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Life’s great — it’s the terminal degenerative disease that sucks.

Maci is young, smart and about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. It looks like she has the world at her feet, but appearances can be deceiving. Because Maci is not like other college girls. She already knows her future is written and there’s no happy ending in sight.

For Raphael, life is al

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Published January 16th 2020 by 5x5 Publishing (first published February 9th 2014)
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Lexxie Couper This is a re-release (with some major re-editing) of the original Unconditional. The follow-up, Unforgettable (Brendon the Biceps' story), will be ava…moreThis is a re-release (with some major re-editing) of the original Unconditional. The follow-up, Unforgettable (Brendon the Biceps' story), will be available later this year.(less)
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Patrycja



Title: Unconditional
Series: Always #1
Author: Cherie M. Hudson
Release Date: February 9th , 2014
Rating: 5 stars
Cliffhanger: No.
HEA: (view spoiler)




What an amazing novel! Every time I turned the page, I was flooded with new hilarious situations that made me smile or laugh, swoon worthy moments, toe curling encounters and panty melting events! I can’t even begin to explain how much fun I had while reading Unconditional. It was fantastic surprise and I’m still in awe. The bea
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Jayme


"And all the while, we gazed at each other. And in his eyes, I saw a future I wanted more than life itself."




About the plot: When Maci was 21 years old, has identified early stadium of Parkinson’s disease, the same disease that affects her mom. She most of her life saw what it does with person, she had seen the suffering of their parents, and as the Parkinson's robs her mother of dignity. She decided to withdraw from social life. She did not want anyone to get involved and witness it.
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*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
Strike 1--Insta Love
Strike 2--Cheesy Dialogue
Strike 3--TSTL heroine



I actually thought I might like this one...for the first 25% or so. But then what I thought was funny dialogue and witty banter turned in to forced dialogue and eye-roll inducing banter.



I've seriously already forgotten the heroine's name, I disliked her that much. We'll call her American Girl, as she was most commonly referred to throughout the book.

American Girl has early onset Parkinson's. Her mom also suffers from the diseas
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Tabatha
This one had all the perfect elements to make it a really great read and I absolutely loved this heartwarming story. It had a very original plot with well developed characters, and I laughed just as much as I cried. Emotions were definitely deep in this one, and wow did these two pack a punch in the chemistry department! The heat between them is intense and no matter how much Maci holds herself back, Raph isn't going to let her get away. Honestly, what I think I loved most about this book was ju ...more
AJ
Feb 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romantic, new-adult, arc
3.5 Predictable but sweet stars

Note: This is the rereleased version of this book - Unconditional. Apparently there has been some re-editing from the original story, but I haven't read that one so I'm not sure whether it just grammatical or story content.

Anyway, on with the review...

Maci is an American student travelling to Australia for 10 weeks on a scholarship to conduct a research project. She is smart, sassy, very relatable and so, so funny! I loved her

Australia was not what I was expec
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Polly
Feb 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just didn't feel these characters. Instalove at its finest.

I don't feel they ever really knew each other well.


PS: It bothered me the whole book she never bought up the blonde leaving his room. Yet she sleeps with him with no condom 2 weeks later. It just didn't get it.

The story wasn't well rounded.
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Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
I can’t even begin to express how much I love this book and while it’s classified as a New Adult I think of it more as an epic love story. A story to span time and space, a story of devotion, a story that will make you laugh hard, make you cry ugly, and a story that will make you believe anything is possible with love. Yes the characters are in their mid 20’s but their life experiences have made them more mature and made them realize life is too short to not make the most of it. Unconditional is ...more
Slick
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Will write a longer review later but this is probably one of the BEST new adult books I've read and I've read quite a few. Funny, heartwarming,and sexy and yes there is some angst and drama but even the majority of the drama is funny. The characters are well developed and the plot will keep you entertained! ...more
Maria Rose
This bittersweet, sexy and touching romance is the story of Maci and Raphael. When Maci lands in Australia for a 10 week environmental sciences study, she doesn't count on meeting handsome, sexy, and pursued by the paparazzi Raph! As it turns out, his sister married into royalty and this has resulted in a lot of unwanted attention for him. But Maci, who is dealing with early onset Parkinson's disease, just wants to keep to herself. She worries about her future and the last thing she wants is to ...more
Phuong
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't read many books in the New Adult genre but I have to say I loved reading Unconditional by author Cherie M. Hudson. This story really pulled at my heart string as readers are taken on a journey as a young couple fall in love, learn to cope with Parkinson's disease and their future together. The author was able to blend in some funny moments, witty dialogue and sexy scenes to complement the more serious elements.

