Series: Book 1 of 3
Heat Level: Mild to Moderate
Published: 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.
This is the first book in The Grangers Series where we are introduced to 3 very sexy Granger brothers. While this first book focuses on Jace, the eldest brother, we get an overall introduction to the Granger family and I feel like I got to know all of the brothers.
This book definitely reads as a mystery/suspense romance. The Granger Dad was convicted of murdering their mother and while all three brothers still hold on to the belief of their father’s innocence, they each dealt with the trauma in their own way. They all fled from their hometown to escape but return upon the death of their grandfather who makes them promise to take on the family business Granger Aeronautics.
For unknown reasons the once lucrative family business is in the decline and Shana is hired as a consultant to investigate. The attraction between Shana and Jace is instant. The chemistry is undeniable and the fact that they both fight their feelings for a while makes their eventual union explosive. The steamy scenes while to some extent is descriptive reads rather tame in this book.
I loved Jace! He was strong and sexy but at the same time he was the most responsible, mature brother. The other brothers are more carefree and live the playboy lifestyle and I especially can’t wait to read Dalton’s story. The mystery of proving their father’s innocence is also unsolved in this first book but I think this book is complete enough to be read as a standalone.
In 1994, Brenda Jackson’s first novel, Tonight and Forever, was released. Since then she has had more than 100 novels and novellas published (the first African-American author to accomplish such a feat) and has over 3 million books in print.
A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Brenda is the first African-American author to have a book published by Harlequin Desire and the first African-American romance author to make the New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller lists within the series romance genre.
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