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McKettricks of Texas: Garrett Mass Market Paperback – May 25, 2010

4.6 out of 5 stars 111 customer reviews
Book 12 of 15 in the McKettrick Series

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Devastated by the discovery of revered mentor/longtime employer U.S. Senator Morgan Cox's infidelity and public display of poor judgment, Garrett McKettrick heads home to the Silver Spur Ranch to regroup. But instead of leisurely examining his options, he must deal with cattle rustlers, an all-too-attractive houseguest and her precocious son, and elder brother Tate's ultimatum to either help run the ranch or sell it. High-school teacher Julie Remington, four-year-old Calvin, and their three-legged dog, Harry, are temporarily occupying the main houseguest suite while their rented home is being fumigated. Although Julie and Garrett have no history to overcome like her sisters and his brothers, her own insecurities seem likely to prevent her from reaching out to grab happiness, be it ever so fleeting. Miller's fast-moving, emotional contemporary romance continues the McKettricks series' plotlines, with more installments to come. --Lynne Welch


"Linda Lael Miller creates vibrant characters and stories I defy you to forget."-#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber

"Miller has created unforgettable characters and woven a many-faceted yet coherent and lovingly told tale." –Booklist on McKettrick's Choice

"Miller's name is synonymous with the finest in western romance."

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"Full of equal parts heart and heartache, Miller's newest western is sure to tug at the heartstrings from the first charming scene to the last."

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"A delightful addition to Miller's Big Sky series. This author has a way with a phrase that is nigh-on poetic...this story [is] especially entertaining."

-RT Book Reviews on Big Sky Mountain

"A passionate love too long denied drives the action in this multifaceted, emotionally rich reunion story that overflows with breathtaking sexual chemistry."

-Library Journal on McKettricks of Texas: Tate

"Miller's prose is smart, and her tough Eastwoodian cowboy cuts a sharp, unexpectedly funny figure in a classroom full of rambunctious frontier kids."

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"Miller's return to Parable is a charming story of love in its many forms. The hero's struggles are handled in an informed and heartwarming way, and it's easy to empathize with the heroine's desire to start an independent, new life in this sweetly entertaining and alluring tale."
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"Miller's third Stone Creek novel gets as hot as the noontime desert. Miller's portrayal of Sarah as a strong, independent woman sets this novel apart from customary tales of the damsel in distress and the rescuing hero...Well-developed, personable characters and a handful of loose ends will leave readers anticipating future installments." --Publishers Weekly on The Rustler --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: McKettricks of Texas (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books; Original edition (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373774419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373774418
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #876,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
3 1/2 stars

This is the second in the McKettricks of Texas series. Garrett is the middle child with aspirations of being a politician and maybe even president. When his mentor, and the man he has idolized for years, becomes involved in a major scandal, Garrett takes off for the Silver Spur to figure things out.
Julie Remington is the middle sister. She's always been the free-spirit and fun one. Now that she has been raising her 5-year-old son, Calvin, she is a little more subdued because of her concern for him.
When Julie and Garrett begin to share time together, they find that even though they are very different, they do have some things in common that bring them together.

I was only so-so on this book. I liked it well enough, but I didn't find myself really feeling the building of the relationship between Garrett and Julie. It focused a lot on Julie and not much on Garrett. What was focused on Garrett didn't seem to have enough depth. The time they spent together really didn't seem to have much depth. I was hoping for a little more romance and connection with them.

I'm also a stickler for consistency. In Tate's book, specific ages and age differences were never mentioned for the siblings. In this book, it was noted that each set of siblings are 1 year apart and they are the same ages (28, 29, 30). This does not work with one statement in Tate's book about Libby & Tate's age differences, "When Libby was fifteen and Tate was seventeen." They could not be 2 years apart at any time--I could see 16 & 17, but not 15 & 17. Just a minor editing miss.

It is not necessary to have read Tate's story, but it will add more to the story if you have read it. There is more lead-in to the next book about Austin and Paige. I have to admit that I am most interested in their story and hope that it lives up to the build up in the first two books.

I received this book from netgalley to review.
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By A Customer on May 29, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As Garrett McKettrick leaves Austin for his family spread the Silver Spur in Blue River, Texas, he knows his aspirations have been shattered to the bone marrow. His hero Senator Morgan Cox is embroiled in a nasty scandal that has nuked Garrett's beliefs and political dreams.

He arrives to chaos as the family plans for Tate's wedding and someone is rustling their herd leaving cattle dead. However that is not what causes the chaos inside of Garrett's heart. High School teacher Julie Remington, her five years old son Calvin and his three legged dog Harry are staying at the ranch for her sibling's marriage to Tate. Garrett wants her and likes the young boy while the free spirit that Julie filed away to raise her offspring as a single mom (with sisters) surfaces at a time when Calvin's biological father Gordon Pruett arrives wanting to be part of the lad's life.

The fascination behind the middle brother's tale is that most of the story line focuses on Julie with her fears of what Gordon wants and her sadness over bright student Rachel needing a job. Rachel's dad Mr. Strivens in one sentence adds realism about college for the impoverished families in hard times. Although the romance between Tate and Julie seem more off page than on, the McKettrick fans will enjoy this fine ranch contemporary and look forward to the next sibling's story.

Harriet Klausner
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By Jorge Frid on November 23, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is not the best love story but if you're in the mood you can read it. Some times the story is dull and others is almost good but not enough to keep you reading more than an hour or so. Maybe I have this feeling because I didn't read the prequel but if it were a good written book you don't have to read the prequel to get engrossed in the story. So I can't say is a bad plot but maybe I'll recommend another book instead of this one.
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By P. Blevins on January 14, 2015
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McKettricks of Texas: Garrett is by Linda Leal Miller. It is one of a trilogy about three McKittricks of Texas.
Garrett McKettrick is the second son and has always been interested in politics. He works for Senator Morgan Cox. His brothers do not like Cox and try to tell Garrett that the Senator is not the clean-cut American hero that Garrett thinks he is. Garrett has always ignored them. However, he cannot ignore the Senator getting up in front of a large group of people, including his wife Nan, to announce he is divorcing Nan and marrying Mandy Chante, now a former stripper. Nan takes the announcement quite well and Garrett escorts her out to her car so she is out of the way of the reporters. He then gets a room for the Senator in the hotel and escorts him and Mandy to the room. Then he heads for Silver Spur Ranch near Blue River, Texas to think. He is disgusted by the Senator. The next day he returns to Austin for a press conference and is then fired by the Senator. Gladly he heads back to Texas. He finds Julie Remington and her son Calvin staying at the Big House on Silver Spur.
Julie and Calvin are staying here while the cottage she is renting is undergoing termite extermination. Her sister, Libby, her fiancé Tate, and his twin girls are living in a small house on the ranch and help her care for Calvin since his school begins later than Julie’s. Calvin loves living on the ranch and staying with his Aunt Libby before and after school. He gets to play with his cousins and see Tate and Garrett.
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