Monday, July 14, 2008
I love Linda Lael Miller's western historical novels so much. I stumbled upon some of her books at Barnes and Noble because her books are always displayed and they are hard to miss. Since I've first discovered her novels I've tried to get as many of her wonderful books as possible. She also writes contemporary romances but I like her historicals more. I especially like her McKettrick series because it starts in the 1800's but the series continues for a couple more generations until it's in the present. You see how the ancesters of the present McKettrick have influenced the whole family line and that is so wonderful the read. I read the series a bit out of line last year but I finally got all the books in the series and have started reading it all from the beginning. The series has 9 novels so far and I think there are going to be more in this series because there are a lot of McKettricks.
Shotgun Bride is the second book in the series and continues the story of the stubborn, hardheaded and very manly McKettrick men. This book is Kade McKettrick's story and it is one fascinating tale to read because it is one problem after another, which makes the novel so much more interesting to read. In this book we meet other interesting characters that make the lives the the McKettrick men so much more interesting. In the first novel you found out that Angus McKettrick is feeling old and wants his wild sons to settle down and give him grandchildren. So he has come up with a contest which says that the first son to get married and give him a grandchild will have control over the ranch when he has seen fit to retire. This causes a big rift between the brothers that causes them to run in search of wives. Rafe is now married to Emmeline and they are expecting a child so it looks like Rafe is winning this contest but his younger brother Kade is not far behind because he has a couple of mail-order brides waiting for him to chose which he will marry.
In comes Sister Mandy who you met in the first novel. She is the one who fascinates Kade not the 6 mail-order brides vying for his attentions and proposal of marriage. They go through so much that it makes you feel like you just want to shake them and tell them to stop being stupid and just make up. You find out a very big secret that Angus has been keeping from his sons all their lives in the first book and I really don't want to say what it is now. But there is also another character that has shaken the McKettrick family up and his name is Holt Cavanagh. He has a big role in the McKettrick family that you find out in the first novel and second novel. This book is such a good read that I finished it up in one day and I instantly picked up the third book in the series wanting to read more about these fascinating McKettrick men and the trouble they get into. I also think that they pick out very strong willed women to marry and they keep these McKettrick men on their toes. Here is the description of the book from the back cover and picture:
SHOTGUN BRIDE $ 7.99 (Book 2)(432 Pages)
Shotgun Bride by Linda Lael Miller
One special lady will help this cowboy lawman win his father’s ranch—and steal his heart in the bargain….
Kade McKettrick’s got five mail-order brides-to-be camped out at the local hotel, all more than eager to provide him with the heir that will win him the Triple M ranch. But Kade, the newly appointed marshal, has his hands full with a troublesome outlaw gang. Why, then, is he so easily distracted by pretty “Sister Mandy”—who most assuredly is not the nun she claims to be? On the run from her outlaw stepfather, Mandy Sperrin hides beneath her solemn disguise, and vows to keep her wild, passionate nature from the respectable citizens of Indian Rock. Yet when the handsome marshal makes it clear that he wants her, Mandy gives in to her heated desires…. Despite the secrets that may lure them both perilously close to danger, Kade knows that proposing marriage may be the only was to keep this spirited woman by his side. But are her ties to a shadowed past more threatening—and closer—than Kade knows? His strong, sensual embrace may charm Mandy’s wild heart—but will she surrender to a lifetime of his deep and powerful love?

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