Thursday, November 03, 2016

Always a Cowboy by Linda Lael Miller

The Carsons of Mustang Creek #2

♥ ♥ I think I may have read one other book by Linda Lael Miller, so I am not all that familiar with her writing style. This is a new release of hers, yet to me the writing felt dated. Maybe she was trying for that as the Hero was an "old fashioned guy".. but sadly for me, it took a while to read.

What I think worked:
• Drake and Luce’s banter was good
• Red’s odd sayings were funny
• I liked the whole Carson clan
• Luce interacting with the stallion was neat to watch and I actually wished there was more of that.

What I felt didn't work:
• I found the pace of the book and story-line quite slow and uneventful.
• I didn't feel much emotion with this story.
• Even though Drake said he was “old fashioned”, sometimes I felt he went either too far with it or just used that tact when it suited him.

I have heard rave reviews about Ms. Miller's writing so perhaps she's just not my style.  

*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

Here's the blurb:

He's the middle of the three Carson brothers and is as stubborn as they come—and he won't thank a beautiful stranger for getting in his way! 

Drake Carson is the quintessential cowboy. In charge of the family ranch, he knows the realities of this life, its pleasures and heartbreaks. Lately, managing the wild stallions on his property is wearing him down. When an interfering so-called expert arrives and starts offering her opinion, Drake is wary, but he can't deny the longing—and the challenge—she stirs in him. 

Luce Hale is researching how wild horses interact with ranch animals—and with ranchers. The Carson matriarch invites her to stay with the family, which guarantees frequent encounters with Drake, her ruggedly handsome and decidedly unwelcoming son. Luce and Drake are at odds from the very beginning, especially when it comes to the rogue stallion who's stealing the ranch mares. But when Drake believes Luce is in danger, that changes everything—for both of them.

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