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When news arrived that there was trouble back in Texas, Holt McKettrick left a mail-order bride and his family on the spot. And he never looked back. He just prayed he'd be in time to save the man who had raised him as a son and keep his best friend from the gallows. He knew he'd encounter rustlers, scoundrels and thieves, but he'd never expected to find a woman like LorelWhen news arrived that there was trouble back in Texas, Holt McKettrick left a mail-order bride and his family on the spot. And he never looked back. He just prayed he'd be in time to save the man who had raised him as a son and keep his best friend from the gallows. He knew he'd encounter rustlers, scoundrels and thieves, but he'd never expected to find a woman like Lorelei Fellows.Setting fire to her wedding dress in the town square probably wasn't the best way to stand her ground. But Lorelei had had enough. She was sick of men and their schemes. All she wanted was to stake her claim on her own little piece of Texas. And with Holt McKettrick as a neighbor, things were beginning to look up. The man was a straight shooter with a strong will, a steady aim and a hungry heart....

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  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2018-11-18 18:59

    Linda Lael Miller is known for writing heart-tugging, emotional Western romances, and with MCKETTRICK'S CHOICE, she delivers yet again. The MCKETTRICK BROTHERS TRILOGY began in 2002 with HIGH COUNTRY BRIDE, followed in 2003 with SHOTGUN BRIDE, and finished in 2004 with SECONDHAND BRIDE. The saga now takes a surprising turn in 2005 with MCKETTRICK'S CHOICE, the story of the oldest McKettrick brother, Holt, who was raised away from the iron fist of family patriarch, Angus, and the three brothers from the trilogy-Rafe, Kade, and Jeb. Holt McKettrick spent a large part of his life as Holt Cavanagh, adopted son of John Cavanagh, a rancher with a spread outside of San Antonio, Texas. Now back in the McKettrick fold-with the tensions and egos that four competing males are bound to bring-Holt is in the process of marrying Miss Margaret Tarquin when a letter from Texas changes his plans. The short note advises Holt that his adoptive father, John, is about to be driven from his land, and former Ranger buddy, Gabe Navarro, is to be hanged for murder and thievery. Holt, as a McKettrick and a Cavanagh, has no choice but to leave the Arizona Territory and return to Texas to set matters straight. But upon arrival, mayhem awaits. People have been killed, lands have been burned, and one Miss Lorelie Fellows, who happens to own the land next to John Cavanagh's, is attempting to drive Holt insane. MCKETTRICK'S CHOICE is Western historical romance at its best-lively characters, a wonderful story line, attention to historic detail, and Ms. Miller's personal brand of story-telling make this book a very enjoyable read. Mystery, suspense, passion, and family duty don't disappoint.

  • Dawn ♥ romance
    2018-11-15 22:52

    The adventure in this early American historical romance was so good but the romance was so bad. I liked both the hero and heroine's personality and interaction with other people but their behavior toward each other was lousy and unrealistic. Holt rushes to Texas when he learns his friends are in trouble and the first thing he sees is Lorelei burning her wedding dress.

  • June
    2018-11-28 01:44

    Holt's book may be my favorite of the 4 McKettrick's brother's books. Like Miller's other books in this series the secondary characters were great, and added so much to each of the books. This book had a little of everything in it from bad guy rancher to cattle drive to Commanche Indians. It took place in Texas and not at home on the Triple M in Arizona. There was some humor also between the H/h and secondary characters. Rafe was in this book. My how he has changed (his attitude and handling of women) from his book in the series. I liked the easy friendship between Rafe and Lorelei.I really liked Lorelei Fellows. She stood her ground, and was not easily run over by all the controlling men in her life, some who were down right mean. Holt and Lorelei had a lot of tension between them. You wanted to see them together. You wanted them to declare their love to one another, but it didn't go overboard to the point you were irratated with either one for their stubborness. I understood their stubborness. I like the epiloge, but would have liked it to be a little bit longer. I just wasn't ready for their story to end. I would have liked a few more pages of life at the Triple M in Arizona with all the family around.

  • ValerieC
    2018-11-19 01:54

    Kindle EditionReally pretty good in terms of a western story that has a lot of action outside of the romance part. By this time - book 4 - I am pretty fed up with the 'spitfire, snarling heroines' that are in every single book. Really, people do fall in love without all of that rancor! Minus 1/2 star.Also, there is the issue of Ms. Miller's timeline on the age of Angus McKettrick and the gaps in ages between him and Holt, and of his other sons. That probably won't occur to anyone just reading this book, but if you start at Book 1, then you ask yourself about this, and why it was never corrected. Anyway, that makes Holt over 40... maybe older.This is my last McKettrick book for the foreseeable future. I liked the historical part of this series outside of the snarling, spitting, and snarking between the heroes and heroines, and I have no wish to continue it through a lot of other books about modern-day McKettricks. I did want to finish reading about the original brothers, and I have now done so.

