The Sheriff and The Mayor

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She’s spirited, loving, passionate, and she accepts the dominant side of him. She trusted him from the start, but he now wants more than she’s ready to give. Can he make her realize it is time to stop being scared of the past and give them a chance?

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Cassie Davis is struggling to rebuild her life after ending an abusive marriage and moving back to Grangeville, Kansas. She’s emotionally healing, discovering a new career, and finding comfort in being an integral part of the small community. And she has found a stubborn, dominant rancher with a complicated life who is determined to love her. Surprisingly, she trusted him from the start, but he now wants more than she’s ready to give. Will she lose him if she can’t make the commitment he wants?

Dalton Reede had a disastrous first marriage, and his life is stretched thin being a rancher and a temporary sheriff. But he longs for a wife and children. When he met Cassie, he knew he had found the woman he needs. She’s spirited, loving, passionate, and she accepts the dominant side of him. But she’s been badly hurt by another man. Loving her is easy, except that she seems to have more time for everyone else instead of him. Can he make her realize it is time to stop being scared of the past and give them a chance?

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Chapter One

It had been a hell of a day and it had started before sunrise. What had kept Dalton Reede going was the thought of coming home to Cassie. He had plans for them tonight, for long into the night, and he didn?t care how damn tired he was. His woman had a real knack for reviving him. He grinned to himself. Yeah, his pretty little redhead had a real gift when it came to?.

He took a second to readjust his jeans that suddenly became pretty dang uncomfortable. Then he walked from the garage into the mud room, stopping to call out, ?Cassie, darlin?! I?m home!?

He stood still, listening. Disappointment curled through him when he didn?t hear her familiar, ?I?m here in the kitchen.? He didn?t smell supper cooking either.

Heaving a sigh of regret, he hung his well-worn Stetson on one of the pegs. ?Cassie?? he called out again, a bit louder in case she was farther into the house. That crazy little smart car of hers was in the garage so she had to be around somewhere. ?Cassie??

Still no response.

Maybe she was in her art studio at the back of the house, working on another of the leather paintings for her upcoming show in Dallas. Knowing her pretty well, she probably had the radio cranked up high to her favorite country western station. Sometimes she got caught up in a project and lost track of time. He didn?t mind her not getting around to fixing their evening meal, the only meal besides the occasional breakfast that they usually managed to share. He could cook, too, and had no problem with it. But after his god-awful day he?d looked forward to one of her special meals, like she?d promised him when he?d called earlier.

His stomach growled. Yes, he was mighty hungry. But truth to tell he was hungry for a lot more than food. He was flat out ravenous for Cassie.

He pulled off his service belt and then reached for the metal box he kept on top of a high shelf. He took his gun from the belt and put it in there for safekeeping. Not that there were any kids around who could get to it. Seeing as he?d just turned thirty-six, the thought had saddened him a lot lately. He?d always wanted a house full of kids, and he wanted them with Cassie. Yes, kids running around and driving he and Cassie nuts sounded real good.

He forced the notion away. Soon, though. Soon he hoped they would finally start that family he?d spent years dreaming about having. First, he had to get his stubborn lady to agree to marry him. No, before that, he had to make her stand behind her recent agreement to cut down on the things that kept her from staying home so she could be a wife and mother. Not that he minded her working. He was real proud of her budding career as a leather artist. It was her being the local mayor that he wanted her stop. That was just too much.

He headed into the big country-style kitchen of the hundred-plus-year-old Colonial home she?d inherited. He?d updated the kitchen with all of the latest appliances for her birthday a few months back. They?d been slowly remodeling each of the rooms, but it was hard going with them both being so busy.

A glance at the restaurant-quality freezer made him wonder if he should pull out a couple of steaks. Today had been pretty hot and the temperature still lingered around a hundred degrees. Too dang hot for being only the first of July. Grilling would be better than heating up the kitchen, though.

Cassie interrupted his musings as she rushed into the room in her usual bustling around manner. Mid-back length strawberry-blond hair fluttered over her almost bare shoulders. ?We need to hurry and get changed.? Her green eyes sparked with excitement. ?The party starts in just over an hour.?

When he didn?t move, she cocked her head and gave a small frown. ?You forgot, didn?t you?? Her tone hinted at disapproval.

It wasn?t so much that he?d forgotten about the kick-off event for a month of community celebrations at the Community Center, more like he didn?t want to go. He?d hoped she would change her mind. She hadn?t, damn. So much for his plans for the evening.

