The power might be out…but the heat is on. Will this felon burn him?
Every Christmas, free-spirited Frankie Sylva banishes her holiday loneliness with good deeds. This time, she’s rescuing a truckload of neglected reindeer–until a blizzard sidetracks her scheme, and now she’s stuck…literally.
Local sheriff Red LeClair is shocked to find a very cute, half-frozen woman trespassing on Three River Ranch in a ditched rig, with a suspiciously empty trailer. Is she a horse thief? Is she on the run? Is she out of her mind? He has no choice but to take her back to the ranch and keep an eye on her.
But when the power goes out, Red and Frankie are forced to depend on each other in a way that both have avoided for years. The sheriff’s quiet holiday is suddenly festive: a crackling fire, candles, carols, and an irresistible stranger…who might be a felon.
Review: This was a quick read since it’s a novella and Saving the Sheriff fits right in with the Three River Ranch series especially since most of it takes place on the ranch. We are introduced to new characters and catch up with many we’ve met before and I was drawn into the story immediately and my emotions were engaged. There was a lot of action throughout and a Christmasy feel since the book is set at that time of year. There were rescued reindeer (or are they?), a major snowstorm with loss of power and an attraction between the sheriff, Red, and animal activist, Frankie (Francesca) that could melt the snow even though they meet under less than ideal circumstances.
The story was heartwarming but also heartbreaking since Red and Frankie were both lonely souls. They fought their attraction and chemistry as best they could but in the one step forward and two or three steps back approach. Unfortunately they didn’t always communicate well about their thoughts and feelings and neither wanted to assume that there was something between them if there really wasn’t. Red kept comparing Frankie to his ex-wife and always seemed surprised that Frankie was so genuine, didn’t play games and meant what she said even if their meeting wasn’t too promising initially. Watching their interactions along with those of Des, Zach, Bliss and even Blythe was a hoot and Frankie felt she got to know them well even if she was embarrassed at times. Red felt a part of the community which he hadn’t expected. He was house sitting for Rory and Carson while they were away with their daughter for a family Christmas in Hawaii and took his job of caring for the ranch and the animals even in the snowstorm very seriously.
The made up words that Frankie set to different carols were hysterical and it was nice to see Red let his guard down and join in with his own take on the songs. Of course most of the new lyrics pertained to them and they often sang things to the other they couldn’t or wouldn’t put into words. The descriptions of the land, the snow, the house and other buildings, the animals, food and clothing made me feel that I was there in cold, wintry Montana. Mistral, the labradoodle, was her normal enthusiastic self and took immediately to newcomer Frankie but not so much to Red even though he was the one caring for her while her owners were gone. There was nice closure and a happily ever after thanks to the epilogue. I for one can’t wait to return to Three River Ranch.
Snopek is an author whose heartwarming western romances have snagged me. I look forward to reading many more of her books and will be adding them to my always growing TBR pile. Next up for me is the fourth book in the series, Resisting the Rancher, but I hope it won’t be the last!
Favorite Quote: Stop, rewind, delete, delete, delete. You’re overtired, lonely, stressed and it’s made you certifiably fruit-and-nut-bar crazy.