For single mom Bobbie Jo Weston, finding a husband is not on her to-do list. She's focused on turning a run-down chicken farm into a Bed&Breakfast. She agrees to let a friend’s nephew stay with her in exchange for his handyman skills, but she wasn’t counting on the super sexy Seth Landry being that guy.
Seth has a special skill-set, all right, but it has nothing to do with hammering nails. As a retired member of The Resistance—an elite group of ex-military soldiers—his dark, unsettling past haunts him. He needs a place to lay low, and an out-of-the-way B&B is nothing short of perfect. The blonde beauty doesn’t trust men, and he doesn't plan on sticking around long enough to change her mind.
The closer they get, the more they can't seem to keep their hands off each other. And while Bobbie holds on to her fear of watching another man walk out of their lives, Seth's mere presence has put them all in jeopardy. The only way to ever be free of his dangerous past is for him to accept one last mission...
Each book in the Tangled in Texas series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 Rules of Protection
Book #2 Playing With Fire
Book #3 Law of Attraction
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I grasped the door handle firmly but couldn't bring myself to open it. Not yet, anyway. If I was going to head into this stupid building to do something ... equally stupid, then the least I could do was take a moment to think it through first.
The annual Liberty County Livestock Show and Rodeo had always attracted a large crowd, and judging by the congested parking lot, tonight wouldn't be any different. Even for a small, amateur event that wasn't part of the professional circuit, the cash prizes were large enough to draw in a few big-name headliners ... and plenty of viewers who wanted to watch the rodeo stars get kicked in the face by a bucking bronco or stomped on by a raging bull. The weird things that entertain people.
In the past, I'd always come to the rodeo with a group of friends to cheer on Cowboy, since he was the only one of us who ever entered the events. But after falling off a bucking horse last year and fracturing two ribs, he'd finally decided to hang up his spurs for good. Thank goodness for that. Watching one of my best friends get hurt didn't sound like my idea of a good time.
Neither did sitting at home alone on a Saturday night in a big, empty house. Which was exactly why I was here to begin with. The rodeo had a history of drawing in a lot of fresh man meat from the surrounding tri-county area. Men I hadn't grown up with my whole life. Guys that I wasn't at all related to. And hopefully at least one of them who would be interested in a no strings, no attachment one-night stand ...with me.
I cringed but stopped myself and shrugged it away. There were some times in a lonely woman's life where she wanted to relieve some pent-up sexual frustration without everyone she knew finding out about it.
God, Bobbie, quit stalling and go inside already.
I blew out the deep breath I'd been holding in, planted a fake smile on my face, and swung open the heavy wooden door. The loud, upbeat country music blasted through me at full volume, vibrating into my chest, as cool air washed over my skin and provided me with a relief I hadn't even realized I'd needed until now. It must've been more humid outside than I thought.
I paid my entry fee at the door and made my way through the dense crowd. A few of the locals — people I had grown up with — stopped me several times for a chat, but I ended the conversations as politely and as quickly as I could. I kept going, heading for the area behind the arena where the beer stand was always set up. That was usually where a lot of the single guys lurked. If only I could make it there without running into ... well, everyone I knew.
That was the worst thing about growing up in a small town. Everyone knows everything you've ever done your whole life, and even if you had secrets, they always had a way of coming out. I'd spent the last four years keeping my nose clean, though, in hopes that the town gossips would move on to a new subject, one that hopefully didn't involve me.
Hadn't really worked, though.
Now all the older folks just constantly asked me when I was going to find me a "nice, young man" and settle down. Although I usually bit my tongue, the answer to that question was about as simple as they come. Never. Because that was the other bad part about living in a small town. Slim pickings in the dating pool.
Then again, there was Slick Willy. He was still available. The man might be in his seventies, but the way the bingo ladies primped and patted their hair whenever he was around probably said a hell of a lot about his skills with women. So did the fact that his real name wasn't even Willy.
An abundance of men in cowboy hats surrounded the beer stand, and I stopped over to the side to gaze at all of them before blowing out a hard breath. Maybe it was just a matter of coming to terms with what I planned to do. Or maybe it was just a matter of not thinking about it at all.
