Friday, June 6, 2014

#BookReview: Unforgiven by B.J. Daniels - 5 Wine Glasses

13545602Title: Unforgiven 
Series: Beartooth, Montana #1
Author: B.J. Daniels 
Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Published: November 20th 2012 by Harlequin HQN
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Kindle | B&N
Source: Library
Reviewer: Linda
Rating: 5/5

In Beartooth, Montana, land and family are everything. So when Destry Grant's brother is accused of killing Rylan West's sister, high school sweethearts Destry and Rylan leave their relationship behind in order to help their families recover from tragedy.
Years later, Destry is dedicated to her ranch and making plans for the future. Plans that just might include reuniting with the love of her life…until her brother returns to clear his name and the secrets of the past threaten her one chance at happiness.
Rylan is done denying his feelings for Destry. But when clues begin to link her brush with death to his sister's murder, will discovering the truth finally grant them their chance at love or turn them against one another for good?

This is the first book in BJ's Beartooth, Montana series. I have read this series out-of-order by starting with FORSAKEN, the third book in the series. I enjoyed FORSAKEN so much, that I've gone back and read the two books that preceded it.

UNFORGIVEN is the story of Destry Grant and Rylan West. They were young and madly in love years ago before Rylan's sister, Ginny, was murdered with Destry's brother as the prime suspect. Rylan needed to get away after the murder so he escaped by taking up the life of the rodeo cowboy. Now he's returned to Beartooth and is living at his family's ranch next door to Destry's ranch. Destry's brother who was sent away from Beartooth to escape the scandal, has been summoned back by his ailing father to take over the ranch just as new evidence is revealed. 

As in all of her books, there are a plethora of secondary characters - not too many, but the inter-connectivity of all the characters assuredly enriches the tale.

I love the book's setting: Beartooth, Montana at the base of the Crazy Mountains. The author's description of the area continues to amaze me as I feel that I'm right there while reading. Even now, I can close my eyes and be back there. Her detailed visuals are awesome and stick with you. The book is much more than a light, clean romantic novel. There's also plenty of mystery and suspense - more than enough to keep the reader from falling to sleep until the book is read. :-))) I'd highly recommend this series to anyone who loves a good mystery or who loves stories featuring the West or cowboys or who just loves a good story. I totally appreciate that BJ doesn't leave the reader with a cliffhanger ending. Everything gets tied up neatly but you'll want to read the next installment because she's such an incredible storyteller.

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