  • Cynthia
    2018-12-10 22:40

    I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Usually I'm not that into western themed romances but this one was recommended by a friend from a class at college so I gave it a try and you know.. wow.. this was a good book!Unlike so many other romance novels that come out lately, this one actually had a good, solid plot and solid characters. It was more than just poorly written smut .. in fact there was really only one romantic scene and it was very tastefully written, without the overly written. . soft-core porn taint that so many books now seem to have. (For the record .. if any authors out there read this.. STOP WITH THE TRASH SEX SCENES PLEASE?!?! Try writing a real story huh? Thx!)This one is really good, and I'm going to get the other books in this series in hopes that they'll be as well, and as tastefully written..

  • Linda Klages
    2018-12-13 18:54

    457 pages of twists and turns and then some more. Will read more from this author.

  • Cris
    2018-12-09 17:49

    Quem acha que a Linda Lael Miller só sabe escrever livro paradão, onde nunca acontece nada, e o casal só vai conseguir pegar na mão no final da historia, precisa ler este livro com urgência!Desde o comecinho a ação começou a se desenrolar e aconteceu uma coisa atrás da outra, praticamente sem interrupção, até as 4 páginas finais, onde o ritmo finalmente foi diminuir e eu finalmente consegui respirar e beber uma água, para tirar o pó da garganta. Holt, o mocinho (que aliás eu achei a cara do Clint Eastwood com os seus 30 aninhos), está prestes a se casar com uma noiva arranjada, quando chega um vaqueiro todo esbaforido, interrompe o casamento e diz que seu amigo está prestes a ser enforcado e o seu pai adotivo esta sendo ameaçado por pistoleiros. Ele larga a noiva e o casório pra lá, monta em cima de seu cavalo e sai desabalado em uma correria danada para Santo Antonio. E assim que ele chega lá ele dá de cara com a Lorelei, filha do juiz que condenou o seu amigo, queimando o vestido de noiva no meio da praça. Os dois se estranham de primeira e já começam a brigar. Ele que apagar o fogo e ela está decidida a fazer uma fogueira bem grande!! Hahahahaha!Lorelei pegou o futuro marido rolando na cama com uma empregada no dia do casamento e resolveu dar um basta na situação. Enfrentou o seu pai, o juiz, e cancelou o casamento, apesar da ameaça do juiz de interná-la em um manicômio pela desobediência. Não bastasse isso, ela ainda arrumou as malas e rumou com a mudança para a fazenda que era de sua mãe, vizinha do Holt, onde só tem uma cabana caindo aos pedaços e que está sendo disputada à tiros pelo pistoleiro malvado. Essa daí sabe como arrumar uma encrenca das boas!Então, não bastasse o mocinho ter de lidar com os problemas que ele já tinha, e que não eram poucos, ainda tem de aturar a vizinha encrenqueira, que decidiu que quer arrumar umas cabeças de gado para por no seu pasto... E lá vão eles buscar gado e um advogado em Laredo!Já deu para perceber que emoção não vai faltar! Além da forca com o laço balançando, tem mocinha teimosa, mocinho cabeça dura, juiz corrupto, pistoleiro malvado, cachorro maltrapilho e um jumento ensandecido! Mas espere, ainda tem mais!! Pelo preço de um romance de banca você ainda leva um belo de um western spaguetti com direito a travessia pelo deserto no lombo de cavalo, muito índio bravo querendo tirar o seu escalpo, tiroteios, fantasmas, colonos assassinados, incêndios, sanguessugas, ataque de índio, e não bastasse tanta encrenca ainda tem 500 cabeças de boi para levantar um poeirão danado!! Cof! Cof!E quando você finalmente pensa que vai poder tomar aquela aguinha gelada e dar uma descansada no corpo dolorido depois de tantos dias andando no lombo de mula, ainda tem de enfrentar os problemas que os esperam em casa! Deus do céu!! Foi tanta coisa acontecendo nesse livro que me deixou nervosa. Me senti assistindo um daqueles filmes de faroeste dos anos 70 onde sobrava bala e gente ruim pra todo lado! E pensar que esses tempos atrás eu até dei uma cutucada na Harlequin pedindo um livrinho histórico de cowboy, e eles resolveram publicar um baita de um livrão desses. Foi uma resposta e tanto! E ainda tem os livros dos irmãos do Holt (claro, o que seria de nós sem as séries intermináveis?), e pelo visto são todos com cowboys irresistíveis e mocinhas prá lá de danadas! Já gostei e que venha o resto da família!!