I turned toward the sound of the voice and spotted Emily walking toward me with a beer in her hand. Well, there goes my night. I slid a fake-ass grin onto my face and greeted her enthusiastically. "Hey!"
"What are you doing here? Where's Austin?"
"He's spending the weekend at his grandma's house, so I thought I'd come out here for a bit." Not bothering to elaborate, I flagged down one of the workers behind the beer counter and asked him to bring me a water. It was about the only thing I could afford at the moment. "Um, where's your little one?"
"Lily's spending the night with Floss. They're going to watch a Disney movie, make homemade fudge, and paint each other's nails. You know how much she loves her great aunt Floss."
"What about Jake? You didn't come by yourself and leave him at home, did ya? The last time you pulled something like that, he about skinned you alive."
Emily grinned and gestured to where her handsome dark-haired husband stood chatting with Harry Sikes, the owner of the local meat market. Jake met my gaze headon, gave me a friendly nod, and then took a long pull off his beer.
His wife settled in next to me, leaning on the counter, and glanced around. "So did you come with Brad? Do we finally get to meet him tonight?"
Yeah, about that ... "He's not here," I said nonchalantly. "Actually, we aren't really seeing each other anymore." I could feel her eyes burning holes into me but didn't allow myself to look directly at her to see if I was right.
"What do you mean? I thought things were going well with him."
Though I tried to let go of the anger that had been brewing inside of me all week, I couldn't help but roll my eyes and let it bubble to the surface. "Brad was a joke. A bad one. The moment I told him about Austin, he quit calling. When I finally cornered him and asked what his problem was, he had the nerve to call my son a 'deal-breaker.'" Emily shook her head with disgust. "What a fucking jerk! I hope you gave him a well-deserved kick in the ass on the way out of your bed."
I paused. "Oh. Um, actually, he and I never ... er ..."
Her brows twisted with confusion. "How come? You dated him for almost a month."
Only Emily would think that's a long time. "Not really. We only went out a few times. Junior's Diner has been shorthanded, and I've been picking up extra shifts as often as I can." I waved my hand through the air, as if swatting away a pest. "Doesn't matter, though. I think I was way more into the idea of having a father for my son than dating the actual guy, anyway. It would've never worked out in the end. Better to know that now."
"True. Don't worry about it, Bobbie. Austin doesn't need him. He already has four of the best godfathers a boy could ask for in Jake, Cowboy, Ox, and Judd."
"My boys" as I so lovingly called them. The guys I grew up with and four of the best friends a girl could ask for ... even if they were a little too overprotective at times.
"I know. But it's just that ... well, a father figure isn't quite the same as having a daddy around all the time. You're absolutely right, though. Austin has good men in his life who care about him and that's more than I had growing up. My own dad wasn't there for me, and I turned out just ... just f-fine." My voice cracked unexpectedly on the last word, and my eyes welled up with tears.
"Aw, honey. I'm sorry it didn't work out with Brad."
I reached for a napkin on the counter and dabbed at my eyes, feeling like an idiot for getting emotional all because my son was going to grow up like I had — without a father. Then I thought, Fuck Brad! It wasn't until Emily giggled that I realized I'd said the words out loud. "Oh, sorry. I shouldn't have said that."
Emily smiled. "I don't know why you're apologizing. It's me you're talking to. Besides, you have every right to be upset with that idiot. So yeah, fuck Brad."
I shook my head. "It's not even about that idiot. It's just ... everything. I'm tired of dating random guys in hopes that one day I'll meet one who'll want to be part of my son's life." I sighed heavily and dropped my shoulders into a more relaxed position. "And now I feel terrible that I'm ruining your fun night out by using you as a sounding board. Just forget I said anything."
"Oh please. You didn't ruin anything. In fact ..." Her sly grin told me that she was plotting something. Actually, Emily was always plotting something. The woman never stopped. "Now that you're single, why don't we see if we can't find you a new guy to mingle with?"
