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?
I really love Sarah M. Eden’s books, so when I had the opportunity to receive a free copy of her new book in exchange for my honest review, I was thrilled. However, The Sheriffs of Savage Wells was a swing and a miss for me.
Admittedly, I’m not a huge fan of Westerns. Yet, I expected more from Eden. I feel like she missed opportunities to dismantle gender role assumptions; instead, she reinforced them. I couldn’t see why these two main characters were attracted to each other. Cade was arrogant and unsympathetic, and Paisley a lukewarm personality.
I enjoyed the variety of supporting characters. And I feel like the story picked up a little after the halfway mark when Paisley’s ex-fiance shows up. But ultimately, I found the ending unsatisfying.
If you love Westerns or you’re a die hard Sarah M. Eden fan, you’ll probably enjoy this book. Although this was a disappointment for me, I’ll still be first in line for her next offering.
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.