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An Outlaw's Christmas (McKettricks #15)

4.14  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,549 Ratings  ·  119 Reviews
With his wild heart, Sawyer McKettrick isn't ready to settle down on the Triple M family ranch in Arizona. So he heads to Blue River, Texas, to seek a job as marshal. But in a blinding snowstorm he's injured—and collapses into the arms of a prim and proper lady in calico.The shirtless, bandaged stranger recuperating in teacher Piper St. James's room behind the schoolhouse ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Harlequin HQN (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jan 21, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing
Very good book - of course, it's a McKettrick story. Sawyer has come to Blue River to take over as marshal from his cousin Clay. Before he can do that he's shot and left for dead. Piper finds him and takes him to her room at the schoolhouse. He's hurt too badly to be moved and must recover there. This does Piper's reputation no good, so they marry to make it all respectable. I really liked both Piper and Sawyer. Piper is from the East, and a bit nervous about being in the "wild west". She comes ...more
This week has been either cowboys or blind heroes. This is my first encounter with Linda Lael Miller's writing, and frankly, I have no clue why she gets such high marks. Maybe it's just me. Maybe it's this particular book. The plot is full of gaps and inconsistencies, the relationship developed overnight, and the heroine is unlikeable for the first several chapters.

Jack Garrett's audio narration is worth five fabulous stars, though.

This heroine. Grrrr! A schoolmarm in small town Texas, 1915, Pi
Not ready to settle, Sawyer McKettrick finds himself taking a job as Marshal in Blue River, Texas. When he is shot, he finds himself in the care of the town's school teacher, Piper St. James. For the first time in his life, Sawyer wonders if he has met his match. Although Piper is cordial, she also has a spark of temper which he happens to enjoy igniting. As Christmas draws close, so does their feelings for one another and Sawyer doesn't plan to let that feeling go.

I am always a sucker for one o
Sep 13, 2012 Rhonda rated it really liked it
An Outlaws Christmas by Linda Lael Miller
4 STARS I liked An Outlaws Christmas. Thier are some love scenes in the end of the book. I liked Piper. At first she is timid but then we find out for one of her kids she is tough enough. Its a snowy winter when Sawyer comes to Blue River, TX on the train in 1915. He is riding his horse for a bit of exercise after the train ride they had taken before going to the hotel. When Sawyer feels like someone is watching him and then he hears the shot. He is shot
Aug 16, 2012 Shannon rated it liked it
(ARC generously provided by NetGalley)

Back in the mid-1990s I discovered Linda Lael Miller by way of her vampire series (beginning with Forever and the Night). This was before the vampire romance genre became big and overdone (thanks a lot, Twilight) and I loved the passion and the darkness of her characters. Nobody does "bad boy" like a vampire. So when I read Miller now, I expect that same passion and intensity.

Sadly, that was lacking in An Outlaw's Christmas. Okay, it's a Christmas story, so
Author: Linda Lael Miller
Published By: Harlequin
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
Rating: 4


"An Outlaw's Christmas" by Linda Lael Miller was a sweet 'McKettrick' historical romance series read that only this author could give to its readers. This was a well written Christmas western style story giving the reader a wild west sort of flair. We find Sawyer McKettrick has come to Blue River, TX to take over a position from his cousin Clay as a Marshall, however,
Aug 25, 2012 Lexi rated it really liked it
A great holiday read!

An Outlaw’s Christmas is a sweet and endearing story about two people finding love in the most unusual of places.

Sawyer McKettrick arrives in Blue River, Texas looking to get away from some things in his past. His cousin Clay lives nearby and Sawyer is going to take over his job as town marshal for the time being. As soon as he gets off the train, he is shot by an unknown assailant. Spooked, his horse takes off and Sawyer, injured and barely conscious hangs on until the hors
Aug 17, 2015 Mareli rated it really liked it
I spent my holidays reading the whole McKettrick's series.

A bit on the short side. But really Sawyer didn't tell me anything new.
Sweet and short
Jillian Pearl
Apr 14, 2016 Jillian Pearl rated it really liked it
I hadn't read any of Linda Lael Miller's work before this. Based on the cover and the blurb (An Outlaw's Christmas) I was surprised to find the story was set in 1915. I didn't mind because I like historical romances, but it would have been nice to have a hint of that in the cover and blurb.

