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High Country Bride (McKettricks #1)

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  3,495 ratings  ·  172 reviews
One ranch. Three sons. Only one will inherit...and on one condition.

Tired of waiting for his sons to settle down, Arizona-territory rancher Angus McKettrick announces a competition: the first son to marry and produce a grandchild will inherit Triple M ranch. Now, three distinctly different, equally determined cowboys are searching high and low for brides.

If Emmeline Har
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published January 7th 2004 by Pocket Books (first published 2002)
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BJ Rose
I nearly put this aside several times - a girl who was raised in a brothel couldn't be that ignorant, could she?! Even when I was able to accept that premise, the book didn't grab me until over halfway, when other factors - and characters - made it much more interesting. The 2nd half gets 4*, but the first half is a very weak 3*, but that stronger ending made me want to pick up the next in the series.
I didn't feel the love!

Rafe and Emmeline seemed as much like strangers at the end as they did when they first met. There was almost no communication between them and I hardly ever felt like they really even liked each other. They were kind of just co-existing. Sometimes they'd go off alone and talk, but it was pretty boring and I didn't feel like they got to know each other that well. I think Emmeline had more meaningful conversations with Holt and Rafe with Becky.

A lot of times, I felt like th
Willow Brook
4 1/2 stars. Excellent beginning to the stories of 4 brothers set in 1880's Arizona. Patriarch Angus McKettrick decides his sons need to settle down and tells them that the first to marry and produce a grandchild of either gender will get the lion's share of their ranch. Rafe, the oldest son, immediately sends for a mail order bride, determined to win their father's contest. Meanwhile, in Kansas City Emmeline is bored out of her mind. Raised by her aunt who runs a brothel, Emmeline has been kept ...more
Hmmm, so you never really know what you're going to get when you pick up a "romance" novel. I was hoping for a clean story, but didn't quite get what I wanted. I actually enjoyed the plot and thought the story was fun. I liked the main characters and I'd be tempted to read the rest of the series. However, even though Emmeline and Rafe are married their love scenes are a little too discriptive for my taste. I actually thought they lost a lot of their chemistry after they were together. For me a l ...more
This is really 3.5 stars for me. I'm not the biggest fan of the western (very much an east coast girl) but I liked this story. I liked the McKettrick family (even if I kept mixing up the younger brothers for a while - I eventually got it straight). And I liked Rafe and Emmeline. What keeps it from a higher rating is the fact there were some cliches in the writing. I thought most of the dialogue was good so when a cliched description or element sneaked in it took me out of the story for a bit. St ...more
Feb 14, 2009 Wendy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance lovers/cowboy lovers
A really fun book! I enjoyed this read a lot. Emmiline is a brave young women trying to find her place in the world. When she runs away from home in Kansas City by marrying by proxy through a mail order Bride service, she unwittingly signs on to the McKettrick family. Rafe is a man trying to win the ranch before his brothers do. So sent away for a bride. Neither of the two know what to expect from one another, but are definately drawn to each other. This is a story not only of love found but of ...more
Colleen (NerdyWoman) Kayter
Every now and again, I really enjoy reading Western Historicals. As the first story in the McKettrick series, High Country Bride introduces an entire cast of characters and the series-length plot which can only be defined as 'epic.'

My only wish for this story would be that the hero, Rafe, were more likeable. He's capable of being kind and considerate, but sometimes he's such a jerk, you almost want to see him get his come-uppance. All his brothers are much more appealing and I couldn't help but
So I LOVED this book and have fallen in love with this series! I was lucky enough to get and ARC of one of her other books in this series (review coming closer to release date) but after reading and enjoying it, had to start at the beginning. I'm happy to say, I wasn't disappointed!

High Country Bride is about the McKettrick men Rafe, Kade, and Jeb who live with their father on the Triple M ranch in Indian Rock which is in the middle of the Arizona territory in 1884. Their father, Angus McKettric
Read in January, 2012

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Overall Rating 4.00
Story Rating 4.00
Character Rating 4.00
Challenges: 2012 TBR Challenge, Goodreads Read for Fun
Published in 2002

NOTE: I am so glad that I finally started the McKettricks from the beginning. I am a huge fan of LLM's humor and this book was full of her classic storytelling style!

