Never Love a Lawman

Never Love a Lawman

by Jo Goodman

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ISBN-13: 9781420112603
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 09/01/2009
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 191,456
File size: 887 KB

About the Author

Jo Goodman has written 18 historical romances, 3 short stories, and 1 novella. Her first book, Passion's Bride (reprinted in 1998 as The Captain's Lady), won best pirate romance from Romantic Times. Forever in my Heart won a Reader's Choice Award for best historical romance in 1994 and Only in my Arms was a finalist the following year.

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Never Love a Lawman 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1882 in Reidsville, Colorado, Sheriff Wyatt Cooper takes his job seriously to protect the townsfolk. He insures everyone is safe including newcomer Rachel Bailey, who he knows is a creature of habit as every male in town knows when they watch her walk the street to her establishment early in the morning. However, no one was prepared when Clinton Maddox dies and shockingly leaves the valuable railroad spur to Rachel, which places her in danger as others want the town's lifeline. Wyatt and Rachel agree to wed in a marriage of convenience so he can keep her safe. However, the townsfolk are euphoric and want to celebrate the nuptials. The only ones not ecstatic are Wyatt and Rachel. When her past arrives with two goals to destroy Rachel and claim the spur, Wyatt realizes protecting her has become personal. This is an entertaining Americana romance starring an intriguing heroine and a wolf of a sheriff who sings the refrain from I'm Not in Love. The exciting story line contains a strong cast who bring to life the small town that would die without the spur. Jo Goodman provides an enjoyable western romance. Harriet Klausner
Catherine331 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
While this book wasn't my favorite by Jo Goodman I definitely enjoyed it. I loved the interactions between the two main characters. Jo Goodman has a definite talent for making every dialogue exchange seem meaningful and filled with undercurrents. Most all of the conversations Rachel and Wyatt had seemed to be filled with sly wit and dry humor. They were muted, but definitely there.I love how the characters are as much of a mystery to the reader as they are to each other. I enjoy watching the character's personalities and feelings slowly unfold right alongside the other characters. By the time I finish the book I feel confident in the hero and heroine's relationship because I feel that after watching them grow together I know them well enough to predict that they can weather any problem together.I felt that Rachel and Wyatt's personalities meshed very well. Wyatt's easygoing attitude amused me when tested against Rachel's more intractable moods. I thought that both characters were fully fleshed out although I think more time was spent on developing Rachel than exploring Wyatt's character.I enjoyed the side characters and felt that were fleshed out pretty well. It didn't seem like they were written in just to provide a foil to the main characters. I loved the feel of the period and the small glimpse into the life of people who lived then. It all felt very authentic to me, although I'm definitely no expert.Even though I enjoyed the story I did have some issues with a few things. I felt uncomfortable when Wyatt sprang the conditions tied to the inheritance on Rachel. It definitely wasn't his fault but I still didn't like the fact that it was a requirement. I know he told Rachel his reasons for their reduced interaction before that point but I never really agreed with them. Also, I wanted to smack Rachel when she decided to keep a dangerous encounter that occurred at her house to herself instead of sharing it with Wyatt. I felt like I didn't understand her at all right then.All in all it was a good book and one that I'll reread.
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kronan1 More than 1 year ago
Some really different plot twist and turns. Interesting character development.
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This is a delightful book! The story is fast-paced, the main characters are in turn passionate and funny; and all the characters have a way to make you laugh. I would have loved to live in that town. I read this book in 1 day. I think that this book is one of Ms Goodman best.
BookFan10 More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put this book down. From the first page I was hooked. The characters are well-drawn and the dialog is excellent. This is how a story should be written