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Lucky Chance Cowboy: A Veteran Rancher Woos an Overworked and Jaded Woman into Believing in Love (Big Chance Dog Rescue Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B07Y5NK5T1
- Publisher : Sourcebooks Casablanca (January 28, 2020)
- Publication date : January 28, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2160 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 352 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #122,996 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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What is up with this title? There were no cowboys in this story or in this series for that matter and it does the book a disservice. This series revolves around a ranch that plans to take shelter dogs and teach them to help veterans in need, the Big Chance Dog Rescue is more than a dog rescue, it’s a place for injured veterans to find their way back from all sorts of situations they survived while serving their country. I love the premise of this series, but for me this book was too predictable, a bit disappointing, and I just didn’t feel the connection between the hero and heroine.
Marcus Talbot is at his buddy’s ranch to finish his rehabilitation before proving to the medical board he is ready to go back to combat. While there he is training Patton to be a mobility support dog one he is relying on while getting back into shape.
Emma Stern sits on the board of directors at her brother’s dog rescue and will do anything to help him succeed except train dogs even though she’s good at it. She wants to deny the attraction she feels towards Marcus, her brother’s Army buddy and friend, but she can’t; she can however stay far away as she knows that he has demons she can’t help because she’s tried before and failed.
Both Marcus and Emma have a lot of baggage and it doesn’t help that they are both hiding a big part of themselves from the world and each other. Marcus flirts, we are told it excites Emma but I just didn’t feel it. I felt for so much of this book they were at odds, then they’d move a little closer, then at odds again, then closer, and then back to being at odds, and honestly it was exhausting. I get Emma had been hurt and was still harboring a lot of frustration and guilt from what happened with her husband, but I felt like she was putting all of that onto Marcus. Marcus was no better he refused to believe he had a problem, he lied to himself and others about how bad his injury was still affecting him, and he wouldn’t talk about either one. It took far too long for them to open up to each other and even when they did then it was two steps back.
Add in two major setbacks at the ranch, one of which seemed contrived and the other that seemed added to kick them when they were down and I grew very weary while reading this because it seemed like it just went from one crisis to another without very much good in between to make it satisfying.
I’ve read Ms. Stanley in the past and have enjoyed her work, but Lucky Chance Cowboy which contained no cowboy, very little romance, and way too much drama was not the book for me.
Review copy provided for a voluntary review.
She first set eyes on him in the Big Chance Dairy Queen when she and her grandfather stopped in to get a bite to eat. There he was, a tall, well-built man who oozed sexuality and hotness. The guy with him didn't even register. Emma Collins Stern, emotionally depleted widow, was so discombobulated she couldn't even place her order. When she turned around to check on her grandfather who suffers from dementia and sometimes wanders she found him sitting down with the hot guy who just happened to pay for their order. Emma walked over to collect her grandfather and thank the hot guy when he invited her to join them. As she was about to sit down at their booth to join them the hot guy's bottle of the prescription painkiller Percocet fell to the floor and rolled her way. Game changer! She collected her grandfather and told the guys she was getting their food to go. Emma wasn't going to travel that road again. Too much emotional upheaval along that road. But too bad Emma couldn't avoid the hot guy since it turned out he was her brother Adam's friend and would be staying with Adam at the Big Chance Dog Rescue.
Marcus Talbot was instantly attracted to the pretty lady he first saw at the Dairy Queen. Fortunately he would still have a chance to get to know her when he found out she is his friend's sister. He isn't planning to stay in Big Chance since he's sure his recuperation from the major back injury he sustained in a bomb blast in Afghanistan would end up seeing him back with his Army unit if he worked hard enough. Couldn't hurt to get to know Emma though. Maybe get to "know" her very well.
Lucky Chance Cowboy by Teri Anne Stanley is the second book in her Big Chance Dog Rescue series. I loved the first book in the series, Big Chance Cowboy. Teri Anne Stanley continues her excellent storytelling about wounded vets and rescue dogs being trained to assist them in this story. This was an emotional read . When you are talking injured vets, whether physically or emotionally, there's going to be lots of emotion involved in the story. Teri Anne Stanley handles the emotional parts of the story extremely well. Her words make you feel and make you want to do whatever you can to make the situation better. I enjoyed watching the two main characters, Emma and Marcus, realize that they would be happier together than apart. Emma was hesitant because her deceased husband returned home from deployment in the Middle East with PTSD exacerbated with drugs and alcohol. Marcus doesn't think he can be anything but a combat soldier. They both need each other and so this was a joyful HEA for me.
This story belongs to Emma Stern and Marcus Talbott.
Emma, the sister of Adam, founder of the rescue ranch, is also a widow of a veteran that came back ill and addicted to pain killers. She has not recovered from her past and has no desire to get involved with another soldier.
Marcus was injured in the same mission that ended Adam’s career, and is at the ranch while he recovers from his injury. He’s determined to get well and go back to war.
But fate has a way of changing their lives both personally and career wise.
While the characters were complex and likable, the story was engaging and at times heartbreaking.
Once again, thanks to this talented author we are reminded the effects of war on the troops. The need to help, not only as a nation but also as individuals these brave men and women who risk their lives for our freedom.
Another wonderful story in this series.
I was entrusted a copy of this book by Netgalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca. The opinions expressed are solely my own.