I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Baby Bombshell by Victoria James
Series: Shadow Creek Montana #2
Published by Entangled: Bliss on April 10, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Lily Cookson has a few rules for the New Year, the most important being don't fall for Jack Bailey. The gorgeous, rugged man returned with a new look and a determination to win her back, catching her off guard. After a forbidden night in his arms, she vows never to let it happen again. But when morning sickness kicks in a few weeks later, Lily realizes staying away from Jack just got a whole lot harder.
Jack Bailey left Shadow Creek behind five years ago when his world imploded around him, knowing it would be best for everyone if he was gone...including Lily. It took him a long time to get his life back on track and grow into the kind of man she needs him to be. Now he's determined to prove to Lily that he's back for good and ready to commit, but the secrets she's holding onto are nothing compared to the bombshell he drops...
Five years ago, Jack Bailey left his fiancée, Lily Cookson, and his family following the tragic deaths of his twin brother and nephew. He returns at Christmas for the first time, determined to win back Lily’s heart as well as his family’s respect. On New Years Eve, he and Lily have their first confrontation and it’s life changing.
Jack’s reasons for leaving were understandable but staying away so long was harder to reconcile. I liked that the issues weren’t so easy to resolve nor clear cut. Both Lily and Jack had secrets and emotional baggage that gets slowly revealed throughout the story, adding layers to the topics and the characters. That the two still love each other is never a question but the crux of it all is how they reach each other in the midst of so much pain. And, it’s not just limited to their relationship as the whole family is impacted. Did I mention that Jack’s younger sister, Gwen, is Lily’s best friend and they’re opening a business together?
This is a sweet, heartwarming story of two people wrenched apart by tragedy who try to find their way back emotionally and to each other. The issues are tough, realistic and well presented, though sometimes there was a bit of repetition. I really like this small mountain town and the characters at the center of the series.
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