Slick’s Review – As You Were, Cowboy (Lone Star Leathernecks #2) by Heather Long

A story of hope, healing, and love, As You Were, Cowboy is a fantastic start to a new series. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures 

Blurb:
Mateo Lopez is on medical discharge from the United States Marine Corps after receiving a severe spinal cord injury. He doesn’t believe his life can get back to normal, but a sexy, feisty new horse trainer has other ideas.

Mateo Lopez, honorably discharged from the Marine Corps on medical leave, is struggling to rebuild his life. The spinal cord injury that left him feeling like a broken man resulted in his inability to ride the horses he loves and works with on Round Top Ranch.

The new horse trainer at the ranch, however, has decided that this isn’t acceptable. Claire Windsor, a spirited, London-born spitfire of a woman, has come to begin a new program to turn the horses into therapy animals. She turns Mateo’s world upside-down, and try as he might to avoid her, she keeps inserting herself into his life. As their plans for the ranch clash, so too do their hearts…making all things fair in love and war.

Author Heather Long brings the subject of therapy horses to life in her latest release As You Were, Cowboy. A stubborn, medically discharged Marine with a spinal cord injury goes head to head with a horse trainer hired to work at the ranch where he works. This book was engaging and informative, but it was also heart-warming, sensitive, and highly enjoyable.

Proud, stubborn, and so tired of everyone trying to manage him Mateo Lopez is thrown for a loop with Claire Windsor storms into the horse barn and announces she’s been hired by his friend and the ranch owner as a trainer for therapy horses. To say these to get off on the wrong foot is putting it mildly, but I also think it was exactly what Mateo needed because from the minute they meet Claire doesn’t treat him differently despite her realizing he has some sort of injury and she refuses to put up with him attitude.

I loved watching these two work to figure each other out and the way Claire was able to soften Mateo and make him begin to live again. There was no doubt she wanted to help him, but she was able to do so without making him feel helpless or anything other than a man. While there was no doubt Claire was affected by Mateo, the fact that she stirred feelings and more in him was a huge step to him realizing he was hindering his own recovery.

A story of hope, healing, and love, As You Were, Cowboy is a fantastic start to a new series.

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