I received this book as an Advanced Reader Copy from Netgalley in exchange for fair review. I also received a copy from Nancy Berland Public Relations, which I will give to one commenter.
Anyone who has read Linda Lael Miller, as I have for years, knows what to expect when they pick up one of her books. There will be a sexy, handsome cowboy as the hero, usually looking for hearth and home. The heroine will be strong, independent, and usually opinionated. A CREED IN STONE CREEK covers all the bases here in the hero, Steven Creed, and heroine, Melissa O’Ballivan. To really tug at your heart strings, Ms. Miller adds Matt, the orphaned son of Creed’s best friend.
From the book…
When single attorney Steven Creed becomes guardian of an orphaned five-year-old boy, he trades his big-city law firm for a ranch near his McKettrick kin in the close-knit community of Stone Creek, Arizona. Taking care of little Matt and fixing up his run-down ranch house with its old barn loosens something tightly wound inside him. But when Steven takes on the pro bono defense of a local teen, he meets his match in the opposing counsel—beautiful, by-the-book county prosecutor Melissa O’Ballivan. It’ll take one grieving little boy, a sweet adopted dog and a woman who never expected to win any man’s heart to make this Creed in Stone Creek know he’s truly found home.
If you want a heart-warming read with a sexy, smart lawyer-cowboy whose heart is as big as his multi-acre ranch, and a no-nonsense prosecutor (who gets roped into coordinating the rodeo parade, about which she knows NOTHING!), then definitely pick up this book. Losing yourself in Steven and Melissa’s lives is a wonderful way to spend a few hours.
Besides…who wouldn’t pull this book off the shelf based on the cover alone! Ms. Miller’s books always get the best covers, in case you haven’t noticed!
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EDITED 3/14/12 – Winner for the book will be chosen on Friday 3/18