*I received an eARC in exchange for my honest review
Undone is the sequel to Unbreakable, where we first met Landon. I absolutely loved Unbreakable and was probably one of the best books I read in 2013. Even though Undone is the sequel to Unbreakable, it can be read as a standalone.
I wasn't a huge fan of Landon's when I met him in book one, so it came as a huge surprise to me when I actually started liking his character. Landon is a cop and lady's man. Once he sleeps with a woman, she won't hear from him again. And his kisses? They never get a taste of his lips. He tries to remain as emotionally detached from these women as possible. That is until Reagan catches his eye. After finding out all the shit he went through as a kid, I really felt for him and started to understand his character a little better.
Reagan is a OB/GYN doctor who is helping her uncle out by working at his bar. When Reagan finds out that Landon only sleeps with women once, she straight up tells him that she's not going to act on the attraction she feels for him so that she doesn't lose him and they start to develop a sort of friendship. Reagan also has a sad past and her character was very relatable.
I really enjoyed the secondary characters, especially Landon's little sister Lindsay. I also enjoyed the angst and drama that developed throughout the story and how these two characters were able to heal each other.
Overall, I liked Undone. It had, angst, drama, heartbreaking scenes, and an enjoyable love story. I will definitely read book three in the series (Lindsey's story!!!!)
"For the first time in my life, I know. I know the path I want. I stand at those crossroads and I choose the road with her."
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
I knew I could fall for Landon when given his own story, he wasn't right for Jess in book one but he certainly met his match in Reagan during book two. On the surface Landon is a cold-hearted player, he uses women for his own pleasure and doesn't feel an ounce of guilt. As his harrowing past is revealed, his actions-although inexcusable-can be understood. Landon will always be the one leaving to ensure he is never the one being left.
I really clicked with Landon from the start, I loved his cockiness and when he set his sights on something or someone, he doesn't stop until he gets it. In this case, poor Reagan didn't stand a chance.
"I focus on the vision of Reagan floating around that little bar tonight. I think about her bright smile and the sway of her hips. I catch myself smiling when I think about what she'll feel like lying beneath me. She will be lying beneath me."
Reagan's confidence and independence makes her different from his usual conquests. She tells Landon upfront that she will not be used by him and she makes Landon work for her time and affections, something he is not used to but very willing to do.
"I don't know what the fuck just happened, but I think I may have my hands full with this woman- and for the first time ever, I think I'm ready."
I do like my heroines strong and thus I loved Reagan, she was an OB/GYN doctor. She had confidence and knew her self-worth. Perhaps this was the reason she was so understanding of Landon and his situation, she knew he deserved to be loved and she was willing to take a risk and fight for him until he believed in himself and in them as a couple.
"My stomach is in knots, and I can hardly breathe. But I decide in that moment, when you want something badly enough you have to take risks. I'm not playing it safe anymore."
"You may never love me the way I need to be loved- but don't deny yourself the opportunity. Let me love you. You deserve that."
I really felt the emotion in this story, my heart ached for both Landon and Reagan. Reagan had her own past of sorrow and I loved that she was able to open up to Landon; it was what he needed to believe Reagan trusted him. Although he couldn't say the words out loud, he showed Reagan how he felt with his actions, making him a swoon-worthy book boyfriend for me!
I did question the medical facts about Reagan's past, knowing it wouldn’t have happend that way, but I think that was the former midwife in me picking it up, where others might not. With that aside, I really felt for Reagan as a character, she was so strong yet vulnerable at the same time.
The story was set to a slower pace this time around and I felt it worked well for the plot and the characters, there weren't any time jumps and this enabled me to connect with Landon and Reagan and feel their chemistry. The writing flowed well and I really didn't want to put this book down. My heart melted when Landon finally gave into his feelings, he was so afraid to love and lose Reagan but when confronted with his worst fear, he knew it wasn't a life worth living if he didn't take the risk and put his heart on the line for once.
"Never in my life have I been so afraid of losing anything, or anyone. I used to fear the physical pain my father would inflict on me, but the pain of loving her and losing her because I was too fucking selfish to admit it, hurts more than any punch, kick or broken bone."
Like Unbreakable, I felt the ending was rushed again, after the pinnacle of the story there is no time to catch a breath and explore the aftermath before the characters move on. I missed the 'debriefing' of the situation. I felt Landon was let off the hook a little lightly without explaining his actions and I would’ve liked to have seen this between them. It did cut to the epilogue quite quickly and although brief, it was very sweet and I assume we will get more of Landon and Reagan in book three as it's Landon’s sister, Lindsay's story.
