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McKettrick's Choice (McKettricks #4)

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When news came that there was trouble back in Texas...Holt McKettrick left a mail-order bride and his family on the spot!

And he never looked back. He just prayed he'd be in time to save the man who had raised him as a son and keep his best friend from the gallows. He knew he'd encounter rustlers, scoundrels and thieves. But he'd never expected to find a woman like Lorelei
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Hardcover, 345 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Harlequin Books (first published 2005)
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Jennifer Wardrip
Linda Lael Miller is known for writing heart-tugging, emotional Western romances, and with MCKETTRICK'S CHOICE, she delivers yet again. The MCKETTRICK BROTHERS TRILOGY began in 2002 with HIGH COUNTRY BRIDE, followed in 2003 with SHOTGUN BRIDE, and finished in 2004 with SECONDHAND BRIDE. The saga now takes a surprising turn in 2005 with MCKETTRICK'S CHOICE, the story of the oldest McKettrick brother, Holt, who was raised away from the iron fist of family patriarch, Angus, and the three brothers f ...more
ValerieC
Kindle Edition

Really pretty good in terms of a western story that has a lot of action outside of the romance part. By this time - book 4 - I am pretty fed up with the 'spitfire, snarling heroines' that are in every single book. Really, people do fall in love without all of that rancor! Minus 1/2 star.

Also, there is the issue of Ms. Miller's timeline on the age of Angus McKettrick and the gaps in ages between him and Holt, and of his other sons. That probably won't occur to anyone just reading th
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June
Holt's book may be my favorite of the 4 McKettrick's brother's books. Like Miller's other books in this series the secondary characters were great, and added so much to each of the books. This book had a little of everything in it from bad guy rancher to cattle drive to Commanche Indians. It took place in Texas and not at home on the Triple M in Arizona. There was some humor also between the H/h and secondary characters. Rafe was in this book. My how he has changed (his attitude and handling of ...more
Cynthia
Jan 23, 2011 Cynthia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Usually I'm not that into western themed romances but this one was recommended by a friend from a class at college so I gave it a try and you know.. wow.. this was a good book!

Unlike so many other romance novels that come out lately, this one actually had a good, solid plot and solid characters. It was more than just poorly written smut .. in fact there was really only one romantic scene and it was very tastefully written, without the overl
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Cruth
Author: Linda Lael Miller
First published: 2005
Length: 5252 kindle locations
Setting: Historical. 1888. Texas.
Sex: Explicit-ish. At the end.
Hero: Rancher. ex-Ranger.
Heroine: A woman with not a lot on her plate.
Paranormal: Ghosts. (view spoiler)

A somewhat lengthy Wild West historical with not a huge amount that matters happening over a long period of time, and yet a book chockful of events. So much drama, so little point.

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Elise Wilson
I would rate this 3-1/2 stars, but it had the potential to be a 4 star book. What I liked about the book, which revolved around Holt, the half-brother and (fourth of McKettrick's brothers stories in this series), was that it was well-written, had descriptive and detailed prose and vivid, interesting and diverse characters. I was disappointed for much of the same reasons -- the story, while well-written, had too many sub-plots. It was difficult to know what was the "main" story being told. Nor, w ...more
Lizzy
Oct 27, 2013 Lizzy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eu adorei essa história narrada no Velho Oeste Americano. Personagens valentes, vibrantes, com temperamentos forte e intensos, porém com um senso de solidariedade, de união familiar e de amor, incomuns nos dias atuais. Por várias páginas me vi cavalgando com esses texanos errantes, é uma miríade de emoções tomou conta dos meus pensamos enquanto eu acompanhei a trajetória de Lorelei, Holt e seus companheiros. A autora escreve tão bem, de uma forma envolvente e realista, que eu podia sentir o sol ...more
Cris
Dec 03, 2015 Cris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quem acha que a Linda Lael Miller só sabe escrever livro paradão, onde nunca acontece nada, e o casal só vai conseguir pegar na mão no final da historia, precisa ler este livro com urgência!

Desde o comecinho a ação começou a se desenrolar e aconteceu uma coisa atrás da outra, praticamente sem interrupção, até as 4 páginas finais, onde o ritmo finalmente foi diminuir e eu finalmente consegui respirar e beber uma água, para tirar o pó da garganta.

