McKettricks of Texas: Austin

By Linda Lael Miller

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★
dominique le roux
A great book to sit down, relax and have a lot of fun.

Rodeo star Austin McKettrick is only 28 but years of bull-riding took its toll on his body. A hurt back makes him stay with his two brothers at their ranch. It's the best place to get back on his feet but at the ranch he also has to deal with Paige Remington again.
Ten years ago Paige and Austin were a couple and deeply in love. But he was afraid of settling down and broke her heart to get his freedom back. In the present her sisters are marrying Austin's brothers and he needs her help to get back on his feet. Both can't deny that there is still a lot between them but Paige is wary of trusting in Austin again.
When dangerous and mysterious incidents happen at the McKettrick ranch and Austin is badly hurt, the relationship between them changes. Paige can't hold back anymore even though she doesn't know whether she can get over the past and her broken heart.

"McKettricks of Texas: Austin" (book 13 in the McKettricks series, but works great as a stand-alone) is the first book by Linda Lael Miller that I read but it definitely won't be the last one.
The book is funny, sexy, lovely and just great to read. The story never gets boring and all of the main characters are likeable and interesting.
Paige is a great heroine. She's a strong and very caring person. She loved Austin with all her heart and when he betrayed her she was devastated. That's why it's easy to understand that she has a hard time to trust him again.
Austin is also an awesome character and I liked him a lot. He is sexy, stubborn and very charming. He has grown up a lot in the years since he broke up with Paige. He knows that what he did was wrong and that's why I hoped that he and Paige would get a second chance (of course they did).
The mystery part of the book was interesting, not absurd or overly dramatic and not too dark. I also want to mention that I love the cover, a sexy cowboy is always a good choice!
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
zealavor
I wasn't as thrilled with these books as I was with the other. I was looking forward to this book because Austin was the adventurous one of the brothers (if such a distinction can be made). Miller likes to focus on the family line of the McKettricks and this is the 3rd in a series about a Texan branch. Its not necessary to read the others first, but I would recommend it just for the history it contains.

Austin McKettrick is back home after a bull puts him out of the rodeo for good. Not only is he recuperating from that but soon he has a gunshot to contend with as well. Paige Remington decides to nurse him back to health despite their spark filled history but it ends up like throwing fire and gasoline together. But they can't deny they are attracted, and is that enough to overcome the hurt from the past?

To me, Paige and Austin aren't really that likable. All they do is snipe at each other during the book and this gets tiring after awhile. Yeah, I get it, they have a past and have trouble getting along, let's move along to the next plot point. The other characters really don't have a big role so we're left with these two as they play the love/hate game.

For a plot there were quite a few things going on in this edition, just like the others, but some of them were quite dull. And after awhile people getting hurt began to get old. It seemed like every few pages there was a new injury happening. I almost feel like Miller didn't have a lot of ideas for this book and just kept rehashing things in new ways. This is a romance so there is descriptive sex in the book. There is also minor cussing. Anyone who doesn't like these things, shouldn't read the book. That being said, Miller's writing style is nice and flowing so the story does move at a good pace.

I'll keep reading Miller's books as I do like the premise behind all of them. After all, what's not to like about cowboys and love stories?

McKettricks of Texas: Austin
Copyright 2010
378 pages

Review by M. Reynard 2011
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
niina pollari
This is the third book in a series where three brothers are marrying three sisters, and it is acting as more of a coda than a stand-alone book. The conclusion is far too foregone -- not that romances ever work on any suspense concerning whether or not the leads will get together (after all, it's one of the staples of the genre that they always will), but this is just a bit much. There's too much pressure on the characters of Austin and Paige -- near the beginning of the book, one of Paige's sisters even gleefully tells her that if she marries Austin, they can all have a triple wedding. It's just too much, particularly since the set-up is that Paige and Austin were wildly in love as teenagers, but then Austin cheated on her. Well, unfortunately Paige seems to be the only one to periodically remember that. Even if she'd gotten over that (which it's kind of questionable, since the set-up also seems to indicate that she's essentially spent all of the intervening time without any other relationships), it just seems odd that both her sisters and Austin's brothers would be shoving them together so often.

The back of the book is also a bit misleading. It seems to imply that Austin is in a terrible accident and Paige is hired to nurse him back to health. Well, Austin has a herniated disc, which while painful and potentially needing surgery, allows him to stroll around and pretty much fend for himself the entire book with the exception of a few backaches, and Paige is hired by his brothers mainly to a) babysit, and b) have yet one more excuse to throw them together. It's not even a terribly good excuse.

