After a disastrous mistake disbanded his Army unit, Adam Collins has returned home to Big Chance, Texas. He just wants to sell the family ranch, set up his sister and grandfather with the funds, and then ride off into the sunset.
Lizzie Vanhook has landed back in her hometown, heartbroken and jobless. Adding to her troubles is the unruly stray who’s claimed her as his own. Lizzie knows she’s in over her head. Enter Adam–not only does he work with dogs, but he’s also tall, dark, handsome, and the one who got away.
Adam wants nothing to do with other people, much less dogs. But when his old flame asks him to help her train her scruffy dog, he can’t say no. As his reluctant heart opens up, the impossible seems possible: a second chance with the woman he’s always loved in a place where he, his friends, and the other strays who show up can heal and call home, Big Chance, Texas.
Titles in the Big Chance Dog Rescue series include — Big Chance Cowboy – Lucky Chance Cowboy –
Title: Big Chance Cowboy
Series: Big Chance Dog Rescue #1
Author: Teri Anne Stanley
Genre: Modern Western Romance
Published: August 27, 2019
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating: 4.5 stars
There is something about the unconditional love of a dog (or any pet, really) that instantly draws me into a story. BIG CHANCE COWBOY begins the Big Chance Dog Rescue series with a heartbreaking – and a heartwarming – story of unconditional love leading to the forever kind of romance that I adore.
The cover description really gives you a good idea of what you’ll find in this story should you pick it up. What it doesn’t tell you about are the emotional connections you’ll make with the citizens of this small town, the ragtag group of lost souls that will find not only refuge but the promise of a future at the Big Chance Dog Rescue ranch or the love between one stubborn woman and one soul wounded man who need each other to find their way back from the past and forward to their future.
Adam will break your heart for all he’s gone through and eventually healing from. Somethings will never really go away, but they can fade to memories as life moves on. His reactions from start to finish make sense for what he’s experienced. PTSD is a very real experience that can destroy a person, no matter how it began. Lizzie and one rambunctious pup will bring Adam a peace he never expected to find. Lizzie returns home with the weight of the world on her shoulders. A second chance with the man she loved and one stubborn pup who knows what he wants will bring her the happiness that has eluded her so many times. Add to that mix the former members of Adam’s unit who seem to be finding their way to him for a job, for someone who understands what they went through, and perhaps, a second chance at a life that could include happiness and peace.
I loved BIG CHANCE COWBOY for so many reasons, and if you love a really good, realistic romance, believable healing from horrific events, a quirky small town, and two wounded, in different ways, people who get that second chance to get love right this time – oh, and adorable (maybe not in appearance but in attitude), mischievous pups galore – then you’ll want to grab this one. I had a blast and I’d recommend this one with no hesitation – now I need the next story, like right now. *grin*
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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