Wednesday, October 5, 2016

ALWAYS A COWBOY by Linda Lael Miller

Publisher:     HQN
Published:    August 30, 2016
ISBN:        978-0373789696
Genre:       Contemporary Western Romance
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher  
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina


Drake Carson is the quintessential cowboy.  More at home on his horse than in a car, more comfortable on his own than in a group and not only does he basically not need anyone, he doesn’t want anyone but his family.  That family includes not only his mother and brothers, housekeeper Harry and their long time foreman Red along with his dogs and horses.  And that’s plenty for Drake.  The last thing he wants is a woman in his life. Oh sure, he’ll find someone someday—just not now.  Fate and his mother, however, have something else in mind.

California and city girl Luce Hale is completing research on her thesis on the impact of wild horses on the environment. What better place to do so than the Carson ranch.  Since Luce’s mother is a lifelong friend of Blythe Carson she is immediately offered the chance to stay at the ranch.  And since her research includes your basic modern cowboy, she quickly finds Drake fits the bill.  A bill he most definitely does not want to fit.

Both Drake and Luce are headstrong and determined to pursue their lives the way they want.  Sometimes though, the heart knows better than the head.

Book 2 of Linda Lael Miller’s Carsons of Mustang Creek, ALWAYS A COWBOY is one of those can’t put down, yet mellow stories that keep you turning pages till the very end.  There’s action, but it’s not heart pounding.  You curl your fingers around the pages, but you don’t hold your breath – and that makes for a solid read.  One you can sit with and get into the characters’ minds.  For as simple and direct as Drake appears on the surface, he is actually very complex and intriguing.  Tall, blond and gorgeous you cannot help but fall in love with him yourself. 

Luce is smart, self-assured and has great self-possession.  She knows her own mind and has the kind of balance you want in a friend.  My favorite character though was Smoke…definitely a “man” of action.  His interactions with Luce were among my favorite.

ALWAYS A COWBOY reminded me of why I fell in love with not only romance, but western romance years ago.  And it is classic Linda Lael Miller.  I can’t wait for Mace’s story!

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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