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A Creed In Stone Creek (Montana Creeds #5)

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When single attorney Steven Creed becomes guardian of an orphaned five-year-old boy, he trades his big-city law firm for a ranch near his McKettrick kin in the close-knit community of Stone Creek, Arizona. Taking care of little Matt and fixing up his run-down ranch house with its old barn loosens something tightly wound inside him. But when Steven takes on the pro bono def ...more
Hardcover, Center Point Platinum Romance Large Print, 454 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Center Point (first published 2010)
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"A good story is life with all the boring 
bits taken out."
- Alfred Hitchcock

He found a flower shop after some searching, but it was closed. From there he proceeded to the supermarket. He'd seen seen roses and various house plants in the produce section of grocery stores lots of times. He'd have preferred something a little fancier, a big bouquet with exotic blossoms and a ribbon tied around the vase but for tonight anyhow he'd have to make do. Inside the store, Steven chose between daisies, ros
May 25, 2012 Hannah marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
DNF after two chapters. Actually, I'm pretty impressed I lasted that long. Linda Lael Miller's writing style is not my cuppa. If the hero got choked up one more time, I was going to have to punch him and steal his lunch money, or something. Baby.
This book would probably have worked better for a reader more familiar with her other books.
I have faithfully read all the books in the Creed, O'Ballivan, McKettrick series, and this turned out to be one of my favorites. Steven and Meg meet when he comes to build roots in Stone Creek for the "son" he has adopted after his best friend and his wife pass away. Steven knows that he likes Meg; he finds her attractive, intelligent, and she treats Matt with respect. I really liked Meg, who has created a life for herself but realizes that something is missing. She has a great job, amazing frie ...more
I usually enjoy LLM's books more than I did this one. Not that I didn't like it, but I usually am more engaged in her stories. Though I didn't mind this book, something about it just didn't fully hook me.

Series Note:
This book has oodles of series connections. It's the first book in LLM's newest "Creed" trilogy...which has a connection to the first "Creed" trilogy and a "Creed" historical. It is also connection to the "Stone Creek" series, which is connected to the "McKettrick" series. All in all
Romance Lovers Book Club June pick.

If you're a Linda Lael Miller fan, then you're going to like this one, too. It's pretty much just like all her other books. Miller never lets the tension get too deep, or the danger too extreme. You can count on lots of heartwarming scenes, some involving plot moppets, and lots of loving family moments. And you'll read rather a lot about hand washing.

I find the writing a bit schmaltzy and the characters rather two-dimensional. There was one major discrepancy. E
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
There was a time when I would have swooned at the idea of a millionaire cowboy hero with a heart of gold, riding into town and saving the lonely spinster from a life without love and babies, however it has been sometime since I have found this plot very satisfying. Unfortunately I found Miller's story to be naive and, despite the contemporary setting and a few intimate scenes, rather old fashioned. The book's label as a contemporary romance hides a plot that feels transplanted from the 1970's (e ...more
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Melissa O'Ballivan is Stone Creek's prosecutor, and prides herself on her commitment to the law, her health, her family. In fact, the only area where Melissa struggles with commitment is with those of the male persuasion. Diamond rings? Children? The very thought makes Melissa run a mile--and that's in addition to the two she runs every morning. Even the thought of looking after a pet makes her break out in hives (literally). So when
Wanda (Good Choice Reading)
First I'd like to thank Harlequin for reaching out to "Good Choice Reading" and offering us "A Creed In Stone Creek" for review. It's an honor.

I have to start off by saying that this was a cute western romance book. I love contemp romance but this book was a bit fast paced with its characters and slow paced with the story.

Here's what I liked:

1. It's a complete delight to see a single man drop his life to adopt his best friend's child and raise
him as his own.
2. I like that Melissa is a woman
Its that time of the year to head back to your cowboy roots with the queen of western romance. In this new trilogy, we meet up with some more of the Creeds, Steven and his twin cousins, Brody and Connor. This book features Steven who has recently adopted his best friends five year old son, Matt, and the towns prosecutor Melissa O'Ballivan. Steven moves to Stone Creek, Arizona to be near his McKettrick side of the family and leave a bad breakup and the big city behind and start over a bit with Ma ...more
Jennifer Estep
A Creed in Stone Creek by Linda Lael Miller is the first book in her new Creed Cowboys contemporary western romance trilogy.

