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Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Sheriff’s Daughter by Kay Stockham

The Sheriff’s Daughter by Kay Stockham
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (281 Pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 3 Books
Reviewed by Canterbury Bell

They must obey the laws…of attraction!

Deputy Liam McKenna is dreading the next two weeks. His assignment: watching over the sheriff's daughter, Carly Taggert. Liam has known Carly—and her knack for getting into trouble—since high school. With her kind heart and optimistic nature, she never intends that trouble, but it sure is attracted to her. He expects to be kept on his toes.

What he doesn't expect is protecting her from himself.

No one is more surprised by the intense passion between them than Liam. Still, nothing can ever happen. She's the boss's daughter and Liam's responsibility. He needs to be professional. At all times. Too bad Carly isn't about to make it easy for him.

Deputy Liam McKenna is a nice guy. He is the kind of guy you want to be your friend, the one who will always come when you call. You would trust him with your life, your money and even your baby sister. But fate just keeps tossing temptation in front of him; so how long does he think he can ignore it?

Just being that good guy gets him the job of looking after his boss, the sheriff’s, daughter; his sexy, tempting, uncontrollable daughter. For Liam, Carly Taggert is that itch that just won’t go away. Finding her hobbling on home with ripped clothing, a sprained ankle, and an attitude the results of a date gone very wrong, only adds to the temptation and brings out the ugly side of him…this guy is going to pay for whatever he did even before the sheriff can get to him! Jealous, confused and tempted, Liam's life is now spinning out of control.

But Carly has a dream that doesn’t quite mix with Liam’s plans. Carly wants to be a mother! By applying to be a foster parent, Carly sets her dream in motion much to the dismay of Liam. He knows the foster care system, he is an adopted child out of foster care but he was one of the lucky ones. He knows what can happen to a child in the system and he would like to spare Carly the heartbreak and disappointment he knows is headed her way.

Just as their relationship gets started and heated after an unexpected kiss, a young child is delivered to her door and throws her new world into a spin. While Liam tries to understand and except Carly’s decisions, their new found relationship takes a hard hit and is relegated to the back burner. Heartbreak, heartache, family, careers and total confusion are in store for these two lovers but will they ever find their happily ever after?

I do admit I had a difficult time with the beginning of this story. It moved slowly and the dialogue was not very engaging but it did pick up steam as it went along. Unfortunately by then my interest in the hero and his girl had waned. A sub-plot, though, was a well formulated surprise and completely engaged me so that by the end of the story I was a more entertained than I had thought I would be.

The characters are gutsy and stubborn and a perfect match for each other. Liam really is that great guy that is just afraid to take that first step, but wishes he out!! Carly is the indulged, intelligent girl that was everyone’s kid sister who unexpectedly grew up. But she did manage to catch the eye and the heart of the one great guy. Sit down and enjoy a few hours with a great guy and his girl!