City girl Alana Brendt accepts a one-year contract as an event coordinator in remote Yakima, Washington, to reboot her career. So what if she padded her résumé a little…doesn’t everyone? Then she discovers she has to lead trail rides and whitewater adventures, not just coordinate them. Add a litter of puppies underneath her rickety farmhouse’s porch, and Alana is desperate enough to accept help from the local vetthe gorgeous, sexy, outdoorsy vet who is absolutely not Alana’s type. At all.
Veterinarian Tegan Evans avoids the tourist side of Yakima, venturing there only when an animal needs her. Tourists only break your heart. Still, she can’t resist helping Alana, who, despite being in over her head with rambunctious puppies and a job she is barely qualified to perform, seems determined to make a success of things.
Alana and Tegan both know they don’t belong together. Only problem is, they’re falling in love.
|Publisher:||Bold Strokes Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Karis Walsh is a horseback riding instructor who lives in Texas. When she isn’t teaching or writing, she enjoys spending time outside with her animals, reading, playing the viola, and riding with friends.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Alana Brendt an event coordinator who has lost her job in her hometown of Philadelphia Tegan Evans veterinarian in Yakima Chip Sorenson, owner of High Ridge Ranch The premise of this story is a little bit contrived in the beginning, but it starts to come together half way through. Alana Brendt takes a job in Yakima, Washington at a ranch where the owner, Chip Sorenson is about to open it to the public for riding, hiking and enjoying the great outdoors. Alana has left her hometown of Philadelphia because of a mistake she made while working in the hospitality field, so she has been blacklisted there. She knows nothing about horses or ranches, so the veterinarian in the area, Tegan Evans, shows her how to ride and take care of horses. Little by little, Tegan and Alana begin to be attracted to each other, but this job is temporary for Alana. I liked the two main characters. They seemed like real people who actually exist in the world. The owner, Chip seemed inept in nearly every way, which made me wonder why he thought running a ranch would be a profitable thing to do, but that's where Alana shines. His best attribute is that he loves animals. There is a box of rats that turns into a box of puppies and lots of tries at riding the trails and running the ranch. Will Alana find her happily ever after at the High Ridge Ranch, or will she leave as she always intended?
Puppy love! Alana 'fudges' her resume to get hired on as an activity planner for a yet-to-be-opened hotel in Yakima. Now she is expected to hop on a horse and do trail rides with guests. Only problem is that she has never been on a horse before. Tegan is the local Yakima vet. She goes to the hotel to administer some shots to the horses and can sense something is off with Alana. The writing had just the right amount of description to set the scenes.. I felt as if I was on the ranch with them. The relationship between Alana and Tegan was sweet and grew naturally. The writer gave them valuable time and experiences together that made their connection believable. The end seemed a little bit rushed to me. But it was sweet nonetheless. I recommend this to those who want to read about romance, ranches, hospitality, horses, and puppies. I received an ARC from the publisher for an honest review.
A perfect book for a lazy summer afternoon. It’s well written, engrossing and entertaining. I love the plot, the character development and the setting. I look forward to reading other books by this author. Recommended Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this arc, all opinions are mine
This is one of the cutest books I’ve read in a long time, and not just because there are animals (but also because, you know, puppies). After being betrayed by her boss, which, according to her, is worse than being betrayed by a girlfriend, Alana ends up in Yakima, Washington, far from the deluxe hotels she’s always aimed to work for. Refusing to be bitter about the situation, she does her best to do right by her new boss, a sweet guy who’s way in over his head with his new dude ranch. Tegan is the town vet and understands right from the start that Alana is out of her element. At first wary of her, she soon realizes that Alana could very well be the one who will break her heart. I liked Alana from the start. She’s smart, kind, sweet, open-minded. Tegan is also really nice and of course they are meant for each other. The romance is really sweet and as I’ve written before, I don’t mind the instalove. I’ve been there, I know it happens. Another thing I like so much about this book is the way Karis Walsh describes the surroundings, the trails, the beauty of nature. It reminds me a little of Gerri Hill’s novels, another author who’s so good at sharing how much she loves nature. This book also reminded me in particular of one of my all-time favorite Hill novels, No Strings, as the characters in both enter a relationship knowing it has an expiration date and trying (and failing) not to mind. The impermanence makes for great angstsy moments. This might not be as obvious a 5-stars book as others I’ve reviewed recently, but I can’t give any less to a novel that makes me laugh out loud in joy and brings tears to my eyes the way this one did. So sue me, I don’t care.