Tyler - Montana Creeds, Bk 3 Author:Linda Lael Miller Descendents of the legendary McKettrick family, the Creeds are renowned in Stillwater Springs, Montana -- for raising hell ... — Whether winning championship belt buckles or dealing with Hollywood types for endorsement deals, former rodeo star Tyler Creed can handle anything. Except standing on the same square foot of land as his estranged b... more »rothers. Yet here they are in Stillwater Springs, barely talking but trying to restore the old Creed ranch -- and family.
Lily Kenyon knows all about family estrangements and secrets. The single mom has come home to set things right, to put down roots for her daughter. What she doesn'’t expect is Tyler Creed, whom she’s loved since childhood. Now the handsome, stubborn cowboy who left home to seek his fortune just might find it was always under the Montana sky ...
Meet the Creed cowboys of Montana: three estranged brothers who come home to find family -- and love.« less
I believe Ms. Miller saved the best for last! This was the third book in the Montana Creeds Trilogy, but I enjoyed it the most. Tyler is certainly a force to be reckoned with. In this story, he rekindles the romance with the daughter of the town's veterinarian. And the romance gets really, really hot! It's also about Tyler fully grown and ready to face up to the ghosts in his past--one by one.
I'm shocked but I actually didn't like this book. Mostly I enjoy Linda Lael Miller's books with a few exceptions and this one is one of the exceptions.
First, the connection between Tyler and Lily is all sexual. I find it hard to believe their relationship would last at all. Every interaction with them is sex. They couldn't talk on the phone or even have dinner without it. So the book ended up like a series of one night stands with nothing solid to really unite or bond the characters together. They didn't really have a talk about Davie, the deaths of their spouses, or even when Tyler cheated on her in the past. And the orgasm in the supermarket with just his voice and a touch of the hand???? Please. If he was that good he should have been a self-help guru instead of a rodeo star. Weak.
Second, if you are going to put kids in the story then make them part of the story not just characters you have to get rid of when the adults want to get it on. As a result Tyler ended up looking like a jerk because here he is "rescuing" Davie from a bad home situation but 9 times out of 10 he is pawning him off to his brothers. And I have no idea why Lily's daughter, Tess, would be so into Tyler because they haven't even spent one full hour together.
Third, I had a really hard time liking the main characters. Tyler comes off as an egotistical jerk, especially when he declares they are going to have sex on their first date and skip dinner. He has a lot of those moments. Lily is such a weak character and gives in to Tyler so easily that I lost a lot of respect for her. We also don't see a lot of where she shines like as a mom or as a caretaker for her father. Her only saving grace is she actually does eventually stand up to her mother-in-law and boss which is nice.
The minor paranormal element was really lame. I love paranormal stories but then Miller should have developed a little more, not just thrown in a few long dialogued scenes about it. Wish she would have spent that time developing real dialogue between Lily and Tyler instead.
I also wished she didn't just slap couples together in the epilogue. It would have been nice if Miller actually introduced some of those people within the story.
What I did love about the book (which is why it got two stars and not half of one) are the brothers, the persepctive partners, and extended families. Those scenes were just more real and interesting, especially the ones between Lily and her father.
It was a really shallow book and didn't really have a strong plotline. Disappointed in it but didn't hate it enough not to finish it (I did do a bit of skim reading though).