Review: Undefeated by Claudia Burgoa

 “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 sensation. An International heartthrob. Now, I’m a skeleton of a life I once lived. 

Porter Kendrick: the man, the myth, the legend.

A fallen branch of the Colthurst-Decker dynasty. 

The demons of my past haunt me. Do I have the strength and will power to put them to rest? Can anyone really have it all?

Love is a four-letter word more powerful than the energy of the sun. Love can move mountains. Love can conquer all. But there’s also the other side of the story, the sad truth. Love can destroy. Once, there was this boy I met with a set of amber eyes and a bright smile who took my breath away. It wasn’t love at first sight. No, we fell in love slowly, through the day-to-day contact.

Leonard Brooke promised to be my prince charming, as long as I could save him when he needed me. No other man could make me feel strong, safe, loved, and cherished.

But Leonard Brooke died, leaving me to figure out how to handle the grief of his loss. Inside though I’m incomplete. Broken. 

My sassy-fiery daughter, and my creative-sweet son are who keep me afloat. Trying to find a new normal without the love of my life, I head to Oregon. Leaving behind our old life and dreams.

Am I strong enough to start over? Can I turn my back on the only man I’ve loved?

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


“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 was not a fan of – Porter Kendrick.

He’d been given a gift and an once-in-a-lifetime chance at a young age, and yes, while he did have a rocky and ugly start into the world, he fucked it all up. And when this book begins, finally, Porter’s at a point where he’d be the first to admit it.

Porter's trying to move on some way, some how, when Mackenzie (Mac) Brooke and her two children: Harper and Finn, walk into his life. Mac's a widow of two years but she's still very much in mourning and desperately trying to get out of a depression for her children’s sake.

I really tried to read this book slow and cherish every word, every moment. It was hard because Claudia's phenomenal gift of bringing a family to life and all of those emotions that go with that bond had me hook, line and sinker that I didn’t want to put it down.

This book is about forgiveness, forgiveness from others but also more importantly, learning to forgive yourself and to accept forgiveness from others.

“How do you teach your heart to beat again, your lungs to breathe and find a new way to live?”

It’s also about second chances even when you don’t think you deserve it or even if you fight it or even if you don’t see it right in front of you.

Mac and Porter's story isn't easy but it was so real and raw.

"...loving her like I'll only love her. Trying to share with her my every thought, my every heartbeat, my entire soul."

And when it got difficult, Porter came through and that's what had me changing my mind about him. We all make mistakes and every one should get a second chance.

“I see it. The reflection of my soul within his. We’re kindred spirits. Two broken people who found each other. He helped me find the broken pieces of my soul and stayed by my side while I put them back together.”

I highly recommend this book, this series. If you haven't met the Deckers, you need to. Do it now!! Finally, for all of your Decker fans, the Epilogue!!!

Claudia, you brought me to my knees with Chris' POV. The absolute BEST of the epilogue was this:

"Thank you, college boy. Without you, I wouldn't have my family. I love you."
"Happy Birthday, rock star."

GAH! Just writing that has me wanting to read the entire series again, now!! Thank you, Claudia, for bringing this beautifully complex and utterly amazing family to life and sharing it with me!!

**ARC generously provided by Claudia Burgoa in exchange for an honest review.**


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About the Author

Born on the mystical day of October 30th in the not so mystical lands of Mexico City, Claudia grew up with a childhood that resembled a caffeine-injected soap opera. Seventeen years ago she ventured to the lands of her techie husband—a.k.a. the U.S.—with their offspring to start a new adventure.

She now lives in Colorado working as a CFO for a small IT company, managing her household filled with three confused dogs, said nerd husband, two daughters wrought with fandoms and a son who thinks he’s the boss of the house. To survive she works continually to find purpose for the voices flitting through her head, plus she consumes high quantities of chocolate to keep the last threads of sanity intact.

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