Sinful by Joan Johnston

Sinful (Bitter Creek, #9)

Contemporary Romance
Three Stars
Copy from Publisher via Netgalley for an honest opinion
Sinful is the 13th book in the Bitter Creek series by Joan Johnston. I was shocked that I never heard of this series and I have to admit the author as well.  Although there were some things I loved there were some things I also had an issue with.  Putting these issues aside I was interested in the characters and I wanted to know how the author would unfold the story.

Connor Flynn is a Delta sergeant and he recently lost his wife. Since he was enlisted in the military he had to leave his two children with their maternal grandparents.  When Connor’s time is up he moves back home.  He has a couple of things to deal with.  One he is a widower. He lost his wife, who was also his high school sweetheart, in a car accident.  Two his in-laws want to keep the children and have painted him as an unfit father.  Although Connor passionately loves his children he really hasn’t had much time with them since he was serving in the army.  He is trying to rebuild his life and needs a lot of help.  

Eve Grayhawk was Molly (Connor’s wife’s) bestfriend.  She has also loved Connor since they were in high school and has sat by as Connor married and had a family with her bestfriend- basically coveting her life. 

So I LOVED both Connor and Eve. They were both so incredibly sweet and such great people.  They also had great chemistry and I really wanted them to find their way together.  I’m a sucker for unrequited loved that is finally fulfilled.  I was interested in them as people, as a couple, and genuinely liked them and loved their chemistry.

Aside from the great hero and heroine I did have some issues with the story.  First, everything was so dramatic. I mean it seemed everything happened to Connor.  It was one thing after another.  He is marrying Eve and because of old family revelries between their perspective families his father cuts off his trust fund. The social worker assigned to them is basically threatening him at every meeting, he suffers from PTSD(Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).  He has guilt because he feels responsible for his bestfriend’s death.  I kept thinking, “give the guy a break…”  So the supporting characters were also a positive and a negative for me.  There are some old rivalries between his brothers and her sisters. I cannot wait to see those unfold, especially Leah’s story.  But the dad’s were so ridiculous.  Eve’s father cuts her and her sisters off and it is never 100% why.  Yes, the dad wants his prodigal son, Matt, to come home but to give him the land where his family grew up and leave his daughters on the street?  This was a hard one to swallow.  My last pet-peeve was the inconsistencies.  Eve finally agrees to marry Connor and she receives a message from National Geographic offering her a job out in Nevada-on the day of their wedding??  I mean come on… Ok, so putting this little issues aside I’m looking forward to the next book in the series “Shameless.” I can’t wait to see how she brings Pippa Grayhawk and Devon Flynn together!  I’m hooked on this series and I want to see where the author takes the perspective siblings.

(From Goodreads)
From beloved New York Times bestselling author Joan Johnston comes a sizzling contemporary Western romance beginning another chapter in the Bitter Creek series. After a tragic accident takes Delta sergeant Connor Flynn's wife, he faces the toughest fight of his life-battling his in-laws for custody of his two young children. He needs a make-believe wife to take care of the kids while he runs his Wyoming ranch. Who better than a woman he already knows and likes-his late wife's best friend? Forced to live under the same roof, Eve must hide a love that has never died, while Connor fights his growing need for a woman who was forbidden fruit during his marriage. Can two lonely people set adrift by fate and haunted by guilt find redemption in the healing embrace of love? (less)
Paperback320 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by Dell (first published December 30th 2014)