Series: The McKettrick’s Series
Author: Linda Lael Miller
Genre: Historical Romance
When news came that there was trouble back in Texas, Holt McKettrick left his mail-order bride at the altar and never looked back. He just hoped he’d be in time to save the man who raised him as a son and stop his best friend from hanging. Setting fire to her wedding dress in the town square probably wasn’t the best way to stand her ground, but Lorelei Fellows was through with men and their schemes. All she wanted was to stake her claim on a little piece of Texas. With Holt McKettrick as her new neighbor, things began to look up. He was a straight shooter with a strong will, a steady aim and a hungry heart, and the sparks between them couldn’t be denied–if they could just make it through a cattle drive and a range war without killing each other
I got this book at a book swap and I reluctantly picked it up to read it, thinking that I would not enjoy the book. Boy was I wrong, I have to stop passing judgement on books before I read them, otherwise I would miss out on a lot of good books.
What would you do if a letter came to you stating that the man who raised like his son is about to lose his land and your best friend is going to hanged for a crime he did not commit?……..oh and it’s also your wedding day!
If your answer is get married, well you’d would be wrong. Hot Mckettrick chose his “adopted family” and rode off to Texas to save the people he cares about, leaving behind his daughter and his real family.
Lorelei Fellows is the, daughter of a tyrant judge, who as a statement burned her wedding dress in the town square after finding her soon to be husband in bed with a house maid, and on their wedding day no less.
After watching the dress burn a few minutes, Lorelei turned to walk away when large hands grab her and she is turned to look into the angry face of Holt Mckettrick.
Holt never saw someone like Miss Lorelei, especially since she was foolish enough to start a fire that could spread like crazy. After having some bad words between each other, Lorelei stalks off hoping that Holt will go back from where ever he came from.
But as luck would have it, in order for the both of them to achieve their goals, they keep bumping into each other. Holt has to save his adopted father’s ranch, prove his best friend’s innocence and keep everyone alive whilst doing it; and having some ungrateful to proud of a woman tagging along when an opportunity to purchase cattle arises, is going to add a whole new set of problems that he does not need.
Lorelei was adamant, and with the combine farces of Holt’s brother and reason, Lorelei got her ways. So they all set out on a cattle drive.
On their way they encountered Comanches, ghost, a fire and a deaf baby. Taking on those was the easy part for Holt, dealing with Lorelei was the hard part. Feel like your missing something, read the book to fill in the blanks.
I liked this book, I read the urgency in what the writer wrote, there was a lot of what if’s and I liked that. The romance, to me, seemed like an after thought. You have a good story line and then the romance was just thrown in, and it did not even seem to really fit their personalities. I keep getting thrown by what Holt and Lorelei say to each other, especially the love scene. It did not fit because Lorelei does not come of like the type of woman to give in as easily as she did.
Other than that, I was satisfied by the book and I know you would too, to look for Linda Lael Miller, she writes exciting and thrilling work.
Thoughts: The romance came as an afterthought.