The Sheriffs of Savage Wells

The Sheriffs of Savage Wells

by Sarah M. Eden
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The Sheriffs of Savage Wells by Sarah M. Eden


Paisley Bell knows the eccentric people of Savage Wells. From the absentminded shopkeeper who always thinks she's been robbed to the young man who has returned shell-shocked from the war, Paisley has compassion for them all. When the sheriff up and leaves town, Paisley steps up and assumes the responsibility, partly because she loves the work, but also because she needs the income to take care of her sick father. So when the town council decides that the position of sheriff should really go to a man, Paisley finds herself fighting to prove that she's the perfect candidate for the job, even though she wears a skirt.

Cade O'Brien is heartily sick of shooting people. In his many years as a lawman, Cade has seen his share of blood and violence. So when he answers an advertisement for a sheriff job in the sleepy town of Savage Wells, he believes he's found the peace and quiet he's always desired. But when he discovers that his biggest competition for the job is a woman, he begins to question his decisions.

Tension between the two begins to sizzle when both Cade and Paisley realize the attraction they have for each other, but when Paisley's former beau shows up in town, along with a band of bank robbers, the blossoming relationship between the two sheriffs is tested. They will have to work together to thwart the bank robbers and keep the town safe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629722191
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Publication date: 09/27/2016
Series: A Proper Romance Series
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 800,086
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

About the Author


Sarah M. Eden is the author of several well-received historical romances, including Whitney Award-finalists Seeking Persephone and Courting Miss Lancaster, and award-winning A Proper Romance series novels Longing for Home and Hope Springs. Combining her obsession with history and an affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances. She happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library and dreams of one day traveling to all the places she reads about. 

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"Good, good." The mayor nodded triumphantly. "Now, if you men will tell us your names, we'll get started."

The doctor looked at Cade expectantly.

"Cade O'Brien."

An immediate hush fell over the other men. Every pair of eyes pulled wide. More than one mouth dropped open. Cade simply stood there, waiting for their shock to wear off. He'd built enough of a reputation out West to recognize the reaction; it'd pass soon enough.

As if on cue, the silence disappeared as quickly as it had descended and something near chaos erupted in its place. Four of the six men simply threw their hands up and declared themselves out of the running.

"I ain't got a chance against Cade O'Brien," one said, fixing his hat more firmly on his head.

One by one, they passed Cade, dipping their hats or shaking his hand, and declaring it an honor to meet him.
The town council looked a bit awed at both him and the exodus he'd caused.

In the end, only Sweaty Hat and Blue Kerchief remained. His respect for the two men increased on the spot. Not everyone was willing to keep at a fight that had suddenly turned lopsided.

"Anyone else?" the mayor asked.

"One more," a feminine voice declared.

Cade turned around.

A woman approached, her nearly black hair pulled into a tidy bun. Deep brown eyes, a pleasant face-she was a beauty, for sure. Her eyes met his for a moment. She looked him up and down but didn't seem terribly impressed. The final candidate's wife, perhaps? Or sister?

The question faded, however. Hanging low on her hips was a gun belt, a pistol in the holster. He'd known a few women who wore guns, but none who wore it as naturally as she did, or as menacingly.

"One final name for your list of candidates," she said to the doctor, her voice firm and commanding. "Miss Paisley Bell."

