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Can Catherine accept the consequences of a great-aunt's dying wish without losing her heart or independence?
Taking in stray, injured or needy animals, veterinarian doctor Catherine Mornelli opens the Four Hooves and Paws Rescue program. But the land where the animals are kept is being sold. She approaches her Great-Aunt Elaine about possibly using her barn. However, visiting her aunt and checking out the barn also means seeing her ex-boyfriend.
Josef Garrison farms land that once belonged to his family for generations but went to his neighbor Elaine after his great-grandfather lost it in a poker game to Catherine’s great-grandfather. When Catherine returns, he sees a way to win back her heart and the land at the same time.
“Drinks, guys.” Bridget stepped to the table. “Joe, I think your friend could use your help. She stepped outside and didn’t look so good.”
“Thanks. Put this on my tab, Bridget. I don’t think we’ll be back.” He slid from the booth. “See you Tuesday night.”
Josef stepped into the neon-lighted night but didn’t see her out front. He turned the corner to the parking lot as a deep voice said, “Come on, babe, shake me all night long,” followed by a retching sound.
“Cat,” he approached her and the man hovering over her. “I’ve got her, buddy. You can go back to the party inside.”
“No, the party for two is back at my place. You go back inside.”
Josef stood tall, grabbed the guy’s arm and yanked him away from Cat. “She’s with me, and you need to leave”
“Ooh, big man. Fuck you!” The guy swung and missed. Josef planted a fist in the man’s stomach, and he doubled over to his knees.
“Cat, come on. Let’s get ya home.” Holding her by the waist, they staggered to his truck, and he helped her in.
“My hero,” she said as he started the pick-up. “You saved me again.”
“Again?” He glanced at her slumped in the seat.
“What would I’ve done without you and all that water?”
“Oh.” He reached over her, pulled and fastened the seatbelt.
“I’m leaving tomorrow.”
“God’s sending me a message, and that message is to leave.”
He drove onto Main Street, and they rode in silence until turning onto the dirt road for home.
“Ya need to sleep things off. You’re staying at my place tonight. You can get a warm shower in the morning and a hot breakfast.”
“Can I get anything else?” She squeezed his thigh.
“Cat.” He removed her hand before his body could react. “As much as I wouldn’t mind, I’m not taking advantage of you in the state you’re in.”
“What state is that? I’m in Minnesota just like you.” She laughed at her own joke, and he smiled.
“You’ve been drinking.” He pulled into his drive, put the truck in Park and assisted her out.
“I feel better now that I threw up in the parking lot.”
“Let’s get ya inside and into bed.” He stayed by her side in case of a misstep.
“I like the sound of that.” Her arms wrapped around his waist as she stumbled.
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