Wealthy cowboy, James MacLachlan, is content running his massive family ranch and starting an equine therapy program for special needs children. After his mother died in childbirth, and witnessing his father’s destruction at the loss of true love, James sticks to casual affairs. Marriage and children are risks he won’t take.

Reese Turner visits Cypress Creek, Texas, to complete a photo assignment for National Geographic and buy back her grandparents’ cottage. After disastrous romances, she’s sworn off men to focus on her career. Marriage and the babies she longs for can wait. When she runs into an old flame, she decides she can live out a fantasy, then leave town to pursue her dreams.

But love doesn’t play by the rules…

Although ‘Her Second Chance Cowboy’ is this author’s debut novel it is listed as a ‘Cypress Creek’ novel, which implies to me that it’s a series… so I’m going to treat it as such until proven otherwise.  🙂

Titles in the ‘Cypress Creek‘ series include — Her Second Chance Cowboy

Title:  Her Second Chance Cowboy
Series:  A Cypress Creek Novel
Author:  Makenna Lee
Genre:  Romance
Published:  July 20, 2020
Publisher:  Entangled Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars

Her Second Chance Cowboy‘ is a second-chance romance that sort of sneaks up on you as two people, once in love, are reunited when Reese returns to Cypress Creek hoping to buy her grandparent’s cottage.  It’s her hope to reclaim good memories and to make a base from which to begin her photographic career with National Geographic.  She’s looking for a home, and certainly wasn’t looking to relive one of the most humiliating moments of her romantic life… but then, there was James, in all his grown-up glory and he now owned the property she wants.

The last person James expected to run into again was Reese.  His mistake with her was one of the regrets of his life, it was just plain dumb, and he would have tried to fix it if he could.  Now she’s back wanting a property that means something to her.  He won’t sell, but he will make an arrangement for her to use the cottage – and maybe, just maybe he can fix what he broke so long ago.

I enjoyed ‘Her Second Chance Cowboy‘ very much.  It’s a believable second chance with a thoughtful ‘treasure hunt’ mystery scattered throughout Reese and James working their way back to each other.  There are definitely twists, turns, things left unsaid that should have been brought up, and their past to get beyond before Reese and James can enjoy that happy ever after they both want.

I’m being a bit vague, I know, but I don’t willingly do spoilers (or I try not to) – and I do believe that there are enough twists in this story that you should experience (and try to figure them out) firsthand.  I enjoyed this couple, they are facing an uphill climb to get to that happy ending.  Yet the journey was believable, as I was quickly page-flipping to find out what happens next.  I loved the notes, and hearing James read Reese’s first unfinished romance to her was heart-melting.  Little gems tucked into a really good story.  I’m hoping this will be the start of a series – I’ve already checked the author’s website to know that there are more releases soon… so time will tell.  But right now, you should be checking out ‘Her Second Chance Cowboy‘ for an emotional, mysterious good time.

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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