“The dogs that deserved a chance, the guy who needed a second, and the girl determined to save him.”
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.
This is the first time I have read one of SD Hendrickson’s books. This one literally took my breathe away. It also made me heart break into little pieces and cry so very hard that if any of my family would’ve walked in on me, they would’ve thought I was in major pain or lost someone close to me. See, this book talks about rescueing animals, dogs in general. I am a huge animal lover and it was very hard to read some pages in this book. But the animals are a small part of the story. The real story is with Wyatt and Emma. One lost soul who was living with guilt and one girl who knew what he needed before he even knew.
Emma is a twin and out of both of them, she is the strong one. She wants to save abused animals and when she sees her landlord mistreating a dog in his care, well the only thing she can do is steal it. She didn’t think before hand what she was going to do with the little dog but that’s just Emma. Do what needs to be done and think about the rest after the fact. Well at least for this instance at least. After trying to find “Charlie” somewhere to stay, she ends up at a dog rescue where she meets Wyatt. Emma see’s right away that Wyatt needs someone to help him with whatever is bothering him but the more she tries the more he pushes her away. But the more he pushes, the more Emma wants to help him. I fell for Wyatt right along with Emma.
This book deserves so much more than 5 stars. Grab yourself a copy and see what happens when one lost soul is found by someone who knows how to love unconditionally.