Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Cowboy Justice by Melissa Cutler



Title:  Cowboy Justice
AuthorMelissa Cutler
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Catcher Creek #2
Main Characters: Vaughn and Rachel
Release Date: September 2013
Publisher: Kensington
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Transforming their parents' rundown ranch in Catcher Creek, New Mexico, into a tourist destination is the toughest challenge the three Sorentino sisters ever faced. But now one of them has another fight on her hands—to keep from falling for the sexy town sheriff—again…

Rachel Sorentino has spent her whole life protecting her siblings from trouble—only to run headlong into it herself. Her first regret about shooting at the vandals targeting her family is that her aim wasn't better. Her second is that when bullets started flying, it was Sheriff Vaughn Cooper's number she dialed. Vaughn is the mistake she keeps on making, a cowboy lawman who cuts through Rachel's surface bravado to the vulnerability no one else sees. And no matter how inconvenient their attraction—for his career, her tangled case, and their already battered hearts—there's no denying what feels so irresistibly right…

My Review:
This book starts off with action that never stops. Wow...I literally was crying within the first 20 pages....not good since I started it in the parents area of my daughters gymnastics gym...LOL. But the book is good with so many twists and turns that I just didn't see coming. I love how Melissa Cutler writes her suspense. I literally spend the time reading her books gasping out loud at what is happening.

In this book, we have Rachel and Vaughn. Vaughn is the county sheriff. He ran for sheriff three years ago because he's tired of men like Wallace Meyer, the Tucumcari police chief, spreading his brand of corruption. But when Rachel, Vaughn's ex-lover, gets in a shootout on her property with Wallace Jr. and a bunch of his cronies, things get way more personal really quickly. Vaughn is stuck. He obviously has feelings for Rachel, but he has to protect her which means he needs to stay far away from her until this case is over...something that isn't going to happen for 1-2 years. There were so many twists and turns with Vaughn's story. *gah*...my heart hurt for him and the REALLY tough decisions he kept having to make with his head when his heart was telling him to do something totally different. This is a man torn, but so right in what he's trying to do. 

For her part, Rachel has a lifetime of regrets. At the top of that list is that a night of passion she spent with Vaughn...while she was out of the house, her bipolar mother lost it and subsequently died. Rachel has never been able to forgive herself or come clean with all the events of that night with her sisters. Unfortunately, she's learned over the years that the only person she can count on is herself and she's extremely independent. That hurts so much of the possibility between her and Vaughn. 

They both want more, but have no way to move forward. There are so many obstacles in their way. It makes for a fabulous, romantic, suspenseful read. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this book. 

There are a ton of layers to it...both the suspense story and the character's back-story including their families. You see lots of both sides families and the town of Catcher Creek, including Kellan and Amy from book #1 as they are preparing for their wedding. Overall, it was definitely an extremely satisfying read. Another great one from this series by Melissa Cutler.

I bought an ARC (advanced reader copy) of the book at a charity auction so had a copy of the book before the release date.

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