Most Certainly Contains Spoilers
I usually enjoy Victoria James’ books, so I was so disappointed when I didn’t enjoy this one. Lily and Jack’s romance did not keep me engaged, and I thought Jack was an incredibly selfish jerk. I started calling him Jack-ass, because I found some of his behavior so offensive. Here is a guy who ran away from everyone who loved him, instead of manning up and trying to deal with his grief over the loss of his twin brother and nephew, surrounded by the loving embrace of his family and his fiancée. Nope. Not good enough for him. He’s gonna do it ALONE.
Lily has been trying to get over Jack since he abruptly left town after the tragic death of his brother and nephew. She hasn’t done a good job of letting go of the memory of Jack, and when he suddenly comes home for the holidays, she is all set to give him a piece of her mind. Only she’s drunk, it’s snowing out, and she has no way home other than letting Jack drive her there. Once at her apartment, they can’t keep their hands off each other. In the cold, harsh light of the morning, Lily tells him in no uncertain terms that she no longer trusts him, she doesn’t want to see him ever again, and her number one New Year’s resolution is no more Jack.
This would have been a great idea, except Lily and Gwen, Jack’s younger sister, are opening a chocolate shop on a shoe-string budget. And since Jack is back home and temporarily unemployed, Gwen guilts him into helping them fix up the space they are renting. So much for that New Year’s resolution. To make matters worse, Lily soon discovers that she’s pregnant. Ugh! I couldn’t take it anymore.
Jack is so not heroic. He is ready to get on with his future after mourning his brother, and he wants Lily in it. He is so arrogant that he thinks she’ll just pick up where they left off before he ditched her five years before. When he finds out that Lily’s pregnant, he’s thrilled. They’ll have a family together! Never mind that the selfish jerk used a condom that was at least five years old, and he had to know that there could be unintended consequences to their hook-up – while Lily was drunk! Ugh! This guy! Sorry, but I thought that was a pretty selfish thing to do, especially considering their past together, when another unintended pregnancy ended in a miscarriage, WHICH JACK KNEW ABOUT, but never bothered to call her or see how she was dealing with the trauma of losing their baby. Ugh, Ugh, UGH! I hated this guy. He had the emotional depth of a rock, and I wanted Lily to scorn him and go adopt a loyal, loving dog instead.
I was not convinced with the HEA, as I still considered Jack a flight risk, but your mileage may vary.
Grade: 2.75 stars
Review copy provided by publisher
About the book
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…