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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men series comes an irresistible and suspenseful romance between a tough Texas Ranger and his first love–a woman in danger who insists she doesn’t need his protection.
Hill Gamble is a model lawman: cool and collected, with a confident swagger to boot. Too bad all that Texas charm hasn’t gotten him anywhere in his personal life, especially since the only girl he ever loved has always been off-limits. But then Hill is assigned to investigate her father’s mysterious death, and he’s forced back to the town–and the woman–he left behind.
When Hill left Loveless, he broke Kody Lawton’s already battered heart. And now that he’s working on her father’s case, avoiding him is impossible. She can handle Hill and her unwanted feelings–until he puts his life on the line to protect her. Suddenly, Kody realizes that Hill could be taken away from her…for good
Everyone remembers their childhood love. For Hill – Life with the Lawton siblings was forever etched in his brain. One sibling in particular left Hill with an ache that couldn’t be extinguished. Kody was everything that Hill was attracted to. The only problem with allowing his love to shine was the fact that Hill’s brother was also enamored with the Lawton sibling.
As the years pass, Hill and Kody have gone their separate ways. When the news breaks that Kody’s father was murdered, Hill finds himself pulled right back to the one place he never planned on returning. Determined to help the Lawton siblings find out what happened to their father, Hill knows that eventually he will have to speak to Kody. With their tattered history, there is no wonder at the hesitation Hill is feeling. Nothing between Kody and Hill has been ‘simple’, and the events that unfold surrounding the Lawton family only amplify the attraction that has lingered through the years.
Let me start by sharing how much I have loved the Loveless, Texas series by Jay Crownover. Kody’s story was beckoning to me for quite some time. So – I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Unforgiven!! There is so much history surrounding Hill and Kody. The ups and downs of their lives intersect so many times throughout the years. Once again, tragedy has brought the two full circle.
Typically – I never find ‘fault’ in a Crownover novel. This time, I found myself wondering why the saga between Hill and Kody seemed forced. There was a lot going on in this novel, and it felt rushed from the halfway point forwards. I found myself arriving at the end of the story only to say, ‘Is that it?’. The plot points didn’t really blend well, and the whole thing felt forced. After anticipating Kody’s story for so long, I feel jaded with the direction this story traveled. I found myself in awe that the one book that teased the most in the series was the one that fell flat in the end.
There is still more that will play out in this saga. The next installment will be here before you know it. Hopefully – it will pack the punch that I have come to expect when diving head first into the worlds that Jay Crownover creates.