It was the whole reason I'd bothered to come out tonight to begin with. But after running into Emily and hearing myself commiserate about Brad and other guys like him, I'd since changed my mind. "Um, no. I don't think so. When it comes to men, my judgment is obviously way off. I'm better off admitting that I don't have a romantic future in store and giving up on men altogether."
"What? You're kidding, right? You're gorgeous, and any guy in this place would be happy to date you."
"Sure. Until I tell them about my little 'deal-breaker.' I still can't believe that insensitive asshole said that about my kid. I came real damn close to punching him in the face."
Emily shook her head. "Don't let what one jerk did ruin you when it comes to men. Not all guys are like that."
Yeah, well, unfortunately those are the only ones I kept meeting. "I just don't think I have it in me anymore to keep trying. I'm burned out. Four years of serial dating and almost five years of no sex does that to a girl. I hesitate to invest too much emotionally, only to have it not work out."
Her eyes widened. "Wait. Say that again."
"I said I hesitate to invest —"
"No, not that. I mean the part where you said you haven't had sex in five years."
"Shhh. Keep your voice down," I whispered, my cheeks warming. I glanced around to see if anyone heard and then leaned toward Emily like we were exchanging secret government information. "It's not a big deal."
"You're right. It's not," Emily said nonchalantly. Then she laughed. "It's a huge freaking deal. Holy shit. Jeremy was the last guy you slept with? Wow. No wonder why your glow is gone and you've got this whole crushed, broken spirit vibe going on."
Emily cringed. "Sorry. That's not what I meant. I was just trying to point out the obvious. Girl, you need to get laid."
Tell me about it. "Well, like you said, I'm back on the single market, so it doesn't look like a remote possibility at this point." Unless I went ahead with my plan to have a one-night stand which sounded less appealing by the second.
"See? That's what I'm talking about. What happened to that fun, fearless female I used to hate so much?" Emily gave me a teasing grin. "That girl would be all over this issue."
I sighed. "That girl had a baby out of wedlock and is now a single mom with responsibilities. I'm working double shifts several days a week and all of my free time goes to Austin and working on the house. I don't have time for a booty call."
"You do right now," Emily said smugly.
"Tonight's different. At the last minute, my mom ended up getting the rest of the weekend off, and she asked if Austin could stay with her tonight."
"Even better. You have the house all to yourself," Emily said, waggling her eyebrows. "You could have a sleepover ... with someone other than Cody."
I couldn't help but laugh. Cody was the little stuffed bull that Cowboy had given Austin last year at the rodeo. "Nope. I can't do it."
I glared at her. "Come on, Emily. You know why. After the crap I've put myself through with the sperm donor —"
"This is different, though."
"How do you figure? Whether it's with Jeremy or someone else, it's still a one-night stand. There are consequences to those things that most people don't think will happen to them. Well, guess what? I'm one of those people it happened to."
"Yeah, but it's not like you weren't trying to protect yourself when that snafu occurred. It was a broken condom, right? It could've happened to any of us."
"Which is exactly why I should avoid repeating the same mistake."
"But didn't you tell me the doctor put you on the pill last month to regulate your cycles?"
"Yeah, but —"
"There you go. Instant backup protection." Emily shrugged. "Besides, there are plenty of other things you can do with a guy that doesn't require you to sleep with him yet can be mutually satisfying. At least consider an extreme make-out session with a handsome stranger. It'll make you feel better."
I shrugged noncommittally. "You're a bad influence."
She nodded. "I know. But stop pretending like you don't love it."
It was my turn to smirk. "Okay, fine. Say I'm game. There's still one big problem," I said seriously. "I don't see a line of hot and ready men fighting each other to get to my lady parts."
Emily gave me a mischievous grin that worried me. "Turn around."
"Look behind you."
Oh God. "Emily, if I turn around and there's a group of guys listening in on this conversation, I'm going to bitch-slap you."
She giggled but didn't seem all that concerned. "Just turn around already."
I spun around slowly but didn't see anything out of the ordinary. "What exactly am I supposed to be looking at?"
