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The Rustler (Stone Creek #3)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  2,033 Ratings  ·  100 Reviews
Where does an outlaw go when he's ready to turn straight? For Wyatt Yarbro, reformed rustler and train robber, Stone Creek is his place of redemption. And lovely Sarah Tamlin is the perfect angel to help him clean up his act.…

But Sarah keeps a dark secret behind her prim and proper facade, even as her heart is lost to charming, sexy Wyatt. When a vengeful enemy prepares to

Paperback, 379 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by HQN (first published 2008)
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Jun 13, 2008 jenjn79 rated it really liked it
Recommended to jenjn79 by: continuation of a series
Rating: 4.5 / 5

The Rustler is the third book in Linda Lael Miller's Stone Creek series. It wasn't my favorite of the series, but I did like this one quite a bit. There's something about this series as a whole that's just really likable. The books in this series can probably be read as stand-alones without any problems, but you get a better feel for the setting and characters if you read the books in order.

This book features Wyatt Yarbro, who is the brother of the hero from the second book in the
Oct 13, 2008 Donna rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teri
Living through the experience of a cattle stampede, outlaw Wyatt Yarbro realizes he has a second chance a going straight. He leaves behind the gang he was riding with and returns to Stony Creek, Arizona, where his brother Rowdy is sheriff. Rowdy himself is a reformed outlaw, married and happily settled. On his first evening in town, Wyatt meets Sarah Tamlin, daughter of the town's bank owner. Each is immediately taken with the other. Each has their own dark secret. Wyatt is made deputy sheriff w ...more
Aug 24, 2015 Mareli rated it really liked it
it was really good but, here and there a bit boring. And besides I didn't like the ending, with some events a little too opportune ...

Onto the next one

Juana "Darkness" Duran
Wyatt Yarboro is an outlaw but on one night of rustling cattle he gets the feeling that his gang wants to shoot him. So While the scared cattle stampede Wyatt makes for Stone Creek where he meets Sarah Tamlin the Bankers daughter. So right out he makes his intentions known. Wyatt is going to Marry Sarah but first he has to make an honest way of living. As they get to know each other they meet up with her son Owen and his nasty father Mr. Langstreet. Trouble is sure to follow because of Billy Jus ...more
Dec 21, 2008 Carrianna rated it it was ok
Ladies....this is a nice beach read with a strong woman and the outlaw that sweeps her off her feet. If you analyzed it you would hate it - but that's why you just spend three hours on a rainy day enjoying it and wishing you didn't.
it's kind of like all those romantic comedies that we watch again and again and again....
Margaret Hardie
Mar 20, 2017 Margaret Hardie rated it it was ok
I can't remember why I gave this two stars. I am writing this review much too long after reading it. Obviously it didn't stay with me. Maybe that is why?
Amber Hirsch
Jan 29, 2017 Amber Hirsch rated it it was amazing
A great read as always, she has yet to disappoint. I loved, as with all her books, that I feel right in the same era as the characters.
Mandy Menasco
Oct 26, 2016 Mandy Menasco rated it it was amazing
Good book
Apr 28, 2009 Pygmy rated it did not like it
Not halfway through the first chapter, I can already tell this is going to be a stinker. Before we even get to know the characters, the main hero/former criminal decides he wants the banker's daughter, nevermind that he only just saw her. Nope, seeing her "assets" was enough. Geez, superficial much? And one of the first thoughts that we get from the girl when she first sees the hero is the staunch, blushing belief that his gaze can see right through her clothes and is watching her take a shower. ...more
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
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That almost ending tho!

Really Sarah? Are you drunk? Wyatt are you dumb?

Do I understand Sarah's reasons? Absolutely. As a mother myself, I get it. What I don't understand at the sudden turnabout and the fact that she didn't even bother to discuss anything with Wyatt. Didn't even think of another plan or another way. Just said, ok. I give up. Let's do it this way.

I liked Wyatt and he just didn't deserve that treatment.

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I had problems with this installment anyway. I didn't like Sa
Julie Morales
Apr 14, 2016 Julie Morales rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I get the same feeling reading these books as I do reading ones like the Virgin River series. It's like going for a visit to a town where you know a lot of the people, but there are always new ones to meet and it's always fun.
We catch up with Sam and Mattie and Rowdy and Lark in this book. Rowdy and Lark now have a child. The Yarbrow boys have a reputation, and it's not a good one, but Rowdy proved himself as the town Marshall of Stone Creek, so when his brother Wyatt shows up, he thinks there m
Mahareni Sukadi
Sebenarnya novel ini lumayan enak dibaca, hanya saja kayak ada yang kurang gitu. Mungkin bagi sebagian orang agak membosankan ya. Emank kurang seru sih, dibanding The Man from Stone Creek - Pria dari Stone Creek by Linda Lael Miller, apalagi dibanding ceritanya Rowdy di A Wanted Man - Sang Pria Buronan by Linda Lael Miller, duuuuuhhh...jauh daaaaah.