  • Lizzy
    2018-11-27 00:40

    Eu adorei essa história narrada no Velho Oeste Americano. Personagens valentes, vibrantes, com temperamentos forte e intensos, porém com um senso de solidariedade, de união familiar e de amor, incomuns nos dias atuais. Por várias páginas me vi cavalgando com esses texanos errantes, é uma miríade de emoções tomou conta dos meus pensamos enquanto eu acompanhei a trajetória de Lorelei, Holt e seus companheiros. A autora escreve tão bem, de uma forma envolvente e realista, que eu podia sentir o sol queimando a pele e a poeira embaçando os olhos, o cheiro dos animais e o do suor dos homens. A heroína é espirituosa, corajosamente insensata, obstinada. O herói é um típico cowboy, uma rocha, viril, um líder nato, protetor ao extremo. O amor entre Lorelei e Holt não é do tipo reconhecível à primeira vista, ele vai crescendo aos poucos, com a convivência, com a admiração pelas qualidades e defeitos um do outro. Como são teimosos, meu Deus, desperdiçaram tanto tempo lutando contra a força dos sentimentos que os uniam, mas confesso que me diverti com as brigas, e como brigam. Paralelo a isso, há muitas aventuras, uma narrativa cheia de acontecimentos, embalados com momentos tristes e felizes. Uma grata surpresa, essa autora entrou para o rol das minhas favoritas com esse livro.

  • Elise Wilson
    2018-11-16 19:56

    I would rate this 3-1/2 stars, but it had the potential to be a 4 star book. What I liked about the book, which revolved around Holt, the half-brother and (fourth of McKettrick's brothers stories in this series), was that it was well-written, had descriptive and detailed prose and vivid, interesting and diverse characters. I was disappointed for much of the same reasons -- the story, while well-written, had too many sub-plots. It was difficult to know what was the "main" story being told. Nor, was any chemistry whatsoever between Holt and Lorelei, though I kept reading in the hopes that there was a romance to be found. There was no true dialogue between this hero and heroine, which would have allowed for such a relationship. In fact, Lorelei had more conversations with Rafe (the brother)than with Holt.The ending, while "satisfying" was also too good to be true, and felt a bit rushed. After reading pages that takes readers on a long journey, which included broken relationships, cattle drives, reunions and a bit of mystery, I expected more depth to the ending.

  • Adriana Fogaça
    2018-11-21 23:40

    McKettrick Cowboys 04Escolha Do DestinoLinda Lael MillerH.R. do Romance 822013Sempre fico frustrada quando livros em série não sai em ordem, mas tudo bem, só espero que Harlequin lance os livros dos três irmãos de Holt.Amei ler sobre os ancestrais de Sierra e Meg. E o velho e bom Angus que no futuro vai ser um fantasma, digamos um bom conselheiro de Meg.Para quem gosta de livros sobre cowboys vai amar este livro, cheio de aventuras, emoções e algumas loucuras.Não deixe de ler é muito bom, vai valer cada página lida.ADORO!!!RECOMENDADÍSSIMO!!!

  • Carol
    2018-12-02 00:49

    A strong but sensitive hero and a spunky, independent, determined heroine in a satisfying romance set in Texas and Arizona in 1888. I will definately be looking for the other books in the McKettrick's series. Having met Holt's brothers and their wives, I'd like to read their stories.

  • Trina
    2018-12-09 22:57

    The story was cute and predictable but about 3/4 of the way in you start to get annoyed with how slow things are progressing. Ended fine though. I liked the protrayal of what it would be like to drive cattle. Makes you feel like you were there which is what I liked.

  • Ann
    2018-11-29 19:01

    Holt and Lorelei butted heads from the begging it was a long road for these two and Holt almost blew it.

  • Inn Auni
    2018-11-25 21:48

    Holt Cavanaugh McKettrick, oldest of tough-as-nails rancher Angus McKettrick's, wild brood of sons, knew in his heart he was about to make the biggest mistake of his life, but was resigned to go through with it anyway. The mail-order-bride was attractive enough, and she would make a good wife to him and mother to his daughter, Lizzie. Nevertheless, there was no spark, no flame of passion that Holt's brothers had found with their wives. It was then right before Holt was to exchange vows with the woman that the rider came with terrible news from Texas! Holt's foster father, John Cavanaugh, was in the middle of a range war and was about to lose his ranch. Holt's best friend, Gabe Navarro, who had ridden with him in Holt's ranger days, had been wrongly accused of murder and sentenced to hang! Bowing out of the sham of a wedding to both Holt's and his intended's relief, Holt races back to San Antonio hoping he will have enough time to help his friends. Nothing in Holt's wild past has prepared him for the scene he encounters when he enters the town square! Miss Lorelei Fellows, supposedly demure spinster daughter of respected citizen Judge Fellows, is burning her wedding dress and shouting to all who will listen that she is refusing to go through with the marriage her father has arranged for her with slimy attorney Creighton Bannings!Lorelei Fellows was fed up with her life and with the men in it! Knowing burning the dress was causing a spectacle; Lorelei was going to get her point across to her domineering father and low life fiance whom she had caught in bed that morning with a housemaid, the day of their wedding! Demanding her father release her inheritance of the land her mother's family had owned, Lorelei leaves her father's house, and his control, and decides she will make a go of the rundown ranch if it is the last thing she does, just to drive home a point to the judge and to her new neighbor, smug Holt McKettrick! Feisty Lorelei begins to get under Holt's skin and somehow insinuates herself into his life, plants herself in the middle of his range war with evil cattle baron Issac Templeton, invites herself along on his cattle drive, and burrows her way into his heart! The dangerous trek through Comanche territory to obtain cattle for Holt's and Lorelei's ranches unexpectedly brings together these two lonely people, who decide it is better late then never to learn to love,... either that or kill each other!* * *Finally, HOLT. I like him in the previous books, so I read this with open mind and heart. I have to like the heroin too for it to be awesome. Lorelei (I'm going to stick with Lori), was okay but not striking enough. Maybe I have high expectation for Holt's story because I like him.Too many sub-stories, characters and less interaction between Holt and Lori. If you missed the 1st, 2nd and 3rd book then you'll be lost because there's not much to say about Holt's background in this one.So, I am done with the series. I knew from others, the rest will be better and more engaging but this is it for me. I came for Holt and got him. The rest doesn't matter I think.

