In this Bolton Brothers book, first comes the baby and maybe then comes marriage?
He’d never expected to see Stella Caine again. After one wild night, she’d walked away right after revealing that her father was the one man who could threaten the biggest business deal of Bobby Bolton’s career. So Bobby left her alone.
Now Stella is pregnant and staying in his condo. This is a complication that can be solved only one way: marriage. Bobby wants to do the right thing. Hell, he wants her–he has never stopped wanting her. Surely he can convince her to say yes, even without those three little words.
FTC: I love this author and have worked with her frequently. That being said, I wouldn’t give her a falsely positive review nor would she want me to.
This is the last in the Bolton series and we finally get the bratty brothers book. Bobby has not actually gained any good favour with me during this series and I did wonder whether or not that would stop me enjoying the book. He has such an about turn in this book that I found him nearly unrecognizable to the character that was in the other books; this was not a bad thing. I enjoyed this book immensely and will state that it probably could be read as a standalone though I don’t recommend it.
This being a Harlequin, the overall theme of the book is quite light and uplifting. I was so impressed with Bobby’s attitude towards the unexpected pregnancy. He was slightly besotted with Stella yes, but I think the reason that he wants to be there for her is because he sees it as his responsibility rather than he wants an insta-family. That doesn’t retract from the fact that he is besotted with Stella and so gives her his full attention. In the other books, I came out with the impression that he would throw his own
Grandparent under the bus to get what he wanted. He still has the same attitude but it’s slightly less mercenary and selfish in this book. He wants her, so he goes out of his way to learn how to treat her so he can win her love. Honestly, it was the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen; when he brings in helpers to help her with her show, my heart gave a little squishy squeeze. I do think that, at the beginning of the book, I consciously separated him from the brat in the other books but it probably wasn’t fair and it was one of the issues for him in the book; no one else could quite resolve these two characters either. Bobby struggles with what he wants to be and what others perceive him to be throughout this book; it isn’t fair but you make your bed, you gotta learn to lie in it. I think that he does well in redeeming himself in this book.
Stella was a tough nut to crack. She had a completely shitty upbringing and it defined the woman that she became. I got the sense that she liked to go against her conservative father because the reaction that she got was better than being ignored. I liked her as a heroine but she was difficult to relate to because she was very distant. She had built a hell of a lot of protective walls around herself and she was very reluctant to let Bobby through them. She told Bobby about the baby because she feels that it is her responsibility to do so and she gets swept away with his future plans because she wants her baby to have the upbringing she didn’t. I just didn’t know if when push came to shove, that she would be able to give him everything he wanted.
There is no real side plot. The evil Father (he is an absolute douche) adds a fleshing out to this romance and our characters a common connection to bandy against. I didn’t enjoy his character but I understood the need for him.
Overall, this is a good installment to this series (Billy’s book will remain my favourite of this series). With the
unplanned pregnancy and the redeemable jerk, it is sure to check a few boxes for a lot of people. For me, it was simply a lovely book with engaging characters that I wanted to succeed. I love Sarah M. Anderson’s stuff and this one was no different.