Monday, March 19, 2007

McKettrick's Luck - Linda Lael Miller



McKettrick’s Luck
Linda Lael Miller
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Contemporary Romance

Cheyenne Bridges grew up in the small town of Indian Rock, Arizona. Her family was dirt poor; her father a gambler and her mother an enabling dreamer. When she was able to escape to college, she vowed never to return. But fate, or rather, business, brought her back home. Cheyenne works for a real estate developer interested in purchasing 500 acres of land for condos. Riding on the deal is a huge bonus that will allow her to provide for her mother and disabled brother; failure means ruin. Trouble is, that land belongs to Jesse McKettrick, and Cheyenne knows he’ll never sell.

Jesse is well known in Indian Rock, as is his family. His pioneer ancestors carved a living out of the land and built it up to the multimillion-dollar business it is today. While many family members work in the company, Jesse is happy to live in his family home, alone now, and live off his hefty dividend checks in between poker games. When Cheyenne reappears, he barely recognizes her. She was one of a forgettable string of dates in high school; now there’s definitely something more interesting about her. Too bad she wants his land.

I haven’t read any previous McKettrick books, but that didn’t matter one bit. The author immediately draws in the reader with evocative descriptions of the land, the people, and the symbiotic relationship (and love) between the two. The relationship between Cheyenne and Jesse proceeds naturally, with just enough humor to be entertaining. The characters have real obstacles to overcome, and the author allows them to do so in a believable way. I’m looking forward to the stories of the two McKettrick cousins.

A side note, but a very important one. Linda Lael Miller has a real love for animals that shows in her writing and her life; she supports The Humane Society of the United States. As part of her book tour in 2007, she’ll be including stops at many animal shelters. To check her schedule, visit www.lindalaelmiller.com. To find out more about The Humane Society, how you can help or adopt a pet, please visit www.proud2adopt.org and www.spaydayusa.com.

Rating: 8
February 2007
ISBN# 978-0-373-77185-1 (paperback)

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