Dani C., and her two daughters, Silver and Mia, are trying to reinvent their lives after her ex-husband/ dad Tommy, was killed after a botched bank robber. Dr. Morales, Haven Point’s vet and Ruben’s dad, hired Dani to intern in his practice, in hope that she will take over his practice. Dani, skeptical of law enforcement and foster care system she was forced to grow up in after her mother’s demise, feels an wary attraction to Ruben and is in awe by his handling of her kids, especially adorable Mia and suspicious, labile, teenage Silver. When Silver is falsely accused of stealing and suspended from school, he, Ruben, finds the true culprits and shows Dani and Silver that he is one of the ‘good’ cops. Of course the inevitable HEA ending culminates in a Christmas wedding allowing the four to become one.
Loved the majority of characters, especially Ruben’s, Silver’s and Mia’s, however Dani’s vacillating feeling towards Ruben and her unfair treatment of him towards the end was immature and revealed her lack of trust issues. The theme of growing past one’s youthful mistakes and forgiving oneself is the cornerstone of this entertaining novel. Dr. and Mrs. Morales were portrayed as supportive parents, doting grandparents, and involved, responsible, caring citizens. Yet I am left to wonder, why Ruben and his siblings did not go into the Vet business like good ole Dad?