Review: A Sheriff’s Star by Makenna Lee

Posted December 11, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 4 Comments

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: A Sheriff’s Star by Makenna Lee
A Sheriff's Star

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Series: Home to Oak Hollow #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance
Published by Harlequin Special Edition
Released on November 1, 2020
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

Everyone she could have counted on left her and she refuses to let another person close enough to hurt her or leave her.  He’s found love can be used against him, but a darling child and a vulnerable woman teach him to give hope a chance.  I was excited to try this debut honey of a story when I read the blurb.  The romance sounded like just the right amount of tart and sweet and a child with special need with a perky recovering grandmother as side characters added the perfect dash of extra.


Tess Harper lost her father and brother in the line of duty and her mother soon after.  She thought she had a new chance at family and love with a husband until he learned their child would be born with Down’s Syndrome and he and his snobbish parents couldn’t brush her off fast enough.  It’s just her and Hannah now.  She took a temp job as museum designer in the small Texas town of Oak Hollow until Hannah’s heart surgery will take her to the city.  As heroic and cute as the town sheriff is, she will resist letting a man get near her heart and particularly one in a dangerous job.  Too bad, her heart tumbles at the sight of him being adorable with her child, helping her out, and the way he is around his grandmother and out in the community he serves.

Anson Curry made a huge mistake when he married a manipulative woman who used his desire for love and family against him.  He has been determined not to make that mistake ever again.  Fate intervenes when he comes to the aid of Tess and little Hannah a few times.  Hannah is a darling, but her closed off, prickly mother makes Anson open up to the possibility of love and make him determined to break through her formidable barriers to give him and Oak Hollow a chance.

A Sheriff’s Star has the lovely cozy and comfortable elements of a good holiday story, but it was the added nuances to the individual characters, their situations, and the relationships going on that pushed this into a superb story.  The romance had angst and was hard-fought, but it made sense and the author grew it at just the right pace.  The beginning of relationships forming for Tess and Hannah in Oak Hollow beyond the romance were sparkling.  I thought the friendship that sprung between little Hannah and Anson’s recovering grandmother were adorable just as his grandmother gives sage advice to Tess about hiding from life because she had loss and met a stinker her first try at a relationship.  The many relationships tying together really made this story.

The author wrote Hannah’s special needs from a voice of knowledge about having a child with this particular special needs.  She gave Hannah heart and personality- as she did all the characters, really.

The romance took a bit to get going with their separate issues going on, but it was sizzling and they were so good together once they gave things a go.

In summary, this was a fabulous story and I can’t wait to return to more romances in Oak Hollow.  Those who enjoy spicy contemporary with solid character development should give this a go.

My thanks to Harlequin for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges Met

New Release #186
HoHoHoRAT #3

About the Book
A Sheriff's Star by Makenna LeeA SHERIFF’S STAR BY MAKENNA LEE

It was only supposed to be a temporary home…

He interrupts her plans…

When police chief Anson Curry returns a lost little girl to her frantic mother, his only goal is to ease the single mom’s anxiety. But it doesn’t take long for Tess Harper’s amazing child to have Anson wrapped around her little finger—and for Tess to have him thinking about a possible relationship. As for Tess, she’s tempted—even though she had planned to be in Oak Hollow, Texas, only temporarily. But after losing her father and brother in the line of duty, Tess thinks Anson’s job poses too much of a risk to her heart. And Anson has no plans to get involved with someone who’s planning on leaving.


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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1 year ago

Sounds like a sweet, small-town romance with a lot of heart! Glad to hear it was a hit, Sophia! 🙂

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Rachel

You said it, Rachel. I want more. 🙂

1 year ago

This sounds like a great holiday romance. I like the sound of this one with how they both have been burned by bad relationships in the past, but now find love together. Sounds like they make for a great couple. And that’s nice the author added a special needs child to the story and gave her plenty of personality. Great review.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Lola

This was one of my favorite holiday romances of the year. So many feels, but not over the top and Hannah was a strong, fleshed out character who helps shine a light on living with Down’s Syndrome.