Not everyone has a hero's welcome home.
Joseph landed in Baytown when he left the military and had nowhere else to go. Used to being a loner, he discovered the small coastal town offered friendship… but love? That wasn't even on his radar.
Until meeting her. The infuriatingly, independent veterinarian. Known to all as Sam, to him she would always be Samantha.
When danger lurks for her, Joseph privately vows to protect her. But who will protect his heart when all he wants is to love someone?
Military duty called them away to war zones, but after tours overseas, the group of friends found their way back home as men, seeking the peaceful little seaside town. Now, the band of brothers, together once more, work to provide a place for less fortunate veterans to call home.
After leaving the service, Joseph visits Baytown. He works for Jason and drives a towing truck to assist at the garage. He meets the vet to tow her car and although his foot ends in his mouth a few times, he genuinely lives Sam. She is not what he thinks but is still intrigued. As their relationship continues, he needs to find a purpose before he leaves. He watches her around animals and also finds kittens and decides to keep them. The buzz among the vet store is the type of puppy brought in that could be a wolf/dog mix and she is worried about what could happen but has no proof. Joseph decides to assist and also to be in charge of the Dog Rescue in the next county and both of them plan to visit the farm that may hold some proof of this hybrid dog. She follows one of her employees to is stealing rabies vaccine and calls local police to help and then calls Joseph but can’t finish call. She is taken and Joseph is worried and you will have to read this exciting story to see how it ends.
Putting Down Roots
After leaving the Navy and his two new friends behind, Joseph traveled the country. He’s a wanderer, never staying in one place too long. Never putting down roots, forming lasting relationships, or having a place to call home. He’s quiet, highly intelligent, and a hard worker. A jack of all trades, master of none. Now, he finds himself on the other end of the bridge that will take him into Baytown and back to his friends...
Samantha, aka Sam, is the area veterinarian. She’s a hard worker, is sentimental, but tough as nails. She’s mighty, but petite. When called out to assist her friends on a possible poisoning, she hops in her old trusty truck and heads out—barely making it there. When her truck won’t start, a tow truck is called in to assist. Joseph, the new tow truck driver, arrives only to stick his foot in his mouth when assuming Sam is a teen and not the vet. They get off to a rocky start—especially when he insults her again at the American Legion meeting. But there’s something about her “fire” that draws Joseph in. He finds the longer he’s around her, the less he wants to move on. He actually wants to settle in Baytown! First, he has to get her on board with his plan. There’s also a little rescue in the mix—just to keep things interesting.
I truly enjoyed learning about wolf-hybrids and the banning of such animals, activity. I love that there’s always a topic to be learned when reading a Maryann Jordan novel. This is an insta-love story with pets! I loved that Joseph was able to realize he didn’t want to live the overindulgent life as his parents. I’m glad he wanted to do something worthwhile and beneficial to society. Joseph’s respectful actions with elderly vets was extremely touching. I liked how Sam was able to “calm the giant” and bring him out of his shell. The twist at the end was surprising! I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.