Holt, o mocinho (que aliás eu achei a cara do Clin
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micki
Lorelei was really annoying. This is the last book (#4) in this series, and I found that I had little patience for a heroine who would make more work for others or endanger others' safety because she was stubborn or hard-headed. Yes, the men in this series could be harsh and uncompromising, and I like a fiery heroine with some spunk, but I like INTELLIGENT women who stand up for themselves and go toe-to-toe with the hero, not whiny brats who rush headlong into danger but expect someone else to r ...more
Adriana Fogaça
Dec 23, 2013 Adriana Fogaça rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
McKettrick Cowboys 04
Escolha Do Destino
Linda Lael Miller
H.R. do Romance 82
2013

Sempre fico frustrada quando livros em série não sai em ordem, mas tudo bem, só espero que Harlequin lance os livros dos três irmãos de Holt.

Amei ler sobre os ancestrais de Sierra e Meg. E o velho e bom Angus que no futuro vai ser um fantasma, digamos um bom conselheiro de Meg.

Para quem gosta de livros sobre cowboys vai amar este livro, cheio de aventuras, emoções e algumas loucuras.

Não deixe de ler é muito bom, vai va
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Book Reading Gals
Apr 10, 2014 Book Reading Gals rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historicak
Title: McKettrick's Choice

Series: The McKettrick's Series

Author: Linda Lael Miller

Genre: Historical Romance

When news came that there was trouble back in Texas, Holt McKettrick left his mail-order bride at the altar and never looked back. He just hoped he'd be in time to save the man who raised him as a son and stop his best friend from hanging. Setting fire to her wedding dress in the town square probably wasn't the best way to stand her ground, but Lorelei Fellows was through with men and their
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Gail
A solid, adventuresome Western romance. It's set in Texas in 1888, and seems to be a lot more adventurous than the area around San Antonio actually was at that late date, given that the last Comanche wars were in the Panhandle better than a decade before (Quanah Parker surrendered the last free Comanche band in 1875). Apache caused trouble later, but farther west in the Trans-Pecos area. However, it was easy to pretend that this was taking place a lot earlier and that civilization hadn't actuall ...more
Tina
This is book 4 in the McKettricks series, and I have to say even though we've moved away from the supporting characters & the main couples from the previous 3 books the new supporting characters in this book are wonderful. Just as entertaining, just as funny and just as captivating. Fortunately we still get Rafe who is on this Texas journey with his brother Holt (this books Hero) and they are magic together on paper :). The Heroine Lorelei is awesome. I loved her journey in this book, it was ...more
Leboudoirdulivre
J’adore Linda Lael Miller, une auteure qui fait voyager ses lecteurs au pays des cow-boys.

Je regrette que le fameux prequel n'ait pas suivi l'ordre chronologique de la saga en VO, si on va sur le site de l'auteur , on s'aperçoit que ce livre est le quatrième tome et que les tomes suivants publiés par Harlequin sont les 12, 13 et 14 ce qui est assez déroutant pour le lecteur.

J'ai été très étonné des incohérences, fautes d'orthographes, mots manquants dans les phrases tout au long du livre, ce ser
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Carol
Feb 18, 2009 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A strong but sensitive hero and a spunky, independent, determined heroine in a satisfying romance set in Texas and Arizona in 1888. I will definately be looking for the other books in the McKettrick's series. Having met Holt's brothers and their wives, I'd like to read their stories.
Trina
Mar 04, 2010 Trina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wish-list
The story was cute and predictable but about 3/4 of the way in you start to get annoyed with how slow things are progressing. Ended fine though. I liked the protrayal of what it would be like to drive cattle. Makes you feel like you were there which is what I liked.
Emily
Feb 09, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On his wedding day, Holt McKettrick gets word that his adoptive father is in trouble, and one of his friends is set to hang. He sets out immediately, leaving his bride behind. Upon reaching San Antonio, he sees another bride burning her wedding dress in the street. Lorelei Fellows is a courageous woman who is taking control of her own life. The two fight like wildcats before finally succumbing to each other.
Although Holt is a little more high-handed and alpha than I usually enjoy in a hero, Lor
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Amanda
Jan 16, 2014 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holt has always been my favorite of all the McKettricks. I always hated how Rafe, Kade and Jeb treated him as an enemy without thinking of how it was for him being abandoned. I even cried some for him in Secondhand Bride when he was willing to leave the Triple M for good because he had feelings for Chloe. I even secretly wanted him to be with Chloe, until I met Lorelei. She was perfect for Holt. Her strength was like nothing I had seen in any of the other McKettrick women. Though Mandy was stron ...more
Laura
The fourth book in the McKettrick series finally comes around to eldest brother, Holt.

Holt returns to Texas to help his friend, Gabe Navarro, who has been wrongfully accused of murder and sentenced to hang. Also, the man who took him in as a teenager and whose last name he used for many years, John Cavanaugh, is in danger of losing his ranch.

