Series: Unbreakable #1
Published by Self-Published on 23rd July 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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Jessica Harper is the epitome of perfection. She’s a good daughter, makes excellent grades, and always strays on the safe side of life. The last thing she thought would ever happen was falling in love with her best friend’s brother. But sometimes fate just has a way of bringing two people together.
Wide receiver for the University of Arizona, Gabe Garcia, seems to have it all. When his feelings for Jessica come to surface, Gabe will give up everything to be with her.
But what happens when a tragedy abruptly changes the course of your life? For Jessica and Gabe, everything they thought they knew about each other will be questioned. Sometimes, there are scars in life that are cut too deep to completely heal.
Will their love prove to be unbreakable, or will it shatter and prove fate is just another lie?
REVIEWED BY KELLY
*An eARC was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review*
I went in to reading Unbreakable without knowing very much about it. I had purposely not read anything other than the blurb. I was very intrigued to say the least and couldn’t wait to get the book on my Kindle. And now that I’ve finished reading it? WOW!
Unbreakable starts off as a sweet love story. Jessica and Gabe have known each other for years. After the death of her mother when she was a small child, Jessica was pretty much brought up by Gabe’s parents when her own dad threw himself in to his job as a fire chief to cope with his grief. At the start of the story we get to see Jess and Gabe as they confess their love for each other and embark on their hot, passionate, but comfortable relationship. Jess and Gabe promise each other FOREVER. They’ve waited so long to be together and nothing will get in their way now. Until …
As the blurb says there is a tragedy and it’s one that has devastating consequences for Jessica and Gabe. I had my suspicions as to what the tragedy would be and I was heartbroken when it turned out to be exactly what I thought it would be. I had to put my Kindle down and walk away from it for a while. It had THAT much of an effect on me. I got a tissue, wiped my eyes, and took some deep breaths. Then I went back to it … and my heart broke just a little bit more.
It was so hard to read about the aftermath of what happened, and the effect it had on Jess and Gabe’s previously solid relationship, especially when the only way Jess felt like she could deal with it was to push Gabe away, and then eventually move away. After that initial time of needing tissues and deep breaths there were quite a few times when I had tears in my eyes. Rebecca Shea did such an amazing job of developing these characters enough for me to care so much about them. I found Gabe’s POV the hardest to read, I think. He was desperate to be there and support Jess and she just wouldn’t/couldn’t let him. The hurt, confusion, and despair he felt at her not wanting him tore my heart in to pieces.
It was during Jess’ time away from home, and her internship for a TV station, that she met Landon, a local police officer in North Carolina. I wanted to hate Landon – I actually made a note in my highlighted parts that said “Ugh. Immediate thoughts? I don’t like Landon” – he was arrogant, he went for who/what he wanted, and he wasn’t used to hearing no. When he set his sights on Jess my heart fell because I had no idea how this would end up. GABE was Jess’ true love and I was shouting at her to back away from Landon! In the end, though, I did like Landon. He taught Jess an important lesson about healing and confronting your fears to be able to move on and find your happiness again. I am now really looking forward to reading Landon’s story.
Unbreakable was a beautiful story for first time author Rebecca Shea, and one she should definitely feel proud of. Rebecca is someone you should look out for if you don’t already know who she is. In the meantime I’m hopping over to Goodreads to add Undone, Landon’s story, to my TBR 🙂
“Please, don’t for one second think that the time and space I gave you was any indication that I didn’t love you. Until the day I die, I will love you with my last breath.” – Gabe
“I didn’t know I had the capacity to feel love for anyone, and somehow, you broke down those walls that were barricading my heart. So, thank you.” – Landon
“Learning to forgive is the hardest barrier in any relationship, including the one you have with yourself.” – Jessica