Welcome Home, Cowboy: A Hero's Welcome Novel

Welcome Home, Cowboy: A Hero's Welcome Novel

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by Annie Rains
     
 
With its thriving military base, Seaside, North Carolina, is teeming with heroes of all stripes. But, as the bestselling 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

Overview

With its thriving military base, Seaside, North Carolina, is teeming with heroes of all stripes. But, as the bestselling 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.
 
Praise for Welcome Home, Cowboy
 
“Annie Rains didn’t disappoint with this new story, and pulled me right into the book, making me fall in love once again with her characters, the small town setting and an emotional story that made my heart soar. I think I’ll never get enough of this series!”—Roberta’s Dreamworld
 
Welcome Home, Cowboy is sweet and entertaining, with a little side of playfulness. The characters were loveable and the storyline was able to fully capture my attention.”—Hines and Bigham’s Literary Tryst
 
“A story that made me smile, laugh out loud, shed a tear, and sigh so deeply, while telling a tale of love, and loss.”—Books and Spoons
 
“Great book! Not only was it a great, heartwarming, and spicy romance, but it was a book of hope, second chances, finding strength inside oneself, and making life better.”—Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews, on Welcome Home, Cowboy
 
Praise for Welcome to Forever
 
“Don’t miss this sparkling debut full of heart and emotion!”New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde
 
“A beautiful and touching story of love and loss that will grab you by the heart and hold on long after you’ve finished reading.”USA Today bestselling author Laura Drewry
 
“A wonderfully written debut novel that had me fighting back tears and rooting for the couple from the first page. Annie Rains is an author to watch. I can’t wait for more!”USA Today bestselling author Sidney Halston

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101964781
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/26/2016
Series:
A Hero's Welcome , #2
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
261
Sales rank:
9,992
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Annie Rains is a USA Today bestselling author who writes small town love stories set in fictional towns on the coast of North Carolina. Raised in one of America’s largest military communities, Annie often features heroes who fight for their countries, while also fighting for a place to call home and a good woman to love. When Annie isn’t writing, she’s spending time with her husband and three children, or reading a book by one of her favorite authors.