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Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
What a fun western romp! I was hooked on the characters from the beginning, and could feel Paisley's frustration and Cade's as well as they work towards the same goal of becoming the sheriff of a sleepy western town. Paisley has proven to herself that she's competent, but unfortunately the community can't see past her gender. Cade has real respect for her which develops into affection, then something stronger, but he still feels that his reputation will act as a deterrent to criminals who would come testing the mettle of a female sheriff. There is plenty of humor and the plot develops an element of suspense as the mystery behind disappearing bank funds is solved by Cade and Paisley with the help of several new friends. Paisley's struggles with her father add a deeper level to the story and her character. I enjoyed the themes that were explored in the book, and the fun banter between Cade and Paisley. Fans of Mary Connealy and Karen Witemeyer will definitely enjoy this book! (Thank you to Shadow Mountain Publishing for a copy of the book; this is my honest review)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down!
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SSTALEY More than 1 year ago
Author Sarah M. Eden is back with a vengeance. Her new novel, The Sheriffs of Savage Wells, is everything wonderful and more that you've come to expect from this writer. She has created characters that will jump out and grab readers from their first meeting. The small western town of Savage Wells ( I loved the name of the town knowing the two authors this town is named in honor of) is looking for a new sheriff. Paisley Bell has been doing the job behind the scenes for months while the sheriff who wanted out of the job was off doing "other" things. She feels like she's proven herself with what she's done, along with capturing a famous gang of outlaws.Three other men are also vying for the job, including the infamous and experienced Cade O'Brien who has finally met his match in Paisley.We learn this in the first chapter when he sees her walking towards him and thinks... "Hanging low on her hips was a belt, a pistol in the holster.He'd known a few women who worn guns, but none who wore it as naturally as she did, or as menacingly." Then the fun begins in chapter two. Right from the start I loved Paisley who is so different from other women in Sarah's historical romances. Paisley is strong, feisty, smart and knows how to use a gun.She's not afraid to take on a challenge. But, I also loved her soft side as she took care of her ailing father with dementia, and also how she took care of the many eccentric townspeople who just needed someone to understand and listen to them. There was no way that Cade wasn't going to fall for this spirited and loving woman. Paisley doesn't make it easy for Cade though as they are both vying for the job. Sarah not only is a master at writing Romance, but she also is amazing at writing tension, and man there is a lot of it between these two characters which eventually leads to some nice kisses. My favorite thing in this book is the banter between Cade and Paisley. I was laughing so much while reading that my family kept laughing at me. Sarah knows how to write humor in one scene and having you in tears at the next. The romance develops so seamlessly one chapter after the next. Then, thrown into the plot you have possible bank-robbers, an old fiance' appears after many years, unaccepting town council members, and Paisley's sick father wandering off on his own. I LOVED this book! It's great to read another 5 Star ***** book and this new Proper Romance is fantastic! I've read most of Sarah Eden's books, and this one has officially become my favorite.You must read this. I read it in one day over a few hours. The only thing that would make me happier is if she next will write a book with one of my other favorite characters in the book, Doctor Gideon, who needs his story written now.
Old_Tome More than 1 year ago
If you like clean, western romances, you'll want to snag this one. Absolutely no bad language (though I didn't particularly care for vainly addressing "Saints" or "Heavens" all the time) and no more than yummy kisses, this is appropriate for all ages. I grew to like the characters, and the theme of a female "lawman" being as good as a male one had me more than once humming "Anything You Can Do" from Annie Get Your Gun (which was appropriate on many levels). Some of the things I liked most about the book were the quirky townsfolk, and of course, the absolutely adorable, snarky banter between Cade and Paisley--one of Eden's fortes. Eden has a way of making even the Wild West worth the trip for me. A pleasant escape in a well-written novel. *I received an advance reader's copy in exchange for my honest review. Which reminds me, there was one place, on page 52, where there was a continuity issue that threw me off. I expected and ignored the few typos, but this omission of an important fact left me confused for a couple of pages. I hope they fixed that in the final copy!
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
I'm not a brave soul and I don't like to buck the trend, but I love reading about characters who are completely opposite of me. When the sheriff of Savage Wells leaves town, potential candidates move in and try to win the job. Paisley has been acting as sheriff, behind the scenes of course, for a few months and thinks she should be a shoe-in. But women in the Wild West aren't afforded the same positions that men are and it's a hard battle--especially going against well-known sheriff, Cade O'Brien. I'm not a person who wants the dangers that being sheriff in this time period brings, but Paisley can handle it. She's tough, sassy, and capable, but I felt a little sorry for her. There's something very comforting about a tough, manly, and non-nonsense cowboy and Cade completely brings those warm fuzzies around. While he comes across as a bit gruff at times, he's a kind man and just what this town...including Paisley...needs. I almost couldn't stand the sparks between these two, that threatened to erupt into a full-blown wildfire--because they were sizzling hot, yet completely clean. *swoon* I love a book that has a lot of romantic tension, as well as some adventure and suspense, and this one has plenty of all of the above. I love the quirky, small-town characters and they way they all interact; I adore the banter between Cade and Paisley and couldn't wait to see what would happen next; and I was fascinated by how well the story flowed. While there is plenty of action, it's not overwhelming--just the perfect mix of elements to make a very enjoyable story. Content: mild violence; mild (but swoony!) romance. Clean! *I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
FromTheSouth More than 1 year ago
