Novella Review: The Sheriff’s Secret by Susan Meier



The Sheriff’s Secret is part of The Billionaire Matchmaker series, which features a four-legged matchmaker.

The Sheriff’s Secret is a quick, sexy read, and even though Dell could occasionally be a shallow jerk, I really enjoyed this story.  Marney is a jewelry designer whose work has been picked up by a shopping channel, so she is enjoying her success and reaping in the benefits of her hard work.  Single again after catching her husband cheating on her, she’s lost everything in the divorce; her condo, their mutual friends, and even her parents’ respect.  They can’t get over how she could allow her ex to get away.  He was a lawyer and made them feel like they had made a huge jump socially.  Never mind that he was a cheating scumbag and that Marney is doing just fine on her own, her parents just won’t let her forget what a prize she let go.


Sheriff Dell O’Nell is attractive and he knows it.  When Marney makes a 911 call, thinking that an intruder is in her house, he accuses her of reporting a false alarm.  He believes the only reason Marney called was because she knew they would send Dell over.  Dell lives on the property next door, and while Marney was admittedly ogling him, she certainly did not make the call hoping to use the emergency dispatcher as a dating service.  So, right off the bat, their relationship gets off on the wrong foot, and it stays that way until The Kiss.  And the Next Kiss. And Everything That Happens Next.  And in between, Marney learns Dell’s secret, which makes him even more wary of her.

I thought this was a fun story.  Marney and Dell are continually drawn to each other.  Their physical attraction is undeniable, though neither of them wants a serious, committed relationship.  They are both still smarting from their previous, disastrous marriages, and they don’t want to go through anything like that again.  When Marney starts getting a little too fond of Dell, though, she knows she’s in deep, deep trouble.

I wanted to read The Sheriff’s Secret because one of the characters is a dog, Charlie.  I am a sucker for dogs.  Charlie is a smart little guy, and he knows that Marney and Dell need a little help admitting their feelings for one another.  This little matchmaker excels at plying his wiles and getting his way.  I liked how Marney poured her heart out to the dog.  Her relationship with Dell is a secret, so she has no one else to confide in except for the always attentive Charlie.

There are three other novellas in The Billionaire Matchmaker series featuring Charlie and Marney’s best friends, and because I enjoyed The Sheriff’s Secret so much, I hope to share reviews of the other stories soon as well.


Title: The Sheriff’s Secret
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Susan Meier
Publisher: Entangled Indulgence
Ebook: 80 Pages
Release Date: March 14, 2014
ISBN: 978-1622665044
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