Thursday, October 10, 2013

[Kame's Review]: "Cowboy Justice"

Cowboy Justice by Melissa Cutler
Publisher: Zebra (October 1, 2013)
Series: Catcher Creek, 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance 

Transforming their parents' rundown ranch in Catcher Creek, New Mexico, into a tourist destination is the toughest challenge the three Sorentino sisters ever faced. But now one of them has another fight on her hands—to keep from falling for the sexy town sheriff—again…

Rachel Sorentino has spent her whole life protecting her siblings from trouble—only to run headlong into it herself. Her first regret about shooting at the vandals targeting her family is that her aim wasn't better. Her second is that when bullets started flying, it was Sheriff Vaughn Cooper's number she dialed. Vaughn is the mistake she keeps on making, a cowboy lawman who cuts through Rachel's surface bravado to the vulnerability no one else sees. And no matter how inconvenient their attraction—for his career, her tangled case, and their already battered hearts—there's no denying what feels so irresistibly right…

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Kame's Review:

No one is going to try to scare Rachel off her family’s land. She and her sisters have worked too hard to try to save the family farm to let some punks writing nasty graffiti to make her leave the land she loves. A warning shot should get them running for the hills.  What happened was a gun fight and Rachel needing to call the one man she tried hard to stay away from; Vaughn. 

“This marked the first time he’d seen her number on his phone in sixteen months and twelve days.”

Most of the time when you read an opening chapter of a book and there is a gunfight, it generally is between the big alpha male hero and the bad guys. Rachel does engage in a gunfight to defend herself and her property; and in the same chapter had a touching moment too.  Rachel is a complicated woman; she has been taking care of her sisters long before her parent’s death, she shoulders much of the responsibility of the farm and a lot of guilt too. She and Vaughn had a secret affair that Rachel ended when her mother committed suicide. The affair and their remaining feelings are referred to often in the book.  This is my first book in this series; and since I was not fully aware of Rachel and Vaughn’s history I found it took me a chapter or two to get vested in their romance. Vaughn is a hunky cowboy lawman. Much of the book he struggles with his feelings for Rachel and his desire for revenge.  Vaughn has a great relationship with his parents; and his conversations with his Dad were some of my favorite scenes. Even though there is an investigation going on Rachel and Vaughn produce some steamy scenes. They also almost brought me to tears a few times too. 

“Failing as a son and sheriff, losing his dignity, was nothing compared to the idea of losing Rachel forever.”

This is a very detailed book, so read it slow and enjoy.  The details make scenes memorable. I found every character, no matter the length they were in a scene, a joy to read. Rachel has a love of photography (I do too) and has dreams close to home and far away. There was one small detail about Vaughn that is revealed early in the book that he uses to show Rachel the depth of his feelings and his willingness to try new things. That scene could have easily been done another way but I think the way Melissa Cutler wrote it was refreshing.

I am quiet open with my love of everything cowboy and Cowboy Justice did not disappoint. If you have time read The Trouble With Cowboys (Catcher Creek #1) before Rachel and Vaughn’s book,  I plan on reading it before How To Rope A Real Man (Catcher Creek #3) releases in May.

     4 STARS!

Kame received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for her honest opinion.

*Note: The quotes used belong to Melissa Cutler; Kame and TBQ's Book Palace do not claim them.


Meet Kame:

Kame is part of a family of readers; one day she picked up the Nook she purchased for her husband and discovered her love of e-books. A few months later he purchased one for her so he could have his back! Kame’s Nook is never far, and she is hard pressed to pick a favorite book, genre or author. As long as there are characters that make her want to sit down and have a chat and a plot keeps the pages turning, she’ll read it.

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Thanks for the review, Kame! :) Another series to add to my list.... 

Have you read Melissa Cutler before? Do you have a favorite book of hers?


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