Saving the Sheriff
(The Hills of Texas #1)
By Kadie Scott
There’s a storm brewin’…
The day his wife died, Sheriff Cash Hill discovered she was leaving him for another man, one she’d loved since before their marriage. How could the single dad ever trust another woman again? But when Georgia’s best friend, Holly, comes back to town, something about Holly’s sweet, sassy vulnerability has his protective instincts kicking in hard.
Holly Jensen left La Colina, Texas with regrets. She’s returned home to work as the new large animal vet and to watch over her best friend’s daughter. But Holly’s knowledge of Georgia’s past could rip a family apart. And she’s reluctant to go to the sexy…and single…sheriff, as he’s made it clear he wants nothing to do with her.
Both are faced with a choice…stay locked in the past or allow their reservations to be silenced by a passion hotter than Texas summer nights. Can they learn to trust their own hearts and each other?
Book Info: Publisher: Tule, Southern Born Author: Kadie Scott Cover Art: Tule Publishing Page Count: 230 Word Count: 65600 ISBN (digital): 978-1-947636-79-8 Release Date: 1/23/2018 Rating: 18+
Praise for The Hills of Texas Series:
2016 RWA Emily Award Winner – Short Contemporary Romance
✭✭✭✭✭ “I really loved this story and its slow pace…. What made me love this story even more was the authenticity of scenes. So touching!” ~Maria, Goodreads Reader
✭✭✭✭✭ “This is one of those feel good books that you can’t put down because you want to see what is going to happen next because both Cash and Holly are both set in their ways and can’t see what is right in front of them and you really want them to get things right so you keep reading because the book is just that good. This is a great start to a series and I can’t wait to see what happens to the rest of the Hill clan.” ~Sarah, Goodreads Reader
✭✭✭✭ “I really enjoyed both characters and their strength but most of all their chemistry. Fighting their attraction was sweet and fun and futile attempt to overcome what’s meant to be. This first book in this series makes me excited for the Hill brothers!” ~Carolyn, Goodreads Reader
Excerpt #1 (600 words):
Gear loaded, she walked into the barn, breathing in the familiar scents of hay and horse and leather, and took some time to shake it off. She walked along the stalls, patting the velvety noses of the animals.
Yes, all her training, and a lot of time spent dissecting and practicing on animal cadavers, had given her a certain amount of distance from any emotions related to her job, but that didn’t make her a robot. Besides, these days it was more about the distress of their owners.
Most cowboys had seen too many dead animals to care anymore. Heck, they raised them for slaughter, much of the time, so they couldn’t let themselves get attached or emotional. Will was a rancher. He’d seen this before. But she knew with this kind of stock he’d likely put his heart and soul into his horses, so losing one was hard. Holly felt for him, but she’d found that owners needed their vets to be a rock—professional, efficient and only borderline sympathetic. She could do that. In fact, she was good at it, but she often needed time alone afterward to let it all go.
She stopped and scrunched up her face at Cash’s voice. Couldn’t a girl just get a second by herself?
Apparently, she hadn’t been very successful at hiding the evidence of her irritation because he frowned down at her as soon as she swung around.
“You okay?” he asked in a gruff voice. The question didn’t quite match the rather stoic look he gave her, as though he was irritated with himself for asking the question.
She gave a deceptively sunny smile. “Fine as a fiddle.”
After a beat of silence, he glanced around with raised eyebrows. “Why are you in here?”
“Curiosity got the better of me. I was checking out Will’s stock.”
He crossed her arms and gave her an assessing look from those clear blue eyes. She could just imagine that look on his face when he was interrogating a suspect. “I’m sure Will would be happy to show you.”
“Right.” She moved with purpose toward the door leading outside, intending to go up to the house, but stopped as she got up close to Cash and realized he wasn’t moving.
Tipping her head back, Holly raised her eyebrows. “Something else?”
“Is it hard? Putting them down?”
How had he guessed? Holly stared at him for a brief moment, part of her reluctant to admit, even to herself, this was the hardest part of her job, and part of her strangely drawn to sharing something so personal with Cash.
“Not really.” She shrugged.
He didn’t respond, nor did he move to let her by. Gently, he reached out and tucked an errant strand of hair behind her ear. “Don’t let yourself get too callous about it.”
Holly held her breath at the shock of his touch and the resulting sensation his action caused. Electric was the description that came to mind. “No?” She was proud of how steady her voice sounded.
His eyes dropped to her lips. Slowly, he shook his head. “Uh-uh. ’Cause then you wouldn’t be you.”
Holly swore her heart stopped beating. Then reality intruded. What was she doing? What was he doing?
Holly jerked back from his touch. Trying to cover the awkwardness, she tucked her hands in her back pockets. “Thanks for the advice.”
Her sudden movement seemed to snap Cash out of whatever spell he’d been under as well. With what was clearly a forced laugh, he stepped to the side, letting her pass. “Yeah.”
Excerpt #2 (400 words):
Holly opened the door and her welcoming smile froze on her face at the sight of Cash standing there. Not one of the younger Hills, like Autry or Jennings, whom she’d sort of expected. Dang, he looked yummy in jeans and a black button-down shirt casually rolled up at the sleeves, showing his tanned, muscled forearms. Heat rushed through her and pooled low in direct response to the visual impact he had on her.
