Seducing the Sheriff, Loving the Lawman by Marie-Nicole Ryan
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Length: Short Story (122 pgs)
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Stephanotis
Half dressed and going for naked…
Starlight Tyler needs to lose her virginity, as in yesterday. With her mother, a Pinkerton, and a wealthy man she doesn’t love on her tail, there’s only one place to cut their cruel intentions off at the pass—get herself back into the arms of long-lost love Cordero Tate. Pronto.
She never expected to be tripped up by someone else’s past.
Sheriff Cordero Tate is a haunted man on a mission. Come hell or high water, he’ll round up every member of the gang responsible for the deaths of his wife and unborn child…and make damned sure he never puts his heart on the line again. As in never impregnating another woman. One look at Star, though, and all the old feelings come back in a rush. Worse, she’s just as determined to brand him as hers as he is to keep her chaste.
Their exploration of ways around that impasse leads to three nights of unbearable sensual pleasure. Until her past catches up to her…
I have a weakness for plots involving two people who have a past history together, meeting up again. I liked these two characters a lot. Starlight is strong, sassy and a woman ahead of her time.
Ms. Ryan does a top rate job of transporting us to the Wild West. You experience firsthand the heat, the dust, and the old world charm of the time. The dialogue sounded real but the only problem I had and I might be wrong here, words that probably weren't used in the 1800s were thrown in to some dialogue.
The main thing that stopped me from rating the book higher was--and I know this is meant to be an erotic romance but--I would have preferred a slower build up and more sexual tension between these two before things heated up between them.
Aside from that, the characters are likeable and you find yourself rooting for them to get beyond their issues and find the love building between them. If you want a red hot read, then this one is the one for you.