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From Great Danes to Pomeranians to polydactyl cats, in the rural town of Novi, Michigan, veterinarian Dr. Jaylin Meyers treats them all. But being brought up in the foster care system, she’s learned not to count on anyone staying around. New vet tech Kristen Eckert has no time for a relationship. She’d much rather take care of horses, shoot skeet, or ride her Appaloosa. ThFrom Great Danes to Pomeranians to polydactyl cats, in the rural town of Novi, Michigan, veterinarian Dr. Jaylin Meyers treats them all. But being brought up in the foster care system, she’s learned not to count on anyone staying around. New vet tech Kristen Eckert has no time for a relationship. She’d much rather take care of horses, shoot skeet, or ride her Appaloosa. Their mutual attraction takes them both by surprise, and they are drawn into a relationship. But Jaylin is frightened by the idea of relying on someone else and withdraws. When Kristen is injured in an auto accident, can Jaylin find the courage to risk her heart with Kristen or will she let her chance at love vanish forever?...

Title : The Courage to Try
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ISBN : 9781626395282
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 240 Pages
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The Courage to Try Reviews

  • Lex Kent
    2019-03-09 15:05

    2 1/2 Stars. For me this book was just Okay. I didn't think it was as bad as some of the other reviews, but it had nothing that made it any better than average for me. I found the vet side to be interesting, but that was the only thing that I really liked in the book.The characters again were just okay. One thing that bothered me was I couldn't get a good picture of what they looked like in my mind, it wasn't until half way through that I even knew Kristen had red highlights in her hair. I think Popovich better described most of the animals than she did the humans.The romance was blah. You could tell the characters liked each other, but they didn't really have any reasons not to date. This book needed a little more angst/conflict, something.I also didn't like the ending. We have this bad guy come out of nowhere and we only know sorta why he hates Kristen, but not why hes so crazy, and the ending doesn't really dissolve this conflict. This book was just sort of there. Not good nor bad. And unfortunately because of that, I can't really recommend it.

  • Morgan
    2019-03-02 11:19

    I was lured in by the cover blurb about two people coming together in a veterinary setting--it at least sounded different. I'm also unfamiliar with the author, which as far as me and lesbian romance fiction tends to go is a good thing. Though in the end I found absolutely no redeemable quality of this book. The author goes into all this detail over mundane conversations and actions--but then almost nothing to build up any chemistry between her two main characters. Don't tell, SHOW. I am going to roll my eyes in disgust if I have to read one more of these stories where the two characters are described simply as "good looking" or "sexy and trim" and then end up entranced and in bed with each other. There are no stakes, no real challenge, and all of that makes for a very weak romance plot. So aside from the very blah romance and super blah characters, we're also treated to a veritable crap ton of sub plots that serve no purpose. One character apparently had only one relationship and swore them all off because...I don't know, she worked a lot? The other character is not only a product of the foster care system, but lost her baby brother, had an abusive former relationship and has sworn off all other relationships, and has codependency problems. Even with all of that, there are NO obstacles for these two to overcome. They basically lay out that they like each other on page 50. Whatever. Finally, because there wasn't enough in this weird book, the author also adds a bizarre villain subplot that is terribly developed and ends in an afterthought. All of that PALES compared to my biggest gripe which is that the author must have just discovered the Panera Bread restuarant and is obsessed with it because it appears roughly 4-5 times in the book. Sure, they make an okay sandwich, but I'm not going to take dates there unless I'm 16. Granted, I read an ARC copy, but the version I read was also very much in need of an editor's hand between improper grammar and then references to actions that never actually happened on the page.So there you have it. As far as lesbian romances go, unfortunately this is pretty typical. High on melodrama, low on character development and plot.ARC copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.

