October 09, 2011

McKettrick's Choice by Linda Lael Miller

Considering this is the story of a couple that branches off a whole line of characters in other books, I expected a lot more for it. Sadly, this one just turned out average for me. The characters were only so-so and the plot slow moving. I've come to expect better from Miller. Or maybe its just because its one of the earlier ones in the series (although you don't need to read any of the others) and her writing improved as she went along.

After hearing his friend has been sentenced to hang, Holt McKettrick gallops back to Texas to try to right things. There he meets the fiery Lorelei as she's burning her wedding dress. The two can't stop arguing but there's definitely attraction there. However, too much is going on to dwell on it as they have to go get some cows for a ranch, find a lawyer for Holt's friend, and try to tame their wild hearts as they fight the attraction.

For characters, Lorelei and Holt are just kind of annoying. In fact, all the side characters are better than them and I would have rather read about them. Holt is just kind of a jerk (and despite the times I know he could have been better) and Lorelei never really struck me as interesting. She was kind of just there as someone for Holt to pair up with. As said before though I did like the side characters and found all of their stories very intriguing. They are what kind of saved the book.

The plot was very slow to start and drug along for about 2/3 of the book. Then the last 1/3 of the book just rushed right by. The pacing definitely could have been better. The love story in this one too wasn't as compelling. I don't see what made Lorelei and Holt attracted to each other. In fact, they didn't seem to like each other at all despite the sexual tension. And that is something to note, there are sex scenes in this book, if you don't like that, don't read. After all, this is a romance.

It wasn't a horrible book, but not too good either. I guess I'll just have to keep reading to see if Miller's normal good books come back. There's still a whole lot of McKettrick I haven't experienced.

McKettrick's Choice
Copyright 2005
457 pages

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