Sunday, August 17, 2014

Maverick Sheriff (Sweetwater Ranch #1) by Delores Fossen

Contemporary Western Romance

What Goodreads says:

Delores Fossen kicks off her new series, Sweetwater Ranch, with a Texas lawman, a beautiful district attorney and the child they'll risk everything to protect

Saving a little boy's life reopens painful wounds for Texas sheriff Cooper McKinnon. This could be his son, whose loss has haunted him for two years. But Cooper has a formidable adversary in Jessa Wells. She's the adoptive mother and she'll do anything to hold on to Liam

It's cruel justice that the man who shares Liam's rare blood type has an unsolved murder in his own family. And the danger's far from over. Fighting her desire for Cooper, Jessa has no choice but to join forces with the maverick cowboy. Jessa knows working together is their best shot at keeping the child safe. But it's the possibility of a future alone that breaks Jessa's heart.

I have to admit that when I picked up Maverick Sheriff  it was a case of mistaken identity.  The Maverick in the title fooled me.  I though it was part of the Montana Mavericks series.  Imagine my surprise when I found out it was book one in a new series set on Sweetwater Ranch in Texas.  Any disappoint disappeared by the time I was on page 2.  Maverick Sheriff is a tightly written book that caught me from the beginning.

Maverick Sheriff is full of tension and danger and is a very good fit for the Intrigue line from Harlequin.  There are several mysteries introduced in the book but the main one involves two-year-old Liam.  His rare blood type starts a series of events that cause Cooper McKinnon and Jessa Wells to work with one another.  As the danger to both Liam and Jessa intensifies the attraction they feel for one another as grows. 

This was a great mystery as well as a good romance.  Maverick Sheriff is filled with unique characters who add to the danger.  While one mystery is solved another is just touched on.  It will be interesting to see who is featured in the next book and what will be revealed about the murder from years ago.  

Harlequin published Maverick Sheriff by Delores Fossen in 2014.

I received an ARC of Maverick Sheriff from Netgalley in return for an honest review. 

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