At Big Chance Animal Rescue,
Even humans get a second chance
After a disastrous mistake disbanded his Army unit, Adam Collins has returned home to Big Chance, Texas. He just wants to sell the family ranch, set up his sister and grandfather with the funds, and then ride off into the sunset.
Lizzie Vanhook has landed back in her small western town, heartbroken and jobless. Adding to her troubles is the unruly stray who’s claimed her as his own. Lizzie knows she’s in over her head. Enter Adam—not only does he work with big dogs, he’s also tall, dark, handsome, and the one who got away…
Adam wants nothing to do with other people, much less dogs. But when his old flame asks him to help her train her scruffy dog, he can’t say no. As his reluctant heart opens up, the impossible seems possible: a second chance with the woman he’s always loved in a place where he, his friends, and the other strays who show up can heal and call home, Big Chance, Texas.
These big-hearted dogs (and their humans!) all need that last, great chance at finding home…and a forever sort of love.
This busy but inspiring contemporary piles drama, family ties, PTSD, and animal rescue on top of romance. Adam Collins rejected his high school girlfriend, Lizzie Vanhook, so he could sever ties with his hometown and enlist in the Army. Twelve years later, he returns to fictitious Big Chance, Tex., looking for peace and quiet so he can recover from his combat trauma. Lizzie needs help training her out-of-control dog, D-Day, and she thinks canine expert Adam is the best person for the job, despite their painful history. When she asks for his help, long-buried feelings resurface. Adam still mourns the loss of Tank, his IED-detecting dog, but he finds it difficult to resist D-Day, who quickly becomes Adam's assistant. Then members from his former team (all recovering from an explosion he blames himself for) seek solace on Adam's farm, and his ranch becomes a shelter for wounded animals and veterans. The romance is overshadowed by the rest of the goings-on, but everything else is enjoyable, too. Stanley hits the mark with wonderfully complex, caring characters; catchy dialogue; and lessons in self-esteem, loyalty, and forgiveness.
Big Chance Cowboy
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This was a delightful story and I couldn't put it down book it is a wonderful take in the first in a series. I so look forward to more of the charming town and army veterans that made appearances here.
Adams Collins comes home to Big Chance, Texas after his last mission in the army goes awry killing one and wounding the others. Adams carries the guilt around with him like a heavy mantle. He wants to sale the family ranch and help his sister with their grandfather whiling getting out of town.
Lizzie Vanhook is back in town after a break-up with her boyfriend. Her father also needs help is his real estate business as he is dealing with a medical issue.
This was a delightful tale. I adored reading how Adam overcomes his military experiences and finds a true calling.
I loved how this story was written in a dual POV format. This is my favorite as I can read their thoughts in a given scene. It really helps me to better understand a character.
It is a sexy read. Nothing overtly graphic and it a "less is more" type of romance. I would highly recommend this story to anyone over the age of 18.