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For as long as he could remember, he wanted her…

Raised by a single mother, Adam Collins resolved to take no chances with a girl’s future—or his own. That’s why, as hard as it was, he resisted everything he felt for Marissa Brooks. Then one night a reckless challenge left a fellow student dead and changed both their lives forever. As penance, Adam took the boy’s place in t
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Berkley
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Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter
4.5 stars.****Review completed June 10, 2013

When you get everything aligned, when love welcomes the longing, accepts it, learns to live with it, you make love.

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For the last twelve years Adam Collins has served his country in the Marine Corps. After a tragic incident, a very young Adam decided to join the Marines to seek discipline, honor and a purpose--maybe even to punish himself. Now Adam comes home from active duty service to start building a new life, but also to attend the wedding of his b
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Mo
Jun 15, 2013 Mo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Adam Collins returns home after twelve years in the Marines and several tours of duty. He left after an accident left a fellow student dead and he felt guilty about the accident. He left because he felt he had nothing to offer his young love, Marissa. Marissa has never left the town. She bought back her family home, Brookhaven, and is trying to restore it. Adam came back over the years and started a relationship with the town’s rich girl, Delaney. They got engaged but he broke the engagement at
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Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
There are no words for what we were. Love isn't big enough. Lust isn't deep enough. Lost covers it. We were lost in each other.


To err is human. To forgive divine. Neither is Marine Corps policy. But life didn't deduce to a bumper sticker, and maybe that was the answer to who he was when he wasn't this Marine. Not inhumanly perfect, or unable to forgive. Just Adam. Just like everyone else.


Her father taught her to dream. Life taught her dreams don't always come true. Her first time with Ad
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Michele ~ la Smoocherina
4.5 Stars! Anne Calhoun releasing a full length novel will make me drop whatever I'm doing in order to read her work. Unforgiven is no exception. I wanted to savor it. Enjoy the book. But I devoured it like it was a Godiva Chocolate and the store was having a buy one, get two free sale!

I love the way Calhoun writes characters. They are so well drawn and yet open enough, that it leaves room for you to interpret them however you wish. The book starts out with a bang and leaves the characters to so
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KatLynne
Anne Calhoun has produced a winner with Unforgiven! This second chance at romance offers a little twist to the plot that I enjoyed. It’s an intense love story that involves past mistakes and the healing power of love and forgiveness!

Both protagonist (Adam and Marissa) are intriguing characters making this an engaging read. It’s wickedly hot, very emotional and I’m hoping Ms. Calhoun will offer more stories like this in the future!
Ingela
Jul 15, 2013 Ingela rated it really liked it
4,5 Stars - Sensual and melancholy in a well-written novel about second chances, a fireplace mantle and to dare to believe that someone is going to stay.

First of all. This is the second novel I read by this author. I hope you haven't missed her maybe little more erotic romance, Liberating Lacey. If you haven't read it, then you have missed something very good (my review). With that good experience I start, with high expectations to read this newly published novel by the same author.
“This is abou
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Paula
Jun 10, 2013 Paula rated it really liked it

As a teenager, Adam Collins had a penchant for being reckless and loved to race. He also fell hard for a girl named Marissa Brooks. Their relationship was never defined, but it was passionate and wildly intense. Yet they never went any further than their exploration of each other due to Adam being scared of unexpected pregnancy. He substituted his sexual frustration with drinking and reckless acts. Adam took it too far while drinking one night. He challenged his friend to a bike race who ended u
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Mandi Schreiner
Jun 05, 2013 Mandi Schreiner rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Adam leaves the marines and heads back to his home town of Walkers Ford, South Dakota to figure out what is next in his life. First up is being the best man in his good friend’s wedding. And while this may seem like a fun, and joyous occasion, it is actually quite complicated.

Growing up Adam fell in love with a girl named Marissa. Adam was always high speed, high powered everything. Reckless, some would say. But the one area he was not reckless in was his relationship with Marissa. They had inte
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Michele ~ la Smoocherina
4.5 Stars! Anne Calhoun releasing a full length novel will make me drop whatever I'm doing in order to read her work. Unforgiven is no exception. I wanted to savor it. Enjoy the book. But I devoured it like it was a Godiva Chocolate and the store was having a buy one, get two free sale!

