The last time I saw Declan St. James was at our rehearsal dinner. That was shortly before he jilted me at the altar. To avoid the swarm of whispers and finger pointing every time I dared to show my face in public, I fled two hours south to Atlanta and never looked back. Over the last decade, I’d planned hundreds of scenarios about how our next meeting would go down. The expletives I’d hurl at him. Which knee I might use to annihilate his balls. Which dimpled cheek on his ridiculously handsome face I would send a stinging slap across.
But being elbow deep in a cow’s ass was not one of them.
Normally, I didn’t get up close and personal to a bovine’s rectum. At least not since veterinarian school. But desperate times found me back home to attend my grandfather’s funeral, who happened to be the town’s large animal vet. Those two facts had left me wading through manure in Roy Wallace’s pasture to care for a distressed heifer.
While time and maturity seemed to have changed him from the boy I knew, I still wasn’t falling for his charm. Or his hard, chiseled body. Or ass you could eat dinner off of.
No, I wasn’t going back down that street again. Unfortunately, Declan didn’t seem to get the message. Instead, he seemed as stubborn as he ever was and ready for a fight. It’ll be the fight of his life for me to let him back in my heart.
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A Jilted bride and a second chance romance.
This was an ok read, there's no heavy drama or angst, basically, Peyton is dumped on her wedding day, she's marrying her highschool sweetheart but following a call from Declan her supposed to be groom, she discovers he has flown to Aruba to their honeymoon destination while she is stood in her wedding dress in church.
Declan seems like he's done a lot of soul searching and says he can't go through with it, he thinks they are to young, at 19, he doesn't like the idea of his life being all mapped out and can't get married.
They loved each other, his actions are a bit odd but it happens.
Peyton is the one left facing a church full of people, she's heartbroken and embarrassed, it's a small farming town full of gossips so following her wedding day that never happens she leaves for college/vet school to go through with her plans and follow in her Grandfathers footsteps as a vet.
10 years later and the death of her Grandfather brings her home.
Declan still lives there, he's married, yep, that's a kick in the gut for Peyton but he's also going through a divorce, been cheated on (Karma) and also has a son who he has full custody of.
Peyton can't escape Declan, it's a small town, shes harbored hurt for a decade and never settled down, she still loves Declan deep down and tries to move past all the hurt. To move on finally and face her hurts, her fears answers are needed, apologies are needed, there's healing to process, which all leads to second chances.
This is a heartwarming second chance romance. Peyton and Declan have undeniable chemistry, they never should have lost 10 years without each other. Declan has a whole lot of regret and he's out to get back the woman he never should have let go.
Told in first person dual pov and leads to a heartwarming hea
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