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A Creed in Stone Creek by Linda Lael Miller


Cover art: A Creed in Stone Creek Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: A Creed in Stone Creek - 1st in the Creed Cowboy series
Author: Linda Lael Miller
Publisher: HQN
ISBN-13: 978-0-37377-5552
Release Date: February 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Year/Setting: Present Day Stone Creek, AZ
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Linda's Website/Blog: www.lindalaelmiller.com

Steven Creed has moved to Stone Creek to start over. Upon finding himself an unexpected father, he is excited to adopt his new charge and marry the girl of his dreams that he’s been living with. When she gives the ultimatum, "Me or the child," he picks Matthew without hesitation. He decides to move with Matt to a new place where they can all start over and hopefully heal. This move from Denver to Arizona, also moves them much closer to the Creed ranch in Texas. He likes the idea of striking out on his own, while moving closer to his family.

Melissa O’Ballivan is born and raised in Stone Creek. If she would be honest with herself, she’d realize her true dream is to become a wife and mother. But once burned is twice shy and she won’t give most men the time of day. However, when Steven Creed moves to town, he catches her eye and she starts to think that happily ever after might be a possibility for her.

Both Steven and Melissa are lawyers. Steven does criminal defense and Melissa is the County Prosecutor. When a case puts them on opposite sides of the judge’s bench, it clearly points out the differences in them and makes them both wonder if they can be on the same side of anything ever again. Will this case be the make or break for their relationship? Can they find a way through this? Wish I could tell you how it turns out—but I can’t.

I liked Steven Creed…a lot…from the opening page. But if I’m being honest, his little charge, Matt, stole my heart from the opening lines and I felt like I’d give my life for that kid. He means as much to me as my own kids do. His pain at being orphaned tore at my heart and the gentle and loving way Steven handled Matt made me fall in love with him, too.

Melissa was a character I liked from the get-go, but I admit it took me a bit of time to warm up to her. She is in a bad spot, but came across as a bit whiny and self-pitying at first. Once I got to know more about her and her past, I didn’t feel the same way. I came to love her as a sister—and maybe that’s why I didn’t instantly love her. Isn’t that how it goes with sisters?

There were obstacles and barriers between Steven and Melissa from the beginning. Whether self-imposed or otherwise, it just didn’t look hopeful for them. I was rooting them on and felt as torn as they do when this case come between them.

Linda Lael Miller has found a winning combination in A Creed in Stone Creek. She has found a fresh new way of telling her stories and her hero is yummy. I can’t wait to eat up the other Creed books.


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