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Her Surprise Cowboy

(Heroes of Shelter Creek #3)

4.70  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Looking for redemption…

Finding a future

Rancher Liam Dale is in Shelter Creek to make amends for his troubled past. He had no idea vet assistant Trisha Gilbert would be there, too—and he’s even more shocked to discover he’s a daddy! Trisha has good reasons not to trust him and a baby boy to protect. But now that he knows he’s a father, Liam longs to transform this unexpecte
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Published April 1st 2020 by Harlequin Heartwarming
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Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
I really enjoyed Reunited with the Cowboy, the first book in this series, and somehow I missed book 2. But after meeting Jace & Vivian in book 3, I’m going to have to go back and catch up on their story too!

Her Surprise Cowboy has all the right ingredients for a sweet romance – small town, swoony hero, cautious heroine, an adorable baby, an amusing dog, some yummy kisses, and a cast of fun supporting characters (Book Biddies, I’m looking at you!). But there are so many more layers to this story
Virginia Campbell
In "Her Surprise Cowboy", Book 3 in author Claire McEwen' "Heroes of Shelter Creek Series", a man and woman both striving to overcome past mistakes are unexpectedly reunited--and each of them is holding back a life-changing secret. A chance meeting at a wedding led to one shared night between Liam Dale and Trisha Gilbert. Kisses fueled by champagne and the chance to escape reality were later replaced by shame and regret, and Liam had left before Trisha awoke--they hadn't even told one another th ...more
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Liam wasn’t happy when he ended up with the straw that would land him in California working on his friend Jace’s ranch. And he sure wasn’t expecting to run into one night stand Trish Gilbert. Shame and guilt had been so strong Liam had left the next morning before Trish awoke, neither knowing the others last name. Now they were face to face as Trish works at the vet Liam’s friend Jace uses for his ranch. Liam is at the ranch in order to learn a more modern way of ranchin
Jessica Figueroa
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Liam is trying to make up for his past by improving his family ranch by working at a ranch that works differently then what he's used to. Once he learn to ranch organically then he'll return home. He never expected to run into a women he had an instant attraction to in the past. He wasn't in a good place then like he is now and now comes to find that he's a father and wants to do right for her and the baby.

This was a slow and sweet book. This book is definitely heartwarming. I loved that when it
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Her Surprise Cowboy was such a fun “surprise daddy” story! Even though Trisha drove me a little crazy a few times in the middle of the book, with her second guessing and overprotective tendencies, her uncertainty concerning Liam made sense. It was really a special moment in the story when Trisha and Liam began working as a team with Henry.

Liam did a great job of learning to be a dad, while also recognizing that his feelings for Trisha ran deep. I loved the changes that occurred in both Trisha an
Phylis Carpenter
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Trisha and her friend Becca went to San Antonio and crashed a wedding. While dancing and enjoying the evening, Trisha met a young cowboy named William. They had a great evening and she woke up and found him gone with no note or anyway to reach him. They didn't even know each other's last name or a way to contact them.

Two years later Trisha is at her friends ranch in California and is introduced to a gentlemen that they had just hired. When she saw him, she realized that it was William from the w
Suzie Waltner
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Second chances abound in Shelter Creek, California.

Liam Dale leaves his family and his place of security to learn more about raising grass-fed cattle. Little does he know the woman who, two years ago, changed the momentum of the downward spiral he was in.

Trisha has overcome her own challenges and now has two jobs she loves, is surrounded by a group of friends who have become her family, and cares for her son. He may not have been planned, but he is the light of her life.

Both Liam and Trisha have
Janice Sisemore
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Her Surprise Cowboy

Her Surprise Cowboy is a book that I found very interesting. I loved the place that Trisha work at that took care of the wild animals. Especially the part about the coyotes.

In Her Surprise Cowboy Liam finds out he is a father. Will Trisha let him be a true father to Henry? It can be hard to let go of being the only parent.

I also enjoyed the Book Group called Book Biddies that were all friends of Trisha. They were so much fun and cared for Henry and Trisha.

I received a comp
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of this book and I am voluntarily reviewing it.

This book deserves more than 5 stars. I adored this story. This is the third book of this series and I have fallen in love with all of the characters. It was wonderful to see the prior couples here. It was like catching up with old friends.

Liam Dale lives in Texas but has drawn a short straw and has to go to Shelter Creek, CA to see how to raise cattle differently to become organic. Liam has been on the ranch since re
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you in advance to the author, Claire McEwen, and Prism Book Tours for providing a complimentary review. A positive review was not required. All words are my own.

