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Secondhand Bride (McKettricks #3)

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To win his father's ranch, a hard-living cowboy settles down and takes a wife -- another man's wife!

The youngest McKettrick brother, Jeb, is the wild one who never could stay out of trouble. And trouble is what he gets when he proposes to Chloe Wakefield. No sooner had he and the pretty schoolteacher tied the knot than Jeb discovers she's already married! After a major
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Published (first published January 1st 2004)
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Apr 27, 2012 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was almost a five star read for me, I loved the story, the characters, the situations... Jeb and Chloe were a lot of fun to read about, but what kept it from being five stars for me was Jeb's distrust for Chloe the entire book! It started to get on my nerves a little. But I still really, really enjoyed this story and the way the entire McKettrick family was in it! And I'm liking Holt more and more and can't wait to read his story!
Elise Wilson
Mar 06, 2011 Elise Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Secondhand Bride, the third book (following High Country Bride & Shotgun Bride) of four in the McKettrick Cowboy series, which tells the story of four brothers and their attempts to find wives and become fathers in order to inherit the Triple M Ranch.

So far this is my favorite book of the three! Secondhand Bride gives us Jeb's story and that of his love interest Chloe. I liked Jeb's "wild" character and understood his insecurities around being the "baby" brother and his need to establish hi
Gail Mchugh
Jan 06, 2012 Gail Mchugh rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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This is book 3 in the McKettricks series and it continues the story of our main couples from books one (Rafe & Emmeline) & two (Kade & Mandy) who are now supporting characters in this book. It also continues the stories of the supporting characters (some who are couples) from both those books, and obviously this books main couple (Chloe & Jeb). Jeb has been in both the other books but this is Chloe's first appearance.

Just like in books one & two you get a sweet romance with s
Feb 03, 2014 Miranda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well this baby of the bunch but what a looker and smooth talker a real lady man but after he ran after some big news his dad was keeping for awhile but don't get me wrong his wild rowdy and great with a gun and can ride Any Horse a live a break them and card player he meets his love but feels betrayed and confused and leaves his wife behind but what is meant will always find it way and hell have no furry like a woman scorn chole loves Jed so when he got all wrong tries to explain shatter her wor ...more
Jul 17, 2010 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance and western lovers
I devoured this book. It was so good! Jeb and Chloe made a wonderful pair. Both a little too stubborn and proud, they had to get over their egos to be happy. I also liked how the McKettrick women decided to split the ranch. I like when the women run the show, especially when the men don't know it or know it but love their women too much to get in their way. lol.
Sep 06, 2009 TJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western, historical
I don't usually like Western's but this was one was delightful! The H/H relationship was fiery but fun. I started it one evening and ended up staying up half the night finishing it. The only downside was the resolution of the "first married, first baby" problem - really unrealistic and silly.
Mar 28, 2009 Christel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last of the McKettrick's original series. I think I liked this one the best of all. Learning to trust is a hard thing to do sometimes especially when your trust has been broken before. Loved the way it ended and the subplot with Holt's daughter Lizzie involved
I liked this book better than books 1 or 2. It had more interaction between main characters Jeb and Chloe. Jeb made me chuckle and I loved Lizzie! I will again, say, I wish there was more romance and steam. That being said I really did enjoy this book.
Feb 09, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's Jeb's turn to find a bride, although he claims he already has one. The sparks really fly when she shows up in town! Jeb thinks Chloe's already married, and that their marriage is a sham. Even though neither trusts the other, and both are spitting mad, they can't help but be attracted to each other.
I'm not a huge fan of the issues keeping would-be lovers apart being lies and misunderstandings. I'd rather there's an outside conflict, although this does have both. Chloe's ex, Jack, is set to
There were a lot of different stories going on in this book and it was written beautifully. I was captured from beginning to end. I am loving this series!!!
Jul 09, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third in the McKettrick Brothers' series...Jeb and Chloe.

Jeb is the youngest and most wild of the brothers. His charm and good looks have gotten his everywhere in life...until Chloe. He married her in Tombstone only to find that she was already married to another man, so he headed back home to the Triple M. Now Chloe has come to Indian Rock and isn't happy about the way he left her behind because she says they are married.

Although Chloe and Jeb are the main romance in this story, there is a
Willow Brook
Jan 11, 2011 Willow Brook rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Another wonderful book about the McKettricks and their women, though the hero and heroine are my least favorites so far of this generation. Despite that, the interactions among all the McKettricks and their friends and the fast moving plot made this a fun, absorbing read.

Secondhand Bride the story of youngest son Jeb's marriage to the schoolteacher, Chloe. They marry when Jeb is hanging out in Tombstone, but both are disillusioned when Jeb is told Chloe is already married and Chloe finds out Je
Mar 25, 2013 PepsiGirl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Story picks up after Kade's story in Shotgun Bride. This is Jeb's story. If you don't know the story, here goes. Angus the Patriarch of the family issues the decree that he will bestow all of his holdings on the first son to get married. Now Rafe and Kade are now married and in the previous story Jeb eludes to the fact that he is already married but he never produces the bride. Chloe is the firecracker that Jeb married, they were married less than a day when he is approached by a man that tells ...more
Jul 27, 2012 Lexi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great series!

