Beautiful Lawman by Sophie Jordan
Series: Devil's Rock #4
Also in this series: All Chained Up (Devil's Rock #1), Fury on Fire
Published by Avon
Publication Date: December 26th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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From the wrong side of the tracks and with most of her family in jail or dead, Piper Walsh is used to everyone in town thinking the worst about her. It doesn’t seem to matter that she’s worked hard to build a good life for herself. So she isn’t surprised that when she comes into contact with Sweet Hill’s wildly irresistible, arrogant sheriff, Hale Walters, they’re instant adversaries. Piper has nothing in common with the town golden-boy-turned-lawman—and she refuses to be a notch on his bedpost.
Despite rumors, Hale avoids fooling around with the women of Sweet Hill, many of whom are hoping to get him to the altar. But staying out of Piper’s path is proving near impossible. The infuriating troublemaker clearly has no respect for his badge. As she continues to push his buttons, it becomes clear to Hale that he must either arrest Piper—or claim her as his own.
Piper Walsh is working as a waitress in strip club. She doesn’t dance, just serves drinks. She hates it, but she has to provide for her younger sister who she is guardian of while her brother is in prison. When Piper’s sister gets into trouble and Piper is called in to the Sheriff station to pick her up she’s not happy. She’s even more unhappy when she loses her job because of it and can’t find another one. She finally bites the bullet and tells the owner of the strip club that she’ll do lap dances but nothing else. When Hale Walters, the know-it-all-but-incredibly-hot sheriff walks in and gets a lap dance it goes way farther than Piper or Hale expect it to.
Hale is hot for Piper and doesn’t understand why everyone treats her like crap. Sure, he’s done his fair share of being judgmental, but the more he gets to know her the more he sees that she’s not a bad person. He saves her bacon in the job department and eventually Hale and Piper start a hot and intense relationship. But will everyone else’s opinions end up tearing them apart?
This was a good book – very hot with a good story. I liked the mystery of why Piper’s brother was in prison – they kept alluding to it but not actually coming out and telling us why he was in Devil’s Rock. Piper was amazing. She would do what it took to take care of her younger sister and loved her brother so much that she refused to move away even when she couldn’t find a job better than lap-dancing. I loved that about her. She had grit and wasn’t afraid to live a hard life. She hated it, but she did it.
Hale was a great character as well and while at first I thought he was an ass, he definitely grew on me as the pages were turned.
My issues with the book really stemmed from the lack of romance in this one. Yes, they were hot in bed together but I needed more in their relationship to take this book up a few notches in the “like” department. I definitely liked it enough to look into reading the other Devil’s Rock books – this was my first intro into the series.
Rating: 3.25 out of 5