  • Tiff
    2019-03-16 19:29

    The Courage to Try, hooked me on first glance. I loved the front cover, damn dogs get me every time! The body of work did not do its cover any justice. Don’t judge a book by its cover, could not be truer.Kristen Eckert is a skeet shooting, Porsche driving, barrel racing, vet tech. She has had her heartbroken, and now the only relationships she has are out of town horse show hookups. Kristen is the caretaker to her father who suffers from dementia. She has no time for anything else, or so she thinks. Dr. Jaylin Meyers is a vet that decides to sell her practice and move 40 minutes away. She takes a new position as the small animal veterinarian at an expanding equine clinic. The doctor has not had an easy time in life. She is a foster child and the one relationship she has had, was an abusive one. She has sworn off all women until the moment she set eyes on Kristen.Ugh, this book was hard to push through to the end. I really wanted to delete it from my reader and move on. There are so many issues I had with it. The biggest problem is it does not read well, there is no natural flow. The way in which characters talk throughout the book sounds unnatural. It is also very repetitive in nature. The plot is lacking, the characters were boring and at times it felt overly detailed in a way that distracting. Unfortunately, this was not the book for me.

  • Diane Wallace
    2019-02-19 13:10

    lets say coming from a reader's point of view n i'm being really honest,this book doesn't make it on any shelf,i'm being very hash bcuz this is the author's 2nd book and i have no idea where the story begins where's the middle n the that's it..was very boring...didn't have any chemistry between the characters,just a very fast pace story,everyone just met and then Bam!!! ended up having feelings for each other no build up storytelling...:(

  • Catherine
    2019-02-26 11:10

    I felt this book had a lot of potential when reading the book description. Unfortunately the book just didn’t hit the mark for me. The characters were nice but I felt that I wasn’t emotionally attached to them. The characters had similar issues with commitment which I felt made the story very repetitive. There was too many conversations about their attraction for each other but that they didn’t want a relationship. Even though it didn’t hit the mark for me I still enjoyed it enough to read through to the end. If you find you read a lot of books this is a nice quick read but just not a memorable one that will make a mark on you. I was given this book by NetGalley for an honest review.

  • Kate
    2019-03-04 13:15

    Veterinarian Jaylin sells her practice and moves a few miles away to work as a small animal vet. There she clashes with vet tech Kristen before eventually developing a friendship. Include cute animals and I really thought this would be a book for me. Unfortunately, I struggled to read this one, I just couldn't connect with either of the main characters. The conversations felt unnatural and lacked flow. It just lacked that something that pulls me into a story.ARC received from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

  • Heidi
    2019-02-26 16:16

    A veterinarian and a vet tech meet, clash and become friends. Loved the scenes at the care facility that Kristen's father is in. The interaction with the older people were great. I was disappointed in the ending. Felt the story wasn't finished and needed more. The romance needed more chemistry and more passion.

  • Chasia Lloyd
    2019-02-26 12:23

    I very much wanted to like this book since it is F/F and about a vet and a vet tech, but I was pretty bored throughout the whole thing. Stuck with it to the end to make sure there wasn't anything wildly problematic since F/F romance is a bit like walking through a minefield. There wasn't any gross lesbian tropes that popped up which I was thankful for (but there was a "I was unhappy until I lost weight" bit that made me roll my eyes), but nothing really happened in this book at all. Lots of things were set up and then......nothing. I had a very hard time keeping track of which main character was which, since both of the women were very much the same person as far as personalities go.This book is tame and tender enough that it might be for someone, but it's definitely not for me.***e-ARC provided by NetGalley***

