KNOTTED, Book #1 in the TRAILS OF SIN series
Genre: Dark Cowboy Romance
Series: HEAs with no cliffhangers. Each book is a different couple. Must be read in order.
I try to forget her.
Growing up together, Conor and I shared all our firsts.
First love, first kiss, first…
Not all our firsts.
We were sixteen the night she was violently assaulted while I helplessly watched.
I’ll never forget the sounds of her suffering.
Or my inconsolable agony when she left Oklahoma.
Years later, she returns to honor our teenage pact.
Except the boy she loved is gone, replaced by a ruthless cattle rancher knotted with secrets.
She doesn’t know my dark cravings or the trails of sin that lead to her.
I don’t deserve her, but one truth remains.
My ARC Review:
The first book in a trilogy, each one based on a different couple – I love me a good dark Pam Godwin read, but this involved cowboys, not one of my favorite genres, so wasn’t quite sure if this would be my thing or not – seriously I needn’t have worried, I was enthralled and invested in the story from the first to the last page, but be warned, this is a real dark read – its brutal, intense, shocking and violent, with triggers everywhere – it’s a hell of a ride!!
This revolves around four kids brought up together on a ranch by their fathers, brothers Jake and Jarret, sister and brother Conor and Lorne. Jake and Conor have been together and loved each other forever, theirs being a once in a lifetime type of love they both feel for each other, much to their fathers disapproval. On the night of Conor’s sixteenth birthday they plan to lose their virginity to each other, with Jarret and Lorne on the lookout for them. Its what happens on this night that changes each one of them forever and sets them each on a different path in life. A blood oath for revenge means they will be meeting up again in the future.
I loved the characters in this, Jake is all Alpha, hot, sexy, dark and brooding. What he does in the story in parts really annoyed and upset me at the time, but looking back you can see why he did what he did, in the end it was all for the love of his girl. Conor is such a strong and determined person, having lived through such an ordeal and survived and learned to live again, such grit and determination, I was really rooting for her!!
This story really did rip my heart out – its very intense and emotional, I was gutted in places. It’s all about love and loyalty and enduring friendships. I didn’t like everything Jake did in the book, but in the end understood why he did them. It’s a hell of a dark read, but well worth the effort.