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Title: Reining Her In
Author: Katie Ashley
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 15 Aug 2019

Synopsis from Goodreads

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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Peyton and Declan were high school sweethearts with their whole future planned out for them when they decided to get married at 20. Unfortunately, deep introspection on Declan’s part ensured Peyton suffered the ultimate embarrassment of being jilted on her wedding day. Coming from a small town where everyone knows everyone else’s business ensured Peyton felt unable to live in her hometown where the humiliation would be a constant reminder.

Skip forward a decade and Peyton has to return to her hometown following the sudden death of her beloved grandfather. Peyton’s emotional baggage all stems from the abandonment and rejection she felt at her wedding-that-wasn’t; so much so that she hasn’t been able to form a solid relationship since.

There are a few surprises in store for Peyton when she is left her grandfathers veterinary practise after following in his footsteps career-wise. Although it is her determination to foil Declan’s plans which provides the impetus to moving home.

When Declan gets chance to apologies for his previous behaviour and explain his reasoning, there is a semblance of understanding to his actions although there were a million different ways he could have conveyed his doubts rather than the catastrophic way in which it occurred.

I did find Peyton very quick to forgive and cannot fathom my own response in this sort of situation.

It is obvious Peyton and Declan still love each other despite the implosion of their previous relationship. I adored the way in which Declan courted Peyton and his determination to lay a solid foundation for them both before taking things into physical intimacy.