Claire McEwen is a new-to-me-author, but the Heartwarming line isn’t new to me at all. These are the “hope & inspiration” line that feature wholesome stories of love, compassion, and belonging; along with the happy-ever-after ending.

This is a clean read – no sex scenes and no foul or questionable language. There is talk of a one-
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
A wonderfully poignant, compelling and captivating tale about second chances, renewal and healing, Claire McEwen’s emotional tale Her Surprise Cowboy is a heart-warming tale readers will struggle to put down.

Vet assistant Trisha Gilbert is not somebody who lets her hair down very often. She’s only lost control and thrown caution to the wind twice and both times have been life-changing but for different reasons. The first time she had decided to be wild and crazy had resulted in a tragic car acci
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Prism Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Her Surprise Cowboy by Claire McEwen is a beautiful story of love, family, and finding your place in this world.
Will Trish and Liam figure out how to coexist as Henry's parents?
Trish Gilbert
Trish is our heroine. She is cautious and strict when it comes to her protection. However, Trish is a wonderful mother to not only Henry but also the orphaned an
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is book three in or 'The Heroes of Shelter Creek Series'. All the books can be read as stand alone but so much better if read in order. The characters from the first books enter act within all the books.
Knowing their stories help make each new one just a little better. Having said that this is Trish Gilbert and Liam Dale's story and it is a wonderful read. Good girl Trish goes to visit her some what wild best friend Becca in Texas. After they have a few drinks at a hotel bar, Becca talks he
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am loving this series so much!
McEwen sure knows to give her readers the best kind of stories!
From book one I immediately made myself right at home in Shelter Creek, Ca. I was very happy to return in this book.
I was delighted to discover that the group of ladies who called themselves the Book Biddies were back! They tickled me from the very beginning of this series and in my opinion this series wouldn't very good without them.
I very much enjoyed learning about the wildlife reservation that
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
What happens when two people are meant to be together, but get lost on their way? Liam and Trisha met each other when she decided to crash a wedding and their one night together changed her whole life. It made her a mom to her little boy Henry.

Liam left Trisha that night as quickly as he could because he was so ashamed of his own life. He was addicted to pain medication and he didn't want to bring anyone else into his mess. Even if she might be the perfect one for him. So he left without a trac
Hallie Szott
In need of a second-chance romance? Pick up this third Heroes of Shelter Creek story from Claire McEwen, Her Surprise Cowboy. It’s a delight.

Trisha Gilbert never expected to see Liam Dale, the father of her child, again. Now that he is working on a nearby ranch—and knows he is a father—the pair must grapple with the changes this turn of events means for their lives. Do they have what it takes to become a family, or will too much of the past stand in the way?

Her Surprise Cowboy is a sweet story o
Yvonne Cruz
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
We are back in Shelter Creek and this time the story belongs to Trisha Gilbert and Liam Dale.
If you have read the previous stories in this series, you met Trisha Gilbert. Twice she has acted out of character and in both occasions the results have had life changing results. This second time, she became pregnant after a one night stand with a cowboy during a visit to friend in Texas.
Liam Dale was that cowboy. Little did Trisha know that that night she left such an impression on Liam that he change
Marie Bourgery
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a sweet secret baby romance. Trisha didn’t know the full name of the man she impulsively had a one night stand with and he didn’t leave any information when he left before she woke up. Imagine her surprise when she meets her son Henry’s father at her friend Vivian and her husband Jace’s ranch. Liam wasn’t in a good place with drug addiction, but that night with Trisha gave him a reason to change. He didn’t put himself in the best light in Trish’s eyes by shooting at a coyote on Jace’s r ...more
Toth Jo-Ann
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I loved this story. For its about two very difficult issues. Its also about having a second chance at trying to do something right. I loved that Claire dealt with a tough issue and did a excellent job with it. Trisha Gilbert has raised her son alone then the part that makes this story interesting Liam Dale comes to Shelter Creek to learn about grass fed cattle. Then the story gets interesting. I like how Claire weaves this story. She makes it interesting with the baggage they each carry. Liam's ...more
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes you just need a feel good book to read and that's how I'd characterize Claire McEwen's book--Her Surprise Cowboy. In this book, Liam Dale and Trisha Gilbert are reunited in Shelter Creek, California. About two years ago they met at a wedding in Texas and now Liam is shocked to find out that he fathered a son that night. Chemistry brought them together and it is still there. But Trisha is happy in California working in the Shelter Creek Wildlife Center while Liam lives and works with hi ...more
Lori R
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really like this series. It is heartwarming with its wonderful characters. I also like how it is focusing on wild animals and makes you think about coyotes and other animals. This particular book focused on Trisha and Liam, who had met at a wedding in Texas and had a one night stand. That one night stand left Trisha hurt and Liam turning his life around and believing Trisha was his angel. I liked how they accidentally happened to run into each other and how they tried to work things out betwee ...more
Lynn Brooks
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 STARS!

