Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A Brother's Honor by Brenda Jackson, Review by Kerrie S.

A Brother's Honor
Granger Series
Brenda Jackson
Released May 28th, 2013
Gifted by: Publisher
Reviewed by: Kerrie S.

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.

I'm always happy to read the first of a new series. This one has an interesting hook: the story line of the father's murder conviction. From the beginning, we understand that his entire family believes him to be innocent. Upon their father's incarceration, they were raised by a loving grandfather, CEO of Granger Aeronautics. At the book's opening, he collapses unexpectedly and the three brothers are summoned home from their respective, highly successful, lives. They all arrive in time to say good-bye, and to hear him charge them with saving the company.

Not until they take charge after the funeral do they realize how badly the company has done in the hands of people hired by their grandfather. So, in addition to the father's murder conviction, this book has intrigue of its own. A Crisis Management firm run by Shana Bradford is brought in to help find out what is going on. There are immediate sparks between Shana and Jace, but they must fight their attraction because they work together. Naturally, that resolution doesn't last long. There are some spicy scenes between the two of them; make sure the kids aren't reading over your shoulder! (Yes, I sometimes have this problem).

We also have Shana's father in a romance of his own, and the introduction of the story lines for each of the other brothers. I thought all of this was a bit of a distraction from the main plot; too many chapters from too many different points of view. I would have liked to see those hints only from the POVs of Shana and Jace; I think that would have helped. There were some problems in formatting of the e-book I received that were very distracting as well. Hopefully those will have been cleared up in the final version.

But overall, it was entertaining. I'm interested in the story behind their mother's murder, and am glad we'll see that develop over the course of the next two books.

Happy Reading

Kerrie S.

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