Always a Cowboy
by Linda Lael Miller

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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.  Read more...

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More About Always a Cowboy by Linda Lael Miller

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.

  • ISBN-13: 9780373789696
  • ISBN-10: 0373789696
  • Publisher: Harlequin Books
  • Publish Date: August 2016
  • Page Count: 384
  • Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.4 pounds

Series: Carsons of Mustang Creek #3

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Books > Fiction > Romance - Western

Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-10-17
  • Reviewer: Staff

Readers are drawn back to Mustang Creek, Wyo., land of cowboy boots and wild stallions, in Millers second, less satisfying novel about the Carson family ranch (after Once a Rancher). Luce is a Californian who follows her heart out to the ranch, which is owned by one of her mothers oldest friends. She plans to study the effects of wildlife on ranching and vice versa. Little does she suspect that Drake, the ranchs caretaker, will scare off the herd of wild horses shes trying to study. Drake has little time for anything other than his ranch, his family, and his dogs. So when Luce intrudes on his slice of heaven, hes none too happy about ituntil he realizes that, under her sass and outsider ways, theyre a good bit alike. The books climax is decidedly underwhelming. The details of life on a working ranch lend an air of authenticity, but those details overwhelm the plot to the point where theres nothing left but boy-meets-girl and a stunning view of the ins and outs of a highly prosperous western homestead. Agent: Irene Goodman, Irene Goodman Literary. (Sept.)

BookPage Reviews

Romance: Love on the range

A Wyoming rancher finds love in Always a Cowboy, part of Linda Lael Miller’s The Carsons of Mustang Creek series. Salt-of-the-earth Drake Carson runs the family ranch and enjoys his simple life. But it’s complicated when a beautiful graduate student researching wild horses arrives and upsets his routine. Luce Hale is thrilled to be observing the animals on the Carsons’ land and doesn’t run from the sparks that fly between her and Drake. A single kiss proves what they could have together, but even though they admit to being in love, obstacles stand in the way. Luce plans on returning to California, both of their families are meddling matchmakers, and then there are the rigors of ranch life to consider—including a mountain lion and a mare-stealing wild stallion. Though Luce loves the outdoors, she wonders if she’ll fit in with Drake’s way of life. But longing has a way of overcoming doubts, and readers will root for this appealing couple. The glimpses of ranch life and the extended Carson family make this a Western to remember.

The first in Vanessa Kelly’s Improper Princesses series, My Fair Princess, stars a very proper duke and the wild young woman he’s promised to tame. Charles, the Duke of Leverton, takes his responsibilities seriously. When a distant relation asks for his help in educating her granddaughter—the illegitimate daughter of royalty—he finds himself assuring the woman he can familiarize the girl with English manners and customs and help her find a husband among Regency London’s social set. Gillian Dryden is not appreciative of the offer, however. Raised in Sicily, she’s unused to the mores of London’s constrained society and gets into trouble—despite Charles’ best attempts to curb her. But he doesn’t give up, and he begins to appreciate the challenge Gillian brings to his staid life. Certainly he desires the beauty, and as the feeling seems mutual, he begins to plan a future for them—if they can get past the impediments posed by a jealous ex, bloodthirsty bandits and their own wary hearts.

Romance surprises a newly retired quarterback and a spunky P.I. in First Star I See Tonight, part of Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Chicago Stars series. With his football career behind him, Cooper Graham has a plan to build a string of successful nightclubs, a plan that is diverted when a fledgling detective, Piper Dove, begins tailing him. A confrontation with the quirky beauty ends with her agreeing to work for him as security—a situation that both repels and delights them. Piper is desperate to make a go of her agency, so she’s willing to accept employment from the arrogant and annoying sports legend. Though they each try to deny their sizzling attraction and deflect it through insults and witty banter, the two become close as they fight a threat to the nightclub—or is it a threat to Cooper himself? With engaging characters and sparkling writing, this charmer deserves a front-and-center space on the keeper shelf.


This article was originally published in the September 2016 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

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