Monday, January 22, 2018

4 stars-- Cowboy SEAL Homecoming (Navy SEAL Cowboys #1) by Nicole Helm

A group of wounded SEALs, a sheltered cowgirl, a sassy goat and whole heap of 'what the fuck are we doing'. Yeah, Cowboy SEAL Homecoming was one dang fine read.
The Gist: When Alex's career as a SEAL came to an abrupt end he decided to return to the family ranch he and his step sister had inherited. The plan? Turn the ranch into a retreat for returning military members and, well, try like hell to ignore the damn pesky attraction zinging between them, too.
Becca and Alex. Yall. They're such a neurotic fucked up mess and I adored them. It was hard not to love them or root for them to overcome their personal issues--Alex dealing with PTSD and not being in total control, Becca breaking free of a very sheltered life after severe childhood illness. They're good people. Determined, hard working, fiercely loyal and caring. But so damn fucked up. lol I loved watching them slowly start to heal and venture out of their comfort zones.

And the romance. Yes, they're step-siblings. But really they didn't grow up together and he was out of the house already when their parents married. So not a big deal. I had a good time watching them as they felt each other out. Things weren't smooth sailing especially at the start and trying to resist. They had great chemistry and a sweet yet frustrating romance. I loved it.

There was a lot of awkward happening in the series. Between Becca and Alex, with the retired SEALs that came with him to get the non profit up and running, etc. But it was intentional and man it packed a punch watching these two-- well, four if you include his buddies-- try to figure out their new lives and circumstances. They all really stole my heart.

All in all, a bang up read. I had a great time with Cowboy SEAL Homecoming. It was a stellar combination of hilarious encounters, heart touching moments and the overcoming of serious life struggles. Helm writes the most wonderful perfectly imperfect characters. They may drive you crazy now and again but it's impossible not to fall for them completely.


And a longish quote/excerpt because I thought it was hilarious watching 3 big badass SEALs try to settle into life on a farm.
“Damn it, Ron Swanson.”

Alex exchanged confused glances with Gabe. Gabe shrugged. Becca hurried out of the kitchen and Alex followed her. She went straight toward Dad’s office, which caused Alex to pause.
Before she could get to the hallway that led to the office and the mudroom, an animal clopped forward.

Becca fisted her hands on her hips. “You know you’re not supposed to do this,” she scolded.

The animal was not a dog or a cat or any normal inside, domesticated pet. It was a goat. And it bleated at her as if in answer.

What the fuck?

Becca glanced over her shoulder at him. “Ron Swanson here figured out how to use the doggie door. When he’s feeling particularly mischievous, he tends to try and sneak in.”

“Why…” So many whys. “Why do you have a goat who sneaks in through a dog door?”

“Long story. Will you finish with the eggs while I get him back outside where he belongs?”

“Yeah. You grab the goat, and I’ll fix the eggs. This is totally normal.”

She laughed. Such a pretty sound. Oddly comforting. Strange to realize it was something he hadn’t had enough of in the past ten years—pretty women laughing.

“If you came here looking for normal, boy, you came to the wrong place,” she said, sounding mostly amused.

She lunged for the goat then, and Alex watched with morbid fascination. She got her arms around its neck, but it bleated and kicked and Becca swore.

“You’re feisty today, Ron. I really don’t like it when you’re feisty,” she muttered to the goat.

To. The. Goat.

The goat bucked again and Becca lost her grip as she dodged the kick. The goat took off toward the kitchen. Without thinking the action through, Alex made a move to block the hallway, but the goat was a tiny, little thing and darted right between his legs.

“The hell?”

“Goats are very smart,” Becca replied, hurrying past him. “We better get him before he eats everything.”
Back in the kitchen, Gabe was standing in the corner by the stove looking wide-eyed and horrified. Alex could hardly blame him. The damn animal was now standing on top of the kitchen table.

“Why the fuck is there a goat on the kitchen table?” Gabe asked, all but pressing himself into the corner of the counter.

“You’re more afraid of a goat than a sniper?” Alex asked, grinning.

“Damn straight. I know what the hell to do with a sniper.”

“He’s mostly harmless, just desperate to be human,” Becca said, calmly studying the goat.

Alex didn’t know how to feel about this except baffled and entertained all at the same time. “With a name like Ron Swanson, I can’t say I blame him.”

“Do they bite?” Gabe demanded.

Becca laughed again, and Alex didn’t fail to notice Gabe had much of the same reaction he did—a startled look at Becca.

Alex Maguire never thought he'd go home again. The perfect soldier, the perfect leader, he's spent his whole life running away from Blue Valley, Montana―but when a tragic accident bounces him and two of his men out of the SEALs, there's nowhere left to turn but the ranch he used to call his own...and the confusing, innocently beguiling woman who now lives there.

Becca Denton's like nothing he could have imagined. She's far too tempting for her own good, but when she offers to help turn the ranch into a haven for injured veterans, he can't exactly say no. He'll just need to keep his distance. But something in her big green eyes makes Alex want to set aside the mantle of the perfect soldier and discover the man he could have and whole within the shelter of her arms.

Amazon | Goodreads | Helm on HCBS
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