  • Linda Walters
    2018-12-08 17:51

    This was a pretty good story, with lots of action, really good main characters and some interesting secondary people and their stories too.First off, I really liked that stubborn, brave and sometimes foolish Lorelei. What she lacked in some everyday skills she made up with pure gumption. Even afraid/terrified she launched herself into the fray. More than one person wanted to wring her neck upon occasion although most of the people also admired her never-give-up attitude. Her father was NOT one of those people; it was sad how little he valued her. He could be terrifying in his attempts to control her but even afraid she stood toe-to-toe with him. The wedding dress roast was so Lorelei (and funny too) and it was just the first time that Holt had the desire to wring her neck. And of course it was the first of many along with his unwelcome desire for her. He really enjoyed making her mad and then watching the fireworks. Holt had quite the unusual upbringing but he also ended up having a whole lot of people who cared about him. John helped raise him when he ran away from home and Tillie became his adopted sister. That whole line of the story was interesting and John and Tillie added so much more to the story. They were easy to like. Holt was fierce, stubborn and completely loyal to those he cared about. He also had that never give up attitude, something he had in common with Lorelei. Although that is not something either would admit to. Wow, Holt had so much to deal with and that isn't even the part where he was trying to save his friend Gabe from hanging. Ever time he got working on it, something else came up as well. He actually did a pretty good job considering how much more was added to his plate. It was good that he had extra help too though. It made me smile when as Holt and Lorelei traveled along, more people got added to the story and their adventure. It's a relief to be able to say though, that it was done in a way that did not confuse the story. Is there a H.E.A. for Holt and Lorelei? Yes, but they had to fight their way through outlaws, Comanche's, harsh conditions but most of all their own stubborn, "I don't want to be hurt natures. "

  • Alex Lee
    2018-12-10 17:48

    I wanted to try a romance novel. So I picked a popular author. This book was on the NY times best seller list for a while, so I decided to read this one.I am not sure that I would read all the books of this series, as I am wont to do for series.There was a strange dynamic with the characters, in particular between the leads. Others seemed to see their connection before they did. All their emotions were externalized, and yet they could not help themselves. The draw is the excitement, the sexuality and the desire to be wanted. Is this what romance is supposed to be? Of course the choice was built up towards the end so that everything else, even the minority friend's life in danger was but a side story. Miller chooses a time that is not too far away and yet still relatively distant so that cowboys had to be real instead of something whose time has passed. This nostalgia works to remind us that men have skills to be men -- whereas women cannot. The heroine's choice is to accept her late lot in life. She awoke to see her life as a woman as a cage yet in the end she accepts submission, for it is the man who must act. He sets her free, and then asks for her hand while she is independent. I think that is the gesture, the acknowledgement that is most romantic -- she gets to say YES and NO without consequence so that she is free to truly choose.Miller's writing is pretty unobtrusive. It's easy to read, and clear as far as what is happening. The side characters are really all just foils for the main characters though. Their purpose is to realize who they are and to embrace their vulnerability in the arms of their toughest critic.I don't really understand this genre, so maybe I will read some more of it.

  • Amy
    2018-12-07 17:47

    Another great book by Linda Leo Miller. I really enjoyed the continuation of the McKettrick series and getting to know the spirited Lorelei. There are times I think I wouldn’t be half as strong as she but there are other times I also believe I probably wouldn’t be half as foolish. But I guess nothing ventured nothing gained and after all this is a fictional story so it’s not like there are a whole lot of consequences. Anyway the plot was very well done as well as the character development. There were some things that I was surprised about but others that I took it in stride. Obviously I don’t want to spoil anything so I’m not going to be more specific. I will say that I did think that the judge was severely lacking in parental skill and I felt very sorry for his family. A lot happened in the story was both long and well written. But as I said I don’t want to spoil anything so I’ll leave it there. Definitely a worthy continuation of the series and worth reading.

