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Monday, February 1, 2010

Unforgiven by Delilah Devlin

Unforgiven by Delilah Devlin
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (79 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern

How does a man get over a cheating woman? Sweet revenge…

Lone Star Lovers, Book 2

For Cutter Standifer, the pretty little redhead who opened a cafĂ© in Two Mule, Texas, was “the one”. Until he caught her in a compromising position with the town’s worst womanizer. To further strain his rigid code, his little sister just married the same damn bastard who shattered his world and she’s living in sin with him and another man.

A year later, he still can’t forgive his ex-girlfriend. And forget? Forget, hell. He’s ready to kick his code into the nearest manure pile and take what he never had from her—full satisfaction.

That fateful morning, all Katie Grissom meant to do was use the bad boy’s reputation to force Cutter to piss or get off the pot where their own relationship was concerned. But she went too far—deliciously too far—giving Cutter an eyeful she lived to regret.

When Cutter offers her a no-strings affair she jumps at the chance, hoping to either break through the rigid wall he’s built around his heart…or get him out of her system for good.

Delilah Devlin’s scorching and unforgettable story Unbridled, has been followed up by the equally hot and mesmerizing Unforgiven. I’ve been waiting a long time to read Cutter’s story, and it was more than worth the wait. Although Cutter’s time on the page was in a secondary capacity in Unbridled, his presence was large enough to eclipse the primary characters. He was tortured then, not only by his sister’s relationship with two men, but because one of those men slept with the woman he intended to marry. In this, you finally meet Katie, the woman he loved who cheated on him and broke his heart.

Cutter and Katie are characters you sympathize with. Him for the betrayal and hurt experienced by Katie’s sexual indiscretion, and Katie for knowing what she did was wrong and wishing she could change what she did. The “agreement” they make is just asking for trouble, but works wonderfully to reunite the characters. Although I had a pretty decent idea where things were headed, it didn’t deviate from the quality of the writing or the enjoyment while reading. For everything you do know, you’ll be in the dark about the repercussions. So it works beautifully.

As with any Devlin tale, the sex is so hot it should come with a burn notice. But more importantly, you get pages packed with so much emotion it chokes you. That’s the beauty of her work, and the reason I have her on my TBR author list. She heats you up, and the next thing you know, you’re reaching for a hankie to blot away those pesky tears. If you haven’t read this series (or the various other works offered by Ms. Devlin) you’re really missing out.

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