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McKettrick's Choice    by Linda Lael Miller order for
McKettrick's Choice
by Linda Lael Miller
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Harlequin, 2006 (2005)
Hardcover, Paperback
* * *   Reviewed by Martina Bexte

With his three younger half brothers (and rivals for ownership of the Triple M ranch) now married, Holt McKettrick decides it's high time he tie the knot as well. He's about to walk down the aisle with his mail order bride when a rider barrels in from Texas bearing bad news. Two of Holt's best friends are in trouble; former Ranger Gabe Navarro has been framed for murder and is set to hang in a few weeks while John Cavanaugh, the man who raised Holt like his own son, is about to lose his land to the bank. Holt's priorities are clear and marriage is not up there. Without apology, he rides hell for leather for Texas, determined to set things right.

As he gallops into San Antonio he all but bowls over Miss Lorelei Fellows as she set fire to her wedding dress in the middle of the street. She's furious with her fiancée Creighton (and men in general) after finding him in bed with another woman on the eve of their wedding. Her father is equally furious that she's ruined her last chance at marriage and throws Lorelei out of the house to fend for herself. Determined to make her own way, she sets her sights on turning a 100-acre inheritance into a working cattle ranch. Can a pampered city girl endure the hardships and realities of ranch life? Lorelei is prepared to try - and with Holt McKettrick as her neighbour, she might just succeed.

Nobody brings the old West to life like Linda Lael Miller, and while her two previous installments (Shotgun Bride and Second Hand Bride) tended to run hot and cold, this final McKettrick Brothers episode hits the bull's eye. Holt McKettrick is the most well-developed of the brothers; he's the only one who truly had to fight for everything he's attained. And what greenhorn Lorelei lacks in sense she makes up for in spunk, which is not lost on Holt. The pair of them are both too strong willed for their own good - the more they try to fight their raging attraction, the more the sparks fly. McKettrick's Choice, an entertaining and highly readable conclusion to this series, paints a rich portrait of the old West.

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