No Turning Back by HelenKay Dimon (Hanover Brothers #1)

No Turning Back by HelenKay DimonAvailable: March 19, 2013 Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Penguin

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Michelle

The Hanover brothers inherited some bad behavior from their con artist father. Now three strong women will make honest men out of them.

After ten years in the Army and four overseas deployments, Declan Hanover is ready for life away from a military base. Sweetwater, Oregon, a sleepy coastal town, seems like the perfect place to start over. His plan is to work out a deal with his brothers and the bank to let him keep the estate they’ve inherited, Shadow Hill. But he wasn’t prepared for Leah Baron, whose family lost everything to his father’s cons—including the house Declan intends to make his own…

Leah thinks Declan is just like his conman father. He possesses a bad boy charm that makes her heart pound, but that doesn’t mean she can trust him. All she wants is to get close to him so she can get her house back. But Declan has other ideas. He doesn’t mind being in close proximity to Leah—as long as it’s in the bedroom…

No Turning Back is the first in a series of three books about the Hanover brothers. I’m a big fan of trilogies and series revolving around brothers, sisters or close friends. I like when there is a recurring theme or storyline because you feel like you are revisiting old friends when the characters show up in book after book.

Charlie Hanover was a thief and a con artist and he left behind a legacy of distrust and dishonesty for his sons. Declan, the middle brother, showed up in Sweetwater to check out the estate he, Callen and Beck had inherited from their grandmother. After a decade of military life he was ready to settle down and thought fixing up her house would be a good start. Unfortunately the people of Sweetwater were wronged by Charlie and they were definitely still holding a grudge. Declan and his brothers were guilty by association simply because of who their father was.

Leah Baron had lived her whole life knowing Charlie Hanover was the enemy. She was just a girl when her dad lost his money and his wife, but over time, the anger and bitterness fueling her father’s need for revenge became a part of her as well. She spent countless years investigating Charlie and his family in hopes of finding justice for her dad. When Declan Hanover came to town, she planned to make him an offer he couldn’t refuse and buy his property so he’d leave sooner rather than later.

What neither of them counted on was the instant attraction they immediately felt for one another. Declan knew he was persona non grata in that town, but he was determined to live his life on his terms. He liked the property, he liked the small town atmosphere and he really, really liked Leah. Unfortunately Leah did NOT like him. She wanted him and she was intrigued by him, but a lifetime of hate for anything Hanover was hard to get past.

My biggest problem with this book was Leah’s blind devotion to her father. She seemed like a smart, savvy lady and yet she refused to acknowledge that he was crossing the line by making Charlie’s sons pay for their father’s crimes. Even her best friend (Mallory, and I’m hoping she’s going to end up with Callen!) tried to make her see the light more than once. Leah actions were so over the top throughout the whole book. She refused to believe in Declan or their relationship, while at the same time jumped into his arms at every opportunity. She refused to stand up for Declan or even herself and I really couldn’t understand why she took such care with her relationship with her father when it was so toxic. She enabled him in the worst way by promising to fulfill his quest for revenge.

Declan and his brothers were strong, smart and sexy. He was almost as confusing as Leah, though, in that he kept waffling between putting up with her because he wanted her and changing his mind about staying in the town. He tried to be so supportive with her, but I really couldn’t understand what her appeal was for him. She lied to him, kept up her hidden agenda until it was almost too late, and let her father’s feelings color her budding relationship with Declan way past what I thought was acceptable.

I liked the storyline and I liked the hints of the stories we got for Beck and Callen. I wish Ms. Dimon had given Declan a more worthy heroine. I understand that Leah had issues thanks to her father, but she had almost no backbone and no mind of her own for most of the book. I wanted her to be more invested in herself and Declan instead of letting her father be the driving force in her life. This was the first book I’ve read by Helenkay Dimon, and I hope she doesn’t have a penchant for “too stupid to live” heroines because I’m looking forward to the rest of this series.

I give No Turning Back by HelenKay Dimon 3.5 stars.

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