The Baby Bombshell by Victoria James
Series: Shadow Creek - Montana #2
Also in this series: Christmas with the Sheriff, The Doctor's Redemption, A Christmas Miracle for the Doctor
Published by Entangled Publishing on April 10th 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...
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
After I read Christmas With The Sheriff I was really curious to see if Jack could actually win Lily back.
Five years after tragically losing his twin and his nephew in an accident, Jack is finally ready to come back home. Or as ready as he’ll ever be. He not only left his family without a backward glance, but he also left Lily, his fiancée, alone with no explanations. Of course, at the time he thought he was doing what was best for everyone. He had many things to work through back he always knew he would be coming back to claim the love of his life.
Lily was finally moving on with her life, or as much as she could without the man she loved. Now focused on getting her artisanal chocolate shop up and running, the last thing she needs is Jack waltzing back into her life. Or melting the heart he broke into a million pieces when he left her all alone to deal with life without him.
One night of weakness will result in something neither Jack nor Lily ever expected. But now Jack has another reason to win Lily back. And he won’t stop until he does, even if it takes him a lifetime.
I don’t usually like second chance romances, but that’s mainly when the relationships don’t work in themselves or there’s cheating involved. Jack leaving after a tragedy somewhat overcame my aversion to this trope. He had some major groveling to do, making amends with his loved ones, though mainly he needed to let go of his guilt and work through his issues. I loved how he knew Lily was it for him and he didn’t fuck around letting her know it. He was caring, considerate, sweet and really sexy.
I could totally understand Lily’s stance when Jack first showed up, and I’m pretty sure I would have acted pretty much the same way she did. She was the definition of nice, hard-working and the sweetest girl to everyone. I enjoyed how she made Jack work for it, not letting him back into her heart immediately. She also had some issues to overcome, but they eventually work through them.
I can’t say the whole “believe” thing and then the situation right before the ending didn’t result in a major eye roll from me. I actually thought it was a totally over the top situation that wasn’t really needed, but ok, I kind of get it was meant as a big gesture of his commitment, still…
With Gwen still single and now this Muffin Man in her sights, I’m really looking forward to reading her story next. The Baby Bombshell was a sweet, lovely second chance romance with some steam I really enjoyed. I do know it touches a subject that could be a trigger for some, so beware View Spoiler »there’s a past miscarriage discused « Hide Spoiler
Rating: 3.5 “♫ I believe in miraaacles ♪” Stars
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