Author: Liz Isaacson
Series: Three Rivers Ranch #13
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Date: August 28, 2018
Publisher: AEJ Creative Works
A cowboy who works sixteen steps from the woman of his dreams… and doesn’t even know she’s there. Can a chance meeting in a different location open his eyes to a chance at love?
Boone Carver has landed in Three Rivers, Texas, glad to be near extended family and away from the ranch where his misdiagnosis caused the lives of hundreds of cattle. He bought the animal clinic and has been trying to make a life for himself one pet at a time. The office administrator, Nicole Hymas, has never liked him, and he’s not sure why. But it doesn’t matter. He’s only at the animal hospital three days a week and finding more peace as he participates in the equine therapy program at his cousin’s ranch.
Nicole’s lived her whole life in Three Rivers and spent the last fifteen years working her way from volunteer at Puppy Pawz to the office administrator. Boone doesn’t know it, but he stole the clinic from her when she couldn’t get the funds together to buy it. He just came waltzing into town with his veterinary license and his loads of cash—and she’s never told him nor forgiven him for it. And now she has to work only sixteen steps from him.
A chance encounter at a dog park sheds new light on the tall, talented Boone that Nicole can’t ignore. As they get to know each other better and start to dig into each other’s past, Nicole is the one who wants to run. This time from her growing admiration and attachment to Boone. From her aging parents. From herself.
But Boone feels the attraction between them too, and he decides he’s tired of running and ready to make Three Rivers his permanent home. Can Boone and Nicole use their faith to overcome their differences and find a happily-ever-after together?
**NOTE: This book used to be titled Love’s Pulse, but has been expanded by 20,000 words and rewritten to be included in the Three Rivers Ranch Romance series. It is QUITE different than the original story.**
Clean, christian lit quick read.
I liked the main characters for the most part. Boone was a nice guy and I never really figured out why he has such a hard time with his dad. Does dad behave like he does simply because Boone doesn’t fit the mold his father wants? And it is too bad that Boone is ashamed of dyslexia. A lot of people struggle with it and there is no need to feel less-than because of it. Nicole has some issues she really needs to work out. She needs to learn to communicate with people instead of internalizing her anger. It is too bad that she hadn’t been able to work things out with her siblings and felt she needed to put her life on hold instead of asking for help. It was a little surprising that Boone could overlook Nicole’s issues so quickly since he had been the recipient of her anger for a year.
This is definitely Christian lit and the characters pray for assistance a lot in addition to attending church. Not a lot of sermonizing. It didn’t feel heavy handed but if you don’t like Christian themes then give this book a pass.
I am still trying to figure out why a person who is so terrified of public singing that she mouths the words instead of singing them would join a choir at all but overall I liked the book.
No sex, language or violence