Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Christmas in September: Review of A Lawman's Christmas

A Lawman's Christmas (McKettricks, Book 14)

About the Book:
Love comes home for the holidays in a brand-new McKettrick tale from #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Linda Lael Miller.

The sudden death of the town marshal leaves Blue River, Texas, without a lawman…and twenty-five-year-old Dara Rose Nolan without a husband. As winter approaches and her meager seamstress income dwindles, she has three options. Yet she won’t give up her two young daughters, refuses to join the fallen women of the Bitter Gulch Saloon and can’t fathom condemning herself to another loveless marriage. Unfortunately she must
decide—soon—because there’s a new marshal in town, and she’s living under his roof.

With the heart of a cowboy, Clay McKettrick plans to start a ranch and finally settle down. He isn’t interested in uprooting Dara Rose and her children, but he is interested in giving her protection, friendship—and passion.
And when they say “I do” to a marriage of convenience, the temporary lawman’s Christmas wish is to make Dara Rose his permanent wife…

My Comments:
I think you either like Linda Lael Miller's books, or you don't.  They are all pretty much  alike--a rugged, handsome and sensitive  Western man (generally a rancher) meets a pretty woman.  Not very deep, no socially relevant subplots, just happily ever after with a little steam thrown in.  In this case, all the steam is in the last chapter, so if you are looking for a clean Christmas romance, just skip that chapter.  This is shorter than most of her books by about 150 pages, so keep that in mind if ordering it sight-unseen.  All that being said, the book was exactly what I expected, and I enjoyed reading it.  Grade:  B.

I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley.  I was not obligated to provide a positive review.

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