|Review||This book I thought was good at the beginning and I enjoyed reading the flashbacks about how Eva and the bad boy of the town Finn got together, I liked how Eva had a bit of backbone at the beginning when she met him again after 5 years of them not seeing each other.
I thought Finn was a bit of a coward and selfish but as his story came out about why he left for the fame and fortune had me understanding and I caught on the reason behind Eva's past after he left her, what I didn't really like was how Finn decided to stroll back into town after all them years and acted as if nothing had happened and how he thought Eva would jump into his arms, Eva I was sort of rooting for her to get with the new vet as it seemed that despite all that happened in New York she didn't move on and only decided to when Finn arrived.
I thought personally she didn't make him suffer enough and was too quick to fall for him again when she had been convincing herself that she was over him and was stronger and I found myself getting a little frustrated lol but I liked how we got both Eva and Finn's point of view, I liked reading about the other characters and I was pleasantly surprised to find that there were no ow or om in the background.
The ending I did think was a little rushed and I thought she ran to him a little too quickly and I was hoping that she might see the photo he took with the wannabe groupie on a site and jump to conclusions just to spice up the story a little lol and I would have liked to have seen an epilogue but I'm hoping that her sister will her own book as she needs a happy ending lol
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With Every Heartbeat is a quick, light, and fluffy read. We're in Rome where Annalise is with the American Ballet Company, hoping to get her big break and become one of the most sought after ballerinas. She's going in her mother's footsteps, a mother that was once the biggest star in the ballet world. But Annalise is doubtful at times. Is she good enough? Can she live up to her true self in her mother's shadow? And what if ballet isn't worth giving up everything for? But she's in Rome, because right now she doesn't have any other options. Ballet is what she does best. But one day, she gets a little lost and ends up spotting a group of dancers on the streets of Rome. There she spots Raphael. Beautiful, sensual, Rapahel. Who is the one to save her when her purse is stolen by a kid on the streets. When Rapahel invites Annalise to a party, their story is on the go.
I mean what I said. This is a light and fluffy read. There are some issues with both Annalise and Raphael's families, but they are brief and doesn't take up that much space. Theoretically, Annalise and Raphael are cute together. But the massive insta love (or at least insta-lust turned love) isn't my thing, but yes, I saw why people find them adorable. Personally, they move a little too fast for my tastes and we don't get to know Raphael intimately so I never swooned over him.
Annalise on the other hand is... a decent character. I mean, she's the character that's been done a million times before. Shy, inexperienced, naive, and highly emotional. She's insecure to a fault, with good reasons though, and there's nothing that really makes her stand out among all the other million heroines in both New Adult and Young Adult literature. But even if she's been done a million times before, she's an all right character.
The last part I want to mention is that this book is very similar to Lizzie McGuire The Movie. The setting, certain aspects of the plot, conversations and lines... I had the strongest urge to watch the movie as I haven't seen it in years. Oh, and look at that, I have time over so I guess it's no surprise what I'll do once I finish this review.
Overall, a good read. Nothing special, but definitely worth the read if you're looking for something breezy and not too heavy on angst. The writing is good at times. Actually, it's good whenever Annalise isn't on hormonal overdrive (which is all the time around Raphael). In the realm of New Adult literature, this one is a nice little gem!
Series: Beachwood Bay #8
Author: Melody Grace
Publication Date: June 8, 2015
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
"My dearest grand-daughter, Listen to your heart, believe in a brighter tomorrow, and always, always leave room for dessert."
Noelle Olsen has never been impulsive, but when she inherits the old family bed and breakfast, she surprises everyone by quitting her corporate job and starting over in Beachwood Bay: the sleepy coastal town that’s home to old memories, new friends — and the one man she never saw coming.
Ash Callahan isn’t looking for love. He’s built his real-estate empire out of discipline, control, and cool logic — so why does one kiss from a carefree stranger send his world tilting off its axis?
Their connection is undeniable; the chemistry, impossible to ignore. But just as Noelle considers opening her heart again, the pair find themselves facing off over the town’s future — and their own. With so much as stake, will they find a way to bridge the divide, and build a love that’s unforgettable?
Well... This is the end of the line in the beloved Beachwood Bay/Callahan series. Unforgettable is like a farewell, and what a beautiful send off it was.I got all teary-eyed finishing it, and again while writing this review. I might have a binge reread of this series soon.
This series really is unforgettable, and they saved the ever-busy-body Ash for last. Ash finally gets his story in Unforgettable, and each couple we've met in the previous books got a chance to share a snippet of their story during a special occasion in the epilogue. That was a nice treat; It filled me with happy tears. And our first favorite couple that started it all, Juliet and Emerson, plays a big role in this one. She's made more than one or two cameos that is sure to make the fans happy. I just want to add that I so called that ending since that little note before the beginning of Unmasked, and it is about freaking time!!! Can we get a little more in the near future after that little tease? ;) Tegan, Brit and Alicia have pretty big roles in this one as well, and it was such a joy to seem them again and have them all together.
I remember when it all started, in Untouched and Unbroken, with Juliet and Emerson, a couple of years ago. I downloaded the prequel novella on a whim when it was free on Amazon, and just kept going from there. It was one of the first New Adult book(s) that got me into NA in the first place. We've met so many people, lost some, gained love and friends and family, learned a handful of lessons over the years. Now it's come to an end. Saying goodbye right now is bittersweet.
Thank you, Melody Grace, for having me part of the arc team...It was like becoming a part of the Beachwood Bay family. Thank you for introducing such a tight-knit group of wonderful characters. Beachwood Bay sounds so lush every time I read each book -- Feel free to transport me there. Farewell, Beachwood Bay, it's been quite a wild, swoony and heart-felt ride. Rest in peace to those we have lost --Juliet's mom, Noelle's Nana, the Callahan's parents, Dex and Tegan's former bandmate/friend... You'd all be proud of them today.