Lorelei Fellows is tired of not living her life. She just caught her fiance in bed with the housekeeper on their wedding day. She decided to burn her fabu
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Melissa
Considering this is the story of a couple that branches off a whole line of characters in other books, I expected a lot more for it. Sadly, this one just turned out average for me. The characters were only so-so and the plot slow moving. I've come to expect better from Miller. Or maybe its just because its one of the earlier ones in the series (although you don't need to read any of the others) and her writing improved as she went along.

After hearing his friend has been sentenced to hang, Holt M
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Kara Jorges
Dec 20, 2012 Kara Jorges rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holt McKettrick is just about to hitch himself to his mail-order bride when a rider comes into town, telling Holt that Gabe Navarro, a good friend of his, is about to hang in Texas, and his foster father is about to be run off his ranch. Secretly relieved at delaying his nuptials, Holt abandons his wedding and heads for San Antonio. One of the first things he sees when he gets there is lovely Lorelei Fellows burning her wedding dress in the town square, after catching her husband-to-be en flagra ...more
PepperP0t
4.5stars actually
It was so easy to get back into the old west of the McKettrick as Holt interrupts his wedding to go back to his roots & save the family homestead.

This series is so easy to read with lovably layered characters that it raises the genre on my tbr. The comfort of an older western that ensures the good guys riding straight and tall in the saddle win and the villains so obviously twirling their moustaches don’t get away. There are even feisty heroines along the way. The conspirac
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Megan
I finally finished this book at 1:00 am. I'm a little tired today, lol.

Ok, review time. I really enjoyed this book. LLM is such a talented author. Her desriptions are great without being overwhelming. The majority of this book takes place on a cattle drive. It was great seeing the perils and hardships they faced on the long trek and their will to survive and be prepared.

The theme of this book was about not just going through the motions of life, but actually living. Living life to the fullest i
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Lizzy
Oct 27, 2013 Lizzy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eu adorei essa história narrada no Velho Oeste Americano. Personagens valentes, vibrantes, com temperamentos forte e intensos, porém com um sendo de solidariedade, de união familiar e de amor, incomuns nos dias atuais. Por várias páginas me vi cavalgando com esses texanos errantes, é uma miríade de emoções tomou conta dos meus pensamos enquanto eu acompanhei a trajetória de Lorelei, Holt e seus companheiros. A autora escreve tão bem, de uma forma envolvente e realista, que eu podia sentir o sol ...more
Willow Brook
Jan 15, 2011 Willow Brook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
This very enjoyable, action-packed fourth and last entry in the McKettricks series tells the story of the oldest son, Holt and the woman he falls in love with, Lorelei. A whole lot happens in this book which starts with Holt leaving his wedding to a mail-order bride he likes but does not love to rush off to his old stomping grounds in Texas when he receives word that a good friend is sentenced to hang, another friend is missing and the man who was like a father to him is being forced off his ran ...more
jenjn79
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Overall Rating: 4.50
Story Rating: 4.50
Character Rating: 4.50

First thought when finished: Great end to a series I really did enjoy.

What I Loved: I loved Holt! Granted I have loved Holt the entire time but it was nice seeing him come full circle. I loved that Rafe was redeemed in this book (in my eyes). I felt he finally accepted Holt and he was one of the family. I loved the romance, the setting, and just about everything in this story.

What I Liked/Wished ther
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Wendy
Feb 07, 2009 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance lovers/cowboy lovers
This was a book that I kept waiting for the love story to pick up. I liked the characters and the back ground characters as well, yet it didn't pick up the way I hoped it might. Holt is a Man on a mission to save his friend from hanging for murder and to save his foster fathers ranch from an overpowering neighbor. When he arrives in San Antonio Loralei is burning her wedding dress in the town square. He is drawn to her over time yet there could have been much more built on this. Something that I ...more
Jeanne
Apr 25, 2016 Jeanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western-romance
This is another of the western romances about the McKettrick family. Featured in this one is Holt and how he met Lorelei Fellows as she was burning her wedding dress in the town square. Doesn't seem to be the perfect place to meet a woman that stirs your fancy, but it worked for Holt. This tale takes you to the hardships and dangers of the lives back in the 1800's out in the wild west of Texas. A good read!!
M
Oct 31, 2011 M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holt McKettrick heads back to Texas to bail a friend out of jail and save his foster father's ranch. His mail order bride opts not to wait for him and marrys someone else. Once in Texas he meets Lorelai, the judges daughter. She is burning her wedding dress in the town square and almost sets herself on fire. Holt puts out the fire on the ground but turns out sparks of another kind are still flying. In order to get his ranger friend out of jail Holt needs to find another friend and ranger. In ord ...more
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