Allyssa is a young college student living her life to please her upper-crust family who want her to take business courses, join her father’s business, and marry the “right” man. Allyssa loves animals and yearns to take courses that speak to her heart, but her family are deaf to her pleas and she is unable or unwilling to stand up to them.
Fiona is an older, more established woman; a veterinarian working towards the goal of starting her own large animal practice. When a young woman arrives on her doorstep one night carrying a dog she may have fatally injured with her car, Fiona is thrown for a loop.
Vetted—a life that neither woman anticipated, but each learns they want desperately.
Will their families, the fates, and rustlers finally bring these women to their knees? The only way they can survive is to stand strong together, but are they both ready to fight for what they want? Only time will tell…
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Fiona took her hand again, waitingfor Allyssa to look up. When she did,the brunette woman swallowed again, gave her hand a squeeze, and said,”Allyssa, if you marry me you will be my partner in the fullest sense. We won’t have to get a lawyer or explainourselves.”
Allyssa’s eyes widened at theproposal. She stared at Fiona and felther heart contract for a moment. Hereyes traveled down the attractive face, down her muscular arm that was encasedin a flannel shirt, then she glanced at the hand that was holding her own andthe well-meaning touch took on a whole new meaning. As Fiona went to take her hand back, Allyssaheld on for all she was worth. Finally, shelooked up into the brunette’s deep brown eyes.”You want to marry me?” she asked for clarification.
Fiona nodded. She wanted to say more, but she desperatelywanted to hear what Allyssa had to say.No declarations of love had ever been spoken between them. While Fiona knew she was attracted toAllyssa, she had no idea if the other woman was gay.
“Just to be your legal partner inthis?” she asked to be sure, her heart was thumping so hard she was sure theother woman could hear it.
Slowly, Fiona shook her head. “No, not just,” she answered softly. She figured it was best to be honest aboutthis.
“You want to marry me because…”she began slowly, hesitantly, “…because you like me?”
Fiona nodded. “I more than like you, but if you don’t…”she began to pull at her hand and it became almost a tug-of-war between them.
“You like me?” she repeatedwonderingly.
“Yes, I do…and more,” she saidsteadily, stopping the tugging to look her straight in the face. “If you aren’t ready for a relationship likethis, we can just be business partners, but they don’t have to know that.”
“Is that what you want? Just a business arrangement?” Inside she was so scared she couldn’t haveeaten if she had tried. In fact, shedistinctly felt like she was going to throw up.
Fiona shook her head. Squeezing the hand now holding hers, shelooked at her gently. “I want a truepartnership in every sense of the word,” she admitted.
Allyssa looked down at their hands,unable to hold those beautiful brown eyes anymore, sure the woman would changeher mind. “And, if I accept?” shemumbled.
Fiona tried to smile as she leanedforward slightly to catch the younger woman’s look. When Allyssa raised her head even slightlyshe smiled broader and said, “I’ll try to make you very happy.”
“You like me?” she repeatedwonderingly, surprised, as she looked up further.
Fiona didn’t hesitate, she noddedimmediately. “I think our friendship isthe kind that could last if we give it a try.I don’t want to pressure you though, it’s up to you.”
“I accept,” she answered, nohesitation anymore just in case this intelligent and wonderful woman she had soadmired changed her mind.