By Claire McEwen
Paperback & ebook, 210 Pages
March 1, 2021 by Harlequin Heartwarming
He was her first love…
But some things she can’t forget
Busy small-town veterinarian Emily Fielding is finally ready to take on some help. The best man for the job, however, is Wes Marlow—who broke her heart in high school. Though Wes has a way with horses and a way of melting her resolve, Emily needs to keep things purely professional. Wes left her once—will he do it again? Because she can’t lose her heart a second time…
Heroes of Shelter Creek
Book 1: Reunited with the Cowboy
Book 2: After the Rodeo
Book 3: Her Surprise Cowboy
Book 4: Rescuing the Rancher
Book 5: Second Chance Cowboy
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Heaving herself up from the comfortable bench, Emily shuffled toward her white truck with the clinic’s black logo on the door. Hopefully, there wouldn’t be any emergencies today. Maybe she could even get home by six and crawl straight into bed. She took one more look around downtown Shelter Creek, so pretty in the clear morning light, and froze.
A tall man in a black cowboy hat was walking along the sidewalk across the street, looking idly at the shop windows. His face was angled away, but still, he looked so familiar. Emily’s ribs tightened around her lungs. Something in his profile, the tilt of his jaw, reminded her of Wes. But that was impossible. Wes had left Shelter Creek when they were in high school. And he’d certainly never worn a cowboy hat.
As she watched, the man turned farther away from her to peer into the hardware store window and she took in his broad shoulders and his long legs in black jeans. He was wearing a worn denim jacket. There was something about this man... An old ache pulsed in her chest. Would Wes have become someone who dressed like a cowboy?
Emily pictured his crooked smile and the sparkle in his eye when he used to come riding with her at the stable where she boarded her horse, back in high school. But Wes had never reached out, never come back. Why would he be here now? Emily took a gulp of her coffee. Maybe she was having hallucinations from lack of sleep.
The man glanced toward her, as if he sensed her watching him. Instinctively Emily ducked down behind her truck. Squatting on the sidewalk behind the cab, she put a palm to her forehead. This was ridiculous. There was no reason to hide. This guy couldn’t be Wes. And even if it was, what was she so afraid of? She wasn’t the starry-eyed kid she’d been back then.
Her truck was parked in front of Hubert’s Collectibles, and fortunately, Hubert, owner of Millicent, a teacup poodle who’d been to visit Emily for a tummy ache last week, didn’t open his shop until eleven. Otherwise, he might be wondering why the town’s vet was cowering next to a parking meter.
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ABOUT the AUTHOR:
Claire McEwen is an award-winning author whose strong heroes and heroines take big, emotional journeys to find their happily-ever-afters. She loves writing stories set in quirky small towns and romantic western settings. Claire lives by the ocean in Northern California with her family and a scruffy, mischievous terrier. When not dreaming up new stories, she’s a busy mom who also enjoys gardening, hiking, discovering flea-market treasures and wandering on the beach. A life-long bookworm, she always has her kindle close by.
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