January 14, 2015

ERIN REVIEWS: Unforgettable (Country Roads) by Shannon Richard @shan_richard

Unforgettable (Country Roads) by Shannon Richard
ARC provided by Forever Yours
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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...

Unforgettable is a story about what happens AFTER the amazing summer romance, and it brings the reader the painful truth of how crushing it can be when it doesn’t last. Hannah had a summer with Shep that swept her away and stole her heart forever, and when she left for college she was leaving a part of herself behind. But one single moment stole any chance of her thinking that what they had was more to him than a summer fling, and for thirteen years she avoided him and the vacation inn where all of the magic happened. Until her deceased sweet grandmother gave her the nudge from beyond the grave that she needed to face her past (yeah, I love grandma Gigi and she wasn’t even alive for the story!!).

Hannah and Shep have great chemistry the moment we see them together, but it’s what’s behind that fire that really lost me to this beautiful story. It was the intensity of those three months they’d shared all those years ago, the pent-up pain and frustration they both felt over being forgettable to each other, and the connection that tied them beyond space and time apart. Even without being privy to their summer together, you’d feel how much these two were meant to be each other’s forever, and it was just beautiful watching them find their way back. It wasn’t easy, because Hannah was holding onto her secret and a lot of resentment over Shep seeming to have moved on so quickly after she left. They crushed each other without even knowing it. Seeing the pain both of them went through after that initial separation was heart-wrenching, and you just want so badly for them to grab on and never let go! I admit, there were moments where it brought tears to my eyes seeing their pain, GAH!

Of course with all the awesome sparks flying between these two, their chemistry led to some glorious steamy scenes that I devoured! Shep is just soooo yummy, and Hannah was only capable of exerting so much will power. Thank god, because her moments of weakness are our moments of HELL,YEAH!, and they were perfect.

This was the first read from the Country Roads series for me, and this reviewer is definitely impressed! I look forward to reading more of Shannon Richard’s work and getting more of the awesome characters we meet in this heartwarming, sexy story!

Quotes:
~And now he was soaking up every ounce of attention that Shep was offering, preening and purring as he ran his body under Shep’s massive hand.

“Traitor,” she whispered.

Though she wasn’t sure why she was all that surprised. Shep had always know his way around a pussy. ~Loc 460

~“I hear you on the other side. So why don’t you just open up and let me in?”

“Or what? You huff and you’ll puff?”

“You scared I’m gonna blow your house down?”

You already did. ~Loc 778

~She lifted her hands above her head and spun around slowly in what she hoped came off as a seductive move. Based off the way Shep’s eyes dilated when she looked at him, she figured she’d succeeded.

“I’m sorry. My brain short-circuited for a second there. Could you please do that again?” ~Loc 3043


Shannon Richard grew up in the Panhandle of Florida as the baby sister of two overly protective but loving brothers. She was raised by a more than somewhat eccentric mother, a self-proclaimed vocabularist who showed her how to get lost in a book, and a father who passed on his love for coffee and really loud music. She graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor’s in English literature and still lives in Tallahassee, where she battles everyday life with writing, reading, and a rant every once in a while. Okay, so the rants might happen on a regular basis. She’s still waiting for her Southern, scruffy Mr. Darcy, and in the meantime writes love stories to indulge her overactive imagination. Oh, and she’s a pretty big fan of the whimsy.

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