The Sheriffs of Savage Wells, by Sarah M. Eden
2016, 336p, Clean Western Romance
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest 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.
Paisley Bell has been the acting sheriff of Savage Wells. The town is looking for a new sheriff so several men come to apply, including Cade O'Brien, an experienced lawman who criminals want to avoid. Paisley throws her hat into the ring as well. She wants to be taken seriously but it's an uphill battle. On top of that, she finds Cade incredibly attractive and distracting. I loved this book! Cade and Paisley had great chemistry and I enjoyed their bantering. Cade is a strong, tough man who doesn't see Paisley as a threat at all but she surprises him quite a bit. Paisley desperately needs the money the job offers since times have been tough for her and her father. She's also finally found something she enjoys doing and is good at, but it's a tough field for her to break into. Savage Wells is full of interesting characters who each add to the story and made it a fun place to visit! Paisley is familiar with everyone which gave her the upper hand in several situations. Early on, we learn that possible trouble is heading to Savage Wells which is why they needed a good sheriff and it was interesting to see how that played out. I love Sarah Eden's books and this is definitely one of my favorites! She did a fantastic job bringing this town and its inhabitants to life. This is a must read for anyone that enjoys Sarah Eden and/or clean western romance!
Sarah M. Eden is a USA Today bestselling author of multiple historical romances, including AML's "2013 Novel of the Year" and Foreword Review’s 2013 “IndieFab Book of the Year” gold medal winner for Best Romance, Longing for Home, and the Whitney Award's "2014 Novel of the Year," Longing for Home: Hope Springs. Combining her obsession with history and affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances set against rich historical backdrops. She holds a Bachelor's degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library. Sarah lives with her husband, kids, and mischievous dog in the shadow of a snow-capped mountain she has never attempted to ski.