  • Ellen
    2019-02-23 13:05

    Note: This ARC was provided by NetGalley & Bold Strokes Books in exchange for an honest review. The cover was a huge part of why I picked this book up. I am a sucker for animals - particularly small animals. That the book was a lesbian romance about a small animal vet and a vet tech did not hurt. I went into the book wanting cute scenes about small animals - puppies with wrinkled faces and fuzzy tummies, dogs that were loyal and playful, cats that were so pretty, yet so devious. I was hoping for a well-written romance as well, but it was a second priority. As far as my wishes for cute scenes with animals, the book delivered. There were cute animals waiting to be snuggled and some that needed there tummies rubbed. There were even majestic animals thanks to Kirsten owning and casually competing with her Appaloosa (it's a kind of horse - I know nothing about horses, but I have friends who own horses and are probably disappointed in me right now). Any scene that focused on an animal was great as far as I was concerned. However, some of the scenes that focused on the romance between Jaylin and Kirsten were a bit wanting. I appreciated that Jaylin and Kirsten didn't fall in love at first sight, though they immediately found each other attractive. The descriptions of what they found attractive about the other could have been improved by being less generic. There is one description later on in the book. that I liked the idea of, where Kirsten thinks how attractive Jaylin looks in a pair of well-worn, soft jeans. However, there the reader is shown how the jeans make her look attractive, just that they fit her well. It was nice to see Jaylin and Kirsten working together at Jaylin's veterinarian practice - though I may have been wearing rose-colored glassed during those scenes because of all the animal cuteness. A great deal of the book also focuses on Kirsten and Jaylin's lives outside of work. It helped round them out as characters and as their lives became more and more entangled it showed how they were able to maintain and enrich their personal lives while being a couple. There are some awkward moments that took me out of the book. Occasionally the characters will mention or explain something like Panera or Keurig. It was unnecessary and will possibly date the book for future readers. Overall I liked this book, but sometimes I was frustrated by the awkward moments that took away some of my enjoyment. I might have been harsher on a non-queer romance, but because I have read so few lesbian romances, and thus treasure each one I find so much, I was a bit more forgiving with this book. Plus puppies. Adorable, fluffy plot moppets improve almost anything.

  • Jen
    2019-03-12 14:22

    Note: This ARC was provided by Bold Strokes Books in exchange for an honest review.I admit it. I got suckered in by the cover. There was just no saying "no" that adorable little pup. And while there are a host of various animals in the story and there were certainly some interesting moments that happen in C.A. Popovich's The Courage to Try, it felt as if I was waiting forever for something to grab my attention (which, I confess, wandered time and again). Main characters Jaylin Meyers and Kristen Eckert have issues when it comes to being in committed relationships but there was just all this back and forth that dragged on for pages and pages, when all I wanted to do was shout at my tablet and tell them to get a move on already. Like with all the books I read, I went into this one hoping, at the very least, for an enjoyable couple or so hours. Yes, there's a romance. Yes, there are animals. Heck, there's even a bit of a suspense thriller thing going on with someone out to harm Kristen and then there's Jaylin's ex causing trouble. Unfortunately, I just didn't feel the chemistry between these two and everything else in the story was okay. So, that leaves me with giving The Courage to Try two stars, which according to Goodreads rating chart equates to "It was okay." Meh.

  • Ameliah Faith
    2019-03-04 15:10

    A Wonderful Tail :DDoctor Jaylin is a veterinarian who has joined Dr Bill's practice. He deals with the horses, she with the small animals. Kristin was Dr. Bill's former vet tech and has agreed to help Jaylin settle in. Jaylin is afraid to get involved with anyone after an abusive relationship and her history of being abandoned. Kristin is coping with her ill father and her own life pressures. She is unwilling to be anything more than friends with benefits. Something Jaylin simply is not interested in. However, neither of them aren't any good at keeping their mouths off of each other. The lead character's are sweet and realistic. I can understand their fears, their hopes and their struggles. The book was just the right amount of heavy and fluffy and balanced to make it work well. I enjoyed watching the character's develop and grow as they gained strength and confidence. The story lines are great, the writing really sound, the flow is perfect and the danger bits just edgy enough to make you sit up and notice without making it too stressful. I very much admire this book and Ms. Popovich's talent. I will be getting her other book ASAP.

