by Anne Gracie

Septemeber 2001
ISBN: 0-373-44126-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Harlequin #60
Mass Market Paperback

Ever been stranded in a place that did not make sense?

Well I have! And if you've also been in such a peculiar position, you will recognise yourself in Anne Gracie's heroine, Jassie McQuilty.

In How The Sheriff Was Won, Jassie McQuilty is forced to stay in a little Montana town. In order to be able to sell the local newspaper, which she inherited and doesn't want, she has to run it for the next twelve months.

For a tough New York City girl it might be enough of a professional challenge; but what about her personal life and her spare time? How about chasing the local sheriff? And trust me, John T. Stone is definitely worth chasing after. Then again what if the hunted prefers to be the hunter...?

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Jassie is new at the game of seduction, but refuses to feel any shame. So with the help of sugary donuts, an endearing love for movie personalities like Marilyn Monroe, Scarlett O'Hara, Shirley Temple, Bette Davies, Angie Dickinson and Emmanuelle; and some very revealing newspaper headlines, Jassie combines brains and beauty in her fight for the sheriff's undivided attention.

Anne Gracie might be well known and loved for her Harlequin Historicals, but in How the Sheriff Was Won, her first Harlequin Duets story, she is allowed to show her true potential, the whole range of her comedic talent. With a bold and sometimes outrageous voice that is always filled with love and compassion for each and every one of her characters, she proves to be a master of words and perfect comic timing. An understanding and appreciation for what makes her characters tick and where they are coming from colours all her descriptions, bringing the characters closer to the reader and have them linger long after the last page has been turned.

I, for one, hope to see more romantic comedies by Anne Gracie. She's got the voice and the talent and it would be a crime not to exploit it; but till then, make sure to locate her Harlequin Historicals.

Reviewed in September 2001 by Kris Alice.

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