The Creed Legacy
Linda Lael Miller
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This was the first book I've read by Linda Lael Miller and thus the first Creed novel I've read, though I've heard lots of good things about the in the past. I was glad once I started reading and realized that I didn't need to have read the other books to understand the plot of this one.
Brody has returned to "Creed Country" in Lonesome Bend after a haunting past and the reason he left in the first place that he's kept secret. Meanwhile, Carolyn is looking for Mr. Right after Brody broke her heart eight years ago. The Creed family seems to think they both belong together, but Carolyn isn't so sure, so she joins a dating site to try and find some other options.
Well, I love me some cowboys so it only stood to reason that I would enjoy this novel. The plot was traditional but had good twists in both Brody and Carolyn's past, which made their characters deep and believable. I also enjoyed some of the minor characters, in particular Winston. I thought the big date Brody planned for Carolyn was one of the more romantic schemes I've read in a romance novel, that is until it went wrong.
The only thing I didn't like in the book was the "gypsy skirt." I had to Google what that was after it was mentioned a few times and when the author suggested it was too fancy for something other than a coronation at Buckingham Palace I had to laugh. The Googled images I pulled up were not appropriate for a coronation, and certainly not too fancy for a movie date like the author implied. I didn't care for the way it was described either, "It was composed of what seemed to be hundreds of ribbons and beads, and it swayed and shifted around her like a puff of glittering smoke, or shards of glass in a kaleidoscope." (p. 315). I don't even know what that means, but it doesn't sound attractive for a skirt.
Iffy fashion aside, including lots of black jeans, this was a good romance novel. I definitely enjoyed it and I won't hesitate to read anything by Miller in the future. The Creed Legacy will be published June 28th.