Author: Kimberly Krey
Series: Cobble Creek Romance #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Date: September 18, 2017
Publisher: Gelato Publishing
Trent Lockheart might be the new sheriff in town, but he can’t stop Jessie Jean from stealing his heart.
Sheriff Trent Lockheart knew he’d be in for a challenge when he moved from the big city and a large police force to the small Wyoming town of Cobble Creek. But at least he’d be able to stick to his bachelor ways without temptation. So he thought. Cobble Creek isn’t overflowing with young, single ladies, but Jessie Jean—the gorgeous brunette who runs the Country Quilt Inn—proves more tempting than any woman he’s known.
Jessie doesn’t care much for the new sheriff in town. After an explosive first meeting that almost ends in Jessie’s arrest, she’s even more determined to plan on dinner for one for the rest of her life. Sure, the new sheriff is seriously attractive, and after a second, much less dangerous run-in, he might not be that bad, but Jessie has no plan to marry, date, or even let a man into her life. Still, as the days pass, Trent’s surprising charm works past Jessie’s determination, and she finds promise in their budding relationship.
After opening up about the difficulties in her past, Jessie finds that Trent is guarding a dark tragedy of his own, one that might threaten their chance at a future together.
Retitled and republished in 2019.
Rounding up from 3.75
So this is a cute little romance with some serious undertones. Both characters are carrying around baggage from childhood that they must overcome to be able to move on with life.
I enjoyed the story overall but got tired of one phrase being used repeatedly through the beginning of the book. “A knot of heat rolled through his belly” or variations similar to this. Heat in the belly…. There must be some other ways to describe attraction toward another person. But I find it is used with a number of authors. Just don’t use it so much. Other than that one mild annoyance I liked the story.
I liked that even though Trent and Jessie got off to a rough start, they were able to see the other’s point of view and find their strengths. They overcome their dislike really quickly because of that.
Sex: basically clean but has some kissing and innuendo
Violence: run in with a druggie that results in some violence against law officer. Not graphic.