What I Loved: Holy Hot Cowboy Brothers! These are some smoking hot Cowboys that are hard-headed, hot-tempered, and most off all having to do exactly what Daddy says. I love
Marybeth Davis
Only one thing to say about this tries to do too much until the reader becomes annoyed and despondent with the main female character and everyone else.

This book took me a long time to finish. I think since it is the first in the series that every future character needs to be introduced but it takes away from the build up of the story, takes away from the main character.I kept thinking about who the other brothers would end up with and wanting to read their story.
This is going to
I spent my holidays reading the whole McKettrick's series.

This first book was a bit boring. The heroine, Emmeline, was boring. And at the beginning she wasn't so sure about Rafe. She was a mail order bride and the first meeting with her new husband was not so good ;)

But in the end everything was fine!

Ok, so I love me some Mckettricks!!! This is the first in the McKettrick series and is the story of Rafe and Emmeline. First off, I totally fell in love with Angus, the dad! He is a hoot! It's a historical romance with not much depth, but it is so stankin' sweet! I have to say there are a few "steamy" if that's not your thing beware. But, they aren't every other page, so you could skip over it. Rafe is a hard headed piece of work, but Emmeline keeps him in line! It's just a good little ...more
Disappointed in the carousing and carefree ways of his three sons, aging ranch owner Angus McKettrick makes a declaration: The first of them to marry and produce an heir will be in charge of the massive spread. None of the three want to be working for his brother, particularly not Rafe, the oldest. To take orders from one of his younger siblings would be torturous. So, he requests a mail-order bride. Emmeline lives in Kansas City with her aunt, who also happens to own a whorehouse. Emmeline emba ...more
This story pulled me in right away in chapter 1. This book was unputdownable, I read it well into the night when I should've been sleeping.

I'm so pleasantly surprised and happy that I found a new Historical Romance Author. I will definitely be reading more of her books.

I loved Rafe and Emmeline. They where so sweet together. I loved that their chemistry was strong in the beginning but the love took time to grow. The banter between them was brilliant and this book shocked me because it was so fun
I was up for a good western romance and this one delivered. Rafe is that rugged cowboy that can't sweet talk you but will win you over with his pure honest charm. Emmeline is a sweet sheltered girl (though she grew up in a brothel) that isn't afraid to speak her mind. But together they have wound a wonderful love story. I'm anxious to start the next in the series.
Book 1 in the historical McKettrick series.

This series ties in with the Stone Creek series and the upcoming Montana Creeds. This is the book you'll want to start with.
My first by this author and I loved it! I read it in one day and am very quickly moving on to the next book in the series! :)
I have no idea why I chose to add this book to my ever increasing "to read" list; in fact, I almost decided that I would simply delete it and move on. at the very last minute though, I decided to give it a try and, while it's certainly not the most memorable book I'll ever read, I must say that I don't regret the time I spent with it.

The book takes place in 1884 in the Arizona territory. the premise sounds sort of ridiculous. The patriarch of the McKettrick clan declares that the first of his s
Julie Gazca
I enjoyed this book, and I'm glad this is the first in a series, because the way it ended made me want to pick up the next! It's definitely a specific sub-genre of romance, so if you like historical romance dated in late 19th century in the west, I'd recommend this book to you. I don't really like westerns, but I sure like a lot more if there's some romance that goes along with it!

This was a pretty fast read, and the story and setting allowed you to jump right in, wherever you are! I would give

Emmeline leaves Kansas City behind as she wakes up to coins sitting beside the bed when she wakes up. She remember's a man she thinks his name is Holt, carrying her up to the bedroom of the brothel her aunt runs. Desperate to get a way from the humiliation she answers a mail order bride ad and heads to Texas as the wife of Rafe McKettrick.