The book synopsis sums up the first half of this book perfectly, folks. Though it was a non-steamy read with mostly just forehead/cheek kisses, I did really enjoy the main couple of this romantic tale. Paisley was perfection. She had me giggly aloud with her witty comebacks and eyebrow raising “Wouldn’t you like to know” demeanor. Cade, the good guy hero, has more muscle and lawman experience, but she sure knows the heart and soul of this “nothing ever exciting happens here” town. With her quick draw and dead eye aim, she could have been a true contender for the sheriff position. Unfortunately, her womanhood blindsided most in giving her an equal chance. But this feisty gal is not one to back down from a fight. In fact, she pretty much single handedly brought in the notorious Grantland Gang, which became the talk of the Wild West. It’s just a dang shame the no count former sheriff, who left the town high and dry, took all the credit for it. Paisley is not just fighting for the honor and appeal of wearing the badge, but also to pay the bills/keep food on the table/roof over her dementia ailing father’s head. She’ll do just about anything, including working her fingers to the bone doing menial odd jobs, to keep from having to uproot her dad from his home. With obviously only one of the four candidates the victor, there are some hurt feelings, twists and turns, and a missing bank money theft scenario, which ultimately completely hijacked the romantic storyline. Though I enjoyed my literary trip to Savage Wells, I have to admit I fast-forwarded through a huge part of the latter portion. You see, I’m all about the romance. Though this book was sweet, it felt more like the couple just had a crush on each other instead of a deep connection. If you are looking for a western themed, clean romance with a likable/respectable couple who only share a few kisses, you’ll likely want to lasso this one and add it to your western book collection. Title: The Sheriffs of Savage Wells, Author: Sarah M. Eden, Pages: 336, Pub. date: 9/27/16, stand-alone, HEA, good guy hero, great heroine, non-steamy, clean romance with only a little kissing, western action/stealing from a bank shoot-out drama, heroine gets injured, likable townsfolk, no cheating, no OW drama, no lusty language, ex-fiancee does return but she’s not interested, romance safe read, western lingo not overly done, endearing how MC both interact with townspeople’s problems. (This review is based on ARC generously provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest, unbiased opinion. No monetary compensation was paid to the reviewer, nor is there any affiliation between the reviewer and author/publisher.)
quibecca More than 1 year ago
First and foremost, Sarah Eden is hands down one of my favorite authors of all time. Her writing is beautiful. Sarah draws you in from the very beginning. Once you have picked up one of Eden's books, there is no putting them down. She is just brilliant. We get to enter a small town called Savage Wells. During this story you will come to love this little town. It will become part of you. So will the characters. Paisley and O'Brien are so much fun in this book. Their back and forth banter is hilarious and so much fun. I found myself smiling, laughing, and yes crying while reading this wonderful book. I love what Eden has done with this book. It's a story of a little town, new adventures, and crime. Where people are fighting for a job made for a man, yet a woman is determined to be part of that job. This town will pull at your heart strings, as will the relationship between Paisley and O'Brien. I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of hard work, deception, camaraderie, and love. Each person in this book holds a vital part to making it as fantastic as it is. Go and get your copy now. I promise you will not be disappointed. Eden is brilliant. Source: I was given a copy of this book as part of a blog tour. I was not compensated in any way for this review. These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book. Content: CLEAN and wonderful!
Utemom5 More than 1 year ago
Optimistically cautious, was my approach when I requested to read & review this one from Shadow Mountain. I have confidence in the writing of Sarah Eden, yet this genre & time period is not necessarily my favourite. That said, I don't think there was a page of this book, that left me doubting - from the very first, 'The Sheriff's of Savage Wells' is a witty, fun story, woven throughout with a serious and heart rendering tale of the tragedy that is Dementia. The uniquely peaceful Wyoming town of Savage Wells, is in need of a Sheriff. It is full of a variety of quirky characters. The appeal of a nice quiet assignment is a huge pull to Cade O'Brien, who has been a well-known lawman in the West for many years. Feared and renown for his skill set, he travels to Savage Wells confident he will snag the job. He is done with the life he has lived and just wants some peace. Little does he know, he is about to make the acquaintance of Savage Well's own Paisley Bell, who has taken on the role of Sheriff, in the interim, as well as doing what seems to be most of the duties of Sheriff even while the previous one was in the position. She is everything you wouldn't expect from a woman in this era, tough, skilled & unafraid to fight for what she wants - to be the full time Sheriff of Savage Wells. Her experience and knowledge of the people of this town, just may be the upper hand she needs. Two other applicants also arrive vying for the job, and neither of them are prepared to back down. The competitive banter between Cade & Paisley in the beginning half of this book, are what drew me in initially, it's refreshing and quite different from other stories I have read. As their 'frienemy' status develops towards the respect & friendship side, there is an easy pace, unrushed and fun to read. Naturally, you begin to get to know the other characters in the story, one of which quite prominent is Paisley's father, who is suffering from Dementia. Having lost my mother to Early Onset Dementia in her 50's, I really do struggle to read fiction in which this is a part. The emotions can be very overwhelming - and too hard to read. So, upon realizing this was the direction the story was headed, I felt very cautious. However, the more I read, the more confident I felt in the sensitivity in which Sarah writes of this unrelenting horror of a disease, that truly destroys. I found unexpected comfort reading of the very real and spot on struggles that Paisley was dealing with as a daughter. Her thoughts, had once been my thoughts, and in doing so added a dimension not always experienced during reading in which you can relate almost entirely to the character of the book. It actually helped me to come to terms with some of the thoughts I had had in the past, and goes to show that support from others is vital. Twists and turns keep the pages turning, and this was well and truly a 5 star book for me. I received this book from Shadow Mountain Publishing & Netgalley, & this is my honest review.