December 4, 2014

RELEASE DAY REVIEW: Unexpectedly Yours (Beachwood Bay #6)

Melody Grace has been a very busy lady lately. She recently completed her Dirty Dancing novella serial, and now, just in time for the holidays, is her latest addition to her Beachwood Bay series - UNEXPECTEDLY YOURS.

Unexpectedly Yours (Beachwood Bay #6), by Melody Grace
Published December 4, 2014
Publisher: self-published
Format: e-book, provided by the author
Genre: new adult contemporary romance
To Buy: Amazon 

Rating: 4.5 STARS

(From Goodreads) Sophie Young has been dreaming about the perfect Christmas in New York ever since she was a kid. But when her boyfriend bails on their romantic trip for two, she finds herself stranded in the city on Christmas Eve, with only a holiday-hating smooth-talking, utterly sexy stranger for company…

Rock-star Austin Kelly is fed up with Christmas – he’s more interested in who’s going to be cozying up under the mistletoe. But when his little black book comes up empty, he finds himself on a whirlwind tour of the city with the most unlikely partner in festive fun…

The snow is falling, but things are definitely heating up inside. And by the time the clock strikes midnight on New Years Eve, there will be plenty to celebrate with old friends and familiar faces back in Beachwood Bay.

A heart-warming, sexy new stand-alone holiday novella from New York Times bestselling author Melody Grace!

I broke my own rule when I read Unexpectedly Yours. Come to think of it, I did the same thing last year when I read Unwrapped, so it must be only for Melody that I will do this. As a general rule, I avoid holiday-themed books. I'm such a Scrooge. They just don't do anything for me. But, these books in the Beachwood Bay series seem to be my exception. Because, I loved this quickie novella.

Sophie, not having grown up in a home where the holidays were special, has her ideal of the perfect Christmas in her head. When that dream is destroyed on Christmas Eve, Austin makes it his personal mission to make it up to her. That doesn't make any sense to him, since he's definitely a love 'em and leave 'em kind of guy. But, there's something about Sophie that just gets to him. 

I loved absolutely everything about this book. It has everything I've come to expect from Melody Grace. There's a guy and a girl who, at first glance, don't appear to have anything in common. Unforeseen circumstances cause them to be thrust together, and they find so many wonderful things to love in each other. There's lots of steamy, sexy scenes and a deliciously wonderful ending. Just because this book is a third the length of her regular books doesn't mean it packs any less of a punch. 

At first, I didn't care much for Austin. He was an elitist jerk who goes through women like he does tissues.  But, when all his usual booty calls abandon him on Christmas Eve, he tries to use his usual lines on Sophie in the bar of their hotel. Her boyfriend has dumped her, and she's feeling a bit raw. I LOVED that she actually laughed in Austin's face when he hit on her. That was awesome. And, it broke through Austin's usually icy heart too.  

He makes it his mission to make Sophie's perfect Christmas happen for her, in spite of her douchey ex flaking on her. And, the things he does - OMG. I never had him pegged as the romantic, thoughtful type. But, wow. The lengths he goes to to make Sophie's Christmas perfect made me love him. HARD. 

Except, Austin fails to tell Sophie that he's in a world-famous rock band and filthy rich. And, when a misunderstanding sends her to Beachwood Bay to seek solace with her BFF, Teagan, she thinks her New Years is sunk. But, Austin finds a way to make that holiday perfect too. 

This 100-page novella packs a powerful punch. Not only do you get a whole story that is sure to make you swoon, but you also get to catch up with your favorite Callahans - Dex and Teagan. AND, there's a great set-up at the very end for the next full-length book, which will be about Blake and Zoey. I can't wait!

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