Unafraid by Melody Grace

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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?

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“She wants me, but she doesn’t want to let me in. I can give her pleasure, but I can’t give her trust. No, that I’ve got to earn, day by day, until she’s ready to let me into her bed-and her heart.”

Hunter…Hunter…Hunter!!! I am not one that posts too much about “book boyfriends” but Hunter is one heck of a young man. On the outside, he seems to have it all but guilt is consuming his life and he has no one that he can trust to confide in. Enter Brit.

Brit has a drug addict for a mother and an absent father. She turns to sex as a way to cope. She doesn’t care that she has a town reputation as the town whore or is called a slut. Or at least that is what she thinks until Hunter comes back into town.

“I can love him, even if it breaks my heart.”

Hunter sees something special in Brit and he sees past her hard exterior. Unafraid is truly something special because it has a perfect combination of trials, tribulations, romance, heartbreak, acceptance, and sex!! Melody Grace is an exceptional writer that proves that brighter days are ahead when we stop being afraid and allow ourselves to not only love but to be loved in returned!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of Unafraid in exchange for an honest review.

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5 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Hitting Publish

 

1. The indie community is more awesome than I ever imagined.

I published my first book, Unbroken, pretty blind. I tweeted up a storm, blogged about the book, and sent out advance copies to every blogger under the sun, but it didn’t really hit me until after the book came out just how generous and supportive everyone in this community is. People I’d never met before were tweeting from the rooftops about my book; amazing authors I looked up to spent the time to read and review it, and readers were writing the most amazing posts, complete with quotes and pics and gifs of hot guys… (I especially appreciated that).

It really touched me, that so many people were connecting with my book, but more than that, they were taking their time and energies to tell other people about it too. The book community is truly amazing. It’s so inspiring as an author and a reader to see such a huge group of people from all walks of life bond and make friends over these stories that we love. The generosity of spirit still blows me away, and makes me even more determined to write the best books I can to say ‘thank you’ for everyone’s time.

 2. Reviews are the devil’s candy.

People warned me that reviews would drive me crazy, but I didn’t really understand until I was hitting ‘refresh’ like a madwoman, desperate for one more rating before I called it quits for the night. There’s no high like reading a review from someone who loved your book—and no low like finding a 1-star rating there alongside it.

Eventually, I learned to be zen about the whole process. Just like I don’t like some books, some people won’t like mine; it’s nothing personal, and sometimes, a bad review can be great constructive criticism. In the end, it’s all a part of the publishing circus, you just have to learn to take the good with the bad.

3. Writing a book is only half the battle.

I finished writing feeling like I’d just scaled a mountain—only to find myself staring up to the summit of another, taller peak. Promotion. It’s an amazing achievement to finish a book, but I want as many people as possible to read it, which means a lot of time spent promoting and building a readership. It’s great interacting with fans on social media—I love hearing your stories and running fun contests—but it’s definitely a time commitment you need to plan. Twitter, facebook, blogging, goodreads… It all adds up, and unless you’re a master of discipline (I’m not), it’s easy to let the time slip by chatting about last night’s TV, instead of working on your next book!

Now, I’m lucky enough to be working with an amazing publicist, who handles a lot of the promo for me—leaving me plenty of time for writing, and that all-important Vampire Diaries tweeting.

4. Sophomore Book Stress is real.

I managed to delay the big anxiety train a little by putting out a novella after Unbroken, but when it came time to write Unafraid, I was so nervous. Could I recapture the magic that people loved in Unbroken? Would they connect with a new set of characters, and a different kind of love story? Emerson and Juliet’s relationship was so epic, rooted in so much past passion and betrayal, I felt like I was starting at zero with Hunter and Brit. Although they have a past too, their relationship develops right in front of us, so moves much slower. But in the end, that turned out to be the most fun part: playing with the romance of their dynamic, instead of going zero-to-sexy right away. (Although there is plenty of sexy!)

Which leads me to…

5. Your friends are going to have an opinion on your sex life.

Yup, it happens. You spend months in private, writing the best, hottest sex scenes you can imagine… And then everyone you know reads it. Suddenly, it feels like they all walked in the room while you were doing it! My mom skips all the ‘naughty bits’, but my friends devoured it—and then told me they imagined me as the character doing all that sexy stuff!

I must have blushed a million times over after Unbroken came out, but most of it is just friendly teasing. I’ve learned to get a thick skin about that stuff. And hey, at least they thought it was hot!

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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.

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Website: http://melodygracebooks.blogspot.com/

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/melody_grace_

UNAFRAID Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18039804-unafraid

Melody Grace Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6926290.Melody_Grace

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Comments

  1. Sounds like a good read, guess this will be another on my TBR list!

  2. Donna Reynolds says:

    I would love to read this it sounds like a book I could really enjoy Thank you for the great giveaway.

  3. I liked Unbroken and Untouched so I want to continue with the series 🙂
    Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  4. Loved the series I cain’t wait for the next one I’m hanging over here argh! What going to happen next!!:)

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