Friday, February 28, 2014


Unbearable Guilt
by Emma Grayson
Released February 24, 2014


Kane Archer hasn’t always been tormented; he hasn’t always hated himself or been full of rage. He hasn’t always lived his life with an overpowering sense of guilt that threatens to destroy him.

There was a time when his life was different. He was optimistic; he smiled and laughed; he loved passionately; he had it all.

Kane was content—until the unthinkable took it all away.

Two and a half years later and still reeling from his fiancée’s death, Kane returns to the one place he vowed he’d never visit again—Camden—with the promise to find the men who killed her and bring them to justice, regardless of the cost.

Emotionally numb, stricken by guilt, and haunted by the events preceding Aimee’s death, the last thing Kane wanted was to meet someone he connected with; someone who made him feel again.

As Kane gets closer to those responsible for Aimee’s death, he is thrown a curveball when he discovers a secret so devastating it rocks his world and threatens to destroy his chance at happiness.

Whitney Jareau packed up her life when tragedy struck her family, leaving everything behind. Finally free from the persistent and domineering family that insisted she do the one thing she couldn’t, Whitney found peace in Camden.

Two years later, her family wants her to come home and will stop at nothing to get her there. Wearing her heart on her sleeve for Kane Archer, a man so gorgeous it hurts to see the pain he carries, Whitney fights her family and refuses to return home to carry out their wishes.

Can Whitney stay strong without giving in to the demands of her family?

Can Kane let go of the past and move forward with the woman who brought him back to life?

Or, will he walk away from her and carry the burden of UNBEARABLE GUILT



I let the pain speak for me.  I  let it feel for me, and I let it think for me.  I let pain take me to the deepest, darkest part of a person's emotional state and I let it bury me in the shame I felt.
Kane Archer is a broken man.  Blaming himself for the death of his fiance, his singular focus is finding the person responsible and avenging her death.  

Whitney Jareau is a fugitive ... running from a past that won't let her go.  She's hopeful she's found a safe place .... a place where her past can't touch her.

From the moment she sees him, Whitney is drawn to Kane.  He's the town pariah ... Aimee's death left a lot of unanswered questions and most people suspect Kane's lifestyle played a part in her death.  For whatever reason, Whitney sees past that and into the sexy beast of a man that takes her breath away.  Whitney works at the local coffee shop so she sees Kane regularly.  Their friendly banter turns to flirtation and Kane's feelings for her not only confuse him but torment him as well.

There is A LOT going on in this book.  Not only do we have Kane trying to come to terms with and accept moving on with another woman, we also have Kane's quest for justice AND Whitney's past creating all kinds of action and drama.  I was drawn in .... I was rooting for Kane and Whitney from the get go .... I wanted Kane to realize he deserved happiness and Aimee would've wanted that for him more than anything.

I liked so many things about this story.  Kane is a hot alpha all the way.  He's street smart and intelligent, he's hot, mysterious, and when he's not being an a-hole, he's pretty near Alpha perfect.  The secondary characters are engaging as well, especially Kane's intelligence expert Basil.  She steals the show at times.  I really loved all the action and twists & turns of the story.  It's full of angst and I was on the edge of my seat.

 And then .... there were a few things that left me struggling hence the variable rating.  While I liked both Kane and Whitney ... there were things about them I didn't like too.  There were times that Kane was a huge a$$hole to women ... and it wasn't in a good way.  Sometimes being an a$$hole can be sexy but Kane didn't pull it off.  He was just flat out mean and nasty and totally contradictory to the other side of him in the story.  It didn't work for me.  And Whitney .... as much as I liked and adored her character, girlfriend made some stupid choices in the story that left me thinking .... REALLY?  How flippin' stupid are you?  I shook my head several times.

Unbearable Guilt is the second book in the Breathe Again series.  I did not read the first book .... this is a character spin off.  While it is not necessary to read the first book beforehand, things from the first book are mentioned and referenced.   If you read Unbeautifully Loved, you'll get more of Lexie and Lukas!  The secondary characters are a big part of the story ... the next book in the series will be a spin off for Kessel's character.

All in all, I did enjoy this book.  Once Kane gets over his issues, the sexy time is great and I really loved all the back and forth before they actually got together.  Unfortunately, a few of my book pet peeves (smart girls who do dumb things, characters not cluing in to things that are painfully obvious) were prevalent in the story and kept me, personally, from loving it.


“Yeah, that will do—” Kane said into his cell as he came out of the kitchen, wearing nothing but a pair of black baggy sweats that hung low on his hips, the top of his V showing perfectly and making the ache inside me grow more intensely. He stopped dead when he saw me standing by the door. “Gotta go,” he said and hung his cell up without giving Basil a chance to say anything.

“Hey,” I said, trying to keep my focus on the yellow bag of M&Ms and can of Red Bull he was carrying. He looked me over then tossed his cell phone on to the table in the dining room, and walked into the living room. “Hey, what’re you doing here?” he asked, sitting down on the couch and putting the M&Ms and Red Bull on the coffee table.

“I just wanted to stop by and talk. Sorry, maybe I should have called.”

He took the black game controller into his hand and pressed a couple of buttons and the screen on the TV came to life.

Video games. Figured.

“If you came to talk to me more about what you said last night, you should just turn around and leave,” he said dryly.



“No, I just came to apologize for what I said. It wasn’t fair for me to bring any of that up, especially Aimee, and I just want you to know that I’m sorry,” I said, watching him for any kind of acknowledgement, but he stayed focus on the TV. “If you ever need to talk or anything, I’m here for you, you know where to find me.” He didn’t say anything.

He just nodded and kept his eyes on his game. I could see his jaw was tight, like he was clenching it, and his eyes looked as if they weren’t even watching the TV, but just staring at nothing—like he was waiting for me to leave.

Again, ouch.

“Okay, I’ll just let you get back to what you were doing,” I mumbled, then turned around and made my way to the door and pulled it open to leave. I didn’t hear him get up off the couch, and I didn’t hear him come up behind me until his arm reached out over my head and pushed the door shut, and then he grabbed me by the hand and turned me around so we were facing one another.

My heart rate spiked and my core vibrated with anticipation the moment we came into contact. I could feel the tiny sparks of electricity igniting and spreading over my entire body and shooting right between my legs, making my pussy throb desperately for him and only him. I swallowed the breath that was caught in my throat as I looked up at him. His green eyes vibrantly shimmered down at me as one side of his lips twitched then started to curl, as if he could read my mind.

Fuck. Me.


Kane continued to look down at me as his hand slid up over my body until his fingers wrapped around the first button of my coat and pulled it open, then did the same with the next two that followed.

My bag fell to the ground as his hands slid inside my coat, his warm fingers softly grazing over my breasts as he moved them over my shoulders and pushed my coat off, and I let it slide down and fall to the ground around my feet.

“Baby,” he said, his voice low and raspy. “You’re not going anywhere.”





Emma Grayson is a Canadian author who resides outside of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with her family and six year old son. She is Amazon’s Bestselling author of Unbeautifully Loved, the first book of the Breathe Again series and Take it All, book one of the two part, inspired by real events series, Blinded by Love. Currently she is working on Promise it All, the conclusion to the Blinded by Love series, and also in the prewriting stages of a new trilogy, Breaking the Rules, a spin-off from Blinded by Love. When she’s not writing she enjoys time with her son, coming up with new book plots, going to the movies, reading, enjoying time with girlfriends, and watching rerun episodes of Criminal Minds. She loves music of all kinds, coffee, all things purple, Oilers hockey, and doesn’t leave the house without her iPhone, Kobo, flip flops and a pack of gum.

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