Book Review: The Creed Legacy

The Creed Legacy, by Linda Lael Miller. (website)

This is the third (and final?) book in LLM’s Creed series, and it features Brody Creed, the twin of Conner (in Creed’s Honor) and cousin of Steven (in A Creed in Stone Creek). But Brody is different from Conner and Steven. He’s never stopped moving, and in the last few years has had little contact with his family. But now he’s back in Lonesome Bend, attempting to settle down. He buys land and becomes a part of the community, but something is missing. His friend and occasional bed-partner Jolene isn’t to his taste anymore, but there’s no one that he could fall in love with. Or so he thinks.

Carolyn Simmons has finally been able to settle down: after years of being a house-sitter for wealthy folks in and around Lonesome Bend, she has a place of her own. She’s partnered with Conner’s wife Tricia to open up a store and art gallery, and she’s living in Natty’s apartment with Winston the cat. She’s always had a thing for Brody, and now that he’s back in town, the old memories resurface.

As would be expected, the two knock heads, each being rather stubborn. The blossoming interest and tension between them was fantastic. As this is a romance novel, one expects an HEA (‘happily ever after’), but the story is in the journey. Carolyn and Brody are each figuring out the ups and downs of finally putting down roots. Carolyn’s past has as much heartache as Brody’s, but they both have to learn to put the past behind them.

As interesting as their journey was, my favourite part of the book was finally learning about what made Brody tick. Why he’d left home, why he’d stayed away, and what his deep dark secrets entailed. None of which I shall mention here. You’ll have to read the book. It’s being released on June 28, 2011.

Book Review: Creed’s Honor

Creed’s Honor by Linda Lael Miller. (website)

I devoured A Creed in Stone Creek, so when I saw that there was another Creed book being released, I couldn’t resist. This novel follows Steven Creed’s cousin, Conner, in the town of Lonesome Bend, Colorado. He’s stayed close to home, working the ranch for his uncle and being the dependable one, unlike his twin. He thought he had just about everything he needed, until he met Tricia McCall.

Tricia was trying to sell her family’s land, a dilapidated old drive-inn movie theatre and a lodge, with little success. All she wanted was to sell up and go back to the city. But fate has a way of changing things… especially once she re-introduces herself to Conner Creed.

Overall I found the book good, but it started a bit slow. I had to urge myself to continue, knowing that it would get better. Something about A Creed in Stone Creek snagged me straight away, but Creed’s Honor took a chapter or two. However, patience paid off. Other readers might not have that same problem – sometimes I’m just not in the mood for certain types of books.

My interest lay not only in seeing if Tricia and Conner would make it, but also whether Conner and his twin brother Brody would put aside their differences. (In the earlier book, the two had a dust-up, and there had been bad blood for years.) This subplot has kept my attention throughout both books, but especially in Creed’s Honor. I can hardly wait for the third book, The Creed Legacy, to find out more about Brody.

I’d highly recommend this book to all readers of Linda Lael Miller’s. I’ve never picked up a book of hers that I haven’t enjoyed, and that’s saying a lot. (I can’t think of any other author, at least not at the moment, where I could make that same statement.) Go and pick it up! (and while you’re there, pick up A Creed in Stone Creek too!)

Book Review: A Creed in Stone Creek

A Creed in Stone Creek, by Linda Lael Miller. (website)

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.

Okay, I’ll be honest. Up until a couple of months ago, when I won a copy of Marin Thomas’s book “Dexter: Honorable Cowboy” during a Harlequin contest, I’d never really delved into the cowboy romance genre. In fact, I was hardly even aware that it existed. And, I had even less idea that it was so popular.

After reading Marin Thomas’s book, I started to see the genre’s attractions. So I jumped at the chance to read Linda Lael Miller’s book. I’ve long been a fan, having read her vampire novels (‘Tonight and Always’, etc.) and her McQuade series (especially ‘Princess Annie’). Her books have always been some of my favourites.

This book starts off with a tender new father-son scene between Steven and Matt, on the road to Stone Creek. I don’t consider myself especially sentimental, but within the first few pages, I already was starting to feel gooey in that way that only happens when I watch movies with guaranteed happy endings (Love, Actually – to give an example).

Fortunately, wanting to learn more about Steven, and Matt, and somewhat stiff (perhaps I could dare say, hard-nosed?) Melissa kept me turning the pages. Steven and Melissa are well-matched; they’re both well-versed lawyers, ready to defend what they think is right. Each has a very definite moral compass and a strong sense of family and community (even though Melissa had to be roped into organizing the parade.)

There’s something inherently charming about the old-time chivalry and honesty of cowboys as portrayed in the cowboy romance genre. They can be modern, but there’s an underlying commitment to a cowboy code. Check out this page about Gene Autry’s song, and you could check off every one of his tenets and have your hero in a cowboy romance.

A Creed in Stone Creek was a fantastic book. It’s a perfect read for that cosy afternoon with a cup of tea while the snow falls outside (before you say that it’s spring, remember that I’m in western Canada, and this year, the snow is still falling at the end of March!), curled up on the sofa. Or, anytime you’d like.