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High Country Bride [PDF] ✎ High Country Bride ✐ Linda Lael Miller – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk One ranch Three sons Only one will inheritand on one condition Tired of waiting for his sons to settle down Arizona territory rancher Angus McKettrick announces a competition the first son to marry an One ranch Three sons Only one will inheritand on one condition Tired of waiting for his sons to settle down Arizona territory rancher Angus McKettrick announces a competition the first son to marry and produce a grandchild will inherit Triple M ranch Now three distinctly different eually determined cowboys are searching high and low for brides If Emmeline Harding knows one thing it's that she can't hold her liuor And though she's not High Country Epub / sure how she came to wake up next to a stack of gold coins in a brothel she fears the worst Fleeing town as a mail order bride she wonders how will she ever confess her past to her handsome new husband Freedom loving Rafe McKettrick is a man of strong beliefs and stronger passions and he'll do anything to win the Triple M even marry a stranger To his surprise Emmeline's charms beguile him even as the secrets he senses she's hiding ignite jealousy and suspicion But when a visitor from the past enters the high country the newlyweds have no choice but to give up on a marriage in name only and seek a union that satisfies them body and soul.


10 thoughts on “High Country Bride

  1. Zoe Zoe says:

    I often wonder why a writer would go a certain way with a character and if they cannot rescue the characters from said certain way why insist on going that way at all?I asked that uestion about Rafe and Emmaline in this book from the beginning to the end Linda Lael Miller decided to make Rafe and his brothers both heroes in subseuent books I imagine rascals We were introduced to Rafe and his brothers through their father's and the housekeeper's eyes they were wasting their lives away with drinking whoring fighting and not taking their lives seriously They were cast in such unflattering light too Their father had to blackmail them into finding a wife and having children whoever did both will be awarded the lion's share of the ranch and practically be the boss of the other 2 brothers And all 3 brothers were thinking damn I have to find a woman and get her pregnant fast There was little brotherly affection among the brothers Everyone of them was thinking how they must be the first to get married and have a child so that they could own the ranch and lord it over the other 2 for the rest of their lives I disliked the 3 brothers from the onset How do you like 3 brothers who were basically playboys in the western fashions and also scheming bastards who seemed to hate one another out of spite? Then there was Emmaline the mail order bride for Rafe So Rafe's solution was to send for a bride condition as long as she was willing to have children and could have children Basically he was looking for a womb Emmaline grew up in a brothel with her aunt who turned out to be than just an aunt Her aunt is the Madam of the brothel Emmaline was the adventurous kind God how I hate a bored woman Bored women do stupid things They think of no one but themselves how dull their lives are and would give an arm for a wild ride Emmaline wanted adventure She was a social pariah because of her association with her aunt She wanted association wanted to belong somewhere Her aunt never allowed her to be involved in the prostitution business but she was a fallen woman nonetheless in society's eyes Now what would you do if you were Emmaline? Well not what Emmaline did I am sureEmmaline dressed herself up as a prostitute and actually engaged a customer for herself Afterwards she wasn't even sure what happened but had to assume that her virginity was lost because said customer a Texan named Holt left money behind Emmaline's aunt was outraged What loving aunt wouldn't be? Emmaline aka the adventure seeking genius answered Rafe's ad and voila there she was Arizona So Rafe and Emmaline met The first time Rafe was fighting with someone in a bar He did not even see Emmaline Rafe's brother had to drive Emmaline back to the ranch And he didn't do it out of goodwill He did it to make Rafe look bad So we are constantly reminded of the fact that these 3 brothers were nothing than the losers that they were portrayed in the beginning Emmaline's character was unremarkable She ruined herself because she was bored with her life then married someone hoping the entire time that her past would not catch up with her If there was romance between Rafe and Emmaline I could not tell I just saw that Rafe and Emmaline appear to have great sex And everything else just naturally happened They were happy in marriage not exactly in love but content I am certain it is not unusual for the old days but I ask where is the relationship development? I was just told that this was the case I didn't necessarily believe it Then the coincidence Oh my God Miller wrote that Rafe and Emmaline seemed to settle into marriage life having great sex and all and somehow were content with their lives No conflict we need a conflict for the book to be interesting Can you guess what or who she brought in? She brought in 2 people The first one was Emmaline's aunt aka the prostitute Emmaline was afraid that her past growing up in a brothel would come out and Rafe would not want her any So said aunt popped up in town one day dragging Emmaline's past in along with her And it just happened on the same day that Emmaline and her aunt met up with each other in the town's hotel the same day the same hour walked in Emmaline's customerNow this is where I uote from Casablanca Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world she walks into mine Of all of hotels in all the towns in the wild wild west our Texan walked into Emmaline's on the day that she happened to be in town meeting her aunt no less Now ain't life uaint? Of course he showed up How else would we continue with Rafe and Emmaline's story without her stunt as prostitute coming back to bite her in her behind? Unappealing characters and obviously fabricated plot lines Sometimes I wonder is it just me? Or the writers have so little respect for their readers that they cook up such stories and believe that readers would just go with it? I developed a severe headache while reading this book and it got worse as the story got unbelievable If you don't mind the characters how they are presented and how convenient everything appeared to be it might not be a bad read It wasn't for me