?Are you real sure we need to go? Originally they weren?t counting on us being there.? They were supposed to have gone on a much-needed vacation to Colorado, but plans had changed because of this new art showing of hers. They?d decided to go sometime this fall instead.

?If you don?t want to go, I can always go by myself.? The look she gave him told him that would be a seriously bad choice on his part. Like he?d be sleeping alone for a very long time. Sex would be but a memory.

?I?ll go,? he relented. Then a compromise to his earlier plan flashed into his mind. ?We?re going to do something first. Something I?ve been aching to do all day. Something I have to do or I?ll go up in flames.?

One of her eyebrows lifted and her cheeks grew pink. ?There isn?t much time for anything.? But she watched him as he moved in front of her. She drew in a quick breath.

He reached out to unbutton her shorts, pleased when she quickly realized what he wanted and cooperated.

She gave him one of her sexy little grins and went to work unbuckling his belt and then unzipping his khakis. ?Got some naughty thoughts, Sheriff??

?The naughtiest,? he answered with a groan. He shuddered at the touch of her fingers as she found his rock hard cock and pulled it free. She?d already guessed that he didn?t have the patience at the moment for shucking his pants. He only had one thing in mind: driving into her warmth as soon as possible.

Cassie stepped back to smile saucily at him as she wriggled out of her shorts and tugged her spaghetti-strapped T-shirt over her head. ?I?m always ready and willing to give my hard-working lawman whatever he needs.?

Dalton?s heart pounded as he stared at her plump breasts in one of those fancy, sexy-as-hell bras she favored. After the hell she?d gone through with her abusive ex-husband, he thanked the good Lord every day that she?d learned to trust him with her body. It had been tough going between them at first, but there?d been something that had drawn them together almost as soon as she?d moved back to town almost three years ago. That ?something? kept them together. He?d discovered he could be more of a patient man than he?d ever thought possible. And, thank the Lord, she?d discovered that she felt safe with him.

He clamped onto her waist and hefted her up onto the nearest counter. ?I can?t keep my hands off you.?

She grimaced and he understood it was because of the feel of her bare butt on the cold marble surface. But she gamely scooted forward, stopping just before she fell off, and opened her legs in invitation. He could already see moisture beading on her mound.

?Damn but you?re hot,? he grumbled and moved between her amazing legs. ?Hot and all mine.?

?All yours,? she purred in agreement, putting her hands around him, tugging him into position. ?Take me, Dalton, take me.?

Not needing to be asked twice, he rammed deep. She arched backward and pressed her lower body forward, her inner muscles capturing him, holding him as she moaned in pleasure. No woman had ever before craved him like she did.

Time for thinking was done. It was time for action, focused action. ?Hang on, darlin?, I?m feeling pretty desperate.?

As always?and he silently thanked the good Lord again, she was willing for whatever he wanted. She eased back to put her palms on the counter, pushing forward and wrapping her legs around him. Exactly what he wanted.

They moved together, having mastered their lovemaking over the year they?d been lovers. Slowly, he pulled almost out, teasing them both. Then as she eagerly awaited his next move, he thrust back until he was buried so deep that his heavy sac slapped against the seam of her ass. He held still, holding his breath as her muscles surrounded him, massaged him. Heaven, Hell.

?So good,? she moaned, clutching him to her with her strong legs. ?So full.?

Her husky soft praise was his undoing. He withdrew nearly out again, until only his cockhead remained inside her. Pulling in a shuddery breath, he rammed deep once more, repeated the pattern until she gasped, panted. The best thing in the world to him was watching the woman he loved fly apart as he made love to her.

Wild now, desperate, he worked her hard, forced her to scream and to explode around him. Her cry had barely ended when he exploded as well with a gut-wrenched shout.

He fought for breath and lowered his head to rest between the plump pillows of her breasts. He would want to do this all over again before long. ?Are you sure we have to go tonight??

She bent to kiss the top of his sweaty head. ?Buck up, cowboy. We?re going.?

Ah, hell.

***

?We?ll talk about this when we get home.?

Cassie heard the quietly spoken promise and heat spread up her face. She hazarded a glance at Dalton sitting next to her after he?d leaned close to deliver words she never liked to hear: when we get home. Those particular words were never good when they were said in such a tight way, spoken so only she would hear.

