In the series sophomore effort, Sheriff Tanner Marks would like a romance but isn’t sure he deserves it or has time for one. He’s trying to keep his son from repeating his mistakes as a father and husband; the drug dealers are getting bolder in his territory; his ex-wife is marrying a criminal and; he’s starting to think retirement might not be such a bad thing at his age.
Dr. Madison Shay thinks of herself as the four-eyed, geeky, gawky, awkward 14 year old redhead she was teased for being as she grew up, except now she has a medical degree. Tanner comes to see Madison’s father, for care after a bar fight but Madison’s on duty. Tanner thinks that just fine. He also thinks Madison’s grown into that height and hair just right.
Town wedding planner, Sherry goes through the eligible men in town as she and Madison play a game of pretend matchmaking and lament Madison’s lack of a love life. Sherry decides Tanner would be perfect for Madison and gets the whole town to help get them together. Neither Madison nor Tanner is too upset about it since they like each other already.
Tanner’s obligatory monthly meeting with the other small town sheriff’s in the area to hash over common problems and help each other out as needed, gives the reader a chance to look over these rugged lawmen and pick a favorite. For this outing, both the vigilante and the drug cartels are heating things up and leaving bodies in the boy’s backyards.
This undiscovered gem of a mature series has plenty to recommend it. There are well developed characters, worthwhile drama, action and suspense. It also has just enough humor to make you smile. The leads are generally over 30, the sex is steamy (in this read very safe sex), plus the story is relatively fast paced, interesting and well written.
Rating: 4.5 Stars