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Sinful is the first book I've read by Joan Johnston, an engrossing yet convoluted story about 2 very complex western families (complex as in you need a family tree to understand who is related to whom). There was no mention in the book's description about this being part of a series, but according the author's website Sinful is number 15.
While I enjoyed several of the female characters (smart & sassy), I didn't buy into the main plot about Connor's custody battle. As an active serviceman, Connor had the right to give temporary guardianship of his biological children to another party while retaining all of his normal parental rights. Imagine if every parent in the military could loose his/her children while serving their country - no happening!
The whole family feud seemed pretty extreme too, since it seemed to start over a nasty divorce 50+ years ago. The Flinn and Grayhawk children & grandchildren may have been easily influenced as kids but as adults in their 20s and 30s they just seemed immature, allowing 2 bitter old men to manipulate their feelings/actions. The retreat for retired veterans was a nice touch, and much more appealing than family grudges.
I did like that Eve and her sisters had interesting, non-typical jobs (wildlife photographer, smoke jumper, ranch manager) and didn't take any crap from men their age. Likewise, the brothers were generally respectful of women - no bullies, no physical violence. Maybe if I had read the first 14 books, I might have enjoyed Sinful but it was too difficult to keep track of 20+ characters who were never really introduced.
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I didn't enjoy this as much as l of Joan Johnstons books. It dragged s bit for me.
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