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Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Deputy's Redemption by Delores Fossen

Title: The Deputy's Redemption
Miniseries: Sweetwater Ranch
Author: Delores Fossen
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: Intrigue
Category: Suspense
ISBN: 978-0-373-69818-9
Format I Read: Mass Market Paperback
Source: MLM Media Relations
Rating: 4.5 Crowns

A Texas lawman risks his future to protect a woman from his past in USA TODAY bestselling author Delores Fossen's latest Sweetwater Ranch book.


The woman fleeing a cold-blooded killer is no stranger to Deputy Colt McKinnon. Fourteen years ago, Elise Nichols was the love of his life. Now she's back in Sweetwater Springs—to be the star witness in an upcoming murder trial that could tear the Texas lawman's family apart. 


With her explosive revelations certain to rock the town, Elise didn't expect to be welcomed home with open arms. Certainly not by the cowboy with the badge who once meant everything to her. But after being run off the road and shot at, she has no choice but to trust him. Even more dangerous is the desire that's reigniting, making Elise yearn for something she may not live to see..


When Deputy Colt McKinnon finds Elise Nichols, the woman he once loved, running through the woods, he’s a bit startled to discover that she believes he was responsible for running her off the road. Although given that Elise has returned to Sweetwater Springs to testify for the defense at his mother’s murder trial and the evidence she’ll offer could have his father thrown in jail for a murder Colt is sure his mother committed, it’s not that far of a stretch to think the McKinnon men want her dead.


Yet when someone comes gunning for Elise, she knows the only person she can trust to keep her safe is Colt. Now if only the two of them can figure out their relationship.


I loved The Deputy’s Redemption. Of course, there were a few flaws here and there that had me wondering what the author had been thinking, but overall it was a brilliant combination of intrigue, suspense, and romance.


Colt and Elise have known—and loved—each other since they were kids and now she’s back in town to give evidence for his mother and that puts them at odds with each other—or so Elise believes. Colt is determined not to obstruct the trial but he also knows that his father wasn’t the one that murdered his mother’s lover. 


Their relationship was slow to start due to their situation but my goodness their chemistry was through the roof. If a reunion romance is done right, like The Deputy’s Redemption, the hero and heroine will have this amazing chemistry right from the start that only heats up as the plot thicken and that’s exactly what we had with Colt and Elise.


The mystery aspect of this was well written. Someone wants Elise dead and there are four suspects all with motive and opportunity. The writer leads you on a merry chase with a couple of red herrings thrown in to throw you off who actually was responsible. For once, I found I wasn’t sure who done it.


As this is a miniseries, the outcome of Jewel’s trial isn’t in this book, but I know that I will most definitely be catching up with the Sweetwater Ranch series.


Overall, The Deputy’s Redemption was a fast little romance and whodunit combined. The characters and the plot were strong and I am looking forward to reading more from this series.

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