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...more
Series: Always #1
Author: Cherie M. Hudson
Release Date: February 9th , 2014
Rating: 5 stars
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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 ...more
"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. ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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. ...more
I just want to say I adored Raph and all the ways he showed how much he loved ...more
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!!! ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
As with many New Adult books the setti ...more
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
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 ...more