The Keeper (Redemption Ridge Book Five) by Aimee Nicole Walker

Rueben definitely thinks he's the keeper for Seth, but the timing isn't right. However, the risk may be worth it since neither man is willing to let the other go. The Keeper is a spicy addition to the Redemption Ridge series.

From the blurb:

Sabotaged brakes didn’t kill Rueben Sanchez, but waiting for his assailants’ trial to start just might. A potential witness for the prosecution can’t explore his lusty feelings for the hunky sheriff who saved him, but that doesn’t stop his imagination from running wild. Rueben has already shaped his traumatic mountainside meet cute with Seth Burke into a happily ever after to tell their future grandkids. When the delay threatens to stretch on for years, Rueben feels his dreams slipping out of reach. Should he surrender gracefully or fight for his man?

Pressure and scrutiny are nothing new to Seth, but shouldering his duties has never felt like a burden until they keep him from the man he wants most. Cracking an unsolved murder, safeguarding a high-profile trial, and winning re-election should be enough to keep him busy. But he can’t stop thinking about the perfect weekend he shared with Rueben before everything careened off course. Are they as good together as Seth remembers, or is his memory swayed by the allure of the forbidden? And does he dare to find out?

Late-night phone calls and shared secrets lead to stolen kisses and a lakeside cabin rendezvous. But one encounter isn’t enough, and the two men will risk everything to explore their deepening bond. When a series of chilling events rock the county, Rueben and Seth must put more than their hearts on the line because one misstep could prove fatal.

The Keeper is book five in the Redemption Ridge series. Though each story features a different couple, reading the series in order is essential. The Keeper contains mature themes and is intended for adults.

SNik's review:

Fifth in series (Redemption Ridge), must be read in order. Age gap. Dual POV.

The attempt on his life didn’t kill Rueben, but waiting for another chance to be with the sexy county sheriff just might since they can’t be seen in public together due to the ongoing trial. Seth’s job and the trial against the horrible cult is on the line, but he and Rueben can’t seem to stay apart, and they are risking a lot to be together.

I enjoyed that both Rueben and Seth felt that everything between them was special from the day they met, and there was really no question that their initial feelings would deepen over time with every conversation. The unwavering commitment, the honesty between them, really made this a swoony story. I would have loved to see flashbacks to the weekend they spent together because these two were super spicy anytime they were on page together. There is some sad backstory to each man, but they have a supportive group of family and friends, and get their long awaited HEA. And there will be two more books in this series, let’s go!

The Keeper is currently available as an e-book and can be read as part of your Kindle Unlimited Subscription