  • Eileen
    2018-12-14 00:43

    Holt Cavanaugh/McKettricks and Lorelei I am so glad that Holt got a HEA with the right kind of woman instead of a mail order bride. He returned to Texas when a messenger came in with news that his foster father was in trouble, a fellow Texas Ranger was in jail and he needed his help. The way Lorelei introduces herself onto the scene in San Antonio was priceless. Meeting John and Tillie all brought it together for me to see how Holt turned himself around. The author wrote a wonderful story line with villains, spies and a romance. I am happy now that the family has come back together again in Arizona.

  • Pat
    2018-11-14 19:56

    This is the 4th in this western series and may be the best so far. I have really enjoyed reading about the McKettricks in Texas and the Arizona Territory...but Holt and Lorilei combative relationship was fun to read about. I know there are many more books about this family but I may stop while I'm ahead.

  • LuzAdri
    2018-11-26 20:58

    I enjoyed reading this book. It needed a little more romance but the story was very entertaining.

  • Cruth
    2018-11-22 23:51

    Author: Linda Lael MillerFirst published: 2005Length: 5252 kindle locationsSetting: Historical. 1888. Texas.Sex: Explicit-ish. At the end.Hero: Rancher. ex-Ranger.Heroine: A woman with not a lot on her plate.Paranormal: Ghosts. (view spoiler)[Tillie sees dead people. (hide spoiler)]A somewhat lengthy Wild West historical with not a huge amount that matters happening over a long period of time, and yet a book chockful of events. So much drama, so little point.(view spoiler)[From a crooked judge, the building of a gallows and and evil rancher neighbour to ghostly padres, scalped homesteaders and the road trip to end them all and on to a c-section in the middle of nowhere (and she’s walking around within a day), the destruction of property and dreams and the death of a much-loved secondary character, it all just keeps on coming. (hide spoiler)]But none of this happens to Holt and Lorelei. In fact, their own, personal, histories are rarely touched upon. There is some implication that Holt's story and past travails (including the birth of Lizzie and his separation from Angus) are told in previous books. But all that means is it's missing now. They have no depth but are simply bit players on the frontier. When they eventually leave, no one will really care.Lots of ideas thrust into a lengthy book. Not enough actual relationship development.Still better than her contemporaries written around the same family.Enjoyable enough. 3.5 stars rounded down.The McKettricks:Book 1 High Country Bride - Rafe McKettrick and Emmeline HardingBook 2 Shotgun Bride - Kade McKettrick and Mandy SperrinBook 3 Secondhand Bride - Jeb Mckettrick and Chloe WakefieldBook 4 McKettrick's Choice - Holt McKettrick and Lorelei FellowsBook 5 Sierra's Homecoming - Sierra McKettrick and Travis Reid / Hannah McKettrick and Doss McKettrickBook 6 McKettrick's Luck - Jesse McKettrick and Cheyenne BridgesBook 7 McKettrick's Pride - Rance McKettrick and Echo WellsBook 8 McKettrick's Heart - Keegan McKettrick and Molly ShieldsBook 9 The McKettrick Way - Meg McKettrick and Brad O’BallivanBook 10 A McKettrick Christmas - Lizzie McKettrick and Dr. Morgan ShaneBook 11 Tate - Tate McKettrick and Libby RemingtonBook 12 Garrett - Garrett McKettrick and Julie RemingtonBook 13 Austin - Austin McKettrick and Paige RemingtonBook 14 A Lawman's Christmas - Dara Rose Nolan and Clay McKettrickBook 15 An Outlaw's Christmas - Sawyer McKettrick and Piper St. JamesReferences:Author's website: http://www.lindalaelmiller.com/books/...(ISBN 9781742915876)-CR-

  • Rhonda Soukup
    2018-11-16 00:52

    The 4th book in the story about the McKettrick family. This time the tale is of the oldest step-brother. He goes back to Texas to help out friends and finds romance/wife. Classic romance tale but it is a historic piece in the 1800s and there was a cattle run.