Love when they least expect it! With the third book in her Heroes of Shelter Creek series Claire McEwen delights her readers with a surprise baby story line. The characters are flawed, but withstand a sweet redemption. Really enjoyed!

Liam Dale caught my heart quickly with his comeback story and the love he shares with his family. Once he gets to Shelter Creek and reunites with Trisha, all bets are off and he's coming in strong!

Trisha is a bit of a conundrum. I understand where she's
Kate Vale
One night of passion results in a baby boy, one that Liam Dale knows nothing about until he goes to Shelter Creek to learn about sustainable ranching. There he encounters vet assistant Tricia Gilbert, who also helps at the wildlife center.

A key question in this addition to the Heroes of Shelter Creek series is whether Tricia should trust Liam. After all, he left without leaving her so much as a note. Then there's his attitude toward coyotes and his former drug use. Little Henry is her precious
Debra Floyd
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Liam had attended his friends wedding and met Trisha and had a one night affair with her. He then went home and asked his family for help with a drug addiction.

Two years later he drew the short straw to go to a friends ranch and learn about becoming organic fed for the cattle. While there he sees Trisha. Can he make it up to her for running out on her without even a note? Liam suddenly finds out that he fathered a child with her.

Can he win Trisha’s respect and trust? Trisha allows him to spend
Karen Hackett
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
HER SURPRISE COWBOY is Claire McEwen’s 3rd book of the Heroes of The Shelter Creek series. Rancher Liam Dale arrives to Shelter Creek to make amends for his troubled past. What he did not expect is finding Trisha Gilbert—the angel who turned his life around after his one night with her. He is shocked to discover he’s a daddy! Trisha has good reasons not to trust Liam and a baby boy to protect, but Liam longs to transform this unexpected reunion into a true family. Claire McEwen delights her read ...more
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I gave this a 5 star because it is a great book! Such an amazing read ! Trisha Gilbert a vet assistant and Cowboy Liam Dale find a Happily Ever After in this book Liam goes to Shelter Creek to make amends for his past. Little did he know he would run into a Lady he had meet 2 years ago during a one wild night in Texas and low and behold he will find out he is a daddy! Trisha and Liam will figure out it is time to settle down with their Son and live happily ever after! Another great book by Clair ...more
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another heart-warming story from Shelter Creek. Reuniting with favourite characters especially the Book Biddies who are supporting single mother Trisha and her baby Henry. When Henry's father, Liam suddenly arrives in town to work at Jace's ranch, Trisha is initially very wary. Her friends and the biddies help her keep Henry a secret at first until eventually Trisha plucks up the courage to tell Liam he is a father. As Liam gets to know his son and Trisha the chemistry becomes undeniable. This i ...more
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love returning to Shelter Creek and all the wonderful residents of the town. Liam and Trisha's story is such a heartwarming story that put me under its spell at page one. A sexy cowboy and a single Mom, these two are perfect each other and their story has humor, healing, romance, and all the feels. Add in a cute baby and cute animals and it's perfect. I love the wildlife conservation that is part of all the books in this series and I look forward to the next book in the series. ...more
Tracy Sylvester
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Welcome back to Shelter Creek. You'll fall in love with Trisha Gilbert and Liam Dale. Both of these characters have their own struggles to deal with and life changing moments. When an event brings them together their lives forever change. Liam didn't know just how much his life changed until he meets back up with Trisha in Shelter Creek when he comes to learn new ranching methods at Jace and Vivian's place. You won't want to put this book down! ...more
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in the Heroes of Shelter Creek series by Claire McEwen. Liam Dale and Trisha Gilbert had a one-night stand a year ago. Trisha meets with Liam to introduce him to his son Henry. Trisha doesn't trust Liam and doesn't think he would be a good father to Henry. Liam must prove to Trisha that he could be a good father and tries to win her heart. I really enjoyed reading this contemporary Western romance novel. I received this free book and am voluntarily leaving a review. ...more
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Claire McEwen lives by the ocean in Northern California with her family and a scruffy, mischievous terrier. When not dreaming up new stories, she can be found digging in her garden with a lot of enthusiasm but, unfortunately, no green thumb. She loves discovering flea-market treasures, walking on the beach, dancing, traveling and reading, of course!

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