"The guy in the black shirt on the other side of the beer stand has been eye-fucking you since you walked in. Perfect prospect, if you ask me."
"No one asked you," I told her absently, peering across the room to check out the guy she was talking about.
As my gaze met his, he leaned back against the wall and kicked one booted foot over his opposite ankle. As if he was making himself more comfortable. Then he gave me one of those sexy as hell, come-hither looks that instantly dampened a woman's panties. Although he was nearly twenty-five feet away, his light eyes stood out in stark contrast against his tanned skin and dark hair. So dark, in fact, that it almost matched the black T-shirt stretching across his broad chest.
For a moment, I found myself caught up in the moment of having a potential lover in my bed for the night. Of course, that was before the bad-mommy guilt set in.
I spun back to Emily and palmed my face. "Oh God. I'm seriously going to hell for even considering this."
"Oh, stop. This is a judgment-free zone. Just go for it, Bobbie. You deserve to have a little fun for one night. Besides, I want to live vicariously through you."
I glanced up long enough to give her an exasperated look. "Give me a break. You have a hot husband over there who can't keep his hands off of you. I've seriously considered ditching our friendship based on how many times you get laid in a week."
She laughed and glanced over at Jake, who was now chatting with another gentleman I didn't know. He caught Emily's gaze and gave her a quick wink, which brought a secretive little smile to her adoring face.
It seemed almost crazy that it had been five years, and the two of them were still very much in love. After everything they'd been through together, I doubted either of them had thought things would work out quite so well. Especially after meeting during such a difficult time in Emily's life. The poor girl had been placed in Witness Protection after witnessing a murder, and Jake had been the FBI agent unofficially in charge of protecting her.
Then there was the strange fact that he was also my ex-boyfriend.
Jake and I had dated in high school and had taken each other's virginity, which definitely made a negative impact on Emily's opinion of me from our first meeting. Can't say I blamed her, though. Lots of people find it hard to believe that a man and a woman can be just friends without carrying some underlying torch, whether they've dated before or not.
But seeing how Jake's face lit up whenever Emily walked into a room made me smile. We may not have been right for each other, but I was happy he found his soul mate in Emily. And even happier that she and I were now great friends.
Still, my heart lurched and my stomach ached as I watched the two of them interact in such an intimate way. So badly, I wanted what they had. Yet my life had taken a drastically different turn in the form of an out-of-wedlock pregnancy.
Not that I regretted it. I loved my little boy with all my heart and couldn't imagine my life without him in it. I wouldn't even want to. Who cares if all the single guys I met viewed children as men repellent? My four-year-old son was the only male in my life who truly mattered. Even from the moment I found out I was pregnant, I'd wanted the little person growing inside of me. Actually, I had always wanted children. I just never expected to be raising one all by myself.(Continues…)
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I enjoyed reading this story! It has romance , drama and is funny. I hope Alison writes more in this series I would love to read about Ox, Judd and the others. I recommend this book and the author!!!!!
*Copy received from Netgalley for review purposes. Well, hello Zeus!... er, Seth! Wow... this one started out steamy as all get out. I originally read this a few months ago, and life happened, as it seems to do often, and the review got away from me. I did a re-read so I could adequately review this. Normally, re-reads leave me bored and unfulfilled. Not the case here, I was as interested and invested in the story this time as I was the first time. Bobbie Jo & Seth had some crazy, off the charts chemistry... and it was the Best.Thing.Ever. I love explosive sexual tension and they definitely delivered. I loved how Seth interacted with Austin, it was great to see. The characters from the previous books carried over well into this one and I'm so glad their big personalities weren't diminished. And there was loads of alpha-male badassery. The overall story was suspenseful, engaging, interesting and entertaining. There were some parts where I was getting a little teary-eyed and heartsick. Man, sometimes books hurt. (or I could be pms-ing, eh.) All in all, a great addition to the Tangled In Texas series.