  • Book Reading Gals
    2018-12-02 22:36

    Title: McKettrick's ChoiceSeries: The McKettrick's SeriesAuthor: Linda Lael MillerGenre: Historical RomanceWhen news came that there was trouble back in Texas, Holt McKettrick left his mail-order bride at the altar and never looked back. He just hoped he'd be in time to save the man who raised him as a son and stop his best friend from hanging. Setting fire to her wedding dress in the town square probably wasn't the best way to stand her ground, but Lorelei Fellows was through with men and their schemes. All she wanted was to stake her claim on a little piece of Texas. With Holt McKettrick as her new neighbor, things began to look up. He was a straight shooter with a strong will, a steady aim and a hungry heart, and the sparks between them couldn't be denied--if they could just make it through a cattle drive and a range war without killing each otherI got this book at a book swap and I reluctantly picked it up to read it, thinking that I would not enjoy the book. Boy was I wrong, I have to stop passing judgement on books before I read them, otherwise I would miss out on a lot of good books.What would you do if a letter came to you stating that the man who raised like his son is about to lose his land and your best friend is going to hanged for a crime he did not commit?........oh and it's also your wedding day! If your answer is get married, well you'd would be wrong. Hot Mckettrick chose his "adopted family" and rode off to Texas to save the people he cares about, leaving behind his daughter and his real family.Lorelei Fellows is the, daughter of a tyrant judge, who as a statement burned her wedding dress in the town square after finding her soon to be husband in bed with a house maid, and on their wedding day no less. After watching the dress burn a few minutes, Lorelei turned to walk away when large hands grab her and she is turned to look into the angry face of Holt Mckettrick.Holt never saw someone like Miss Lorelei, especially since she was foolish enough to start a fire that could spread like crazy. After having some bad words between each other, Lorelei stalks off hoping that Holt will go back from where ever he came from.But as luck would have it, in order for the both of them to achieve their goals, they keep bumping into each other. Holt has to save his adopted father's ranch, prove his best friend's innocence and keep everyone alive whilst doing it; and having some ungrateful to proud of a woman tagging along when an opportunity to purchase cattle arises, is going to add a whole new set of problems that he does not need.Lorelei was adamant, and with the combine farces of Holt's brother and reason, Lorelei got her ways. So they all set out on a cattle drive.On their way they encountered Comanches, ghost, a fire and a deaf baby. Taking on those was the easy part for Holt, dealing with Lorelei was the hard part. Feel like your missing something, read the book to fill in the blanks.I liked this book, I read the urgency in what the writer wrote, there was a lot of what if's and I liked that. The romance, to me, seemed like an after thought. You have a good story line and then the romance was just thrown in, and it did not even seem to really fit their personalities. I keep getting thrown by what Holt and Lorelei say to each other, especially the love scene. It did not fit because Lorelei does not come of like the type of woman to give in as easily as she did.Other than that, I was satisfied by the book and I know you would too, to look for Linda Lael Miller, she writes exciting and thrilling work. Thoughts: The romance came as an afterthought.Grade: BReview by: Nathifahttp://www.thebookreadinggals.com

  • Willow Brook
    2018-11-19 01:39

    This very enjoyable, action-packed fourth and last entry in the McKettricks series tells the story of the oldest son, Holt and the woman he falls in love with, Lorelei. A whole lot happens in this book which starts with Holt leaving his wedding to a mail-order bride he likes but does not love to rush off to his old stomping grounds in Texas when he receives word that a good friend is sentenced to hang, another friend is missing and the man who was like a father to him is being forced off his ranch. He arrives in San Antonio to find the judge's daughter Lorelei burning her wedding dress in the town square after finding her fiance in bed with a housemaid. Holt is astonished, irritated and drawn to her against his better judgment. However, he has his hands full trying to save one friend's life, another friend's ranch and also locate the missing third friend. He has no time or intention to pursue the feisty Lorelei. Except Lorelei has decided she's tired of living a boring life, trying to please her father and not scandalize society. She moves to the land next to Holt's friend's ranch, right in the middle of a burgeoning range war. On top of that, she doesn't know how to ride a horse, purchase livestock, use a gun, run a ranch, cook or do any housekeeping. In other words, she is a menace to herself but what she lacks in practical skills, she makes up for in determination and guts. She and Holt end up together on a long trail ride to buy cattle. Along the way they encounter old friends, hostile Comanches, and even some ghosts. At first I was disappointed when I realized Holt was leaving Arizona and the colorful McKettrick clan. But there is still much talk and thought of his family, and a whole new cast of colorful, interesting characters and menacing villains. As always, I found Miller's descriptions of frontier life engrossing, whether the details are about hardships of ranch life, perils on a long drive or simple everyday events. After some consideration, I did knock my rating down to 4 stars because things were wound up a bit fast and one major, climatic event lacked almost all details. It was like Miller ran out of room for her sprawling plot and had to cut scenes. Too bad, because even with a busy plot and the slow pace of the romance, I loved this book. Lorelei was a great match for Holt, both of them stubborn and determined to do whatever needed to be done to achieve their goals. I loved that while Holt wanted to protect Lorelei, he also respected and valued her strength of will. While Lorelei could easily have been a TSTL heroine, given that she knew nothing about the hard, often dangerous life she wanted to live, she was instead enjoyable, fun, and admirable. Only at the end of the book, does she rush into a situation in a way that made no sense, but I think that was due to the rushed or overly edited ending. The four books in this wonderful series read as one long saga and are best read in order (High Country Bride, Shotgun Bride, Secondhand Bride and McKettrick's Choice). I've thoroughly enjoyed reading about this family and will miss these McKettricks, their wives and friends now that I am moving on to other books.

