In a captivating novel spiced with holiday magic—perfect for fans of Rachel Gibson, Susan Mallery, and Molly O’Keefe—a rugged Montana man mends a Northeast girl’s jaded heart.
Boston veterinarian Hayley Scampini tends the city’s pampered pets but dreams of the rural life of a country vet. She’s single and determined to stay that way, convinced that love isn’t permanent enough to trust. Then a vacation to the Whisper Creek dude ranch introduces her to Daniel McKee, a sexy single dad who runs the kind of veterinary practice she aspires to—and rattles her conviction to keep men at a distance.
Managing a thriving practice, coping with the loss of his wife, and fighting a custody battle with his in-laws over his twin daughters, Daniel couldn’t be more overwhelmed. Hayley is a godsend, accompanying him in the field and winning over his girls. It doesn’t take Daniel long to realize he’s falling for this woman, hard and fast. So before Hayley returns to Boston, he extracts a promise: that she will return to Whisper Creek for Christmas. It’s the perfect time and place to show Hayley that the promise of a beautiful life together is something she can believe in.
Maggie McGinnis is fast becoming a new favorite go to author for me. This was the second book from this great author and she really is a new refreshing voice in contemporary small town romance. I really enjoy the ranch and all the colorful characters.
Hayley and her Boston practice made me giggle and roll my eyes, because I will admit I don’t understand the love of tiny dogs who are so overbred they can’t live a normal dog life. I also adored Hayley’s insistence that she’s just going to have a fling, and how much Daniel knocks her off her path without really meaning to.
Daniel is a fantastic hero because Hayley totally sneaks up on his blindside too. I loved his lively girls that added a touch of whimsy and mischief, and at several points I wanted to smack his mother in law. She had the right amount of evil grandmother even while I understood that everyone handles grief differently.
Overall this book left me with that warm and fuzzy feeling that stuck with me long after I finished. I highly recommend this to fans of sweet romances that have a healthy dose of sexy scenes.
I received a copy for the purpose of review. I was not compensated for my review.