That said, the story captured my attention and pushed me to keep reading in order to discover the answers to the questions brought up in the first few pages. In the first half of chapter one, there was a twist
Oct 09, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
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I'm a big fan of Linda Lael Miller's McKettrick series. The original books are probably still my favorites. This one is more in that time frame than her latest books in the series. Set in in 1915 the main two McKettricks in this book are Sawyer McKettrick and Clay McKettrick(A Lawman's Christmas) sons of Jeb and Kade McKettrick from the original books in this series. It was fun to go back and kind of visit those books. There are some surprise appearances at the end of the book that i was so happ ...more
Dec 23, 2013 Mcfree rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A 5 for story 1--An Outlaw's Christmas. This is pure Miller. She has created a great combo in Sawyer and Piper. I really liked Piper's intrepid nature. Sawyer wasn't as fully realized as Piper, but he filled the bill as the good guy. This is apparently at least the second in a set of stories about a branch of Miller's McKettrick family, but it stands on its own.

A 0 for the second story--Escape from Cabriz. I quit in the middle. I certainly hope this has never been published as a separate novel.
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4 Stars>/b>

If you are a fan of the McKettrick series by Ms. Miller you won’t want to miss out on her latest. An Outlaw Christmas throws us right back into the mix of this fabulous family we have all come to love.

This story focuses on Sawyer McKettrick and Piper St. James. It takes place in 1915 and gives us a heartwarming tale surrounded by a magical time of year.

Sawyer is heading to Blue River to take over the Marshal job from his cousin, Clay. Up
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Oh I liked this. An Outlaw's Christmas was one of those books that I immediately felt comfortable with. It's just a sweet story and the writing flows so easily. This was my first time reading Linda Lael Miller and I may just have to stalk her now. stalk I mean, wave nicely from WAY over here as I devour everything she's ever written.

Piper and Sawyer were both wonderful characters. They're compassionate and honest with the perfec
Sep 06, 2012 Alex rated it liked it
The Deal: Not wanting to go home and settle down at the family ranch, Sawyer McKettrick took his cousin Clay's up on his offer to become the new sheriff of Blue River, Texas (which used to be Clay's job), but he wasn't expected to be shot at upon arrival or the freak snow storm that left him strandled at the town's school house and under the care of Piper St. James.

Originally from Maine, Piper only came out west because her cousin - and only living relative - Dara Rose convinced her to, so she
Aug 29, 2012 Judith rated it really liked it
Filled with the color and cultural norms of an Old West community, this story is an unusual encounter between a hardened old cowboy, coming back home to be a temporary marshall, and a prim and proper school marm who is hoping against hope that she will find a man willing to marry her and give her the family she so desperately longs for. Yet just by taking Sawyer McKettrick into her school house and giving him care after his life-threatening wound, she has put the complete cabash on any hoped-for ...more
Dec 25, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it
Sawyer is on his way to Blue River, Texas in a snow storm to take over as marshall from his cousin
Clay. A shot rings out and Sawyer is shot in the shoulder. His horse takes him infront of the school, where he falls to the ground unconscious. The schoolmarm, Piper St. James is struggling to keep enough fire wood and water in her small room of the school to make it through the storm. When she tries to get through the storm to fetch more wood she see's a horse and goes out. She trips over somethin
Julie Barrett
Sep 01, 2012 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it
An Outlaw's Christmas by Linda Lael Miller
ISBN: 9780373777013
Sawyer McKettrick, Blue River, TX Dec 1915 just off the train on the back of his horse, Cherokee and he got shot in the shoulder. The horse sped away in the deep powdery snow while he slouched over the horse and held on for dear life.
Piper St. James is the school teacher getting ready to decorate the tree for the holidays.
Her cousin, Dara Rose thad talked her into coming all the way from Maine to teach. She's wondering if she has made
Jul 01, 2014 Tima rated it really liked it
Sawyer is on his way through Blue River, Texas when he's shot. It's dark and snowy and he can't see who fired the shot. He had agreed to come be a temporary marshal. So his first day in town isn't very promising. Arriving at the local school house he loses consciousnesses from the blood loss. Piper, the single school teacher, isn't exactly thrilled to be saddled with this bleeding man. She knows her reputation will be ruined if she takes him into her home. But she can't exactly leave him in the ...more
Dec 25, 2012 Crystal rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Of course I have never meet a Linda Lael Miller book that I did not love. You can never go wrong with one of her books and a Christmas book is a must READ for me.

Sawyer McKettrick arrives in Blue River, Texas for the marshal job. He runs into trouble as soon as he arrives and ends up at the school yard. The teacher who is settling in for the a major snow storm finds him there.

