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Book Review: Her Second Chance Cowboy

Her Second Chance Cowboy (Brothers of Miller Ranch, #1)

Book Blurb from Goodreads:

When Ben accompanies his mother to an old friend’s funeral…the last person he expects to see is her.

As the eldest son of the wealthy Miller family, Ben Miller is content with helping his brothers run their family’s ranch in Montana. Well… mostly content. There’s a certain something missing from his life, and he’s done a good job denying it for the past decade. Until she rolled back into town…

After ten years fighting to make it in the Big Apple, full-figured Chastity finds herself heading back to the one place she vowed she’d never return. But a tragedy in the family forced her home, and she finds herself facing an uncertain future.

Ben and Chastity were high school sweethearts whose three-year relationship ended dramatically. But they were once in the head-over-heels, can’t-breathe-without-you kind of love. And now, they suddenly find themselves pushed into each other’s lives again in the most surprising of circumstances.

Book Review:

This was the first book in the Brothers of Miller Ranch series by Natalie Dean. I’ve gotta say I loved this book as I stayed up all night to read it. It is a contemporary inspirational western romance with classic second chance trope. I missed the inspirational part when I borrowed it from KU. I still enjoyed the read; I was surprised as it increasingly got more religious through the story.

I have a love/hate relationship with second chance romances. I don’t think they are realistic, but I love people getting happy endings. What I really liked about this book was Chastity’s drive. All her life people made comments about how she wouldn’t succeed and her parents just wanted her to get an MRS. degree. It really messed with her head and she was trying to prove everyone wrong, but along the way she lost herself.

When she returned for her father’s funeral, she found her mother with a severe health condition and her finances were a mess. She needed to make drastic changes to help her mother and may have to give up her dream, but she preserved. That’s what I love about the story. The romance was secondary. I could see the chemistry between the two of them, but I wasn’t invested in it.

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