I received this book for free from Entangled Publishing, Publisher on NetGallery in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Three River Ranch #3.5
Published by Macmillan on 2014-07-28
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, General, Romance, Short Stories (single author), Western
Source: Entangled Publishing, Publisher on NetGallery
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Previously released as part of the Stranded with a Hero anthology. Now available individually!The power might be out…but the heat is on.Every year, 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.
“Saving the Sheriff” by Roxanne Snopek is a very cute novella. I haven’t read anything in the Three Rivers Ranch series but I do like this novella a lot so I am considering checking out the rest of the series. Frankie banishes her Christmas to help save some Caribou but she ends up getting stuck in the snow on her way to a Mustang Sanctuary. When the Sheriff finds her, Frankie doesn’t want to end up going to jail for what she did. Trying to spin her story in a positive way and seem less criminal, Frankie ends up buying herself some time especially since they are snowed in and aren’t able to get anywhere.
Red LeClair was not planning on finding a half-frozen woman in the snow as he is house sitting his friends property. The fact that this women has an empty horse trailer, it rises suspicions that she could be a horse thief. Red listens to Frankies story and decides to mull it over but in the meantime she has to stay with him at the cottage so he can decide what he is going to do regarding the law.
I have to say that I really liked “Saving the Sheriff.” I was worried that I was going to be lost because of the fact that I hadn’t read any of the other books in the series, but a I dove into the story, I didn’t feel lost at all. I think Snopek did a great job at writing this tale. Snopek catches the reader right away and keeps them interested. I was curious the whole time about whether Red would defend Frankie or take her to jail once they were no longer snowed in. I felt like even those this story is short that I got to know the characters and the background of their lives. I was enthralled in the tale and of course I wanted to know if Red and Frankie were going to fall for each other because 1. it is a Bliss title but 2. the fact that they are stuck in a cottage together on a ranch and snowed it; it couldn’t be more perfect. If you need a fun light and quick read this is definitely the novella for you. I don’t believe anyone would be disappointed in Red and Frankie’s story.