She blinked at him for a second before she realized he seemed equally stunned. His gaze traveled down her in a lazy perusal before returning to her face. Holly would swear to a judge in court she’d seen desire burning in his eyes before he blanked his expression and gave her a polite smile. Holly ruthlessly tamped down her own response to him. She wasn’t a teenager anymore, dammit. What was wrong with her?
“Hi, Holly,” he said casually. “You look great. You’ll have to beat all the men off with sticks tonight.”
She didn’t miss the subtle hint he wouldn’t be one of them.
Hurt prickled. She was getting a little sick of his attitude. Not that she could call him on being rude—he’d been polite, but distant. Why had he bothered to be the one to pick her up?
“Hi, Cash. Thanks for the ride.”
She stepped outside into the warmth of the night and turned around to lock the door. Unfortunately, her old house chose that moment for the door to stick. She gritted her teeth and jerked on it a couple of times to no avail.
“Sweet baby in a manger, budge,” she muttered at the stubborn door.
Suddenly, Cash reached forward. “Here. Let me.”
She stayed perfectly still as he leaned around her and forced the door to close, his warm, solid chest pressed up against her back. She’d worn a dress with red and white stripes, a halter top and wide skirt with pockets. It offered little protection for her now, although Holly suspected she could be wearing a thick fur coat and she’d still feel every inch of where he touched her. It only took him seconds to jimmy the darn door, but it felt like longer.
Finally, Cash stepped back and let her finish locking it.
“Thanks,” she mumbled.
Holly turned and flashed a perky smile. “Ready is another one of those relative terms. Like going.”
Excerpt #3 (230 words):
From the little he’d seen, Holly took care of everyone around her, but who took care of Holly? Realization struck that she had no one.
He knew that feeling. Despite having close family to back him up, Cash had felt never felt so alone. The thought of Holly experiencing that too didn’t sit well with him.
Cash did the only thing he could think of. He reached out and laid his hand on her cheek. Her eyes widened slightly, but she didn’t pull away.
“You can talk to me, Holly. If you ever need anything. Okay?”
Silently, she nodded.
He should have pulled his hand away. Should have led her back inside. But he didn’t. Couldn’t.
The feelings that’d been building all night, hell since she’d come back to town, demanded action. As if compelled, he brushed the pad of his thumb over her high cheekbone and registered the silky-smooth texture of her skin, the warmth. He dropped his gaze to the lush curves of her lips, which were slightly parted. Needing to see her eyes, he moved his hand and tipped her chin up.
Slowly, giving her enough time to pull away or say no, he lowered his head toward her. So softly it was barely a whisper of a touch, he brushed his lips over hers.
Her small intake of breath made him shudder. “Cash,” she sighed.
Ok this is the second book by Kadie Scott that I have had the pleasure of reading. I must say I am becoming a huge fan. I already bought her last book the Attraction Equation to read. I read and reviewed The Wrong Kind of Compatible not long ago and loved it! So I was not surprised when I read this book, that I would love it.
In this story Sheriff Cash Hill is a single father of a sweet 4-year-old and a recent widower of a year now. He is struggling through life and can’t seem to find his happiness. His daughter is suffering the same fate. That is until his wife’s best friend Holly moves to town.
Holly has moved back to her hometown as a favor to her dead best friend. She promised Georgiana that she would look after her daughter Sophie should anything happen to her. So she has moved back home after her college degree and gotten a job as the new vet lady who specializes in horses. There is just one problem. Cash avoids her like she is the plague.
Cash has tried to avoid Holly but he can’t seem to quit running into her. He believes that she is just like his wife. Full of secrets and ready to leave at the drop of a hat. But he is so drawn to her. When secrets do come out and she is the center of them he is angry and wants nothing to do with him.
Holly is in love with Cash. She has been since she was a teenager. But she stepped back when her best friend took him. Now that she is back to look after Sophie she can’t help but feel those feelings resurface. But when a secret makes him angry, she loses all hope of any kind of relationship. But Holly never deserved a family or to be loved anyway.
This book was a sweet and wonderful romantic read with a deliciously hot cowboy. Who wouldn’t love that right?!? I love the way the story is written with a believable world and situations. Kadie took her time telling the story of Cash and Holly and their story flowed smoothly. A definite cozy up by the fire with a large glass of wine kind of story.
The characters in this book were wonderful. So entertaining and fun. I loved Holly! She was so wonderful, even if she felt guilty and almost ruined her happiness because of that guilt. Cash on the other hand was like a tennis match. Back and forth, back and forth with his feelings. I almost go whiplash. I wanted to yell at him “get your ass together man!” So imagine how happy it made me to finally see that happen.
So cozy on up and grab your wine, because you are in for a treat with this book. You will not regret your decision to read it. I promise. A Hallmark worthy moment.
Kadie keeps it up she will have a bright bright future in the book world.
*ARC provided by Kadie Scott
Award-winning contemporary romance author, Kadie Scott, grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. She attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.
No matter the genre, she loves to write witty, feisty heroines, sexy heroes who deserve them, and a cast of lovable characters to surround them (and maybe get their own stories). She currently resides in Austin, Texas, with her own personal hero, her husband, and their two children, who are growing up way too fast.
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