I really enjoyed Undone; it has been a while since I felt the urge to read a book in one sitting. Each time I said I was putting my kindle down, I would last all of five minutes before it was in my hands again. Sleep is overrated anyway ;-)
Undone can be read as a standalone as the characters from book one aren't linked so you wouldn't be missing out on anything. For me personally, I enjoyed this story more, I felt the author's writing has grown, I got more emotion from the characters and I truly connected to them. You need to 1-click Undone today!
Check out book one . . .
Jessica Harper is the epitome of perfection. She’s a good daughter, makes excellent grades, and always strays on the safe side of life. The last thing she thought would ever happen was falling in love with her best friend’s brother. But sometimes fate just has a way of bringing two people together.
Wide receiver for the University of Arizona, Gabe Garcia, seems to have it all. When his feelings for Jessica come to surface, Gabe will give up everything to be with her.
But what happens when a tragedy abruptly changes the course of your life? For Jessica and Gabe, everything they thought they knew about each other will be questioned. Sometimes, there are scars in life that are cut too deep to completely heal.
Will their love prove to be unbreakable, or will it shatter and prove fate is just another lie?
*This book contains mature subject matter and is not intended for those under 17 years of age.*
"I've never felt like I belonged anywhere before but in this exact moment, I know I belong with Gabe Garcia forever."
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
I have grown to enjoy friends-to-lovers romances and Gabe and Jess' story was no different. Jess was practically raised by Gabriel Garcia's family and loving Gabe was inevitable. They got together quite quickly and a very sweet romance followed. I loved Jess and Gabe together, it was nice to fall for a sweet book boyfriend for a change, Gabe had no tortured past and he wasn't a reformed player. As the story progressed, my anxiety increased, I knew it was only a matter of time before something life altering would happen to the couple and of course, that proved to be a true a few chapters later.
Unbreakable deals with a tough subject and there were times the tears brimmed over as I read. I really felt for Jess at this time. Her way of coping was to shut herself off from the world and become numb. I really couldn't blame her for this, as the story continued I was expecting Jess to open up, I really wanted inside her head, I wanted her to expunge all her thoughts and I wanted to really connect with her and what she had been through. When a book chooses this fragile subject to explore, I think it has to do it justice in order to help others. I didn't get that from Unbreakable, even when Jess opened up to newcomer Landon, I didn't get the details I sought, they were relayed briefly and as a reader I was very much on the outside. I wish I had less of Landon's POV and more time to explore Jess and her ordeal.
When things started to move forward with Landon, I admit I had to sit the book down at this point, I didn't realise there would be a slight love triangle element and that's something I tend to avoid. My heart was aching for both Gabe and Jess, I wanted them both to heal so from that point of view I couldn't read about Landon and Jess together. I know this was something Jess needed to do, to work through her feelings but all I could picture was poor Gabe home alone, nursing his broken heart. My hiatus lasted a good four hours before I put on my big girl pants and finished the book. It ended how I suspected, this is just a personal reading preference of mine and I know others will love Landon.
From 80% on I felt the ending was quite rushed, I wanted Gabe and Jess' reunion to be explored more. It all felt a bit squashed into the last ten percent. Upon finishing, I was surprised to learn that Landon's story would be next. His part in the story, although significant, was fleeting and I expected the companion novel to be set in Jess and Gabe's world so that we could still catch up with them, maybe it will. I do look forward to reading it as I feel Landon is someone I can like now that he's no longer a threat to Gabe's happiness ;-)
The pace of the story moved quickly and a lot of time was covered, due to this, I felt like it did skim a few things and I was missing out. The writing did flow well and I fell easily for Gabe, he was just so dreamy. *sigh* I would definitely read more by Rebecca.
Unbreakable is a strong début novel from Rebecca Shea. She created two endearing characters, although I wished for more depth and emotion, this really was a heart-wrenching read, and one you should discover for yourself.
"I will love you every day for the rest of my life, never forget that."
"I love that you tell me this every day," I whisper.
"It's because I mean it."
"A small sense of contentment washes over me at this realization, may Jess leaving wasn't about me, but maybe it was what she needed to do to heal."
"I can't remember a time when I haven't loved you. You have been a part of my life for over fourteen years. When you were younger, it was a different kind of love, but now, it's the kind of love that won't let me breathe if you're not with me. It's the kind of love that makes me not want to live if I can't be with you."
Rebecca Shea is the USA Today Bestselling author of Unbreakable. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her family and her beagle, Miles. From the time Rebecca could read she has had a passion for books. Rebecca spends her days working full-time and her nights writing, bringing stories to life. Born and raised in Minnesota, Rebecca moved to Arizona in 1999 to escape the bitter winters. When not working or writing, she can be found on the sidelines of her sons football games, or watching her daughter at ballet class. Rebecca is fueled by insane amounts of coffee, margaritas, Laffy Taffy (except the banana ones), and happily ever afters.
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