Wedded Bliss by Barbara Metzger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
4 - 4.5 rating
Oh boy well I loved this one it was hilarious, endearing and a feel-good read.
The Early of Rockford is...wow...let's see if I get this right. He's clueless when it comes to taking care of his sons. He's floundering and out of his element. After all, he wasn't raised with his father around as much. Why should he be so ever present in his sons life...William (a.k.a Billy) has, at every point in seeing him, managed to soil some garment or the other. Clearly, he was not meant to be in close contact with him.
It is upon meeting the lovely widow, Alissa, with two sons of her own, and watching her interact with them - and his own son who adores her- that he begins to realise, that his sons need more. They need affection and not his cold distance.
Rockford's change is not immediate, it is a gradual process..but he finds himself enjoying himself and the time he spends with his sons (both his and alissa's). It's baffling but he enjoys it. It's the most content he's ever felt in his life.
His relationship with Alissa is also one of those gradual things, yes he's attracted to her. Yes, he married her, but as the summary says it's more for the position that a glorified governess than anything else. It was a business contract. He needed someone to take care of his sons, she needed protection.
Although with the way he was distant to Alissa, one wonders if she had gotten the short end of the stick. He comes around though, and proves himself a man in both the way he takes care of the children and through his love for Alissa.
I ended this book smiling, because it really was feel-good. Not to mention the few chuckles it pulled out from me, because let's face it. I am a fan of dry humour and this has it in healthy doses.
So if you're a fan of that I recommend this book.
If you like smart heroines I recommend this book.
If you're a fan of character growth, well by golly gee, I recommend this book. After all Rockford wasn't the only one doing some growing in this book.
The only thing that really detracted from my enjoyment of the book, was the ending part -although at the same time I enjoyed it (o.O)- There was a chase scene, where everyone and the nephews were involved, and it got to the point where I had to pause and reverse a bit to keep track of what was going on.
But other than that is was a pretty good read.
P.S. if you're expecting this to have some steam, don't. But really it doesn't detract anything from the story.