by Maren Lee
Series: Bounty County #1
Published by Wildcat Ranch Publishing on July 20, 2016
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, Cops, Erotic, Suspense
Source: The Author
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Chloe Tisdale is a fun-loving woman with a crappy job, no current prospects for romance, and the apparent inability to listen to instructions from demanding men. After a run-in with a creepy stalker, she heads for Imminence, Montana to hide out and party with her wild, foul-mouthed cousin. Conveniently for Chloe, her cousin's husband just happens to be the Sheriff of Bounty County. Unfortunately for Chloe, however, one of the Sheriff's deputies is the easy-on-the-eyes-but-incredibly-bossy Justin Hunt, who broke Chloe's heart into a thousand pieces just one year earlier. And unfortunately for everyone in Bounty County, Chloe's stalker follows her to Imminence. Despite dealing with commitment issues, when Justin learns of the danger that Chloe is in, he immediately steps in to protect her. Will sparks fly again? Will Justin learn to love? Can Chloe ever forgive him?
Ride-along is book #1 in the Bounty County series, which takes place in the small town of Imminence, Montana. Ride-along is an interesting mix of very steamy sexy times and suspense. Although I had a few issues with the editing and character development, overall I thought this was a pretty fun read.
Chloe’s going through a rough patch. Her heart was broken a year ago by Justin, who declared that he wasn’t the right man for her, despite their mutual feelings for each other. In an attempt to get back into the dating scene, Chloe tries online dating but runs into some very bad luck when one of her matches turns out to be a crazy stalker. Chloe temporarily escapes to Imminence, where her cousin lives. It’s also where Justin lives and works as a deputy sheriff.
When Chloe and Justin run into each other again, it’s obvious that they both still have a strong attraction to each other. But Chloe is hesitant to get involved again after what happened between them. It turns out that Justin has some past heartache of his own, which is why he’s so phobic of commitment. But now that Chloe is back in his life, he needs to have her, one way or another.
The two agree on a casual arrangement, which works out fine for the meantime. When a third person is introduced into the bedroom, it soon becomes clear that Chloe and Justin want more from each other than just sex.
Meanwhile, Chloe’s stalker is still on the loose. When the stalker shows up in Imminence, Justin wants nothing more than to keep Chloe safe. I loved how protective Justin is, but Chloe shows some poor judgment at times when she doesn’t seem to understand how much danger she’s really in. Likewise, Justin doesn’t seem to make the best choices when it comes to communicating with Chloe. She’s in real danger and I think they both could have handled the situation better.
That being said, the romance elements definitely worked for me. Since Chloe and Justin have history together, I found their reunion convincing since it was clear they had unfinished business. There is one menage scene which is super hot, but I had mixed feelings about it since Chloe didn’t have an established relationship with the other guy, especially considering she’d never done anything like this before. However, the scene served to expose Justin’s true feelings about Chloe, so in that sense, it definitely worked.
Additionally, I felt that Chloe’s cousin and her husband were well developed as characters, to the point where I found myself wishing I could read a prequel about their romance.
Lastly, I ran across some editing issues (typos and general grammatical things), but nothing so extreme that I couldn’t easily overlook them and finish reading the book.
I’d recommend Ride-along to fans of Lorelei James (for the high heat level as well as the western setting). Overall, I enjoyed the story and look forward to reading the next book in the Bounty County series.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my review.
Rating: 3 stars