Bobbie Jo finally finds her man! If you've been a fan of the Tangled in Texas series by Alison Bliss, you will recognize Bobbie Jo and her boys, the best friends a girl could ever want! It was a lot of fun to watch her sassy self find a man who could hold his own with her, but could also make her feel treasured for a change! Good characters, a solid plot and lots of fun. Bobbie Jo Weston has her heart set on making a better life for her son when she buys a 20 acre farm and plans to turn it into a bed and breakfast. The place needs a ton of work and there's only so much she can get done in a day, so when an opportunity comes up to have an extra pair of hands around the house, she takes it! Seth Landry appreciates all that his uncle is doing for him in setting up a work for keep arrangement with Bobbie. He's needing to lay low and heal his mind a bit after leaving the military like life he had been leading. Things happened in his past that he can never walk away from, but spending time with Bobbie and her son are like a breath of fresh air. They can't deny their attraction for long, and he adores her kid as well ... but when his past comes back to haunt him, will he have any kind of future left in this town?
Wow! The chemistry between Seth and Bobbie Jo is off the charts in this book. This was the second in this series I've read and they just keep getting better. I'm a little out of order but it didn't seem to matter. Great romance, great setting and Seth....Whew! Hot! Also loved what a great mother Bobbie Jo is, and there's nothing sexier than a man who cares about kids. I recommend this to all fans of romance.
4 Stars Review by Morgen Late Night Reviewer Up All Night w/ Books Blog Law of Attraction by Alison Bliss is the third book in the Tangled in Texas series. The story is about how hard it is for the two main characters to fight the chemistry between them. Bobbie Jo is a single mother and has given up on romance. She loves her son and works hard to provide the best she can for him. She is loving, independent, sassy, stubborn, and smart. Seth is a mysterious stranger who wants to forget his past and drift through life moving from place to place. He is cocky, physically fit, and good with his hands. She buys an old run down farm with the hopes of repairing it and turning it into a bed & breakfast. She quickly realizes this might be a bigger task than she can tackle on her own. Her and Seth strike up a deal. He’ll work on repairing things around the farm and she’ll give him a place to stay over the summer. He is the nephew of her well meaning boss so she at least knows he’s not dangerous. Bobbie Jo and Seth share a strong chemistry, they’re both constantly fighting it. With all the trouble her son's father brings, her job, working on the farm, and being a loving and attentive mom she doesn’t think she has much left for anything else. I really liked how much depth the characters have, they’re more than one dimensional beings. Bobbie Jo tries so hard to be a successful business person, but she doesn’t want a hand out she wants to work for it. The people around her love her so much and are very protective of her but her need for independence fights them at every turn. Her sassiness is fierce and one of the things about her I fell in love with most. Seth fights so hard to not talk about his past but in doing so it makes it even harder for him to move on. They fight their feelings for so long the angst is palpable. That’s what truly pulled me in, I will forever go weak in the knees for all the angsty goodness and it is aplenty in this story. The passion between Seth and Bobbie Jo lights the pages on fire. Every innocent touch makes the burning need for more grow stronger. Can they fight their feelings forever, what happens when the heat grows too hot? The pacing is great, the story unravels in a way that keeps the mystery alive. While giving us a little at a time it gets us hooked and wanting more. I would recommend to anyone interested in an angsty romance filled with passion and heartfelt moments.
I was drawn in by Bobbie Jo’s strength and determination to build a good life for her and her son. A one-night stand with a jerk leaves her a single mom but she embraces it, no matter what challenges are in her way. She buys a rundown farm to turn it into a Bed and Breakfast but has run out of money for all the repairs. Step in a good friend, Junior, who’s nephew, Seth needs a place to stay and is a handy man. She never expects Seth to be the sexy guy she encountered at the bar. Seth is a tough nut to crack, he carries a quiet confidence while being incredibly built and sexy. Bobbie would love to uncover his secrets as she gets to know him and he embraces her and her son, Austin. Seth says he doesn’t do long-term but will being around Bobbie and Austin change his mind. I loved how their relationship had to build as they both had trust issues. I also appreciated Bobbie’s desire to stand on her own and build the life she wanted for her and Austin.