I just want to say I adored Raph and all the ways he showed how much he loved
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Tahsin
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this was one of those stories i stumbled upon. i honestly didn't think much out of it after reading this synopsis. it was supposed to be one of those books that i read between some really amazing series type books. but it exactly the opposite. i was laughing out loud from the first page - and i was out in public when i started reading it, so it was quite embarrassing that i'd randomly start laughing and giggling while everyone else is just minding their own business. i finished really quickly, i ...more
Anne Martin
I thought the book would be centered around the problems her Parkinson's disease created to be in a stable relationship, and did not expect a totally normal romance, with only a few lines about her gait or her hands trembling. Of course, I was disappointed, and I am not good for romances including sex descriptions. I always have in my mind the reaction I would have facing a man reading some erotica in a public place -it would be bad, and the rules applying for males are the same for females! The ...more
Connie
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I simply LOVED this book! Its funny and romantic and it shows how people can overcome life challenges.
Cherie's story can be true, it can be a realistic romance and that may be why I love it a little extra.
Maci and Raph is a wonderful, sexy story about love and overcoming anything and facing reality.

LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!
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1-Click Addict Support Group
Stop what you're doing right now and go one-click this book! Okay, well maybe read my review if you're so inclined and then go one-click this book. Have you ever just picked up a book thinking it sounded good only to start reading it and be completely blown away? That's this book for me. Cherie Hudson has officially made me a fangirl!

Maci is a graduate student in Australia by way of Ohio. Totally out of her element, learning the ropes from her dorm-mates. Maci also has early onset Parkinson's,
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Slick
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley and Momentum Books for this ARC in exchange for an honest review:

I can't even begin to express how much I love this book and while it's classified as a New Adult I think of it more as an epic love story. A story to span time and space, a story of devotion, a story that will make you laugh hard, make you cry ugly, and a story that will make you believe anything is possible with love. Yes the characters are in their mid 20's but their life experiences have made them more mat
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Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)


What an all around wonderful story this was. UNCONDITIONAL tugged at so many emotions in me. It made me laugh, it gave me butterflies, and it made me cry. This might just be one of the strongest, and most uplifting, new adult stories I’ve read. Because at times it doesn’t all have to be about the angst. Real life and real issues can be just as tough without making them overtly complicated.

This book explores the life of a young twenty something American woman who gets a scholarship to study h
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Shelby Diane
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
*ARC kindly provided by Momentum Books, via Net Galley, in exchange for an honest review*

I loved it.

I loved it lots.

The writing was quirky, conversational, and witty. The storyline was dramatic and passionate. The pacing was quick and fluid. The characters were real, relatable, and adorable.

Raphael Jones is a loyal, protective, and slightly arrogant Aussie celeb with trust issues. Maci Rowling is a spunky, tortured, and slightly neurotic American environmentalist with Parkinson's Disease. Mac
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Carolina Godinho
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book is hilarious and is also heartbreaking. Maci is a american college student going Australia to work on her thesis.

She´s 22 and was diagnosed with Parkinson´s a year ago, and her mother was diagnosed with the same disease when Macy was 12. Her father died and she´s her mother´s support, but when Macy was offered the chance to go to Australia her mother demanded Macy to go.


Maci is nervous about her trip to Australia, and she´s been having weird dreams about it:

"In one, I was dating a kan
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Lilly Charysma
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much! It was more than I could have expected. Funny and serious when needed, with great characters and an amazing love story, “Unconditional” is absolutely incredible!