  • Gina
    2019-03-14 14:10

    The Courage to Try is a book I really wanted to enjoy. It follows the story of Jaylin, a veterinarian, and Kristen, a vet tech, and the romance that blossoms between the two.The story is set in Michigan, close to where I live. And the characters began as interesting and relatable. However, as the story progressed and backstories where explained a little at a time, I lost that feeling of relatability. That is not to say, someone else might not find them relatable, I just didn't.The story never took off for me. It was a bit of a disappointment really. I never really understood the chemistry between Jaylin and Kristen. And they were both fighting so adamantly against a relationship, it was hard to imagine them together in the end.I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for this review.

  • Lisa
    2019-03-20 17:07

    A netgalley review:This book was a disappointment. I was looking forward to reading the book after reading the description, but it didn't live up to my expectations. I didn't like or get the main characters. They changed their mind every other sentence and it was quite confusing keeping up with them. There was a lot back and forth. They both liked each other, and I didn't believe their reasons for being apart. Especially not Kristen reason. The endless repetition of their respective issues made this a boring read and I almost stopped several times. There were also several unimportant characters introduced (which I hate) - like Jaylins friends that came to the parade. All the while we didn't really get to know much about the main characters. Was their age ever revealed? And their lack of chemistry was sad. Another thing is that the description mentions a car accident, and this literally happens when there is under 10% left in the book. I mean spoiler alert!

  • Penelope
    2019-03-15 19:21

    A lesbian romance... A Netgalley review...I give this book three out of five stars, I was disappointed in this book from the very beginning. A main problem was the so called attraction between the two main characters. I have a problem with authors who can't show us the attraction between the two, it was hard to see. The writing was problematic as well, it was as if the author kept on telling us what was happening, but I wanted the characters to tell me, to show me what was going on. There was minimum spelling and grammar mistakes, the writing was very simplistic and at times annoying. I did finish the book though, and when I don't skip pages and actually finish the book I give it three stars. This writer has potential but this was a good start.

  • Rike @ RikeRandom
    2019-03-20 15:04

    I'm really not sure what to think about this book. It was... not capitvating. As I already said, I'm no fan of books that start with someone shooting at something just for fun, but I didn't just have a bad start with this book, it simply didn't get better. C.A. Popovich's style is very descriptive and detailed but I felt like the plot itself somehow got lost in all those details. I didn't care for a single part of this story. Not for the plot - as far as there was any distinctive plot at all - and also not for the characters. I just didn't care. And that's just not good, reading a romance and not caring about what happens to the characters simply doesn't match. Also there was way to much drama for my taste, it just seemed overdone.

  • Illustrious Illusions
    2019-03-17 16:34

    This was my first novel by C.A. Popovich, but it won't be my last. Ms. Popovich writes a story with characters that have depth and heart. They are relatable and enjoyable to delve into their lives. I did feel a little drama and angst was missing in the story and that some of the story lines wrapped up a little too easily which was disappointing but still an overall enjoyable read and a new author for me to follow.

  • Alena
    2019-03-11 15:33

    NetgalleyWhile generally I think that life is too short for books I don't care for, I do try to stick with books I get via Negalley.But I can't find my way into this one. It's very detailed and descriptive and yet after more than 20% I don't have a grasp on the characters yet and don't really care about what happens to them. In any other genre that wouldn't be a problem, but in a romance, if I don't care about the characters, why bother?So yeah, this is it for me and this book.

  • Jessi
    2019-03-01 12:06

    This book was very choppy and poorly plotted. There was no clean flow throughout and I found myself wishing for it to end. The characters were under developed and the plot was kid of boring. I was looking for to this book because it featured a vet and animals, but the character development was so lacking I couldn't find myself to care about them.

  • Kelley
    2019-02-24 14:20

    I found the story to be slow. I wanted to like it based on the description, but found it took far too long in the story before the characters got even slightly involved. Not a book I would read again

  • Cab
    2019-02-28 14:22

    This was a typical romance, easy beach read

  • Megan
    2019-02-21 13:26

    A beautifully written, heartfelt romance :) Highly recommend!

  • Blow Pop
    2019-03-18 16:32

    Review can be found here at Blow Pop's Book Reviews