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The Rustler (Stone Creek #3)

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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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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 27, 2008 Donna rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
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....
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
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
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
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
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
Kate Vale
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
Apr 11, 2009 Ladiibbug rated it 4 of 5 stars
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 26, 2008 Christel rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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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
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
Patricia Solla
An interesting take on the bad boy making good of himself. We have a man getting out of prison and actually returning to a life of crime only to decide at the last minute that this is not what he wants. Going to see his brother who has made something of himself, the man finds himself being enlisted to uphold the law in town while his brother and a friend go on a mission. Meanwhile we have a young woman who is running the town bank because is becoming senile but trouble arises when a member of th ...more
Nov 26, 2014 Sassy added it
Good liked. A bit seamier than some of the others
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
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Debbie Turner
Another good book about the Yarbro brothers.
LLM writes such good story lines with interesting charaters. Always love reading her novels, I am so glad she has written so many, Many hours of enjoyment to come.
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
laurie stith-tenney
I think i liked the best!!!
I wanted to like this story so I was let down by how simple it was. By that I mean this author has written some of my favorite stories so I picked this up thinking okay this has historical, outlaw hero, spinster heroine with "issues" and go. I just didn't believe certain character motivation and resolutions. There was a lot of tell and no show. I'm just going to stick to her older stories.
This book was excellent! I could barely put it down once I started reading it. Wyatt Yarbro is an outlaw looking to change his bad boy ways and Sarah Tamlin is a girl with a lot of secrets. Together they make it through the challenges that lie ahead of them. What can I say I like a good "bad boy"! Wyatt was an excellent character he is definitely at the top of my all time favorite list!
This is a sequel to one I had read earlier this year. I love this author's books! Well-paced and lots going on to keep me interested. This one does not disappoint. Here's an outlaw who wants to become a normal and honest citizen in the Arizona territory. Will he earn the trust of the people in town, and the woman who is hiding a few secrets herself?
Miller actually put some thought into this plot, which was pleasantly surprising. Of course, there was (in typical Miller fashion) a deus ex machina that allows the hero and heroine to ride of happily into Arizona sunset without a care in the world, but since I've come to expect that in this series it didn't bother me too much.
Sarah is a very wholesome girl...or so it seems. The entire town of Stone Creek would never suspect the secrets she hides in her black book and dark heart. But all she's worked to hide may be undone by a new outlaw in town named Wyatt Yarbo. He is nothing like Sarah ever dreamed of and nothing will ever be the same.
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As the daughter of a town marshal, Linda has come home to the western lifestyle that gave birth to one of today’s most successful authors. She left Washington years ago and pursued her wanderlust, living in Arizona and London and traveling the world. Now the author of more than 100 novels, the “First Lady of the West” is glad to be back home, writing contemporary and historical stories that have e ...more
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