The Sheriff’s Plus One is a standalone, small town romance in The Kincaids series. If you enjoy friends to lovers romances, then you’ll love Archer Kincaid and Molly Parrish’s book.
Star Falls Sheriff Archer Kincaid thought nothing could shock him anymore… until his fianceé skips out on their wedding day. In an effort to save face and give his heart a chance to heal, he turns to his best friend. Only he didn’t count on falling in love with her along the way.
Molly Parrish is done with love, but when her best friend is jilted on his wedding day, she can’t help but help him get over his ex-fiancée. Platonically, of course. She’s totally not falling for him. Like, at all. When Archer’s ex returns to town and asks for help to win him back, Molly is convinced she’s cursed.
Can Archer convince Molly to be his permanent plus one?
|Title:||The Sheriff’s Plus One|
|Trope(s):||Friends to Lovers|
Law Enforcement Romance
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|Location:||Star Falls, US|
|Release Date:||28th July, 2020|
Short and sweet
I enjoy Marquita Valentine’s smooth and engaging writing style and this short but sweet book pulled me in just as I expected it would.
Archer and Molly are best friends, both getting over break-ups. Well, Archer is actually getting over being dumped at the altar and, as Sheriff of their small town, he’s obligated to go to lots of events. Desperate not to be subjected to pitying stares, he ropes Molly in to be his plus one.
I do enjoy a friends-to-lovers story and this is a very gentle example of that trope. There’s no startling revelation of love from either Molly or Archer – just a kiss that makes them think and consider whether perhaps they are right for each other after all. It’s all very sweet. While there is some sex, it happens behind closed doors for the most part.
The relationship between Molly and Archer is nice, and they have some fun banter. However, it’s the interactions between Archer and his brother, Gunner, that are absolutely hilarious. I love a bit of manly banter and I could have read that pair all day.
There are a few grammatical and spelling errors that are a little annoying. Nothing that a good proofreader wouldn’t be able to fix.
My main reason that I didn’t give 5 stars to this story is that there were lots and LOTS of references in this book to situations, people and scenarios that I had no clue about. The man Cora (Molly’s other best friend) was infatuated with, the Mansion, a non-existent invitation to a Yarn Shop – I felt like I was on the outside of some insider jokes. But I’ve no idea where that inside is! This book is part of the Kincaid series so perhaps things become clearer in later books. Or perhaps in this book’s prequel, The Sheriff’s Midnight Kiss. And while I was confused, it wouldn’t put me off picking up other books in the series to read more about these characters.
I also feel I have to mention the strange parallel with Jane Austen’s Emma. Cora Woodhouse and her hypochondriac father. Self-righteous and pompous Elton that Molly meets after being set-up by Cora. I’m sure this is no coincidence but other than that, I saw no similarities. Again, perhaps that’ll be in future Kincaid stories.
Overall, this is a short and sweet story that will delight those that love some small town loving. An easy read and one I’d happily recommend to you. 4 stars.
Marquita Valentine is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Holland Springs and Boys of the South series.
Since first taking the plunge in July of 2012 to self publish, Marquita Valentine has appeared on the Top 100 Bestselling Ebooks Lists on iBooks, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes&Noble. She’s been called “one of the best new voices in romance” (Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews) and her books have been accused of being “a sexy, fun, and slightly addictive contemporary read” (The Book Queen).
When she’s not writing sexy heroes who adore their sassy heroines, she enjoys shopping, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. Married to her high school sweetheart, Marquita lives in a seriously small town in the south with her husband, two kids, and a dog.