Montana Sheriff by Marie Ferrarella
Date Read: October 2011
Genre: Romance, Suspense
"Bachelor, Lawman...And Daddy?"Montana has always been in Sheriff Cole James's blood. Nothing--and no one--could make him walk away from his home. Not even Ronnie, his best friend and the woman he'd let leave even though he loved her. But now, six years after she took off for big-city life, she's back in Redemption temporarily to help her injured father and brother. That is, unless Cole can convince her to stay in town--and in his heart--permanently.
When Veronica "Ronnie" McCloud discovers that the fearless lawman who rescued her family is Cole, she knows it won't be long before her secret comes out: Cole is her little boy's father. Will the truth tear them apart for good, or will it give them a chance to become a family?
Publisher: Harlequin Books
Series: American Romance's Men of the West #9
Read for Review (NetGalley)
Overall Rating 2.50
Story Rating 2.50
Character Rating 2.50
Note: I have no idea how to accurately sum up what about this book really stuck in my craw. The book was well written but the characters really irked me.
What I Loved: Montana was the perfect setting for Montana Sheriff. I loved the small town and all the town folks. Christopher, the little boy, was also a hoot! I really grinned whenever he was in the story 🙂
What I Liked: Cole was a good, strong, and loyal leading man. I felt he was a bit to “forgiving” and I will get to that in a minute. Otherwise, he is one of the most down-to-earth type of men that I would like to meet in person. He had old fashioned values, a wonderful attitude, and just all around sturdiness that makes me *swoon*.
What I Didn’t Like: I am not sure if it was the 6 years that Ronnie took from Cole of their son’s life, the fact that it took 85% of the book for her to tell him, or the fact that in the end she tried to act like it was his fault she did not tell him. I think it was probably a little bit of all those things but I didn’t want them together in the end. I might have forgiven Ronnie for the first 2 of the 3 reasons but when she made it his fault, I was done! I just really almost didn’t want to read the end because I knew it would be him coming to her. I read it and nope I wasn’t happy with the ending at all.
Why I gave it a 2.5: I wanted to give credit to the writing, pacing, and even the story arching. Just because the story did not work for me does not mean that it wasn’t well written.