This book is adorable and I loved it. It's a story of a single mom and a drifter who comes to town for the summer. Things were not supposed to get complicated but the moment they saw each other they couldn't deny the chemistry and attraction between them. Things will definitely get complicated there is no doubt in that. It's a very well-written novel and all the characters are amazing. I loved every conversation between Emily and Bobbie Jo. Their friendship is one of the highlights of the book, at least until Seth and Bobbie gets better acquainted. ;) After that it becomes a lot romantic and the ending is also perfect. All in all a great book!
I have followed Alison Bliss since I found her first book, “Rules of Protection”. Her first book drew me into her writing and I have loved her ever since. Her new book, “Law of Attraction” is no different. I love the sassiness of her writing. I love the heat between the two main characters. This book is no different from any of the others she has written. Bobbie Jo is fierce, loving, and loyal. She works her ass to care for her son, and has a dream that she plans to see forth. Since we first met her, you learn she is a bit down on her luck, but she doesn’t let that stop her. Her tenacity leads her on and doesn’t let any of it effect her personality. Just watching Bobbie and her son interact just put butterflies in your stomach. She has that perfect mix of protectiveness and playfulness when it comes to him. Its refreshing and beautiful. Seth is all man and he can come fix my house any day. Bliss’ description of him makes you want to just pull him from the story. He comes in ready and willing to help Bobbie Jo with her needs…all her needs. He’s Junior’s nephew (you meet him in book one). He’s looking for a place to stay for a few weeks and Bobbie has no problem saying yes since he is going to help out with repairs. He’s all alpha and he gets along amazingly with her son, Austin. He jumps right in and makes Austin feel comfortable around him and he makes Bobbie fall even more. Seth and Bobbie have beautiful chemistry. The built up sexual tension between the two are enough to make you want to bust at the seams. They are hot and sensual when they are together, Both know how to push the other to the limit that they need. There is enough sizzle between the two and it was wonderful to watch it unfold. This captivating story is knitted together beautifully. Bliss bring together the store with twists and turns and aggravating shenanigans. When Bobbie Jo’s world is threaten by her ass of an ex, Seth sticks by her. Her reassures her throughout the whole story. He’s there when she needs him, until his past starts to rear it ugly head threaten everything around him. I loved every jaw dropping angle of this story and I hope that Alison Bliss continues to give us stories like this. She has an amazing way of weaving her words together in sensual attraction, hysterical banter, and everlasting romance. I highly recommend this book and the others in the series. You will not be disappointed.
It was fun revisiting Texas and the characters from the other Tangled in Texas books. In this one, Bobbi, who is a sassy single mother, is trying to remodel & fix up her farmhouse to hopefully turn it into a B&B. She is limited on funds & needs help. Seth is a former elite soldier who needs to lay low for a while. His uncle is Bobbi's boss at the bar where she works & asks if Seth can stay with her & that he can help her with repairs. She has a hard time trusting men & he doesn't plan to stick around but despite all that they are drawn to each other. It was fun watching these 2 characters fall in love, letting their walls down.
I love that Alison Bliss is once again taking us to her fictional small town of Liberty, TX with letting us revisit all it's quirky crazy residents as well as introducing us to some new ones. Seth Landry is new to town. Staying just for the summer he needs a place to stay. Bobbi Jo is a single mom working hard to raise her son and turn a rundown chicken farm into a B&B. Perfect place for Seth considering he has all the handyman skills she needs and maybe a few skills she just wants! These two work great together and before long they have a nice cozy family unit going. Is this something that could last or will Seth's secrets and his past tear them apart? This book is filled with humor, witty banter, sexy times, and good family fun. It's a story you don't want to miss. I highly recommend it.