I love the way Calhoun writes characters. They are so well drawn and yet open enough, that it leaves room for you to interpret them however you wish. The book starts out with a bang and leaves the characters to so
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Carisa
Jul 23, 2013 Carisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carisa by: Baba ♥♥♥ Marcus, Tyler, Tate, Dan, Ty, & Hunter
Excellent read, one that I savored slowly, didn’t want it to end. The writing was superb, the love story very emotional and sensual, great scenes, great writing as usual from this author.
HERO is a Warrior, strong-willed, intense, who used to be a wild, reckless teenager until he joined the Marines and now after ten years he’s back home to resume his civilian life. He thought the stormy emotions his former girlfriend aroused in him had vanished, until he sees her again.
SCENES/CONTENT: few/hot
GE
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Lorraine.Hates.Cliffhanger.Endings!
FABTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!

Loved this one, putting it straight at the top of my favourite list :-)
Ann
Dec 12, 2013 Ann rated it really liked it
Honestly kinda bored with this one. Especially when the first moment between Adam and Marissa uniting in 12 years was more or less a cheap quickie. Then I hit the 50% mark. That’s when I got the ahhh…that’s what my reader buds have been talking about.

This story takes its time in the telling as Adam/Marissa’s relationship slowly develops and they work at finding forgiveness and a way towards their dreams/desires from an equally troubled past. The author does a great job of making the reader feel
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Mei
Sep 03, 2013 Mei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Very good!
I must say that I enjoyed more Marissa. She wasn't afraid to acknowledge her feeling like Adam.
I understand and honor Adam's choice to take place of his friend, but he exaggerated! To me it seemed that he wanted to exchange his life for those of his friend and, in my opinion, that's a very wrong thing.
But in the book that was well explained and I didn't let this my opnion infuence me or make the book less enjoyable! :D
Clare O'Beara
Mar 15, 2015 Clare O'Beara rated it it was ok
Shelves: america-romance
Twelve years as a Marine are behind Adam Collins when he returns to Dakota. A girl he used to date is about to get married and he has agreed to act as best man. He's planning to take an architecture course, despite the downturn in the economy which is not really referred to, but first has to rejoin civilian life. The first group of townsfolks he meets contains two past relationships. Delaney is the engaged former girlfriend, while Marissa has taken on an old mansion to restore - I didn't really ...more
Steamywindows♥♫
I loved this book. AC does it again with an amazingly unique take on the second-chance romance story. It focuses on two very strong, but vulnerable people and tells their rather detoured path to a happy ending.
Marissa, is a construction-designer, who lives under the small town microscope and often suffers stigma because of the harsh judgemental nature of town gossip. (I loath gossip!) she is judged as being "fast" when in fact she is rather fastidious, though unafraid to act on her need for pass
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Heidi
Jul 19, 2013 Heidi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
4 1/2 stars. I found this quite an emotional read, as well as having hot and sexy going on. But Adam seemed to place this sense of sombreness over the book.

“He went still, then looked up at her. “I didn’t know how to love anyone then.”
Not even himself, she’d bet. “You learn by doing”

Love and hearts lost and a journey of finding and forgiveness.

You'll never know if you're forgiven unless you ask for forgiveness. This was Adam and Marissa's journey. I thoroughly enjoyed it too!
Mandy
Jun 07, 2013 Mandy rated it it was amazing
"They'd been caged like animals then, trapped like animals behind bars they couldn't see, only feel"

Turning the pages of this book was like peeling layers off an onion or maybe a rose.... I'm not a huge fan of onions and besides this book, in not one single way, smells like an onion.

In a nutshell, Adam comes home from deployment to be the best man in his best friend and former fiance's wedding. He comes home to his childhood love Marissa who has lived the past 12 yrs trying to rebuild her family
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Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)


Anne Calhoun is one of those rare authors whose work is unforgiveable intense and erotic without really trying so hard. When I saw that Calhoun was coming out with a new book, I knew I had to read UNFORGIVEN. She is one of my autobuy authors and with this book, she reminds me of why I love her work best.

Adam Collins has just returned from active service with the Marines. His last lady love is now engaged to be married to his best friend and while it should cause some sourness between them, Adam
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Darcy
Jun 25, 2013 Darcy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, romance, 2013
I feel like I should have liked this one better than I did. I was so so with the story and the characters. I was intrigued by what happened in the past and that is what kept me reading. I wanted to know what happened to Marissa and Adam in the past, why Adam broke off things with Delaney, and the facts about the accident.

