Reviewed by Ami
Title: Always a Cowboy
Author: Linda Lael Miller
Series: The Carsons of Mustang Creek #2
Heroine/Hero: Luce Hale/Drake Carson
Genre: MF Contemporary Romance
Length: 384 Pages
Release Date: August 30, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
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.
Review: The book started very promising when Drake and Luce first met head-on. Luce screamed feisty to me as she stood and yelled at Drake thinking that the cowboy ruined her chance of observing the wild horses that interacted with ranch animals. I felt really giddy because I was expecting sassy banter and high-charged sexual tension.
Alas, the story then moved faster than a bullet train in terms of romance as suddenly the grouchy cowboy realized that he was in love – well, both were falling in love with one another – and soon they were engaged to be married. Within a month. And they only slept with each other once.
I missed the relationship build-up because the rest of the story seemed to be also about their wedding preparation. *sad face* Even the ‘danger’ mentioned in the blurb didn’t exactly live up to my expectation.
Well, at least Linda Lael Miller gives pretty authentic portrayal of ranch life. This is her genre, her forte, and it shows. Unfortunately the rest is just okay for me.
Overall Impression: It was okay
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*