Genres: Contemporary Romance, Second Chance Romance
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.
*ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
First and foremost, Unforgiven should definitely be read after Justified, as you will have spoilers from the first book and events lead in to this one.
Kody Lawton knows a lot about loss. After losing her mother, and then her first love, she really hasn’t allowed love back in to her heart. But when her father is murdered, the one person she never wanted to see again walks back in to her life, Hill Gamble, the brother of her first love, and someone she once believed to be her friend.
Hill Gamble knew when he met Kody that she had a portion of his heart, but his brother felt the same way, and thinking he was being honorable, stepped aside. Unable to be close to her and not show his feelings, he leaves them to live out their HEA. But life never turns out as planned and with his brother now gone and the woman he loves loathing him, he never thought he’d have another chance with Kody. Now his biggest job isn’t just to solve a murder, but to try and get Kody to give them a chance.
“I’m glad you care about me. I know I don’t make it easy.”
“I’ve never minded a challenge.” I’d always believed you had to work hard for the things you wanted most in life.
The story heavily revolves around the mystery surrounding Lawton’s death, and I typically really love romantic suspense. But the romance almost takes a back to seat to all the drama that’s happening that I didn’t feel like I entirely connected to Hill and Kody as a couple. Kody spent so many years hating Hill and that resolves itself so quickly, that I wished there was a little more to them reconnecting. I did love Hill and Kody’s characters and how opposite they are. Hill has the level head to Kody’s hot headedness and they balance one another nicely. But even when getting to the epilogue, rather than having another moment to focus on their romance, or resolve the suspense, it only gives a glimpse to the characters for the next book. I liked Unforgiven but it sort of felt unfinished and I just wanted a little more time with Kody and Hill in their book.
“The world looks a little different now.”
“Oh yeah? What’s it look like now?”
“You. My entire world looks like you.”
It was about time, because mine had always looked like her.
This doesn’t mean that I’m not excited to read the next book since the ending was a cliffhanger and I did want to find out what happens, but I am hoping everything is resolved in the next book.