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Welcome Home, Cowboy: A Hero's Welcome Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Returning to Seaside, we have Julie who has come home after a series of fails: failed relationship, failed confidence and an attempt to find her footing. She really wants to make her mark as a yoga instructor, and offers her class and skills at the local Veteran’s center. Lawson is a pilot, injured after a helo crash, and dealing with the associated guilt, fear and other lingering effects of deployment. The yoga class is one of those opportunities that his treatment team believes he should take – and order him to participate with the thought that it will help him build techniques for lowering his stress levels. There aren’t too many shortcuts in the ‘issue’ area here – Lawson has to do the work to get the benefits, and Julie also has her own history of the abusive relationship to put in the past. Their connection is palpable with sexual tension, but these two do serve to help one another move through the minefield that is recovery. While I found that Julie’s final moments leading to her letting go of the past were a bit ‘out there’ and didn’t feel as plausible as I had hoped, she is able to reframe her own expectations and learn to stand on her own two feet as she moves past the self-doubt and questions brought on by that relationship. Lawson was more of an enigma – there were plenty of issues to work through, and I think that there were moments where the issues took the place of development of his character in demonstrable ways. He did grow and develop an understanding of the issues he was dealing with, and we did see him start to come to terms with his own guilt, I wanted a bit more of his journey TO those points. Yes – we see him struggling and later on in his recovery, and a low moment (as this trajectory is never always forward moving) worked to show that these aren’t quick fixes, but I did want to feel that his changes were actually incorporated, so I saw more of his growth rather than just be told about them in different perspectives. This didn’t detract – in fact for a second published work this book continues to display the promise I saw from Rains’ first title, I just hoped for a bit more. Annie Rains is an author to watch, and this series is a solid read for those who like a rather tortured and troubled hero, or military themes with heart, options and some truly honest perspectives on PTSD, Trauma recovery and coming to terms with the past. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Momscookingthebooks More than 1 year ago
A GREAT BOOK WITH SWEET HEAT IN THE HERO'S WELCOME SERIES! This is the first time I have read anything from this author and I didn’t know what I was getting into, but I found I really enjoyed this book. It is a sweet love story between two broken people and how they help each other move on and heal. If you are looking for a hot and steamy book, this isn’t’ the book for you. What you will get is heat and passion between Lawson and Julie, but its subtler and focuses more on their connection than graphic sex scenes. There are many feels in this book and there is a great supporting cast of characters. Julie Chandler moved back home to Seaside to be close to her family again after a very bad breakup with a controlling ex-boyfriend that was also her boss. Julie is a yoga instructor with a passion to share the benefits of yoga not only for the body, but for the mind. She is trying to convince the Veteran Center to hire her to teach yoga to active duty and retired marines and their families. Julie’s friend convinces her boss to give Julie a chance, but the catch is that she works for free for 30-days to see if this is something that would work for their community. Julie takes the job even though her bills are piling up, but she just can’t give up her dream of helping the military members. Lawson Phillips is a very sexy cowboy, but he is also the ultimate macho Marine with ideas that running and lifting weights is a better stress reliever than yoga, of all things. He is under the care of a Psychologist who insists he attends these yoga classes as Lawson is unable to be near helicopters without having panic attacks. He is soon going to be evaluated to find out if he is fit to fly again and his commander is watching him closely. If Lawson is unable to get a handle on his panic attacks he will be sent to another duty station away from his sister, niece and the beautiful, talented yoga instructor that he has grown to care for deeply. Julie and Lawson’s love story builds and they fall in love. Lawson has to work with Julie on her trust issues and just as things are going well personally between Julie and Lawson, his professional career was not improving. He wasn’t as willing to share his issues with Julie even though he demanded she share her issues with him. After some contemplation he makes a bone head decision. He ends up hurting Julie and himself because he thinks he knows what’s best for both of them without talking to Julie about it. I wanted to throw my IPad at him! Thank goodness his sister and niece talked some sense into him and he redeemed himself! I won’t tell you anymore of what happens, but they find their HEA. I loved this story and the characters. I will definitely go back and read the first book in this series, which is Welcome to Forever, Julie’s sister Kat’s book. If you want a book with feels, some heat but done tastefully, then this is the book for you. ARC kindly provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review.
