Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Book Review: Unforgiven (Loveless Texas #2) by Jay Crownover

Loveless Texas #2
By: Jay Crownover
Published: February 25, 2020
Publisher: Forever Romance
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Source: eARC from the publisher in exchange for a honest review
Book Summary:

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.

Includes the bonus novella Cowboy to the Rescue by A.J. Pine!

My Thoughts:

Unforgiven is the first book that I've read in the Loveless Texas Series.  It has a heartbreaking and spellbinding prologue that reels you in to Hill Gamble and Kody Lawton's story.

These two have quite the past!  Kody's first love was Hill's younger brother, Aaron, who was a troubled soul with severe mental health problems. Kody had been drawn to Hill first, but she dismissed the idea of them together, because Kody and Aaron, who started out as best friends, were a lot more alike.  

Hill moved to get away from his dysfunctional family, but as he found himself getting closer to, and falling in love with Kody, he completely removed himself from her and his brother.  When tragedy struck, Kody never forgave Hill for what she construed as his abandonment of her and Aaron.

Now many years later, Hill is a Texas Ranger, and must deliver horrible news to the Lawton's; their father has been murdered.  Kody has always struggled with her emotions, and preferred to focus on her anger so that she can survive the tragedies that have occurred in her life.  However, with Hill in close proximity, and danger escalating as her father's killer is on the loose, walls will come down, and feelings will be revealed.  Will this be Kody and Hill's chance to have the love that they've secretly longed for from each other, or will the killer get to one of them first?

I loved Kody's sassy, spitfire, impulsive, and independent personality!  She was tough on the outside, but had a tender heart.  Hill was patient, kind, sexy, loyal, and gave everyone and everything his best.  I enjoyed getting both characters points of view.  I thought Kody was unfair to Hill at the beginning of the story, and it made me angry, but I understood it was a coping and defense mechanism.  

The first half of the story was a bit slow, because both characters were in their heads a lot, and not a whole lot was happening.  The second half of the story took off, as the suspense ramped up, and more began happening between Kody and Hill, as well as with the killer.

I enjoyed Kody's brothers Case and Crew, as well as their significant others, and would like to go back and read their stories.  This book can easily be read as a standalone, but I would love to learn more about the secondary characters, as well as the Lawton's upbringing.  The secondary character that shone through and really sparked my interest was MC Club President, "Shot," and I can't wait to get his story.  He's my favorite type of alpha bad boy, and it would be nice to see him fall in love and get his happily ever after.

If you enjoy romantic suspense, with a sexy and swoon-worthy cowboy, a fun and sassy female lead, as well as a lovable cast of secondary characters, check out Unforgiven!

About the Author:

Jay Crownover is the international and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, The Saints of Denver Series, The Point Series, Breaking Point Series, and the Getaway Series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road.


  1. Thanks Lindy I never heard of her before but I like the sound of her writing!

  2. I read book one and it was my first book by the author. Oh the feels, excitement, and spice! I met the pair in this book and can't wait to read it soon. :)

    1. I hope you get to read it soon, and enjoy it Sophia :)

  3. i love reading about the texas rangers. jon land has a great series about them too
    sherry @ fundinmental

  4. Oh that does sound like a good one.

  5. Replies
    1. It was a great mix of romance, suspense, and family :)

  6. I love me some Jay Crownover! I read the prequel novella to this series last year but then got distracted and never got around to reading book #1. And now here we are with #2! I love the messiness of Hill and Kody's background. They have a lot to overcome!
    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    1. I want to read the prequel and book one. I really enjoyed this story, and hope you do too Tanya :)

  7. One of my favourite genres. I am yet to read this author. The story sounds good and I can see you enjoyed it.

    1. Oh yes, I know you love your romantic suspense stories Nadene :)

  8. The loved book one and lost track for book 2, so thank goodness for you my dear!

  9. First time learning about this book, sounds cool!


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