Thursday, 18 September 2014

Release Blitz & Review: Rebecca Shea's "Unforgiven (Unbreakable #3)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be a part of the Release Blitz & Review: Rebecca Shea's "Unforgiven (Unbreakable #3)."

Amazon UK:


Companion novel to "Unbreakable" & "Undone" and is the final book in the Unbreakable series -- This is Lindsay and Matt's story.

Lindsay Christianson seemingly has it all—the perfect career, the perfect boyfriend, and the best-laid plans for a perfect life—until one phone call changes everything.

With a moments notice, Lindsay must choose between her perfect life and her professional dreams. The choice momentarily seems clear when the opportunity to propel her career abruptly sends her across the country, leaving everything she loves behind in North Carolina.

Navigating a new city with a broken heart and a job where her colleagues will do anything to sabotage her success, the pressure quickly becomes too great. When old habits resurface, Lindsay finds herself chasing demons she thought were long since buried.

With pain and destruction left in her wake, will Lindsay find a way to erase the damage she’s done, or will her sins remain unforgiven?

Review: Surj Harvey

I first met Lindsay and Matt way back when in "Unbreakable" and the more I got to know them over the course of this series, the more I wanted each of them to get their own book. Well lucky me because I got my wish. Yay!!!  One fun loving, larger than life younger sister to Landon and one very hot cop who worked alongside said brother and it was a match made in heaven right? Well holy shit balls because I should have known better. Rebecca Shea, you went and did it again. You broke me!!! Fair play because I should have learned my lesson after reading the first two books in the series but no, I played right into your hands and as such, allowed you to rip my heart out and trample all over it!! And for that... I thank you (weird huh... but it's just the way I roll... the more angst, the better)!!! 

"Promise me one thing," I whisper. "Don't ever leave me. My voice cracks with emotion.
"Never," he says with conviction. 

I wish I could say the first few chapters of this "Unforgiven" lured me into a false sense of security but the synopsis made it pretty obvious that this was no sunshine and rainbows kinda read. I chose to ignore that fact and got so lost in the perfect relationship between Lindsay and Matt that I just never saw it coming. I mean what they shared was love at its best. It was a connection that appeared unbreakable, an intensity that was overwhelmingly beautiful. What this couple had was what every girl dreamed of having and fifteen seconds was all it took for it all to crumble. A brief moment, gut instinct, a lapse in judgement, impulse... call it what you want but in the blink of an eye it was all gone and the consequences left me devastated. 

"You love me? You love me so much you made what should have 
been the hardest decision of your life in fifteen seconds."

It was hard not to feel for Lindsay. I'd always loved her character but to see her slowly lose it was heart breaking. Unfortunately, in her vulnerable state, all it took was old demons to come knocking on her door, and instead of turning them away, she embraced them, using them to cope the only way she knew how. And Matt... beautiful Matt...  he too struggling, the loneliness consuming him. 

Today I'm fully aware of what it feels like to be dead- not physically dead, 
but emotionally. Emotionally, I'm a dead man. She was everything to me- everything.

Lindsay and Matt's story wasn't an easy one to read and for the most part, I read with a heavy heart. There was so much pain, anger, resentment and hurt from both sides and as much as I loved each of these characters, there were moments I wanted to knock some sense into them, their choices and decisions frustrating the hell out of me but alas, all I could do was sit back and wait with baited breath hoping that all would come good in the end. 

"You'll learn to live without her, Matt."
"What if I don't want to?"
"What if you don't have a choice?"

"Unforgiven" was a heart wrenching, soul destroying read and Rebecca Shea did an amazing job in pulling me in right from the start. Her writing is such that I was drawn to her characters and their story, connecting with them from the first page to the very last, feeling everything they went through on their journey...yes at times it made for painful reading but the reality is, life isn't perfect and sometimes we must hit rock bottom before we finally find our place in the world. This book was a true testament to that. 

If you haven't picked up this series yet, I would whole heartedly recommend it. Each book has been brilliant and I've loved each and every character I met along the way, their stories truly wrapping themselves around my heart. I'm just sad that it's all over (although I'd love to read Jonah's story. I can imagine that would definitely be an interesting one).  I cannot wait to see what this author comes up with next. What I do know is that I'll definitely be reading it. I rated "Unforgiven" 4 Hearts. 

About Rebecca Shea:

Rebecca Shea is the USA Today Bestselling author of Unbreakable and Undone. 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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