  2. *TANYA* *TANYA* says:

    I loved this book I will be reading the next book in the series Minus one star for a single detail that grated on my nerves but I will not spoil it Lol


  3. Beverly Beverly says:

    I didn't feel the love Rafe and Emmeline seemed as much like strangers at the end as they did when they first met There was almost no communication between them and I hardly ever felt like they really even liked each other They were kind of just co existing Sometimes they'd go off alone and talk but it was pretty boring and I didn't feel like they got to know each other that well I think Emmeline had meaningful conversations with Holt and Rafe with BeckyA lot of times I felt like they were living separately She'd stay at home and do stuff and he'd go out and do his own thing They were hardly ever together and I just could not see the attractionIt wasn't until the very end that I finally felt like they were in a relationship But for like 95% of the book it felt like they were acuaintances or booty calls Also what a misleading synopsis The brothers are searching high and low for brides Ha Yeah right Rafe does the mail order bride thing and forgets about it like a week later He even said that his own brothers had stopped lookingcaring about a week or two after they got the ultimatum The part about Emmeline not knowing how she was going to explain her past to her new husband? Yeah she only worried towards the very end Before that she wasn't planning on telling anyoneEmmeline's charm beguiles him even as the secrets he senses she's hiding ignite jealousy and suspicion That entire sentence is wrong Emmeline doesn't have charm She's a uiet mouse who's too intimidated by her husband to even speak At times she does get angry and she lashes out but it's mostly her being uiet Rafe doesn't sense any secrets He's completely oblivious to his wife's moods and attitudes that Becky and Emmeline constantly commented on it in their heads Rafe doesn't suspect Emmeline of anything He thinks she's a very innocent woman and not once does he think anything suspicious of her It's like his wife is literally a broodmare to him He only pays attention to her when he wants to he disregards her emotions and he does whatever he wants even when he knows it bothers Emmeline He doesn't sense anything And lastly there is no jealousy Like I said he thinks his wife is perfectly innocent and he never gets jealous view spoilerNot until he finds out that Emmeline slept with Holt even though she didn't And even then it's just because it's his brother otherwise he'd only be angry not jealous that she was a whore hide spoiler


  4. Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥ Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥ says:

    Historical Western Romance done right Loved this book There's a lot at stake when Rafe McKettrick sends away for a mail order brideit's his chance to be the first son to marry give his father a grandchild and if he manages to marry produce an heir before his brothers his father will give him the massive ranch his brothers will work for him Emmeline Harding lives in her aunt's brothelthough she doesn't work there And then one night she decides to dress up head downstairs see what it's all about She awakes the next morning with a hangover no memory of what happened Humiliated ruined she thinks she answers an ad for a mail order bride and heads off into the wild westRafe Emmeline are both strong stubborn characters toting their own brand of baggage The chemistry between them is electric though they're both in denial and often butting heads Great characters a strong plot line sizzling romance and a lot of saucy snark makes this one a Must Read I looking forward to continuing the series and read each of the brother's stories45 Sassy Stars


