Model Isabelle Ash intends to make a career change. Rather than showing off thong bathing suits in thirty-degree weather, she is to become an actress. A new series set in a small town has approached her for the part of the lead - a lady sheriff. So Isabelle sets off for Pleasant Ridge, Tennessee to learn first hand what it takes to be a small town sheriff.
Sheriff Gabriel Klein is skeptical of a beautiful actress learning from him, but the mayor signs his paycheck and insists Gabe teach her. Gabe has many women friends, but with his homely looks they all seem to prefer to be pals rather than romantic partners. So he never considers that fact that Isabelle might sincerely be interested, or that his attitudes toward her might portray a very inaccurate stereotype.
Author Lori Handeland has a gift for combining an amusing storyline with complex characterizations, demonstrated once again in A SHERIFF IN TENNESSEE. Gabriel and Isabelle fall neatly into the stereotype traps regarding looks -- as polar opposites. Gabriel sends mixed signals because of his own poor self-esteem, little realizing just how sexy Isabelle finds him. Isabelle is accustomed to being judged by looks and resents it, so her interest is peaked when Gabriel obviously overlooks her bust size, yet grows aggravated when he still does not pay enough attention to her brain. Such an amusing conundrum does not necessarily dictate a "fluffy" read when circumstances allow both to prove their strengths in a twisting plot that will keep the pages turning. A SHERIFF IN TENNESSEE comes very highly recommended.