Itu si Wyatt, dia kan anak sulung Payton Yarbro, laki-laki tertua dari The Yarbros, tapi kenapa di buku ini dia kayak jadi bayang-bayangnya Rowdy. Udah insapnya telat (dibanding Rowdy ya), kagak punya duit (dibanding Rowdy yang kata Payton bisa mengubah uang lima sen m
Ayu Wirdha
May 11, 2014 Ayu Wirdha rated it liked it
Sarah umur 16thn terpedaya & hamil oleh Charles (lebih tua 15thn, teman bisnis ayahnya & ternyata sdh married). Pdhal ortu Sarah lumayan kaya & mengetahui soal kehamilannya tp ketika Owen lahir malah menyerahkan bayinya utk diasuh Charles & istrinya, knapa tdk diasuh sendiri toh ortunya jg ga marah2 amat. 10thn kmdian dgn ayah yg sakit parah & Charles tiba2 datang dgn membawa Owen & sptnya akan mengambil alih bank ketika mencium keadaan ayah Sarah. Di lain pihak, Wyatt ma ...more
Jan 06, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it
3rd in the Stone Creek Series

Wyatt Yarbro has decided to give up the life of an outlaw. He wants to settle down, get married, have a family, and live a respectable life. Just as long as his lawman brother doesn't find out he was connected to the cattle rustlers in southern Arizona.
Sarah Tamlin is the daughter of the local banker. She catches Wyatt's eye from the first moment. She has plenty of secrets she's keeping and has no plans of letting anyone find them out--least of all a "reformed" outla
Stacie  M. Ritchie
This is a re-listen for me. Wyatt Yarbo has always been an outlaw, because he followed in the footsteps of his father, Payton, and has even spent some time in jail. He has been contemplating settling down, because of a letter received by his brother, Rowdy. When he is almost killed during a stampede while rustling cattle, he considered it a sign and lit out for Rowdy’s place. Sarah Tamlin has been lying for years. She keeps it all in a little book in her pocket. She is hiding the fact her father ...more
Apr 14, 2011 Brie rated it liked it
I liked this book. At times it seemed to drag but it was still quite intriguing. The ending was a little sudden and short but oh well. The scene with Billy Justice about to blow up the bank with Sarah and Owen in it was pretty disappointing. It was just so QUICK! It didn't even last a full 2 pages! And it really didn't give all that much detail either. I felt a little bad for Charles but I guess the douche bag got what he deserved. What happened to her father was really sad and tragic. He seemed ...more
How they met...
Menerima tawaran Rowdy Rhodes untuk memulai kehidupan baru, Wyatt Yarbro menetap di Stone Creek. Di sanalah dia bertemu dengan Sarah Tamlin, anak dari pemilik bank. Sejak pertemuan pertama mereka, Wyatt mengatakan pada Rowdy bahwa dia akan menikahi Sarah. Namun, ada sesuatu tentang Sarah yang ditutupi oleh wanita itu.

and the problems begin...
Sarah Tamlin tidak seperti apa yang ditunjukkan di depan orang banyak. Dia memiliki rahasia dan masa lalu yang ingin ditutupinya. Tapi kegigi
Jan 02, 2009 Erin rated it liked it
Shelves: western
Oh, this book had me until about the halfway point, when the heroine suddenly turned into a weak, mushy female. One of the things I like about the genre is that the woman are strong, resourceful, and outspoken by necessity; a shrinking violet would never have survived the old west. And Sarah is educated and smart and has a job and people keep saying she is strong and speaks her mind (she's a "career-woman spinster" at the novel's opening), but her inner monologue keeps betraying her. Apparently ...more
Dec 15, 2008 Ladiibbug rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Historical Western Romance Fans
Recommended to Ladiibbug by: Donna Brooks
#3 Stone Creek series - Western Historical Romance

Wyatt Yarbro & Sarah Tamlin

After Wyatt Yarbro's two year stint in prison for train robbing, he follows his brother Rowdy (Stone Creek #2 hero) to Stone Creek hoping to leave a life of cattle rustling and train robbing and walk the straight and narrow.

Sarah Tamlin is a smart and capable young woman, running her father's bank due to her father's failing health. This is just one of Sarah's secrets -- that she's much more than a bank clerk.

Sam O'
Oct 09, 2008 Christel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any historical romance readers
3rd in the Stone Creek series. This is the story Wyatt Yarbro and Sarah Tamlin.

Wyatt is a reformed cattle rustler and train robber who after a near death experience decides it's time to go straight.
Sarah Tamlin is the daughter of the towns banker and has deep dark secrets of her own that she wants no one to find out.