  5. BJ Rose BJ Rose says:

    I nearly put this aside several times a girl who was raised in a brothel couldn't be that ignorant could she? Even when I was able to accept that premise the book didn't grab me until over halfway when other factors and characters made it much interesting The 2nd half gets 4 but the first half is a very weak 3 but that stronger ending made me want to pick up the next in the series


  6. Diana Diana says:

    Ok so I love me some Mckettricks This is the first in the McKettrick series and is the story of Rafe and Emmeline First off I totally fell in love with Angus the dad He is a hoot It's a historical romance with not much depth but it is so stankin' sweet I have to say there are a few steamy partsso if that's not your thing beware But they aren't every other page so you could skip over it Rafe is a hard headed piece of work but Emmeline keeps him in line It's just a good little romance


  7. Willow Brook Willow Brook says:

    4 12 stars Excellent beginning to the stories of 4 brothers set in 1880's Arizona Patriarch Angus McKettrick decides his sons need to settle down and tells them that the first to marry and produce a grandchild of either gender will get the lion's share of their ranch Rafe the oldest son immediately sends for a mail order bride determined to win their father's contest Meanwhile in Kansas City Emmeline is bored out of her mind Raised by her aunt who runs a brothel Emmeline has been kept out of the business but is still shunned by society She has next to nothing to do with her life and longs for adventure One evening she foolishly dresses as a prostitute drinks with a cowboy and wakes up believing she has been ruined Her aunt is furious and Emmeline deciding she needs to leave town applies and is accepted to be a mail order bride for Rafe As always I enjoyed Miller's description of frontier life the hardships challenges and rewards She does a good job of giving interesting details without overwhelming you with must have been an often grueling existence The characters are wonderful drawn with both strengths and flaws Rafe is not your standard romance hero but instead has his normal share of human flaws While he can be tender understanding and patient with Emmeline especially in the bedroom he is often gruff uick tempered stubborn high handed and insensitive I loved that Emmeline was every bit as hard headed opinionated and at times unreasonable as Rafe refusing to back down when he tried to browbeat her or even threaten her When he hurt her feelings she'd rather die than let him know and fought back the way he needed someone to do with him I also loved how they showed their caring for each other in little every day ways They made a great if tempestuous couple She matched him for strength of will courage and ability to cope with the demands of frontier livingHowever they did need to work out their relationship with some give and take Even Emmeline wanted to be free of the secret of growing up in a brothel and the night she pretended to be a prostitute But she is understandably frightened to test her growing but tenuous bond with Rafe with this kind of information and worries Rafe will reject her if he knows the truth Other than one huge coincidental aspect of the plot which knocked off half a star from my rating I found Rafe and Emmeline's story to be fun touching and absorbing Two very believable characters finding love and beginning to build a life together


  8. Wendy Wendy says:

    A really fun book I enjoyed this read a lot Emmiline is a brave young women trying to find her place in the world When she runs away from home in Kansas City by marrying by proxy through a mail order Bride service she unwittingly signs on to the McKettrick family Rafe is a man trying to win the ranch before his brothers do So sent away for a bride Neither of the two know what to expect from one another but are definately drawn to each other This is a story not only of love found but of family and friendship as well It warmed my heart