Marichus-Real More than 1 year ago
I was given a gifted copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Julie Chandler escapes from a bad relationship and moves to Seaside. There she tries to find a job. She is a yoga teacher and she thinks yoga can help Marines when they suffer PTSD. Lawson Phillips is a Marine pilot who can’t do what he likes anymore, and that is flying. He lost a crew member in an accident and now, every time he goes to the military base, he starts sweating and getting dizzy and he only sees the flames rising up in the helicopter after the accident. When he is forced to attend to yoga lessons by his doctor, he thinks yoga is not for marines. Seeing that the yoga teacher is Julie, he starts to change his mind and he realizes that apart from the benefits of yoga, it is Julie herself what gives him the peace of mind he needs. A nice, well-written story with tender and funny moments that make me enjoy it. It shows us that it doesn’t matter how down we feel when there is an emergency we forget about everything and do whatever is necessary to help the people in danger.
PrincessThuy1 More than 1 year ago
This started out to be a very great story. I really loved how the hero and heroine met but then it started to slow down a bit. Then it became sweet and I thought the HEA was near but then Lawson and Julie stumbled on a problem that was created by both of them not trusting in one another's feelings as well as what their own heart was saying. I thought the problem could've been avoided and their HEA would've been reached sooner but overall it all worked out so I was happy. There was no explicit love scenes in case anyone was wondering and the story was enjoyable and well written.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Sweet love story 232 pages
Anlenhart1 9 months ago
Welcome Home, Cowboy is a sweet story that combines two very dark subjects (domestic abuse and ptsd) into a well-written romance. The story follows Lawson, a Marine who survived of a helicopter crash, and Julie, a yoga teacher escaping an abusive relationship. They are brought together when Julie begins to teach a yoga class for veterans as a part of a therapy regime. Lawson has his doubts about his doctor's recommendation, but he reluctantly gives it a chance and is happy he did. Julie and Lawson are attracted to each other and start off as friends and grow into more. This was a really enjoyable story about two lost souls that find happiness together. I loved the setting, pace, supporting characters. I would recommend this book to fans of military and small town romances. I was given a free copy for an honest review.
June0 10 months ago
Lawson and Julie were both interesting characters with pasts that affected their future. Lawson is trying to get himself back to flying and Julie wants to be in control of her life. She's given up control before and didn't like that life. I liked how they met and how it became a part of what brought them together. There were plenty of interesting characters and little side stories. Kat and Micah. And I'm fairly sure the next story will be about Griffin. He's quite the character also. I would get a kick out of him ending up with the stalker lady. I received an arc from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I did enjoy this authors writing. The story was good and the pace moved along well. This is a new author to me, so I think I'll go find her previous book and read it also. This story did have sexual content and language.
Linda_RochesterNY 10 months ago
Welcome Home, Cowboy is a sweet romance. Julie's ex was very controlling so she's moved home to Seaside, NC, and is not looking to get involved with anyone. Her dream is to start a yoga program at the veteran's center that would benefit those suffering from PTSD. Lawson is a Marine pilot who wants to be more than friends with Julie, but Lawson has some pretty serious issues of his own. He hasn't been able to get back into a helicopter since the crash that took a fellow Marine's life. The romance develops at an even pace with a nice HEA. This book is an enjoyable read. I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher, via NetGalley, in return for an honest review.
BooksAndSpoons 12 months ago
A story that made me smile, laugh out loud, shed a tear, and sigh so deeply, while telling a tale of love, and loss, and the aftermath of war, and the mark it leaves on the military personnel. One thing I didn't expect from the story, was to learn so much about yoga, as an exercise, as stress relief, as a way to cope with life, and as in Lawson and Julie's case, even as flirting. I really enjoyed Lawson and Julie together. They were making an effort, an effort to get to know each other better, and effort to ease and help each other in everyday life, as well as they could, an effort to make the relationship work and develop. They are both the kind of characters that are easy to like, and relate to. They didn't let their troubles to define them, but fought to get over the fumbles life gave them. The passion, adoration, and attraction they had for each other is not only sizzling, but charming, gentle and lovable as well. The stress and impact of a war zone on the soldiers, the cold sweats, nightmares, fears, and angst were dealt with respect, honoring the military in their difficult task. The supporting characters fit well into the tale, contributing more insight to the lives and history of Lawson and Julie. A well thought out plot, with multiple layers of interests, in a story that flows off the pages, and touches the heart and mind of the reader, with characters that will linger in the thoughts long after, while being as entertaining as poignant deserves nothing less than ~ Five Spoons!
