Sheriff Ethan Blackwood is obsessed with bringing his wife’s killers to justice. A simple errand at the Cooper's Creek Bank put her in the middle of a robbery-turned-bloodbath. Ethan vows to find the outlaws, but he needs a caretaker for his two small daughters.
After killing her stepfather, an abusive, heartless man who wagered her in a poker game, Annie Benton Holt is on the run—with a weak, newborn baby. Even though she killed the man in a struggle for her own life, when her stepbrothers find out she’s killed their father they’ll be out for blood. If the law doesn’t put a noose around her neck first.
When the baby’s health forces Annie to stop in Cooper's Creek, she is befriended by the town’s doctor. Broke, homeless, and with her baby’s health unstable, the doctor proposes a marriage-of-convenience between her and his widowed brother. Annie believes this mutual arrangement is the perfect solution.
But her perfect solution has a major flaw. The doctor’s brother—and Annie’s new husband—is the sheriff of Cooper’s Creek. -I will be giving it 3 Stars on Amazon when I am able to review it.-
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I mean it had good main characters, sweet children, Ethan had good family members and the challenges were there to be overcome. The author did do a good job drawing out a few surprises when it came to all the parts of Annie's predicament. Still it was somewhat predictable until closer to the end when some surprise twists come into play. I guess for my part, there was a bit too much angst that went on longer than I liked in this story.
But maybe that is just me. The story does have a reason to be emotional. Both for Annie and Ethan, who each have good reasons for feeling the pain that they do. Annie spent so many years just trying to survive. Ethan was still reeling from the death/murder of his wife. The plot was a good idea, but it just felt like it was missing something.
I do like the cover for the eBook though. Very attractive, it gets your attention.
I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.