Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Review: Unforgettable by Shannon Richard (Country Roads #4)


One long, hot summer would never be enough...

Attorney Hannah Sterling lives a life she's worked hard for. So when she unexpectedly inherits an inn, Hannah decides to take that long overdue holiday and settle her eccentric grandmother's estate. She knew there would be challenges, but what's hardest about returning to Mirabelle, Florida, is facing the man who gave her the most passionate summer of her life-and then broke her heart.

Nathanial Shepard never forgot the redheaded goddess who lit up his world and got away. Now that she's home, Shep vows to make up for their years apart-and if the fire in her kiss is any indication, they're well on their way. But when a devastating secret from their past threatens their future, Shep must fight to heal Hannah's heart. Because this time, their love will truly be unforgettable...

My Review

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Until I saw this book on Netgalley, I was not aware of the "Country Roads" series. I read the synopsis and it seemed like a book I would like, since I enjoy second chance romance storylines. I fell in love with all the characters in this book and I will definitely be reading the previous books. I need to know all their stories! 

Hannah and Shep spent the summer together thirteen years ago in Mirabelle, Florida. While they were only together for three months, it was a very intense three months. Despite the fact that their relationship ended badly, these two never forgot each other and thirteen years later they are back in each others lives. 

Hannah has become a successful lawyer in New York, while Shep has inherited the family business and stayed in Mirabelle. Even after thirteen years these two had off the charts chemistry. I highlighted so much of this book that it was hard to come up with something to quote. But then I started thinking about the things I liked best about the book and Shep's honesty came to mind. From the very beginning he made it very clear that he wanted Hannah back. He knew that having Hannah back in his life was a chance he couldn't waste. Of course Hannah is hesitant to start things up with Shep again and she sends him lots of mixed signals. Shep had the patience of a saint and I kept worrying that eventually he would give up on her. These two seemed to be made for each other and I wanted them to work it out. 

Towards the end of the book Shep discovers the secret Hannah has been hiding and it almost destroys him. He gets drunk, shows up on Hannah's doorstep and proceeds to break my heart:

“I love you.”

“I know. I love you, too.”

“So why? Why do you keep hurting me?”

“Shep.” She reached up to touch his face, but he turned away from her, gently grabbing her hand and pulling it away.

“What did I do?” he asked, sitting up. “What did I do wrong?”

“Nothing.” She shook her head, running her hands up his shoulders and pulling his shirt from his arms.

He let her slip it off, and when his hands were free, he reached up, touching her face. “Then why can’t I have you?”

“You can. Shep, I—”

“Don’t leave me.” He leaned in, burying his face in her neck as his arms wrapped around her. “Please, Hannah. Don’t leave me.” His voice cracked, and tears hit her skin.

“I’m not going to.” She wrapped her arms around him, running her hands up and down his back.

“I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.”

“Shep…” She couldn’t say anything. Her own tears clogged her throat, making it painful to talk.

He pulled her down onto the bed, and they stayed that way for God only knew how long until he finally fell asleep.

But sleep never came to Hannah, and she held him until well after the sun came up.
*Cue me crying like a baby.*

I think the unsung hero of the book is Hannah's deceased grandmother Gigi. I like to think that she knew exactly what she was doing when she sent Hannah back to Mirabelle. Hannah refers to Gigi as her best friend multiple times during the book and it seems as though Gigi knew Hannah better than Hannah knew herself. SMART LADY! I just wish we got more of her in this book. 

I'm excited to go back and read about Shep's friends and how they found love. I loved the banter between all of them and I want to get to know them better.

Amazon buy link: http://amzn.com/B00KVK37HC

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