Blaylock'S Bride (Man Of The Month/Anniversary/The Blaylocks) by Cait London
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Roman Blaylock is a Class A sweetheart. He is such a good guy. I love that he’s all about taking care of people. It was sad what his ex-wife did to him. She seriously sucked. She took advantage of his good heart, stuck him with a child that wasn’t his (although he fell in love with and raised her as his own), and refused to have sex with him. Then, she takes all their money and runs off with some other guy she got pregnant by.
At first, it seemed as though Kallista wasn’t going to be nice enough for him, but she turns out to be the right woman for Roman. She’s all fire, and she’s not afraid of him. Roman likes that she’s feisty and doesn’t fear him, like his ex-wife did. He decides she’s the one for him, although things are very complicated, since she is one of his best friend’s grandchildren, and he has promised to take care of them and his friend’s estate for them. I just loved that Roman was a man who took his promises seriously. He did what he said he was going to do. He didn’t take intimacy lightly, and exercised a lot of self-control when some men would have felt license to do differently.
Kallista is very suspicious of Roman, but it made sense, considering that she grew up with a mother who had a revolving door of boyfriends, some of whom tried to rape her. So I can understand her trust issues. But initially I wanted her to back off of Roman with her assuming he was taking advantage of an old man, when everything showed to the contrary that Roman was a good, kind man. It was good to see that Kaliista grew to trust him, and found herself drawn to Roman, falling in love with the gentle man he was, although he was also a strong, Western man. The kind of man that she’d love to be with if she was able to settle down and to trust in the future.
This was an engaging, quirky read, with unique characters, and a lot of atmosphere. There is always a distinctive feel to Cait London’s books, and that brings me back to her category romances. I always enjoy her books. This one wasn't a five star because some of the narrative seemed a bit repetitive, but it's close enough with a 4.5/5.0 star rating. I am slowly savoring her backlist, and this is another book by her that I’m adding to my favorites list.
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