Unconditional: Always 1
By Cherie M Hudson
Publisher: Momentum Books
She has a future she can’t escape. He refuses to let her face it alone.
Twenty-one. The age when adult life begins. In my case, it’s the age I learned my future sucked, big time, and there was nothing I could do about it. Every minute of every day I face the fact my life is only going to get worse. Why? Because I have early-onset Parkinson’s Disease. I’m not going to let it get me down, but I also can’t let anyone close. That’s not fair to them, or to me. Trust me. So that means my heart and my soul is off-limits.
But then I traveled to Australia on a college scholarship program and life royally screwed me over. Again.
Raphael Jones is an arrogant Australian celebrity, the hottest guy on campus and a pain in my ass. Worst of all, he makes me ache for a life I’ll never be able to have. Especially when he takes me in his arms and does wicked things to my body.
How do I have a hope of surviving ten weeks in Australia when it’s not just the paparazzi who have me in their sights, but Raph as well? Because Raphael Jones is a man who always gets what he wants. And no matter what I say or do, he refuses to accept what I so painfully know: a life and future with me is no life at all.
Unconditional: Always 1 by Cherie M Hudson
Review by Manda Kay
4 Squees/ 5 Squees
First and foremost, Cherie M Hudson can create some characters! I completely and utterly adored EVERY character in this book, main and secondary. Maci was strong and stubborn, with a emotional vulnerability that sucked me in from the beginning. Raphael was tough and rugged, with his demons and troubles that made him lovable too. Then you have Brendon, oh sweet, adorable Brendon. Sigh.
This was a pretty great book and I will happily admit it kept me up until the wee hours of morning so I could finish it. Can I ask something? Why don’t we have more Australian based angsty romance out there? After reading Unconditional: Always 1, I realized this is definitely a genre we’re missing in the literary world. Along with being a great romantic roller coaster ride, Cherie M Hudson also gave us an emotional drama that deals with Parkinson’s Disease, something I didn’t know much about until reading this book.
I feel like Maci’s character really brought to attention a very real and very scary disease that isn’t talked about enough. Though a fictional story, I feel like I really got to see inside the mind of someone suffering from PD and really felt for Maci. The only reason I don’t give this 5 Squees is because there were some moments that felt rushed and a couple of the lemon scenes didn’t really go with the rest of the story and felt like they were just thrown in there for added “fluff”.
All in all, this was an emotional, heartfelt, romantic ride that I truly enjoyed from page 1 all the way to the end. I am excited to see more from this author and can’t wait to read the second book which is going to give the reader more Brendon! Oh how I love Brendon.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Netgalley.com. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.