base, Seaside, North Carolina, is teeming with heroes of all stripes. But, as
the Hero’s Welcome series from Annie Rains continues, it takes a cowboy to
rescue the town’s newest resident from heartache.
completely devastated, she comes to Seaside seeking a fresh start. A talented,
compassionate yoga teacher, she has developed a program to help alleviate the
effects of PTSD, but getting a bunch of bullheaded Marines into downward facing
dog might be impossible. So Julie’s shocked when one of her first students
dives in headfirst—and almost tempts her to take down her walls with his easy smile
and electrifying touch.
Lawson Phillips lost a crew member in a helicopter accident, he hasn’t been
able to fly. When a psychologist orders him to attend, of all things, a yoga
class, Lawson’s outraged—until he finds out Julie is the instructor. She’s
beautiful, graceful, and completely guarded when it comes to his advances, but
he’s determined to find out what makes her tick. Because underneath Julie’s
hard shell is a woman Lawson knows he could fall for—and he’s not ready for the
ride to end.
I was a huge fan of Welcome to Forever, the first book in this heartwarming series, so I was looking forward to the second book, especially when I discovered it was going to be about Lawson. Lawson and Julie were introduced in the first book. I was so happy these two would get their own story.
Lawson and Julie each have issues they are dealing with. Lawson came across as a self-confident flirt, but that is not what is going on inside. He’s battling a fear that threatens to ruin his career as a pilot. Julie is returning to Seaside, hoping to start a new life. She hasn’t had the best of luck in the romance department, and both know having a relationship at this point in their lives won’t be a good thing. As they meet each other again, there is some major chemistry. When Lawson is forced to go to a yoga class to deal with his PTSD, he’s not excited at all! That is….until he sees Julie will be the instructor. She’s running a test program to see if it actually helps vets with their PTSD issues. The two build a friendship and enjoy each other’s company, but it’s getting harder not giving into their hearts. Will becoming more than friends give them their own forever or completely, or will it just blow up in their faces?
I developed a slight crush on Lawson in the first book, and I completely fell in love with him in this one. He is far from perfect, but he has such a big heart. At times, I wanted to scream at him like his sister did, but I completely understood why he acted the way he did. He was so afraid, and it’s hard for a brave Marine to admit that, so he does makes some decisions that will hurt himself, but he’s not a bad guy at all. It was such a joy to see Julie take back the pieces of herself that her ex took away. She grew from a woman who completely didn’t believe in herself to a woman who learned to love herself again, but most importantly, she became a much stronger woman. I loved all the secondary characters, especially Lawson’s sister, Beth, and his niece, Sabrina. They truly added so much depth to the storyline.
I love a good romance, but I also like a romance with some depth and heart to it. Both books in this series are just those kind of love stories! Not only was it a great, heartwarming, and spicy romance, but it was a book of hope, second chances, finding strength inside oneself, and making life better. It really opened my eyes to the issues our veterans face…one of the biggest is PTSD. It shows readers how exactly what it is and ways in which they can find hope again. Great book!!!!
author who writes small town love stories set in fictional towns on the coast
of North Carolina. Raised in one of America’s largest military communities,
Annie often features heroes who fight for their countries, while also fighting
for a place to call home and a good woman to love. When Annie isn’t writing,
she’s spending time with her husband and 3 children, or reading a book by one
of her favorite authors. Represented by Sarah Younger at Nancy Yost Literary