Series: Red River #2
Published by Entangled: Bliss on August 12, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Florist Claire Holbrook has always played by the rules her entire life, but breaks them to spend one night with sexy lone wolf Jake Manning, a man she's adored since she was a teenager. Six weeks later things get complicated when she discovers they created a bond that will last a lifetime...
Jake has never played by the rules. Getting Minister Holbrook's daughter pregnant wasn't part of any life plan, but he won't run from his responsibilities. He'll step up and be the best man he can, even if he doesn't have a clue where to begin. The more time he spends with Claire, though, the more he wants her, and the harder it is to get close because that would mean sharing the one thing he hasn't with anyone—the truth and his heart.
My initial thoughts
I started this book not really knowing what to expect but felt this would be a fairly light-hearted story. But, with what I knew of these two characters from the first book, I couldn’t imagine them being “frothy.” My instincts were correct as both Claire and Jake had depth and complexity, making this an outstanding story.
Claire’s silent crush on Jake dated back to high school. He being six years older, Jake never gave her the time of day. When they came together many years later, the night of his brother and Claire’s best friend’s wedding, little did they know it would have such a lasting effect.
What I loved about this story
What’s beautiful about the story is how two seemingly well put together people emerged from the traumatic circumstances of their childhoods. Both brought different strengths to their patched-together relationship, beyond the bonds of impending parenthood. Claire’s reactions rang authentic and Jake’s painful past was downright heartbreaking. The story had so much substance, tackling tough contemporary issues head on without quick fix solutions. That’s not to say there wasn’t a fairy tale ending but it was appropriate to the characters and the storyline.
The bottom line
I loved this little gem of a story and couldn’t be happier that it far surpassed my expectations.
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