The Bailey Brothers (6 book series) by Claire Kingsley

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Book 1 – Protecting You

One night brings them together. Another night tears them apart.

Grace Miles misses her easy friendship with Asher, but growing up means growing apart. And really, how could he fall for her when they spent their childhood getting muddy in the creek and splitting sticks of gum? But this summer, something feels different. If Grace didn’t know better, she’d think Asher was flirting with her. Those dark eyes, hard body, and wicked smile make her insides swirl and her heart dare to hope for things she’s convinced herself she’ll never have.

Falling for your best friend shouldn’t be complicated, but for Asher Bailey, loving Grace is anything but simple. The road to romance isn’t smooth thanks to his pack of wild brothers who are protective of the girl next door, a take-no-sass grandmother, a small town where gossip is a spectator sport, and a feud that spans generations. But Asher realizes his feelings are too big to ignore.

Loving her isn’t the risk. Losing her would be.

And one night, one kiss, changes everything. Finally admitting their feelings is the beginning of their happily ever after. Until their fairy tale love story is tragically interrupted, and neither of them will ever be the same.

Book 2 – Fighting for Us

How long would you wait for the love of your life?

The Asher Bailey who comes home to his quirky small town isn’t the same man who put a ring on Grace’s finger. He’s bigger, harder, haunted. Forced to give up Grace and everything else that was good in his life for a prison sentence he barely survived.

Now that he’s home, he finds himself aggressively welcomed by his brothers and gleefully gossiped about by his neighbors. He’d counted on both. But he never expected to see Grace still wearing his ring.

Grace’s fairy tale didn’t end. It was interrupted. She’s spent the last seven years living her life while waiting for one man. Now that he’s back, she’s got her work cut out for her. He’s scarred and angry, and stubbornly convinced they can’t be together. She’s more than happy to educate him otherwise.

Every beer, every prank, every kiss brings him closer to where he’s always belonged. In her life. In her arms. In her heart. Asher fears the darkness inside him can’t be contained. But Grace won’t give up on him without a fight.

Book 3 – Unraveling Him

She’s the sunshine to his storm cloud

Stoic, growly Evan Bailey has enough on his plate. A growing business, a pack of brothers who drive him crazy, a gossip-loving small town, and a rivalry that runs deeper than any family feud. Love? That’s a hard pass. He already learned the hard way that he’s better off alone.

Fiona Gallagher has a problem. Or more like ten, but who’s counting? The trouble with her car is just the cherry on top of the crap sundae, but she won’t let that get her down. Besides, she has a plan. Evan Bailey—that brooding custom car builder who happens to hate her father—is going to help her. He just doesn’t know it yet.

The last thing Evan needs is the overly cheery Fiona crashing into his solitary life. But her offer is too compelling to ignore. Fiona isn’t there to pick through the wreckage of Evan’s heart. If he has one, he won’t let her anywhere near it. But the tension between them is hot enough to combust. And when she starts to see the cracks in his stony façade, she realizes she’s getting more than she bargained for—a lot more—in that big surly man.

Book 4 – Rushing In

She’s the one girl he can’t have.

With his dimpled grin and devilish charm, firefighter Gavin Bailey is hot as a five-alarm fire and twice as dangerous. The youngest of five brothers, he’s the daredevil of the family. Until the unexpected strikes and he finds himself sidelined.

Skylar Stanley’s life didn’t just fall apart. It exploded. Spectacularly. Dropped by her publisher and her agent, and dumped by her boyfriend, she suddenly has no place to live and a career circling the drain. She comes home to the quirky, feuding small town she hasn’t lived in since Kindergarten to pick up the pieces. And hopefully find her mojo.

Gavin would happily help Skylar get her groove back—in and out of the bedroom—except for one big problem. Her dad is Gavin’s boss, mentor, and the closest thing he’s ever had to a father. As much as Gavin loves racing headlong into danger, Skylar is a risk of a different kind. One that he’s determined to avoid.

But the line between friends and lovers gets awfully blurry, and Gavin just might find the one thing that truly scares him. Losing her.

Book 5 – Chasing her Fire

Sexy firefighter Logan Bailey is an expert at putting the wet stuff on the hot stuff—on and off duty. But he just did the unthinkable, and it wasn’t trading in his tube socks. He slept with his nemesis. His mortal enemy. The crazy redhead he loves to hate. Cara Goulding.

And no matter how much he wants to lie to himself, he has to admit, it was mind-blowing.

