Unforgiven, an all-new sexy and emotional M/M love story from Ruth Clampett available now!!
Unforgiven by Ruth Clampett
Publication Date: March 9th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Would you live a lie to hold onto the one you love?
Dean and Jason are best friends, like brothers since boyhood, now architecture students and college roommates. They’ve always had each other’s back, but when one walks in on the other with another man, everything changes. How do you explain to your best friend that he’s the one you’ve always wanted, that until now your life has been a lie?
Desperation and shame are two dirty words that run through Jason’s veins. He carries the scars from a wayward priest who stole his innocence and left him shattered. Meanwhile for years he’s watched Dean pursuing woman after woman, as his own heart slowly breaks.
When their world blows apart, they learn the powerful bond between them has more fire than either understood. Can two broken souls find the light in their darkness and come together to make a whole, or will sins of the past be forever unforgiven?
“What started all of this tonight? First I walk in on you having sex with yourself … then you grill me about having sex with Ramon … and then you suggest we have sex.” He rakes his fingers through his hair. “You’re making me crazy, dude. How much did you drink anyway?”
“Enough to loosen up and let my mind go places it normally doesn’t.”
His eyes light up. “I’ll say.”
“Hey, I’m really curious now. Will you let me fuck you? I promise I’ll follow what you want and take it slow.”
“Oh Jesus. Are you serious? So more experimenting, huh?”
“I think it’ll help me understand more about you.”
“You know when I said I needed more, this isn’t exactly what I meant. Don’t get me wrong, the idea of you fucking me is making me hard as hell, but it’ll just complicate things even more.”
“It doesn’t have to complicate things. Is it really so crazy to just want to make each other feel good?” I pause for a moment. “Come on, JJ.”
Lifting myself off the bed, I slowly approach him. As I get closer, I press my naked body into him so he’s up against the doorjamb, then I boldly rub my palm over his hard cock that’s trapped in his pajama bottoms.
I take a sharp breath because I’m shocked I’m even suggesting fucking my best friend. This is crazy, but feeling myself against him and imagining him naked under me is turning me on like a rocket with a sparking fuse.
He stands frozen, every part of him perfectly still, and then he gasps for air. “Please, Dean, please tell me you aren’t toying with me.”
I press my face into his neck. “I’m not toying with you, man. I don’t know what’s happening to me, but I have all these confusing feelings and my curiosity is through the roof. I’ve been so damn restless lately, and suddenly I have a feeling that if I turn a corner, I might find myself right where I need to be.”
Jason slides his arm along my lower back and curves his fingers around my side, then pulls me closer. “Don’t make me hope for something, and then crush me. I wouldn’t be able to take it. Our friendship means everything to me. It’s why I’m still standing and fighting for a future, when for a long time I wasn’t sure if I deserved one.”
I pull my head back so we can be face to face. It guts me to see so much pain in his eyes. Why the hell didn’t I see all of this before? He’s my best friend, dammit. I should have known he was hurting.
He shakes his head. “I can’t lose you, Dean. I can’t. Tread carefully, man.” His eyes are glazed like he’s fighting back tears.
I take his hand and guide him into my room. “You aren’t going to lose me. Maybe this whole thing of me learning your secrets happened to bring us closer.”
“I want that,” he whispers, and then more softly he murmurs, “I want you.”
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Where to start with this one… I’m really having a hard time with putting my thoughts into words. I want to justify my rating without giving too much away but also where I’m not turning anyone off because on one hand there are parts that I really didn’t like yet on the other there are some that I loved.
The first half the book I had a hard time connecting with Dean. I’ll be honest I did not like him at all at first. I sat here for the first 40% thinking he was nothing but an asshole and why the heck would Jason even put up with anything this guy had to say. He drove me nuts. His thoughts and the things he said honest to god just ticked me off and not in a good way. I found him inappropriate and offensive and I couldn’t understand where his anger was coming from or why he took Jason’s coming out so personally. The only things that kept me going at first was the hot as hell sex scenes and the fact that the story line did intrigue me. As the story progressed Dean’s behavior started to make sense to me and I found myself warming up to him. I’m glad I didn’t give up on this story because once these guys really got together and more of the storyline unfolded I was completely hooked and invested.
I really liked Jason a lot. I loved seeing him navigate his feelings to get what he really wanted. Heed the authors warnings because Jason’s past will be a trigger for some. The abuse Jason suffered goes into some detail and his pain really resonates on the pages. My heart really broke for the horrendous acts he suffered at the hands of someone that should have protected him. I really got a strong sense of his despair and how much it affected him years later but his strength to persevere was so admirable. This is where my feelings for Dean started to change. I loved that he became that hero, that rock that Jason and I needed.
There is no denying the intense connection that is between these characters. The journey between these guys is long and at times painful. Their road is bumpy with miscommunications and jealousy. These guys were made for each other and once they got real with each other they knew it too. These guys burned up the pages. The sex scenes, and dear god there was so many of them were just smoking hot. Some of the hottest scenes I’ve ever read honestly.
This is the first time I’ve ever read anything from this author and even though it took me a while to warm up to this story, I definitely would be interested in reading some of her other novels.
About the Author
Ruth Clampett, daughter of legendary animation director Bob Clampett, grew up surrounded by artists and animators. A graduate of Art Center College of Design, she has been VP of Design for Warner Brothers Studio Stores and taught photography at UCLA. Today she runs her own studio and as the Fine Art publisher for Warner Brothers Studios has come to know and work with some of the world’s greatest artists in the fields of animation and comics.
Ruth lives and works in Los Angeles, strictly supervised by her teenage daughter, who helps plan their summer around their yearly pilgrimage to the San Diego Comic Con.
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