December 10, 2013

ARC Review: Unwrapped by Melody Grace

December 10, 2013
Melody Grace's novella Unwrapped is book 2.5 in the Beachwood Bay series that features characters, Lacey and Daniel, which is out today, December 10!

Due to sexual content and mild language, this may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 17. This novella can be read as a standalone. This review contains spoilers, so read at your own risk.

Title: Unwrapped
Series: Beachwood Bay #2.5
Author: Melody Grace
Publication Date: December 10, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Purchase Links: Amazon | B&N | iBooks

You are invited to join friends and family in Beachwood Bay for the wedding of the year…

Lacey James is wild, spontaneous and up for anything.
Daniel Sullivan is careful, sensible, and mending his broken heart.

It’s a match nobody saw coming, but when the unlikely pair get stranded together on the way home for the holidays, Lacey finds her long-term crush impossible to ignore. As the snow keeps falling, and a friendly game of truth or dare gets way out of control, Daniel discovers that the one girl he wants more than anything is the last person he expected.

But when the snow melts, will their night together be more than just a memory? And will they make it to Beachwood Bay in time for the wedding? Anything can happen this holiday season!

Fall in love with the latest installment of the internationally bestselling Beachwood Bay series by Melody Grace.

My first thought when I heard what this novella was going to be about, I was giddy with excitement when I come to find out that Emerson and Juliet are getting married! What can I say? I'm a hopeless romantic and I've been waiting for this power couple from the first book. But we go through some bumps on the road before we get there.

Rushing to catch her flight to make it to the bachelorette party and wedding on time, Lacey runs into Daniel, Juliet's ex, literally. They briefly catch up and exchange a few words, and learn that he too has moved to LA months ago for a job. It's been months since they have seen each other, but there's a undeniable charge between them. Well, Lacey has always had a thing for him. As fate would have it, they end up taking the same flight, even though they are headed in different directions. And to up the ante, they are seated next to each other for the next four hours of their flight. We get into the minds of both Lacey and Daniel, and they both find themselves lusting for each other. Sneaking glances, touches and thinking up naughty fantasies about each other. Worst comes to worst -- or best, depending how you look at it -- the plane has to make an impromptu stop due to a blizzard in their path, delaying their travels. As if it couldn't get any worse, there are no more rentals and the nearest hotel only has one room with -- surprise! -- only one bed, they find themselves forced to room with each other. There's a lot of pushing and pulling between them. 

Daniel wants a girl suitable to his plans and lifestyle, and Lacey is not that kind of girl he is looking for. Or so he tries to convince himself. He's known her as the wild party girl that's into flings. Taking his gentlemanly behavior the wrong way, Lacey feels that he is not interested in her and it hits her hard in her chest and she doesn't know why. Picking up her pride, Lacey goes to the hotel bar to get a drink and finds someone to flirt with. Having that thought crossing Daniels mind, he finds himself hit with jealousy at the thought of having some guys paws all over her. That feeling confuses him. So they are both feeling things that they don't even understand, and it's doing their heads in. A game of truth or dare leads to one thing that continues in their hotel room. That dare. You'll know which dare I'm talking about. Wow, that was hot, even for semi-public-almost-sex. Then the sex that follows was hot and deep (pun intended too, I guess), not only on a hormonal level but on a emotional level too. He wanted to mark her his forever, while she wanted him to do just that. They bring out unlikely sides and feelings in each other. They connect body, mind, heart and soul. But come morning, miscommunication ensues and they are off to Juliet's wedding now that the blizzard has blown over. Well, Lacey is; Daniel is just dropping her off and driving back to the airport to catch his flight to New York. Leaving on that note do they realize that they have feelings for each other. Daniel is determined to not let her go, so he makes a u-turn back to the wedding and get the girl who stole his heart back.

Melody Grace never fails to make the chemistry between her characters effortlessly click and explosive with sexual tension and a whole lot of heart and humor in company. Lacey and Daniel are kind of an unlikely couple given that Lacey is a spitfire while Daniel rivals her with his sensible personality, but their chemistry couldn't be any more hotter. It could melt the snow. Even the blizzard that snowed them in. It was enjoyable to witness their banter, jokes, and sexual innuendos. I laughed, fanned myself and cheered them on. I even mentally slapped them both for not seeing what each other are feeling. Even I can tell that their hearts are in their eyes. At least Juliet had enough sense to see that too. After much indecision and doubt, they finally take that leap of faith and go for it. I totally ship them, almost as hard (pun intended) as I ship Juliet and Emerson, now that they are canon. I apologize for the fangirl vocab words and innuendos, you can blame Tumblr for that on both accounts. And a little on Melody, too [insert wink here].

It was a short and sweet story that kept the heat and butterflies going in the winter snow. I want to see where they are going in their life. As far as we know is that they plan to celebrate New Years with his family in New York, and then fly home since they both live in LA. I figure they can work out their living arrangements on their own since distance won't be a problem. As for the end, we're introduced -- or reintroduced -- to Garrett, Emerson's friend, and Brianna, Juliet's sister, in a rather cold (and I'm not just talking about the snow) and unfriendly encounter that sets things in motion for the next book, Unconditional. One I cannot wait to see how things between them go down.

5 Reasons To Read Unwrapped

  1. It's a great holiday read. Whether your Christmas is covered in snow or not, it's a nice holiday read to cozy up to. It'll also warm you up in more ways than one.
  2. The sex. I mentioned that it was hot, right? The almost-sex that occurs by the closed hotel pool AND the romp that follows in their hotel room. The foreplay, the act itself and the innuendos, the whole thing. It can satiate your desires and heart.
  3. The unexpected. Daniel is the type who has his futures set in stone, until Lacey bumps into his life. The good things in life come when you least expect it. But once it lands on your lap (no sexual pun here), grab it by the reigns and don't let go.
  4. The wedding. Who doesn't enjoy a beautiful wedding? Even the stresses that comes with it. The love and commitment between the couple to wed makes up for it. Whether you have read Emerson and Juliet's story or not, it's still enjoyable to see the happy couple officially seal their love on oath, a ring and a kiss.
  5. Happily ever after. Or even Happy For Now. I will take it. Imagining where the unlikely couple will go from here on out, the possibilities are endless. Daniel sweeps Lacey off her feet and is ready to treat her like the queen she deserves to be. And Juliet and Emerson are off to their married life, wherever they may go.

My Favorite Quotes

Lacey: "It's December 24th and I'm running late." 
Lacey: "What's German for 'get the hell out of my way?' Gee, thanks!"
Lacey: "Like a postcard. White ribbons and baby's breath and all the lace you need. If I could order you up a dusting of snow, I would."Juliet: "Don't say that! A blizzard will wreck my hair!" [I have to chuckle because I don't remember Juliet freaking out over anything that bad]Lacey: *laughs* "Chill, Jules. Go work out some of this stress on your hunk of a fiance, ok? You're probably driving him crazy with all this panicking."Juliet: "He went to go hang out with Garrett and Hunter. Said to call when I stopped acting like a crazy person."
Lacey: "On board. it's like a holiday apocalypse every man for himself."

I received a reviewer's copy courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review, however, it does not influence my review. I want to thank the author for providing me with a reviewer's copy.

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About the author
USA Today bestselling author of UNBROKEN and UNTOUCHED. New book UNAFRAID coming August 27th! I love gelato, red lipstick, and laying out on the beach with a good book. I'm 27, a SoCal transplant, and sexy new adult romance junkie ;) Stay tuned for snippets and swag!

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