Release Date: March 18, 2014
Fall in love with Beachwood Bay in Melody Grace’s USA Today and internationally bestselling series!
“I’ve spent my whole life chasing perfection: perfect looks, perfect man, perfect home. But in one brutal moment, I realized it was all just a beautiful lie…”
Carina MacKenzie is fleeing from her past. Picking up the wreckage of her shattered dreams, she seeks comfort in the only place she’s ever felt safe: Beachwood Bay.
Garrett Sawyer isn’t looking to be anyone’s savior. Scarred by old betrayals, he’s sworn never to put his heart on the line again — especially not for a damaged, high-maintenance girl like Carina. But passion knows no logic, and soon, their reckless chemistry is making him forget his bitter vows.
Two damaged hearts. The hope of true love. As their passion blazes out of control, Carina and Garrett struggle to escape their legacies of hurt. But can you ever outrun the past? And when everything is on the line, can they trust enough to build a love that’s unconditional?
*This book contains adult situations and explicit content. 17+*
Two very broken people not looking for love or a relationship and one very magical place to learn to live again. This book was full of super hot passion and strength. Strength the characters didn’t even know they had but were able to discover in Beachwood Bay, together. This book made me smile, made me cringe, yes, even made a few tears fall from my eyes and holy moly, the panty melting moments were just… well… panty melting!
Carina grew up doing the only thing she knew would protect her. But in doing so she lost who she was. It didn’t get better after she was out on her own, gravitating to the same kind of man that required she knew her place. But when things are more than she knows are acceptable, she takes the opportunity to get out of the situation before it has a chance to get any worse. But she has hurt everyone that loves her and really has no one to turn to that night and she finds herself in that house on the beach. No one will look for her there and she can maybe learn to live again.
What she wasn’t expecting was that man-whore Garrett to be living in the house she was trying to escape to. With nowhere else to go and no one else to turn to, Garrett opens the house up and lets here stay there. This house that caused her so much pain in her past may be the beginning of her healing. But Garrett may prove to be too much of distraction. He is hot. I don’t just mean sweet and kind, I mean killer body, amazing looks… yup, he is the complete package. But all Corina really knows of him is the reputation that has preceded him. She knows that he doesn’t do relationships. She knows that he will never be in a relationship. She knows all this, but there is just something about him.
But when Garrett discovers Corina’s secrets a line is crossed. With one kiss, one touch, their lives are about to change forever. But will the internal battle that Garrett is facing be overcome and will they even stand a chance?
I loved these two characters, not because of the tragedies of the past, but because they are fighting similar battles internally even though the causes are so completely different. Garrett didn’t want anyone to know what was in his past, Corina wanted to mend hers. But together it seems as if they both can heal. But the healing process can be terrifying, especially breaking down those walls. Can they do it or will they both just end up hurting each other more in the end?
This book had great character banter and the characters have amazing personalities and the passion they share is just off the charts. I loved it when they were together, I hated it when they were apart and when the book finally ended, I just wanted to start over again.
This book is just another well written story by Melody Grace and it tugged at all of my emotions in just the right way, setting my heart of for failure or repair. It was completely worth every emotion. I was stuck in the pages of this book and I just wanted more and more and more. I highly recommend this book and this series to anyone wanting new friends and new faces and new loves. It is so worth it!
A noise comes. A shadow rears up in the dark. I scream.
“What the hell?”
Panic claws my chest and I scream again, reaching blindly for something to fight him off. Squatters and junkies and all kinds of dangerous men fill my mind as my hand closes around something solid on the hall table and I swing with everything I’ve got.
“Goddamn!” The figure reels back, stumbling against the wall.
“Get away from me!” I cry, shaking. My heart is racing so fast I think it might beat right out of my chest. I grip the object in my hand tighter. “Don’t touch me!”
“I’m not trying to touch you!” The man roars, angry. “I just want to know what you’re doing breaking into my goddamn house!”
The light flips on. I reel back, blinded by the sudden glare, but as the daze clears and my eyes flick back into focus, I see the man in front of me for the first time.
I stop breathing.
He’s half-naked, that’s the first thing I notice. Jesus, his body is like nothing I’ve ever seen before: tanned bronze and chiseled like a Greek god, but not like the guys I’ve dated, all waxed and pumped from hours at a fancy gym. This guy is real, raw, all muscle and power, with web of dark tattoos snaking over the bicep of his right arm. I feel a flush roll through me, hot with prickling awareness, but I can’t look away as I take in his tight, sculpted six-pack abs, and the trail of dark hair leading down to the waistband of his navy briefs…
“Don’t mind me, darlin’.” his voice comes. “Any time you’re done looking…”
I snap my eyes up to his face, blushing. Then I look at him for real and it all clicks into place.
“Oh,” My heart clenches in my chest as I recognize him for the first time. “It’s you.”
Unshaven face. Messy mahogany bed-head hair. And a pair of stormy ocean-blue eyes scowling at me like I’m the last person on earth he wants to see.
And I can say, the feeling is entirely mutual.
“It’s me.” Garrett Sawyer agrees in a low, Southern drawl. He strides over and snatches the vase from my hand, setting it down on the table with a thud. “Now, you want to tell me what the hell you’re doing creeping around my house at three in the goddamn morning?”
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