Monday, July 17, 2017

ARC Review: Smitty's Sheriff by Cardeno C.


Built from the bottom up: one perfect gentleman. 

Retired soldier Richard Davis wants a stable life in a quiet town with a forever man. Becoming the sheriff of Hope, Arizona, accomplishes two of his three goals, but instead of finding a serious partner, he falls for too-young-to-be-committed and too-flakey-to-be-serious Todd Smitty. Richard won’t find the right man if he’s obsessed with the wrong one, so he walks away from Todd.

It’s lust at first sight when Todd meets his sister’s army friend. He sets his sights on the worldly, strong, stable older man, and the more time he spends with Richard, the harder he falls. But after three years together, Richard cuts off all contact with no explanation.

When a mutual obligation requires Todd to move into Richard’s house, he’s thrilled at the opportunity to earn a second chance. Ignoring Todd from across town was hard enough. Can Richard resist temptation under his own roof?

Dani's rating:

Smitty's Sheriff is told from the perspective of both MCs: Todd and Richard.

Todd is in his early-20s. He's young, flirty, and a little clueless. He's not good at taking control of his life, so for three years his older lover took care of him.

Then six months ago, Sheriff Richard walked away suddenly and without explanation. Todd misses Richard but isn't sure how to get him back.

Richard is nearly twenty years Todd's senior, and he's a man who likes to be in charge. He doesn't believe that Todd can be faithful. After all, Todd slept with other men while they were together. Granted, Richard never told Todd not to and didn't want to be a possessive partner, so he left instead.

Richard and Todd suffered from a classic case of NON-COMMUNICATION. Richard didn't trust Todd, and Todd was just sleeping with other guys because he didn't think Richard was serious about him (which, frankly, is a really stupid reason). Neither man ever mentioned a committed relationship.

When they're brought together to care for Todd's niece, Molly, Richard sees a more responsible side of Todd.

I read anything CC writes, and this is a cute story but definitely not my favorite in the series. I thought Richard treated Todd like a child and the separation could have been easily avoided.

Also, Lucas (one of the MCs from the first book) was a side character here, and he was really annoying.

Final verdict: Short, sexy, mostly angst free, plus an adorable baby = FUN (but not memorable) READ

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Read. Read anything. Read the things they say are good for you, and the things they claim are junk. You’ll find what you need to find. Just read.
~Neil Gaiman

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