Friday, May 13, 2016

Welcome Home, Cowboy by Annie Rains

Book Description

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 Julie's shocked when one of her first students dives in headfirst—and 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 hasn't been able to fly. When a psychologist orders him to attend, of all things, a yoga class, Lawson's outraged—until he finds out Julie is the instructor. She's beautiful, graceful, and completely guarded when it comes to his advances, but he's determined to find out what makes her tick. Because underneath Julie's hard shell is a woman Lawson knows he could fall for—and he's not ready for the ride to end.

AVAILABLE: April 26, 2016

Hero's Welcome Series
Welcome to Forever (Book 1)
Welcome to Forever - Starting Today (Book 1.5)
Welcome Home, Cowboy (Book 2)
Welcoming the Bad Boy (Book 3) *Available August 2, 2016

Welcome Home, Cowboy is the second book in Annie Raines' Hero's Welcome series.  In this series, Annie takes us to the town on Seaside, North Carolina where the military has a STRONG presence.  This was my first book I've read by this author and I thought Welcome Home, Cowboy was an enjoyable read with good characters.  Each book can be read as a standalone and not miss anything from the others in the series.

Julie Chandler is trying to put her life back together in Seaside.  She came back home after a difficult break up with her boyfriend/boss.  In a last ditch effort, she presents a therapeutic yoga class at the local VA for military members suffering from PTSD.  When she is given a 30 day (unpaid) trial period, all she needs to do is convince a group of stubborn marines to give her program a real chance.

Marine pilot Lawson Phillips was born to fly.  But ever since he lost a crew member in a helicopter crash, Lawson just hasn't been able even able to look a helicopter without breaking out in a sweat.  Being ordered to take a yoga class isn't going to help him get past his fears.  But when he sees who the instructor is, MAYBE he is willing to show up again.

The progression of Lawson and Julie's relationship is a sweet, steady pace.  The only thing (for me), is I wish there was a little more "heat" between them.  I still really enjoyed how these characters grew and developed together and as individuals.  And I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

Rating: 4 out of 5

**I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.**