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“Porter, only you can help yourself. We’re here to guide you, but we can’t take you to the next level if you refuse to work.”

…there’s nothing they can do for me.

No matter what I tell them, what I do or whom I talk to, my woman is gone, my kid is dead, my career is over and the only family that loved me, now despises me.
I was once the nation’s biggest musical s
Kindle Edition, 276 pages
Published April 1st 2016
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S.M. West

“You and me. The possibilities are endless.”

I know I go on and on about the Deckers and I always will. From the moment I met them in Unlike Any Other, they burrowed into my heart and became MY family. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every single book and while I certainly have my favourites – Mason, Chris, Mattie – all of these characters are phenomenal, complex, flawed and so endearing. With all that said, there was one character, adopted into the family (lucky bastard), that I w
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This review is based on an ARC by the author and/or publisher provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.

I would call this the epitome of a second chance romance. It wasn't a quick and light read you would expect from a second chance romance. but this was his second chance at HUMANITY. There was just romance at the end of his rainbow. He was a real butt-munch in previous books. This final of a series let a leopard change his spots.
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-reads
With the release of “Undefeated” on the horizon, I thought I would post my thoughts on this series and this book in particular.

The first book in this series, “Unlike Any Other”, was a complete and total surprise to me. I’d read the synopsis, and was intrigued by the celebrity of the main characters, but otherwise went into it blind. It moved me beyond words. Burgoa’s writing gave me chills. Her writing is so lyrical; many times a beautifully written sentence would stop me cold, pausing to reread
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“For those who fight their demons, because everyone deserves a second chance in life.”

“That’s the beauty of the famous scientific method. You observe your subject, ask questions, and then research before establishing a hypothesis.”

“Someone once taught me that
never and ever should be used with caution. They are words that mean forever.”

“Our two broken souls found each other in the dark and began to heal each other’s wounds. That doesn’t mean that we’re completely healed.”

“How many times can a per
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Had the honor of receiving an ARC.

Once he was one of the nation’s greatest artist. He had women, drugs, and alcohol all at his command. Yet the one thing he loved, he let it slip from his fingers and his world is forever changed. Now the bad boy rocker is BACK! And even with everything that he has done I’m sooooo happy he came back.

Porter Kendrick has had a very traumatic childhood, and was saved by Chris and Gabe. They bring him into their family with open arms while also introducing him to his
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own-ebook
Undefeated is the 5th and final book the Unexpected Series. It's Porters story. I anxiously waited for this final chapter about the "black sheep" of the Decker Clan. Claudia Burgoa blew me away with this beautifully written story about a broken man, and a broken woman who come together to find not only themselves, but love. It's a emotionally raw story about life, struggles, sorrow, finding your way back, love, and forgiveness. This book reeled me in from page one and wouldn't let me go!

Monique Tinline
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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There is always a book that comes along that sucks you in, a book that holds you hostage to every page, every sentence, every word.

The final book in the Unexpected series did just that.

This book needs to be savoured, as much as you want to flip the page to see what happens next, you want to savour every part as you know it's got to end at some point, but you want to delay the inevitable.

Undefeated was a true work of art.

It's Porter
Lydia Gaona
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A must read!!

Omg!! Claudia has done it again!! I was having mixed feelings about reading Porter's story but I am so glad I did. The way the story so effortlessly flows along and how the story molds into twists and turns had me captivated. I felt several emotions come out of me and felt like it was I that was in this book. I don't like giving away any spoilers but this is a must read book. It captures you heart, body and soul and makes you want more and more. Thank you so much for sharing your be
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing

This book is the story of Porter Kendrick. The boy who almost ruined AJ's life. The struggles he went through after his stint at rehab.

Who would have thought he's be able to love again after his obsession with AJ?

You have truly redeemed yourself, kid. I have no words. This book gave me a huge hangover!
Christine C
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Perfect end to the series

I didn't intend to read this one, because like the Decker clan I was done with Porter. After finishing book 4, though, I was curious. I had to see how he'd be redeemed. Also, I can't get enough of this family. I've read all five books in a week. I'm glad Porter faced his demons and found his happy ending.
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Just fucking beautiful- I said it all in my book4 review but this series is stunning. It's all about Hope, second chances and love conquering all. I'm so glad Porter got his book and his HEA ... It's all complete ❤️ ...more
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The entire series blew my mind and kept me turning pages. I'm very happy that a not so nice person turns out to be spectacular. I love happy endings and I wouldn't mind reading about the children growing up. ...more
Kari Hansen
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Porter endured a devastating childhood until he was taken in by the Colthurst-Decker’s and was given a home and a family. When he decided to pursue a career in music it led him into a downward spiral of self-destructive until they believed the only way they could help him was by walking away. He has accepted responsibility for his decisions and actions and has a created a new life for himself but doesn’t believe he is worthy of love until Mac and her children come into his life and make him feel ...more
♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡ Jeri the Romance Bibiliophile ♡

When you read as many books as I have – you reach a certain point where you feel that you can not be surprised anymore. Its not that you stop feeling with the books your read – its just that you start categorizing books and place them in certain folders.

But then every once in a while you get reminded that there can be something new and different at any given time. And I just found that “something” just nowI read “Undefeated” the 5th book in the “Unexpected” series by Claudia Y. Burgoa – and now
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
How do you begin to write a review for a book when you feel you have no words to describe how amazing the story was; how amazing the series was a whole? Well I’ll try my best…..Undefeated was an amazingly, sweet and romantic second chance at redemption, life and forgiveness love story. This book felt bittersweet. I’ve wanted all of the characters in this story to have their HEA’s since I first read about them, and now I feel as if I have closure to everyone’s story. I’m more that satisfied with ...more
Caroline F
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“How do you teach your heart to beat again, your lungs to breathe and find a new way to live?”