After defense lawyer Steven Creed finds himself caring for Matt, the 5-year-old son of his deceased best friends, Steven decides to move the two of them to Stone Creek, Arizona for a fresh start. What Steven doesn't count on is his intense attraction to county prosecutor Melissa O'Ballivan. Melissa finds herself attracted to Steven as well, but she's wary of having her hear
Como eu adoro os livros da Linda!
Ela consegue juntar tudo o que eu mais gosto em um livro: cowboy gostosão, pessoas de verdade, animais fofos e uma historia calorosa!
O Steve é um advogado que resolveu se mudar para uma fazenda meio capenga em Stone Creek, depois que se tornou pai adotivo de um menino de 5 anos, filho se seus amigos falecidos. O menino, Matt conquistou meu coração. Ele, de repente, perdeu a mãe e logo em seguida o pai, a vida dele deu uma virada imensa e ele se sente perdido e te
I enjoyed the previous books about Stone Creek and the O'Ballivans but this was a huge disappointment. The writing seemed very disjointed, the people were poorly characterized and there were plot threads that led nowhere. I have so many negatives about this that I'll just pick a few. Melissa seemed inconsistent, frequently acting out of character. The side plot with Tom and Tessa felt like big chunks were edited out. The bit about the nudists seemed pointless. There was a rather glaring mistake ...more
Jessa ♥dhanger♥ EvilDarkSide
This was my first Linda Lael Miller book...I won it from Goodreads Giveaways. It was an okay read. A little slow, in my opinion. I liked the premise of opposing lawyers trying to make a relationship work but we didn't really get the angst that could have developed from that kind of storyline. I adored Steven and his 5yr old adoptive son Matt. What a great guy! I wasn't to fond of Melissa for the most part...she was a little to indecisive and seemed "cold" at times. I'm glad that she eventually w ...more
Sadly, this was another book that was not my cup of tea. I seem to have these aversions against slice of life contemporary romances like this one. You see, I tried reading the Virgin River series and it bored me to tears. It's a good series, there's no doubt about that, but I don't think a lot of people have the patience to finish it. I'm usually a fan of western romances but this one just didn't cut it for me. It was nice... but I think when it comes to these types of books, they're more suited ...more
Harlequin Books
Personal opinion: Great book about taking chances in life and love. One thought that sticks with me after I have finished reading is that I want to dance with Steven. LOL Ms. Miller made me yearn for his strong arms to surround and protect me. Just like a cowboy should!

Happy reading,
Kim S.
When single attorney Steven Creed becomes guardian of an orphaned five-year-old
boy, he trades his big-city law firm for a ranch near his McKettrick kin in the close
knit community of Stone Creek, Arizona. Taking care of little Matt and fixing up his
run-down ranch house with its old barn loosens something tightly wound inside him.
But when Steven takes on the pro bono defense of a local teen, he meets his match
in the opposing counsel—beautiful, by-the-book county prosecutor Melissa O'Ballivan.
This book was on the 100 books to read before you die. And yeah, I'm just not into that romance garbage. It was very well written, and the story was good, and I'm sure I would've loved it had I been born someone else.
Quick and easy as usual. Love a good cowboy romance sometimes even when you know how it ends up. :) Linda Lael Miller is one of my favorite authors for that.
Ok so, this may be the one and only time I ask you to overlook the book covers. I felt like I had steeped into a Mills and Boone set when I saw the cover. Trust me, when I say that I hate sappy crap and although I love a love story, I still cringed when I think about PDA! So as I was house bound and in desperate need for something new to read, the choices were limited and so you don't ask questions you just give it a try.

I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed the books. Although the books focus
Quand on découvre l'un des cowboys de Linda Lael Miller, on ressent comme une envie d'enfiler des bottes, un chapeau et de partir à cheval découvrir des contrées sauvages avec l'un d'entre eux. Ici, ce sont les cousins des frères McKettrick (de la série La fierté des MacKettrick) que nous découvrons.

