Series: Whisper Creek #2
Published by Loveswept Source: Netgalley
Genres: Animals, Christmas, Contemporary Romance, Romance, Western
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Boston veterinarian Hayley Scampini tends the city’s pampered pets but dreams of the rural life of a country vet. She’s single and determined to stay that way, convinced that love isn’t permanent enough to trust. Then a vacation to the Whisper Creek dude ranch introduces her to Daniel McKee, a sexy single dad who runs the kind of veterinary practice she aspires to—and rattles her conviction to keep men at a distance.
Managing a thriving practice, coping with the loss of his wife, and fighting a custody battle with his in-laws over his twin daughters, Daniel couldn’t be more overwhelmed. Hayley is a godsend, accompanying him in the field and winning over his girls. It doesn’t take Daniel long to realize he’s falling for this woman, hard and fast. So before Hayley returns to Boston, he extracts a promise: that she will return to Whisper Creek for Christmas. It’s the perfect time and place to show Hayley that the promise of a beautiful life together is something she can believe in.
Another veterinary romance, throw in some Christmas spirit, and cowboys and I’m sold. I don’t know why but I’m not normally a huge fan of the widow/widower storyline, but it worked for me in this one, I think because I really liked Daniel and his two young daughters.
So Hayley is in town for a wedding, but normally she lives in the big city where she takes care of the world’s most pampered pets, which it turns out isn’t really her favorite clientele. Hayley meet Daniel, who is also a vet, but a rural country vet, the kind of vet Hayley wishes she could have been. The two of them have a connection decently quick, and it turns out Hayley is able to really help Daniel out, since he’s got a lot going on in his life. But she lives far away, and he’s in the middle of a custody battle with his in-laws over his twin girls. Needless to say they have some obstacles in their relationship.
I really loved that Hayley takes so well to Daniel’s daughter. You could tell how much she wanted them to like her, and she tries so hard to make sure that they do like her and she does right by them. She’s just genuinely a nice girl. I loved some of the scenes she and Daniel have together with animals, when she’s helping him out. I thought that the two of them got some of there best get to know you talks when they were working together.
I ended up really liking Daniel, maybe even more than I liked Hayley, which surprised me. I loved that he is such a good father to his daughters, he’s really protective and only wants the best for them, which meant moving to the country, even though his in-laws hated it. I also really appreciated that Daniel was still really civil to his in-laws even though they were filing for custody (which was super un-cool). He was also one of those guys who was willing to talk, which hey, let me tell ya, counts for a lot these days.
All in all it was a really sweet romance that I would easily recommend for a holiday read. It was really easy to like these characters and hope for their happy ending.