  • PepperP0t
    2018-11-25 00:52

    4.5stars actuallyIt was so easy to get back into the old west of the McKettrick as Holt interrupts his wedding to go back to his roots & save the family homestead. This series is so easy to read with lovably layered characters that it raises the genre on my tbr. The comfort of an older western that ensures the good guys riding straight and tall in the saddle win and the villains so obviously twirling their moustaches don’t get away. There are even feisty heroines along the way. The conspiracy afoot is one that the county judge, the town banker, the town lawyer and a greedy rancher are in cahoots to strip a poor black farmer with a slow-witted daughter of their home to satisfy the greedy rancher. What they failed to take into consideration is that just because you look alone doesn’t mean to you are lone as Holt rides in hell-bent for justice, meeting the almost spinster daughter of the judge Lorelei Fellows – who will not be bullied into marrying the town lawyer. Lorelei Fellows is tired of waiting for life to happen, tired of having decisions made for her, tired of not being able to do things because of her sex – she’s just tired. But Lorelei also decides that she’d rather be alone than put up with her father, her fiancé or the Ladies Benevolent Society. So when an opportunity leaves her with a bit of land she seizes the opportunity. Never mind that a range war is brewing, never mind that she can’t do any of the things necessary for a ranch, never mind that she has no idea how to run a house – and never mine Holt Cavanaugh McKettrick! Holt has come to town on short notice to help a friend in need and his foster father – along the way he meets and falls for the most frustrating female ever born personified in Lorelei Fellows. To his thinking she should just go back and be a proper lady in her father’s house and wait until her future husband comes to claim her. Rafe comes to help which means we see more of him than the other drool worthy McKettrick brothers – and they are missed. Lorelei’s independent streak and her willingness to do everything she can to succeed makes her a fun character as she trades barbs with elder brother McKettrick. Holt is pretty much as we’ve seen him in the other books, there is just more of him. This refreshing read is suitable for anytime and the pages go quickly. The characters are layered and detailed enough to give them personality and strong voices so that you are clear who is speaking and the unsaid things of their conversations. The story is evenly plotted to provide romance, action, drama and moments of suspense as with all tales from that bygone era - a good old-fashioned moral of the story delivered subtly. If this is your genre or your type of series you couldn’t go far wrong by giving it a read. If it’s not your genre this series may help you increase your horizons.

  • Kara Jorges
    2018-12-01 20:50

    Holt McKettrick is just about to hitch himself to his mail-order bride when a rider comes into town, telling Holt that Gabe Navarro, a good friend of his, is about to hang in Texas, and his foster father is about to be run off his ranch. Secretly relieved at delaying his nuptials, Holt abandons his wedding and heads for San Antonio. One of the first things he sees when he gets there is lovely Lorelei Fellows burning her wedding dress in the town square, after catching her husband-to-be en flagrante delicto with a house maid. Holt runs into Lorelei again at her home when he goes there to speak to her father, the judge who sentenced his friend Gabe to hang. His meeting with Judge Fellows goes nowhere, however, as Holt knows the man is in league with Templeton, a wealthy rancher who is after Holt’s foster father’s ranch and who framed Gabe for the crimes for which he is about to hang.Holt isn’t the only one who has problems with Lorelei’s father, however. When Judge Fellows threatens to commit Lorelei to an asylum for refusing to marry her cheating fiancé, she starts to think about changing her life and actually living it. When she finds out she’s the owner of a small tract of land, she packs up her things and the Mexican couple who raised her, and heads out to start a new life on her own ranch. The house is a wreck and she has to start from scratch, but even the hardships Lorelei finds herself facing are exhilarating compared to her boring life in her father’s house. Even more exhilarating, though annoying, is the fact that Holt McKettrick is staying on a neighboring ranch. Against Holt’s better judgment, he invites Lorelei along on a cattle drive so that she can purchase some stock for her ranch, and the close proximity they find themselves in is of great amusement to the rest of their group, as just about everyone but Holt and Lorelei can see that they’re falling in love.I picked this book up simply because I was looking for a sweet historical romance and knew Linda Lael Miller would deliver. I don’t read as many romances as I used to so I haven’t read everything by this author, but everything of hers that I have read has been satisfying, and this book was no exception. Though the pace of the story dragged a bit in the middle and the relationship between Holt and Lorelei could have used just a touch more flash, this was a very good historical romance novel with engaging characters and it made me feel like I was right there on the dusty Texas trail. As usual, Linda Lael Miller is worth the read.

  • Melissa
    2018-12-13 23:01

    Considering this is the story of a couple that branches off a whole line of characters in other books, I expected a lot more for it. Sadly, this one just turned out average for me. The characters were only so-so and the plot slow moving. I've come to expect better from Miller. Or maybe its just because its one of the earlier ones in the series (although you don't need to read any of the others) and her writing improved as she went along.After hearing his friend has been sentenced to hang, Holt McKettrick gallops back to Texas to try to right things. There he meets the fiery Lorelei as she's burning her wedding dress. The two can't stop arguing but there's definitely attraction there. However, too much is going on to dwell on it as they have to go get some cows for a ranch, find a lawyer for Holt's friend, and try to tame their wild hearts as they fight the attraction.For characters, Lorelei and Holt are just kind of annoying. In fact, all the side characters are better than them and I would have rather read about them. Holt is just kind of a jerk (and despite the times I know he could have been better) and Lorelei never really struck me as interesting. She was kind of just there as someone for Holt to pair up with. As said before though I did like the side characters and found all of their stories very intriguing. They are what kind of saved the book.The plot was very slow to start and drug along for about 2/3 of the book. Then the last 1/3 of the book just rushed right by. The pacing definitely could have been better. The love story in this one too wasn't as compelling. I don't see what made Lorelei and Holt attracted to each other. In fact, they didn't seem to like each other at all despite the sexual tension. And that is something to note, there are sex scenes in this book, if you don't like that, don't read. After all, this is a romance.It wasn't a horrible book, but not too good either. I guess I'll just have to keep reading to see if Miller's normal good books come back. There's still a whole lot of McKettrick I haven't experienced.McKettrick's ChoiceCopyright 2005457 pagesReview by M. Reynard 2011

