Title: Unforgiven (Unbreakable, #3)
Author: Rebecca Shea
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 22 2014
A 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?
**This book is a Contemporary Romance and contains mature subject matter. It is not intended for those under 17 years of age.**
Every Scar Has A Story
Unforgiven is marked up as the final book in the Unbreakable series and a companion novel to Unbreakable and Undone starring Lindsay, Landon, hero of book 2’s sister and Matt, Landon’s former cop partner. We got some pretty hefty hints about these two being a possible couple during Undone and I was very much looking forward to reading this one.
Well, I’m so happy to say that Becca Shea has done it again – this is yet another heart-wrenching, emotional story to round out the series and I positively galloped through Unforgiven. It’s very compelling – harrowing, yet compelling.
The story pans out rather like a love story in reverse. Matt and Lindsay start the book idyllically happy. They’ve discovered the kind of love that everyone envies, the kind of love the soothes all hurts from the past and heals all their emotional wounds. They’re besotted with one another and the beginning feels like a happy ending but Rebecca Shea is about to rip all that apart and send us, the readers, down a painful and difficult path as we watch their happiness just disintegrate into misery and despair. It’s a cautionary tale, that’s for sure.
Lindsay is a TV reporter for a local station and she gets offered a job right across the country – it’s a fantastic opportunity and one she finds hard to turn down but, to Matt’s horror, she makes a snap decision and chooses to go further her dreams. He can’t believe she can choose so quickly, that he means so little to her and is desperately hurt and they part on bad terms. I understood her need to go – she needed to get out into the big bad world and stake her claim on it, to really stand on her own two feet after a lifetime of being protected by her brother and then Matt but I just don’t think she really took the time to think about this carefully and only heartbreak awaits.
Lindsay discovers that the grass isn’t always greener and that she may just have left her one chance at happiness behind. Lindsay, as we know from previous books, has not had an easy childhood and her loneliness in her new life manifests itself in a destructive spiral of addiction and despair. It’s painful to watch – it’s almost like a car crash. You can see it about to happen but there’s nothing you can do about it. You can see her descending, destroying herself and know that she will eventually hurtle down into rock bottom, even as you’re screaming at her to stop.
All the while, as we’re watching Lindsay self-destruct, Matt’s heartbreak was doing a number on me too. He was desperately hurt by her decision, her very hasty decision, to go and his misery, his strong sense of rejection was a powerful theme throughout the story. Possibly, at least to me, even more painful than Lindsay’s descent into darkness and his overwhelming sadness was positively palpable. The way he felt, especially when he discovers just how far gone she is made me think of this beautiful song by Bombay Bicycle Club – it’s called Still and is from the album A Different Kind of Fix and there’s a moment in Unforgiven when Matt makes a discovery that shatters his heart completely and the lyrics just seem to fit that moment in time. Oh, and they make me cry!
It’s a powerful storyline, sensitively handled by Rebecca Shea and this book is very much Lindsay’s journey and I came to see her a little like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz tapping those ruby shoes together and chanting ‘there’s no place like home’. She really made my heart hurt – despite the love that people around her have for her, she’s very hard on herself and this is very much an exploration of addiction and compulsive behaviour and heartbreak. It’s an uncomfortable, if ultimately satisfying, read – poignant, thought-provoking and very sad.
I powered through this, even though it’s quite a painful read, it certainly packs an powerful emotional punch and it’s hard to look away. A great way to round out the series with plenty of Jess and Gabe and Landon and Reagan to keep fans of the previous books happy.
4.5 heartbreaking stars
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“Two days, Jack. I need two days. Give me that. Stall them.”
There is a large sigh on the other end of the phone, and what sounds like a hand hitting a table. “You have until noon on Monday.”
“Thank you, Jack.” He disconnects the phone without saying goodbye. I know he’s pissed. I catch a glimpse of Matt leaning against the doorframe of the bedroom. His head has fallen forward and he stares at the ground.
“Talk to me,” I say as I walk over and wrap my arms around him.
“What do you want me to say, Lindsay? It sounds like you have a great opportunity—and I’ll be damned if I’m going to be the person to hold you back from that.” His dark brown eyes meet mine.
“What would you do if you were me?” I ask him.
“That’s easy. I’d choose you because I love you and you mean more to me than any job or any opportunity. But Lindsay, I won’t stop you from chasing this dream. You’ll live with your decision for the rest of your life. I never want to be a decision you regret.” He pulls away from me as he turns toward the hallway. “But promise me something, will you?” I nod at him as a lump forms in my throat. “Follow your heart. I know you better than you know yourself and I know how your brain works— listen to your heart.”
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.