Growing up in a town with her mother as the town whore, never knowing her father and not having friends wasn’t easy. In fact, the best way to deal with it is to leave. Kind-hearted Misty Foster can’t wait to put Fielding in her rearview. Straight arrow Sheriff Jared Monroe’s mulling how to share the news of his father’s failing health while the family’s still grieving over his mother’s death a month ago.
Misty and Jared exchange favors when they help each other through minor tribbles during her last month in town. Misty’s afraid that being seen spending time with her will ruin Jared’s reputation and undermine his effectiveness as the sheriff, based on her experience with the town gossips and her own reputation. Jared’s surprised but refuses to let that stand in the way of friendship or neighborly favors.
When their secret friendship is made public the unhappy, gossiping biddies have plenty of fodder. ‘Mantrap Misty’ seducing the poor sheriff, he’s only a man, and a fake pregnancy to boot!’ Coping with family issues, impeding fatherhood, a serious romance has Jared’s plate overflowing.
Added to that is the most elusive criminal he’s ever faced is loose and nearby making his vow of vengeance against Fielding’s finest seems to perhaps have enough truth to cause big problems. Plus he’s as elusive as ever. Now a murder! Misty’s plate is overflowing as well since Jared’s her second boyfriend, she feels the need to change her own plans and she now has his family looking out for her.
Jared and Misty had great chemistry and a great relationship, they proved to be very complex individually and as a couple figuring it out. The other relationships and characters complemented the leads and the story. They were exactly to this readers taste with no slack and an ending full of promise. There was just enough everything to make this a favorite read.