  • Leboudoirdulivre
    2018-11-21 18:40

    J’adore Linda Lael Miller, une auteure qui fait voyager ses lecteurs au pays des cow-boys.Je regrette que le fameux prequel n'ait pas suivi l'ordre chronologique de la saga en VO, si on va sur le site de l'auteur , on s'aperçoit que ce livre est le quatrième tome et que les tomes suivants publiés par Harlequin sont les 12, 13 et 14 ce qui est assez déroutant pour le lecteur.J'ai été très étonné des incohérences, fautes d'orthographes, mots manquants dans les phrases tout au long du livre, ce serait bien que ce livre soit revérifié et corrigé.J'ai un avis mitigé sur ce livre, en-dehors des problèmes dits plus hauts, j'ai trouvé que l'histoire s'étirait en longueur. Connaissant la qualité de travail de cette auteure, je suis allée jusqu'au bout et à partir de la moitié du livre, j'ai retouvé l'action et l'enchaînement d'événements auxquels je m'attendais.L’histoire se passe en 1888, Lorelei, fille du juge Fellows, découvre son futur mari dans les bras d’une servante. Faisant fi du quand dira-t-on, elle brûle sa robe de mariée en place publique devant les yeux d’Holt McKettrick. Tout juste arrivé en ville pour innocenter son ami Gabe qui a été accusé de meurtre, il tombe sur Lorelei. Lorelei, traité comme un objet par son père qui ne pense qu’à son image de respectabilité, compte partir loin de celui-ci et de son emprise sur sa vie.Fasciné par le tempérament de la jeune femme et sa répartie, Holt McKettrick l’aidera à rejoindre son ranch qui se trouve être dans un piteux état.Des embûches les emmèneront à faire un long périple ensemble ce qui leur laissera le temps de s’apprivoiser. Ils iront jusqu’à convoyer un troupeau de vaches dans des conditions extrêmes, allant jusqu’à devoir affronter des Comanches.https://leboudoirdulivre.wordpress.co...

  • jenjn79
    2018-11-17 22:59

    I was looking forward to Holt's story. The book was, I don't know, a little disappointing. It wasn't great, and it wasn't bad. It was just okay.Holt and Lorelei make a fascinating couple. They had a great passion between them. But too much of the book was spent on their conflicts and not enough on the connection between them. There weren't enough...softer...moments between them. They spent so much time fighting, that at the end, when they admit they love each other, it was just slightly off. I was also a little annoyed by how mean Holt tended to be to her. In all the other books in the series, he is always so kind and gentle to females, but right off the bat with Lorelei, he is contrary and high-handed. It didn't quite work for me.My other complaint about the book was that it was too focused on the storyline. I really didn't want to read so many details about a cattle drive. I wouldn't have minded more about Holt and Lorelei. It just got kind of boring. But all the side characters were great.Anyway, the book was okay...there was just something about it that kept me from loving it. Not sure how to explain it. As for the series as a whole, it was okay as well. Miller's writing isn't bad, but she often times sticks to the surface of things and doesn't get down to the nitty-gritty emotions that drive people. It was worth reading, I suppose, but it doesn't make any of my 'best' lists.

  • Tina
    2018-11-17 20:44

    This is book 4 in the McKettricks series, and I have to say even though we've moved away from the supporting characters & the main couples from the previous 3 books the new supporting characters in this book are wonderful. Just as entertaining, just as funny and just as captivating. Fortunately we still get Rafe who is on this Texas journey with his brother Holt (this books Hero) and they are magic together on paper :). The Heroine Lorelei is awesome. I loved her journey in this book, it was eye opening. Reading about her taking brave steps to have her own life (however foolish they where) and watching her realize how unfair the world is for some, and coming to that place of gratitude for what she had, was so human... This was by far the most emotional book in the series for me. I cried a lot. After reading these first 4 books in this series my only complaint would be the length of the epilogue. I really felt like I needed more. That being said, these book where so good that I won't deduct a star for that. Once again this book had it all, a great story, humor, suspense, action, angst, romance and mild steam. The chemistry between Holt & Lorelei was great, and the banter between them was priceless. This was a definite page turner that kept me captivated from start to finish!