When off-duty police-officer Neil Lovitt attempts to apprehend a serial killer, his family gets caught in the crossfire and his wife is killed. To make matters worse, he is investigated for her death and though he is eventually cleared, the entire event has left a mark on his soul.
Wanting to keep his daughter safe, he accepts a law-enforcement position in a small Arizona town. When the town’s Sheriff falls ill, Neil is chosen as his replacement. It’s not a job he wants, but Neil doesn’t have a choice.
When local radio personality Carolina Sweetwater gets the task of running a story on the drama surrounding his past, sparks fly between them. When she learns the truth, she refuses to do the story.
Then an illegal mine is found on her family’s ranch. Neil heads up the investigation, while Carolina covers the story.
When the investigation turns dangerous, Neil becomes overprotective. Scared his job will endanger Carolina or his daughter, he decides to flee yet again.
Can Carolina help him through his guilt and fears and convince him to stay put?
The Accidental Sheriff was well done emotionally. Neil and Carolina’s motivation and behavior were spot on. I loved their interaction with his daughter.
Weaved in for good measure was the mystery of who was behind the illegal mining. All in all a satisfying read.