Her heart pounded and she lowered her eyes to study the half-eaten food on her plate. Around the crowded community meeting hall filled with half the town of Grangeville, Kansas, conversations continued on. Several tables away a few people laughed. No one paid them attention at the moment. For that she was thankful.

?Did you hear what I said, Cassie Anne?? Dalton pressed, intent on receiving a response.

?Yes,? she hissed in annoyance, and then wished she?d simply nodded. She noted the way he stiffened. He never appreciated attitude when she was already in trouble with him.

?We talked about this before. We had made a decision.? He picked up his fork and stabbed it into the chicken Marsala.

?Actually, you made the decision. I wasn?t sold on it.? She reached for the glass of iced tea that a waitress had just refilled. Darn it all, the evening had started out so good. They?d had that hot little quickie and there?d been unspoken promise of more sex later.

?That?s not how I remember our last conversation going about you running for re-election.? He kept his tone low and he kept a semblance of a smile for anyone who looked in their direction. ?I distinctly remember you promising not to do it.?

Cassie took a long swallow to avoid answering him.

The tension between them intensified. His anger was that proverbial elephant in the room: you had to pay attention to it.

Finally she set the glass down and focused on her plate, no longer hungry. The evening wasn?t going to end well for her, but it was her own fault. Dalton was right. Just last night she had told him that she wasn?t going to consider running for a second term as mayor. Why should she? His old childhood buddy?Jim McAdams?had moved back to town a few months back, settled in, and put himself in the mayoral race. She thought maybe Dalton had nudged him into doing so, which kind of rubbed her wrong, but she?d tried to let that go.

?Cassie,? he prompted her again. His tone had darkened a notch.

20 reviews for The Sheriff and The Mayor

  1. SH

    This is a fantastic book. Great plot with some very strong characters. There is a ton of chemistry between Cassie and Dalton and it makes for such a good time!

  2. SH

    This is a fantastic book. Great plot with some very strong characters. There is a ton of chemistry between Cassie and Dalton and it makes for such a good time!

  3. anon

    If Dalton had been female, he would have been punished for pouting and sulking. After punishing Cassie, Dalton separates himself both physically and emotionally. He even admits to putting Cassie after his job as payback. His sulking manifested itself in spankings. It was an amusing role reversal until the end. I found myself angry that he didn\\\’t even properly apologize for his behavior. He just allowed Cassie to accept all the blame. No female would have been allowed to get away with that. Still, I\\\’m glad they ended up together and I did enjoy the story until my sense of fairness got in the way at the end.

  4. anon

    If Dalton had been female, he would have been punished for pouting and sulking. After punishing Cassie, Dalton separates himself both physically and emotionally. He even admits to putting Cassie after his job as payback. His sulking manifested itself in spankings. It was an amusing role reversal until the end. I found myself angry that he didn’t even properly apologize for his behavior. He just allowed Cassie to accept all the blame. No female would have been allowed to get away with that. Still, I’m glad they ended up together and I did enjoy the story until my sense of fairness got in the way at the end.

  5. NE (verified owner)

    Loved this story. Cassie and Dalton had great chemistry together. Was happy with the ending.

  6. NE (verified owner)

    Loved this story. Cassie and Dalton had great chemistry together. Was happy with the ending.

  7. Andrea (verified owner)

    This was a very interesting book. I was eager to read it because both the hero and the heroine have important and demanding job and are very respected in the community for how they do their jobs. The trouble in their relationship comes when Cassie refuses to stop getting involved so much in the town activities and wants to run for reelection as mayor. Dalton wanted to give up his job as sheriff because he wanted to concentrate on working on his ranch and he thought it was time for them to get married and start a family together. He\\\’s very disappointed in Cassie because she\\\’s shy to take the final step in their relationship and hides behind her job responsibilities. Cassie and Dalton were married before and they were left with scars. Cassie especially has a lot of baggage from her failed marriage. Her husband was an abusive and controlling man and her job is very important to her because of the independence she has achieved after her divorce. They had the chemistry for a great relationship but I would have liked to see them sharing with each other their thoughts and feelings. I thought that there wasn\\\’t sufficient communication in this book.

