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Granite Man (MacKenzie-Blackthorn #4)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  1,010 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
Mariah MacKenzie returned to the family ranch determined to find a long-lost gold mine in the land of her ancestors. Cash McQueen was a coldhearted prospector -- a distraction she didn't need, a temptation she didn't want, but the only man tough enough to be her guide on a bold quest for the legendary treasure.
Paperback, Silhouette Desire, #625, 248 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by Mira Books (first published February 1st 1991)
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Mar 16, 2015 Lyndi rated it liked it
Every emotional scene is slightly overdone. When Mariah becomes desperate, she becomes really fucking desperate. When Cash turns cruel, he turns really fucking cruel. When Mariah becomes depressed and hopeless, she becomes really fucking depressed and hopeless. Everything is overdramatized just enough to come across as a bit ridiculous. And it was an entertaining read all the more for it.
Okay, so I have read every book in the MacKenzie-Blackthorn series except the last one, which I will read shortly, and all I can really say is that they're all okay. Not great. Not super unique. Just okay. They all have essentially the same plotline: guy gets snubbed by previous wife/lover and doesn't trust women anymore. A remarkably gorgeous lady stranger shows up at the Rocking M, and while each of these men are cautious about the women sinking them into some type of marriage trap, it in no w ...more
Jul 19, 2015 T. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this when it was first released as a paperback, for Silhouette in March, 1991. I bought all four of this series (at the time there were only four) and the paperbacks have moved with me through many states and many re-readings. Now that they are available as Kindle books, I purchased them again and am reading them on my Kindle.

I have to say, this IS a good book, but I wasn't impressed with Mariah and frankly I hated Cash periodically throughout the story. Nonetheless, I like the series, lo
Feb 07, 2016 Jenny rated it really liked it
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full of melodrama and passion! loved, loved it but the ending was abrupt!
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Feb 06, 2015 Sheila Melo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Classic 1990s Category Romance

THE STORY: Mariah MacKenzie has come back to the Rocking M ranch looking for the brother from whom she was separated from 15 years ago. After years of not belonging, Mariah is looking for a home. She ends up meeting Cash McQueen, her brother's best friend. The attraction between Mariah and Cash is fierce even as Cash has a deep distrust of women.

OPINION: This is the weakest of the Rocking M romances. This book has many of the qualities that I love in these romances:
Feb 13, 2014 Anita rated it really liked it
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Like a lot of Elizabeth Lowell's oldies, this one was entertaining, but scored a little high on the angst scale. Mariah was taken away from her father and the brother, Luke, she dearly loved. Mommie Dearest interrupted any attempt at communication between them. Mommie dies and evil step-dad dumps her out on her own. Mariah makes her way to the Rocking M ranch to reunite with Luke. She meets up with Cash, Luke's brother-in-law, and does not make a favorable impression on him. Cash thinks all wome ...more
Jan 26, 2012 Beth rated it it was amazing
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Cash and ? are staying at her brother ranch. She has been abandoned by her parents and understands the need to feel trusted and accepted. Cash, bitter from his divorce, wants to NOT trust her but doesn't see the evil but rather trust and goodness. They pan for gold and share that passion together. Her pregnancy becomes the catalysis of his anger and his doubts about her honesty. Then trust and acceptance becomes their spoken language. Good book
Feb 13, 2014 Andria rated it really liked it
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I read this book in the course of one sitting. I'd've awarded it five stars, but the ending was rather abrupt and there were a few things that felt like it made the book move too fast plotwise. Overall, I really enjoyed this one, and the characters were pretty cool, as were the details about hunting for gold. Both main characters had emotional issues to deal with, and both main characters seemed very real to me. I enjoyed this book tremendously.
Oct 10, 2012 C K rated it it was amazing
his series (Granite Man, Fire and Rain, Warrior, Outlaw) on the people of Rocking M ranch is fantanstic! This is an author that I have read a lot of and have added her books to my 'keeper' book shelf. Most I have read at least twice and some even more than that. Always in depth characters that anyone can identify with on some level.
Jan 31, 2013 Joan rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by the wonderful story and the character development. I usually don't do a western romance so to speak, but this one has abit of everything, romance, tension, lost relative, lost treasure, beautiful scenery and older man, younger woman. Got all that and you got a really good read.
Feb 15, 2015 Jada rated it it was amazing
no matter how many times i read a book from Miss Elizabeth Lowell, I still feel the same emotion I felt the first time reading it. this book is a good read and my heart ached while reading it, this is not my favorite book from Ms Lowell but I would still recommend it :)
Aug 05, 2009 Jill rated it really liked it
I can't decide which is my favorite book out of this series, but this was a little better. It definitely had a little bit more of an ending compared to Nevada's book, but I'm a little surprised Mariah believed Cash's quick turn-around.
Apr 25, 2016 Melissa rated it really liked it
Love western books and this follows the typical Elizabeth Lowell formula. A little overly dramatic but what can you expect from stories wrote in the early 90's.
Jun 06, 2012 Sheila rated it it was amazing
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Loved this book. First time iv read a silhouette book now i'm hooked i buy everyone i see and cant wait to read the rest!
Jul 22, 2014 Christine rated it liked it
I have been disappointed in these books in this series after the 1st book. This was short, ended abruptly and was too similar to all the other books after the 1st one.
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Apr 18, 2016 Jane Drager rated it really liked it
In my opinion, this story has a powerful ending and is well worth a read. Good characterization, good storyline, good follow-thru by the author.
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