Sunday, October 13, 2013

Cowboy Justice-Melissa Cutler

Cowboy Justice

Melissa Cutler

Zebra, Oct 1 2013, $6.99

ISBN: 9781420130065

In Catcher’s Creek, New Mexico, rancher Rachel Sorrentino sees four men painting on a rock on her spread; she takes photos before firing two warning shots. They fire back killing her beloved horse. Irate, she calls Quay County Sheriff Vaughn Cooper to let him know about the assault. Vaughn races to her farm while thinking of their heated tryst sixteen months ago. He arrives to a war zone with Rachel shot in the arm, Jimmy de Luca in the leg, and Wallace Meyer, Jr. the son of the powerful Tucumcari police chief in the back; the other two men fled with their AR 15s.

Vaughn worries that Meyer Sr. will go after Rachel to protect Jr. Sr. demands Vaughn provide him information or else he will arrest the sheriff’s kleptomaniac sister Gwen. Undersheriff Stratis demands Vaughn recuse himself from the case while explaining that Rachel fired 38 times which means she reloaded and therefore were premeditated instead of a crime of passion. Vaughn agrees with Stratis and his BFF Reed to stay out of the inquiry, but cannot allow harm to happen to his beloved

The latest Catcher Creek romance (see The Trouble With Cowboys) is an exciting second chance tale. The lead couple is in love, but both have stratospheric doubts due to their heated affair occurring when Rachel was most vulnerable. The support cast adds depth to the storyline especially the sheriff’s dad, Gwen and Sr. Although the lead couple acts like dogs in heat with their inability to control their sexual urges at moments when discretion needs to supersede desire, fans will enjoy this wonderful contemporary.

Harriet Klausner

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