Piper St. James takes in Sawyer to help him recover. She's a little worried about her reputation but
Feb 28, 2014 Olena rated it it was ok
I picked up this book mainly because of the author since she never disappoints and it is always a great read. However, this one felt like it was too short and too rushed. The story line was lacking and the characters didn't really get a chance to be fully developed.

Sawyer McKettrick is on his way to pick up a job as a marshal when he gets shot and is left for dead. It doesn't help that he is in the middle of a blizzard and there is no one around to help him out. Thankfully a school teacher near
Oct 08, 2012 Brad rated it it was amazing
"An Outlaw's Christmas" Linda Lael Miller ... Really great book! I found myself reading this book until the crack of dawn!! literally!!!!. I loved the fact that the book wasn't cliche and to over the top. The book was really heartwarming and so funny! I had a couple of laughs along the way. (parents was looking at me really weird for laughing while reading this book!!). Can't wait for the next addition for this series as of January 2013.
Harlequin Books
"Each year Miller gifts readers with a warm and touching McKettrick story, celebrating family, friends and the miracle of the season. Her latest holiday story shines with compassion and the belief in the inherent kindness of man, rekindled by the holidays. Miller touches hearts with gentleness and sensitivity." RT Book Reviews, rated 4 stars
Celebrate the holidays with this remarkable McKettrick tale by beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

With his wild heart, Sawyer McKettrick isn't ready to settle down on the Triple M family ranch in Arizona. So he heads to Blue River, Texas, to seek a job as marshal. But in a blinding snowstorm, he's injured—and collapses into the arms of a prim and proper lady in calico.

The shirtless, bandaged stranger recuperating in teacher Piper St. James's room behind the
Dec 07, 2014 Kerry rated it it was amazing
What happens when you take in a man who's been shot and you're a dingle women? well if you bing him in your reputation is lost, but it's the right thing to do. Of all the things you need and want this falls into your lap. Then you find out he's a relative or the local law man, oh boy! Hopefully the sneak who shot him is gone and you'll have a new job before they fire you.
Coming in from the train he didn't get far before someone ambushed him and tried to kill him. Can he survive and survive long
Nov 30, 2012 Georgina rated it liked it
Lightweight and unbelievable in parts but the characters are interesting and I enjoyed the storytelling.
Oct 11, 2014 Vera rated it it was amazing
This is the continued story from the last book I read A Lawman's Christmas. Clay is waiting for his cousin to get there to take over Marshall of Blue River. But when Sawyer arrives is shot and left in front of the School Teachers Place. Too weak to be moved, so has to stay there. Not a very good situation for a single woman alone.

Knowing nothing about Sawyer, Piper accents his marriage proposal. Knowing that her name would be ruined since she had been staying alone with a man and hoping this wou
Eh, it was okay. The romance was a little too fast for me and I couldn't believe that no one would pick on Ginny-Sue, daughter of the town's brothel matron but both Piper and Sawyer were likable and I am a sucker for happy Christmas stories so 3/5.

Man, I cannot believe the author is up to 16 (probably 16+ by now) books in this series. Now I don't feel so bad for not being able to keep the McKettrick clan straight in my head. There are just too many of them (though I know I read Sawyer's parents
Leigh Ann
Jan 22, 2013 Leigh Ann rated it really liked it
great follow up for lawman's christmas
Feb 08, 2013 Barb rated it it was amazing
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With his wild heart, Sawyer McKettrick isn't ready to settle down on the Triple M family ranch in Arizona. So he heads to Blue River, Texas, to seek a job as marshal. But in a blinding snowstorm he's injured--and collapses into the arms of a prim and proper lady in calico.

The shirtless, bandaged stranger recuperating in teacher Piper St. James's room behind the schoolhouse says he's a McKettrick, but he looks like an outlaw. As they wait out the storm, the handsome loner has Piper remembering lo
Maria Longoria
Oct 22, 2012 Maria Longoria rated it really liked it
I really love reading about the McKettricks of Texas, so this book was one I had been looking forward to reading. Sawyer McKettrick was all that I expected of the McKettrick male. Tough, kindhearted and loveable!

In this book Sawyer is on his way to Blue River, Texas to take over as town Marshall when he is unexpectedly shot. The terrible raging snowstorm only makes matters worse. Schoolteacher Piper St. James goes outside during the snowstorm for water and firewood, but stumbles upon a wounded
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