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The Love of a Lawman

by Anna Jeffrey

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Now she takes us to a little town in Idaho where old flames reignite....

Isabelle Rondeau has always been good at running away from her problems. This time she's running to Callister, Idaho, a place she once called home. She's determined to start over as a horse trainer and make up for lost time with her daughter. And no more men, especially cowboys. That is, until she calls the local sheriff, a man she hasn't seen since she left town some eighteen years ago...

John Thomas Bradshaw, Jr., a rodeo star turned sheriff, has his own troubles. Among them, his wife left him, taking their two sons with her. But when his high school crush comes back into town with a spark in her eyes to match her unruly fiery hair, he jumps at the chance to get to know her all over again. Soon this welcome distraction reveals more than just a shared love for horses. An all-consuming passion that neither can deny is developing, but can two wounded hearts learn to love again?
  nikel27 | Jul 25, 2007 |
In The Love of a Lawman, we return to Callister Idaho, along with local "bad girl" Isabelle Rondeau, who's returned home to make a life for herself and her daughter after running away 18 years ago. It's a nice twist, considering you usually see the local "bad boy" returning to his hometown.

As in the previous two Callister books, The Love of a Cowboy and The Love of a Stranger, the characters are complex, as are their problems.

And Isabelle runs smack into several right off the bat--her daughter's dog is shot by their neighbor, a man who's had a long-standing feud with her family. So she calls the sheriff, only to find that the new sheriff is John Bradshaw, who'd been a couple years behind her in high school, and was as much from the right side of the tracks as she was from the wrong side. And to make him even more out of her reach, one of the reasons she's back in town is to try to help her brother Paul, who's been on the wrong side of the law, but, she believes, still not too far gone to be redeemed.

John, for his part, may have indeed been from one of the town's elite families, but he's the black sheep of his, having left town himself to follow the rodeo. The intervening years have found him married, a father of two, and a rodeo star into the bargain, until his life fell apart, his wife divorced him, taking their sons, and he quit the rodeo and returned to Callister himself, taking the temporary position of sheriff. Now the woman he'd had a huge crush on through high school is back, just when his ex-wife is pressuring him to allow her new husband to adopt his sons.

These two are destined for each other, but they have a lot of obstacles to face. While they may be opposites in many ways--their families' reputations in the town are opposite, he has a college degree while she's dyslexic and didn't finish high school, and her brother's lawlessness is in direct conflict with John's position as the law in Callister--they also have more in common than Isabelle in particular thinks at first. Both are at crossroads in their lives, starting over both in their professional lives and their love lives. Both have a love for horses--John in the rodeo, Isabelle as a cutting horse trainer. And they both returned home when they needed somewhere to go.

The HEA is always more satisfying when the characters have to work for it, and boy, do these two have to work for it! Everything works out in the end, thank goodness, but it's an emotional roller-coaster ride until we get there. ( )
  Darla | Mar 25, 2007 |
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In this sexy contemporary romance, the author of The Love of a Stranger takes readers home to a little town in Idaho, where old flames reignite.

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