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She thought she’d protected her heart…

After a tumultuous childhood, nurse Jamie Westmoreland craves the comfort of predictability. She loves her quiet life in a small Texas ranching town and finally feels in control until a handsome rancher becomes her newest patient. He challenges her at every turn, but Jamie is too stubborn to admit she enjoys their sparring, and that he makes her heart race. But when his charming little cowboy son starts following her around, her long-neglected heart opens.

Thomas Tremayne, the eldest son of a well-respected local ranching family, is both mom and dad to his young son and has no plans to change. When a ranch injury requires an in-house expert, the nurse who called him out on his attitude is sent to help him heal. She’s even harder to resist on his ranch than she was at the hospital, but Thomas is determined to try—except he’s out-numbered. His son decided he wants a mom, and nurse Jamie is his choice.

Can two stubborn adults let down their guard long enough to let love in again?

Cheri

4.0 out of 5 stars Grumpy Cowboy Single Dad

Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2021

This story really sucked me in from the start. It can be tricky when a child is featured prominently in a romance. Now the main characters have to have chemistry between each other and with the child. Let’s face it, a parent is not going to jump into a relationship with someone who doesn’t get along with their child. The author does an amazing job with the relationship between Jamie and little Andy. She never oversteps her role as his dad’s nurse, but still manages to give the young boy love and support.

Not to worry, there is also plenty of chemistry between Jamie and Thomas. He’s the classic grumpy cowboy who is used to being in control. He has a hard time letting anyone, especially a stranger, take care of him. He is never disrespectful or rude, per se. But it’s obvious Thomas isn’t comfortable having Jamie in his home, winning the hearts of his son and the rest of his family.

Jamie has a dark and traumatic past. (CW: abuse, neglect) She doesn’t trust easily, especially when it comes to men. She’s also extremely caring and giving so it’s hard for her to keep people at arm’s length as she would prefer.

There was a lot to like about this book. There were some timeline issues, but nothing major that disrupted the flow of the story too much. There is some interesting and terrible history in the Tremayne family past and I’m hoping it gets delved into a bit more with the other sibling’s stories.

**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**

Miss_Kiki

VINE VOICE

5.0 out of 5 stars A sweet small-town romance

Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2021

Jamie Westmoreland and Thomas Tremayne first met in the hospital where he was recovering from an injury that required surgery. Neither one of them really liked the other. Jamie soon finds herself in the position of caring for Thomas at his ranch, as a private-duty nurse. Taking care of a stubborn cowboy was definitely not what she signed up to do.

Thomas is a single father and a hard worker. He isn’t going to let this injury keep him down. He has a ranch to run and a son to raise. Then he finds out the prickly nurse from the hospital is going to be staying with him to help him through the rest of his recovery. Little did Thomas or Jamie know, they would soon find themselves falling in love.

I enjoyed seeing Jamie and Thomas let their guard down enough to get to know each other and finally fall in love. I really liked Andy, Thomas’s son, a lot. He sure did steal a few scenes. This is the perfect start to a new series that I look forward to catching up with.

bogo1944

Recommended and rated this book

5 stars

Oh boy that Debra Holt can write, I have loved some of her previous books and this one grabbed me from the first and didn’t let go till the heartwarming end, I am recommending this to all romance reader’s. I was given an advance reader’s copy of this book in exchange for my review and here it is with all its five stars.