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on September 25, 2012
The McKettricks are BACK!! Linda Lael Miller is giving us a brand new McKettrick treat. This time we are traveling back to Blue River Sawyer McKettrick is on his way to be temporary sheriff before returning to The McKettrick Spread in Arizona. Every time I read about the McKettrick's I just want to smile. From feisty old Duncan to the youngest one. From the old west to WWI era to today.. there is just something to love about each and every one of them.

Sawyer is on his way to Blue River to take over as sheriff to help out his cousin, that's what McKettricks do after all. With a busy ranch two daughters and a baby on the way he really doesn't have much time for Sheriffing right now so Sawyer to the rescue. Of course he has to arrive in the middle of a blizzard, leaving his trunk at the train depot, Sawyer rides through town determined to make it to the hotel before he freezes. Unfortunately, someone has other ideas and shoots him. Barely alive he hangs on and hopes he ends up somewhere safe.

Piper St James is the local schoolmarm (why did they call them that anyway?) she is freezing in her little room attached to the local school trying to figure out if she really does need to go out into the blizzard. I mean seriously, does she really need wood for the fire? or water? Finally giving in to reality she walks out and stumbles right into a riderless horse. A saddled riderless horse. Realizing something is wrong, she backtracks to where she stumbles and finds Sawyer frozen, unconscious and bleeding right on her doorstep. Realizing that even though it will jeopardize her reputation the only thing to do is to bring him inside and care for him. While she is undressing him she discovers his gun, seriously in these modern times (1910) who carries a gun anymore unless they are an outlaw or a sheriff, seeing no badge she realizes he must be an outlaw.. what's a girl to do?

Piper is a great character.. she cracks me up, sure she knows she should be taking care of this poor injured man but seriously does he have to bleed all over her trousseau quilts? made me giggle when she offered him coffee in one of her chipped cups, thinking to herself not in one of her matching china set that remains in her chest unlike her quilts. This is a girl with a good heart but a practical nature. Sawyer is almost secondary.. that seems odd for a McKettrick but Piper is so well written she just jumps off the page. When one of her students is ill and Piper finds out that the Doctor won't visit because she lives in the local brothel, Piper is off and running.. and sure enough with a little help from Sawyer, the doctor shows up.

As often occurred in a time when a life could be destroyed by innuendo, Sawyer and Piper realize that the only way to save her reputation is by marriage. Piper of course is still not quite convinced that he isn't an outlaw, even if his cousin is married to hers. Obviously those McKettricks stick together. But she realizes her options are few so they decide to marry and then slowly get to know each other. But the die is cast and the two fall crazy in love.. I know spoiler *grins* but this is a McKettrick novel, Can you imagine if they didn't? These two belong together.

There is the secondary story of who shot Sawyer and why, which of course Sawyer being a contrary McKettrick is bound and determined to solve.. of course nothing in Blue River ever happens the way things ought to and he is saved by... *grins* ok not gonna do another spoiler..

This book was classic Linda Lael Miller, sassy, funny, sexy and yes those McKettricks qualify as swoonworthy men.. Even when like in this book that McKettrick is there to showcase an amazing female character.. If you haven't yet met the McKettricks... oh you so seriously need to. Be sure and check out Ms Millers Website for all of her wonderful characters.

Shauni

This review is based on the ARC of An Outlaw's Christmas was provided by netgalley
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on January 4, 2015
Miller has written two Christmas tales that mimic each other, linking two cousins (Clay and Sawyer) and two women who are like sisters (Dara Rose and Piper). Another McKettrick story set in 1915 Texas and Arizona, this story was an easy read even as it filled in additional details about the McKettrick boys, er men of the early 20th century. The addition of the women in the brothel provide interesting detail regarding the lives of women during this time period, and how "nice" women often acted toward the "fallen" of their sex. Gives new meaning to the term, bitch, in my view, and raises the issue of who is really "nice."
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on February 16, 2013
**Review contains a minor spoiler**

A fast, lightweight read, AN OUTLAW'S CHRISTMAS isn't Linda Lael Miller at her best or worst. Miller's typical style and voice shine, as always, but the plot's resolution is weak.

