Book Review: Once a Rancher (The Carsons of Mustang Creek #1) by: Linda Lael Miller

Publisher:  HQN Books

Publication Date:  March 29, 2016

Origins:  From Publicist for Review

Synopsis:  The Carsons of Mustang Creek: three men who embody the West and define what it means to be a rancher, a cowboy, a hero—brothers who'll do anything for home, family and the women they love in this brand-new series from the Queen of Western romance.

Slater Carson, the oldest son, lives at the family ranch outside Mustang Creek, Wyoming. He still considers himself a traditional cowboy but, unlike his two brothers, is no longer an active part of ranch life. Instead he makes documentary features about the Old West. 

Grace Emery has just moved to the area to manage a luxury resort. In addition to her demanding new job, she's caring for her ex-husband's troubled fourteen-year-old son, Ryder. Her dedication impresses Slater, but he sees that Ryder needs some male guidance, so he decides to provide it. Which, of course, brings him and "Amazing Grace" closer together—in more ways than one! 

Review: ONCE A RANCHER is the first book in the new series, The Carsons of Mustang Creek. Slater Carson is a sought-after director of documentaries, which takes him away from home for long periods of time. Grace Emery has moved to Mustang Creek as the new manager of the resort in town. She is also caring for her ex-husband’s son while his father is deployed. She meets Slater when she drags Ryder, her stepson, to his office after he steals a sign from his set. Slater sees Ryder going down a tough road and offers him a job at the ranch he shares with his brothers. Slater’s also interested in getting close to Grace, but she has too much on her plate right now for a relationship. Slater and his family were close-knit and caring, not only for each other but for the new people they meet, Grace and Ryder. Grace was a bit prickly, which made her a little less likable, but you also found out the understandable reasons. ONCE A RANCHER is a classic Miller romance with solid characters and a sweet romance.

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