He was her first love…
But some things she can’t forget
Busy small-town veterinarian Emily Fielding is finally ready to take on some help. The best man for the job, however, is Wes Marlow—who broke her heart in high school. Though Wes has a way with horses and a way of melting her resolve, Emily needs to keep things purely professional. Wes left her once—will he do it again? Because she can’t lose her heart a second time…
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Heroes of Shelter Creek
Book 1: Reunited with the Cowboy
Book 2: After the Rodeo
Book 3: Her Surprise Cowboy
Book 4: Rescuing the Rancher
Book 5: Second Chance Cowboy
A Shared Love of Animals
Emily put up a lot of walls and Wes’s sudden departure without any follow up contact in the fifteen years since started the process. Emily eventually accepts his reasons why, but still holds him at arm’s length afraid to get her heart broken again. She seems to have a chip on her shoulder much of the book, thinking that too many of her clients aren’t happy that her father left his veterinary practice to a woman. She is overworked and struggling to find another vet to lighten her load when she agrees to let Wes work for her on a temporary basis. I loved his escape artist dog Rex who enjoys watching animals on TV. The messy bald eagle rescue made he laugh out loud. The horse Fancy made me cry over what she endured. It was great to catch up with the people of Shelter Creek, their meddling, romances, and expanding families.
Second Chance Cowboy
I received a complimentary copy of this book and I am voluntarily reviewing it.
While this is a part of a series and some of the prior characters make multiple appearances, you don’t have to read them to fully enjoy this story.
Wes was a foster boy that came and stayed with Emily and her parents for 4 years. Wes and Emily loved to tag behind her father, who was the local veterinarian. The two made plans to both become vets and take over the practice. During their senior year in high school, they went from being friends who helped each other to being in love. That was why Wes’ adrupt departure in the middle of the night right before prom, crushed Emily. In the fifteen years since Wes has been gone, there has not been any word from Wes. Emily did take over her father’s practice but she is working herself to the bone and is exhausted. When Wes shows back up in Shelter Creek can he explain why he left? Why didn’t he contact the family since leaving? Can Emily forgive him?
This book is written in my favorite dual POV format. I love that as it gives me that glimpse into the characters’ thoughts. I can more fully understand the characters and their actions during a scene that way.
This is a sweet, clean story. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a second chance with a first love.
A great story!
Veterinarian Emily Fielding has a great but very busy life as Shelter Creeks only vet after her father retires. Wes Marlowe is not only the man who broke her heart but a former foster child of her parents. When he returns to Shelter Creek many years after suddenly disappearing she is surprised to find out he too has become a veterinarian. A vet who needs a job! This is a great story of redemption, love and letting go of hurt feelings.