Sunday, April 30, 2017

Tempting the Deputy - Heidi Rice

Title: Tempting the Deputy
Author: Heidi Rice
Format: E-Arc through Netgalley

Tough, taciturn and wounded in ways that no one else knows about, Marietta rancher and part-time Deputy Sheriff Logan Tate is a man in total control of his life. Until he catches British photographer Charlotte Foster hitchhiking and ‘insists’ she gets a ride into town in his squad car…

After her run-in with Deputy Hardass, Charlie Foster is ready to ride her thumb right back out of Marietta the very next day. But that night, a trip to Grey’s Saloon fires up her imagination – and her wild side – when she overhears the town’s first responders panicking over how to come up with the money needed to repair Harry’s House in just 90 days.

Charlie has an ingenious solution to their problem, that might just require her to photograph twelve smokin’ hot guys naked. And, as luck would have it, also involves getting some much needed payback on Deputy Hardass–who isn’t too enthusiastic about participating in the calendar shoot.

But as he spends more time with Charlie, Logan can’t ignore the chemistry sizzling between them. Can a man who lives by the rules fall in love with a woman who breaks all of his?

Confession Readers: I read romance more than I let on.  Quite a bit actually.  I just don't review that romance with the same frequency as I read it.  But I am trying to be better about reviewing all the books I read, because I really do enjoy sharing what I read with you!  

So, let's talk about Tempting the Deputy, by Heidi Rice.  Charlie, a professional photographer, finds herself in a small town in Montana - Marietta - where she meets Sheriff Logan Tate, whom she deems Deputy Hard-Ass.  She is taking photographs outside of town, no car, and a plan to sleep in her tent.  Then the sheriff comes along and tells her that it will be too cold for her to be outside, and she should let him bring her to town.  When she says no, she'll be fine, he doesn't listen, and to get her to town he arrests her.  That's right - he arrests her for wanting to spend the night in the woods (with a tent and other camping gear, FYI.) 

Throughout the book, Charlie keeps telling herself she won't be in Marietta very long - but things keep getting in her way.  For example, she hears that the firemen of Marietta are trying to raise money, so she comes up with an idea for them to pose nude for a calendar.  They aren't all completely naked, but they're close.  This is the main reason that she sticks around longer than planned.  At first.  One thing leads to another and she and Logan have some, ahem, fun.  

Anyway, I won't give away everything.  I'll jump into the likes and dislikes:

1. Imagining those men with their clothes off...
2. Charlie was kind of funny.
3.  It was a quick read -
4. I appreciated the fact that Charlie and Logan both had hurdles and challenges to get over from their past before they could really connect, and they were both willing to share with each other (eventually.)

1. The fact that Logan arrested Charlie for NO REASON.  Seriously?  And just expected her to do what he said without even thinking about it?!  
2. The writing was pretty simplistic - although I should expect that from a romance novel.  
3. All the men in the novel had personalities that were just too similar - there wasn't anything really distinct about them that set them apart from each other. 

The story was moving enough to keep me reading, and I definitely wanted to find out how the book ended.  The characters would have been more fun to read about had they been more distinct from each other and more fleshed out.  But overall, it wasn't a terrible read.  It was a perfect rainy day book that will intrigue you enough to keep you going to the end.

Although this novel wasn't super deep, it was a good read.  I would rate it 3.5 stars - take a day and treat yourself. 


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