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The Sheriff and the Innocent Housekeeper [Kindle Edition]

Lynda Chance
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Historical Romance/Novella/Approximately 20,000 words
When Becky Hamilton is orphaned at the tender age of fourteen, she comes to live with her aunt in Waco and begins work cooking and cleaning for the town's brooding young sheriff. Mesmerized immediately with his raw masculinity and sinewy strength, her fascination turns to love as the years pass and his honest integrity is revealed.

Jake Cooper manages to ignore his pretty, little orphaned housekeeper for three long years. But when she begins a subtle metamorphosis from girl to woman, he can't control his consuming need for her any longer. It has been his job to protect the town all these years, but who will protect her from him?


Becky clutched the plate to her mid-section, standing as still as a rabbit caught in a predators sight, when she saw the way he stood at the door, watching her. 

Her hands began the all too familiar shaking, and she heard a roaring sound in her ears and a crashing, splintering noise at her feet. She looked down at the broken plate and in her confusion quickly bent down to retrieve it. A sharp pain in her hand jerked her upright again. 
The spell was broken when his deep voice intruded on her consciousness. "Goddammit!"
Becky stood immobile as he pushed off the door and was quickly upon her. He picked up her hand in his. "Becky, what the hell?"
She looked down at his hands holding hers and saw a stream of blood running from a cut on her finger. She realized she had compounded her mistake by cutting her finger. The plate was in shards on the floor. She knew those plates had belonged to his mother. Tears welled in her eyes.
"I'm sorry, Sheriff." 
He pulled her to the kitchen and his large body crowded her against the counter as he held her hand where it was bleeding. His arms wrapped around her from behind, his chest pressed into her back as he held her bleeding finger in the pail of cold water. The water turned pink as she tried not to faint. 
His mouth moved to her ear. "You're more trouble than you're worth." He growled the words in her ear. His warm breath caressed her face. 
"I'm sorry about your m-mother's china." Her voice wobbled from the impact of his nearness. 
He reached around and tugged her chin up and around so he could look into her eyes. "You know this isn't about the goddamn china, don't you, Becky?" 

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 235 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GVY46E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,850 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Lynda Chance is a USA Today bestselling author who began writing when she couldn't find an alpha-male hero who was alpha enough to suit her and decided to write one for herself. You can be sure, in a Lynda Chance book, the hero will never cheat.

Lynda lives in Galveston County, Texas with her husband in a tiny bay cottage with sketchy plumbing and beautiful views. They have two grown children who live in the Dallas area. When she's not writing, Lynda is reading, although she should be cleaning.

You can find her at or

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3.6 out of 5 stars
3.6 out of 5 stars
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a great old-fashioned romance that may not appeal to many, as apparently western historicals are out of fashion - and also because the female lead is 17. But it totally worked for 1872, and for me.

Becky has been in love with sheriff Jake since she moved to live with her aunt at age 14, but he was 11 years older and though he had noticed her, he was an honourable man. In order to financially help her aunt who'd taken her in, Becky started to cook and clean for Jake, who had kept his distance, but now that she's 17, he tells her that she cannot work for him any more, which devastates her, before she understands why.

Things move very quickly in this tale, due to the setting, and more so because the most eligible young man in town starts to assume that Becky will marry him, so Jake proposes. Well, he mentions that the only way in which they could be deemed acceptable by society is marriage, trying to make Becky see sense, but she's all for it, as she's getting the guy of her dreams. Good on you, Becky!

So, they get married and we have a couple of sensual scenes, totally right for this tale, given the setting and Becky's age. I loved this and I love how the author isn't scared to make her guys Alpha, dominant, hot, sexy and a little un-PC, as that's what makes her tales rock!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good 13 Sept. 2011
By Manxcat
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Nice short story of Becky and Jake who try to fight there feelings for each other becausre of the age gap and Jake feels he isn't good enought for her but will not allow her to wed another. Really enjoyed this story well worth the price.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough depth 10 Feb. 2014
By Fanny B
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This is a very ordinary historial romance which is very easy reading. There is a simple storyline but it is not exciting. The characters are too insipid for my liking and here is no tension or comflict to create interest.
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3.0 out of 5 stars okay 7 July 2013
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The basic story line was good but I feel that the writer rushed the story along to quickly and certain areas could have been expanded on.
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