I've been a big Linda Lael Miller fan for quite a while. I've read lots and lots of her books. I'm a big fan of the whole McKettricks/O'Ballivan/Creed series. A Creed in Stone Creek is the first in another set of 3 books this time from the Creed family. Below is a bit of a back of the book blurb.
When single attorney Steven Creed becomes the guardian of an orphaned five-year-old boy, he trades his big-city law firm for a ranch near his McKettrick kin in the close-knit community of Stone Creek, Arizona. Taking care of little Matt and fixing up his run-down ranch house with its old barn loosens something tightly wound inside him. But when Steven takes on the pro bono defense of a local teen, he meets his match in the opposing counsel—beautiful, by-the-book county prosecutor Melissa O’Ballivan. It’ll take one grieving little boy, a sweet adopted dog and a woman who never expected to win any man’s heart to make this Creed in Stone Creek know he’s truly found home.
I really enjoyed this book but something for me was missing. Thinking about it i wish we'd have seen more of Tess and Tom romance. They barely get a first date in which gets ruined and then at the end of the book.... Ok better now say it's a giveaway but i wanted more with the two of them. Perhaps they'll be more in the next book. i really loved both Steven Creed and Melissa O'Ballivan's characters. Especially Steven but Linda Lael Miller always does a good job with the characters. Matt is a little 5 year old boy that Steven adopts after his parents both die. He was best friend with both parents. I mean come on that's a awe moment right there that he takes on the boy with no reservations. You've got to love him for that but it's how he deals with the sweet little boy that will get you. Both Melissa and Steven have things from their pasts to deal with in order to have a relationship. Broken hearts and all that. I'm not sure what else was missing for me in this book but it wasn't quite as good as her others. I can't pinpoint the cause of that feeling. The next two book are about Steven's cousin Brody and Connor Creed who at this point in Steven book have a hate hate relationship. We'll see what that's about in the next book due out in May 2011. To find out about all the other books in this series ( there are many) you can go to Linda Lael Miller's website by click here. That should take you to a list of her books by series. Hunt around and you can find excerpts to her other books as well as this one or you can just click here to read a excerpt to A Creed in Stone Creek. Unfortunately I'm going to have to give A Creed in Stone Creek 3 and 1/2 Modokker Book Pick stars. This might be one of those series you have to warm up to. I'm hoping Connor's book will be better.
Creed's Honor (The Creed Cowboys)