4 Hearts · Adult Contemporary

Welcome Home, Cowboy (Hero’s Welcome #2) by Annie Rains

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Welcome Home, Cowboy
A Hero’s Welcome #2
By: Annie Rains
Releasing April 26, 2016
Loveswept

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Blurb

With its thriving military base, Seaside, North Carolina, is teeming with heroes of all stripes. But, as the Hero’s Welcome series from Annie Rains continues, it takes a cowboy to rescue the town’s newest resident from heartache.

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.Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

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              Received an ARC from Netgalley for an Honest Review. 
Julie spent three years of her life, trapped in a relationship she wish she never had to be in. Now she is back in her home town, living in her sister’s old house and trying to start over. First on her list, find a job! Nowhere on her to do list does it say, fall in love with a cowboy/marine; but the heart sometimes want what it wants.
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Lawson has been back from his deployment for a little while. He hasn’t been released to return to full duty. His commander and those around him can tell that what happened in Afghanistan shook him. He has changed. Flying has been his dream and life since he was little.  Now he isn’t sure what to do or where to go. He is having a difficult time finding peace. Flying brought him that, but now the only peace he is getting come in the form of green-eyes, fair skin, blonde hair, and teaches yoga.Julie and Lawson meet in Welcome Home Forever. There were sparks, but weren’t sure if it was going to ignite. We can be satisfied now. This is their story. 

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What I liked about this book is the PTSD that Lawson goes through. I think it is over looked too much and has a taboo on it. It SUCKS to have to go to a therapist or psychiatrist while in the military. There is a stigma that they may kick you out or brand you as crazy, which can hurt a military members career. It isn’t true, but at the same time it isn’t talked about. I know this because being in the military world, we have seen it. I am glad that Annie Rains allows Lawson’s career to not be hurt by the fact he goes to see someone once a week.

Julie has her own problems. She is trying to become an independent women. Julie doesnt want other people to make choices for her. She had that already and doesn’t want to go through that again. Throughout the story we see her standing up for herself, and facing her fears.

This book is all about overcoming one’s personal fears; to not allow the past to dictate your future. We are not able to control what has happened to us, but we do have the power to control how we live now. Julie and Lawson find that inner strength with the help of each other and a bit of yoga.If you are a yoga person you will love this book. If you don’t even know what a child pose is, don’t worry, you will love this book too. I hope you all enjoy it.

<Spoilers> What I didn’t like. I felt that there should have been more between Julie and her ex. I understand the scene was all about Julie confronting him and standing up for herself, but it just fell flat to me. Compared to Lawson’s scene where he finally gets into a helicopter. It was detailed and you felt his angst through it. I just wish we had a little bit more.

It is a romance, so there is some steam moments between Julie and Lawson, but not graphic. I hope that Annie makes a story about Val and Griffin and then Beth and someone. Beth is Lawson’ sister and she is a doll. I really liked her character and the situation she is in stinks. Lawson helps her and Julie comes to her aid, but it isn’t the same. <Spoilers>

So Annie if you read this I am asking you to continue with the series and make sure you add Beth in there. 

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This book has your spoonful of military and has layers of cowboys raiding horses.

As they say,

Save a Horse
Ride a Cowboy!

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