The Sheriff Catches a Bride by Cora Seton
Series: The Cowboys of Chance Creek #5
When county sheriff Cab Johnson gets a hunch, he’s learned to trust it, and his hunch tells him Rose Bellingham is in a peck of trouble. Bad enough he’s in love with her, bad enough she’s already engaged to Jason Thayer. He’s got to figure out what she’s hiding before he loses her for good.
Rose can’t stand one more person meddling in her business, even if that person is a handsome, eligible sheriff. She’s been controlled for far too long. But since her fiancé’s father is both her boss and landlord, she can’t dump Jason until she’s got somewhere to run. She’s found the perfect place: a patch of forest outside town. But with Cab watching her every move, she’s hard pressed to finish her hideaway so she can make her escape. Meanwhile, she’s not the only one with problems. Can she find a way to help her friends, too?
Just when Cab solves one mystery, more pop up. Where does Rose keep disappearing to? What’s wrong with Mia Start? Why is Hannah Chatham lying to her fiancé? At least he’s let Rose know he’s interested. And if he’s not mistaken, she’s interested, too.
Rose’s hideaway is perfect, until her friends invade it to escape their own troubles. Can she trust them to keep its whereabouts a secret? Does she want to hide from Cab anymore? Now that Jason’s out of the picture, is it safe to follow her heart?
When two unexpected visitors arrive with secrets of their own, Chance Creek must brace for its deadliest night ever. Can Cab figure out the connections between all the mysteries fast enough?
Or will Rose and her friends pay the ultimate price?
I really like Cab Johnson! I do because he is such a good guy and so deserves to be happy! Cab is the Sheriff of Chance Creek and he is in love with Rose Bellingham even though she is engaged to marry someone else. Rose works at the local jewelry store and has a sixth sense about engagement rings. She gets a feeling when guys come in to buy one and can tell right away if the marriage is going to work. So Cab’s friends go to work by taking a trip to the store and going in the store and picking out the ugliest rings ever. Cab thinks it’s a miracle they even have wives and selects a beautiful ring that reminds him of Rose. Rob being Rob shoves the ring onto Rose’s hand so they can all see how it looks which of course makes Rose almost pass out and the rest of the guys smug!
“Rose? You okay?” She looked like she was about to faint.
“Told you,” Rob said, grinning at Ethan.
“Son of a gun,” Ethan said, “You were right.”
“What are you talking about?” Cab was annoyed. “Get her some water, for crying out loud. Rose, do you need to sit down for a minute?” In a horrible flash he wondered if she was pregnant. She’d been Jason’s fiancée a long time. Maybe they hadn’t always been careful.
Rose stared at him wide-eyed. Growing worried, Cab tightened his grip on her arm and came around to her side of the case. “I think you need to sit,” he said again.
She shook her head and seemed to come back to herself. “I’m… fine.”
“Really?” Jamie said. “Because you look like you’ve seen your hus—”
Ethan whacked him on the arm.
That would be wonderful if Rose wasn’t engaged and didn’t have everyone under the sun telling her what to do. She lives in a small house that is owned by her boss who happens to be her future father in-law and who happens to be a bit off in the head. Jason, her fiancée hasn’t lived in Chance Creek since they got engaged. He left to go to college and build a future. Rose just needs a place where she can go and paint without everyone around. So she finds the perfect place in the woods and builds herself a little fort. The fact that it happens to be in the woods right next to where Cab is staying is just a coincidence. Her little hideaway though soon has company as Mia Start needs a place to figure out what she is going to do and Hannah Chatham needs a place to hide what she has done.
The love that grows between Cab and Rose is so sweet. Cab doesn’t want to tell Rose what to do so much as he wants to keep her safe and love her. Rose is just learning what she wants and even if that is Cab she still has to find more of herself first. At least that is what she plans until life decides things need to get shaken up a bit.