned in Unstoppable that Ryland was exactly the opposite. Everything he did, he did it out of love for his family.
Unstoppable was told in dual POV, so we see what's going on with both Ryland and Tegan at different parts of the book. The chemistry was holy crap amazing, and when these two finally got together, it was so incredibly hot. I can always count on that from Melody Grace. She is an amazing writer in her own right, but her love scenes are some of the best ever.
Since Ryland is Emerson's and Brit's brother and Tegan is Dex's sister, we get to catch up with all three of them at different times in the book. We also got to know Blake, Tegan's and Dex's other brother. I think we'll be seeing a lot more of him in the near future. But, for now, I'm perfectly happy going back and re-reading my favorite parts of Unstoppable over and over again. And, there's lots of them to choose from.