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Once a rancher
Miller, Linda Lael, author.
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[Large print ed.]
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Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing Large Print, 2016.

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393 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Slater Carson might be a filmmaker by trade, but he's still a cowboy at heart--and he knows the value of a hard day's work under the hot Wyoming sun. So when he sees troubled teen Ryder heading down a dangerous path, he offers the boy a job on the ranch he shares with his two younger brothers. And since Ryder's guardian is the gorgeous new Mustang Creek resort manager, Grace Emery, Slater figures it can't hurt to keep a closer eye on her, as well ... Grace Emery doesn't have time for romance. Between settling into her new job and caring for her ex-husband's rebellious son, her attraction to larger-than-life Slater is a distraction she can't afford. But when an unexpected threat emerges, she'll discover just how far Slater will go to protect what matters most-- and that love is always worth fighting for.
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A New York Times Bestselling AuthorThe Carsons of Mustang Creek (Book 1)The Carsons of Mustang Creek: three Wyoming men who embody the West and define what it means to be a rancher, a cowboy and a hero in this brand-new series from the queen of Western romance.

Author Notes

Linda Miller was born in Spokane, Washington and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She began writing when she was 10 years old after a teacher praised her for a story she had written. Through a correspondence course, she sold over 30 stories to magazines like True Confessions and True Romance. She sold her first novel, Fletcher's Woman, in 1983. Her first hardcover novels were Pirates (1995) followed by Knights (1996). She has written over 80 contemporary and historical romance novels. She is the author of numerous series including Stone Creek series; Montana Creeds series; The Women of Primrose Creek series; and Springwater Seasons series. In 2007, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Romance Writers of America.

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Booklist Review

Slater Carson just wrapped his latest documentary and is ready for a well-deserved break at the family ranch in Wyoming. His peaceful retreat is interrupted when Grace Emery barges into his office one night with her unruly stepson, Ryder, in tow. Both feel an instant attraction to each other, but neither are ready for anything serious. Grace is trying to balance her life, which includes her ex-husband's rebellious son, a disgruntled ex-employee, and her new career running Mustang Creek's spa and resort. And now the notorious Slater Carson is after her, too? When Ryder starts working on the Carson ranch, Slater's charm and loving family quickly grow on Grace. In turn, her fiery spirit draws Slater closer. Is Slater ready to step away from his playboy ways? Miller (The Marriage Charm, 2015) is the queen of western romances, and fans will be thrilled with the first installment in her Carsons of Mustang Creek series, which features her signature wit, especially evident in the dynamic between Slater and his brothers.--Dittmeier, Amy Copyright 2016 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Readers are transported to Mustang Creek, Wyo., in this marvelous contemporary western trilogy launch, loosely connected to several of Miller's previous books. Filmmaker Slater Carson is one of the three Carson boys, regarded as something like royalty in the small town. He's barely finished shooting his latest documentary when Grace Emery comes storming into town with her teen stepson, Ryder, in tow. Grace made the move from Seattle to Mustang Creek in an attempt to build a new life for herself after a divorce. Even though she's no longer with Ryder's father, she still loves Ryder like he's her own. Grace and Slater's paths don't so much cross as spectacularly collide, and the typical getting-to-know you dance is fraught with amazing chemistry. Current hot-topic issues such as blended families and nontraditional parenting are integrated seamlessly with a well-told romance. Faces familiar from Miller's Bliss County series provide a warm counterpoint to the sizzling attraction and hint of mystery that draw the protagonists together. A dash of storytelling magic keeps the pages turning even as the way is paved for the next two books. Agent: Irene Goodman, Irene Goodman Literary. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

From the moment titian-haired Grace Emery walks into his office on his family's sprawling ranch with her rebellious teenage stepson in tow, documentary filmmaker Slater Carson knows he wants to know her better. However, to wary Grace, divorced ex-cop and manager of a local resort and spa, wealthy, good-looking Slater has all the signs of a man to avoid. But Mustang Creek is a small town, and that will be hard, especially when events keep throwing them together-and when the attraction between them begins to sizzle. Difficult characters and tense situations add a touch of danger to the mix. -VERDICT Two people with vastly different backgrounds discover a true partnership in a story that burgeons with Western flavor and rural, ranch-life charm. A solid start to a promising series set in Miller's beloved Mustang Creek. Miller (Christmas in Mustang Creek) lives in the country near Spokane. © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.