Steven est avocat et il est depuis peu le nouveau papa du fils de ses amis décédés, Matt. Pour faire connaître à Matt une vie plus agréable, il a décidé d'acheter un ranch à Stone Creek, Arizona. Et
A Creed in Stone Creek was a very enjoyable novel. I liked the setting, I liked where the plot was going and I enjoyed the characters. I will be reading the rest of this trilogy as well as picking up some of her other series books now. Linda Lael Miller writes a book that brings you right into the story and keeps you there until the conclusion. The characters feel like your friends and you just don't want to say goodbye at the end (and thankfully you won't have to, because I am sure Steven, Matt ...more
Steven's life has changed so much in the past few months, and he's decided to make one more change and move to Stone Creek. In the past few months Steven's best friend died in a motorcycle accident leaving Steven to take care of his friends five year old son. Steven and Matt moved to Stone Creek to start anew, where Steven will be a Defense Attorney pro-bono and will work on his ranch. The last thing Steven expected was to find a woman that turns his world even more upside down than it already i ...more
This review was originally published on Book Lovers Inc.

My Thoughts: I'm not an expert when it comes to Western romances, so far I have only read about half a dozen of this genre, but I enjoyed those a lot, so I was looking forward to A Creed in Stone Creek, especially given its single-dad-raising-an-orphaned-little-boy premise and that as a junior lawyer I like reading novels where the hero and heroines are law practioners. Unfortunately A Creed in Stone Creek left me lukewarm.

A Creed in Stone
*This review is based off of a Free Advanced Reader's Copy. Obtained through the Goodreads First Reads program.

This was the first work I've read by Linda Lael Miller so I don't know much about the other books by her, other than they're all related in some way. So I guess I missed out on a lot of background, which is ok, I still was able to understand most of what was going on in this book (it is the first of ITS series after all). I thought, as far as romances go, that it was average. There were
Steven has just adopted his late best friend's five year-old son and moved to Stone Creek to raise him. He notices an attractive woman while out to breakfast with his new son, who just so happens to be the Stone Creek prosecutor Melissa O'Ballivan. After a really bad breakup with a lawyer in the past, he's a little apprehensive about getting involved with another one.

Melissa too has experienced a bad breakup with a man who had children, that has left her afraid to put her heart back out there. B
A Creed in Stone Creek
Review based on a free copy I won

Really Enjoyed

I do enjoy “taking a chance” on an author I haven’t read before and this book was a great opportunity to do so. I didn’t have any preconceived ideas about the author, novel or series. The book centers on a small town and I love the more relaxed small town settings. Loved the whole city guy going rancher lawyer theme with an adopted son in tow.

I wish…

I wish there had been more character development. Specifically, the “romance”
This book surprised me, but not in a good way. I was expecting larger than life characters, but was sorely disappointed. The Heroine, Melissa, had just broke up with her ex (who had two children) when he demanded she marry him. Essentially, she had to choose to be a Mom or a career woman. Okay. I get that. What I don't get is if she broke up with a man with two kids because she had a commitment problem, then why did she get involved with the hero, Steven, who also had a son? It seems like she sh ...more
Ok. So this is my first Linda Lael Miller book. I've heard people talk about the McKettrick series but I've never read one all the way through. I partially blame the covers for this. The first additions to the Creed series (in 2009) and even McKettrick books from 2005 have covers that look like books I'd find in the bargain bin of my local community centre. That's all well and good, and I am sure they suit the book, but I could never get over the cover enough to read the content within.

I saw Cre
Elisa Paige
There are so many things to enjoy about A Creed in Stone Creek. Topping my personal list is Miller's poignant handling of the relationship between Steven Creed and his adopted five-year-old son, Matt. Miller builds the budding father/son interactions of a single man who's just lost his closest friend and now finds himself with the incredible responsibility of raising an orphaned child. The sweetness between the man and boy brought tears to my eyes at times, and I am NOT a teary kind of person -- ...more
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