Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Sinful by Joan Johnston

For readers of Linda Lael Miller and Susan Mallery comes New York Times bestselling author Joan Johnston’s sizzling contemporary Western romance, where power, money, and rivalries rule—and love is the best revenge.
 After a tragic accident leaves Delta sergeant Connor Flynn a widower, he faces the toughest fight of his life: battling his in-laws for custody of his two young children. To win he’ll need a make-believe bride to take care of the kids while he runs his Wyoming ranch. Who better than a woman he already knows and likes—his late wife’s best friend?
 Ruthlessly forced from her home by her powerful father, King Grayhawk, Eve needs somewhere to go . . . and so does the herd of wild mustangs she’s rescued. Connor’s offer sounds like the answer to a prayer. But Eve has a guilty secret she’s guarded for years: She’s always been in love with Connor.
 Now forced to live under the same roof as her heart’s desire, Eve must hide the love that has never died, while Connor vows to resist his growing need for a woman who was forbidden fruit during his marriage. Can two lonely people set adrift by fate and haunted by guilt find redemption in the healing embrace of love?

Title: Sinful | Series: Bitter Creek # 13 | Author: Joan Johnston | Publisher: Dell | Release Date: April 28, 2015 | Genre: Contemporary Western Romance | Source: Publisher | Rating: 5

There was so much going on in Sinful that I could not put it down.
To keep custody of his two young children Connor Flynn needs a wife. And who better than Eve Grayhawk—his late wife’s best friend and children’s godmother. Having been thrown out of her home, Eve really isn’t in a place to say no, but it’s going to be hard having a pretend marriage with the man she’s been in love with nearly all her life. To add to their drama, the Flynn’s and Grayhawk’s have been feuding for years.
OMG, I loved Sinful.  This one is definitely a keeper. I can’t believe that this is the first time I’ve read a Joan Johnston novel. I so need to read more of her books.
Connor and Eve were such a perfect fit. She was able to soothe his demons and he was there to protect and shelter Eve when she needed it the most. With everything Connor’s been through, he could have been an arse, and even though he’s described as ‘trouble waiting to happen’, he was such an enjoyable hero.
The only think that kind of annoyed me was that Eve gave Connor to Molly. She was a teenager and they had the whole ‘family feud’ thing going on, so I understood why she did it. Although I have to say, Eve must have been a better person than me. I don’t think I could have been an active participant of the life the man I loved was living. So kudos to Eve.
Overall, everything about this book was amazing. The characters, the plot, the brilliant way it set up the next book Shameless, which I am impatiently waiting to read.
I do have one problem with this book although it was with the editors, rather than the plot/character/romance, which is why I didn’t lower the rating. There are several typos throughout the book, which should have been caught.

Have a Joan Johnston novel to recommend?
I’d love to hear about it.


Sophia Rose said...

Oh wow! That's quite the set up for this one. I can see why you couldn't put it down.

Quinn's Book Nook said...

I've been curious about this one, but I'm not sure if I want to read it. I don't like that her best friend was his wife. But you really enjoyed it, so maybe I should give it a try.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup said...

I've not tried her before but she's been on my list. You're much nicer than me. I take editing into book rating since for me it's a package deal.

Angela @ Simply Angela said...

It had just the right amount of everything.

Angela @ Simply Angela said...

I wondered how I was going to feel about his wife being her best friend, but it was handled really well. You should give it a go.

Angela @ Simply Angela said...

I warred with myself about lowering the rating. Although the plot/characters/flow and such was amazing, I just couldn't bring myself to do it. The problem was with 'if' and 'it', for some reason the copy editor didn't catch it when 'if' was used where 'it' should have been or vice versa.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup said...

Oh that's odd. Wonder if it was the font they were using when editing.

Angela @ Simply Angela said...

That's what I wondered.