The Sheriff’s Baby Bargain
by Susan Lute
Release Date: April 20, 2020
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Book #1 in the Angel Point series
Number of pages: 186
Source: ARC from publisher
Contemporary Romance M/F
Read 4/13/20 to 4/15/20
U.S. Marshal-turned-Sheriff Taylor James can trace her family back to the original thirteen Marshals appointed by George Washington. She’s good at her job, but once they find out she’s the local law, she can’t get even one of her dates to stay past the appetizers. Her plan? Convince good friend and hot neighbor Dr. Gabriel Adams to give her dating lessons since his dance card is always full.
A survivor of childhood leukemia with no guarantee his remission will last, Gabe lives by two rules: Don’t get emotionally involved and don’t let his well organized life spiral out of control. When he’s given a baby, with his name on her birth certificate, he needs Taylor’s help. But dangling dating lessons in exchange? If that will get the dedicated sheriff to lend a helping hand, could it be a bargain worth making?
There are definitely two sides to this book. When it comes to the actual storyline, I loved it and loved the chemistry and connection the main characters have. There are some particulars about raising babies that just drove me crazy though. But let me talk about the good first.
Both Sheriff Taylor and Doc Gabe are wonderful people. They care about their community and, most of all, the people in their community. Although Gabe is looked at as a sort of playboy, everyone still loves him since he is very up front with his intentions and he’s just so nice. Taylor is quite new in town, but the citizens have adopted her as one of their own and she feels a strong bond to the people already. No matter how much everyone loves Taylor, she can’t seem to do well on dates so Gabe is always trying to give her pointers all while trying not to fall for the strong-minded sheriff. When the two of them band together to care for an abandoned baby, the pull they feel becomes very hard to ignore.
Again, I’ll say I enjoyed the chemistry and arc of this story. There were some things I felt were told and not shown in their relationship. That was mostly things that had to do with them co-parenting Rose, not their actual relationship with each other.
As for Rose, the baby. Gabe is supposed to be an obstetrician. Sure, he’s not a pediatrician, but I’d assume he’d know the ins and outs of baby raising. At least to a certain extent. At first, I was able to somewhat ignore the odd mention here and there about Rose’s sleeping habits and such, but seriously. Not only did this man put the newborn baby to sleep with a loose blanket multiple times, he also put her down on her belly. I know, you may think I’m overreacting. But I’ve been living with my baby granddaughter since she was 2 months old and I know these are all no-no’s. In fact, the sleeping on the belly thing was a no-no back 22 years ago when my second son was born. So it was an annoyance to me. I fully realize I tend to be picky about strange things. But it’s such a simple thing I felt the author (or her editor or beta readers) should have caught before the book got this far.
Overall, this is a very enjoyable story. I will definitely seek more form this author and hope to read the next in this series.
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**