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.
Includes the bonus novella Cowboy to the Rescue by A.J. Pine
Series: Loveless, Texas #2
Author: Jay Crownover
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Published: February 25, 2020
Publisher: Forever – Grand Central Publishing
My Rating: 4 stars
Complicated is a big understatement when it comes to Hill and Kody’s relationship, past or present. While Hill was a true hero in Unforgiven and I pretty much fell in love with the guy from the start of this romance, Kody was much slower for me to warm up to but eventually, as these two deal with their issues, Kody proved she was well worth the effort and, at times, the frustration of discovering who she really is at the core.
Hill is back in Loveless, at least temporarily, as he works a case that hits very close to home and heart. He’d left this town after his brother’s death, and even if he’d left his heart behind Hill couldn’t face coming back until this case demanded it of him. Now he needs to face his past, try to solve the mystery surrounding one slimy, no-good jerk’s death, and come face to face with the only woman he’s ever loved. Kody’s not going to make this easy, but then, she never did so why start now?
Unforgiven is another tense, suspenseful romance that kept me on my toes throughout and has me anticipating the next story to come, Blacklisted, with impatience. It’s a rocky, pothole-filled road to happy ever after for Hill and Kody, and I wouldn’t have missed a minute of it. They definitely had issues but they always fit, and eventually, they’ll get beyond their past and enjoy the present. Watching them deal with each other, accept their flaws, and finally acknowledge what’s always been obvious was an engaging, emotional journey. If you like your romance served with a bit of sass, banter, suspense, and secondary characters that slid easily into place in this story then you’ll want to pick up Unforgiven now. You “could” read it on its own, but the background of the earlier books make it all that much better, plus they’re good stories, too.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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