I gave a lengthy review of book one, High Country Bride and book two was just as strong. When I picked up this book, the third in the series, I was worried it would be hard to follow the first two and I might be disappointed, but I can say I wasn't!

From the first pages of this one, where Chloe Wakefield or McKettrick (depending on who you ask) blows into town, Indian Rock and Jeb McKettrick are never the same.

My absolutely favorite line is right at the beginning describing
Sep 20, 2015 Rusty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
People are far too critical of this series. If you have picked up an historical romance by Linda you are looking to kick back, relax and just enjoy a book. Silly people expect too much from these light, fun novels. I look forward to returning to my stories each night after a tough day at work. You want deep, serious, thought provoking stuff UGH! Look elsewhere. For me these are perfect!
Jun 08, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third book of the McKettrick Cowboys. This was a good read!
A wild west story, I'm enjoying meeting all the poeple who live in Indian Rock.
Also in this book we get to know Holt Cavanaugh (McKettrick) a bit better, and in the begining of the story he finds out he has a daughter, who was witness to Robbery and killing, on the Stage coach ride to town. Lizzie is excited to find she has Uncles, Aunts, and Grandparents when she gets to town.
All the McKettrick brothers are in a race to wed, and mul
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Mar 17, 2009 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance/cowboy lovers
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Apr 14, 2012 Corinne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This McKettrick book is based around Jeb and his wife, a teacher! This probably helped play this book into my heart. Jeb is upset with Chloe when he finds out shes been married before, and there is a dispute about the legality of their marriage. Chloe's ex-husband is involved, as well as a surprise for Holt!

I liked the book, and I enjoy the series, but as a romance novel it failed to provide me with the chemistry to make the outcome convincing. Since I don't go into it as a romance novel, I am o
Dec 25, 2015 SweetSue rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I see so many good reviews of Miller's books, but so far I'm just not getting it. Started this and don't think I'll finish it. The whole premise is annoying with the who will get the ranch storyline. I haven't read the others in the series, but the idea that a man with a big ranch to run would pit his sons against each other is dumb. If he's going to cut two out of the will then let them go off and start their own places while they are young and strong.

And of course baby brother is a hot-head a
Luckily for this reader book 3 of what was originally a trilogy wasn't an unnecessary entry to the series. As usual the breezy writing style of this series had me smiling about more "innocent times" as Jeb has to decide if he has a wife or not! This installment picks up immediately after Shotgun Bride ends and wastes no time laying the groundwork for Jeb & Chloe's star turns.
This easy read gave great villain, a wonderful alpha and a woman that was nobody's fool as it wound the McKettrick bra
Aug 17, 2015 Mareli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I spent my holidays reading the whole McKettrick's series.

Mmmm, this one not so good. Chloe and Jeb were a bit stupid, going on and off, never taking a decision about themselves.

I'm really curious about the new brother, Holt.
First line: "There was no place to run to, no place to hide."

I found this story dissatisfying because, while I liked both the hero and heroine independently, I just wasn't feeling the chemistry between them. Miller does have an interesting style, which includes lots of secondary characters and storylines. Initially, that means not a lot of character building time, but over the course of the series, her huge cast have grown and taken shape into a full community. It is an interesting way to write
Virginia Wofford
Nov 12, 2015 Virginia Wofford rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Going right on through to t h e next t. C Amy's a I t.

This series is great. I'm enjoying each book and am ready for the next (#4). I can't wait to read Holt's story. Should be good.
Feb 25, 2011 July rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: home-library
Chloe meets Jeb McKettrick in Tombstone and falls for his smooth ways she gives in to a little fun, and then marries the man. Well on the wedding night the snake leaves her high and dry just because he finds out she had been married before. Although she did not tell him. Her ex-husband of 1 whole day is the one to spill the beans. Jeb leaves her high and dry in Tombstone thinking she is still married to that skum Jack.
When she looses her teaching job because of Jeb's big mouth. She has to find
Jacky Faber
I thought Jeb acted like an asshole until the very end of the book. He treated Chloe horribly and constantly accused her of being a lier. I didn't understand why Chloe Was attracted to Jeb. I guess some women like to be treated as a doormat. The only redeeming parts of the novel is when the other members of the McKettrick family appear.
I loved Rafe and Kade's stories but this book covering Jeb's was really disappointing. I wanted to stop reading so many times but felt that somehow, having finished Rafe and Kade's books in a day each, I was missing something and this book might get better. But it never did except in the last chapter and epilogue which had a totally different but great feel to them. I felt the book didn't have much direction (almost as if the ideas had run out but a book on Jeb was required). Both Chloe and Jeb ...more
Tiffany King
Mar 14, 2015 Tiffany King rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Favorite of the Series! Only thing I didn't like was how the babies were born... good idea to divide but wish it would have went differently. Overall great book!
Aug 05, 2015 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved it. I could probably write the same review for all of Linda's books. I love the family and the setting. I will continue reading this series.
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