Sunday, May 29, 2011

McKettricks of Texas: Tate by Linda Lael Miller

Title:   McKettricks of Texas: Tate
Author: Linda Lael Miller
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: McKettricks of Texas #1
Main Characters: Tate McKettrick & Libby Remington
Release Date: January 2010
ISBN0373774362 or 
Publisher: Harlequin 
Links to Purchase:
Amazon- $7.99
Borders- $6.39
Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
There are barely enough hours for divorced dad Tate McKettrick to run the Silver Spur ranch, do the suit-and-tie thing for his business and run herd on his beloved six-year-old twin daughters. But time stands still at the sight of Libby Remington. When they were high school sweethearts, the wealthy McKettrick couldn't convince Libby he loved her. But now they're both back in Blue River, Texas. And cattle rustlers, a manipulative ex-wife and a killer stallion can't keep him from trying again.

Libby has her hands full taking care of her mother—and running the Perk Up Coffee Shop. Caffeine, she needs. Tate McKettrick, with his blazing blue eyes and black hair? No. Oh, heck—yes. But can they really hope for a second chance?

My Review:
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Tate & Libby were likable characters. The story line was interesting with lots of depth. Because this is a 3-book series surrounding these 2 families, the complexity of the family dynamics is really well thought out and thorough which made for great story development. There were a few times that the dialogue or thought processes seemed over-the-top and cheesy, but overall, I could ignore those moments and continue to enjoy the story.

Molly & Tate were high school sweethearts. She always assumed that they would get married, until Tate came home from law school with the devastating news that he'd gotten a girl pregnant and that they were getting married. Now Tate is a divorced father of 6 year old twins Ava & Audrey. He and Molly have managed to avoid each other for the 5 years since his divorce, but Tate is no longer willing to accept that as the status quo.

Molly's character and issues were a little bit harder to nail down. As a female, she's a bit confused and conflicted. She's indisputably drawn to Tate, but feels that she should be smarter than to trust that. She has given up a lot of her own dreams to take care of her sisters and father...and now her mother, and now feels conflicted about exactly where she belongs in this world. She's having her own midlife-style-crisis without the complications that Tate brings into the situation. 

There were lots of details about this story that I really like:
* Tate's relationship with his brothers (which bodes well for the whole series since the next 2 books features them.)
*the book is set in a small Texas town
*Molly owns a coffee shop- one of my other passions
*the McKettricks own a large sprawling ranch- great country ambience
*the tension between Molly & Tate is really well-written

It should be fun to see where the story goes from here with all the siblings...

1 comment:

Paperback Daydreamer (Deanna) said...

This sounds like an interesting contemporary romance. I love westerns, I love romance. I'll be interseted to hear what you think of the other two books in the series.