Returning to his hometown of Salvation after 15 years, homicide detective Rusty Joplin has the kind of independence and integrity this Texas town appreciates. That's why they elect him sheriff, despite the determined opposition of wealthy power broker Randall Ryder. After the horse-dragged body of Ryder's daughter Carla - sister of Rusty's old Flame Elena - turns up with a broken neck, Rusty finds evidence of foul play. Carla's husband soon tops the growing list of adulterous suspects. But as this baffling murder investigation heats up, so does Rusty's smoldering attraction for trauma nurse Elena.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
The last book I read by Jeffrey (Sweetwater) was a character-driven story set in a small town. This book was a little different, more of a police procedural with the plot divided between a murder mystery and a romance. But it also was set in a small town. Jayne's review at DearAuthor compared it to an episode of the old TV series, "Dallas", and I thought that was a very good analogy. This was second chance at love story that was done well. Rusty and Elena fell in love as teenagers but her wealthy controlling father, Randall Ryder, stepped in to manipulate several characters and in the end Elena falsely believed Rusty had cheated on her. She leaves for college heartbroken and doesn't see Rusty for 15 years. He's back in town after being elected sheriff despite Randall's attempts to influence the election. When Elena's sister is found dead in an apparent horse incident in the barn at her ranch, Rusty is not convinced it was an accident and treats it as a crime scene. After the autopsy confirms his suspicions, he and Elena are thrown together and they rekindle their romance. There was a point where the murder mystery seemed to dominate the story, but eventually the romance kicks in with some very hot sex scenes. My only niggle besides the too quick solution to the mystery was that Elena was supposed to be the more rebellious daughter but I found her rather passive and far too agreeable with her manipulative father. I didn't buy her supposed rebelliousness. But eventually she was the one who really fought to get her relationship restarted with Rusty which I really liked. Rusty was too willing to let her go and I wanted to shake some sense into him. But ST was still a good book and I’d like to try another by AJ. GRADE: B+
Review: Salvation, TexasUser Review - Goodreads
Basic average chick read with a little bit of murder mystery. It was worth the time to read it, but probably wouldn't read again and wouldn't be top on my list to recommend to others.