Smoking hot ex-mercenary meets single mom and sparks fly in Law of Attraction, the latest from Alison Bliss. I've read the previous books in this series, Tangled in Texas, and I knew from the start that it would be good. Alison Bliss never disappoints! The setting is a small backwoods Texas town where everyone is in everyone's business and no one seems to care much. I felt at home in that setting as I've lived in small towns my whole life. The characters were fun to read and true to life. Humor runs rampant through the entire story, but doesn't compromise the love story that is center to the entire book. I found myself laughing out loud in nearly every chapter. It was great to read a fun romance as a change of pace. There are even cameos from the main characters in the previous two books in the series. But never worry, each book is a standalone and there are no spoilers. I can only hope there will be more Tangled in Texas stories in the future. I'll be watching and so should you. ***Tangled Hearts Book Reviews received an ARC copy of this book in return for an honest review. All rights are reserved and this review cannot be used by anyone other than the author or website where the review is published without written permission.
Dang, but Seth and Bobbie were sizzling together. The second they met, sparks were flying. In addition to their physical attraction, they worked well together. And all the scenes between Seth and Austin were swoonworthy. Austin was so stinking cute. Their story flowed nicely, and had several interesting bumps along the way. I loved how everything worked out. And a few mysteries were solved at the end of this book. Getting reacquainted with previous characters was a perfect added perk. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
LOVED this book! This is a quickly moving story that hooked me from the very first page and kept me hooked until the very last page - I was actually sorry when it ended. The author made me fall in love with the characters and feel invested in their story - from single mom Bobbie, to mercenary Seth, they couldn't have been any more different...or any more perfect together. This is the first book I've read by this author, but it won't be the last. I've added the author to my must read authors' list and am looking forward to reading her other books.
Bobbie Jo is ripe for a bit of action and has a babysitter for her young son so heads off to the local watering hole with one thing in mind…and…sees just the kind of guy she thinks might be perfect. Well, her night did I not go as planned though she did get a scorching hot kiss to think about when she got home that evening. Little does she know that the man coming to stay with her, as a favor to a friend, is the man who gave her that kiss that was oh so memorable. Seth Landry is hot with a capital H. He has a secret or two he is guarding closely and is adept with his hands not only helping to fix up Bobbie’s abode for B&B worthiness but in a few other ways, too. His interactions with four year old Austin, Bobbie’s son, are precious and perfect and warmed the cockles of my heart…just as they warmed Bobbie’s. I smiled and cared and wanted to slap the biological father of Austin around a bit and wished a couple of times that Bobbie had been a bit less impetuous and thought before acting but then…she is who she is. I enjoyed the story and wondered a bit about a few scenes that might have been fleshed out a bit more and would perhaps have liked a bit more after the last page but all in all it was a good read and as my first by this author made me interested in reading another book of hers when I can. Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the ARC – This is my honest review.
Bobbie Jo Weston's friends are always trying to help her find the right guy, but for her there are more important things to focus on, like getting her B&B up and running. Her track record with men has never really been good, most are only after one thing, or seem interested in her until they find out she has a son, so she figures it's best just to write them off completely for a while. But when her new boarder shows up on her doorstep, and quickly finds a place in her and her son's lives she starts to think maybe having a man around isn't so bad after all, but his stay is temporary. Which means getting involved with him would only lead to a broken heart... After learning that his uncle has lined up a place for him stay and hide-out for a while, Seth Landry can't help but be a little excited about the escape it is bound to allow. Things in his life have been a little intense, and so having the opportunity to work with his hands, and deal with his demons on his own terms brings him a sense of peace that he has been craving. He's there to help get Bobbie's B&B ready to launch, but somewhere along the way he realizes that spending time with her and her young son has been good for his soul. But sticking around and getting involved with her could only bring them unnecessary danger... Within the pages of this wonderfully crafted tale you will met two wounded souls in dire need of saving, one hell bent on staying single to keep her heart safe, and the other, a man riddled with guilt and determined to outrun his demons. But when they find one another they instantly discover a chemistry they have never known, a sense of peace they both have craved for so long, and of course a partnership they never knew they needed. It was so much fun to watch these two maneuver through life and find their little piece of happiness, it was an engaging and heartfelt story that left my heart overflowing. Once again I find myself dazzled and touched by Ms. Bliss's words, and moved by her characters painful pasts and new beginnings, I highly recommend you make time to read this one, you will not be disappointed with what you find! I requested an advanced cop of this title from NetGalley, and I am voluntarily leaving my honest opinion.