Book Reviews

Smitty's Sheriff (Hope 3) by Cardeno C. at The Romance Authors

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Law Enforcement / Age Gap / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 31-July-2017

Book Blurb

Todd is too flakey. Richard is too stubborn. Together, they're perfect. A May-December couple get a second chance at love.

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?

Book Review

Too long, Cardeno, far too long, since I've been able to revisit Hope, Arizona. I'll forgive you, though, because you've brought me another May-December romance and I'm an absolute sucker for those. Richard is retired military and has been the sheriff in Hope for three years now. He wants a man to love him, only him, and a home to come to each night when work is done. Todd is the younger man who has a relaxed, easy-going personality, tends to flirt with everyone, and continued to sleep with other people while seeing Richard.

It has been six months since they broke up because Rich was tired of never being enough, and he is positive that Todd will never change his ways, although Rich recognizes that Todd is young and shouldn't change for anyone. Something tells me there might be some miscommunication thriving here, or perhaps no communication. An opportunity to spend three months living together, caring for a baby they both adore while her mom is on temporary duty assignment, just might be long enough to clear the air. Maybe. *grins*

Only a man will end a three-year relationship (even if they never actually dated and it mostly involved sex) by simply stopping all contact. No discussion, no argument, hell not even a phone call explaining why Rich didn't want to see him anymore. Todd has zero clue as to what he did wrong. He only knows that the only man who ever made him feel loved and wanted suddenly stopped, and Todd wants him back. Hmpf. It became obvious to me, very quickly, that Rich was embarrassed about his relationship with the much younger, “flakey” Todd, what people in town might think, and that has more to do with why he ceased communication than anything else. No matter what Richard might think! (I didn't care for Sheriff Richard Davis in the beginning.)

“If he had any hope of fixing whatever it was he had done wrong, he would need to be good and follow Rich’s orders. That should be easy considering how desperately he had missed that structure and guidance in his life.”

There is a large part of me that has a problem with this quote. But, I can also understand that there's a seventeen-year age difference, Rich is military to the core needing the control that provides him, and Todd being an oopsie baby to his parents when they were in their fifties, desperately needs the love, attention, and praise that Rich provides. Now, if they can just figure out how to actually talk and discuss what they both want and need, I think they'll find their needs are more similar than they can imagine. It was certainly obvious that neither man knew the other as well as they thought they did.

Everything makes so much more sense once Todd finally gets the conversation he needs out of Rich. It also clarifies quite a few things about Rich’s thought processes and behaviors. I'm not saying I liked the way Rich handled things, but overall, the miscommunications really disrupted both of them, and I was very happy to see them get the happy ever after they both deserved. A very good addition to the series and I honestly hope there's more to come. I enjoy spending time in Hope.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 117 pages/33297 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 17-July-2017
Price $3.99 ebook
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