Title: Cowboy Justice by Melissa Cutler
Catcher Creek Series Book Two
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 368 pages
Book Rating: B
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Transforming their parents’ rundown ranch in Catcher Creek, New Mexico, into a tourist destination is the toughest challenge the three Sorentino sisters ever faced. But now one of them has another fight on her hands—to keep from falling for the sexy town sheriff—again…
Rachel Sorentino has spent her whole life protecting her siblings from trouble—only to run headlong into it herself. Her first regret about shooting at the vandals targeting her family is that her aim wasn’t better. Her second is that when bullets started flying, it was Sheriff Vaughn Cooper’s number she dialed. Vaughn is the mistake she keeps on making, a cowboy lawman who cuts through Rachel’s surface bravado to the vulnerability no one else sees. And no matter how inconvenient their attraction—for his career, her tangled case, and their already battered hearts—there’s no denying what feels so irresistibly right…
Cowboy Justice is the sizzling hot second installment in Melissa Cutler’s Catcher Creek series. Super sexy lawman/cowboy (sigh) Vaughn Cooper and tough as nails Rachel Sorentino share a complicated history that, despite their best efforts to put behind them, refuses to stay in the past.
Rachel Sorentino and her sisters have successfully turned their ranch into a dude ranch, but someone is trying very hard to change that. When Rachel catches the vandals red-handed, her attempts to scare them off result in a modern day gun battle that lands her and two of the suspects in the hospital. The resulting investigation by the local Sheriff’s office brings Rachel into close contact with Sheriff Vaughn Cooper, the man she is trying very hard to forget.
Rachel is a take charge woman who is strong-willed and quite capable of handling whatever life throws her way. She is still grieving the loss of both her parents while trying to bring the family ranch from the brink of bankruptcy. While Rachel has come to terms with her father’s death and the messy aftermath, she is still struggling with the guilt she harbors over her mother’s suicide. Just as she is making progress overcoming her guilt, startling new information about her father once again turns her world upside down.
Vaughn is a definitely hero material. He is close to his family and his talks with his dad are some of the best scenes in the novel. Vaughn’s protectiveness of his loved ones is both his best and worst quality. But his biggest fault is his blind spot where a nemesis is concerned. This clouds Vaughn’s judgment and puts his investigation and his career in jeopardy.
The romance between Vaughn and Rachel is an emotional rollercoaster. Their relationship is volatile, wildly veering from explosive, irresistible passion to dramatic scenes where they agree to end their involvement. This back and forth of on again/off again is exhausting but an amazingly romantic and touching scene makes all the agonizing breakups worthwhile.
Cowboy Justice is a multi-layered novel that is jam packed with a puzzling mystery, scorching hot love scenes and a delightful romance. Melissa Cutler brilliantly brings the New Mexico countryside vibrantly to life and her depiction of small town living is quite accurate. Intriguing glimpses of sister Jenna and her possible love interest have me eagerly awaiting the next installment of the fabulous Catcher Creek series.