I ended up putting the book down halfway through, and having no urge to pick it up again. Paige and Austin are both nice enough characters, but I never got the impression that they were very in love with each other. It mainly felt like the circumstance of all their siblings getting married pushed them together, and the end of Austin's career made him decide to settle down. Nothing was really at stake in this book, and it was just wrapping up the loose siblings in this series.
Resurrection :: High Country Bride (The McKettrick Series #1) :: A Western Romance Novel (The Carsons of Mustang Creek) :: Montana Creeds: Logan (The Montana Creeds) :: Yankee Wife (Quade Book 1)
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
kathy e
I ordered this book because of my love for Linda Lael Miller books in the past. A die hard romantic, I knew I couldn't go wrong. This didn't disappoint, in fact,it made me go the start of this series and start at the beginning, which I do recommend. Paige Remmington and Austin were a couple several years ago, so their passion is only refueled in this story. In the present her sisters are married and I know she wants to be in that same boat. He's hurt and she uses her nursing skills to get him back on his feet. During this time it's clear there is still love between them and Austin starts to realize the mistake he made by breaking her heart the first time around.

Linda's stories are always filled with love, lust, romance and fun. The characters are funny and interesting and there is strong chemistry between the leads, even though they already knew each other before. I think at times I would have benefited from having read other books, but nevertheless, I liked Paige. She is strong, strong willed, smart and sexy and her heart is more protected now. He betrayed her and broke her heart, so we know why.

Austin is sexy and stubborn but can't fight his feelings (wasn't that a song? lol) for her and they both know it. Very good read! And sexy cowboys can do no wrong.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
rolynn16
This is the third book in a series of three about the present-day McKetterick brothers of Texas. The oldest two brothers Tate and Garrett are engaged to sisters Libby and Julie respectively and are planning a double wedding for New Year's Eve. It is now October and the youngest brother Austin who is a world champion rodeo star has come to the bar to relax after finally riding and besting a bull that threw him and almost killed him some months before. The bull threw him again but he lasted eight seconds and walked away. He sees his brothers arrive as he is drinking a beer at the bar. The waitress who knows them all is teasing them about marrying sisters and asking Austin why he isn't married yet when he starts having spasms in his lower back making his leg go numb. Eventually as he tries to leave, he collapses as both legs go numb, his brothers carry him to one of their trucks and he eventually lands in the hospital. When he comes to Austin finds out that he has a herniated disc He needs to rest -- really rest for weeks and then begin low impact moderate exercise unless he wants the damage permanent and definitely no rodeo riding.

In a weird twist, the brothers hire the youngest Remington sister Paige to try to help keep Austin occupied and not doing too much. However, it isn't long before Austin spots some lights on their ranch at night in the abandoned oil fields and is soon hurt so Paige, who is a nurse, has some real nursing to do. Paige Remington and Austin are the same age and dated just after high school. However, Austin felt things were moving too fast and started seeing other girls and made sure Paige found out.

Between the rustlers, the poor abandoned dog and mare and the interaction among the McKettrick brothers and Remington sisters, there is lots of fun and intrigue in the book if not any mystery on if the boy gets the girl or not!

Fun read!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
kaity davie
I remember when I first read Linda Lael Miller's books - I was in high school and they were simply awesome to me. I loved reading the civil war series books she wrote - they were some of my favorite historical romances at the time. I was extremely excited to be able to review Austin, as I hadn't read anything new that she'd written in years. Austin is the third book in the McKettrick series (she obviously has a thing with trilogies!) and it is about the youngest McKettrick brother, Austin.

The interesting thing about this story is that Austin and Paige Remington, the female lead, have a bit of history together - they're no stranger to each other, and they're not connected because his brothers, and her sisters, are set to marry each other, leaving them the odd people out. When Austin gets seriously injured, the brothers hire Paige to be his nurse, to make sure that he doesn't harm himself any further, and that's when things get intimate and interesting.

There is a lot going on in this novel. To give Miller credit, even if you haven't read the first two books (which I had not), you can still follow the story and get an idea about what happened in the previous books. That always shows me that an author is talented. I found myself reading the book eagerly looking for interactions between Paige and Austin, and that's also a good sign for a romance novel.

So why only four stars? Because I don't feel that it's quite as good as some of her older work, I guess. I read this hoping for a story that was more like "And One Wore Blue", and got something that wasn't quite as exciting, or good, as that. Is it a great, fairly quick read? Absolutely, but unfortunately it doesn't quite hold up to some of her previous work.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
brandon harwood
Even though it's been ten years since Austin McKettrick broke Paige Remington's heart, he still has the power to hurt her. Paige's sisters, Libby and Julie are marrying Austin's brothers, Tate and Garrett. This means, like it or not, Paige has to get along with Austin. Paige fuels the hostility between her and Austin in an attempt to prevent another broken heart. It's not long before Austin is getting under her skin again, though. Austin is beginning to see the mistakes he made with Paige, but is it too late to tell the woman he loves how much she means to him?

