Miller’s attention to small details makes her stories a delight to read. With engaging characters and lovable animals, this second story in the Creed Cowboys trilogy is a sure hit for the legions of cowboy fans out there.
Temporarily leaving her life in Seattle, Tricia McCall stays in an apartment in her great-grandmother Natty’s house in River’s Bend, Colo. She’s there to sell the campground, RV park and drive-in her father left her when he died. Natty throws her together with cowboy Conner Creed, since she doesn’t approve of Tricia’s Seattle boyfriend, and Tricia feels very attracted to him. Conner likes her, too, but doesn’t want to become involved with a woman who won’t be staying, because there’s no way he’d ever leave his ranch. But with the encouragement of a 10-year-old girl, a stray dog that she is determined not to adopt and even Conner’s estranged twin brother, Brody, how can they not end up a couple? (HQN, Jun., 384 pp., $7.99)