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K. Webster’s Sheriff’s Secret ARC Review

Thank you to K. Webster and the team at Valentine PR for the advance reader copy of Sheriff’s Secret, which releases on December 29th!

I discovered K. Webster in full force this year. So I was super excited to end the year with a new M/M release from K. Webster! If you had missed any of my previous K. Webster content check it out here. I am also super pumped to say that this may be one of the best books Kristi has ever written! I have been slowly making my way through much of her erotic and what I loved about Sheriff’s Secret is that it had the heat of many of her taboo stories while having the heart of a truly wonderful M/M romance.

Check out the Goodreads synopsis…

“When you’re the sheriff of Brigs Ferry Bay, certain things are expected of you.
Marry a local girl, settle down, have a few kids. You know, the small-town dream.
But I’ve got a secret I’m terrified will get out.

I’m gay.
Not bi. Not curious. Not confused.
Just gay.
So, settling for that dream won’t be happening.

If this secret gets out, the people I serve and protect, especially my father, won’t be accepting.

I’m not brave like my high school sweetheart, Kian.
The day he came out was the day I had to let him go, and with it, love.

I’ve done a great job of pretending I’m perfectly fine being single. Until a villainous and annoyingly charming new B&B owner, Dante Kincaid, rolls into town. The spark between us is electric and undeniable. He wants to give me a taste of what he has to offer, and better yet, he vows to be discreet. I’m too selfish to refuse.

But my secret is still a heavy burden, leaving me handcuffed to expectations and unable to fully grasp what I want—him. History has a way of repeating itself, but this time around, withDante, it’ll hurt a lot worse.

I have to decide if I’m going to let love slip away again or if I’m going to finally fight for it.”

Check out my more detailed thoughts below…

  • Characters: Jaxon Bell is the local sheriff, having followed in his father’s footsteps. Jax is severely closeted. While Dante Kinkaid is new on the scene, a New Yorker who moved to Jax’s town to open an upscale B&B. Much to the chagrin of the town, with many residents, stuck in their ways and hate the gentrification of the town. As the story progressed a different picture of these classic Alpha types came to fruition. In reality, they had bad breakups and life circumstances that made them a little more broken on the inside. Forcing such a tough exterior is extremely apparent in Jax’s case. Jax is so worried about the approval of his parents and the rest of the community that he is living a miserable closeted life. I also loved the cast of side characters. Dante brings his sister and brother to Brigs Ferry Bay and they are both such great characters. Jax also has a little brother. I loved seeing both of these men in the role of a parental father figure to their younger brother. There are also many gay side characters including Kian, Jax’s high school ex-boyfriend (his own story will be told in the next instalment in the series) and Jax’s BFF Cato (who I would love to see a story about).
  • Pacing: The story was paced well. I really felt we got the time to know both Jax and Dante before getting to know them together. A lot of the events of the story felt like they occurred at the right pace, I felt hooked into figuring out what was going to happen next. There is that element of mystery infused in the book once Jax is tasked to find out who is harassing Dante and his younger brother for being gay. I read the book pretty much in one evening and the later half I just engulfed.
  • Setting: Brigs Ferry Bay, Beacon Island. Which isn’t too far away from New York City. It comes across as a very quaint town that has had the same nosy population for awhile. When New Yorkers like Dante begin showing up to set up shop it angers the locals. One of my fave settings in the book was Kian’s gay club. So for a town that was homophobic to Dante, they were supportive of Kian, which goes to show how complicated the feelings of the townspeople can be.
  • Romance: Jax’s previous romantic experience is with Kian, one of the only out person in the town. Jax chose not to come out so Kian broke it off with him. This happened back in high school and since, minus one little hookup with Cato, Jax has pretty much been fake dating women and trying to shove himself deeper into the closet. Dante definitely has way more experience and way more prone to hookups after a really bad breakup (something you will learn more about as the story goes on). Initially, these two have an immediate, very lustful attraction. It all starts with a blow job in the bathroom of the gay club, nothing is more heat in the moment than that. But ultimately both men begin to realize there is more to this than a weekend hookup. Jax begins to realize that Dante is someone he is willing to live out and proud for, even taking on the risk of being ostracized by his parents.

Sheriff’s Secret receives five out of five stars.

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