Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Rebecca Shea's "Undone (Unbreakable # 2)."

Undone (Unbreakable, #2)
The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be a part of the Blog Tour & Giveaway for "Undone (Unbreakable # 2)."


**This book is New Adult and contains mature subject matter. It is not intended for those under 17 years of age.**

I’ve found it’s easier to share my body but not my soul. I need no one, yet I crave her. Self-assured and independent, she doesn’t need me—but she wants me, and undeniably I want her too. At war with myself as I battle the secrets of my past, I don’t know if I can allow her to see the darkest parts of me, the parts I’ve left untouched—undone. As she chips away at the walls I’ve built for years, I fear those secrets will hold me hostage from love—forever.

Blog Tour Review: Surj Harvey

I first met Landon Christianson in "Unbreakable" and I put my hands up because I really did get this guy so horribly wrong. I just didn't take to him straight away, in fact I really didn't like him at all but that was more to do with where he fit into the bigger picture as opposed to the person he was. Lucky Landon though because my feelings most definitely thawed the more I got to know him and I even had a lump in my throat reading the tale end of "Unbreakable" because this man made one hell of a sacrifice. One I truly didn't expect and at that moment, I think he took a little piece of my heart. 

So when I found out Landon was getting his own book, I jumped for joy because I really wanted more of this man, more of  his story. I wanted in on whatever his was hiding, whatever demons were clawing at his back preventing him from committing to anyone, preventing him from loving anyone or allowing anyone to love him. 

"Undone" was a beautiful, yet emotional story about one man's fight with the past, one man's fear of abandonment and one man's desperate need for self preservation. Right from the outset, Landon was a commitment phoebe. No one ever got close to him but that was because he chose to have it that way. There were rules and he stuck to them like glue:

"Rule number one. I never fuck the same woman twice. Rule number two. I don't kiss women."

OK so I'll admit there were a couple of times I thought he was a bit of ass hole (I mean getting a woman's name wrong... really?!?!) but the more I found out about Landon's past, the more forgiving I became of his character. Plus he was hot as hell. I mean he had the looks, the body, the tattoo's and holy hell he had a uniform... oh yes this one was a man of the law, handcuffs and all!!!! (woo hoo). 

Well let's just say Landon met his match when he crossed paths with Reagan because this was a woman who knew exactly what she wanted out of life and would settle for nothing less, earning her the utmost respect from me because that takes guts. With a haunted past of her own, she was cautious but the chemistry was undeniable, it was palpable, the heat radiating off the pages.  I was dying for them to just get it on but they were at a cross roads.. Landon was very open about his rules and Reagan, well she was after something more. 

"I like him , a lot. I really do- but I'm thirty-one years old.
I'm past friends with benefits and one night stands."

And so a platonic friendship was formed but that line was so very thin and I kept willing for them to cross it. 

I loved the persistence in Reagan's character though because despite Landon constantly pushing back, she kept charging that wall he'd built around him, adament she would eventually get through. She really did steal my heart and I loved her for the fight she had in her but would it be enough? Would it be enough for a man that had been so deeply scarred by his past? There were times I really wasn't so sure. 

"You know we all have secrets right? We all have scars, some scars can be seen 
and others cannot. Every scar has a story and every story needs to be told. 
When you're ready, I'll be here to listen to your story."

The secondary characters in this book were brilliant. The relationship Lindsay had with her brother Landon was just beautiful and heart warming. She was such a fun, vibrant character who would do anything to see her brother happy. And Matt... a straight shooter for a partner, he was just the kind of person Landon needed in his life. He was the only other person Landon trusted so that said heaps about his character. I can't wait for the next book in the series which is Matt's and we get the prologue for it at the end of "Undone!!!" It's fab!!!! 

"Undone" was definitely an emotionally charged read that had me on the verge of tears a few times but then tortured souls tend to do that to me. In terms of angst, it was definitely there but for the first half of the book, it was quiet, lurking in the background, lightly strumming my heart strings, making me aware of its presence. But once I hit the half way mark, out it came all guns a blazing squeezing the very life out of the organ that keeps me alive. My heart well and truly hurt: 

“I’m going to hurt you, Reagan. It’s who I am; it’s what I do. I will never physically hurt you–
but emotionally, I will wreck you, and I don’t want to fucking hurt you. I like you–a lot. 
But it’s inevitable, I’m going to hurt you, and I’m going to hate myself when it happens.”

Up until that point, the story line had been a little predictable (don't get me wrong, it honestly didn't affect my enjoyment of the book whatsoever) but the second half ... bloomin' hell, it was twist after twist and the last 15%... woah!!! Rip my heart out and dance on it why don't ya .. I was a mess... on the edge of my seat desperate for the outcome. Thank you Rebecca Shea for not taking the safer option with the final twist... it made the story so much more realistic for the what the characters had endured. 

I loved "Undone" and the epilogue ... OMG Landon Christianson you are full of surprises. I rated this book 4 Hearts. I can't wait for Matt's book entitled "Unforgiven!!! 
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“So you’re like a modern-day saint,” I say. ”Saving people, dogs...what else do you have up your sleeve?”

She laughs. “Ha! Hardly. I don’t save anybody or anything, I just like to help.”

“I like that about you, Reagan. I like that you like helping people—even dogs.” She picks up a small handful of sand and lets it run through her fingers. “And I’d like to see you again, but I’m not sure I could give you what you want or need.”

“How do you know what I want or need?”

“I guess I don’t. But what I do know is that I like talking to you.”

“You’re breaking your own rules, Champ. You’ve seen me twice—yesterday and today. You said it yourself you don’t see someone more than once.”

“Ah, you’re wrong. I don’t sleep with them more than once, not see them more than once.”

“Oh, that’s right; as long as we don’t sleep together, we can be friends—hang out, and see each other again and again,” she says sarcastically. Turning toward me, she leans in too close, her nose pressed against the side of my face. I can feel her lips hovering just next to my ear. “But what happens when one of us wants more?” she whispers. “Because one of us will, it’s inevitable. What happens then? You fuck me and leave me—never see me again?”

I turn to meet her crisp blue eyes. She’s leaning in to me—staring at me.

“Do you want to fuck me, Reagan?”

“Not if I can’t see you again—no.”

Author Bio: 

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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1 comment:

  1. Read the review of Undone on The Hopeless Romantic's Book Blog. Thank you for the review and the giveaway!