This is book 2 in the Bachelors of Battle Creek series.
Callie Quinn is running for her life. Hot on her trail is her nephew's father. Having promised her sister to take care of her son, Callie makes her way back to her childhood home in hopes of finding the means to disappear.
Finding a young woman and boy in his barn, Rand Sinclair opens his home to the pair. Needing a housekeeper, Rand offers them a place to stay in exchange of her services. Having decided never to marry, Rand is dismayed to find himself falling for Callie.
Callie can't risk getting close to Rand when her and her nephews lives are in danger. But is she willing to give up what could be a once in a lifetime love?
I was excited to return to Battle Creek and learn more about the "brothers". I think the bond between them is actually stronger than blood brothers because they chose to be brothers to each other. That shows in the relationship that Broday has developed in the stories.
Having been left alone at a young age, Rand developed a shell around himself and didn't let anyone in except his "brothers". When he learns that his mother is alive (Texas Mail Order Bride), I think that he ends up retreating even further into that shell in hopes of not getting hurt again. Upon meeting Callie, he is immediately attracted to her. Knowing his decision about marriage, he doesn't want to give her false hope. He lays his cards on the table and hopes that she accepts what he has to offer.
Callie has had nothing but hardship from the men in her life and doesn't think Rand will be any better. With nowhere else to turn, she takes him up on his offer of a place to stay. She slowly begins to trust him and feelings other than gratitude emerge.
I loved watching these two overcome their past hurts and grow together as a couple. I can't wait to read the last book in the series, although I'll be sad that it is over...
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