Rafe doesn't meet Emmeline at the stage-coach but, his brother Jeb does. As they are standing there out flies Rafe out of the saloon which makes a wonderful im
Angus McKettrick assessed his life and issued a challenge to his three sons: the first to marry and produce a child would inherit his ranch instead of him splitting it between them. Rafe, the oldest of his sons by his deceased wife, Georgia, takes immediate action by contacting a mail order bride service and gets himself a wife. Emmeline leaves Kansas City, Missouri to join her new husband in the Arizona territory, sight unseen. She is also hoping to leave behind quite a few secrets.

The story st
3.5stars actually

In this origin story of the McKettrick series, patriarch Angus McKettrick is fed up with his wastrel sons and longs for grandchildren. He tells his sons that the first one to marry and produce children will inherit everything instead of the promised third! The brothers are shocked speechless with this turn of events but each is determined to win this contest. Having read this out of order I knew the outcome of a few intrigues but was glad to have some background filled in to rou
First Line: "Angus McKettrick hated every thorn and cactus, every sprig of sagebrush, every juniper tree and jackrabbit and hunk of red rock for fifty miles in all directions, and if he could have scorched the land bare as a pig's hide at rendering time, he'd have done it, yes, sir."

This book must have been pretty meh, because it has only been a few days since I read it and I'm already forgetting most of the story line. Neither the hero nor heroine was particularly engaging. I found Rafe to be o
Elise Wilson
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*Really more like a high three, closer to a four than three though. Probably 3.5 to 3.75 stars. I really wish I could do fractions here...*

This was my first book by Linda Lael Miller, I've heard such good things that had high hopes for this book. I wasn't disappointed. How I felt about this book was probably best described by a friend of mine - it's like a Jayne Ann Krentz book; good, but not earth shattering, always reliable though. That is a very good thing in my book! I love an author I can c
Meh. This didn't do much for me. Perhaps because it's a little dated?
Rafe, the main male character, was a hot-headed, rash, stubborn tool. He had all the wooing skills of a wild boar. I think the "mail-order bride" trope can be very romantic when deployed deftly but here, it was not. Possibly living in a house with 4 other people put a damper on the whole romance thing. And Rafe himself wasn't exactly overwhelmingly romantic, either.
And Emmeline! What a twit. Combination of TSTL, Mary Sue, and
Kris - My Novelesque Life

The Mckettrick brothers have had a good time playing cards, nights in the saloons and flirting with women until their aging father decides that he wants grandchildren and heirs for his ranch. The first one to marry and have children will get the ranch - all of it. The race is on and Rafe Mcketterick the eldest puts an ad asking for wife...enter Emmeline - an orphan being raised by her brothel owning aunt - has done the one thing she and her aunt have feared...slept with a man for money. A
I really liked this book and I am craving the rest of the series...My sister told me about this series and said, "they are not smutty and you will love the female main characters because they are strong-willed and quick to speak their opinions!" She was right on...Set in 1884 having a woman with strong and vocal opinions is "taboo", but I sure enjoyed it! **Angus McKettrick decides that he is getting older and wants to see his three sons, Rafe, Kade, and Jeb, settle down, get married, and provid ...more
Regan Walker
An OK, if Fanciful, Western About 3 Brothers Vying for a Ranch

Miller writes well enough and serves up a sometimes entertaining, if fanciful, story, but I found it disappointing. It's not a serious historical...and I thought the beginning was a bit shaky.

The story, set in Arizona in 1884, tells of three brothers--the McKettricks--(obviously a set up for the series), and their father, Angus, who owns a 30,000-acre cattle ranch. The author describes the three brothers, who are in their late 20's, a
Excellent book. This is the first in the McKettrick family books. I love this family and all their passions and drama. Rafe had no intention of settling down anytime soon, until his father laid down his ultimatum. So he sent off for a mail order bride. Emmeline had fled Kansas City, certain her reputation was in tatters. When she arrived in Indian Rock, expecting to be met by her new husband, she found him brawling in a saloon. One of her brothers-in-law took her out to the ranch, and Rafe showe ...more
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McKettricks (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • Shotgun Bride (McKettricks, #2)
  • Secondhand Bride (McKettricks, #3)
  • McKettrick's Choice (McKettricks, #4)
  • Sierra's Homecoming (McKettricks, #5)
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  • McKettrick's Pride (McKettricks, #7; McKettrick Men, #2)
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