Kendra-ReadsandTreats More than 1 year ago
You can find the full review here: http://readsandtreats.com/2016/05/05/tour-review-welcome-home-cowboy/ Annie does it again! Another swoon worthy Marine. *Have I mentioned yet that I am a sucker for military romance? ;-) Julie knows exactly what she wants. She comes back to Seaside with a plan in mind. And oh boy, is it a good plan. Julie has made me rethink my whole stance on yoga. I might have to try it... Anyway, excluding the yoga aspect, I can completely relate to Julie. I've been in her position. I've been heartbroken. I've been abused. I've left the abuser. I've recovered and I found love again. Julie is my kind of girl. Strong, stubborn, knows what she is going to do to get what she wants... She is the perfect fit for Lawson. Now Lawson. Mmm, Lawson. Damn sexy is what he is. He is recovering from a nasty helicopter crash in Afghanistan. Yes, he lost a crew member, and yes, that would make anyone not sit right. However, he thinks he can recover on his own. He is strong and stubborn, but also has PTSD. Which is nothing to be ashamed of. Many Marines and Soldiers alike have it. Especially when they have been on the front lines, witnessing the action. Lawson acts like nothing is wrong, but on the inside, he is terrified. I definitely don't blame him. Both of these characters are so well developed, there is nothing left to make them better! I fell deep for both characters. I cried when I felt Lawson's sorrows. I hollered and hooted when Julie stood up for herself. You go, girl! They both made me frustrated and both had "what the hell are you doing" moments. Annie's stories are only getting stronger. I enjoyed this one, probably more than I enjoyed Welcome to Forever. *I was given this book in exchange for an honest review, as participation in the book tour.
bhillson83 More than 1 year ago
This is the first novel that I have read by Annie Rains and I thoroughly enjoyed her ability to create a storyline so sound and sweet, that it was hard to put down. In fact, for the first time in my life, I took my iPad to the gym to workout and read the book during my intense cardio routine! Rains, created two characters with whom I connected to and fell in love with. Julie Chandler is a strong female lead, who has left an abusive relationship after coming to terms with life. After hiding out in a small community, she develops a Yoga program at a Marine Centre to help PTSD to Marines. When she meets the sexy and charming Lawson Phillip, the sparks fly. His cowboy charms and smile lure Julie into his world. The chemistry is off the charts between the two and the connection they make with each other is very passionate. I loved the way the two were able to help heal each other and move forward with their lives. It was great to see the depth of Lawson as he begins to analyze his treatment of his PTSD and whether he is suitable to be in a relationship with Julie. The character growth and development was great to see. Rains wrote a good story that captures America today - different military veterans returning to "normal" life and the struggles they face. Annie Rains creates a storyline that could be real and does a fantastic job in creating characters whom readers can identify with. Overall, "Welcome Home, Cowboy" is a good read and should definitely be added to your To-Be-Read Shelf.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
A sweet romance! I really enjoyed Julie and Lawson's story. They both had a lot of pain in their past to get over before they could get to their HEAs, and it wasn't always an easy journey, especially with Lawson's tendency to not talk about anything important. Argh. A frustrating quality, but unfortunately also totally believable, as I know all too well. He definitely gets bonus points for creative use of yoga in a grand gesture, at least ;) (Plus, now I'm more determined than ever to break out my yoga mat again--Julie's got me convinced, right along with Lawson and the entire town of Seaside! ) Welcome Home, Cowboy is the second in the series, but it worked well as a standalone. You see just enough of the hero and heroine of Welcome to Forever (Julie's sister Kat and Lawson's best friend Micah) to whet your appetite--seeing them here, you'll most likely want to find out how they got together in the first place. And since book three in the series ( Welcoming the Bad Boy ) isn't out yet, you've got plenty of time to find out ;) Rating: 4 stars / B+ I received a complimentary copy in exchange for and honest review.