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Unforgiven (Packing Heat)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  49 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
Her past is back to haunt her and this time, it s got a gun.

When Gage Lawton finds his brother shot to death on his back porch, every shred of evidence points to one person: Gage's ex-lover, Riley Beckett. The only gun in town that fires a bullet of that caliber belongs to her.

Certain the shooting is payback for his part in the loss of her parents, he abandons his promise
ebook, 114 pages
Published September 5th 2011 by Noble Romance Publishing
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May 11, 2014 MuchAdo rated it did not like it
Don't let that 'Packing Heat' fool you, this so-called 'sensual' RS is as sensual as stale bread (all the loving happened in the past, the bit this book has left out)and flatter than the flattest pancake.No nuance,no sense of story telling, no nothing. And as if the lifeless writing style was not enough, the stale rejoinders disguising as witty banter finished me off.

The writer takes interesting themes (boyfriend killing parents in a car accident, brother paralised, a sister's loyalties tested,
This book starts off very vaguely; action soon ensues but there is still an air of vagueness. Reading, I’m frustrated but do still feel a need to keep going. I’m 20% in and still looking for answers to the obvious baggage that both main characters are carrying as well as waiting for other explanations. By 30% I’m enlightened and the tension is building in more ways than one.
From here, the action and the heat pick up. I found this novel to be full of clichés and while it was interesting at times,
Aug 24, 2014 Shelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You will be hooked from the prologue. It is such a fast paced book that the next thing you know you are finished. Gage was wanting answers and the only one to give them to him was the one person who he promised to stay away from. Riley lost everyone she loved in one night and was just living a shell of a life. Until a tragic turn of events happen to bring them back together, they both are trying to figure out what to do next. Will they figure out what happens next before getting caught or ending ...more
Sep 10, 2011 Kim rated it it was amazing
Sarah mixes the perfect combination of romance, suspense and drama to keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. Plot twists keep you engaged in the murder mystery and intense chemistry between Gage and Riley make for a great read! Excited to see if more comes from this series! One can hope...
Originally posted at Bunny's Review

I started this book on a Sunday afternoon after I sprained my ankle. I figured the best way to pass the time with a propped up foot on ice was to read, to help take the mind away from the current pain. Let’s just say that halfway thru the book my husband ask me how my foot was feeling. I looked up and almost said what foot. Yes, I became that absorbed in this book.

This book starts out with a murder, someone seeking revenge for a past wrong. Sometimes it is bett
I received this book for free from a publisher in exchange for an honest review.

How It Made Me Feel:
From the prologue to the last page of the book, I was in, hook, line and sinker. I was drawn in with the action, suspense, and the characters and I was not disappointed. The story starts out with an unnamed character staring down the barrel of his gun and it leaves you wondering what is going on. No worries, the explanation isn't far behind. Riley and Gage set off on a fear based run, set on disco
Mar 26, 2012 Niina rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-challenge
(3.5 Stars)
Unforgiven starts with a bang and doesn't slow down, from murder to suspecting your ex-love of your life to becoming fugitive things don't come easy to Gage and Riley - but it sure makes for interesting reading! Sarah Balance writes an action packed story where in its center we have an ex-couple, still in love with each other but enough has happened in their past, from his drinking to her parents death that they are more than weary of connecting again.

I liked Gage, I liked how he'd gr
Ella Medler
Apr 10, 2013 Ella Medler rated it it was amazing
You must read this book. No. I mean it. Read it!

The sensual romance category does not do it justice. That’s why I don’t like specifying genres – there are so many people who would enjoy this book but would probably keep away because of the ‘label’.

The plot is complex, but clear. Riley Beckett hasn’t had the best of times since the accident, a year ago, that has destroyed her life. But even on her worst day she doesn’t expect to step into her home and be confronted by a gun. The gun is not the pr
Nadene  (Totally Addicted to Reading)
I have read a few books written by this author which I enjoyed as such when provided with the opportunity to read and review Forsaken I immediately ceased it. Forsaken is a story that will pull you in from the very first line. The action is non-stop and keeps readers on the edge of their seats.