  9. Lexi Lexi says:

    So I LOVED this book and have fallen in love with this series I was lucky enough to get and ARC of one of her other books in this series review coming closer to release date but after reading and enjoying it had to start at the beginning I'm happy to say I wasn't disappointedHigh Country Bride is about the McKettrick men Rafe Kade and Jeb who live with their father on the Triple M ranch in Indian Rock which is in the middle of the Arizona territory in 1884 Their father Angus McKettrick is tired of their wild ways and wants them to settle down He tells his sons that whichever of them gets married and gives him a grandchild first will get the controlling interest in the ranch His sons not wanting to answer to one another grudgingly scramble to find themselves a wife firstIn Kansas City Emmaline Harding lives with her Aunt Becky in a brothel Her aunt has sent her to the finest finishing schools and protects her from 'the business' One night Emmaline feeling not herself dresses up as one of the working girls and goes downstairs to have some fun She meets a Texan who she flirts with and drinks a little too0 much whiskey with She kisses him in the hallway and stumbles into a room with him The next morning she wakes up in a bed wearing her underclothes with a pile of coins on the night stand She has no recollection of what happened but when her aunt finds her stripped and sees the money she screams at Emmaline and throws her out Hurt and shamed Emmaline signs up to be a mail order bride and is sent to Indian Rock as Mrs Rafe McKettrickRafe and Emmaline have many struggles in this entertaining western historical romance but eventually find love only to have that one indiscretion from Kansas City follow Emmaline to Indian Rock complicating and threatening to ruin everything she has built between herself and RafeLinda Lael Miller creates an entertaining family in the McKettricks with a wonderful supporting cast of characters in town that add color and humor to the storyWhat I liked The McKettrick men all gruff and stubborn with no idea how to handle women And the housekeeper Conception doesn't shy away from putting them in their place when they get out of line Emmaline is a great character with brass and ballsWhat I didn't like I figured out the big secret right away so there was no aha moment for me when the truth came out but watching it all play out was very entertainingI highly recommend this series if you enjoy western historical romances I've read the second books and am getting read to crack into the third book and they keep getting better I've laughed I've cried and I've thoroughly enjoyed High Country Bride by Linda Lael Miller I hope you do tooThanks for Reading my Mindhttpreadingmymindreviewsblogspot


  10. TheGeekyBlogger TheGeekyBlogger says:

    Read in January 2012Read for FunOverall Rating 400Story Rating 400Character Rating 400Challenges 2012 TBR Challenge Goodreads Read for FunPublished in 2002NOTE I am so glad that I finally started the McKettricks from the beginning I am a huge fan of LLM's humor and this book was full of her classic storytelling styleWhat I Loved Holy Hot Cowboy Brothers These are some smoking hot Cowboys that are hard headed hot tempered and most off all having to do exactly what Daddy says I love reading stories where otherwise devil may care guys get stuck doing something they didn't want too I am really going to enjoy this series that started it all What I Liked The gals in this series are full of spit fire and backbone They are perfect for the McKettrick clan Emmeline was great and I really enjoyed her toe to toe moments with RafeWhy I will continue the series Can't wait to see Rafe's brothers fall as hard as he did Linda Lael MillerHigh Country Bride McKettrick Cowboys #1 McKettricks #1Secondhand Bride McKettrick Cowboys #3 McKettricks #3Shotgun Bride McKettrick Cowboys #2 McKettricks #2McKettrick's Choice McKettrick Cowboys #4 McKettricks #4


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10 thoughts on “High Country Bride

