The Lady and the Sheriff by Carole Archer
Nineteen-year-old Emma Bell has always wanted to travel the world before settling down, and as a result she has spurned every suitor her father has presented. He is desperate to find a suitable match for his beloved daughter—one who will treat her well, but who is well-off enough to afford the upkeep of the family estate in the English countryside.
In exasperation, he decides to take her with him on a trip to America in hopes of satisfying her desire to travel and finding her a good husband at the same time. All seems to be going perfectly after they meet Percival Woodhampton and the rich young American becomes interested in Emma.
Unfortunately, Emma’s father passes away before her wedding, and Percival soon shows himself to be anything but a gentleman. After a desperate escape from his home, she sets out on a train to see the American West as she has dreamed of doing for years. After her train is robbed by outlaws, however, Emma eventually finds her way into the care of the firm handed Bob Booker, the sheriff of Great Bend, Kansas.
Although neither of them expects it initially, their relationship grows with time until the sheriff is much more than just a strict guardian for Emma. Will they both admit their feelings for one another in time, or will Bob’s firm hand and Emma’s willful nature split them apart.
Publisher’s Note: The Lady and the Sheriff contains non-consensual spankings of an adult woman, including domestic discipline in a historical setting. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.