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Monday, June 10, 2013

Review: A Brother's Honor by Brenda Jackson + Giveaway

Format: .mobi (provided by Harlequin MIRA in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: May 28, 2013

The Granger brothers left behind their family's Virginia estate—and the bad memories it holds—years ago. But their dying grandfather's request brings them home: to a failing business, a legacy of secrets and a deathbed promise to make things right.

As the eldest brother, attorney Jace Granger is determined to take responsibility for Granger Aeronautics, his family's failing business. But the years of mismanagement seem impossible to untangle. As CEO, he hires a consultant to turn the company around. Smart, sexy Shana Bradford is the right person for the job—and the right woman to turn Jace's world upside down.

But the passion between them is jeopardized when old secrets begin to emerge. A woman from Jace's past suddenly reappears. And an explosive discovery changes everything Jace thinks he knows about his mother—and his father, who was convicted of her murder.

Jace Granger tried to leave his family history behind once before. But this time he needs to face the past…or risk losing his future.

Three brothers. One legacy. A lifetime of secrets.

Jace, Caden and Dalton Granger were teenagers when their mother was murdered and their father convicted of the crime. Raised by their grandfather Richard, each of them dealt with the loss in their own way. Their lives were torn apart by the tragedy of their mother's death and their father's incarceration but ironically, years later, it's a different tragedy that forces the brother back together.

When their grandfather falls seriously ill, Jace, Caden and Dalton race back home to see him one last time. On his deathbed Richard makes them promise two things: one, to save the family business from ruin and two, to prove that their father is innocent of murder. Not knowing where to begin, the brothers must put aside their differences and work as a unit to fulfill their promises to their grandfather.

As the oldest brother, Jace must be the leader of not only his brothers, but a company he knows nothing about so he hires Shana Bradford to help turn things around. Immediately there's a fierce attraction between the two and despite efforts on both their parts, Jace and Shana begin a physical relationship. Professional and personal lines become blurred and secrets are uncovered that turn the Granger's world upside down.

It's very rare to find a book where both the male and female lead characters are equally powerful in terms of their respective professions. Shana is every bit as successful, confident and modern as Jace and that was a welcome relief from contemporary romances where the male holds all the power in and out of bed. It also forced Jace and Shana to focus on the true problems in their "sex only" relationship: Their growing emotional attachment to each other. Shana's independence and efficiency as a consultant make her more attractive and likable to readers as well as Jace.

There's a traitor to discover within the company and a murderer roaming free while Jace's father sits in prison for a crime he didn't commit. Author Brenda Jackson does a wonderful job balancing these two conflicts in addition to Jace and Shana's romance. There was never a dull moment in the book due to boisterous supporting characters like Jace's brothers, Shana's sister and father and the Granger housekeeper, Hannah. Jace, Caden and Dalton may have their differences but they're quick to put them aside to defend each other and that's part of what makes them so appealing.

My only complaint about A Brother's Honor was that I felt the ending was a bit rushed. The bad guys were caught and Jace and Shana's relationship problems were solved within a few pages, I would have liked a more drawn out ending. Perhaps an epilogue would have been nice.

Brenda Jackson has definitely piqued my interest in the Granger family. The conflict with Granger Aeronautics has been solved, but the mystery of who murdered their mother is still pending. I can't wait to see what's in store for the remaining two brothers, unfortunately it's going to be quite a wait. But while I'm waiting, I think I'll check out her other books as well.


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  1. I do hate it when the ending gets rushed, because that is usually the best part of the book LOL But it does sound good. I haven't read this author in quite a while, I might have to look this one up. Nice review! Hope you are having a great week.

  2. I love B. Jackson, but this one wasn't for me. It just took a little too long getting off the ground.

    Great review :)

  3. I noticed that too but for me it worked with this book, however if in book 2 it does the same thing I think I might have a problem. It was okay for me in this book because I felt she was giving the reader a chance to know the characters and their backgrounds.

    Do you have a particular favorite from Brenda Jackson? I'm looking to read more of her books.

  4. Thank you! I'm having a busy week to be sure, reading and reviewing for future posts. How about you?

  5. Oh I really like that the hero/heroine are on equal footing. That's a huge thing and you're right you just don't see it too often. And I'm always a fan of siblings reuniting and having to work together. Glad you enjoyed this one Adriana. I have it for review later this month and am looking forward to it now :)

  6. I just requested her Westmoreland series via NetGalley...I"m hearing they're pretty good :)

  7. I like how the heroine is smart. :) I am looking forward to reading it!

  8. I've had Brenda Jackson on my radar for awhile because I've heard so many good things about her books. I look forward to reading this one.

  9. I love suspense in my romance! Brenda Jackson is one of the queens of this type of writing. Barrie


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