Review: Unforgiven by Anne Calhoun

Wednesday, July 10

Title:  Unforgiven*
Author: Anne Calhoun
Series: N/A
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Berkley
Format: Mass Market Paperback & E-Book
Date/Year:  June 4, 2013
Reviewed by:  Michele

*This book was provided to the reviewer by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Summary from the publisher:

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.

My Musings:

Anne Calhoun has rapidly become one of my most loved romance writers, thanks to her ability to write stories with memorable characters, evocative descriptions and hurt-so-good emotions that tear at your heart all the way to the hard-won happy ending. She’s one of the few writers who I am content to read in any length available, as I know that she will make the most out of every word, whether the story is 20 or 200 pages long.

Unforgiven is a full length novel, and I savored every moment of Adam and Marissa’s journey back to each other after years and oceans apart. In their small hometown of Walkers Ford, South Dakota, Adam Collins had been the local bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks, the hot dangerous guy on a motorcycle who didn’t seem to care about anyone or anything, except Marissa.

Marissa Brooks was the last living descendant of a family who had started out rich but ended up with nothing but a giant falling-down mansion and memories of a better time. In high school, Adam and Marissa had a passion that could survive almost anything, despite Adam’s best efforts not to drag her down to his level. What it couldn’t survive was a terrible accident on a rainy night when Adam’s penchant for self-destruction left another boy dead and Adam on his way out of town permanently. During his self-imposed exile, he attempted to rebuild his life via the Marine Corps and Delaney Walker, the well-connected good girl and complete opposite of Marissa, while Marissa worked on rebuilding her home one wooden plank at a time, despite the misgivings and bad-mouthing from the small town gossips in Walkers Ford. But now Adam’s out of the Corps and back in town for good, while Delaney Walker is about to marry Adam’s best friend, Keith Herndon, in Marissa Brooks’ now fully restored family home of Brookhaven.

What happens next could have been a standard soap opera plot full of evil machinations and cookie-cutter caricatures. But this is Anne Calhoun, so what does happen is one of the best books I’ve read all year, with some of the most wonderful expositions of love, passion, betrayal and redemption, all in the claustrophobic setting of a small town where everybody knows your business, or at least thinks they do. There are secrets and revelations throughout Unforgiven, to be sure, but they are revealed in the author’s own good time and when they can provide the most devastating effect on the reader. Through Adam and Marissa (and Delaney and Keith) we see once again that it is often easier to forgive others than ourselves, but that until all are forgiven, no one can truly be happy.

I loved reading Unforgiven so much that I actually forced myself to stop between chapters so that it would take longer for me to finish. Anne Calhoun never fails to capture my emotions with her beautiful writing and Unforgiven is no exception. If you’re a fan of Anne Calhoun, it’s a must read. If you’ve never read Anne Calhoun before, it’s a great start.


Overall: 5 stars
Sensuality level:  4

For a complete understanding and definition of the ratings at Seductive Musings, click here

Other Reviews:

*Seductive Musings is an Amazon affiliate and receives a very small referral fee for purchases made via the links on the blog and through the Seductive Musings Amazon Store. Read the full disclosure here.


Post a Comment

Related Posts with Thumbnails

Post Archives


1 star 2 stars 3 stars 4 stars 5 stars Andrea Angels Anthology Aphrodisia Author's Angels Avon Awards Ballantine BDSM Berkley Billionaire Blaze Blog Hop Blue Book Trailers Booklover BookTrib Brava Candlelight Promotions Carina Character Interview Charity Chick Lit Christmas Cleis Press Conference Contemporary Contests Coupons Cover Reveal Cowboy DD Delacorte Demons Disappointments Disclosures DNF Domestic Violence Dorchester Dreamspinner Press ElaineReads ELF Ellora's Cave Entangled Publishing Erotic Romance Erotica Event Everything Else F/F Romance Fantasy Romance Favorites of 2009 Favorites of 2010 Favorites of 2011 Favorites of 2012 Favorites of 2014 Feature Feel the Heat Firemen Flipbook Forced Seduction Forever Romance Freebies Fun Friday Futuristic Gallery Ghosts Giveaway Goddess Fish Grand Central Guest Harlequin Hidden Gems Highland Romance Historical Fiction Historical Romance Holiday Theme HQN Humor Infidelity Intermix Interracial Romance Interview Irish Romance Julia Just Jinny Kensington Lendle Giveaway Librarian Links LitConnect Loose Id Loveswept M/M Romance Medieval Romance Melissa Meme Menage Menagerie Michele Military Romance MIRA Mira. Month in Review Movie Star Movies Muse Pictures Music Musician Mystery NAL New Adult Newsworthy Noble Romance Non-Fiction Novella Paranormal Romance Pierced Pirates Pocket Books Poem Poll Quickie Giveaway Quiz Random House Reading Challenges Reading Lists Recipes Reviews Riptide Publishing Rock Star Romance Hint Fiction Romantic Suspence Royal Romances Samhain Sci-Fi Scorpio M Seductive Museums Seductive Saturday Self Published Serial Novel Shapeshifters Share the Love Siren Small Town Sneak Peek Sourcebooks Spice Sports St. Martin's Steampunk Romance Summer Reads Sunday Brunch Surveys Susannah Tattoo TBR Thursday's Thoughts Time Travel Romance Tuesday Teasers Urban Fantasy Vampires Victorian Videos Vikings Virgin Western Winners

My FREE Kindle Quest

I've wanted a Kindle for what seems like forever, but haven't been able to afford it (and that's saying something since I can justify the cost of just about ANYTHING that I really want). I've tried winning one in one of the many giveaways that have taken place over the couple of years, but with no luck :( So I've decided to take matters in hand so to speak :) I've now decided that I am going to accumulate enough Swagbucks from my Swabucks searches to buy in essence my new Kindle will be FREE...funded entirely by my internet searches done on Swagbucks. I'll keep you informed of the Great Kindle Quest below (in case you're interested....if not feel free to just skip over this part, but really who wouldn't be interested in a FREE Kindle?)
Goal: $119
Current Swagbucks Amazon Gift Card balance: $90.00
If you'd like to learn how you can earn Swagbucks and earn your own Amazon Gift Cards to buy books, a Kindle or other merchandise sold at Amazon contact me and I would be more than happy to tell you how I plan to go about it. (just so you know you can earn both and gift cards on this rewards site)
Invesp landing page optimization

Book Blogs

  © Blogger template Foam by 2009

Back to TOP