Monday, October 3, 2016

Sheriffs of Savage Wells Review

He's the most fearsome sheriff in the West. A force to be reckoned with. The stuff of legend.

So is she. . . . May the best sheriff win.

Paisley Bell knows the eccentric people of Savage Wells. From the absentminded shopkeeper who always thinks she's been robbed to the young man who has returned shell-shocked from the war, Paisley has compassion for them all. When the sheriff up and leaves town, Paisley steps up and assumes the responsibility, partly because she loves the work, but also because she needs the income to take care of her sick father. So when the town council decides that the position of sheriff should really go to a man, Paisley finds herself fighting to prove that she's the perfect candidate for the job, even though she wears a skirt.

Cade O'Brien is heartily sick of shooting people. In his many years as a lawman, Cade has seen his share of blood and violence. So when he answers an advertisement for a sheriff job in the sleepy town of Savage Wells, he believes he's found the peace and quiet he's always desired. But when he discovers that his biggest competition for the job is a woman, he begins to question his decisions.

Tension between the two begins to sizzle when both Cade and Paisley realize the attraction they have for each other, but when Paisley's former beau shows up in town, along with a band of bank robbers, the blossoming relationship between the two sheriffs is tested. They will have to work together to thwart the bank robbers and keep the town safe.

My Thoughts:

Four out of five stars

Sarah Eden is one of my favorite clean romance authors of all time. Her writing is full of wit and heart that blends together into a beautiful tale that sweeps me up, no matter if it is contemporary New York, a country estate in Regency England, or the wilds of the Old West. Her careful research and brilliance shines in every story that draws me in from start to finish. 

Savage Wells hooked me from the start, despite my usual lack of connection to westerns. The town, with all its quirky people, is hard to not love from the moment you walk into a jailhouse festooned with ribbons and run by a female sheriff. As for the characters, Paisley and Cade both brought their own unique viewpoint to the tale. They both are trying to find peace after violent pasts and heartbreaks.  Their relationship is full of tension and banter as they both vie for the position of sheriff. I love that Paisley doesn't give up, even when she feels beaten or the task overwhelms her. She pushes up her sleeves and does what needs to be done. Cade's respect for her and the people of the town swayed me over to his side as well, so I wanted both of them to get what they wanted. The ending was perfect with a solution figured out and some pieces left slightly undone to leave me wondering about Paisley and her town after I shut the book. 

The romance was great, but the mystery and stakeouts were even better. Usually I can guess who the culprits are, but I'll admit I was surprised when the shootout took place on who was on which side. I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of deception, hard work, and, of course, love. Each character tugged on my heartstrings as I read about this town that where so many people had faced opposition and learned to rise above it. Wonderful!

Source: I was given a free copy of this book as part of a blog tour. 

Content: Clean, some references to violence in other towns, and a brief shootout.


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Summer Wrap-up

Yeah, I know school started awhile ago, but better late than never.

This summer was definitely one of growing for me and my writing. I set some hard goals for myself, and surprised myself by achieving them.

I started participating more actively in critique groups, and put on my big girl panties and, shocker, reached out to fellow authors to start making connections.

Another huge accomplishment was writing my very first query letter and synopsis. They were rough and I have so, so much to learn. But, go me! To top it off, I submitted said query to the awesome Pitch Wars contest. Didn't get picked, but learned a great lesson about myself. I can submit stuff, and, another shocker, not collapse from nerves. Not a bad summer, all in all.

And, of course, I made some time for discovering some new authors to read.

The Stone Bearers by Jacque Stevens: An interesting take on djinn.

Forbidden and Banished by Kimberly Griffiths Little: A sweeping romance saga set in Ancient Mesopotamia.

Born to Treason by E.B. Wheeler: Set against the conflict between Protestant and Catholic Wales in the middle ages.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: A bit gritty and dark for a YA. There is some pretty intense violence and swearing, but a compelling look into an intense fantasy world and the characters who refuse to let the darkness beat them.

Bluescreen by Dan Well: Also a language advisory on this one. An interesting look at a future world that offers the perks of cool tech, but shows how dangerous it all can be.

That about covers my summer reading and writing adventures. The next fours months promise to be full of countless other opportunities for growth and learning. Can't wait!

How was your summer? Read any great books? Goals you reached?

Have an awesome writing day!