I loved this story as much as the other 2 books inthis series. Both Sarah and Wyatt have trouble pasts and they both must face them for them to have a future together. They have to b
Feb 09, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it
Wyatt Yarbro is offered a chance to give up his train robbing and cattle rustling ways when his brother, Rowdy, Marshal of Stone Creek sends for him. Wyatt is refreshingly honest with the little lady he loves at first sight, telling Sarah Tamlin, banker's daughter, of his past and the time he spent in prison. Sarah is a little less forthcoming about her illegitimate son, who arrives in town with his father shortly after Wyatt does. Wyatt wrestles with settling down and Sara tries to come clean a ...more
Kate Vale
Jul 31, 2013 Kate Vale rated it really liked it
Wyatt Yarbro has given up his rustler ways and agrees to sit in for his brother, Marshall Rowdy Rhodes, for a spell. After all, what could possibly happen in little Stone Creek, Arizona? How wrong he is when he takes away the guns from a group of men out to no good and they get back at him by blowing up the jail to get at them? Whoever said criminals were stupid got that right. But it's Sarah Tamlin who poses the greater danger for Wyatt. His past is not something likely to endear a banker's dau ...more
Jul 15, 2012 Kelly rated it it was ok
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Linda Lael Miller has a gift for writing slightly flawed, undeniably lovable, and thoroughly unforgettable cowboy heroes in both historical and contemporary western romances. This is one of her best historical western romances and it is part of a series, but can be read as a standalone story. Wyatt is an ex-outlaw determined to make a new start in a new town, and Sarah, the heroine of the story, is a strong woman with a secret she no longer wants to keep. What they find in each other is someone ...more
Sep 02, 2012 Teresa rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
This was a reread for me, but I didn't find myself skimming or skipping over anything like I normally do when I reread. I have to be in a certain kind of mood to want to read a historical western, as it is not my favorite genre, but this was a pretty good one, if a little predictable. There's also a little of a problem where I didn't really feel like everything was resolved by the end of the novel. Although I suppose the problems left unresolved weren't the most significant, it still bothered me ...more
Nicole Galbraith
Jul 22, 2011 Nicole Galbraith rated it liked it
This is book three in the Stone Creek series, but I read it first. Even though there were characters who were obviously from previous books in the series, it still made sense by itself. Wyatt Yarbro is a cattle rustler who has done time in prison, but wants to change his ways. When he comes to Stone Creek to visit his brother, a reformed criminal, he is drawn to banker Sarah Tamlin and starts picturing a different future for himself. Sarah and Wyatt are very likable characters who are well devel ...more
Mar 29, 2010 Rebekah rated it really liked it
I think following a book about a child molestation ring with a book about a cowboy falling in love is totally legit, right? My boss calls these "palate cleansers." It had everything you need: reforming outlaw, wild west lawmen, adopting a forlorn dog, and an educated purty lady on the shelf. Also, in an unforeseen twist, honesty between characters! Everyone was upfront about their shit. Okay, I'm talking myself up to 4 stars. Anyway it was enjoyable and made moreso because I pretended it was abo ...more
Jan 08, 2016 Jeanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western-romance
Never thought I would like western romance books. Goes to show you how little I know about my taste in books. I enjoy Linda Lael Miller stories, and The Rustler is no exception.
This takes place in Stone Creek, where Wyatt Yarbro x-rustler and train robber is turning over a new leaf after he sees Sarah Tamlin playing the piano in the revival tent. Sarah has a secret that might get in the way if he's not the right man. They both will find that they can't hide the past, if they have any hope for to
May 04, 2010 Cindy rated it really liked it
Oh heavens, Linda does it again. Outlaw Wyatt Yarbro ready to turn straight from rustling and train robbing finds redemption in Stone Creek. He meets the banker's daughter Sara Tamlin. Wyatt thinks he has met his perfect angel, but she has some very dark secrets covered vy years of lies that give many twist and emotional turns in this western. I recommend this book for a fun weekend read at the cottage. It will leave you with a smile on your face and a very warm heart. You might want to read boo ...more
Oct 02, 2011 Andrea rated it it was ok
As far as romance novels go, this one isn't so bad. Set in the wild west, it has a decent plot and somewhat decent characters. If you're looking for a mindless read with a little bit of romance (and I do mean a little bit), then this is the book for you. It is not the typical thinly applied plot between rollings in the hay. In fact, there is very little rolling in the hay. So if that is what you want and expect from your romance novels, stay clear. I have to admit, it did leave me a little disap ...more
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The daughter of a town marshal, LINDA LAEL MILLER is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 100 historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the West. The "First Lady of the West" lives outside Spokane, Washington, where her rescued horses, dogs and cats live the high life.

Published since 1983, Linda was awarded the prestigious Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievemen
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