Series: Hero's Welcome #2
Published by Loveswept on April 26th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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After a bad breakup leaves Julie Chandler completely devastated, she comes to Seaside seeking a fresh start. A talented, compassionate yoga teacher, she has developed a program to help alleviate the effects of PTSD, but getting a bunch of bullheaded Marines into downward facing dog might be impossible. So JulieÔÇÖs shocked when one of her first students dives in headfirstÔÇöand almost tempts her to take down her walls with his easy smile and electrifying touch.
Ever since Texas cowboy turned Marine pilot Lawson Phillips lost a crew member in a helicopter accident, he hasnÔÇÖt been able to fly. When a psychologist orders him to attend, of all things, a yoga class, LawsonÔÇÖs outragedÔÇöuntil he finds out Julie is the instructor. SheÔÇÖs beautiful, graceful, and completely guarded when it comes to his advances, but heÔÇÖs determined to find out what makes her tick. Because underneath JulieÔÇÖs hard shell is a woman Lawson knows he could fall forÔÇöand heÔÇÖs not ready for the ride to end.
With its thriving military base, Seaside, North Carolina, is teeming with heroes of all stripes. But, as the HeroÔÇÖs Welcome series from Annie Rains continues, it takes a cowboy to rescue the townÔÇÖs newest resident from heartache.
The second in Annie Rains HeroÔÇÖs Welcome series, Welcome Home Cowboy is a sweet and delightful follow-up. We met Lawson Phillips and Julie Chandler in Welcome To Forever and there was a bit of that ÔÇ£hate/likeÔÇØ chemistry going on between them. A year later and not much has changed.
In Welcome To Forever, Lawson provided for much comic relief and I had an yearning for more of this man. He embodies what I think of when someone says a ÔÇ£tall drink of waterÔÇØ, what with his rugged exterior and good looks. The bonus with Lawson is in his snarky humor and loyalty. When we catch up with him in Welcome Home Cowboy, heÔÇÖs a man going through something he doesnÔÇÖt know how to deal with and heÔÇÖs in a place of denial. Having suffered a loss, he finds himself cut off from his passion at work. When heÔÇÖs forced into attending a yoga class as a means to help him work through stress, he gets something he never expects.
Julie is just trying to get by. She doesnÔÇÖt have a steady job but in trying to take an initiative to create a means for herself, sheÔÇÖs put right in Lawson’s path. Or maybe heÔÇÖs put in hers…either way, these two make magic. ThereÔÇÖs reluctance from both sides and yet they seem to be in fated. What she has, her calm and focus is what he needs. What he offers is exactly what will help Julie to move on from her own trauma.
They are a sweet couple, brought together by unusual circumstances. Both worthy of happiness. ThereÔÇÖs little outside drama as Rains keeps the focus on what Lawson and Julie offer each other, and what they gain in risking their hearts. With a least one more book in the series, I hope we get to catch up with Lawson and Julie again.
~Review by Cyndi
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ÔÇ£Come ride with me anytime,ÔÇØ he said, helping her dismount from the horse when they were back at the barn. He didnÔÇÖt place his hands on her ass this time, which was both regrettable and a relief. Instead, he steadied her waist with his hands. She turned to face him after he helped her to the ground, and was surprised to find how close they were standing. Close enough that the brim of his hat on her head nearly touched his chin.
ÔÇ£This belongs to you.ÔÇØ She took off the hat and went up on her tiptoes to put it back where it belonged. Their eyes locked as the movement brought them even closer together. Her heart bucked again, like a wild horse ready to bolt.
Returning to flat feet, she started to step away. Needed to step away. Too bad Bon-Bon was still behind her, blocking her escape.
ÔÇ£Julie?ÔÇØ he said, making her feet pause and her heart stutter. She liked the sound of her name on his lips. Low, deep.
ÔÇ£Yes?ÔÇØ she asked breathlessly.
He reached out his hand to tame a strand of her hair brushing against her cheek. ÔÇ£You have what I call hat-hair.ÔÇØ He took his time smoothing the hair around her ear, awakening every nerve in her body. Then he slowly dipped, keeping his blue-as-the-ocean eyes on hers, and kissed her.
She melted into him instead of stepping away. The side of his cheek on hers was warm and inviting, intoxicating. His tongue tapped softly against hers, just once, as he swept his hand behind her neck, pulling her gently toward him.
A soft moan escaped her throat, betraying her. She parted her lips for him, inviting him in, begging him to stay, which he did for just a moment longer. Then he broke it off, keeping it sweet. The kiss had threatened to be more, though. It had threatened to take her inside that barn, lay her down on a blanket of hay, and be a whole hell of a lot more.
ÔÇ£See you later, Lawson,ÔÇØ she said, forcing herself to step away from him, away from the horse and the barn. She turned toward her car and didnÔÇÖt look back. Otherwise, her hormones were going to win and drag this cowboy into the barn and slam the stall doors behind them.
ÔÇ£See you later, Julie,ÔÇØ he called after her.
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