Wrapped Up With a Ranger (Bad Boy Bakers #2) by Kait Nolan
ABOUT THE BOOK
Can a grumpy former Ranger find lasting happiness in a marriage of convenience with a sunny single mom?
After losing his leg, former Army Ranger Holt Steele is building a new life and a new business with his friends. Sure, he never expected to put small-town baker on his resume, but he finds he likes the quiet, simple life. If only he didn’t like the sunny single mom who works across the street–or her adorable kid–quite so much.
After escaping a controlling husband, event planner Cayla Black has one focus–growing her business and maintaining a safe, happy home for her daughter. She has no time or interest in a man. Not even one who charms her child with Disney songs and keeps turning up like a mind-reader to help without being asked.
But when her ex’s conviction is overturned on a technicality, and he shows up to reclaim his wife and child, Holt intervenes with an outrageous lie. The only way to fix it is to make his falsehood the truth. As they struggle to convince everyone that their marriage of protection is real, these two reluctant hearts fall deeper, until the lines between the fiction and the dream begin to blur, and they have to risk it all to protect the family they didn’t know they wanted.
I have another new author on my favorite list as well as a hot new book boyfriend. Who wouldn’t love a protective warrior who can sing Disney toons, bake, and is great with kids?
Holt Steele is a decorated war hero who proudly raised his little sister with no help from his single, weak alcoholic mother. So when the woman he is attracted to and her daughter need protection from her evil ex, his first instinct is to give her a marriage of convenience. Little did he know his new family would break through his many layers and want him to make it permanent.. he would just have to convince them of that.
Cayla Black is an event planner and a single mom to a precocious little girl. Cayla’s hands are certainly full, but when her narcissistic ex is released from prison on a technicality and shows up on her doorstep, she is saved by the man of her fantasies. If only he wasn’t doing it from some sense of nobility.
Holt and Cayla are made for each other, but being forced into a hasty marriage with their share of baggage on both sides causes some misunderstandings and adapting. There is definitely chemistry there and with a delayed honeymoon by a cock-blocking five-year-old, work, and just life, the final result is very satisfying. With good advice from family and friends and realizing how amazing they truly are, this lovely couple falls in love and works out the twists and turns in their new life. There is some suspense regarding the ex who does some underhanded stuff, but he gets his desserts.
There are many supporting characters including Holt’s Bad Boy Bakers co-owners and friends, Jonah and Braxton, Cayla’s friends and family, and especially the adorable, chocolate-eating, Maddie who steals the show with her incredible love and rapport with Holt.
This is a steamy, low angst love story with a great family feel and a little suspense added. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.
Thank you to Ms. Nolan for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kait Nolan is a RITA® Award-winning Mississippi author who calls everyone sugar, honey, or darlin’, and can wield a ‘Bless your heart’ like a Snuggie or a saber, depending on requirements. She believes in love, laughter, and that tacos are the world’s most perfect food. When she’s not writing, reading, or wrangling family (both the two-legged and the four-), you can find her obsessively watching The Great British Bake Off.