Ten years ago, Jackson Hardy joined the Marines, leaving behind a woman he still dreams about. When he's called home to care for his ten-year-old nephew, no one is more shocked than he to run into Emma again. Or to still have those same feelings. But Jackson isn't looking for love, and neither is Emma, especially not with him. His precocious nephew, though, and a retriever named Bandit, are about to change that.
So what if Emma Mercer is an overachiever? She has plans to get her doctorate in psychology and create a no-kill shelter for the EST dogs she trains. Which leaves absolutely no time for romance. She's fine with a furry family—dogs don't teach you to love and then rip your heart to shreds. But young Matty's situation tugs at her heartstrings and there's no way she can't help him…and Jackson.
She may have hotter-than-ever chemistry with the soldier, but forgetting the past isn't easy.
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I loved this story, it's so much more. Emma is the girl left behind, now working on her PhD in psychology, while training dogs for emotional support (ESD). Jackson is the battle worn man who returns home to care for his nephew Matty after his sister is in a serious car accident. Neither Emma nor Jackson thought they'd see each other again, brought together by Matty, his love for dogs, love for his Uncle Jackson and this sweet scared little guy was so much wiser than his young 11 years, his concern and fear for Jackson's nightmares and PTSD brings him close to Emma. Emma still lives with her Aunt who raised her and the dog facility is on her land. Her dream is to buy land and build a much larger facility. When the story begins Emma is doing a little demo with her dogs at the local school and Matty is there. Jackson is there to pick up Matty. Jackson is pretty much a tool at the beginning of the book. He's gruff and grumpy with Matty. He's used to commanding his unit and expects everyone to fall in line, meanwhile his sister is in a coma after a serious car accident, her future unknown. Jackson drags Matty away from the dogs and home to work on his schoolwork.. rough taskmaster. Matty works his way over to Emma's one day and that little story begins the relationship with Matty and Emma and Matty's love for the dogs and training them. Matty just knows that a dog would help his Uncle, but clearly Uncle denies his problems. Emma and Jackson are easing into a place that is comfortable for them both after he left her and joined the service. Emma is still hurt by that and Jackson pretty much makes it clear that his duty to the military comes first. As these two talk things through they hits so many bumps and snags. Emma is a patient soul and Jackson is as stubborn as they come. There's a lot of story and heart in this book, the author handles the complicated world of PTSD and other emotional issues with great detail and knowledge. Written so well and also the EST arena and how dogs are used for a variety of emotional issues, this book deals with PTSD but you glimpse other areas as well. Smoothly woven into the story it was perfect. Loved this characters and Emma's gracious and loving, compassionate heart. Matty was a joy and Jackson, you have to read the book to find out how our man Jackson finds himself in this one. Could not ask for more, it's a great read that will capture you from the very first page. arc from NetGalley and Entangled for an honest review
Review: IN THE DOG HOUSE by Traci Hall Publication Date: February 11, 2019 Genre: Contemporary Romance Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna Rated 4 Stars I enjoyed this sweet romance and the people surrounding them. Jackson’s PTSD was handled in a realistic way, including the differing professional advice and military mindset. Yet it wasn’t overly dramatized. I found that refreshing. It also helped that I liked Jackson, especially with Emma. She was relatable and I was invested in her future early in the story. It is a light romance about rekindling a past love when the time is right for them. It made me smile. *Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ~*~*~*~
A sweet, feel good second chance romance that tackles some pretty serious issue with great care. Emma Mercer had her heart broken when Jackson Hardy unexpectedly joins the Marines and leaves her behind. Now ten years later he's back in town to care for his nephew while his sister recuperates from a serious car accident. When he sees Emma again for the first time he knows immediately that he's never gotten over losing her. Emma on the other hand will not forget the pain of the past. Doesn't matter how attractive she still finds him! Yet the more time she's around Jackson and his nephew the more clear it becomes that he is troubled and suffering from PTSD. He may deny it but Emma's dealt with enough soldiers with her emotional support dogs to spot the signs. Getting Jackson to admit he needs help won't be easy but she's determined to let the animals convince him. She just has to be sure to protect her heart in the meantime. I highly recommend this one
This is a wonderful book that will touch your hearts from beginning to end. Jackson Hardy is a Marine, who has taken a leave of absence to take care of his nephew after his sister’s automobile accident. An accident that has left her in an induced coma. Emma Mercer is the girl he left behind. Now a woman, working with emotional support dogs as well as a candidate for doctorate in psychology The chemistry is still there and so is the hurt. Matty, the nephew, brings them together as he is helping her with the dogs. While Jackson is fighting with nightmares and PTSD as well as guilt, Emma tries to help. Watching these two is at times heartbreaking and all you want to do is give them both a hug. It’s an engaging story with complex characters that are imperfect but very likable. Also it’s a story about the effects war has on those brave men and women willing to give up their lives to keep us safe. Individuals that we need to support and help as they return and immerse themselves back to civilian life. Thank you, Ms. Hall , for that reminder . I was entrusted this copy by Netgalley and Entangled Publishing. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
This is a sweet second chance love story that I just loved. Jackson, at age 18, dumped his high school love, Emma, and joined the marines. Ten years later, circumstances force him home to care for his nephew after his mother is in a car accident. When Jackson sees Emma again, he finds it difficult to face her, as he never stopped wanting her. Emma's heart broke when Jackson left as a teen, but it breaks even more to see him struggle with PTSD, while actively in denial that it exists. The author wove a lot of great information about PTSD and emotional support dogs into the story. Throughout the novel, Jackson maintains that he is leaving to return to his unit just as soon as his sister is better. Because of this, he maintains his distance from Emma, even while reaching out to her. I enjoyed the push/pull in this book. I especially loved Emma and how she made a non traditional role for herself. Jackson is the perfect brooding and sexy marine, so the two of them together are wonderful, proving that you never forget your first love. If you enjoy the genre, you will love this book, and it's out just in time to enjoy by the fire. I'm adding the author to my must read authors' list.