Author: Melody GraceISBN13: 9781310810602
Book Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Release Date: September 19th 2014
Book Source: NetGalley
Goodreads Synopsis:A secret scar…
Tegan Callahan has sworn off bad boys for good. Growing up on tour with her rock star brother, she knows first-hand the damage they can do. She’s looking for a nice, safe, stable guy – until a chance encounter with a devastatingly sexy stranger makes her question everything she thought she wanted.
A troubled soul…
Ryland James arrives in Beachwood Bay on the run from his mistakes. He knows he’s the last thing Tegan needs, but somehow, he can’t stay away. There’s something about her fierce beauty that draws him in – and makes him vow to protect her, whatever the cost.
A passionate destiny…
Their bond is undeniable; the stakes, higher than ever. But the past won’t stay gone forever, and soon, Ryland must make the ultimate choice: will he risk everything he treasures in the world, or keep Tegan safe – and sacrifice her love forever?
Off the bat, I just have to say that I'm a HUGE fan of the Beachwood Bay series and have been waiting a lot for this particular book to come out. This is the fifth book in the series, but they all go well as standalones, though some family dynamics might be lost if you haven't read the rest. What's special about this particular book is that both characters have siblings whose stories have been told at some point or the other so that even if you didn't catch a glimpse of them in the previous books, you heard about them.
Ryland ran away from home seven years ago and is finally ready to not only return, but put down roots as well - yet the life he was leading won't let him go that easily. Tegan has had a rough time in the past few years and is trying her best to find herself, make something out of her life and be free of the past and the guilt. It seems like fate has a plan for them as they meet not once, but twice, when they find ways to help each other out. Now, what I seriously love about this series and Melody Grace's characters is that each and every one of them has different demons to fight, they're unique but still ultimately hurting and so broken inside. I enjoy seeing them grow, get out of their past's pain and learn to live life normally again. None of the books have as dark an element as the first one though, but they still capture the insecurities and fragility in their own ways.
Ryland's mother was a junkie, running out on his family had kept her on his trail though. He finds trouble with people he shouldn't have been involved with, and as he finally thinks he's out, he's sucked back in. You get a glimpse into Ryland's life as he deals with the happy lives his siblings are leading with their partners, and how he craves that kind of closeness with someone. You see his relief at being back in Beachwood Bay and wanting to rebuild his life from scratch on a clean slate, only sadly his past keeps haunting him and coming back to interrupt the life he wants to have.
Tegan just got out of rehab, she's dealing with the trauma of the past involving her ex boyfriend who also happened to be a junkie and kept her tied in a very unhealthy relationship. Tegan decided to visit Beachwood Bay to get out of LA and find a new direction in life, be away and discover herself. She's not sure what she's hoping for or if she'd get it done, but the peaceful area by the sea seems to help soothe some of her demons, just not stop the nightmares altogether. Songwriting helps though. You get to see her in pain, trying to deal with the past, trying to move on, giving herself a push and some strength. I could relate to her so much it's scary. Tegan was such an interesting character and one of my favorites in the series so far.
Now, as much as I loved this book - and truly, I did. There were two points that really bugged me. The first point would be, Tegan was working on something involving her brother Dex *yes I'm trying not to give away any spoilers but it's hard* and we never get to see it all the way through, just a glimpse and bam, gone! I thought it would play such a large part in the story. The other point would be with Ryland. The story started out great, even paced, slow even, as you saw them interact, and come clean to one another, get the siblings involved, but as slow as that went, the ending (which is the most vital part in the entire story) was so ridiculously rushed that I stood for a second there wondering if I missed something. For someone with a past following him and eating up at him all throughout the story, the last part sure was resolved quickly. Hell, it could have been resolved before he set foot in Beachwood Bay if that's the tack he was going to take, why on earth had it taken him that long to get to it? I expected more heartbreak and pain, I expected a fight, a huge breaking out, a confrontation, but I didn't get any of that and sadly I was kind of disappointed.
On the other hand, you get a glimpse on two more characters for the upcoming book in the series Blake and Zoey, and boy, I can't tell you how desperate I am to read this book right now! I need to know what happens with both of them.
All in all, it was still such a great read and I enjoyed it immensely.