Reviewed by Caroline
TITLE: Smitty’s Sheriff
SERIES: Hope Book 3
AUTHOR: Cardeno C
PUBLISHER: The Romance Authors
LENGTH: 117 Pages
RELEASE DATE: July 17, 2017
Retired soldier Richard Davis wants a stable life in a quiet town with a forever man. Becoming the sheriff of Hope, Arizona, accomplishes two of his three goals, but instead of finding a serious partner, he falls for too-young-to-be-committed and too-flakey-to-be-serious Todd Smitty. Richard won’t find the right man if he’s obsessed with the wrong one, so he walks away from Todd.
It’s lust at first sight when Todd meets his sister’s army friend. He sets his sights on the worldly, strong, stable older man, and the more time he spends with Richard, the harder he falls. But after three years together, Richard cuts off all contact with no explanation.
When a mutual obligation requires Todd to move into Richard’s house, he’s thrilled at the opportunity to earn a second chance. Ignoring Todd from across town was hard enough. Can Richard resist temptation under his own roof?
Cardeno C was one of the first authors I read in the MM genre and has remained a firm favourite of mine over the years. We all have those authors who we buy without even reading a blurb – Cardeno is one of those author’s for me. That being said, every now and again a book comes along that doesn’t work for me, quite often its nothing specific, it just doesn’t work.
Smitty’s Sheriff is one of those books – kind of.
The writing here is what I would expect from this author. The story is clear, it moves along well, it builds on what we already know about the Hope series and the storyline kept me interested.
Todd is young, energetic and doesn’t always think things through to their conclusion. He fell hard for an older man and spent three years loving Richard before Richard just ended things without any discussion.
Richard is a small town Sheriff who kept his relationship with Todd behind closed doors for THREE YEARS! Hello miscommunication! In fact, hello no communication at all. Richard is an easy and quickly dislikeable person. He gives off an air of being “better than” and to me he came across more as a slightly awkward and condescending parent figure rather than a lover.
Thrown back under the same roof for three months it’s clear that the six months spent apart have not given either man closure but their lack of miscommunication seems set to continue. To work anything out they are going to need to talk, Todd is going to have to start thinking things through and Richard is going to have to lose the attitude that makes him seem like a douche.
Not my favourite by this author by any stretch but it’s a cute quick read with characters that are a bit like marmite.