U.S. Marshal-turned-Sheriff Taylor James can trace her family back to the original thirteen Marshals appointed by George Washington. She’s good at her job, but once they find out she’s the local law, she can’t get even one of her dates to stay past the appetizers. Her plan? Convince good friend and hot neighbor Dr. Gabriel Adams to give her dating lessons since his dance card is always full.
A survivor of childhood leukemia with no guarantee his remission will last, Gabe lives by two rules: Don’t get emotionally involved and don’t let his well-organized life spiral out of control. When he’s given a baby, with his name on her birth certificate, he needs Taylor’s help. But dangling dating lessons in exchange? If that will get the dedicated sheriff to lend a helping hand, could it be a bargain worth making?
Titles in the Angel Point series include — The Sheriff’s Baby Bargain – Wanted by the Marshal –
Title: The Sheriff’s Baby Bargain
Series: Angel Point #1
Author: Susan Lute
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: April 20, 2020
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4 stars
The Sheriff’s Baby Bargain begins the Angel Point series with a romantic tale of two friends, one baby, and emotions that change along the way into something worth fighting for, worth taking a risk on, maybe even breaking a few long-held rules of life for in order to truly live a life that’s full of everything – including love.
While there is some world-building, there has to be some at the beginning of any series, and we do meet some interesting secondary characters in this small town. I easily fell into this story and completely enjoyed the experience. Gabe and Taylor worked so well together in a relationship that was filled with laughter, comfort, and friendship. That started to change when an abandoned baby takes up residence in Gabe’s life while their friendship goes through a few changes, growing in ways neither really expected. Sure, Taylor has always been attracted to Gabe, but she also knew his very firmly in place ‘no long-term commitment’ mindset. But, it’s only recently that she discovered why he feels so strongly about not settling down with one woman. Gabe doesn’t really trust in “tomorrow”, he’s learned that lesson well. But asking Taylor for help right now feels right, and if the emotions he always swore he’d never risk are starting to feel a bit more real than he’s comfortable with, well, maybe it’s time to rethink those life long rules of his.
If you love a good, relatable love story with believable characters, a quirky small town, and a baby to fall in love with, then you’ll enjoy The Sheriff’s Baby Bargain. I’m already looking forward to the second story in the new Angel Point series to arrive.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from Tule Publishing. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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