  1. Zoe Zoe says:

    I often wonder why a writer would go a certain way with a character and if they cannot rescue the characters from said certain way why insist on going that way at all?I asked that uestion about Rafe and Emmaline in this book from the beginning to the end Linda Lael Miller decided to make Rafe and his brothers both heroes in subseuent books I imagine rascals We were introduced to Rafe and his brothers through their father's and the housekeeper's eyes they were wasting their lives away with drinking whoring fighting and not taking their lives seriously They were cast in such unflattering light too Their father had to blackmail them into finding a wife and having children whoever did both will be awarded the lion's share of the ranch and practically be the boss of the other 2 brothers And all 3 brothers were thinking damn I have to find a woman and get her pregnant fast There was little brotherly affection among the brothers Everyone of them was thinking how they must be the first to get married and have a child so that they could own the ranch and lord it over the other 2 for the rest of their lives I disliked the 3 brothers from the onset How do you like 3 brothers who were basically playboys in the western fashions and also scheming bastards who seemed to hate one another out of spite? Then there was Emmaline the mail order bride for Rafe So Rafe's solution was to send for a bride condition as long as she was willing to have children and could have children Basically he was looking for a womb Emmaline grew up in a brothel with her aunt who turned out to be than just an aunt Her aunt is the Madam of the brothel Emmaline was the adventurous kind God how I hate a bored woman Bored women do stupid things They think of no one but themselves how dull their lives are and would give an arm for a wild ride Emmaline wanted adventure She was a social pariah because of her association with her aunt She wanted association wanted to belong somewhere Her aunt never allowed her to be involved in the prostitution business but she was a fallen woman nonetheless in society's eyes Now what would you do if you were Emmaline? Well not what Emmaline did I am sureEmmaline dressed herself up as a prostitute and actually engaged a customer for herself Afterwards she wasn't even sure what happened but had to assume that her virginity was lost because said customer a Texan named Holt left money behind Emmaline's aunt was outraged What loving aunt wouldn't be? Emmaline aka the adventure seeking genius answered Rafe's ad and voila there she was Arizona So Rafe and Emmaline met The first time Rafe was fighting with someone in a bar He did not even see Emmaline Rafe's brother had to drive Emmaline back to the ranch And he didn't do it out of goodwill He did it to make Rafe look bad So we are constantly reminded of the fact that these 3 brothers were nothing than the losers that they were portrayed in the beginning Emmaline's character was unremarkable She ruined herself because she was bored with her life then married someone hoping the entire time that her past would not catch up with her If there was romance between Rafe and Emmaline I could not tell I just saw that Rafe and Emmaline appear to have great sex And everything else just naturally happened They were happy in marriage not exactly in love but content I am certain it is not unusual for the old days but I ask where is the relationship development? I was just told that this was the case I didn't necessarily believe it Then the coincidence Oh my God Miller wrote that Rafe and Emmaline seemed to settle into marriage life having great sex and all and somehow were content with their lives No conflict we need a conflict for the book to be interesting Can you guess what or who she brought in? She brought in 2 people The first one was Emmaline's aunt aka the prostitute Emmaline was afraid that her past growing up in a brothel would come out and Rafe would not want her any So said aunt popped up in town one day dragging Emmaline's past in along with her And it just happened on the same day that Emmaline and her aunt met up with each other in the town's hotel the same day the same hour walked in Emmaline's customerNow this is where I uote from Casablanca Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world she walks into mine Of all of hotels in all the towns in the wild wild west our Texan walked into Emmaline's on the day that she happened to be in town meeting her aunt no less Now ain't life uaint? Of course he showed up How else would we continue with Rafe and Emmaline's story without her stunt as prostitute coming back to bite her in her behind? Unappealing characters and obviously fabricated plot lines Sometimes I wonder is it just me? Or the writers have so little respect for their readers that they cook up such stories and believe that readers would just go with it? I developed a severe headache while reading this book and it got worse as the story got unbelievable If you don't mind the characters how they are presented and how convenient everything appeared to be it might not be a bad read It wasn't for me

  2. *TANYA* *TANYA* says:

    I loved this book I will be reading the next book in the series Minus one star for a single detail that grated on my nerves but I will not spoil it Lol

  3. Beverly Beverly says:

    I didn't feel the love Rafe and Emmeline seemed as much like strangers at the end as they did when they first met There was almost no communication between them and I hardly ever felt like they really even liked each other They were kind of just co existing Sometimes they'd go off alone and talk but it was pretty boring and I didn't feel like they got to know each other that well I think Emmeline had meaningful conversations with Holt and Rafe with BeckyA lot of times I felt like they were living separately She'd stay at home and do stuff and he'd go out and do his own thing They were hardly ever together and I just could not see the attractionIt wasn't until the very end that I finally felt like they were in a relationship But for like 95% of the book it felt like they were acuaintances or booty calls Also what a misleading synopsis The brothers are searching high and low for brides Ha Yeah right Rafe does the mail order bride thing and forgets about it like a week later He even said that his own brothers had stopped lookingcaring about a week or two after they got the ultimatum The part about Emmeline not knowing how she was going to explain her past to her new husband? Yeah she only worried towards the very end Before that she wasn't planning on telling anyoneEmmeline's charm beguiles him even as the secrets he senses she's hiding ignite jealousy and suspicion That entire sentence is wrong Emmeline doesn't have charm She's a uiet mouse who's too intimidated by her husband to even speak At times she does get angry and she lashes out but it's mostly her being uiet Rafe doesn't sense any secrets He's completely oblivious to his wife's moods and attitudes that Becky and Emmeline constantly commented on it in their heads Rafe doesn't suspect Emmeline of anything He thinks she's a very innocent woman and not once does he think anything suspicious of her It's like his wife is literally a broodmare to him He only pays attention to her when he wants to he disregards her emotions and he does whatever he wants even when he knows it bothers Emmeline He doesn't sense anything And lastly there is no jealousy Like I said he thinks his wife is perfectly innocent and he never gets jealous view spoilerNot until he finds out that Emmeline slept with Holt even though she didn't And even then it's just because it's his brother otherwise he'd only be angry not jealous that she was a whore hide spoiler

