Friday, September 2, 2016

Always a Cowboy (The Carsons of Mustang Creek #2) by Linda Lael Miller

Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: August 30th 2016 by HQN Books
0373789696 (ISBN13: 9780373789696)
He's the middle of the three Carson brothers and is as stubborn as they come—and he won't thank a beautiful stranger for getting in his way! 

Drake Carson is the quintessential cowboy. In charge of the family ranch, he knows the realities of this life, its pleasures and heartbreaks. Lately, managing the wild stallions on his property is wearing him down. When an interfering so-called expert arrives and starts offering her opinion, Drake is wary, but he can't deny the longing—and the challenge—she stirs in him. 

Luce Hale is researching how wild horses interact with ranch animals—and with ranchers. The Carson matriarch invites her to stay with the family, which guarantees frequent encounters with Drake, her ruggedly handsome and decidedly unwelcoming son. Luce and Drake are at odds from the very beginning, especially when it comes to the rogue stallion who's stealing the ranch mares. But when Drake believes Luce is in danger, that changes everything—for both of them.

My Thoughts…

Linda Lael Miller has the corner on cowboys.     Drake is everything a cowboy should be and more.    His manners, his toughness, and his huge heart for all things alive make him a true good guy.      I loved that he stood for the ladies, opened doors for them, and was so incredibly respectful.   That is a dying breed.     While his care for his family is given, the care he shows both his animals and those who are wild and causing him problems made my heart fall for him even more.     His mother told it best when she described his as a you get what you see guy.   He speaks the truth, works hard, and loves with his whole body and soul.    I believe this describes Drake perfectly.  

The setting of Montana is just beautiful.  I could picture the farm house, the barn with the horses, the valleys, and the cliffs as Linda Lael Miller described them.    The beautiful green grass, the cold creek, and the magnificent mountains were pictures I could see as I continued reading Always a Cowboy.  

This is not my first Linda Lael Miller and definitely not my last.    She is a go-to author for me.   I am happy to recommend Always a Cowboy  to any romance reader.    

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Meet Linda Lael Miller
The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 100 historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the West. Raised in Northport, Washington, the self-confessed barn goddess pursued her wanderlust, living in London and Arizona and traveling the world before returning to the state of her birth to settle down on a horse property outside Spokane. Linda traces the beginning of her writing career to the day a Northport teacher told her that the stories she was writing were good, that she just might have a future in writing. Later, when she decided to write novels, she endured her share of rejection before she sold her first title to a publisher in 1983. Linda then successfully published historicals, contemporaries, paranormals, mysteries and thrillers before coming home, in a literal sense, to concentrate on novels with a Western flavor. For her devotion to her craft, the Romance Writers of America awarded her their prestigious Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. In 2016 Linda will receive a Lifetime Achievement award from RT Book Reviews. Currently the Hallmark Movie Channel is developing a series based on Linda’s Big Sky Country novels. For more information about Linda and her novels, please visit

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