Make Me Blush by Marie Johnston

POV: Dual 1st Person
PoP: 45%
Tropes: Single Mom; Small Town; Damaged Hero
Series: Oil Barrons book 3
Type of Series: Series of Standalones
Rate:  5/5 Stars
Release Date: August 16, 2022

Holden and Emery meet at a bar and have a one-night stand.  They both that that was the end of it and never expected to see one another again.  However, neither can stop thinking about the other.  They meet again when Holden is tasked by his cousin Stetson to help with a youth football league where Holden finds out that Emery is the mom of one of his players.

She has just gotten divorced and moved to the small town that her mother has lived in for years to start over.  Holden’s family are a real treat of chaos.  His mom is one of the worst, but his sister is one that you just want to hold tight.  The Barron kids are truly products of the environment but are working to be better people than their parents.  Holden has lived his life a certain way and has become jaded with his lifestyle.  He is getting to the point where he wants more.  Your heart breaks for him when you find out the motivation behind his not wanting to get close to people and pursue any real relationships, but he doesn’t really have a choice when it comes to Emery because these two are destined for each other.  Henry the ex, is a douche of the highest order and I love the fact that Holden is willing to step in and up when he needs to with Em’s 4 kids.  In the previous books you got a version of Holden, and I am truly happy to see that what you saw was only a glimpse of the surface.  He is an amazing well-rounded person who just needed to find the one person that holds him tight and won’t let go.  Emery is strong, so strong but even falters when she is feeling like she has no other choices.  But I love the fact that while Holden lets her step back… it doesn’t last long.  This series just keeps getting better and I can’t wait for more.