It has the right blend of romance, action, drama and suspense that will keep readers engaged to the very end. I was hoping that the story would be more mysterious, but this was not the case. It was easy t
Romancing the Book
Jan 19, 2014 Romancing the Book rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Ursula
Book provided by the publisher for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

Unforgiven is an entertaining, fast and energetic read. The action starts from the very beginning and doesn’t end until the last page!

Riley is a woman that has made sacrifices during a tragic and emotional time; and while she might not have made the same choice after things calmed down, she stands by them and honors a promise.

Gage is a man with a past, but one he was trying to get past so he
Eva Millien
Jan 28, 2015 Eva Millien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A year after walking away from Gage, Riley’s past is back to haunt her and this time it’s got a gun in this thrilling romantic suspense.

When Gage Lawson finds his brother shot to death, he’s certain that it is payback for his part in the loss of Riley’s parents. The reader can’t help but get caught up in the story as Gage sets out to confront Riley only to find out that their attraction still burns as hot as ever and that everything may not be as it seems. The characters are strong, compelling a
Sep 09, 2011 Katrina rated it it was amazing
Unforgiven is a romance filled with passion, suspense, mystery and intrigue. A smooth flowing storyline, that will not only pique your interest but have you hooked till the very end.

A cast of characters Im sure you will enjoy, an edgy suspense with just the right amount of passion, and romance and enough suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Sarah has written her characters realistic and believable, all gathering there own qualities as the story progresses. A sexy hero, and a heroine w
Pratr- Authors
Sep 07, 2014 Pratr- Authors rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewer for Paranormal Romance and Authors that Rock
4 Fangs
This is a great book. Riley and Gage used to date until a horrible accident killed Riley's parents. Riley's brother Colt wanted her to stop seeing Gage. Colt felt Gage was to blame for his parents death. Gage came home to find his brother shot dead. He went to Riley feeling she was the one who had done it. After going to Riley's they both were shot at. They escaped together but have to work together to find out who is trying to kill the
Julianne Redmon
Sep 25, 2014 Julianne Redmon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read. The plot wasn't so complicated that you couldn't follow it and the cast of characters wasn't so large as to complicate it. Unlike other reviewers, I thought the character interactions and reactions were believable. Also the answers to some of the questions that they have are in the story itself. The details are just not brought to the front and center as I think they are really secondary to the story line. The only thing that made me question the plot line was believability of the eve ...more
Vanessa Booke
Oct 12, 2011 Vanessa Booke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unforgiven is a wonderfully written romance/mystery novel by Sarah Ballance. I read it in about one sitting and I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. Ballance has a wonderful way with words and she does an amazing job of building up the suspense in the novel. She kept me on edge and by the end of the novel I was still genuinely surprised to discover who the killer was. I loved Riley and Gage's characters, they balance each other out and the chemistry between them is definitely hot. I wa ...more
Melissa MacKinnon
Oh, my. What little I put into a review just cannot encompass just how amazing Ballance is as an author. She is able to weave a web so intricate, you won't even see the spider coming. And Forsaken does just that. You are hit from every side, blind sided, in this amazing twist of murder mystery. Buy this book. Read it. Block yourself off a chunk of time to finish it, because you aren't going to want to put it down. And if you can't do that, then make sure you have an entire pot of coffee waiting ...more
Stacy Reid
A lovely fast pace read. Gage and Riley were pretty cool characters. The book addict in me stood up and started to drool from the prologue, and I was hooked. The writing was sharp and beautiful and I enjoyed that immensely. The story in itself was a good one. The plot was very interesting, not predictable, and very fast pace, which I really liked. I wanted to know what was happening and I was pretty invested in Riley and Gage quick journey to the truth. Though a novella, I felt like I got a good ...more
