Series: Sweetwater Ranch #1
Published by Harlequin Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Law Enforcement, Mystery, Pregnancy & Babies, Romance, Small Town Romance, Western
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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 really wanted to like this book. I loved the whole western/cowboy elements, plus it had suspense and mystery, and there is lost kid whose been found, it all sounds like the perfect recipe for a good book. Unfortunately, it just didn’t work for me.
First off, the book felt like it came in the middle of series and not like it was the first. There is a huge cast of characters, so much so that it felt like you were constantly having to be reminded by the author who was who and what relation they had to all the other characters in the book. It got exhausting.
Second, the characters just kind of fell flat for me. They were just not all that believable. The book does not take place over a long period of time, I think probably like four days tops, and because of that Cooper and Jessa fall into instant love, which is just so not believable in any way. It drove me bonkers.
Plus there was this kind of inherent contradiction with Jessa, she didn’t want to lose her adopted son Liam, and Cooper had every right to take him away because he was the boys real father. But somehow even though she was so angry and worried about Cooper taking away his kid from her, she was still like making out with this dude. It just didn’t read right to me, it felt forced not romantic at all to me.
In the end I just didn’t enjoy this book at all. I think it was the instant love thing, I think if the book had taken place over a longer period of time, maybe the whole thing would have been more believable and I would have liked it more. If you are a person who doesn’t mind instant love and you like western/cowboy heroes then this might be a book for you.