Oh my God! I started this final novel from the Unexpected Series with hugely negative thoughts about the main character, Porter Kendrick. In the previous novels, his attitude and actions made him completely persona non grata with me. However, in this novel, the author has written an amazing story and turned my opinion of Porter on its head! In fact, I think I might be a little bit in love with him.

Michelle Brace (Wicked Babes Blog Reviews)
I was so happy to get Porter's story. In the first 4 books of this series I really hated him but I could also tell that he was dealing with demons. Doesn't mean I didn't want to punch him so hard to the point he couldn't keep up with his antics but... yeah. Anyways, Porter is finally starting to get his life together. He is still lost but he's not making the same mistakes he once did. He realizes fully what all his poor choices caused him to lose now and is trying to be a better person. He doesn ...more
Heather 123
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was so excited when I received this book!!! I read the last one in this series and couldn't wait to read more about the Deckers. Everyone deserves a family that is this supportive of their children and their children's families. I love how they accept everyone, faults and all, into their lives. I'm sad to see this series come to an end but look forward to more from this author.

The only thing that stopped me from giving this book 5 stars was Mackenzie. For the most part I liked her character an
Tammy Cole
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was the final book in the series and I was really curious to learn more about Porter. I have to say that I ended up loving this book and I really loved and admired Porter for everything that he has gone through.

Porter has had a rough start to life and we all know how his teenage years went. He has been struggling for years. Mackenzie is a widow now for two years and she is in a deep depression since losing her husband. The only thing that is keeping her going is her two children. These two
Dana Busenbark
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, rockstar
In this fifth and final book of the Unexpected series, we revisit Porter Kendrick. We see what happened when he was found and rescued from the cartel. It was heartbreaking alone in the first two chapters, to read everything that I read and well worth it. This book is a little odd in the way it is written compared to the other books in this series. Depending on who the chapter is focusing on depends on if it is in the present or in the past and jumping forward. Mackenzie's chapters are all in the ...more
Gloria Herrera for As You Wish Reviews
It is Porter's turn now. I have to admit, I did not have any empathy for this character. This is the fifth book in the series, and so far, Porter has been that character you learn to not care for. He was supposed to be AJ's best friend as well as her first love. He fooled around on her, took drugs, and even put her life in danger more than once. I figured it would be a cold day in hell before I could possibly feel anything for this character.

This story is his journey to maturity. He had fallen s
Melissa Parnell
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Porter, Porter, Porter!! I have to be honest. I had my doubts. Anybody who has read the rest of the books in the series is probably with me in this. He was not one of my favorite characters. Only Claudia could completely change my mind and make me fall in love with a character that I couldn't stand. I absolutely loved every minute of this story, from the heartbreaking realizations, to the funny secondary characters and the passion between Porter and Mackenzie. This was a beautifully written stor ...more
Sheryl Brumfield
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So glad I got to "know" Porter!

I am soooo glad Porter finally had the chance to tell his story. I've pitied him, wanted to mother him, disliked him, almost hated him and now I've come to love him. Thanks Claudia for giving us the opportunity to get to know him as well as McKenzie and her children. This has been an awesome series and I look forward to reading about their futures.
Emma bramley
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
this is the first book in the series that I've read . I loved the story and the characters, they were both well written. this book is amazing, it is a rollercoaster of an emotional ride which will leave you wanting more. this author manages to tackle hard issues in a very beautiful way. you will defiantly be reading this long into the night and remember the tissues you'll need them

highly recommended
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5Stars Are Not Enough

It takes an exceptional Author who can take a world class a-hole and turn him into a Prince of a man and do it in such a believable way. This book is a gift to all of us that followed the Colthurst/Decker series. Am I the only one who thought that this story would make a wonderful Christmas movie? Heartache ,Sadness,Forgiveness, Love and Redemption, and Family this book has it all. Be kind to yourself and get this series, it truly is classic.
Angie Bartley
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
All I can say is keep the tissues close. I went into this book prepared to not like Porter, but it didn't take long before I was cheering for him. This book had me on an emotional rollercoaster. Both Mackenzie and Porter are very strong characters who have so much to overcome. While I am sad to see this series end, this book was the perfect ending to it. I will miss the Deckers very much. ...more
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am so going to miss this series. Porter Kendrick....alcoholic, druggie rock star.. turned amazing man!! MacKenzie Brooke...widow, mother...I wanted to love her but she drove me crazy with her indecisiveness! This was probably one of my favorites in this series for sure, loved every minute!
May 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-books
I really enjoy this series and this was no exception as I adore single mom stories.
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This last book in the Unexpected series is so beautifully raw, and poignant giving us the consummate closure to the Colthurst-Decker family story. I was totally engaged from start to finish feeling every struggle and emotion both Porter and Mackenzie endured. They were static in their lives, finding it impossible to move on from the tragedies they suffered. In previous books we read about Porter and all the poor choices he made and the trouble he brought on his foster family, the Colthurst-Decke ...more
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is Porter's story. I was given this book as an ARC for an honest review and it deserves more than five stars!
In the last book read with Porter in it my last thought was "I don't like him!"
I have to write this quote from Porter it best describes this book and Porter journey, it instantly brought tears: "I look at them and remind myself how lucky I am and Thankful I was able to find my way into the light and that Mac and I crossed paths. It's been a hard journey. We met when she was grieving
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Claudia is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author.
She writes alluring, thrilling stories about complicated women and the men who take their breath away.
She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and her youngest two children. She has a sweet Bichon, Macey, who thinks she's the ruler of the house. She's only partially right.
When Claudia is not writing, you can find her reading, knitti

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