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I Belong


Review: Undeniable by Shannon Richard

Title: Undeniable

Author: Shannon Richard

Genre: NA Contemporary

SeriesCountry Roads (Book 2)

Publication Date: October 1, 2013

FormatPaperback, 400 Pages

ISBN-10: 1455547425 (Forever Yours/Hachette)

ISBN-13978-1455547425 (Forever Yours/Hachette)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

THEIR LOVE WAS UNDENIABLE

Grace King knows two things for certain: she loves working at her grandmother’s café and she loves the hunky town sheriff. She always has. As she bakes him sweet treats, Grace fantasizes about helping him work up an appetite all night long. But whenever she thinks she’s finally getting somewhere, he whips out some excuse to escape. Growing up, he never looked twice at her. Now Grace won’t rest until she has Jax’s undivided attention.

Jaxson Anderson can’t deny that his best friend’s kid sister is the sexiest woman in Mirabelle, Florida. Unwilling to burden Grace with his painful past, Jax keeps the sassy blonde at arm’s length. Yet one heated kiss crumbles all of his carefully built defenses. But when a town secret surfaces, threatening to destroy everything they have believed in, can the man who defended Grace from bullies as a child protect her now?

Quick & Dirty: Fun contemporary book filled with lots of drama, steamy scenes, loveable characters, and laugh out loud moments. I would highly recommend this series to fans of New Adult contemporary novels.

Opening Sentence: At six years old there were certain things Grace King didn’t understand.

Excerpt: No

The Review

There are lots of things that Grace King doesn’t know. She has no idea who her father is. She doesn’t know why her mother had to die of breast cancer when Grace was only five years old. She doesn’t understand why people in a small town can gossip so much especially about Grace and her family. So yes, there are plenty of things Grace doesn’t know, but there are two things she has perfect clarity on. First she loves to bake and work at her grandmother’s café. The second thing she knows without a doubt is that she has been undeniably in love with Jaxon Andrews since she was 6 years old. He has been her protector and saint most of her life, but he just sees her as more of a little sister. She is tired of waiting for him to notice her and it’s about time she does something about it.

Deputy Jaxon Andrews has never felt at home anywhere in his life. He grew up with a very abusive father that was either drunk or high all the time. His father drilled into his head that he was unwanted and his biggest mistake he ever made in his life.  Jax’s mom never stood up for him and most of the time she just completely ignored him. The only place he felt safe was at his two best friend’s home, Brendan King and Nathanial Shepherd. He spent as much time as he could at their places to avoid having to go home.  To become nothing like his father, Jax decided to become a cop to try and make a difference in the world.  But there are some scars that just never go away and Jax has a past full of them. He has had a thing for Brendan’s little sister for a while now, but he knows that he will never be good enough for her. Jax can only deny his feelings for so long, but can he ever open up and really allow himself to love someone? Or will his past come back to haunt him and destroy his one chance at true love?

Grace is one of those girls that you are totally jealous of, but you can’t help but love her. Not only is she gorgeous with blond hair and blue eyes, she is also a total sweetheart. She has had to take a lot of crap from people over the years, but it has made her tough. She also has a huge heart and is a very caring person. She has mad cooking skills and a very charming personality. She can be funny and playful, and she’s not afraid to speak her mind. She is also a very patient girl, I mean she has been waiting for Jax to open his eyes and see what is standing right in front of him for years now. I loved her character and found her very easy to connect with.

Jax is the brooding hot guy that is a genuinely good person.  With his reddish brown hair and dreamy green eyes he’s definitely not hard to look at, but the boy inside is very broken.  I respect that Jax became something when he came from such a rough childhood.  He has let some of his scars handicap him at times but he keeps trying everyday to better himself and his community.  He is a really great guy and he deserves some happiness. He has been protecting Grace ever since she was a little kid, but when she turned 18 his brotherly feelings for her started to change.  Now he doesn’t know what to do, he knows that he isn’t good enough for her, but he can’t keep denying how much he wants her.  I instantly fell for Jax and loved reading his story.

This was a great read for me. Once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down. The plot was very predictable, I figured out pretty much everything fairly early in the book, but that didn’t make it any less entertaining. With the laughable moments, crazy drama, and the steamy scenes, this book was defiantly enjoyable.  The cast of characters are very relatable and easy to love, you see some of the familiar faces from the first book in the series and there are some new characters introduced as well. I loved the romance, for me it was developed perfectly and was so sweet.  Also, I loved the cover for this book, it’s simple but I thought it was cute and really fit the book.  I personally enjoyed Undeniable slightly better than Undone but both are very enjoyable reads.  While the books complement each other, you could read either of them as a standalone if you would like.  I’m eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.  I’m not sure whose story it is but I have a few ideas.  I would highly recommend this to anyone that is looking for a sweet love story, with some steamy moments and lots of drama.

Notable Scene:

THE GRIM TRUTH

NO ONE’S GOING TO BUY THE COW…

Little CoQuette has been a topic of conversation for years around Mirabelle. They mystery of who exactly her father is has been discussed in a wide variety of circles, but that secret has yet to be revealed. Her mother, Jeze Belle, took that to her grave. Probably for the best, if as it’s suspected, said father is a married man that the late home wrecker had set her sights on. But with two children from different daddies, what else could be expected?

If CoQuette learned one thing from her mother, it was how to entice men. Just last night she made an attempt to get in good with the law, or the law’s pants. CoQuette showed up at our local watering hole, the Den of Iniquity, with her hooker shoes and her negligible breasts on display. Apparently, Deputy Ginger took notice though, because the two were seen out on the dance floor right before CoQuette stormed off is a fit of passion. Lovers’ quarrel? Maybe.

Deputy Ginger has never been one to stand out in a crowd. Growing up in a family of meager means and affections he’s been more of a standing in the shadows kind of guy. Probably, because if you can’t be found then your drunken father can’t beat you. But those shadows haven’t hid him from the likes of Little CoQuette. Oh no, she’s noticed him just fine. And thanks to her, so have a number of other towns people.

Deputy Ginger was seen running around downtown this morning with handprints on his derriere. And what might you ask were those handprints made by? Well, according to our more than delighted eyewitnesses, because let’s face it Deputy Ginger has a mighty fine caboose, those handprints were slapped on with flour. And where else could those flour handprints have originated but the Illegitimate Buns where CoQuette whips up her sinful concoctions. I just wonder if Deputy Ginger got a free glass of milk with his slice of cherry pie this morning.

Country Roads Series:

1. Undone

2. Undeniable

3. Unstoppable (December 3, 2013)

4. Unforgettable (TBA 2014)

FTC Advisory: Forever Yours/Hachette provided me with a copy of Undeniable. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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