Cara will not be tempted by the one night she spent with prince dickhead—even if her traitorous body remembers every earth-shattering moment. It was a mistake and she’s stronger than that. She’ll just keep avoiding him and pretend it didn’t happen.

But the feuding small town of Tilikum might not be big enough for the both of them. Avoiding each other isn’t working. And with every moment they’re forced to spend together, the sparks get hotter, the flames grow brighter, and the tension borders on unbearable.

Until they both reach their breaking point and their fiery relationship explodes.

Book 6 – Rewriting the Stars

Firefighter Levi Bailey is used to being alone. Not that he’s lonely. How could he be, with a band of unruly brothers, and their wives and growing families. Maybe he’s the odd man out. The one brother who isn’t destined to be with his soulmate.

Besides, he has her.

She’s his Juliet, the only woman in the world he can’t ever have. To an outsider, it probably seems crazy. But the Tilikum town feud is no joke—especially now—and Annika Haven is strictly forbidden.

Annika Haven never expected to be back in her hometown, let alone as a single mom with two jobs. Add in a pack of overprotective brothers, a brewing family crisis, and a gossipy, feuding town on the brink of chaos, and life gets complicated.

But at least she has him.

He’s her Romeo, a son of the enemy. He makes her smile on her worst days. Yet, despite his brooding sex appeal, the one thing she cannot do is fall for Levi Bailey. They’re just friends and that’s the way it has to stay.

But after months of secret texts and stolen glances, one soul-stealing kiss changes everything. And Levi Bailey is about to do the impossible.

Defy the feud.

My Review

I have read through the Miles Family and the Bailey Brothers series twice now. They are among my favorites. They give you all the feels. The characters are well-drawn, individual, loveable, and have a good arc that shows them grow and change. The way the series is wrapped up just makes you so darn happy. There were tears of joy and a full heart. And then she added a bonus epilogue to the very end and oh my gosh, I couldn’t be happier.

This review covers all six books, so it’s lengthy. If you want a quick summary, click the link below and start this series today. I can’t recommend it enough (especially if you have a soft spot for small-town shenanigans and rough and tumble brothers).

This first story, Protecting You, is a peek at what happened before the Miles Family stories. It isn’t necessary to read it, but it’s nice to see that young and carefree glimpse of Grace and Asher so you can fully appreciate where they started out and why she was willing to wait for so long for him.

They are childhood best friends and when Asher realizes his feelings are bordering on something else, he pulls back so that he doesn’t risk Grace’s place with their family. The Bailey Boys have lost enough, and he can’t risk things going badly between them and his brothers losing someone else they care about. He is the quintessential protective big brother, Bailey – always worrying about his family and making sure they are toeing the line. And with four younger brothers, that’s no easy feat.

Grace is a sweetheart who has grown up with this band of brothers next door and adores them as much as if they were her own. Her relationship with Asher has always had that little something extra, and they are protective and supportive of each other. We get to see them realize things are more than they were when she comes home from college for summer break. When Asher realizes how deep his feelings are for her, he asks for one summer to prove to her that this is real and that they should see it through.

Everything goes smoothly and wonderfully – until it doesn’t. I suppose, technically, it qualifies as a “cliffhanger” in the sense that they don’t get their HEA at the end of this book. But the author states outright in the description, “The Baily Brothers are meant to be read in order, and Grace and Asher’s story concludes in book two, Fighting for Us.” And it does, and it’s all you could hope for them.

Fighting for Us starts by showing us where Asher is at mentally. He’s been that guy in prison for the last seven years. All he’s done is fight, fight, fight, and it’s taken a huge toll on him mentally. Then he gets let out a year early and hasn’t had a chance to cope or adjust to that before he’s being picked up by his brothers and taken back to Tilikum. He is a mess and can’t face the thought of Grace moving on and him being left behind.

Except she didn’t. She bought that house and started working on it so they would have somewhere to live when he got out. To show him that she never faltered, never doubted, and waited for him just like she said she would, no matter what he said.

It’s a hard road for them to find each other again, and we see the steel in Grace. She knows what she wants, and she does everything she can to help him so they can get their happily ever after – even when Asher is his own worst enemy.

We get a glimpse of how hard things were for his brothers after he was taken away. He is the linchpin of the family and never realized it. They all suffered while he was gone and must cope with all the feelings now that he’s back. He and Levi especially butt heads, but they all work through it, and Asher and Grace finally get that happily ever after.

In Unraveling Him, we spend time with the grumpiest Bailey brother, Evan. No one knows what happened to him, only that he came home from college after everything went down with Asher and turned into a mostly silent shell of who he used to be. He avoids people and spends all his time at his shop in the mountains with his fabulously fearsome dog, Sasquatch.

