As if he doesn’t have enough to handle between running outlaws out of Cheyenne, keeping his brothers out of trouble, and avenging his father’s death, Sheriff Sawyer McCade’s meddling mother just dumped a mysterious mail-order bride on his doorstep. One woman can be more trouble than a band of renegades, and while this one has him all stirred up, he’d rather get to the bottom of the story she isn’t telling.
Rose Parker had it all—until a web of danger and deceit sends her running to Cheyenne posing as a mail-order bride. Escaping the evils of New York seems sensible until she meets the unsuspecting sheriff who didn’t ask for her, has no intention of marrying her, and won’t rest until he uncovers her secret and sends her back home.
Compliments to Kim Turner on a captivating first book to a series. Sawyer’s Rose, filled with conflicts tripping over each other, has characters that grab one’s attention, each in his or her own unique way and leaves a lasting impression.
The testosterone charged conflicts nearly suck all the air out of the room at times. The McCade men do NOT do anything in halfway measures—be it fighting, working, loving, or whatever.
Sawyer, the sheriff and the oldest of the Macade men, rides herd on his brothers as well as can be expected with four strong-minded males involved. Strong words and fists enter into their “discussions” from time to time. His mother, Dodge, is another thing all together. That dear woman is a force to be reckoned with. She tells Sawyer to go pick up his mail-order bride that is coming in on the train—the story behind this gets untangled bit by piece as the plot unfolds.
Rose Parker, once off the train, knows she is treading on unfamiliar territory, but she perseveres. Raised a pampered, protected daughter, she could have fallen apart at the challenges she faces. However, she holds her own and then some with whatever or whomever has to be dealt with, man or beast. No way is she going back to what she escaped in New York. She is a heroine to love.
The fight scenes come to life with the adrenaline-racing and the feelings of “whatever-it-takes” ruling the action. Whether it’s a fight between brothers, a fight in the bar with drunks and outlaws, or a battle with long-time enemy Benton and his crews, the action is always full steam ahead.
The love scenes are just as intense, but are oh so breathtakingly satisfying—gentle, sweet ecstasy that makes one sigh with pleasure—with spice but nice.
A little more research would have been good to be sure of the difference in a cow, a calf, a yearling; rein and reign; bawl and bay. And, the old English teacher will sigh and say there’s “I” used for the object pronoun again instead of “me.” But I zoomed over these things with little hesitation because I needed to know what the characters would do next. I’m looking forward to the coming stories of the McCades.