Rescue Me by Catherine Mann (Second Chance Ranch #2)

Rescue Me by Catherine MannAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Berkley

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

Detective AJ Parker left undercover work in Atlanta to join a small-town Tennessee police force, hoping for an easier workload and the solitude of his cabin. But the scars left by AJ’s previous work are more difficult to escape than he thought…

Mary Hannah Gallo works with the Second Chance Ranch Animal Rescue to train therapy dogs for traumatized patients. It isn’t easy, but her life is under control—until she meets the broodingly sensual AJ, who rattles her composure all the way to her toes. After an assignment confiscating dogs from a backyard breeder reveals a dangerous drug operation, AJ must work with sexy perfectionist Mary Hannah to train an abused rescue dog—a dog now named Holly. While Holly proves to these two very different people that opposites can, in fact, attract, she also knows more than a few explosive secrets that could heal—or divide—the entire town.

Rescue Me is an emotional roller coaster ride, beginning with the rescue of a cute boxer to the surprise ending that pulls at your heartstrings. This is the second book in the series about the Second Chance Rescue ranch and the fabulous people that are affiliated with it.

AJ Parker is a detective in the small community of Cooksburg, Tennessee. He is new to the area, jumping at the chance his cousin Wyatt gave him when he needed to get away from the big city, and big drugs. He wants a low key life after being undercover in narcotics for several years. He was burned out from the lifestyle and hurt by a woman he trusted.

Mary Hannah Gallo is a councilor and dog rescuer. She trains dogs as service or emotional support dogs to help others. She has past issues with prescription drugs but has been clean for four years, although through her troubles she lost a lot in her life.

Mary Hanna met AJ several months ago, spending an amazing night together, it was an anonymous hookup and they were never to meet again. Yet fate works in mysterious ways, as now they are living next to each other, working together to help rescued dogs.

As with the first book, this is a very emotional story of love and healing. There are several story lines intertwined featuring the family and friends of Second Chance Rescue along with amazing rescue dogs.

Mary Hannah is an extremely likable person, she cares for both people and animals, she enjoys pairing rescued animals with both physically and emotionally injured soldiers helping them heal each other. There is one particular story that really tugs at your heart as she aids a desperate family to recover. What she does not do is help herself. There are several things in her past that she has not dealt with and does not talk about, even her good friend Sierra does not know. But the weight of her past decisions drag her down and it takes a special person and rescued boxer to make her whole again.

AJ is a great hero, a little rough around the edges, keeping his heart closed up so as not to get hurt again. But the attraction between the two is tangible and after their night of anonymity, they can hardly stay away from each other. There are a few bumps in the road, their jobs and both their pasts get tangled with reality but they slowly work through these things as they get closer.

Secondary characters play huge roles, there are additional stories that are featured, Lacey and Wyatt’s story makes me feel both angry and sad, I did not see those twists and turns coming. I also liked catching up with Lacey’s son Nathan and her daughter Sierra and family. The pace of the story is perfect, the romance starts slow as Mary Hannah and AJ find their way through the obstacles of their relationship, there is a small amount of drama toward the end however things are worked through quickly. I love how we are treated to a dog’s view of the world and how quirky humans can be through Holly the rescued boxer, it makes for some cute moments. Although this is the second in the series it can easily be read as a standalone, the author catches the reader up to speed on the main characters from the beginning. I am interested in what will happen next and look forward to more from this author.

I give Rescue Me by Catherine Mann 4 stars!

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