Reviewed by Dee
TITLE: Finding Forgiveness
SERIES: Finding #4
AUTHOR: Sloane Kennedy
LENGTH: 211 Pages
RELEASE DATE: January 24, 2016
He was only there for a business deal…
A couple of days…that was all it was supposed to take for property developer Roman Blackwell to decide if the strip of land just south of Dare, Montana would be the perfect spot for his next luxury resort. He wasn’t interested in repairing his frayed relationship with his half-brother who’d moved to the small town a few months earlier and he definitely wasn’t interested in doing anything more than scratching an itch when he checked out the gay club near his hotel. But when his plans for a quick hook-up are waylaid after he steps in to save a young man being brutalized, Roman finds himself building an emotional connection he never saw coming.
One bad decision changed everything…
College student Hunter Greene has spent 18 months trying to forget the one night he gave in to temptation and made a decision to hide one lie by telling another. But the guilt of knowing he shattered another young man’s life to protect his own secret shame is slowly destroying him and he knows that soon even his spiral into a dangerous pattern of self-destructive behavior won’t be enough to keep his entire world from imploding. But the last thing he’s looking for is someone to save him.
But fate works in mysterious ways…
Forced to return to the town he grew up in, the last person Hunter expects to run into is the mysterious savior who changed everything with one soul shattering kiss. While he can’t deny his attraction to Roman, Hunter knows that he’ll never be free to act on it and once Roman discovers the terrible secret he’s hiding, it won’t matter anyway.
Because some things just can’t be forgiven…
Trigger Warning: This book does contain multiple possible triggers for some readers. Specifics can be found by utilizing the “Look Inside” feature or downloading a sample and scrolling to the page right before the table of contents. Please note that reading what triggers are included may cause spoilers.
This story starts off with a bang, a gangbang. It wasn’t as gritty as I’d prepared myself for but my heart went out to the young-man. Even more so when it came to light why he let the bikers abuse him. And due to the fact he ‘let’ them I’d call it more dubious-consent than that horrible R word.
Over the duration of the story, Roman whom we met toward the end of book 3 becomes Hunters lifeline, savior, mentor, his everything really. I loved these two together.
Even though each of the books in this series are supposed to be able to be read as standalone stories, I can’t say I feel that way about this instalment. Finding Forgiveness sees many previous characters finding just that. It’s not only Hunter and Roman’s story. The issue that has led to Hunter’s need to self-harm stems from events in book 1! His grandmother who also appeared in previous books plays a significant part. I loved the trips to the cabin by the lake and Hunters musings about his grandparents.
Of course there’s sex in this story, plenty of it, just like the rest of the series. However, that is not what kept me engaged. In fact, there was one act that turned my stomach so I skipped over that to read the bigger story.
Roman is Gray’s half-brother and events of their difficult childhood comes to fruition. With such a long blurb, there’s not a hell of a lot left to say about this story without spoilers. I will suffice to say, this is my second favorite book of the series, Finding Home will always be tops.