St. Martin's Paperbacks, Mar 3 2015, $7.99
On the Virginia barrier isle Sanctuary Island, strictly by the book Sheriff Andie Shepherd and break the rules Sam Brennan are attracted to each other, but she distrusts him; while he wants her but keeps his distance. Both knows a tryst would prove harmful as an affair would place her reelection bid in jeopardy and interfere with his calling.
Andie answers a wild horse call; only to find Sam calmly settling down the skittish animal. He explains to the sheriff that he rescues and rehabilitates abused horses. When her niece Caitlin arrives at her home, Andie welcomes her into her house though she never knew of the tweener’s existence. Struggling with her parenting skills, Andie realizes Caitlin’s love of wild horses makes her welcome by Sam. As Andie revises her opinion of Sam from being a miscreant to a good neighbor, they fall in love.
The third Sanctuary Island romance (see Shoreline Drive) is an overall fine drama. The two wild horse lovers’ connection is very tender, but Andie’s abrupt ethics turn-around from a lifetime of rigid black and white adherence of the law to sometimes you do” the wrong thing for the right reason” seems unlikely and detracts from an otherwise warm contemporary.