Author: Melody Grace
Publication date: 8/27/13
"The first time I saw her, I knew this girl was wilder than any stallion I’d ever trained. She was headstrong, wounded, passionate and free. And I had to have her…”
Brittany Ray doesn’t care about her bad reputation. Growing up in a sleepy beach town with a junkie mom and a runaway dad, Brit’s learned the hard way that the people you love will only let you down. It’s no use hoping for love or happiness. Some dreams aren’t meant for girls like her.
Hunter Covington is one of those dreams.
Gorgeous, charming Hunter is damn near perfect—and it’s killing him. Son of Charleston royalty, he’s been trapped in a gilded cage since the day he was born. Now he’s breaking free. He’s quit law school to restore his grandpa’s old horse ranch, trying to soothe the demons in his soul. But Beachwood Bay is full of old ghosts, like the mysterious girl who spent an unforgettable night with him—and then slipped away before dawn. Brit.
Everything about her screams danger, but Hunter doesn’t care: he’s never felt a connection so deep. And try as she may, Brit can’t resist the desire consuming her —or the safety she finds in Hunter’s arms.
A reckless passion. An undeniable bond. Scarred by their pasts, Brit and Hunter fight to heal old wounds. But will dark secrets tear apart their new beginning? And when love is the biggest risk of all, can they find the courage to face the future unafraid?
"It's OK to be scared," Hunter steps closer, so I can feel the warmth radiating from his bare chest. He cups my cheek in a gentle caress, eyes full of understanding. "I know you've got a lifetime of disappointment haunting you, and this, right here? This is big, Brit. It doesn't get much realer than the two of us. Any sane man would bet against you sticking around." I wait, heart in my chest, feeling like all my insecurities are exposed. "But I'm not a sane man, Brit, I'm crazy about you." Hunter smiles at me, so full of tenderness it takes my breath away. "So be scared, and freak out, and feel whatever it is you need to feel. Just promise me you'll do it here, by my side. Because I can't take losing you again," he adds, "If you run, I'm running after you, and dragging you right back home again."
Unafraid by Melody Grace is the perfect summer read! Book #2 in the Beachwood Bay series, this novel does stand on its own, but it is a good companion novel to the first two books in the series. We are reintroduced to Brit, Emerson's younger sister from Unbroken and Untouched. I originally didn't like Brit from the first books, but I came around to her in Unafraid. Perfectly balanced duel POV with Brit and her love interest, Hunter, mostly told from her perspective but we do get some of his insight.
Brit is used to everyone in her life leaving her, and she fills that void with meaningless sex, one night stands, and not allowing anyone through the walls she built up around her heart. But her one night spent with Hunter Covington changed her perspective and he became the man which all others were compared to. Hunter is the picture perfect, Ivy League, "golden boy". He spent his summers at Beachwood Bay, where he met, and only had eyes for wild child, free spirited Brit. Even though the chemistry is undeniable between the two of them, Hunter goes back home at the end of the summer and it is three years before life brings them back together again. That time and distance between the created deep insecurities in Brit, insecurities she didn't think she could overcome. When Hunter returns to Beachwood Bay to take over running his grandfather's ranch, he reconnects with Brit and their old spark is reignited into a hot hot burning flame. But Brit is still feeling the hurt and damage, and what happens to their relationship with Hunter's affluent family wants him to leave the ranch in Beachwood Bay and return to the family business out east? Will Brit ever get her happily ever after?
Unafraid is a great read. Grace has once again created wonderfully lovable characters, Hunter will be your new book boyfriend and you want nothing but love for the previously very bratty Brit. I also liked the domineering sexual side of Hunter, although if I was Brit and he spoke to me in the same way he talked to the wild horses he might have gotten slapped.
Bonus points: Brit and Hunter's song is Incubus, only the greatest band ever, reading those lyrics put a huge smile on my face.
Melody Grace is the USA Today bestselling author of UNBROKEN and UNTOUCHED. A small-town girl turned SoCal beach-lover, she spent years with her nose in a book before deciding it was time to write them for herself. She loves bad boys, good books, and pistachio-flavored ice-cream.