Maci is such a strong heroine. She is not a victim, she is not asking for pity and definitely she can stand her ground. She has learnt to live with her condition and, even if she has sealed the door to her heart, dreams are a way of making everything possible. When a stranger kisses her in the men’s bathroom, i
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Helen
Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it
This book is moving, it is about a young woman Maci who has Parkinson’s Disease she has just arrived in Australia from her home country of America to study at Sydney University, her arrival at Sydney airport is not what one would expect and then to meet the most gorgeous of men leaves her a little off kilter, but move on she does showing strength and courage.

Arriving at her lodgings for the next few months there will be a lot to learn and she needs to keep focused and take her meds but when she
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Fee (Ebook Addicts)
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020, arc
Maci had flown to the other side of the world to Australia from her small home town Plenty, Ohio, to study koalas and climate change.

She doesn’t intended to fall8n love with anyone let alone someone connected to a royal family, but damn those Australian accents and that is exactly what happens.

She unwittingly kissed a guy in the men’s bathroom at the airport who she never thought she would see again until he appears to be staying at the same university student accommodation. If that’s not fate I
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Heather andrews
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Slams hands down on the table* I want the next book NOW! That's how much I enjoyed this book, there is no cliffhanger but the characters were really likable and I want their stories hence my impatience. Heather, not only did I like her for sharing the same name as me, but I liked her because she reminds me of me, when I don't take my meds, "Heather threw back her head and laughed. And laughed. "Maci, by the way you were looking at Raph earlier, you don't only want to do kissing with him. You wa ...more
Romance Readers Retreat
4.5 Stars 

I really enjoyed this book! Like all good books it was full of emotion, good and bad, it has its cringe moments and its 'awwww' moments and for me that's what gives the reader that connection. 
Maci Rowling has Parkinson's disease and the author has clearly done her research she's written about the subject respectfully and in great detail explaining how the disease makes the person feel at any given moment and reading some parts of that broke my heart. This book is about Maci's journey
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Jenna
Jan 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy from Netgalley for an honest review.

Overall I enjoyed this book the first half started out very strong and it went a little downhill after that.

Macy is sick she has Parkinson just like her mother. Her sickness doesn't stop her from living her dreams. Macy has won a scholarship to Australia and from the first moment Macy lands her foot on this continent her life changes.

She meets hottie Raphael on the airport and BAM this big spark just explodes and there's fire and passion and
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Tabatha
This one had all the perfect elements to make it a really great read and I absolutely loved this heartwarming story. It had a very original plot with well developed characters, and I laughed just as much as I cried. Emotions were definitely deep in this one, and wow did these two pack a punch in the chemistry department! The heat between them is intense and no matter how much Maci holds herself back, Raph isn't going to let her get away. Honestly, what I think I loved most about this book was ju ...more
Sami
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honest, emotional, awesome!
ysar
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, free-copy
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Maci’s future is decided. It will be difficult, humiliating, and dehumanizing. So she’s living in the now, determined to get as much “normal” out of life before the Parkinson’s gets worse and takes away her opportunities. Flying halfway around the world for a study program is the perfect getaway, and if she meets a good-looking boy or two, even better. But things stop going according to plan the second she gets off the plane, and before she knows it, she’s face to face with the best looking man
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Book Gannet
4.5 Stars! While the premise of this book definitely caught my attention – a young heroine with early-onset Parkinson’s is certainly not something I’ve come across before – I was a little wary when I started it. The narration is first person and very chatty in style, which can be hit and miss for me, and I wasn’t all that impressed with the way Maci handled herself in the airport. But I stuck with it, focusing on the underlying humour, and I’m so glad I did!

As with many New Adult books the setti
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Under the Covers Book Blog

What an all around wonderful story this was.  UNCONDITIONAL tugged at so many emotions in me.  It made me laugh, it gave me butterflies, and it made me cry.  This might just be one of the strongest, and most uplifting, new adult stories I've read.  Because at times it doesn't all have to be about the angst.  Real life and real issues can be just as tough without making them overtly complicated.

This book explores the life of a young twenty something American woman who gets a scholarship to st

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Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I have mixed feelings about this book. In some ways it was a 2 for me and in others it was a 4. I thought the author tackled an interesting topic. Parkinson's disease made for a great backdrop to a book. I have heard a lot about thi
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