Jan 08, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the things I loved about this story is the way it begins. It reaches out and grabs your attention quickly and BAM! – you are immediately engaged in the story. Forsaken is a fast paced read with the suspense continuing to build as the story progresses. The chemistry between Gage and Riley is believable and intense. I also liked that it wasn’t easy to figure out who was chasing them and was surprised when the “who” was revealed. All in all, I found Forsaken to be an edgy read that gave me t ...more
Feb 28, 2012 RaeBeth rated it it was amazing
Unforgiven will definitely be an unforgotten book in my library. I loved it. It is packed with heart pounding action that leaves the reader wanting more. Riley and Gage take the reader on a heat filled journey that will leave the reading turning the pages to find out what's going to happen. The plot flows and the characters are flawless. During the entire read, Unforgiven had me guessing at what would happen and I eventually found out Sarah put in a twist I didn't see. I would say this book belo ...more
C. Zampa
Sep 16, 2011 C. Zampa rated it it was amazing
Sarah Ballance has shot another romantic suspense out of the ball park! I was hooked from the first scene in 'Unforgiven'...a shot echoing through the woods in Oklahoma with a mysterious marksmen out for revenge. From that moment forward, 'Unforgiven' takes many exciting twists and turns that lead to an ending I did not see coming. Brilliant storytelling. Luscious romance. And, as is standard for Sarah Ballance...a headstrong, beautiful heroine and the sexy but real-to-life hero who makes her li ...more
Niki Driscoll
Oct 11, 2014 Niki Driscoll rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
This was the first book I have read from this author and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I found it to be a quick read with an engaging storyline, likable characters and interesting mystery. Lies, secrets, betrayal, guilt ,anger , remorse and danger are heavy hitters in this second chance love story. As each element comes into the play, you are drawn deeper into the mystery of who wants revenge enough to kill. Will the truth set them free or destroy them in the end? You will have to read the book to fi ...more
Sep 09, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one is slightly different from the others that Sarah Ballance has written, but no less engaging. She draws you in immediately in the middle of the action, and you have no choice but to move along with the characters as they go about trying to find out what is happening. As the reader, you go with the flow, finding out information as the characters do, which brings a sort of different feel to the book. There's a good balance of action, intrigue and romance that it has turned into one of the ...more
Hildie McQueen
Feb 28, 2012 Hildie McQueen rated it really liked it
The story starts from the killer's point of view, it reels the reader in because right off the bat you want to know who it is. Gage and Riley's relationship was torn apart one horrible night. When they come face-to-face, a year later, you realize they should have never separated, it's evident they are each other's one and only. Ms Ballance does a great job of keeping the story moving, the sexual tension between the character is great, definitely recommend this book! Entertaining Read.
Oct 20, 2011 Carrie-Lynn rated it it was amazing
Juicy tension, secrets from a past together, an accident that drove two lovers apart, a torn family, and someone out to kill the main characters as they sort through their problems, attraction and a promise by one to stay apart, you can't help but be pulled along in this action packed novel.

As you hitch along for a whirlwind ride, you can't help but wonder what's around the corner, and a shocked by a plot twist that you couldn't see coming.
Shannon Ferguson
Aug 28, 2014 Shannon Ferguson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It has action, suspense and mystery rolled into a romance novel. Riley was an overall good female lead, even with a gun pointed at her. The chemistry between her and Gage is hot, with a bit of anger thrown in. If you are looking for a book that combines romance and suspense, then I highly recommend this book.
Krystal Wade
Sep 09, 2011 Krystal Wade rated it it was amazing
This book really has it all. Passion, romance, suspense, murder. The plot had me guessing all the way to the end. Sarah Ballance really knows how to create loveable characters and very detailed worlds. I felt like I was there through all the action. This should be on everyone's "To Read" list.
Colleen Everly
Oct 14, 2014 Colleen Everly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really liked this book. I enjoyed the twists this book took, it caught me off guard. I liked how they had knew one another before and it had ended badly, then they had to overcome that, mix that with running for their lives this made for an interesting read.
Maggie Mcgivern
Good mystery; short, well written Kindle book.
Ursula Gorman
Reviewed for the blog Romancing the Book.
Apr 30, 2012 Lissette rated it it was amazing
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