There was a time when his life was different. He was optimistic; he smiled and laughed; he loved passionately; he had it all.
Kane was content—until the unthinkable took it all away.
Two and a half years later and still reeling from his fiancée’s death, Kane returns to the one place he vowed he’d never visit again—Camden—with the promise to find the men who killed her and bring them to justice, regardless of the cost.
Emotionally numb, stricken by guilt, and haunted by the events preceding Aimee’s death, the last thing Kane wanted was to meet someone he connected with; someone who made him feel again.
As Kane gets closer to those responsible for Aimee’s death, he is thrown a curveball when he discovers a secret so devastating it rocks his world and threatens to destroy his chance at happiness.
Whitney Jareau packed up her life when tragedy struck her family, leaving everything behind. Finally free from the persistent and domineering family that insisted she do the one thing she couldn’t, Whitney found peace in Camden.
Two years later, her family wants her to come home and will stop at nothing to get her there. Wearing her heart on her sleeve for Kane Archer, a man so gorgeous it hurts to see the pain he carries, Whitney fights her family and refuses to return home to carry out their wishes.
Can Whitney stay strong without giving in to the demands of her family?
Can Kane let go of the past and move forward with the woman who brought him back to life?
Or, will he walk away from her and carry the burden of UNBEARABLE GUILT
*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review
Unbearable Guilt by Emma Grayson is an enjoyable read. It is a standalone book with recurring characters and a very happy ending. I enjoy little reads like this. This was my first exposure to Emma Grayson’s writing skills and at the end of the book, Emma lets us in on how this was her first attempt to write from the male’s POV. She did well. Unbearable Guilt is the second book in the series but even though I have not read the first book, I was surprised that I did not feel lost nor do I feel like I know the whole story of Unbeautifully Loved.
Zane Archer is an alpha male all the way but completely caught up in so much guilt that he cannot feel anymore, that is until he meets Whitney. I have to say, I loved Whitney’s character and felt that I could relate to her. She was a hard working girl that could take care of herself and knows what she wants without being pushy. Zane was just a big old tough guy on the outside and a mess on the inside. Zane’s flashbacks were filled with emotion and that is where I connected with him. Have to love Zane because who does not want to fix a broken hunk?
The plot of the story had lots of twist and turns and at times was predictable but still fun. It was just not boy meets girl, hot sex, then happy ever after. Emma adds some story in the mix that is refreshing. She also writes about Zane and Whitney’s friendships with others. I loved a character names Basil. She reminds me of Penelope from CRIMINAL MINDS.
The story flowed easily. The only thing that I saw wrong would be sometimes information that was already given was repeated and a little choppy. I liked the story and would recommend it for just a quick read. I would give it a higher rating with a few tweaks in the editing but all in all, I enjoyed it.
UNBEARABLE GUILT receives a solid 3 out of 5 platypires.
TEXAS HUGS and HAPPY READING!!!
TEASER AND EXCERPT:
“No,” he said firmly, moving away from me until he was standing in the doorway of his room. “It doesn’t matter if I’m awake or asleep, I see her—sometimes I can feel her too. I can’t be with you. I’m fucked up, Whitney, consumed to the core with guilt about her and everything else in my life—and that’s never going to change.”
I swiped the tears away, one after the other as his figure across from me became blurry. I didn’t know that it was possible to feel so empty, so completely numb, and like someone had punched me in the gut before throwing me over a cliff to nothing.
I saw myself falling into a dark, cold hole—lifeless.
My heart was gone. I had taken it and foolishly handed it to Kane, whole, wanting him to be the one to keep it close and safe. Instead, he turned out to be the one to take it and completely destroy it.
It wasn’t just cracked and falling apart; it was worse. It was torn, thrown on the ground, and stomped on, before he handed it back shattered to pieces.
There would always be missing parts, ones that Kane unknowingly kept, pieces I would never be able to get back.
I wanted to say more to him. I tried numerous times to open my mouth and just say something, but nothing sounded.
He had taken that, too.
My eyes were fixated on his dresser, dazed and warm with tears that wouldn’t stop falling down my cheek. I could see Kane watching me, his head hung down. He looked at me from under his lashes then turned and walked out.
I heard his movement through the house. I could hear him go into the kitchen, pull the fridge open, then close it. I heard him move into the living room for a moment before he walked to the front door, and within a couple of seconds, he’d pulled the door open and slammed it behind him.
I listened, and it didn’t take long for his truck to rumble to life before he pulled away from his house, leaving me in a complete and utter broken state.
The moment I couldn’t hear his truck was the moment everything hit at once; everything I had been holding in, not wanting to show him; it all came rushing to the surface. As I dropped to my knees, my head fell into my hands and my body shook with every sob.