Sheriff Tyler Cook doesn’t get a lot of excitement in his small home town of Bridal Veil Falls; it’s a far cry from his days on the pro rodeo circuit. So when the call comes from the cafe that a strange redheaded woman is unable to pay for her meal, he’s gotta check her…I mean, the situation…out! He gets more than he bargained for when the sassy stranger gets hit by a car while crossing the street right before his eyes…she doesn’t know who she is!
The Sheriff & the Amnesiac is a really decent story, on its’ face; Jenny Kyle is a believable enough heroine; she’s a deeply-hurt woman who has, for years, been running from her past, and this latest escapade is just one more trip for her. Tyler, too, is an all-round good guy; handsome (of course), strong (also of course), with issues of his own (ditto)…so this one should be a winner, right?
Well, yes and no. While Tyler’s motivations for giving up the rodeo and coming home are valid enough, it’s never quite made clear why he decided to become the sheriff; he had plenty of money to build his dream ranch, and already owned the land for it outright–so why didn’t he? Boredom is not a good reason to get into law enforcement. And while I realize, having grown up in a small town, sometimes such places have less-than-formal law-enforcement practice, some of Tyler’s actions just cross the line into ethical problems; he even struggles with himself (a little) over some of the things he’s doing to try to figure out what is going on with his houseguest (yes…his houseguest).
It all comes out all right in the end, of course, but there are a few things in this story that just require a suspension of disbelief that is more than I would normally expect. One of the side stories concerns Tyler’s sister, a single mom of two small terrorists–I mean, boys. Once Tyler gets hold of Jenny’s attorney, he shows up (from LA? the next day? Really?) and at-once falls head over heels for Tyler’s sister. It served a useful plot purpose, but sorry, I’m just not buying it.
The chemistry between Tyler and Jenny is quite good; they fall for each other right away quick, as you’d expect for this line, and their intimate times are quite steamy. I would love to give an unreserved recommendation for this book on that basis alone, but the flaws in this story just make it hard to. None of them on their own breaks the story–any one of them could have been there, and it would have been okay, but the sum of the flaws is just greater than I’d like. They made the story somehow unsatisfying and awkward to read, for me. Ryanne Corey is not a new writer; I would have expected better.