Forgiving Love – Victoria Johns
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Well, we’re back with the girls again ( and the lads.) This time the focus is on Neely and Chris. I have to say when we first meet Chris he’s a jerk to Neely, and I wondered what on earth she saw in him. New man on the block, Ross, is a far better character. Still, Chris has his reasons, though continues his jerk behaviour for a long time yet. Polly, who lives on the ranch next to his, is convinced he’s hers, and to be fair in between shagging other women he does keep coming back to her. It made me quite angry really, she’s not the nicest of people but does she really deserve the treatment she gets from him? And how on earth can Neely be in love with someone so shallow. Then she goes out with Ross and things heat up. I’m not really into the short skirt, no knickers dressing, nor the loving one person but using another to make them jealous, to the degree they almost have sex. I’m not a prude but there are lines I’d draw and these pass them by a long way…
Anyway on with the story. Of course once Chris sees Neely with Ross it gives him a shake up – he’s one of those guys who are scared of the future it seems, scared of settling down, and so while he’s playing the field having fun he’s just assumed Neely will be there for him if he ever wants to get together with her. Well, that’s how it seems to me, so when he hears of Ross moving in on what he’s privately seen as “his” lady he sees red. Ross is new to the group, though knows Jonas from their service days. He seems like a really genuine guy but he’s also got another unseen motive.
The secrets keep worming out – Neely is asked to do some confidential work on Chris’ ranch deeds, she’s a paralegal and this kind of thing is a little out of the norm, but her boss says they go with it so long as the firm isn’t compromised. A job’s a job after all. It puts Neely in a difficult position though – and then more secrets come out, bringing her into real danger. For a tiny rural town there’s some sophisticated illegal deals going down, and Neely can’t leave it alone when the authorities move in. She wants to do all she can to protect Chris from any fallout – she knows just how much the ranch means to him. He’s oblivious to begin, but when Neely runs into danger he finds out part, and then the sparks fly – he’s really unpleasant to her, and the tentative moves forward they’d made get pushed back – a long way back, which pleases Polly. She never takes no for an answer and there are some fun scenes between her and Neely.
Overall its a sexy, hot read, a fun mystery with some added dangers but what stopped it being five star for me once again is the characters. I just can’t bring myself to really like them, their behaviours at times are really unpleasant, juvenile, and – well – tarty. I need to like my main leads, to be able to put myself in their position and I just can’t bring myself to imagine I’d behave like that. Still, as ever – that’s just me, and others have a different criteria for enjoying a story. Its a hot and spicy read, with some decent drama backing it.
Stars: Four, sexy romantic adventure.
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Forgiving Love – Victoria Johns