Blog Tour and Book Review: The Sheriff's Surrender (Ladies' Shooting Club, Book 1) by Susan Page Davis
by Susan Page Davis
From the publisher: Join the sassy ladies of Fergus, Idaho, as they protect their town in this quirky historical by award-winning author Susan Page Davis. A crime spree has divided the men in town, so Gert Dooley forms the Ladies’ Shooting Club to protect their businesses, homes, and families. But when one of their members is murdered, will these feisty gals have what it takes to find the killer before he strikes again? Will the new sheriff put the club out of work, or will he surrender his heart to one crack shot lady?
My Review: I was really intrigued with the premise of this story, ladies in a small town in Idaho forming a club to learn how to shoot straight and rely on themselves for protection rather than a man. I wasn't disappointed, the first few chapters of The Sheriff's Surrender were terrific. I loved Gert and her tight lipped brother Hiram, they were complete opposites and really different from most romance characters. I know I've been saying that a lot about some of the books that I've been reading lately but it's really refreshing to see characters that break the mold so to speak. Ethan, the Dooley siblings close friend and newly appointed town sheriff, is a good character too but for the hero, I didn't really connect as much with him as I usually do. Sure he's a nice guy and all but I guess other than that he fought against Indians, I would have liked to know more about him.
I think this book is more of a mystery than a romance since the story mainly focuses on the formation of the Ladies Shooting Club and catching the bad guy than on the relationship between the hero and heroine. However that does not mean that I did not like the story. In fact, I thoroughly enjoyed it (despite being a tad slow in the middle) and the ending was a total surprise!
I can't wait to see if the romance that we get a peek at fully develops in Book 2, The Gunsmith's Gallantry. I'm really excited to see what happens with Gert's brother, Hiram too. I like him. I go for the strong silent types I guess. That said, I really hope he gets a fine woman to help him overcome the grief that he's suffered in his life. If you're not into a mushy gushy romance or just want a change of pace, this is a sweet wild west mystery mixed with a teeny bit of romance that you may enjoy!
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*Many thanks to Angie @ Barbour Books and the author for providing me with a review copy.*