UNSPOKEN by Brenda Rothert — Jenn’s Review



Brenda Rothert is an automatic one-click for me.


4 stars


Palmer Sinclair was on the edge of happily ever after when she broke off her engagement to Brady Grant. The end of their relationship marked the beginning of a painful solitary journey for her. Though she makes places beautiful with her work as an interior designer, the rest of her life is anything but beautiful – it’s slowly pulling her under.
Brady, a contractor, is swiftly building his business into an empire. Work is a faithful companion that never lets him down like Palmer did. When he sees women now, it’s on his terms. And his terms are simple: just sex. He won’t let a woman break him again.
Palmer is barely holding it together when she and Brady are unexpectedly paired on a project after a year apart. The pull between them is stronger than ever, but the fallout from their reconnection leaves them both wondering if maybe some things are better left unsaid.

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I have LOVED Brenda’s Fire on Ice series and was excited to get something totally new from her. UNSPOKEN was completely different from her other novels and I really enjoyed it.

Palmer and Brady are ready for their happy ever after. Their wedding plans are in full swing, they have been planning their dream home and preparing to start their lives together. Unfortunately, life throws a wrench into their plans in the form of lung cancer in Palmer’s mom. Palmer just can’t see how a wedding is important right now. She has much bigger problems to worry about. Brady, who is a hot head, over reacts and they break up. Wedding off. Relationship over.

Fast forward a year and Brady and Palmer are paired up on a project together. There is a lot of hatred left and unanswered questions between there, but could there be love? Would Palmer and Brady get a second chance?

I easily related to Palmer and her fight to help her mother. I had almost the exact personal experience with my father and could understand how she couldn’t see anything in front of her but her mom’s cancer. She needed to do everything she could to help care for her mom, and for her disabled mother, whom her mother almost exclusively cared for. I absolutely understand Palmer’s need to put a hold on the wedding. She just didn’t exactly articulate it appropriately to Brady, but let’s be honest. Brady completely overreacted. Ugh… Brady.

I can’t really say I liked Brady all that much through about 90% of the book. He had a temper, was selfish, never listened to Palmer or let her talk and was just all out FRUSTRATING. I wanted to bash him over the head multiple times. While Palmer was strong when it came to dealing with her mother and running her business, she had a weak spot when it came to Brady. I felt like she gave in to easily with Brady. I would have made him work for it. He may have redeemed himself in the end, but the fight to get there might not be one that I put up with.

As expected for a Brenda Rothert book, the writing was exceptional. My stomach hurt from all the pain and sorrow that Palmer experienced with losing her mom. It was handled so beautifully in the book. The sex scenes were definitely hot and not there just for the sake of it. They blended into the story very well. However, the story could have been fleshed out a bit more. I feel like we only scratched the surface with these characters. All in all, this was another great book from Brenda Rothert. She will continue to be an automatic one click for me.

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