Jan 08

ARC Review – Never Let You Down (The Connaghers #4) by Joely Sue Burkhart

Never Let You Down is a love story that spans decades, that transcends the norm, and one that involves three people; all of whom I believe held great respect and love for each other even from beyond. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures 

A breath of a second chance can bring a slow-burning flame roaring back to life.

Virginia, Matriarch of the Texas Connaghers, has been alone twelve years since the great love of her life passed away. Tyrell loved her sadist’s heavy hand and the hard inner core she’s dared not show anyone since.

She lives in the past, clinging to all those memories except one. The one she’s determinedly blocked out of her heart and mind for nearly forty years. The one time she was almost unfaithful to her then-fiancé with her best friend, Jebadiah Garrett.

That was a long time ago. They both married and moved on. She has three adult children settling down with their own families. Besides, it was just a kiss. One kiss.

One unforgettable kiss that brought Jebadiah to his knees at her feet.

Now he’s back in town and determined to finally, once and for all, tell her how much he’s loved her all these years. Or, even better, show her by going to his knees once more. If she’ll only give him the chance.

Warning: Friends to lovers, older characters with a second chance at love, and a hard-as-nails matriarch who finally succumbs to a forty-year-old unrequited love.

Review copy provided for an honest review


From the very first book in Joely Sue Burkhart’s The Connaghers series I was curious about matriarch Virginia Connagher and the seemingly unusual relationship she had with her late husband, but I also admired her for coming clean about it with her grown children especially when their needs came to light. I love that this author wrote a second chance story between two people who had been best friends most of their lives but never moved past that except for one brief moment in time, I love that this is a story about two people in their twilight years, and I love that she once again made sure her readers understood that this is a NEED in some people, not a choice. I especially love that this strong woman, this mistress, this Domme was fortunate enough to have two strong men in her lifetime who needed to serve her as she gave them what they needed. I loved the story between Virginia Connagher and Jebadiah Garrett and I enjoyed getting to see the back-story between them and Virginia’s relationship with her late husband, Tyrell, and while I appreciate the book within the book to give us insight into what Jeb was thinking and feeling towards Virginia it was almost too much. However, Never Let You Down is a fantastic second chance at love story and one that proves age is only a number.

This was such an interesting story because it really takes place between three people; one woman who two men loved her with all of their hearts so much so that one let her go and the other gave her the opportunity to choose even though it could have changed their lives forever. All three made sacrifices and all three are characters that leapt of the page for their strength, conviction, and bravery. I simply can’t remember a book where I admired three characters as much as I admired Virginia (Ginny), Tyrell, and Jebadiah (Jeb).

Following a serious accident Jeb returns to Ginny’s life bound and determined to finally have the woman he’s loved his whole life by his side. He knows it will be a struggle but he also feels it is something his friend and Virginia’s late husband would want for her. This is a complex story and both Virginia and Jeb must convince the other that they can be exactly what the other needs. While Jeb has no problems with what he wants and needs from Ginny; she on the other hand is scared to go too far with Jeb because she thinks he has no clue how dark her needs really are. I absolutely loved how devoted Jeb was to Ginny even after so many years apart and how he had truly “served” her for so long even when she didn’t realize it was what he needed to do FOR her, consequently when she did realize it that made all the difference in their relationship. I also adored Ginny for accepting all parts of Jeb who while strong was very different from her late husband and whose needs were quite different. Just the fact that she supported him and did everything in her power to make him understand how proud she was of his accomplishments was huge.

I will forever be grateful to author Joely Sue Burkhart for writing this installment in this series as is did answer some questions I had from previous books. Never Let You Down is a love story that spans decades, that transcends the norm, and one that involves three people; all of whom I believe held great respect and love for each other even from beyond.

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  1. Timitra

    Thanks for the review Slick

  2. Becky

    I adored this book! Wasn’t it wonderful. Love the all Connaghers! Thank you.

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