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to see Julie & Lawson's story. It's not an easy series to read - things are light and it doesn't go by fast. It's something you have to digest because it is full of emotion and requires a slower pace to really appreciate it. (And even though this is the second story, it can stand on its own.) Neither Lawson nor Julie are really ready for a relationship because both of them have issues they need to work through. But what the mind knows is right isn't necessarily what the heart wants. They do take their time, spending time together and getting to know one another better. It's a slow build and a sweet one. And you'll find yourself hoping that they find a way to work things out. I did feel like maybe Lawson didn't address his survivor's guilt as much as he should have. Of course, we got the resolution of his issues with flying but I think there was more there that could have been explored. I did like that Julie did resolve things with her ex. That was an important step for her to make. Even though this series take a little more effort than I'm used to because of its depth, I'm definitely enjoying it and I'm looking forward to seeing what Rains brings us next. She has options (and I'm really hoping one of them is the guy who lost his leg in the crash that grounded Lawson). Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
Small Home feel & Fresh Start beginnings . . . .PTSD & Domestic Abuse. Neither of which sound like the combine well into a thriving relationship that will last or flourish. Regardless of what my on-setting views are I found a series that I want to read all of. Sweet down home welcoming in the air. Cowboy can leave and then come home anytime. The welcoming part is quite fun. I found in this instance that one that has experienced domestic abuse may just be the answer to provide help to PTSD survivors. Because there is some of the PTSD in a domestic abuse survivor. Julie has a new life, new goals, new town, new everything. She struggles with life in the way that a domestic abuse survivors does. She was reserving and standoffish. Protecting herself was her top goal. Lawson cowboy at heart and Marine pilot has more than he thinks to offer the world around him. Fear can freeze a man. Fear can scare a man. Hurting someone that they love can cause this fear to turn into unwise decisions. Lawson learns this first hand. Julie experience it also. Did she give in at the wrong time? Will it turn around? Annie Rains has me wanting to move to Seaside, North Carolina for the warm people, tight community, and the thriving spirit of the town. I look forward to more **This ARC was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series.
Lab228 More than 1 year ago
Since losing a crew member in a helicopter, Marine pilot Lawson is unable to even get near a helicopter again without having an anxiety attack. So what does his psychologist recommend as a great stress reliever; yoga. As you can imagine this strong, military man was less than thrilled at having to take what he probably considered a “girly” class. And as luck would have it, Julie has returned to Seaside, North Carolina in the hopes of opening a yoga studio for veterans. Even though she will not get paid, Julie jumps at the chance to conduct classes at the center. She is confident that if she can get her foot in the door and show the benefits of yoga for PTSD, she will be offered a paying job. Julie and Lawson’s relationship starts a little rocky. Their first encounter does not go well, think of wet puddle, and he is certainly not happy about being forced to take her class, which is clearly evident to Julie. Even though neither one of them is ready for a relationship, one develops none the less and rather quickly I might add. Overall easy, quick book to read. Of course you have your typical bumps along the road, but they did not detract from the story. Not a lot of inner turmoil. Both characters are likeable. Supporting characters are fun. Look forward to more books by this author.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4 solid stars Welcome Home, Cowboy was a lovely, heartwarming and entertaining read. I really enjoyed this book, loved both Julie and Lawson's characters. They made me smile, they frustrated me, they made me swoon and they touched my heart with their insecurities and fears. Together they were able to find inner peace and unconditional love. I'm really enjoying the Hero's Welcome series, each book can be read as a standalone. Highly recommend this book & series. Looking forward to Griffin's book next in Welcoming the Bad Boy.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
5 - "You look good on a horse." Stars! I loved the first book in Annie Rains’ Hero’s Welcome series, the introduction to the town of Seaside, North Carolina and the characters that live and work there was a really easy to get along with read. The second book Welcome Home, Cowboy takes you right back there and it was a great to revisit previous characters and get to know some new ones with the telling of Julie and Lawson’s story. "Ladies choice." This is essentially a good old fashioned love story, as you would expect both characters are dealing with separate sets of issues, and although they are both under no illusions that starting a relationship with each other at this point in their lives is probably not the best idea, the chemistry between them, and the fact they seem to get each other in every way pretty much pushes their reservations into the background. Marines didn’t do yoga. They trained. They fought. They swore to serve their country. They shouted “Oo-rah!”