Review: Never Let You Down (The Connaghers #4) by Joely Sue Burkhart

January 7, 2015 Review 0

Review: Never Let You Down (The Connaghers #4) by Joely Sue Burkhart

A breath of a second chance can bring a slow-burning flame roaring back to life.

The Connaghers, Book 4

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

Title: Never Let Her Down
Author: Joely Sue Burkhart
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The Billionaire’s Ink Mistress, One Cut Deeper, The Billionaire's Christmas Bargain
Series: The Connaghers #4
Published by Samhain Publishing
Source: Author
Published: January 6, 2014
Genres: BDSM, Erotic Contemporary Romance
Pages: 194
Purchase your copy: Amazon
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Stars: four-half-stars
Flames: four-flames

I have been a fan of this author and this series for a long time.  This author was one of the first writers of BDSM that I read.  I even own a print copy of the first Connaghers book – Dear Sir, I’m Yours. *sigh* The second book, Hurt Me So Good . . . Well let’s just say that one is on my favorites list and I have read it more than once.  Yours To Take, the third book, had little sister surprising us all.  Oh yah!  So when I heard there was going to be a book featuring the mother of these characters, I had to read it!

I was not disappointed.  Virginia Connagher is one hell of a woman, and a female sadist.  She swings a mean riding crop and a little blood just adds to the pleasure.  Yes, this is a bit hard core in places, but not too bad.  It is mostly character driven.

Never Let You Down was an unusual story in its unique presentation.  I am not always a fan of the flashback, but this story benefited from it.  Virginia’s husband, Tyrell, was just as important a character in this story as Jebadiah Garrett was.  Since Tyrell died twelve years ago, the flashbacks were needed.  It presented a fuller picture of the early relationship and how Jeb fit into it.  I thought the author did a good job of weaving the past into the future for an interesting story.

Then there was the story within the story – Always Gets Her Man by Chris Waters.  A very unique twist.  I found that that too was another character of the story.  A most interesting point of view on things.

I liked how all of the family and their significant others were also woven into this story.  It was fun to see the entire family, including Miss Belle, together and see how they interacted with each other.  One of my favorite things about reading a series like this.  Although each book can be read quite well as a stand-alone – including this one – having the family members weave in and out of each other’s books is fun.

This was a fascinating reading experience.  I could not put the book down.  I had to keep reading.  I adored Virginia.  In a recent newsletter the author shared some “cool facts” about this book.  One of them was that she pictured Sam Elliot and Tom Selleck as the male leads.  That so worked for me and yep!  I could see it. *sigh* Lucky Virginia!    Add to that, this story was about the older generation – mid to late fifties.  It gives me hope.

I really hated to see this one end.  Though it did end quite nicely with them “riding off into the sunset together.” 

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