  4. Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥ Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥ says:

    Historical Western Romance done right Loved this book There's a lot at stake when Rafe McKettrick sends away for a mail order brideit's his chance to be the first son to marry give his father a grandchild and if he manages to marry produce an heir before his brothers his father will give him the massive ranch his brothers will work for him Emmeline Harding lives in her aunt's brothelthough she doesn't work there And then one night she decides to dress up head downstairs see what it's all about She awakes the next morning with a hangover no memory of what happened Humiliated ruined she thinks she answers an ad for a mail order bride and heads off into the wild westRafe Emmeline are both strong stubborn characters toting their own brand of baggage The chemistry between them is electric though they're both in denial and often butting heads Great characters a strong plot line sizzling romance and a lot of saucy snark makes this one a Must Read I looking forward to continuing the series and read each of the brother's stories45 Sassy Stars

  5. BJ Rose BJ Rose says:

    I nearly put this aside several times a girl who was raised in a brothel couldn't be that ignorant could she? Even when I was able to accept that premise the book didn't grab me until over halfway when other factors and characters made it much interesting The 2nd half gets 4 but the first half is a very weak 3 but that stronger ending made me want to pick up the next in the series

  6. Diana Diana says:

    Ok so I love me some Mckettricks This is the first in the McKettrick series and is the story of Rafe and Emmeline First off I totally fell in love with Angus the dad He is a hoot It's a historical romance with not much depth but it is so stankin' sweet I have to say there are a few steamy partsso if that's not your thing beware But they aren't every other page so you could skip over it Rafe is a hard headed piece of work but Emmeline keeps him in line It's just a good little romance

  7. Willow Brook Willow Brook says:

    4 12 stars Excellent beginning to the stories of 4 brothers set in 1880's Arizona Patriarch Angus McKettrick decides his sons need to settle down and tells them that the first to marry and produce a grandchild of either gender will get the lion's share of their ranch Rafe the oldest son immediately sends for a mail order bride determined to win their father's contest Meanwhile in Kansas City Emmeline is bored out of her mind Raised by her aunt who runs a brothel Emmeline has been kept out of the business but is still shunned by society She has next to nothing to do with her life and longs for adventure One evening she foolishly dresses as a prostitute drinks with a cowboy and wakes up believing she has been ruined Her aunt is furious and Emmeline deciding she needs to leave town applies and is accepted to be a mail order bride for Rafe As always I enjoyed Miller's description of frontier life the hardships challenges and rewards She does a good job of giving interesting details without overwhelming you with must have been an often grueling existence The characters are wonderful drawn with both strengths and flaws Rafe is not your standard romance hero but instead has his normal share of human flaws While he can be tender understanding and patient with Emmeline especially in the bedroom he is often gruff uick tempered stubborn high handed and insensitive I loved that Emmeline was every bit as hard headed opinionated and at times unreasonable as Rafe refusing to back down when he tried to browbeat her or even threaten her When he hurt her feelings she'd rather die than let him know and fought back the way he needed someone to do with him I also loved how they showed their caring for each other in little every day ways They made a great if tempestuous couple She matched him for strength of will courage and ability to cope with the demands of frontier livingHowever they did need to work out their relationship with some give and take Even Emmeline wanted to be free of the secret of growing up in a brothel and the night she pretended to be a prostitute But she is understandably frightened to test her growing but tenuous bond with Rafe with this kind of information and worries Rafe will reject her if he knows the truth Other than one huge coincidental aspect of the plot which knocked off half a star from my rating I found Rafe and Emmeline's story to be fun touching and absorbing Two very believable characters finding love and beginning to build a life together

