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…
UNTOUCHED is a prequel novella to the USA Today Bestselling UNBROKEN. It also can be read as a stand-alone story.
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Like most people who read Unbroken, I wanted to know exactly what happened the Summer Emerson Ray and Juliet McKenzie fell irrevocably in love, and this prequel tells us exactly that.
Yes, fate was real, and his name was Emerson Ray. He came crashing into me that summer, sending my plans scattering on the wind, and turning my whole world upside-down with just one wounded smile. I looked at him and I knew, there would be nothing easy about our destiny; nothing simple about my surrender. The only question was, would I be brave enough to take that leap? -Juliet.
Unlike Unbroken, this book is written with both Emerson and Juliet’s POV so we really got a feel for what it was like for both characters which I loved. I feel like we got to know Juliet well in book 1 so it was great to get in Emerson’s head.
Juliet. It figures. The girl was trouble. I didn’t pay too much attention in class, but even I know, Romeo was screwed from the first minute she walked into his life. – Emerson.
So here they are, back to that fateful Summer when they first met. Emerson doesn’t have a great reputation with the locals of Cedar Cove. His dad left when he was little, his mum is an addict more focused on making sure she gets her next fix rather than making sure her kids are ok, leaving Emerson to care for his 2 younger siblings and work 3 jobs to keep a roof over their heads. He feels worthless and past saving until he meets Juliet. But she’s only there for the Summer, and he worries how he will feel when she leaves because for the first time in his life, he’s let someone in, and he’s in deep.
When I’m touching her, it’s the only time my life makes sense, but it’s a false promise of a tomorrow I can never have. – Emerson.
They share a connection unlike any other they’ve ever known. They both know what it’s like to live and deal with a Parent with an addiction, to feel damaged, at fault, and to lose hope of a better life. But their love for one another is visibly strong, you can almost feel the desire radiating off them when they are together, and they make each other feel complete, like nothing matters, and no-one can break them, as long as they have each other.
There’s no thought or decision in my mind anymore, only warmth that floods my system, every cell in my body set alive, racing with pleasure, and desire, and something more: a bone deep rightness. – Juliet.
I didn’t want to put it down and it can easily be read in one evening. My only negative? I would have liked there to have been the more emotional scenes, such as the death of Juliet’s mother and the break up, but other than that I loved it. If you enjoyed Unbroken then you should definitely read Untouched and let Melody Grace take you on a beautiful, sexy journey to where it all began.