Series: Bolton Brothers (Book 2)
Jenny Wawasuck knows that "Wild" Billy Bolton is all wrong for a good
girl like her. But then she sees the bond Billy forms with her son --
and feels how Billy's touch burns her skin, how his kiss ignites desires
she's long ignored. So she brings him home from the charity bachelor
Now Billy has one night to stake his claim. But in a world filled with
blackmailers and gold diggers, can a millionaire bad boy and a sweet
single mom turn one chance into forever?
Very good book. Billy is the oldest of the Bolton brothers and the least "civilized" of them. In Straddling the Line all three brothers got involved with a charter school on the reservation. Now Billy is committed to building a motorcycle with the older kids and auctioning it off to raise money for the school. The building process is also being filmed for a web production. Billy hates being the center of attention like that but he's putting up with it. On the first day at the school he runs into Jenny who refuses to let the filming affect her or her classes. One thing that does affect her is Billy himself. For the first time in years she's attracted to a man, but what chance does she have of having something that lasts?
I loved both Billy and Jenny. Jenny is a single mother who is a teacher at the school. She has devoted her life to teaching and helping the kids on the reservation and to raising her son. With the Bolton brothers' involvement with the school she has learned to put up with them. Ben is ok, she doesn't trust Bobby because of his player attitudes, and she really doesn't trust Billy. His bad boy image, tattoos and attitude are not what she wants around her students. One of the things I liked best about her was the fact that, in spite of his size and everything else she isn't afraid of him. One of my favorite parts comes right at the beginning when she tells him "You listen to me - I don't care how big or scary or rich or famous you are - you are at my school, on my rez, mister. You make one mistake - touch one student, say something inappropriate - I'll personally grind you up into hamburger and feed you to the coyotes. Do I make myself clear?" She keeps a close eye on him and when her son starts hanging out with him, she gets very protective. But she soon realizes that in spite of his bad boy exterior there is a caring man inside. She sees the interest he takes in Seth and it softens her toward him. She also discovers that she has an intense attraction to him that is like nothing she has ever felt before. As they spend more time together that attraction grows. She's not so sure that there is any chance of a future for them and when his past comes back to haunt him she's sure there isn't. I thought she was a little hard on him at that point but she was standing up for what she believed.
Billy is my favorite of the three brothers. His bad boy exterior actually hides a pretty soft inside that he doesn't show to anyone. When he first met Jenny at Ben's wedding he was so blown away by her beauty that he couldn't really speak, cementing her perception of his scariness. When he saw her again at the school he was surprised again at his reaction to her. He was also amused by her attitude toward him "Billy stood there thinking that his day had taken a turn for the better. Had that pretty little cousin of Josey's really threatened to feed him to the coyotes?" He wasn't used to anyone standing up to him. I liked the way that he also made friends with Seth even before he knew Seth belonged to Jenny. He recognized a lot of himself in Seth and took an interest in him the way that someone had done for him. I liked the way that he treated Jenny also. He wanted to do things for her that he'd never done for anyone else. He also wanted to take care of her the way no one else had. His attraction to her had quickly moved to something stronger but he wasn't sure that it was possible for them. I loved the way that the bachelor auction went and how he went so far to give Jenny such a great evening. It was fun seeing him putting Jenny first and the effect it had on her. Everything was going well for them until a woman from his past showed up. His problem and how he fixed it was not something that Jenny could accept. I loved the way that Seth confronted Billy and then how Billy made things right with Jenny. His scene with her girls was fantastic.
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