. They didn’t chant “Om”. Lawson was charming, even when acting like an idiot, and I liked that although still feeling pretty raw and vulnerable from her previous relationship, Julie didn’t massively let it affect her blossoming connection with him. There is the inevitable drama from both sides, but it wasn’t dragged out or overplayed. "I’ve liked you since the moment I met you. And I’m starting to think that’s not such a bad thing after all." This series is definitely shaping up to be an absolute keeper, the author’s writing style engages you into the story-line and the couples they are written around are likeable, and although dealing with their own various issues, nothing is too dragged out or overdone. I love a series, where each book builds on the last, but features a different H/h, and Welcome Home, Cowboy is another great addition to Annie’s Hero’s Welcome series. "Just don’t forget about me…" "I couldn’t if I tried." Tattooed good guy Griffin Black is up next, and seeing as his love interest is preacher’s daughter, Valerie Hunt, I am expecting another absolutely stellar read from this series when it releases in August. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, and it was my pleasure to provide the above honest review.
Romwrit More than 1 year ago
first met Julie and Lawson in Welcome to Forever. I was so happy when I got a chance to review this. I wasn’t sure about Julie at the beginning of Welcome to Forever, but she did grow on me in that book, and I liked her even more in this one. It helped me to understand her better from the first book, and I was glad to see she did learn to stand on her own and chase her dream. I liked Lawson from the beginning. When I read about what he’d gone through, my heart went out to him. I know his ordeal wasn’t anywhere as near as bad as it could’ve been, but it was difficult, and he was doing what he could to manage. He did have to learn to open up, and I was glad he and Julie came together. My heart sank during the climax (I won’t ruin it for you guys). I felt Lawson’s pain just as much as I felt Julie’s and I was anxious to see how they would reconcile. Beth and Sabrina were nice additions to the story, and who knows, maybe we’ll get a chance to read about Beth finding her true love. The relationship developed at a good pace; the writing is excellent. The incident with the massage job had me laughing out loud. I thought that was a nice little touch. As always, Val was a pleasure. She was a hoot in the first book, and I was so happy to be able to revisit her in this one. I know there is going to be something between her and Griffin (at least, I’m hoping), and I’m excited about that. Grab a copy, sit back, and relax.
disneytothemax More than 1 year ago
Thanks to Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via Netgalley for a copy of this book! This was my first Annie Rains book and I couldn't wait to dive in and I really enjoyed it! It was your classic female breaks up and needs to get the heck out of town. She winds up in a small town. She meets a hot guy. My favorite kind of books. Even though they are similar book, they all have their own twist which shows the authors talent! Julie is a yoga instructor with a twist. She's developed a program to help PTSD soldiers. Marines doing yoga...sign me up!! Lawson is a Marine that has lost a crew member. His doctor sends him to a yoga class. He doesn't want to go and is dreading it until he meets, Julie, the instructor. And our story begins!! I enjoyed this book and it won't be the last book I read by this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was given a copy of this novel for a fair and honest review. Lawson Phillips is a marine pilot on medical leave after his helicopter crashed, killing one of his crew. In returning from Afghanistan, he suffers from PTSD, silently and without complaint. Julie Chandler is a fitness trainer, newly arrived near Lawson’s base in N.C. Her attempts at finding a job has met with little success until she volunteers her time to teach Yoga as a stress reduction technique at the Veteran’s Center. If, after one month, she can prove her technique is successful, this will turn into a much-needed paying job. Her family and friends support her endeavor, especially since coming out of a horrendous three-year relationship. When Lawson’s PTSD symptoms prevent him from returning to active duty, he’s ordered to take Julie’s class. This story deals with some very sensitive issues in our complex and ever-changing world. The author has done a good job with a well-written novel. The characters were well-developed, likable and for the most part, realistic. The pacing was well-done and flowed nicely. Supporting characters added and helped move the story forward. I would definitely recommend this book to others and read other works by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was sold on WELCOME HOME, COWBOY as soon as I heard that the hero is a sexy cowboy turned Marine. Combining two of my favorite types of heroes right there! This was another beautiful, heartfelt book from Annie Rains, and I just love her fictional town of Seaside, North Carolina. Lawson and Julie start out with a bit of a love-hate relationship in this book. She wants to start a new program at the Veteran's Center teaching yoga to the Marines, especially those with PTSD. Lawson is a helicopter pilot who lost a crew member in a crash overseas and hasn't been able to fly since. He's assigned to Julie's new yoga class, and let's just say...he's not thrilled. The yoga scenes were hilarious (and hot). If you love small town contemporary with military heroes, this