Emerson Ray is trouble. Juliet knows it the minute she lays eyes on Beachwood Bay’s resident bad boy. Forced to spend her summer before college in the sleepy beach town, she never expected to crash into the most devastating guy she’s ever met—or for Emerson’s blue eyes to strip through her dark secrets, and make her feel a desire she’s never known. Their connection is undeniable, but Juliet is torn. She knows, once she gives him everything, there’ll be no turning back.
Juliet McKenzie is dangerous. Emerson can tell from the way she blows through all his defences, laying bare the demons he’s carried alone all his life. He’s left a trail of broken hearts and empty beds in his wake, but Juliet is different. Her innocence is intoxicating—and the passion she keeps hidden, just below the surface. He wants to be the only one to set it free, but with every kiss, he’s closer to losing control and doing the one thing he swore he never would: fall in love.
One summer. Two damaged hearts. Their story is only just beginning…
~~Amanda’s 3 1/2 Star Thoughts~~
I read this book before reading Unbroken, and I have to say I am so glad I did. But you could read them separately and in any order. When I got to the end I was like what…. I need to know what happens next!!! This book is a quick read about the beginning of Juliet and Emerson’s love story! Juliet’s family owns a beach house and when her mother insists they spend the summer there she is not happy. She can’t wait to go to college and get away from her life. Emerson is a “townie” and has lived there is whole life. His parents have failed him and left him behind to take care of his siblings. When they meet there is an immediate connection felt that they both don’t want.
“She knows. She’s been here. She’s damaged, just like me.”
They both realize that they understand each other, and are not afraid to share their deepest secrets. As the summer goes by the sexual chemistry is INTENSE and they can’t imagine not being together.
“I didn’t realize: sometimes fate is the hardest choice of all.”
I gave this book 3.5 stars because although I loved the book, I kept waiting for more. More emotions and more information to explain some of the things (without giving too much away)that you find out happened that summer in Unbroken. But overall it is a great quick sexually charged read…. And I loved being able to get inside Emerson’s head in this book!