A COWBOY'S SECOND ACT
To provide stability for his two young children, retired rodeo rider Josh Dempsey returns home to his family's Arizona ranch, part of which is used as a mustang sanctuary run by Cara Alverez.
Working with horses helps Cara deal with a tragic loss. When Josh asks her for parenting help in return for his support with the sanctuary, Cara is torn.
She is captivated by his adorable toddler son and baby daughter but isn't sure she can survive another blow to the heart.
Unless a cowboy looking for his own second chance can show her how to love again.
While the story is rather realistic, and down to earth, it has plenty of swoon worthy moments, moments that make you just sigh.
Cara's pain from losing her child is devastating, as one can only imagine. Her guilt, regret, and loss are ten fold on the anniversary of the death. She says she is broken, she doesn't deserve any new happiness, or joy in her life, and definitely will never be ready for a new romance after the way her ex betrayed her trust.
Josh, a single father of two little ones, after a tough court battle with her addict ex, is over his head with his kids, work, and the new life at the ranch. The attraction he feels towards Cara might be the last thing he needs right now, but he feels the connection, and is willing to wait for Cara to be ready, he's willing to fight for a chance of happiness again.
I loved how patient, kind, and good man Josh is, with his kids, with Cara, just in general. No matter how much Cara struggles with her past, the pain and hurt from her loss, and previous marriage, he stands by her.
Even though this is easily to be read as a stand alone, it is a part of the series, and the financial struggles on the ranch continues, even though the new ownership by the brothers seems to be going better now, they are finding some common ground, and learning to work as a team. Can't wait for Cole's story later in the spring.
A sweet, clean, refreshingly realistic love story, about second chances in life, with lots of adorable moments, cute kids, and wild horses
~ Four Spoons
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me