I could hardly tear myself away from this book to do anything else. I got an advanced reader copy of Sarah Eden's new novel, The Sheriffs of Savage Wells. Oh my goodness, it is SO GOOD! The heroine is amazing, the hero is swoon-worthy. I didn't want it to be over!
Paisley Bell has been "filling in" for the town's unmotivated sheriff for months, but the town council puts out an advertisement for a new sheriff when the old one finally leaves town. Paisley throws her hat in the ring for the job, but three other men are also vying for the position. (I loved the little challenges they had for the sheriff's job. So funny!) Paisley is a woman with a steel backbone. She's seen heartache in her life and is trying to deal with it the best she knows how, but the fact is, she needs the money that job would bring. She's already been unofficially doing the job, but would they give it to her, even though she's a woman?
Cade O'Brien has a reputation in the West for being a gun-slinging, law-abiding, amazing sheriff that can keep the peace. He's even had a gun named after him, but he's tired of that life. He's ready for a sleepy little town where the biggest crime is a forgetful storekeeper who misplaces things and believes they are stolen. Savage Wells just might be the town he's been looking for, but when Cade meets Paisley, the sparks fly between them. Her will and determination earn his respect, but the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes she might steal his heart if he's not careful. If only they weren't competing for the same job. And if that weren't enough, things get even more complicated when bank robbers come to town. Which one of them can keep the town safe?
This book is the perfect balance of suspense and romance. I loved Cade and how he is so exasperated with the townspeople and their unique problems and quirks, but is slowly softened the longer he's with them. His interactions with Paisley, though, are the highlight of the book. They are fun and frustrating and full of romantic tension. Both of them are strong-willed, yet vulnerable and had things in their past that shaped who they were. The secondary cast of townspeople were memorable and they each could have their own book! There were laugh out loud moments and heart-tugging scenes that make this a standout historical romance. It is probably one of my favorite books so far this year and it will hold a special place on my rainy day shelf.
It's on preorder right now and believe me, you're going to want to have this one in your collection!
Here's the back copy:
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.
You can preorder your paperback copy here