A Brother’s Honor
by Brenda Jackson
Somehow in all my years of reading romance I’d never read Brenda Jackson before. I am glad that oversight has been corrected. She’s on my list now and I am eager for the next book in the Granger series.
A Brother’s Honor reminded me a bit of reading a Nora Roberts novel. (And that’s a good thing to me.) I enjoyed the layered story, the family bonds, well drawn characters, suspense, intrigue and romance…
Also the fact that A Brother’s Honor is about a family with three brothers and it looks like it will be a trilogy! Roberts does those a lot too. 😀 I like trilogies. I enjoy getting to know characters better and following a bigger story arc over the series.
The Granger brother’s are called back to their home town to say goodbye to their grandfather. He asks them for a death bed promise to do their best to work together and save the family business and to prove their father’s innocence. They promise. That decision means they need to make some changes and start a new chapter of their lives.
These guys are a delicious trio. *swoon* Jace is the oldest and he’s an attorney. Caden is the middle brother and a successful saxophone player. Dalton is the baby and a player, but not a playboy, he loves woman and loves to make money. I enjoyed meeting these guys and seeing the ties between them and their differences. They were each unique and layered characters. They have each others backs as they pull together to discover why the business they inherited from their grandfather is in trouble.
I liked the suspense plot in this book too. The boys’ dad was convicted of murdering their mother when they were teens. They believe he’s innocent but haven’t been able to prove it. There is also the matter of the aeronautics company losing business. Jace calls in a trouble shooter to help save the business. I adored Shana. She’s smart, confident and brave. I loved the chemistry between her and Jace. Their initial interaction made me laugh out loud.
As the story progressed I was sucked deeper into all the characters lives. Yes. This book is Jace and Shana’s love story but it was layered with love between the brothers and Shana’s love for her sister Jules and her dad, who was taking a chance on love again in his sixties. I enjoyed it all! I admired Brenda Jackson’s ability to tell a rich story and make me care about so many people and yet still keep the focus on Jace and Shana and not make me feel jipped!
I definitely liked watching Jace and Shana fall in love. The chemistry was hot and though the word choices in the love scenes were rather sweet, there was still plenty of steam and heart. Yes. there was a story development that was predictable… but I liked the characters so much I could overlook it. 😀 I especially loved the part where he tucked her into bed. *sigh* I fell for Jace too. 😉
The corporate espionage was intriguing and I liked seeing how that played out. I liked seeing some story threads come together and am curious how the other subplots will play out. I want their dad freed from prison and the guilty person to take his place. I want to know more about Caden and Dalton and Shana’s sister. I want their aeronautics company to get back on its feet. I need more!
A few of my fav lines…
♥ “I believe we need to have a little talk, Jace,” she said coming to a stop in front of him.
“Your libido and my hormones.”
♥ …All they shared was an attraction, and all he’d gotten out of it was a kiss. But it hadn’t been just a kiss, it had been the kiss.
He traced his tongue across his lips, convinced three meals later that he could still taste her on his mouth…
♥ There had to be a law against this much intimacy with a woman. If there was, they might as well handcuff him, put him in shackles, toss him in jail, and throw away the key. He was guilty as sin.
I recommend A Brother’s Honor if you enjoy your contemporary romance with steam and suspense. I loved the characters and the emotions and I will definitely be reading more Brenda Jackson!
The Queen of Tarts
♦ eARC provided for review for my honest opinion.