  8. Wendy Wendy says:

    A really fun book I enjoyed this read a lot Emmiline is a brave young women trying to find her place in the world When she runs away from home in Kansas City by marrying by proxy through a mail order Bride service she unwittingly signs on to the McKettrick family Rafe is a man trying to win the ranch before his brothers do So sent away for a bride Neither of the two know what to expect from one another but are definately drawn to each other This is a story not only of love found but of family and friendship as well It warmed my heart

  9. Lexi Lexi says:

    So I LOVED this book and have fallen in love with this series I was lucky enough to get and ARC of one of her other books in this series review coming closer to release date but after reading and enjoying it had to start at the beginning I'm happy to say I wasn't disappointedHigh Country Bride is about the McKettrick men Rafe Kade and Jeb who live with their father on the Triple M ranch in Indian Rock which is in the middle of the Arizona territory in 1884 Their father Angus McKettrick is tired of their wild ways and wants them to settle down He tells his sons that whichever of them gets married and gives him a grandchild first will get the controlling interest in the ranch His sons not wanting to answer to one another grudgingly scramble to find themselves a wife firstIn Kansas City Emmaline Harding lives with her Aunt Becky in a brothel Her aunt has sent her to the finest finishing schools and protects her from 'the business' One night Emmaline feeling not herself dresses up as one of the working girls and goes downstairs to have some fun She meets a Texan who she flirts with and drinks a little too0 much whiskey with She kisses him in the hallway and stumbles into a room with him The next morning she wakes up in a bed wearing her underclothes with a pile of coins on the night stand She has no recollection of what happened but when her aunt finds her stripped and sees the money she screams at Emmaline and throws her out Hurt and shamed Emmaline signs up to be a mail order bride and is sent to Indian Rock as Mrs Rafe McKettrickRafe and Emmaline have many struggles in this entertaining western historical romance but eventually find love only to have that one indiscretion from Kansas City follow Emmaline to Indian Rock complicating and threatening to ruin everything she has built between herself and RafeLinda Lael Miller creates an entertaining family in the McKettricks with a wonderful supporting cast of characters in town that add color and humor to the storyWhat I liked The McKettrick men all gruff and stubborn with no idea how to handle women And the housekeeper Conception doesn't shy away from putting them in their place when they get out of line Emmaline is a great character with brass and ballsWhat I didn't like I figured out the big secret right away so there was no aha moment for me when the truth came out but watching it all play out was very entertainingI highly recommend this series if you enjoy western historical romances I've read the second books and am getting read to crack into the third book and they keep getting better I've laughed I've cried and I've thoroughly enjoyed High Country Bride by Linda Lael Miller I hope you do tooThanks for Reading my Mindhttpreadingmymindreviewsblogspot

  10. TheGeekyBlogger TheGeekyBlogger says:

    Read in January 2012Read for FunOverall Rating 400Story Rating 400Character Rating 400Challenges 2012 TBR Challenge Goodreads Read for FunPublished in 2002NOTE I am so glad that I finally started the McKettricks from the beginning I am a huge fan of LLM's humor and this book was full of her classic storytelling styleWhat I Loved Holy Hot Cowboy Brothers These are some smoking hot Cowboys that are hard headed hot tempered and most off all having to do exactly what Daddy says I love reading stories where otherwise devil may care guys get stuck doing something they didn't want too I am really going to enjoy this series that started it all What I Liked The gals in this series are full of spit fire and backbone They are perfect for the McKettrick clan Emmeline was great and I really enjoyed her toe to toe moments with RafeWhy I will continue the series Can't wait to see Rafe's brothers fall as hard as he did Linda Lael MillerHigh Country Bride McKettrick Cowboys #1 McKettricks #1Secondhand Bride McKettrick Cowboys #3 McKettricks #3Shotgun Bride McKettrick Cowboys #2 McKettricks #2McKettrick's Choice McKettrick Cowboys #4 McKettricks #4

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