Wednesday, May 27, 2015

REVIEW - Unforgettable (Beachwood Bay #8) - Melody Grace

 TITLE: Unforgettable (Beachwood Bay #8)

AUTHOR: Melody Grace


"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?


**Review contains spoilers**

This book can be read as a standalone, from other Beachwood Bay novels.
Beachwood Bay is a series in which several couples overcome different obstacles to find love.
With that being said, past couples do show up in other books and this book is no exception.
If you want back story on any other couples, I suggest you read the series from the beginning. Unforgettable is a continuation of the Novella, Unmasked. Unmasked tells the story of how Ash and Noelle first meet and the one night they spend together. Although I highly recommend that the novella be read first as Unforgettable sometimes references it, Unforgettable can be read by itself. Unforgettable starts three days after Unmasked ends.

Noelle is a lawyer who is working in a law firm trying to survive to become an associate. She works long hours and thought it was what she wanted, but after her one night with Ash, she realizes that maybe she wants a different life. She has two parents who love her, but she feels is pressuring her to follow a similar path that they did, as her father is a lawyer and her mother is a doctor.

Ash is a real estate developer that lost his parents and took on the job of supporting his siblings. He built his company from the ground up and was very successful. Ash seldom lets himself lose control of any kind, and proclaims that he has no time for a love life, or to spend more than one night with a woman.

The story begins where Noelle has received tragic news, her grandmother has passed away. She is traveling from New York City to Beachwood Bay, NC to attend the funeral. While caught up in the grief of the loss of her grandmother who she was very close to, Noelle is also caught up in the feelings that were brought up the night before, both with Ash and feelings he stirred up about her unhappiness of being a lawyer. When she arrives in Beachwood Bay, she stays at her grandmother’s home, which is also a B&B. I really enjoy how the author describes what Noelle is seeing as she walks into the door.

The house is still, but full or warmth. Sunlight falls through the windows, pooling hold on the honeyed wooden floors and antique rugs. The main room opens up into a cozy sitting area, with overstuffed couches arranged around an old fireplace.

I feel like I was able to get a feel for the home. I also feel like it was describing Grandma Nancy, warm, cozy, and comforting. Whenever Noelle is describing her, I can picture Grandma Nancy in the kitchen baking, and spreading her warmth and love to anyone, who walked through her door. The author did an amazing job creating this imagery for both the B&B and Grandma Nancy.

Noelle decides to move to Beachwood Bay and attempt to make the B&B work and continue on her grandmother’s legacy. She becomes friends with many of the locals, including Ash’s family members, who help her fix up the inn. Ash is in town for “vacation”, but later in the book we find out that is not the complete truth.  Ash and Noelle have a few romantic encounters before they finally decide to give their relationship a real shot. Of course, once they decide to date, fate would have other plans and they end up on the opposing sides of a real-estate development that can ruin everything Noelle has been working for. The questions the author has you asking yourself is will their relationship survive this? Once it is settled, will the loser be able to accept that the other has won?

I really enjoyed this story. I think the author did a good job of developing the feelings between the two characters. I could truly believe that they fell in love without realizing it and that Ash was having trouble accepting it. I think this story is about two people who both are too scared the make the changes needed in their life to be happy. I found the authors description of Ash’s feelings and action authentic and can really put myself in his shoes and understand why he makes the decisions he has made and why he is feeling the way he does. I feel the same is also true for Noelle and I can understand why Ash confuses and frustrates her. I think it a sweet and genuine love story that shows how two adults can fall in love, but decide to resist due to other obligations. I would recommend this book to others.


*Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

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