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McKettricks of Texas: Tate Mass Market Paperback – January 26, 2010

4.4 out of 5 stars 117 customer reviews
Book 11 of 15 in the McKettrick Series

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Libby Remington was devastated when Tate betrayed her with a casual acquaintance and fathered twin daughters. Since that time she’s gamely soldiered on with her animal-rescue and coffee shop work while avoiding Tate as much as possible. But Tate’s marriage collapses soon after the girls are born, and now he’s running the ranch, trying to be a good parent and cope with his ex-wife’s outrageous demands and tantrums, while battling his never-forgotten feelings for Libby. Miller’s contemporary romance introduces a new branch of her enduringly popular McKettrick clan with the first in a series of three tales centered around hell-raising brothers Tate, Garrett, and Austin and their true loves, the three Remington sisters (Libby, Julie, and Paige). Expect high demand from loyal readers, although this tale is weak in terms of character development (the sisters seem more passive-aggressive than Miller’s usual take-charge protagonists), focus (subplots introduced to ramp up the emotional tension fade away unresolved), and real-life details. --Lynne Welch

About the Author

The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is the author of more than 100 historical and contemporary novels. Now living in Spokane, Washington, the “First Lady of the West” hit a career high when all three of her 2011 Creed Cowboy books debuted at #1 on the New York Times list. In 2007, the Romance Writers of America presented her their Lifetime Achievement Award. She personally funds her Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women. Visit her at www.lindalaelmiller.com.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books (January 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373774362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373774364
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #913,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've discovered that LLM is either hitting it out of the ballpark or the story just limps along. There doesn't seem to be any in between with her. And while "Tate" is certainly better than the Creed trilogy, it never won me over and fell a little flat.

The reader is told that Tate and Libby have a long history together of being madly, passionately in love, however, I didn't feel a strong connection here other than sex. I felt there was much that should have been said between the two. Had I been the author, I would have written a conversation that included why Tate did what he did all those years ago. I can't see how there can be forgiveness without that conversation. Also, given Tate's and Libby's ages (early 30's) and the length of time they'd been apart (almost seven years) and how long they'd dated on and off (since high school), I just felt if they had been truly committed to one another before the breakup, they would have been together already. Heck, it had been five years since his divorce -- surely, enough time to work something out instead of deliberately avoiding each other in their small town.

Libby's mother was a fascinating character, that's for sure, but I felt Libby should have been more straightforward with her as well.

A pet peeve of mine with LLM is that she tends to drone on about daily minutiae. Her books tend to include the characters' everyday chores ... repeatedly. Often, it feels like a "to do" list. By the third time I read how Libby had washed and refilled her dog's bowls, I was rolling my eyes. Enough!

On the positive, the kids were adorable (although I question whether a four-year-old really would talk like that).
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I was looking forward to diving into another McKettrick clan but was really disappointed by this one. I had to force myself to finish. The story wanders into so many other subplots for secondary characters at the expense of the main story. It feels like Miller was spending too much time setting up the follow up books. There's not much chemistry between Tate and Libby. We don't get a real sense for why they're drawn together. Also, as much as Libby goes on and on about how Tate had broken her heart by cheating on her in the past, the issue is never discussed or resolved before she jumps in bed with him again. The cheating high school sweetheart is a recurring theme in Miller's books but it's usually better treated by having the hero do something to redeem himself. That never happens here. They've been avoiding each other for years then out of the blue Tate starts sniffing around again.. for no reason, with no explanations.. and Libby just rolls over. Then she claims to have forgiven him long ago, even though her continual inner whine says otherwise. And she's supposed to be the 'smart' sister?? The story would have made better sense if these two didn't have any history at all. Overall this book just lacks focus and its characters were poorly developed.
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This was a strangely badly edited story and overall it made for some dull reading. The characterizations are inconsistent, the story line is weak, the dialogue is lackluster most of the time, and there is way too much time spent setting up future stories.
My main problems were:
a) the past issues between H/h are never resolved and there is no explanation for why it is suddenly okay to let bygones be bygones (the kids are 6 years old and H/h have lived in the same town all that time: why was it okay to suddenly get back together?) This issue kept occurring to me as I read on and it became clear I wasn't going to get an explanation.
b) there is no resolution or point at which the reason for their break-up is ever really resolved -- the Hero doesn't grovel and we don't know why the heroine has suddenly forgiven him.
c) the next big problem was the one-dimensional "supporting role" characters: the mother and the ex-wife are just a couple of examples. The mother's behavior is totally unbelievable and is never fully explained -- was she crazy or just a witch?
the ex-wife's role seemed to indicate there were going to be some big problems but she is removed form the scene very conveniently, leaving one wondering about why we were subjected to her earlier actions as they led nowhere and didn't move the plot forward.
d) Finally, this book is chock-a-block with unnecessary details and this was hard to take. We kept hearing about the minutiae of daily ablutions and of feeding the dog and other such trivial actions - so much so that you could read the beginning of the page, skip a few paragraphs and pick up the bottom of the page and not miss a thing. Where were the editors?
I can't recommend this book and it is the last that I will try by this author.
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wonderful book love the McKettricks fell in love with all the bothers. and would love to be a wife of a rancher. thought I married one but he changed his mind of horses and cows for the city life . But I can still dream of living on a ranch or in the mountains just by reading a good book. Keep it up Linda Leal Miller love your books
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