Release Week: Unbearable Guilt by Emma Grayson
Kane Archer hasn’t always been tormented; he hasn’t always hated himself or been full of rage. He hasn’t always lived his life with an overpowering sense of guilt that threatens to destroy him.
There was a time when his life was different. He was optimistic; he smiled and laughed; he loved passionately; he had it all.
Kane was content—until the unthinkable took it all away.
Two and a half years later and still reeling from his fiancée’s death, Kane returns to the one place he vowed he’d never visit again—Camden—with the promise to find the men who killed her and bring them to justice, regardless of the cost.
Emotionally numb, stricken by guilt, and haunted by the events preceding Aimee’s death, the last thing Kane wanted was to meet someone he connected with; someone who made him feel again.
As Kane gets closer to those responsible for Aimee’s death, he is thrown a curveball when he discovers a secret so devastating it rocks his world and threatens to destroy his chance at happiness.
Whitney Jareau packed up her life when tragedy struck her family, leaving everything behind. Finally free from the persistent and domineering family that insisted she do the one thing she couldn’t, Whitney found peace in Camden.
Two years later, her family wants her to come home and will stop at nothing to get her there. Wearing her heart on her sleeve for Kane Archer, a man so gorgeous it hurts to see the pain he carries, Whitney fights her family and refuses to return home to carry out their wishes.
Can Whitney stay strong without giving in to the demands of her family?
Can Kane let go of the past and move forward with the woman who brought him back to life?
Or, will he walk away from her and carry the burden of UNBEARABLE GUILT
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I shook my head and moved towards him. “Kane, it’s—”
“No,” he said firmly, moving away from me until he was standing in the doorway of his room. “It doesn’t matter if I’m awake or asleep, I see her—sometimes I can feel her too. I can’t be with you. I’m fucked up, Whitney, consumed to the core with guilt about her and everything else in my life—and that’s never going to change.”
I swiped the tears away, one after the other as his figure across from me became blurry. I didn’t know that it was possible to feel so empty, so completely numb, and like someone had punched me in the gut before throwing me over a cliff to nothing.
I saw myself falling into a dark, cold hole—lifeless.
My heart was gone. I had taken it and foolishly handed it to Kane, whole, wanting him to be the one to keep it close and safe. Instead, he turned out to be the one to take it and completely destroy it.
It wasn’t just cracked and falling apart; it was worse. It was torn, thrown on the ground, and stomped on, before he handed it back shattered to pieces.
There would always be missing parts, ones that Kane unknowingly kept, pieces I would never be able to get back.
I wanted to say more to him. I tried numerous times to open my mouth and just say something, but nothing sounded.
He had taken that, too.
My eyes were fixated on his dresser, dazed and warm with tears that wouldn’t stop falling down my cheek. I could see Kane watching me, his head hung down. He looked at me from under his lashes then turned and walked out.
I heard his movement through the house. I could hear him go into the kitchen, pull the fridge open, then close it. I heard him move into the living room for a moment before he walked to the front door, and within a couple of seconds, he’d pulled the door open and slammed it behind him.
I listened, and it didn’t take long for his truck to rumble to life before he pulled away from his house, leaving me in a complete and utter broken state.
The moment I couldn’t hear his truck was the moment everything hit at once; everything I had been holding in, not wanting to show him; it all came rushing to the surface. As I dropped to my knees, my head fell into my hands and my body shook with every sob.
Emma Grayson is a Canadian author who resides outside of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with her family and six year old son. She is Amazon’s Bestselling author of Unbeautifully Loved, the first book of the Breathe Again series and Take it All, book one of the two part, inspired by real events series, Blinded by Love. Currently she is working on Promise it All, the conclusion to the Blinded by Love series, and also in the prewriting stages of a new trilogy, Breaking the Rules, a spin-off from Blinded by Love. When she’s not writing she enjoys time with her son, coming up with new book plots, going to the movies, reading, enjoying time with girlfriends, and watching rerun episodes of Criminal Minds. She loves music of all kinds, coffee, all things purple, Oilers hockey, and doesn’t leave the house without her iPhone, Kobo, flip flops and a pack of gum.
This book has it all! Romance, brooding, longing, deceit, action, plot twists, drama. It is the perfect balance of everything that makes a story hard to let go!
Kane is a man who knows what he wants and needs to do. What he wants is to do his job and find his fiance's killer. He needs to keep everyone at arms-length and find his fiance's killer. The last thing he needs are any complications.
Whitney is living her own life on her own terms. She answers to no one. She can take care of herself. Now her uncle and cousin are pressuring her to come back home to do as they wish. They will stop at nothing to get her back where they feel she belongs.
The tornado that is Kane and Whitney's lives will take you on a whirlwind. No one is to be trusted. Everyone is to be questioned. Secrets are kept. The explosion of the truth is almost too hard to handle.
As the story plays out, I was able to figure out a few things. I can't tell you what they are, but I can tell you something else I figured out. This book is one of those books you would be a fool to not read. It is well written. It will keep your attention all of the way through. You will experience highs and lows you wouldn't expect to experience.
I know there isn't a lot of detail about Kane and Whitney and how they are connected in this story. To be honest, the blurb for this story is enough. Any more than that, and I feel I would be spoiling the fun out of this book. The only important thing you need to know is that this book is on my must-read list for anyone looking for a book to read!!!