Bane by Brenda Jackson
Series: Westmoreland series #31
Also in this series: Breaking Bailey's Rules
Published by Harlequin
Publication Date: December 1st 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Western
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After five years, navy SEAL Brisbane Westmoreland is back home on his ranch and ready to reclaim the woman he left behind. But when he tracks her to Dallas, he's in for a shock.
Crystal Newsome isn't ready to forgive Bane for saying he loved her then vanishing from her life. Only now the beautiful chemist needs his protection. As their own irresistible chemistry takes over once again, can Bane keep Crystal safe and convince her they can have the second chance they both deserve?
It appears that with this 31st book in the Westmoreland Family Saga, Brenda Jackson is finally leaving this clan behind. Yet she is bringing that era to a close with a bang. Those who have read previous books in this long, 13 year series, have met most of the characters in her books many times over. She is always careful to give sufficient context so that readers can keep track of these various people. Lovers of this series and of Jackson books in general have been waiting for this book for quite some time. And it is not a disappointment. There is love and laughter, dismay and disappointment, deep love and anger, history and yet a future that is in doubt, especially when Chrystal’s own personal safety is on the line.
I doubt that there is a woman alive who would wait patiently for a spouse from whom only one contact was received in five years. Yet Bane comes home ready to resume his life with Crystal and finds a wife that has no open arms of love spread for him. Instead he finds anger and upset and becomes quickly aware that he is going to have to work hard to once again find himself accepted in the regard and love of a woman he has loved all his life. His reasons for seeming to abandon Crystal and her present need for Bane’s protection are all strands in a story that is complicated and convincingly realistic. The threads of the story weave in and out and form a story that will hook the reader’s imagination from the first. Bane and Crystal have never lost that chemical magic that sustained their early love. Finding a new foundation upon which to rebuild is challenging and very much a part of how this all plays out for these two.
Brenda Jackson is, quite simply, one of my favorite authors. I have read her books for years and whenever I see a new one I am on it like white on rice. This book was no exception and whether one has read all the books in this series or just a few, the energy level, the consistent skill and evident expertise have never wavered no had Ms Jackson ever disappointed her fans. She uses the best kind of language, full of descriptive words and a much appreciated balance between dialogue and monologue. Her characters are people of deep family loyalty and in spite of how they choose to live their lives, each has a clear inner core of morality and integrity. This is a fine piece of writing and a credit to its creator. It is well worth the time and effort to read and enjoy.
I give it a rating of 5 out of 5