Windy City Bachelors #1
Sassy Muse, LLC
In The Trouble with Bachelors (Windy City Bachelors #1) by Caitlyn Blue, Emma Callahan had the biggest crush on Zach Thorne years ago, but he ended up going out with her sister in High School. Now though with her sister marrying someone else, Zach is available. Still, Emma is cautious because everyone knows that Zach could have any woman he wants and his revolving door of willing female partners proves it. Is she the one woman able to change his mind on relationships, or will their chance at happy ever after fall apart since Zach should be off limits to her having once dated her sister?
Any story encompassing the forbidden relationship trope is bound to grab my attention immediately, especially when the relationship is forbidden because the hero is an ex-boyfriend of the heroine's sister, and I've got to say that this book was a fascinating read. It made me laugh and made my want to cry, but most of all, it entertained me from start to finish. So much so that I did not put it down for even a second. The way this story started captivated my attention immediately due to the hero's declarations. What were his truths? What was his lie?
However, it was the moment that the hero and heroine came face-to-face for the first time in this story where things got really interesting. Emma isn't afraid to express her opinion when it comes to things she doesn't agree with, which is a trait I really liked about her. Will she sway Zach to her plans for her sister and fiancé?
The dialogue was intense due to the main characters back stories and the fact that this couple's relationship is a forbidden one due to the hero being an ex of the heroine's sister. Emma tries her best to get along with her sister, but there's plenty of resentment between them with her father playing favorites. Luckily, Emma has her mom to support her dreams and offer great advice. Then there's Zach who people believe did the wrong thing in the past when it came to Emma's sister. Yet, it turns out he's a really good man that would do anything for his friends, which is proven by what he did for his best friend.
Emma is resilient, brave and I liked that she gave Zach a chance, even when she believed he wouldn't stick around permanently. That he'd move on to another woman the second things between them began turning serious. However, I'm glad that Zach proved her wrong by what he did for her towards the end. It showed he believed in her and that he wasn't going anywhere, as long as she wanted him in her life. While Zach, he's confident and I liked how determined he was to show Emma that she was different. That she's the one woman he wants in his life more than anything. Furthermore, I felt sorry for him because he did what he thought was right for his best friend, and yet, everyone believed he did wrong. How could he convince Emma that he wouldn't do what he did to her sister to her?
Overall, this was a really good read that kept me entertained from start to finish with this couple's growing relationship. They had such strong chemistry, which shouldn't be denied, so I was glad that Emma found it hard to resist him. The way this story ended with the epilogue was wonderful, as the hero and heroine talk about the past and then Zach surprises Emma with a surprise that had me cheering for this couple. Emma and Zach deserve to be happy after everything they've been through. What right did Emma's sister have to be jealous when she had a good man wanting to marry her? I would recommend The Trouble with Bachelors by Caitlyn Blue, if you enjoy the forbidden relationship trope or stories by authors Megan Erickson, Lauren Blakely or Penny Wylder.
Falling for her sister's first love, how could that possibly go wrong...