I found this story in a collection called Texas Christmas Brides. Kathleen Y'Barbo and Cathy Marie Hake each contributed a story set in Cut Corners, Texas.
Peony Potter wants to start a new life away from her childhood home with all its tragedy. She might just be a success if she can get the sheriff to remove gamblers from the streets of her new home town.
Sheriff Rafe Wilson won’t be in town for much longer. He’s set on being a Texas Ranger just like his Pop. However, his Pop is acting like he doesn’t want him to leave town. He should be proud to have a son following in his footsteps.
Peony and Rafe get started off on the wrong foot. Peony complains about the scoundrels in the street. Rafe tries to keep the town as peaceful as possible while he waits for his time with the Rangers to come. What pulls this unlikely couple together is the meddling townsfolk – and a cat.
This book has been in my To Be Read pile for a long time. I should be reading her September release, Wild West Christmas (Romancing America: Texas). Or maybe I could pre-order her next romance, Beloved Castaway.
Kathleen Y’Barbo is a best-selling author of more than thirty award-winning novels, novellas, and young adult books. More than 850,000 copies of her books are currently in print in the US and abroad. This tenth-generation Texan is an author, speaker, and the exclusive publicist for Books & Such Literary Agency.