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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 only recently discovered Victoria James but I like her writing style and the small town stories she weaves so I decided to give The Baby Bombshell a try. Plus this story contains two of my favorite tropes!
Lily and Jack have a history and I can’t resist a second chance romance, especially when there is major drama between the hero and heroine! Jack bounced out of town 5 years ago after his twin brother was killed which I think is a perfectly reasonable reaction to that kind of grief. But poor Lily was left high and dry, brokenhearted and left to deal with a ton of drama on her own.
It’s no surprise that she’s less than happy and whole lot hurt by his return.
From the moment Jack and Lily appeared on the page together I was riveted by the chemistry between them, the supercharged emotions and Lily’s very strong desire to keep Jack squarely in her rearview mirror. But first loves have a way digging deep under your skin and making them impossible to forget. Being best friends—and business partners—with your first love’s baby sister makes that doubly true.
My favorite thing about The Baby Bombshell was that Jack knew he screwed up and wanted to make things right, no matter how pissed off his family and Lily were with him. I found it hard to forgive him for leaving for five years without a word, but I respected and appreciated the fact that he didn’t try to downplay the devastation his actions caused. Instead he just jumped in to repair his relationship with his parents and his sister Gwen, while doing all he could to win Lily’s heart. Again. And Lily was the kind of heroine I can appreciate, justifiably angry but also still in love with the man who’d broken her heart.
If I had to point to something I didn’t like about the book I have to say that I think the resolution/forgiveness came quicker than I would have liked. I mean I get that it has to happen because hello, this is romance. But I think he owed her more than what he gave as proof that he never stopped loving her because what do your thoughts matter when your actions speak so loudly?
There was a very small supernatural aspect to the story that was kind of sweet and kind of cheesy but it fit perfectly into the Shadow Creek Montana world.
I really liked this story and I’m eager to read books 1 and 3 in the series.
Book 1 – Christmas with the Sheriff
Book 3 – The Doctor’s Redemption