And there he stayed until Fiona, a plant-loving ray of sunshine, talked her way into his garage and his home. He allowed her to talk him into letting her use his garage to fix her car in exchange for help getting a rare classic car. She was good to her word, however weird she appeared to be, and the benefit of getting it out from under the nose of Luke Haven was just icing on the cake.

As they work and live together, we see all the trouble Fiona’s father has caused and how crappy she is treated and are glad she has someone like Evan to help her out, even if he isn’t exactly willing. We find out what the heck happened to make Even retreat so far into himself that even his brothers have no idea what to do about him.

And my, does she ever have a way with those Tilikum squirrels . . . that might just be the best prank they’ve ever pulled!

Gavin’s story is Rushing In. Oh, my goodness. They have their hands full with this guy. He is fearless and a daredevil, and it was hilarious that he survived deploying a fire shelter in the middle of a wildfire without a scratch on him, only to walk off the curb on his way to a celebratory beer, get hit by a car, and break his leg. And this is how he held still long enough to fall in love.

Gavin is the insane Bailey Brother. I’m just going to throw that out there. The guy has no fear, total confidence in his ability to not die no matter what crazy thing he’s currently doing, and an instinct for danger that is amazing at keeping him in one piece.

Skylar, on the other hand, is a suspense author who is afraid of so many things. She uses her writing to cope with her fears, but she’s been blocked for a while and is struggling to figure out what her next step is now that she’s been dropped by her boyfriend/publisher. When she pumps out an entire chapter while Gavin sits with her, a plan is born.

They are so cute together, with Gavin fighting against his attraction to his boss’s daughter, and Skylar uncertain if he’s really into her or if it’s her imagination. And the random, morbid facts she throws out are fun. Add in a murder cabin, and it’s all good fun.

The feeling around town starts to escalate from silly pranks to more serious stuff in this book and really raises the stakes of finding the Montgomery treasure and putting the Havens in their place.

Next, we finally get Logan’s story in Chasing her Fire. He’s the goofy Baily brother and always has a new, fun nickname for his twin Levi. He’s a firefighter as well and a major contributor to the pranks against the Havens. He’s lighthearted and stubborn and lots of fun.

Cara is well practiced at hiding her true self. She’s got a crappy family and wears her armor with everyone but her bestie, Grace. She’s a much better person that she gives herself credit for. When Grace isn’t watching, she has a habit of causing well-deserved mayhem in people lives.

Logan and Cara have been fighting since we first saw them together in Fighting for Us. Alas, a night of drunken sex results in a surprise pregnancy, and they must figure out how to deal with the situation without constantly fighting with each other. It isn’t easy, and they have to face their deepest fears and come through them to be together. Worth it. Things with the Haven’s escalate even further, bringing tensions between the family’s to an all-time high.

The final story, Rewriting the Stars, is hands down my favorite. Levi is my favorite Bailey brother. He’s stable, responsible, fun, a little serious, and his interior monologue is pretty dang funny at times (looking at you, Mrs. Doolittle). The stuff he puts up with from his brothers would be enough to drive anyone nuts and everyone’s habit of wandering into each other’s houses is never more karmic than here.

Annika, the youngest Haven sibling, and only girl is surrounded by a slew of over-protective big brothers that don’t listen to reason. We finally get a peek on the other side of that curtain, and they are just as interesting as the Bailey Brothers. She’s a single mom with an adorable little guy, trying to get back on her feet after baby daddy dropped her.

Levi and Annika have been friends for a while, but no one is allowed to know because it’s against the feud. One night, their contact goes from texting to the real world, and they realize nothing will ever be the same. They must find a way to end the feud so they can be together. Tensions between their families are at a breaking point as all hell breaks loose. The way they navigate through is so awesome and it just gives you all the feels to see it happen.

I absolutely love the characters in this series. They stay true to their personalities and grow and change over time in ways that are believable and wonderful. I can’t recommend it enough if you love small town romances full of happily ever afters. The guys make adorable dads, you just want to squish them, they are so cute with their kids. And the bonus epilogue, you guys. Oh my gosh. Read it. It just makes you so happy.

These books are for mature audiences only, and are available on Amazon. Read them as soon as you have a chance! You can find the entire Bailey Brothers Series on Amazon. As an Amazon Associate, I earn on qualifying purchases.

If you like these books you may also enjoy books with these tags and categories Romantic Comedy, Small Town, and Contemporary Romance.

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