Title: No Apologies
Series: Bomar Boys #2
Author: Jess Bryant
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 18, 2016
Every small town has that one family that's more savage than civilized. The ones that are more myth and legend than man. In Old Settlers, Oklahoma that's the Bomar boys. Wild, reckless and vicious, they skirt the line of criminal and trip over it more often than not. They are their own punchline: white trash but proud beyond compare. Dirty and dangerously sexy, it's best to steer clear of them or else risk your life... and your heart. These are their stories.
Colt Bomar is a bastard. A dirty, violent piece of white trash, he makes no apologies for who and what he is. He's never cared what anyone thinks of him and he cares even less about trying to be a better kind of man... until her.
She's everything he's not. Good, sweet, gentle, she's an angel that brightens his dark existence. But he's seen the kind of destruction a man like him can wreak and he intends to protect her from that, from him, if it's the only good thing he ever does.
Skylar Holland is no angel. Angels don't lust after the bad-tempered boy next door when they're involved with another man. They don't dream about having the rough hands and sinful mouth of a guy that snaps and snarls at them all over their body. And that's what she's wanted from Colt since the moment the troubled Bomar boy said they were nothing but friends.
Friends? With a man that makes her blood boil and her heart melt? No, she wants more. She wants everything. And she's not about to apologize for going after what she knows they both want. Forever.
Can he overcome his past to give her the future he knows she deserves? or is he doomed to repeat the sins of his father by dragging her down into the darkness with him? And if she treads into the shadows to win him will she even still be the woman he wants when they come out the other side?
*No Apologies is the second book in the Bomar Boys series but can be read as a stand-alone. Each book features one couple and a HEA but do build on each other so they are best read in order.
**Warning** This book contains explicit language, sexual scenes and violence. Though not depicted, mentions of abuse are key to the storyline and can be a trigger for some.
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|I fell in love with Colt in No Regrets, so I was really excited to dig into his story in No Apologies, needless to say I was not disappointed. Jess Bryant knows just how to wring a heart by giving such heartache to her characters (and thus readers).|
First I have to talk about the underlying theme in both books so far and that is the fact that these characters, these Bomar Boys all have something in common, whether rightfully earned or not, they are all notorious in town, all known and set aside as one in the same. It's like a curse all of the Bomar boys are born with - no matter the good you do, no matter the smarts you have, no matter the manners or the money or anything else, nothing takes away from the fact that you were born a Bomar and you'll die a Bomar. This adds a whole lot of angst and drama and self depracation to each book, but it also helps build up a past and reasons for the interanal struggles these characters go through in their books.
Colt tried to break free of the stigma of being born a Bomar, but to do so, he accepted help from someone who isn't above holding it over him for personal gain and he's kept it secret from everyone. I love how loyal Colt is, how deeply protective, how willing he is to give to those he cares about in any way they need. It says a lot about his character, even when he feels as if he's not worth much.
Skylar has her own struggles, issues with her family and though they are a totally different sort than Colt has, she does understand a little on the level of wanting to be known for who she is Now as opposed to who she was. I loved her sassiness in both books, her fierceness, and inner strength.
Colt doesn't feel deserving of someone like Skylar, though he loves her and has for a long time. He feels so unworthy that despite the pull in her direction, he trys to keep it friends only, no deep connection, no relationship.
But like any good love story, of course the connection, that bond keeps pulling them together and making it clear that something has to give, but if and when they give in to the feelings can they survive? Or is the legacy of the past doomed to repeat itself?
No Apologies sucks you in with a whirlwind of emotion, torn between wanting to hug Colt for all he's been through and smack him for believing he's anything but a strong capable man who can break free of the chains of the Bomar name to those important. Skylar will also tug on your heart and make you curiouser to know her story, to see who she really is and watch as she tries to figure it all out.
There was a lot to take in with this book, some good, but also some bad, some things that were hard and hurtful. But it all fit together to give a story that reeled me in and held me captive waiting to see what was coming next and how it would all work out. Jess Bryant has a way with words that paint a vivid picture yet also bring your feelings to life.
The family dynamic between Colt and Cash is different than the overal Bomar Family dynamic and I'm curious to see where that leads with future Bomar Boys books.
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No Regrets is book one in the Bomar Boys series and it introduces us to several of the Bomar Boys while also delivering us a second chance romance for Cash Bomar.Jemma left town broken hearted, trying to build a life for herself, but when hard times hit and she's got no one, she finds herself heading back home. Little does she know how much that decision is going to change her life (again!). I loved Jemma, she had a quiet strength, she was loving and loyal and couldn't hold a grudge. She was smart but also wanted to see the good in everyone even to her detriment.
Cash has always loved Jemma, loved her so much, he did all he could to push for better for her, to show her she deserved better and was worth more. But when she's back and she's clearly not had the amazing life he pictured for her, he decides that he can't let her go again. Getting her to give him another chance isn't going to happen in one day though.
Cash and Jemma find themselves struggling to find their way in this story of second chances. The love is there, but they've been through a lot and have their own demons in addition to trying to rebuild what they lost all those years ago. These two take quite a journey in this story, one that not only leads them to each other but also leads them to believe in each other and their own selves. For Jemma, it also means standing up to her mother; For Cash it means letting go of the holds his father has over him.
No Regrets is full of drama, a touch of suspsense, and a whole slew of bad boys, who might just have good hearts. This story touched me on several levels and left me feeling different emotions. I wanted to hug Cash and Colt and Jemma. I wanted to slug Cash's father and tell his mother to wake up. I wanted to dig in deeper to know more about each and every one of them.
I loved this introduction to the Bomar Boys, I felt like the little we got to know within the pages of this book, told us a lot about not just Cash, but the rest of the group. We got to see how Cash and Colt, twin brothers, who grew up in the same situation, with the same crappy parents, saw things differently and how their thoughts and feelings on their raising shaped them into the men they are. We are introduced to some family scandal, disputes among brothers, and a bit of suspense about the rest of the Bomar Boys we didn't get to see much of. In other words, the author built up a world rich in characters that grabbed my attention and made me wonder what more there was to them, which definitely means I'll have to pick up the next books.
Jess Bryant has written quite the bunch of characters here with an incredible backstory that leaves you wanting to get to know each Bomar more and also watch them succumb to the love of their perfect match. I have a feeling they aren't all going to go down easy.