Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Second Chance Cowboy by Claire McEwen

Posted March 16, 2021 by meezcarrie in Claire McEwen, contemporary, giveaway, romance / 18 Comments

Second Chance Cowboy, On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Heroes of Shelter Creek #5

GENRE: Contemporary Romance (Clean & Wholesome)
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Heartwarming
RELEASE DATE: March 1, 2021
PAGES: 210

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…


Other Books In This Series

For some reason, I’ve only read every other book in the Heroes of Shelter Creek series, but I’ve very much enjoyed each one I’ve read. And Second Chance Cowboy may be my favorite so far!

Emily and Wes have that delicious kind of chemistry that comes from an emotionally charged history & familiarity combined with present day attraction & getting to know the grown-up counterpart to the teenagers they were when they fell in love. Sparks zing all over the place, but also laughter. One scene in particular – at a pond – had me laughing me out loud (and trying to muffle it so I wouldn’t wake up my husband lol) and grinning long after the characters had moved on to something else. Wes is the kind of hero who not only completely charms you but also earns your respect, and Emily is the same kind of heroine. Both have overcome great odds stacked against them to become well-adjusted and successful adults with big hearts. These are the kind of characters you want to hang out with in your spare time, and not just on the pages of a book.

I also love two things that all Shelter Creek books have in common – the Book Biddies and the elements of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. For instance, I had no idea before reading Second Chance Cowboy that bald eagles have specific wingfeathers that are used for flying & if they lose any of those their ability to fly is impaired. I also didn’t know that new ones could be grafted in. Fascinating!! And the Book Biddies book club is always good for some chuckles and the warmth of friendship.

Bottom Line: Second Chance Cowboy by Claire McEwen is warm, witty, and swoonworthy! Two former flames reuniting after years apart means lots of emotion-driven layers to unpack, and the author does this well without glossing over either the reason for Wes’s leaving or the fallout – but also without bogging the story down in too much heaviness. The setting, the supporting characters, and the animals involved in this story make it all the more delightful, and you’ll turn the last page with a smile in your heart.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4.5 stars / Loved it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion

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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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One winner will receive a copy of Second Chance Cowboy (ebook or paperback, winner’s choice) and a $30 Amazon gift card

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18 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Second Chance Cowboy by Claire McEwen

  1. Suzanne Sellner

    I love stories of second chances and stories with animals in them. This sounds like the perfect read.

  2. Roxanne C.

    This sounds like a wonderful second chance romance. The Book Biddies book club sounds very interesting.

  3. Thank you so very much for reviewing Second Chance Cowboy on your lovely blog! I really enjoyed doing the research and writing all the scenes with the animals. And Wes and Emily really made me smile!

  4. Dianne Casey

    Great cover, love the horse! I enjoyed the excerpt from the book and I’m looking forward to reading the book.

  5. This book sounds and looks like a fantastic read. Would love to read and review in print format. Love books like this.
    Thanks for chance to win.
    Hope I Win.

  6. Diana Hardt

    Nice cover. I liked the blurb. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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