The Cactus Creek Challenge by Erica Vetsch
Publisher: Barbour Books
Goodreads Summary: Anything he can do, I can do better. At least that was what Cassie Bucknell thought before she pinned on Ben Wilder’s badge and took to patrolling the streets of Cactus Creek, Texas. Cassie has been in love with Ben since primer school, but Ben treats her like a little sister. When they are picked to swap jobs for a month as part of the annual Cactus Creek Challenge in their Texas hometown, the schoolhouse is thrown into an uproar, the jail becomes a temporary bank vault, and Cassie and Ben square off in a battle of wills that becomes a battle for their hearts.
Cactus Creek has held a challenge for years. People would switch jobs and whoever did the best job would help raise money for the town. This year, however, to better keep the town interested they allowed women to join in and switch with the men! Cassie has a crush on the sheriff. The problem is Ben only sees her like a kid sister, not a woman ready to find a husband. Cassie hopes to prove to him she is a woman who can not only do men’s work but take control of his heart as well.
What I liked: Cassie has spunk and I really liked her. I loved how she tackled being sheriff and gave it her all. It made for a fun read. Ben was worried she was going to get hurt or that his town was going to disrespect her which you can’t blame him for thinking that. He was also trying hard to live up to his father’s name. The challenge also included the livery owner(Carl) and the bakery owner(Jenny). Carl does not plan to remarry for he thinks the west is too hard on a woman. Jenny is trying to make a life for herself and her daughter after having a rough first marriage. I also really liked Carl and Jenny.
What I didn’t like: As much as I liked this book I think it highly unlikely that a town in this time period would allow women to do men’s work for a month with no help. It just seemed a little too far-fetched. I also don’t understand why Carl and Jenny could not have had their own book. It worked well enough telling both couples stories, but it seemed like Carl and Jenny did not get as much screen time.
Overall this was a great book and I really liked it. I’m interested to see if this might become a series.
DISCLOSURE: I was provided a free copy of this e-book from the publisher through NetGalley to review it. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.