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.
Four out of five stars
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.