Series: Maverick Junction #3
Published by Hachette-Forever Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
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She's the only dream he wants . . . Hometown girl Maggie Sullivan can't wait to get out of Maverick Junction. Designing the wedding gown of the year for her friend-and America's Favorite Heiress-is the break Maggie's been waiting for. But her lifelong dream takes an unexpected turn when she runs into her high school sweetheart-now the town's hotter-than-hot veterinarian. Brawley Odell, country right down to the tips of his cowboy boots, has returned to take over the local animal doctor's practice. But the real reason he's in town is that he's never stopped thinking about the fiery green-eyed beauty who once captured his heart . . .
I’m a Texas girl at heart, so books that take place in Texas always perk my interest. This book appealed to me even more so because it took place in a small town, the whole idea of living in a small town in Texas where I could buy a ranch and ride horses and eat bbq is my absolute dream. Another element that appealed to me is the whole exes coming together in the same place and the potential for them to work something out again. I like a story with second chances.
I liked Maggie as a character, she’s spunky, and she made a life for herself of her own making, and I really like that about her. I also like that her career is picking up in clothing design from something she taught herself to do, I like that even without a fancy education and the “traditional” way of getting ahead, she was able to do it with hard work and dedication. I also really liked how good she is to her family and friends, it says a lot about her character that after her grandmother died she moved in with her grandfather to be there for him instead of striking out on her own.
Brawley is a decent hero in my opinion, although his name kind of drove me nuts. I absolutely love that he’s a vet, and that he took in a small, girlie stray dog (what can I say I am a sucker for anyone who loves dogs/animals). Brawley did have some annoying traits, but primarily it was that he always seemed to be grabbing Maggie, there were some occasions where it worked and others where it really just annoyed me.
As for the story itself, I thought that the length was a little bit too long, but not so much to where it felt like the pacing was slow. Brawley and Maggie broke up when she was a senior in high school and he was in his first year of college, he broke her heart, and she had a big secret. While that is definitely a reason for Maggie to have some serious issues with Brawley when he shows up back in their small town, but it just didn’t come off as a strong enough reason for the two of them to stay apart. In a way I almost wish there had been something more to their breakup and the subsequent years they spent apart from each other. I felt like there was a couple of smaller things within the book that could be expanded on that would have amped up the suspense/plot of the book, like Maggie’s dad displeasure with Brawley could have been a little more clear. The girl who shows up at Brawley’s house should have either been longer or cut entirely, it didn’t really seem to have enough of an impact to make it into the book. There are a couple more examples of that kind of thing within the book.
Even with my notes of the book, it was still an enjoyable read, and I would easily recommend it to anyone who is looking for a romance book, especially if you are like me and have a soft spot in your heart for Texas.