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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Unspoken Promises by Becca Dale

Unspoken Promises by Becca Dale
Publisher: Decadent Publishing Company, LLC
Genre: Contemporary Western romance
Length: Short Story (18 pgs)
Heat Level: sensual
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Lavender

Billie Jensen hates liars and cheats. She’s spent her entire life watching her mother forgive the unforgivable with just a few words from a smooth-talking man. So different from her father, Officer Treynor Pandoah seems like everything Bille has ever wanted—quiet, solid, and truthful—until he snuggles up to another woman on Valentine’s Day. He says her eyes lied, but how can she trust a man who won’t share what’s in his heart?

Treynor’s done waiting for Billie to forgive him for something he didn’t do. A man shouldn’t have to explain himself to the woman he loves, but if he can’t find the words to take the tears from her eyes, he could lose her to Unspoken Promises.

A cop in a small town, Treynor Pandoah, lost his girlfriend to an unfortunate misunderstanding. What he doesn't need is a local ghost mocking him as he watches his ex-girlfriend from a distance. What’s a guy to do? She’s furious with him. He sees her and dares to approach her after almost two months, even though she thinks he’s a liar. That was not a pretty fight.

When she refuses to talk to him, he takes things into his own hands, in an alpha male way. She’d seen him kiss another woman but he says there’s more to it. Could he possibly prove this? Was there hope for a happy ending? I couldn't help but wonder how he would get through to his love.

For a short story, the character development is nicely done. The secondary characters are a good support team for the main characters. Conflicting emotions battle each other and are done well, bringing the tale to life. Tension is created when Treynor takes his time clarifying the misunderstanding to Billie. He keeps stalling. It was a tad annoying but not overly so.

This is a romantic, enjoyable story, that held my attention to see what really happened. Billie saw Treynor nuzzle a woman’s neck. In my opinion, his explanation lacked details. The word “nuzzle” seems to imply something suspicious, something more than what was in Treynor’s explanation to Billie.

Still, Unspoken Promises is a good short story with a Western bent to it, a quick read with an interesting plot. Those who like Western romances or just romances in general will like this story.