A Leatherneck by any other name can still kick ass, which is just what retired United States Marine Corps Captain Tanner Wilks plans to do when he returns to his Texas family ranch to care for his ailing father. And nothing will stop him from achieving his mission—not even a lithe, brown-eyed town veterinarian who seems hell-bent on driving him wild.
Captain Tanner Wilks, honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps, returns home to find his father struggling after his latest heart attack. Worse yet, Julia Heller—the sexy new girl in town that he once spent a hot night with—is the resident veterinarian who’s made a home for herself at Round Top ranch, and doesn’t seem to be in a rush to repeat their time together.
It falls on Tanner’s shoulders to take on the ranch and keep an eye on his father before he falls victim to another heart attack. But Julia doesn’t appreciate Tanner coming in or pursuing her. Even if he’s hot as hell and can make her quiver with just a look. Ousting her may give Tanner the leverage he needs to corral his father, but first he has to wrestle with his own heart.
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I love the story! Just wish there was more. I wish it continued about them not someone else.
Another great read from Heather Long!
Another great read from Heather Long! I loved watching the hero have to work for his chance with the girl and I really loved seeing father and son come to terms with their relationship.
Tanner Wilks is not happy to be coming home. He knows it’s not going to be easy dealing with his father and he’s not quite ready to be hanging up his military career, but duty has called and he knows coming home is the right thing to do. What he doesn’t know and takes him by surprise is how hard and fast he is falling for the local vet – who happens to be renting a place on his family’s property and has some very strict rules about not getting involved with any of the locals.
Julia Heller is determined to gain the trust of all the local ranchers. She knew when her uncle retired and she took over his practice that this was not going to be an easy task, so keeping her personal and professional lives separate is something that is non-negotiable. Of course, doing what’s right and doing the right thing aren’t always the same, especially if her heart has any say in the matter!
I just loved watching these two come together. There is no denying the instant attraction between these two and they certainly had a lot of fun getting down and dirty with each other when they first met. Tanner did come on a bit too strong and way too bossy with Julia once she lets him know that she has her rules and dating a local is a definite no. He’s a bit to cocky and confident that if he just says it then it will happen – and I loved Julia shutting him down and letting him know that she and her career deserved more respect than that. I loved that despite having to fight off Tanner’s advances, Julia always managed to see the vulnerable side of Tanner, especially when it came to his dad. She offered him some things to think about when it came to his relationship, and, when he really needed her support, she was always there. And even though Tanner was a bit of a domineering jerk at first, I did love that he was all in from the moment he realized that Julia was the one for him – even if that meant waiting her out.
Along with the romance there is the story of Tanner and his father that plays into Tanner and Julia’s romance. Tanner has to learn how to have a relationship with his father, something that his father isn’t really interested in doing. And Tanner’s father is less than happy that his son and his vet might be having an affair. And even though these two didn’t exactly end up hugging things out, I did find their reconciliation to be on point for these two characters.
This was a quick read that was still able to have well developed characters with lots of emotion. The supporting characters were woven nicely into the main story and even though we really don’t get a lot of info about Tanner’s siblings, there’s just enough of a tease to make you want to know more about them and some of the other locals that are in the book.
I am always excited to get my hands on a Heather Long book and this one did not disappoint. I look forward to reading more of her cowboys and would recommend this book to any romance lover.