I felt bad for Adam and Marissa, the way that the small minds in town treated them. Because of this I was glad that they had each other to rely on, both in the past and the pres
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Kaylia
Jun 03, 2015 Kaylia rated it did not like it
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Kjen
Nov 19, 2014 Kjen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an amazing story of forgiveness and finding your dreams. Cade and Marissa have a complicated, tragic, and passionate past. The directions that their lives took, the strength of will they both possessed, and their journey back to their true selves and each other is so well done. This is the kind of book that stays in your head after you've finished. An excellent read!
DanniElla
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Not my type of narrative.
Nicole
Jun 07, 2013 Nicole rated it liked it
Review originally posted here: http://thebookpushers.com/2013/06/03/...

MinnChica: I have really enjoyed Calhoun’s writing in the past, so when I found her new contemporary romance book, I knew I needed to get it right away. While I still love her writing style and ability to write some super sexy bedroom antics, there was something about this book that just didn’t work for me. I’m not sure if it was the “reputation” that Marissa had for reasons that never really made sense to me, or Adam’s unrel
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Jess
Jun 26, 2013 Jess rated it really liked it
Shelves: for_review
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: B

Adam is back in Walkers Ford after a twelve year career as a Marine and he’s back to serve as best man in his best friend’s wedding, who’s marrying Adam’s ex-fiancee. Adam hasn’t dealt with a tragedy he was a part of as a teen and it’s been weighing on him for years. He also hasn’t really dealt with the feelings he has for Marissa. They had sparks together as teens, but Adam was full of adrenaline and pushing the limits and one night changed
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Ellie
Jun 03, 2013 Ellie rated it really liked it
Unforgiven by Anne Calhoun

Grade: B+

“That’s why he looks at you like you’re the one who got away.”

“Sleeping with a woman only makes her more complex, not less”

Twelve years ago Adam Collins life fell apart after challenging a classmate to a bike race and the boy dying. To make amends Adam took the boys place in the marines where he learned to mask his emotions and guilt. Adam is back in his hometown to be the best man in his best friend’s wedding, who just so happens to be marrying Adam’s ex-finan
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Stephanie D
Aug 17, 2013 Stephanie D rated it really liked it
I love it!!!! Touching and just wonderful!!! I don't know where to start.... Ok, the synopsis first:

Raised by a single mother, Adam Collins resolved to take no chances with a girl’s future—or his own. That’s why, as hard as it was, he resisted everything he felt for Marissa Brooks. Then one night a reckless challenge left a fellow student dead and changed both their lives forever. As penance, Adam took the boy’s place in the Marines, where he could disappear into discipline and duty, and left Ma
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Vallsykes
Jun 10, 2015 Vallsykes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-5-stars
3.75 stars

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This is the first time that I recall waiting over a month and a half to rate a book that left me unsure at the end.

Calhoun hasn't necessarily been a miss with me, nor has she been a big hit. I fully read Liberating Lacey and I tried & postponed reading Breath on Embers. Those two were ...hmmm... okay. BUT this one, that featured a scenario interest to me {teenaged lovers turned adults who are confronted with trials and epiphanies} was a story that while loping along with characte
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Sunny
3.5 stars. This book is a slow burn for me, not for the sexual encounters which start early, but for how slowly the book evolves. I was unsure whether I even liked Adam until the second half of the book. However, when I did decide, I was all in. On the other hand, I really liked Marissa immediately. She lives without apology and is a self-made woman. I love her spirit and determination. Like always, Ann Calhoun has a wonderful writing style with an unerring ability to touch the reader's ...more
Lindsey
Sep 02, 2014 Lindsey rated it liked it
Shelves: modern-romance
Anne Calhoun is usually LOVE or MEH for me. This fell more towards the MEH category. It had its hot moments, and the setting was interesting and different, but I kind of wanted to shake the main characters. Stop making life so hard for yourself. It seemed like the author might have been trying to squeeze too much drama and angst out of a situation that really wasn't that bad.
Downward dog
Jun 09, 2013 Downward dog rated it it was amazing
I read this book to give a review at another site. I loved this book and highly recommend it!!! It's a wonderful, emotional story with great strong characters. It's well written and I couldn't put it down.
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