one is for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Welcome To Forever so much I wasn't sure I'd ever manage to like another book half as much. Annie Rains didn't disappoint with this new story, and pulled me right into the book, making me fall in love once again with her characters, the small town setting and an emotional story that made my heart soar. I think I'll never get enough of this series! I loved reading Lawson and Julie's interactions. When they started getting closer, my heart swelled at the sweet, romantic and funny scenes. What I liked about these two was that they never failed to bring a smile to my face. Their banter was sweet, sometimes sexy and sometimes downright romantic. Page after page I felt a little closer to them, felt Lawson's pain and fear of failure, of failing his sister, his niece and even Julie. I felt Julie's insecurities, her struggle to stay away from Lawson even as he was all she could think about. I loved the building of the romance between them, and was pained when they reached their dark moment and everything seemed lost. Just like in book one, Annie Rains has a way of pulling the reader into the story; with every story I feel like she's wrapping a warm, fuzzy blanket of emotion around me and taking me on a beautiful journey toward a happily ever after that won't fail to leave me with a contented smile and a heart full of emotions. I truly loved this book. I could go on and on about the many reasons why I loved this book, but sometimes words just aren't enough. Just trust me when I say all you really need to do is read this book asap! If you've read Welcome To Forever, I have no doubt you'll enjoy this book just as much. If you still have to discover Annie Rains book, Welcome Home Cowboy works perfectly as a standalone, but I recommend reading book one, too once you've finished this, just because it's a wonderful story! ***I received a complimentary NetGalley copy in exchange for an honest review***
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I really like this one. I thought the MC of Julie Chandler and Lawson Phillips were both quite intriguing. I must say I didn't feel the chemistry between them that I wanted but they did work well both together and individually. Julie came to Seaside, NC after a particularly bad breakup and as hard as she's tried she can't find a job. She's down to her last ditch effort when she pitches an idea for a yoga class for troubled veterans and enlisted military. She's given a very tentative go ahead on the program so she has a month to prove how effective it can be. Lawson is dealing with a loss of his crew after a helicopter accident. He hasn't been able to fly since and if he doesn't get his PTSD under control soon his flying career will be up in smoke. When his therapists orders him to attend a new therapeutic yoga class as part of his rehabilitation he can't believe it. One look at the instructor though and he's willing to give it a chance! This was a great read and it's definitely one I would recommend.
TanyaAtkinson More than 1 year ago
Julie has returned to Seaside, North Carolina after walking away from a destructive relationship with the hope of starting a yoga class at the local veteran's center. Growing up in a town with a military base has given Julie a healthy respect for the men and women who serve and she yearns to give back in the best way she knows how - by offering her yoga expertise as a way to help these heroes manage stress and PTSD. She knows she'll likely meet some resistance but she's determined to make it happen. Lawson is struggling with the after-effects of losing a crew member when his helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan. He's less than thrilled when he is ordered to attend a weekly yoga class to help alleviate his stress but he'll do what it takes do get back in the air and off desk duty. Julie and Lawson are not strangers and I liked that they already knew each other when the novel started. Lawson's best friend is married to Julie's sister (Micah and Kat from the first book in the series). They were more acquaintances than friends but their paths continued to cross and the chemistry continued to grow. Julie was gun-shy from her last relationship and this often led to her acting defensive and abrupt with Lawson. Sure, sometimes he was cocky but he was genuinely a good guy and his actions proved that again and again. I loved the evolution of Lawson and Julie's relationship. From friendship, to friends with benefits, to the real thing - watching them navigate their feelings for each other was equal parts swoon worthy and frustrating. I was anxious for Julie to share her feelings with Lawson, and for Lawson to open up to Julie about his struggles with PTSD. But their hesitancy and reluctance felt completely realistic and made for a richer story. Being married to a veteran who served for 20 years, I found that it was Lawson's story that really touched my heart. I hurt for his loss and the guilt he struggled with. He was such a good man and felt such a sense of responsibility to those he loved. It was easy to want a happy ending for him. Welcome Home, Cowboy is on the sweeter side of romance but does have a few nice and steamy scenes. It is the second in the Hero's Welcome series but can easily be read as a stand-alone. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am already looking forward to the next book in the series.