Unforgiven

Unforgiven

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by Anne Calhoun
     
 

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For as long as he could remember, he wanted her…

Raised by a single mother, Adam Collins resolved to take no chances with a girl’s future—or his own. That’s why, as hard as it was, he resisted everything he felt for Marissa Brooks. Then one night a reckless challenge left a fellow student dead and changed both their lives forever

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For as long as he could remember, he wanted her…

Raised by a single mother, Adam Collins resolved to take no chances with a girl’s future—or his own. That’s why, as hard as it was, he resisted everything he felt for Marissa Brooks. Then one night a reckless challenge left a fellow student dead and changed both their lives forever. As penance, Adam took the boy’s place in the Marines, where he could disappear into discipline and duty, and left Marissa behind to struggle with her dreams.

Twelve years later, Adam is back in Walkers Ford to serve as the best man in his friend’s wedding. The years haven’t diminished the electric connection he has with Marissa. But Adam’s mistake continues to haunt him, and Marissa is stumbling under the weight of her family’s legacy. Together they wrestle with demons and dreams, but if there’s any hope for a future together Adam has to not only find a way to forgive himself, but also ask others for forgiveness—especially from the woman whose heart he broke.

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Publishers Weekly
Known for erotic romance, Calhoun (Uncommon Pleasure) delivers a more traditional contemporary that’s steamy enough to satisfy her fans and has a strong story to win over new readers. Adam Collins challenged classmate Josh Wilmont to a motorcycle race, but during the race, Josh lost control of his bike and died. Devastated, Adam left the small town of Walkers Ford, S.Dak., to join the Marines, leaving behind the girl he loved, Marissa Brooks. Twelve years later, Adam comes home to find Marissa working on repairing Brookhaven, the family house her father had to sell. The last of the once-prominent Brooks family, Marissa is determined to rehabilitate the mansion and the Brooks reputation. The attraction between Marissa and Adam is immediate and strong, and while there’s no urgency to their romance, they commence a believable relationship and help each other heal their scars. Romance readers who enjoy a solid love story with some heat will appreciate this steamy, emotionally complex novel. Agent: Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency. (June)
From the Publisher
Praise for Anne Calhoun:

“Anne Calhoun delivers a steamy, intense story that tugs at your heart.”—Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author

“Anne Calhoun’s writing offers emotional intensity, wickedly hot sex scenes, and characters that pull at your heart strings.” —Beth Kery, New York Times bestselling author

“Scintillating sexual chemistry, wonderfully drawn characters—a total winner.” —Lauren Dane, New York Times bestselling author

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101609545
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/04/2013
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
490,651
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
Praise for Anne Calhoun:

“Anne Calhoun delivers a steamy, intense story that tugs at your heart.”—Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author

“Anne Calhoun’s writing offers emotional intensity, wickedly hot sex scenes, and characters that pull at your heart strings.” —Beth Kery, New York Times bestselling author

“Scintillating sexual chemistry, wonderfully drawn characters—a total winner.” —Lauren Dane, New York Times bestselling author

Meet the Author

After doing time at Fortune 500 companies on both coasts, Anne Calhoun landed in a flyover state, where she traded business casual for yoga pants and decided to write down all the lively story ideas that got her through years of monotonous corporate meetings. Her first novel won the EPIC Award for Contemporary Erotic Romance.

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Unforgiven 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
shannschoice More than 1 year ago
"Anne Calhoun's book Unforgiven is set in small town Walkers Ford, South Dakota.  Adam Collins, a man consumed by guilt because of a tragedy that happened in his past, returns home after serving in the Marines for twelve years. Adam spends his time with Marissa Brooks, the girl he dated in high school.  They had a highly charged, passionate relationship that ended aburptly and even though twelve years have passed, they still have a strong connection.  After many years of hard work, Marissa has purchased and almost completly restored Brookhaven, her family home.  Marissa has finally achieved her father's lifelong dream.   At seventeen when Adam was dating Marissa, he was wild, passionate and always testing the limits.  After twelve years in the Marines, he is emotionless, controlled, intensely disciplined and having a hard time adapting to civilian life.  Adam is a man trapped in his past, not sure how to move forward.   Intertwined in the story are the townspeople of Walkers Ford.  Small town life isn't simple, its complex with its mixture of people and personalities.  In this town, everyone passes the time by observing and gossiping about each other. This is a beautiful love story about two people patiently helping each other deal with all of their issues.  It is a wonderfully written, emotional story about real people dealing with life, pain and disappointment.  Anne Calhoun does a great job of capturing small town life and tortured soul, Adam Collins.  Will Adam learn to let go of the past and be happy?"
rn-writes More than 1 year ago
Anne Calhoun does emotions and she does it well. One of the things I love best about Ms. Calhoun's writing is while she tells a dramatic, heart-wrenching story, she avoids the "drama" we too often see in romances. Her characters are so real, her writing so...natural, that you see yourself in the story, watching it all come to pass. And the way she handles the conflict is amazing. You see her characters struggle, grow and realize their dreams. Have a box of tissues handy near the end, because it's touch reading through tears.  
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Calhoun proves once again just how talented a writer she is with UNFORGIVEN. Intense emotions, broken souls and a white hot romance is what you will find in this book. ~ Under the Covers Anne Calhoun is one of those rare authors whose work is unforgiveable intense and erotic without really trying so hard. When I saw that Calhoun was coming out with a new book, I knew I had to read UNFORGIVEN. She is one of my autobuy authors and with this book, she reminds me of why I love her work best. Adam Collins has just returned from active service with the Marines. His last lady love is now engaged to be married to his best friend and while it should cause some sourness between them, Adam seems very mature about it all. That’s because he has a little vixen up his sleeve and within twenty minutes of returning home, Adam is in Marissa Brooks. Marissa is a very interesting character. She knows what she wants and isn’t afraid of expressing her wants sexually. It’s part of the reason why Adam is so drawn to her. She isn’t defensive or secretive, but open and refreshing. As we learn more and more about these characters, Calhoun gives them a backstory that is charming and sexy without really trying. Her words are quiet, but intense and it makes for a rocksteady romance that scorches the pages. If you’ve read Calhoun before, you know that she writes fantastic sex scenes. Emotions are poured into every scene so not only do you get a hotter than hell sex scene, but you get character growth as well. I was very impressed by the way she was able to integrate large amounts of emotion into each scene so that it didn’t feel too similar with the one before it while maintaining a high level of heat. Adam and Marissa are a match made in heaven. Their romance blooms at a believable and sure pace, leaving no question that at the end, they have reached their happily ever after. Calhoun proves once again just how talented a writer she is with UNFORGIVEN. Intense emotions, broken souls and a white hot romance is what you will find in this book. I’d make sure I checked this one out for sure, a definite recommend! *ARC provided by publisher
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Characters with great depth (real people with real baggage), 2nd chances, and a storyline of redemption make this an amazing story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters, great setting, great story. Loved Adam and Marrisa.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry I meant Unforgiven and Breath on Embers.