Book Review: The Creed Legacy by Linda Lael Miller

Posted 18 September, 2011 by Molly in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Title:The Creed Legacy
Author:Linda Lael Miller
Publisher:HQN Books
Release Date:June 28, 2011
Pages:384
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Rating:5 Books

About the Book:
Rough-and-tumble rodeo cowboy Brody Creed likes life on the move. Until a chance encounter with his long-estranged twin brother brings him “home,” for the first time in years. Suddenly Brody is in Creed territory—a rootless bad boy among family with deep ties to the land and each other. He’s half-ready to bolt when he meets a copper-haired beauty more restless than he is.

Carolyn Simmons is living a temporary life in Lonesome Bend, waiting to light out for the glamour of a metropolis. Then she falls for gorgeous Brody Creed, the opposite of everything she wants. But taming his wild heart might just become everything they both need…

About the Author:
In January of 2006, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Linda Lael Miller left the Arizona horse property she’s called home for the past five years and listened to the call of her heart. Packing up her work-in-progress for HQN Books; her dogs, Sadie and Bernice, and her four horses, the author of more than 70 novels bid farewell to her home in the desert and returned to the place of her birth, Spokane, Washington.
The daughter of a town marshal, Linda grew up in Northport, WA, a community of 500 on the Columbia River, 120 miles north of Spokane. Her childhood remembrances include riding horses and playing cowgirl on her grandparents’ nearby farm. Her grandparents’ spread was so rustic that in the early days it lacked electricity and running water.

As delightful as this childhood was, Linda longed to see the world. After graduating as valedictorian of her high school class, she left to pursue her dream. Because of the success of her author career, Linda was able to live part-time in London for several years, spend time in Italy and travel to such far-off destinations as Russia, Hong Kong and Israel. Now, Linda says, the wanderlust is (mostly) out of her blood, and she’s come full circle, back to the people and the places she knows and loves.

Before Linda begins her writing day, she takes her first cup of coffee while enjoying the scenic view of the wooded draw behind her new home. The first morning there, a snowfall blanketed the pine trees, something she had missed in the desert outside Scottsdale. Still enamored with the people she came to love in Arizona, she says she will still set books in that starkly beautiful area, and, of course, in other stories the action will take place in Washington.

Devoted to helping others pursue their dreams, the author will launch her sixth round of Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women in May of this year. A talented speaker, she donates all her speaking honoraria to her scholarship fund. The stipends are awarded to women who seek to better their lot in life through education.

It’s no wonder the protagonists in Miller’s novels are women her readers admire for their honor, courage, trustworthiness, valor and determination to succeed, despite overwhelming odds. ‘These qualities make them excellent role models for young women,’ Miller explains. ‘The male leads possess equally noble traits that today’s woman would be delighted to find in her life’s mate.’

The author traces the birth of her writing career to the day when a Northport teacher told her that the stories she was writing were good, that she just might have a future in writing. Later, when she decided to write novels, she endured her share of rejection before she made her first sale.

Although Linda has written successfully in other genres, she is best known for stories set in the West’stories like McKETTRICK’S CHOICE (HQN Books March 2006 paperback); THE MAN FROM STONE CREEK (HQN, June 2006 hardcover) and that very first novel, FLETCHER’S WOMAN, which is being reissued in 2006. Her stories, set in yesterday’s world, and today’s, are historical romances, romantic thrillers, and other contemporary tales. They consistently score on prestigious national bestseller lists.

Linda has come a long way since leaving her sheltered life in Northport at age 18 to experience the world. ‘Growing up in that time and place, in a family grounded in Western values, served me well,’ she allows. ‘And I’m happy to be back home.

My Review:
I am a Linda Lael Miller fan. Totally fan. I fell her in love with her work in 2009 when I checked one of her older books out of the library. Loved it. It totally engrossed me, and I was a fan for life. However, lately, I’ve slacked up on some of her books. I haven’t kept up with what I wanted to in her series, but when the opportunity presented itself to review her most recent novel, The Creed Legacy, I jumped on it. It was so like going home after a long vacation! She totally gripped me with this novel and I was so glad to be back in one of her stories!

First, I want to say, wow. What an awesome cover. Ms. Miller’s books always have the hunkiest cowboys ever on them. I fall in love and drool each and every time I look at the covers. Yea. So, anyway. My thoughts on the story.

Brody and Carolyn are awesome characters. Both would rather be far away from the country life and on the road and in the bright lights. Until they meet each other…..again. Carolyn was Brody’s ex girlfriend, and one he THOUGHT he was over. Brody is a guy Carolyn would rather dislike. After all he’s everything she’s not. That just won’t do. Or will it? After having a round of men to date, and comparing each and everyone to Brody, Carolyn realizes where her heart lies. And, Brody. Well, he’s just the super hunky cowboy I totally drooled over every time I read about him.

I totally recommend this novel to everyone. If you are a western, hunky cowboy lover, a lover of awesome romance, and some fun loving characters, then Linda Lael Miller’s books are for you. Why not start with the 5 Book worthy novel, The Creed Legacy? It rocks. While a part of a 3 book series, Ms. Miller always keeps her readers up to date in each one and they easily read as standalones. I can’t wait to get back to my Linda Lael Miller reading! I have A LOT to catch up on and A LOT to look forward to!

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