My name is Emma Sawyer.
I met Charlie and Wyatt on the same sultry, summer day. It was unexpected, leaving a feeling in the pit of my stomach like the time I drove too fast over Beckett Hill. The moment happened out of nowhere, all fast and quick and a little strange. Or maybe that was just Wyatt’s personality.

It was Charlie that brought us together. Little Charlie with those ridiculous ears. I found the dog, waiting in a pool of his own blood. Waiting for someone. Waiting for me.

Now Wyatt, he wasn’t waiting for anyone. At least that’s what he said, except I saw something different in the broken guy all alone out in the woods. I knew he needed me before he knew it himself.
Wyatt with his hidden dimples. Wyatt with his warnings to stay away. He was a hard lump of coal, ready to burn everything around him. The more he burned, the more it pulled me into the pain I saw etched on his troubled face.

I wanted to help Wyatt. I wanted to save him like he had saved all the Charlies in the world. He told me not to fall for him, but I did anyway. I fell hard and fast and deeply in love with Wyatt Caulfield.

But that was before I knew his secret.

Gosh, I’m tired.  Emotionally tired, that is.  This book managed to suck every last drop of emotion out of me and I totally didn’t mind.  The characters, both animal and human, were broken…but they all had so much potential.  And the author, with wonderful writing, managed to hook me from the very beginning.

When Emma rescues an abused dog, she meets sad, reclusive, moody Wyatt.  Immediately she recognizes the loneliness in his eyes and feels the need to help him.  Wyatt has secrets he doesn’t want to share but Emma is just as tenacious as she is compassionate.  And, even though he’s not very nice to her in the beginning, she doesn’t give up easily and Wyatt soon learns how special she is.  The two discover their mutual need and the chemistry that exists between them.  It definitely takes a while to unravel this story and some might find it a bit slow moving at first.  But, this is a character study and, just like in real life, changes don’t happen over night.  My heart broke for Wyatt and all he had been through.  His story is tragic and only strong, intelligent, caring Emma could make his life better.  I am so happy they found each other.

I cannot end this review though without mentioning the other main characters…the dogs that Wyatt cares for.  Each of them has a different personality, a difficult life, and each made me want to reach out and hug them.  They played a large role in this story and I’m so glad the author chose to make them so prominent in the book.

This book is filled with sadness but also hope.  It makes you believe in second chances…and may just bring a tear to your eye.  It spreads you thin as you feel for Wyatt, for Emma, and for the dogs as well.  So, if you’re looking for a book that will both hurt your heart and make you smile, this may just be the one.

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