Over a period of three or four days, the central couple, both of whom were introduced in previous books, meet, marry to save her reputation, and then decide they're in love. His motivation for falling in love with her is less well-supported than hers for falling in love with him, but neiter seems wildly impossible. Improbable, perhaps, but not impossible.

Of greater concern: The incident that launched the story is never resolved. A hired killer surfaces and is dispatched easily by a minor character (not the hero or heroine), but the person behind the "contract hit" is never confronted. Although the hero, a bodyguard and sometimes-lawman, initially vows to ensure the man who wants him dead doesn't threaten hero's family in the future, he appears to abandon that goal on a whim. Consequently, the story seems to end almost mid-plot. That's disappointing.

Miller fans will enjoy the story, as long as they expect nothing more than a light romance.
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on January 1, 2013
An Outlaw's Christmas starts out as a precious story about an unhappy school teacher who ends up caring for a scary, but kindhearted, cowboy during a winter snow storm. The story unfolds with dynamic characters as they fall in love. Unfortunately, for me, once they are in love they throw all caution to the wind as their sexual escapades are narrated. For me this was disappointing. The characters having sex did not maintain the characteristics of the original characters. Linda Miller does a great job building the sexual tension between the characters. Based on the propriety and innocence of the female protagonist, a graphic intimate love scene between the two was appropriate. However, all of a sudden it was page after page after page of sex in all imaginable positions. Truly, the story didn't need to be so graphically pornographic. I didn't get the feeling that I was reading about the same characters. I started off feeling all warm and Christmas fuzzy and ended up feeling dirty and nasty.
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on December 2, 2013
Linda Lael Miller A very good author, This book has 2 stories in it. An Outlaw's Christmas, and Escape from Cabriz. The Outlaw story is about a cowboy who is ambushed and shot in a snow storm. His horse takes him to a school house/home of the teacher, who takes him in and nurses him to health, It is quite a good story. The second story is about a man who goes to Cabriz to resque his former lover and bring her home. There is quite a bit if friction between the two ex-lovers. Especially on his part. the story is full of action. The outlaw story I would give 4 stars, the resque story I would give 3 stars. I enjoy Linda Lael Miller's books quite well. If you enjoy multi-story books you will enjoy this one.

Germaine Rosenquist
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on January 28, 2014
I very much enjoyed An Outlaws Christmas. Piper St. James comes to life as a wild west school marm and Sawyer McKettrick is a wild west hero. This is a typically great LLM read. Unfortunately, I never felt involved with Escape from Cabriz. It is hard to feel close to Kristin and hard to believe that she could have lived this kind of life. Zach was more believable, and his life as a soldier of fortune was hard enough to believe. Their interactions were not realistic and were monotonous. Jascha was the most believable character. This is one of LLM's earlier novels. It should not have been packaged with An Outlaw's Christmas.
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on September 30, 2012
Another 5 star book from Linda Lael Miller. Admittedly, I had my doubts about Sawyer when he first appeared in last years Christmas book. No more. Sweet, easy to read, book. And, we got to see Clay, Dara Rose and several other old friends in the McKettrick family.
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on April 27, 2014
This is another excellent story of the west in the early 1900s by Ms. Miller. A school teacher befriends a stranger who
she thinks is an outlaw, who has been shot and in need of medical attention, without revealing who he really is. It's
almost Christmas, children are preparing for school show. Can teacher keep the stranger hidden from the community??
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on December 12, 2014
Piper is a school teacher and Sawyer was found in the yard, in the snow. As she nurses him back to health, she begins too worry about her reputation. So, they marry. But, she wants a love like her cousin and its unsure if it will happen with him. But Christmas is coming and miracles can happen.
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on November 13, 2016
i love linda lael miller books, i have yet to be unhappy with any of her books, i have read all of the McKettrick Series books, great series
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