Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Creed's Honor by Linda Lael Miller

If you enjoyed Rae Drummond's memoir, The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels - A Love Story, as much as I did, you might appreciate Linda Lael Miller's romance, Creed's Honor. It's the story of a city woman falling for a rancher. Creed's Honor, part of the Colorado Creeds series, is on the New York Times extended mass market paperback bestseller list. It probably fell there because the next one in the series, The Creed Legacy, is number one right now.

If you pick up this book, don't be fooled by the back cover. It discusses Conner Creed, a rancher in Lonesome Bend, Colorado, and his feud with his twin brother. This story belongs just as much to Tricia McCall. Tricia's living with her great-grandmother, Natty, while she tries to sell the failing businesses she inherited from her father, River's Bend Campground & RV Park, and the Bluebird Drive-in Theater. Tricia's main thought is to sell out and return to Seattle, where she left a boyfriend behind, and the bright city lights. At the same time, the lonely, shy young woman adores Natty, and is finally making a few friends in town.

And, suddenly there are a few more reasons to stay in Lonesome Bend. There's the stray dog that wasn't supposed to get a name, but becomes Valentino. There's Tricia's beloved goddaughter, Sasha, who comes to stay while her parents are in Paris, and falls in love with Valentino. And, then there's a lonesome rancher named Conner Creed, living on the ranch by himself until his twin, Brody, returns from the rodeo circuit, disrupting Conner's life.

After I finished the book, perfectly satisfied with the relationships and romance, I read a couple reviews that complained about the time spent on Tricia's personal life and issues. I disagree.  Miller's Creed books are about the ranchers, their families, and their relationships, and it's just as important to get to know the women who marry into the ranching family. Looking for a sexy romance with a hot rancher? Linda Lael Miller won't steer you wrong with Creed's Honor.

Linda Lael Miller's website is www.lindalaelmiller.com

Creed's Honor by Linda Lael Miller. Harlequin. ©2011. ISBN 9780373775804 (paperback), 384p.

FTC Full Disclosure - The author's publicist sent me a copy of the book, hoping I would review it.


Beth Hoffman said...

Though I never read romance, I know my girlfriend would most likely love this one. Thanks for the great gift idea, Lesa!

Lesa said...

You're welcome, Beth. There are lots of Creed books. I've only read a Christmas one, and this, but I could easily get hooked. Love it when one of these reviews provides gift ideas for you, Beth!

Hugs to you and your kitties!

Beth Hoffman said...

It's interesting how life works -- a gal just tweeted a question about western-themed romance books, and I gave her your link!

Babs said...

Thank you Lesa for the great review and Beth for sending me the link. I have been wanting to read a good western romance. I am into the western thing at the moment :).

Bev Stephans said...

Hi Lesa,

I really like Linda Lael Miller, and have read all of her Creed books. Thanks for the good review. Sometimes I feel like I'm the only one that likes these books. She definitely has a feel for the West, be it "Old" or "Contemporary". If your readers want something different, they should try these books.

I, also liked Ree Drummond's book.


Lesa said...

Thanks, Beth, for sending Babs the link. Appreciate it!

Lesa said...

Oh, Babs, I think you're in for a treat if you want to read romances with a Western twist. Linda Lael Miller truly has that in her books, and there are a numbr of Creed books to read, as well as her others. Enjoy! And, come back and let me know what you thought.

Lesa said...

You're not the only one who likes these books, Bev. That's why they're on the top of the paperback bestseller lists. Unfortunately, I specialize in mysteries, so I don't get a chance to read her as much as I'd like. But, these Creed books are terrific.

Pamela Keener said...

Thanks for the review. I have never read this author although I truly cannot say why, I see her books everywhere it seems. This one sounds like a good place to start
Love & Hugs,

Lesa said...

Thanks, Pam. I'm like you in that I'd only read one of her Christmas books. This was a good place to start.