Maverick Sheriff

Harlequin Intrigue. (Sweetwater Ranch, Bk. 1). Sept. 2014. 224p. ISBN 9780373697823. pap. $5.50; ebk. ISBN 9781460339060. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
There is no love lost between Sweetwater Springs sheriff Cooper McKinnon and Jessa Wells, the new hardheaded ADA who is working on a case to prove his estranged mother, Jewell, is guilty of a decades-old murder—and to bring his family down with it. When a sideswiping results in a blood transfusion for Jessa's two-year-old adopted son, Liam, and Cooper is the only available donor for the rare AB blood type, the ice begins to thaw. But then Cooper orders a DNA test on the chance that Liam might be his missing son. When an attempt is made to kidnap Liam, Jessa and Cooper must work together to keep him safe—and themselves alive.
VERDICT Vividly rendered characters, a multithreaded plot, and villainy of all kinds lead to a gripping, nonstop page-turner that kicks off Fossen's (Courting the Outlaw) latest Western miniseries with passion and flair.
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