Never Let You Down

Joely Sue Burkhart
Never Let You Down
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Release Date
January 2015
Book 4 of The Connaghers
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

Virginia, Matriarch of the Texas Connaghers, has been alone twelve years since the great love of her life passed away. Tyrell loved her sadist's heavy hand and the hard inner core she's dared not show anyone since.

She lives in the past, clinging to all those memories except one. The one she's determinedly blocked out of her heart and mind for nearly forty years. The one time she was almost unfaithful to her then-fiancé with her best friend, Jebadiah Garrett.

That was a long time ago. They both married and moved on. She has three adult children settling down with their own families. Besides, it was just a kiss. One kiss.

One unforgettable kiss that brought Jebadiah to his knees at her feet.

Now he's back in town and determined to finally, once and for all, tell her how much he's loved her all these years. Or, even better, show her by going to his knees once more. If she'll only give him the chance.

Warning: Friends to lovers, older characters with a second chance at love, and a hard-as-nails matriarch who finally succumbs to a forty-year-old unrequited love

Book Review by CozyReader (reviewer)
Mar 03, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
193 people found the following review helpful
A woman that loved two men but married one, even though her husband knew she loved her best friend.

I have been following this series since the moment that I read Hurt Me So Good. This author has a different writing style than other authors that I follow. In this story there is a woman that lost the love of her life and now she finds herself alone, as she didn't listen to what her husband had told her before he passed away. However, I love how I was able to learn about her relationship with her late husband and also her best friend. Virginia Connaghers is a tough woman but beneath her hard skin is a woman that wants to be held and the man to do that is Jebadiah Garrett. He is a man that wants to make Virginia happy no matter the amount of pain he needs to endure. As long she is happy, then he is happy.

Virginia Connaghers is a strong, dominant woman who didn't know who she truly was until that night when she was in the stables with the person who would soon be her husband. She didn't understand what was happening or what she saw him doing after she hurt him. Just when she thought everything had lined up in her life, she ended up kissing her best friend. He made her decide between him and her soon to be husband. But did she have to choose?

Jebadiah Garrett is a man that had waited all of his life to ask his best friend out on a date. Now he is divorced, and he knows what he needs to do--he needs to go see Virginia and see if after all these years he is finally able to give her the ring that he has kept in his possession. After trying to make his marriage work, he knew now what type of person he was and understood some of his actions. He is a submissive and all he knew was that in order to be happy, he needed her. She was the only person that he wanted to please.

Ms. Burkhart did a wonderful job in creating this story and the different needs that these characters needed in life in order to be happy. The emotions that I felt reading this story were many. I know for sure that I was able to connect with Virginia because of the loss of her husband. It took her a very long time to finally let go of all of her husband's belongings, just like me. Itis hard for someone to let go of something so precious, something that you could just pick up and smell, if only just a whiff of him. But I am glad that she was able to finally let go and begin to live and maybe fulfill her promise to Tyrell.

NEVER LET YOU DOWN is one of those reads that left an impression on me. A second chance at love is something that is beautiful and these are two characters that deserved it. Jebadiah is a strong man and yes he was a submissive but that didn't change anything; that just made him stronger in my eyes. What made him unique was that he was also a BDSM writer that wrote stories about strong male submissives. Then of course there is one more thing that made this read even more unique--one of his stories was featured in this story. This was a story that featured not only Jebadiah but also Virginia and Tyrell.

The passion, chemistry can be felt in Virginia and Jebadiah, no matter how Virginia acts in the beginning. Jebadiah was ready to move to the next level in their sexual relationship but Virginia was the one that was not moving, as she was afraid that if she unleashed her beast, he would run the other way. There was no way that he was going to run away from her; all she needed to do was be who she was.

I highly recommend this to readers that have an open mind to BDSM, whether a submissive is a woman or a man; all that counts is that it's consensual.
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