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no cowboy, very little romance, and way too much drama was not the book for me.
Reviewed in the United States on January 31, 2020
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.