Type: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: Sent
Like his brothers Zach and Zane, Trey Barnes thought he had found the love of his life. But fate had other plans. A widower who’s had to raise his five-year-old son on his own, Trey has not allowed himself to be with another woman. Until he meets Ressa Bliss at—of all places—a children’s library program. The beautiful librarian is wonderful with his son, Clay, but every time Trey even considers asking her out, he is tortured by guilt.
Fate is indeed fickle. When the two meet again at a conference, this time the attraction is too powerful to resist. But is their connection and passion strong enough to survive Trey’s deep inner torment?
I have read several books by Ms. Walker and have always liked her emotional stories. The characters go through turmoil and angst and we are with them all the way to their happy ending.
Trey is one of several brothers and a twin to Travis. He lost his wife several years ago when she was hit by a car causing her to go into labor and while delivering their child she died on the operating table. Now Trey is leading a quiet life raising his son Clay.
Ressa works at the local library and meets Trey when he brings Clay in for reading time. They talk sparingly over several months and when she leaves they think that is the end of their friendly relationship. Then they see each other, not once but twice, which rekindles the attraction they both felt, and although their night together is amazing and explosive, they both have obstacles and issues to overcome.
Ms. Walker can write an enjoyable story. Her contemporary romances are warm and filled with heart and I look forward to more with this family of boys who all have interesting experiences before they find that special person.
I knew Trey’s story would be an emotional roller coaster; he has been mourning his wife for years, raising his son but staying by himself most of the time. When he takes Clay to the library, he notices Ressa right away and is intrigued, yet he is unable to move forward and they spend several months just being aware of each other. When they see each other again he is ready and I really enjoyed the two together, their attraction is apparent and the chemistry feels real.
Ressa is extremely likable, she is warm and friendly and I like how she bonds with Trey’s son. She is dealing with guilt and family issues which cause her to push Trey away several times; she believes he will walk away when he finds out about her history. But she obliviously does not know Trey that well, because he only cares about her, not her past. And I liked the little twist at the end.
The pace works well, the first part of the book we are deep into Trey’s emotional journey and we get to watch him emerge into the world again to enjoy Ressa’s company. I also love Clay and Neeci, Ressa’s cousin she is a taking care of, they are both cute and fit into the story nicely. This is the third in the series but can easily be read as a standalone, the author does a great job of keeping the reader informed and I was happy to see two of his brother’s visit and look forward to each of their stories one day, Travis has some secrets and Sebastian is ripe for a takedown. I thoroughly enjoyed this contemporary romance with emotion and heart.
I give Busted by Shiloh Walker 4.25 stars!