  8. Andrea (verified owner)

    This was a very interesting book. I was eager to read it because both the hero and the heroine have important and demanding job and are very respected in the community for how they do their jobs. The trouble in their relationship comes when Cassie refuses to stop getting involved so much in the town activities and wants to run for reelection as mayor. Dalton wanted to give up his job as sheriff because he wanted to concentrate on working on his ranch and he thought it was time for them to get married and start a family together. He’s very disappointed in Cassie because she’s shy to take the final step in their relationship and hides behind her job responsibilities. Cassie and Dalton were married before and they were left with scars. Cassie especially has a lot of baggage from her failed marriage. Her husband was an abusive and controlling man and her job is very important to her because of the independence she has achieved after her divorce. They had the chemistry for a great relationship but I would have liked to see them sharing with each other their thoughts and feelings. I thought that there wasn’t sufficient communication in this book.

  9. Alicia (verified owner)

    Very good story with two very strong characters trying to find their way to a HEA and making mistakes along the way like we all do. Interesting plot that was well developed.

  10. Alicia (verified owner)

    Very good story with two very strong characters trying to find their way to a HEA and making mistakes along the way like we all do. Interesting plot that was well developed.

  11. Evelyn

    Very good book about two very independent people who have to come to terms that their jobs can\\\’t come first in their lives. The chemistry between Dalton and Cassie really makes the story good and it has a GREAT ENDING.

  12. Evelyn

    Very good book about two very independent people who have to come to terms that their jobs can’t come first in their lives. The chemistry between Dalton and Cassie really makes the story good and it has a GREAT ENDING.

  13. lanigirl

    This book was ok. Cassie is a strong, successful woman who has overcome a lot of hardship in her life. Dalton is a, well, is a rancher and part time sheriff. I would have like him to act like a grown man instead of an 8 year old boy. I have to agree with a previous reviewer, if Dalton had been female, he would have been punished for pouting and whining. It was like he couldn\\\’t get over Cassie\\\’s accomplishments and success, that she wants to be part of the community and be social. He only wanted to stay on his ranch and work himself into the ground. The fact that she got over an abusive relationship and ALLOWS Dalton to punish her physically was huge and should have been addressed but instead he punishes her (for a very flimsy reason) and then without any aftercare leaves her to go work on the ranch. I became very frustrated with Dalton and was hoping Cassie would either tell him off or leave him or something. In the end, they worked it out, but it was a dragging-on story in my opinion.

  14. lanigirl

    This book was ok. Cassie is a strong, successful woman who has overcome a lot of hardship in her life. Dalton is a, well, is a rancher and part time sheriff. I would have like him to act like a grown man instead of an 8 year old boy. I have to agree with a previous reviewer, if Dalton had been female, he would have been punished for pouting and whining. It was like he couldn’t get over Cassie’s accomplishments and success, that she wants to be part of the community and be social. He only wanted to stay on his ranch and work himself into the ground. The fact that she got over an abusive relationship and ALLOWS Dalton to punish her physically was huge and should have been addressed but instead he punishes her (for a very flimsy reason) and then without any aftercare leaves her to go work on the ranch. I became very frustrated with Dalton and was hoping Cassie would either tell him off or leave him or something. In the end, they worked it out, but it was a dragging-on story in my opinion.

  15. Connie (verified owner)

    Dalton is acting as temporary sheriff and Cassie is the mayor. They are in love, but Cassie can\\\’t or won\\\’t commit to marriage with him because of a very abusive first marriage. She is free to do what she wants when she wants for the first time in her adult life and she over commits her time , leaving no time for them. Neither she nor Dalton consider his loving discipline abusive. They both wonder if they can ever work it out. Great story with great characters

  16. Connie (verified owner)

    Dalton is acting as temporary sheriff and Cassie is the mayor. They are in love, but Cassie can’t or won’t commit to marriage with him because of a very abusive first marriage. She is free to do what she wants when she wants for the first time in her adult life and she over commits her time , leaving no time for them. Neither she nor Dalton consider his loving discipline abusive. They both wonder if they can ever work it out. Great story with great characters

  17. Rachel

    I was given this book but it didn\\\’t really stick with me as a favorite. Too much dialog for my taste!

  18. Rachel

    I was given this book but it didn’t really stick with me as a favorite. Too much dialog for my taste!

  19. S.F.

    I liked this book. I was a little frustrated at times because Dalton didn\\\’t seem to be very fair. Overall, it was ok but not my favorite book by Starla Kaye.

  20. S.F.

    I liked this book. I was a little frustrated at times because Dalton didn’t seem to be very fair. Overall, it was ok but not my favorite book by Starla Kaye.

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