A Reason To Stay
Las Vegas casino manager Ruby McPhee needs to lay low while the police deal with a stalker at work. So she’s trading in her high heels for cowboy boots and assuming her twin sister’s identity at the Gold Nugget Ranch. Ruby only plans on staying in Sweetheart, Nevada, until the threat back home has passed. But then she discovers a detail her sister forgot to mention the handsome sheriff she’s dating.
It only takes a single kiss for Cliff Dempsey to realize the woman in his arms is someone entirely different and completely irresistible. To protect Ruby’s secret, Cliff maintains her ruse, but soon the lines between duty and desire begin to blur. Ruby and Cliff know they have a once-in-a-lifetime connection, but will they have a chance to let their love grow?
There’re some contemporary romances you get the sense would *only* work as category romances, and this is one of them. That’s not a bad thing, but you come to expect those oh-so common romance genre tropes that appear more often in, say, a Harlequin American Romance than you would in single title books from other publishers.
Beginning with the title, Most Eligible Sheriff is all about Americana, with a small town populated by cowboys and honourable policemen protecting innocent women. Horses galore. We have the twin trope that is hard to do believably (especially when it’s a ‘twin swap’) and – of course – the happy ending.
I’ve never read a book by Cathy McDavid before, but I’d say she writes perfect books for this line. She delivers exactly what readers will be looking for, but she also manages to work within the common tropes and avoid making them too twee. Things aren’t quite as perfect as they seem, which I appreciated.
I liked both our lead characters in this one. It’s all too rare to come across a book that features both a hero and a heroine who are instantly likeable, good people. I always, always like a book more if it paints decent people as being capable of finding their happy ever afters, too!
Review copy provided by NetGalley.