About the book: The small town of Savage Wells is barely big enough for the people who call it home; it certainly isn’t big enough for more than one sheriff.
Yet when famed lawman Cade O’Brien rides into town, he finds he’s not the only man ready to take on the job. What’s more, one of his competitors is a woman.
Paisley Bell loves her town and the eccentric people in it. She’s been the acting sheriff for months and isn’t too keen on relinquishing the job to anyone else. Not only does she love the work, but she also needs the income to take care of her ailing father.
It’s a true battle of the sexes, and sparks fly between the two as Cade and Paisley banter and boast, neither one ready to acknowledge the attraction they have for each other. But when Paisley’s former beau shows up, along with a band of bank robbers, Savage Wells is suddenly faced with the kind of peril that only a sheriff can manage. Who will be man enough—or woman enough—to step up, claim the badge, and save the town?
My review: Sarah M Eden is amazing at writing this kind of a tale! I love the way she captures the spirit of the Old West, while still throwing in her own take about how the women may have acted!
I have to start by saying I loved the whole plot of this book! I loved the town of Savage Wells, it's filled with characters. From the lady who uses the jailhouse as her "Ribbon Emporium," to the man who hangs out in the tree watching for strangers. One of my favorites is the story about the chicken, I had to laugh out loud at that one! Savage Wells has lost it's previous sheriff and the town decides the only way to get a new one is to hold a competition. Sort of like American Idol meets Old West. I love the whole idea and I really loved the twists and tuns the plot took to get to the ending.
I loved Paisley in this book. I loved that she is willing to try out for the job of Sheriff of Savage Wells, even though she knows that she probably won't be offered the job. In this time period, it really was a man's world, and the small town of Savage Wells is no different. The previous sheriff had even taken credit for all of the things that Paisley had done. I loved that Paisley was a complicated character. She was good at doing a bunch of feminine things, but had found that she really loved helping people and the town by being the acting sheriff.
Cade was a great character too. I loved the way he was kind of an anything goes type guy. He was just fine with Paisley trying out to be sheriff, and he quickly gains a respect for her that even the townspeople she's known for several years don't have. I really loved the way he flirts with Paisley, even when she has no idea that he could ever care for her, the reader knows just from the things he says and does. He really goes out of his way to care for her and help her in any way that he can. So sweet!
I love this whole Proper Romance line! Each book is great -well-written, great characters, fun plot - you can read it, and then you can pass it on to your teenage daughter, or even your grandma and you don't have to worry about what's in it. So amazing!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
About the author: Sarah M. Eden read her first Jane Austen novel in elementary school and has been an Austen addict ever since. Fascinated by the English Regency era, Eden became a regular in that section of the reference department at her local library, where she painstakingly researched this extraordinary chapter in history. Eden is an award-winning author of short stories and was a Whitney Award finalist for her novels Seeking Persephone and Courting Miss Lancaster. Visit her at www.sarahmeden.com.