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Not sure if one book or a series. Earth’s first colony loses touch with Earth. Without supplies they’d counted on from Earth (food, building materials, vehicles, weapons), the colonists struggle, mostly because the planet’s wildlife (plants and dinosaur-ish animals) are all deadly 24/7. The main female character is a cop, who, at the beginning, has to rescue a female friend in the badlands from a large dinosaur-ish thing.

Half-way through the book, the female cop crash lands in the middle of the deadly wilderness. The main male character, who she doesn’t like, goes to rescue her. After a week or so and lots of peril and at least one broken leg (hers), they end up getting back safely by making a canoe out of the shell of a huge animal (and in love).

The colony has major political and leadership issues, some gun-fueled, and then Earth shows up and wants to take over everything. There’s also a creepy guy who starts a brothel and a gambling establishment and schemes to be get elected the boss. Somebody starts a stampede of the dinosaur-ish wildlife down the town's main-street in the middle of the night, and also traps the main male character in his house with a big dinosuar-ish animal by blocking the door with a programmable excavating machine.

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This is one of the Donovan series by W Michael Gear, I read it a few years ago.

However I no longer have any of the novels so I can't identify the particular book, hopefully this'll be enough to see which one it was.

Update:- I've now downloaded book one of the series and this is the one I was thinking of, it's titled Outpost and the female cop is called Talina Perez

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