Series: The Cowboys of Chance Creek #5
Published by One Acre Press on 12 January 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
When county sheriff Cab Johnson gets a hunch, he’s learned to trust it, and his hunch tells him Rose Bellingham is in a peck of trouble. Bad enough he’s in love with her, bad enough she’s already engaged to Jason Thayer. He’s got to figure out what she’s hiding before he loses her for good.
Rose can’t stand one more person meddling in her business, even if that person is a handsome, eligible sheriff. She’s been controlled for far too long. But since her fiancé’s father is both her boss and landlord, she can’t dump Jason until she’s got somewhere to run. She’s found the perfect place: a patch of forest outside town. But with Cab watching her every move, she’s hard pressed to finish her hideaway so she can make her escape. Meanwhile, she’s not the only one with problems. Can she find a way to help her friends, too?
Just when Cab solves one mystery, more pop up. Where does Rose keep disappearing to? What’s wrong with Mia Start? Why is Hannah Chatham lying to her fiancé? At least he’s let Rose know he’s interested. And if he’s not mistaken, she’s interested, too.
Rose’s hideaway is perfect, until her friends invade it to escape their own troubles. Can she trust them to keep its whereabouts a secret? Does she want to hide from Cab anymore? Now that Jason’s out of the picture, is it safe to follow her heart?
When two unexpected visitors arrive with secrets of their own, Chance Creek must brace for its deadliest night ever. Can Cab figure out the connections between all the mysteries fast enough?
Or will Rose and her friends pay the ultimate price?
*I received a free ARC of The Sheriff Catches a Bride from One Acre Press via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*
The Sheriff Catches a Bride is in the same spirit as the other books in the Chance Creek series, but it is a little more complicated and confused because of the sub-plot that takes up a lot of time that I would have rather spent with Cab and Rose. Fila is fleeing from Afghanistan, and arrives in New York with three handlers to bring her to her new husband, a Taliban terrorist, and I felt that this whole part of the story only served the purpose of a resolution for Cab and Rose. I also think that Fila’s story deserved its own book to be told more fully.
I always had a special place in my heart for Cab, because he’s less brazen than the other cowboys, and since he’s the sheriff of Chance Creek, he always seems much more responsible and adult. The Sheriff Catches a Bride does tell his story, though, and the readers get to understand why he has fallen for Rose, and how he justifies his feelings even if she’s still engaged to Jason. Seeing the other characters from Chance Creek is always a treat, too, and I enjoyed learning more about Autumn, Claire and Morgan, as well as Bella and some new additions. And learning about Fila and her flight was nice as well, but it kind of made the story more fractured.
The chemistry between Rose and Cab was evident from the start, and of course, Rob the prankster pulled a fast one on both of them at the very beginning, and that helped set things in motion to make them think differently about each other. The writing is good, but the flow would have been better without flashing between Cab and Rose’s romance and Fila’s flight through the states by plane, train, bus and car. The ending served one purpose, and that was to make both Rose and Cab realize how precious a budding relationship is, and how important it is to say ‘I love you’. Both Cab and Rose had some growing to do, and they did so fairly well. Rose still needs to learn how to say no and stand by herself and her choices, but she was heaps better towards the end than she was in the beginning. Hopefully, she will continue to work on her insecurities as well, because she obviously has a lot going for her.
Of course, these smexy cowboys make me swoon, so I will continue to read about them in the further books that are scheduled in this series, but I do hope the story will follow the main couple and their friends like the four books prior to The Sheriff Catches a Bride did. If you enjoy hot cowboys and feisty heroines, you should pick up this series, it has friendship, love, and great family relationships as well as the romance that seeps through the story.
Other times, he hoped Rose and Jason’s engagement would stretch out until it finally snapped and she gave him back his ring. It was wrong to wish unhappiness on another man, but Cab did. Often.
What was it about the man that tugged at her in such a primal way? He liked to hang back and let his friends hog the limelight, but to Rose he stood out like a beacon.
Rose didn’t seem the type to get into trouble, but you never knew with women. Men he could usually peg pretty quickly. Women? Absolutely inscrutable.