The McKettricks of Texas series can be read alone, but I'm glad I read them consecutively. Austin and Paige's story is the final of the trilogy and as such, the small glimpses of their history shown in the previous books left me intrigued and anxious to read about them. The animosity between Austin and Paige is a clever disguise for their true feelings. They do a good job of dancing around them, but ultimately, they wear their hearts on their sleeves. My heart went out to Paige. She lost some of herself and never seemed fulfilled in anything she did because of her broken heart. As the story progresses, Paige and Austin find their way, although they stumble a bit here and there. I wanted a second epilogue for Paige and Austin to see their children, their animals, and their house full of love! Austin is a heartwarming romance and the perfect ending to a wonderful series.

Nannette
Reviewed for Joyfully Reviewed
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
wouter kop
Paige, the youngest of the three Remington sisters, comes home for the double wedding of her two older siblings only to find herself embroiled in the life of the one man she thought she'd gotten over.

Austin, the youngest of the three McKentrick brothers, broken and battered after one rodeo ride too many, also returns home to heal from his last fiasco in the rodeo ring. And finds himself face to face with the one woman he'd thought he'd never see again.

The story evolves around this pair of protagonists trying to find each other again through a maze of old hurts and anger, with lots of family involvement. Aside from their struggle with the mutual attraction still burning high, the ranch is having troubles as well with someone sabotaging the capped oil wells, and killing cattle.

The third and last book in the McKentricks series is a nice story. Although Ms. Miller could have shortened the book by half and still had a good story, it makes a pleasant read for a summer afternoon.

I have to agree with the reviewer who pointed out some of the discrepancies in the time frames, and the idea that oil comes from dinosaurs--although in some quarters that question is still up in the air.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
irina
This was book 3 of the McKettricks.

I have not read the previous two, but I can't imagine the other two books being this slow. The McKettrick men are getting married to their high school sweethearts. All except Austin. Austin is recovering from injuries he got from bull riding. And his brothers need him for the wedding in a few months. Austin does not have any idea how serious his injuries are. At home, waiting for him is a little bit from his past, the sister of his future sister-in-laws, Paige Remington. They agree to disagree for the sake of their nieces and nephews and their brothers and sisters.

But both find that the other has changed. Gone is their youth, and in its place is more certainty and tenderness than either of them had when they parted as teenagers.

I don't find that this books is a best work story from Linda Lael Miller. I appreciated the story, but Austin lacked the depth of character. I will say that perhaps the development occurred in the two previous books so I am willing continue to read Miller's work.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
hannah bloom
I have sooooo many books to read, I really don't need any more right now. But now that I've read about Austin, I have to read about his brothers, Tate and Garrett. This book is part of a series, but you definitely don't need to read the others for it to make sense. You'll just WANT to when you finish this one. Actually, it is meant to be the last one of the brothers series, and I'd recommend you read Tate first, then Garrett.

I'm from Wisconsin, but who doesn't love a cowboy? Especially a gentle and sensitive, yet strong and tough one like Austin. Back in the 1980's I got hooked on Janet Daily's Calder series, and this book reminded me so much of those. The book has lots of romance and a little mystery going on on the side.

The idea of three brothers falling in love with three sisters is a little far-fetched, but I can suspend my disbelief for a romance novel. I recommend this book for any woman who loves romance and/or cowboys. So that's pretty much every woman, right?
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
dorsey
Since discovering this author a few years ago, I have picked up one of her books every time I come across one. She has always delivered a sweet, enjoyable romance, so I was thrilled when I saw I could get her new title through the Vine. I was excited that it was part of a trilogy and decided I would run out and get the other two as soon as I could. Not far into this novel, however, I changed my mind and began to believe that Linda Lael Miller had been kidnapped by aliens and replaced by an evil robot because this book was just plain awful.

Paige Remington's sisters are engaged to Austin McKettrick's brothers, the subject of the other two novels in the McKettricks of Texas trilogy. Paige is staying at the Silver Spur, where everyone conveniently and cozily lives, and everything is fine until bad-boy brother Austin comes slinking home with a bullriding-career-ending herniated disc. Paige and Austin had been lovers when they were teenagers, but Austin wasn't ready for the life she wanted, so he made sure Paige caught him making out with another girl, and Paige has never forgiven him. The attraction is still there between them, though, so it isn't long before the two of them start thinking about picking up where they left off, and there is soon talk of a triple McKettrick-Remington wedding.

This story should have been a good one, but it missed the opportunity at every turn. Much ink was wasted describing every little move everyone made, but very little was devoted to developing the plot or characters. I couldn't have cared less how they got into the garage and started the car, but I would have liked more of a story. The plot was incredibly weak, and the mystery aspect was such a minute part of the story, I wonder why the author even bothered with it. Dr. Seuss writes better sexual chemistry between his characters. The way this couple wound up in bed was just plain clumsy, and what happened there made me roll my eyes. Actually, descriptions of everything were bad, from Austin's injuries to how Paige sat her horse, leaving me to wonder if the author knows anything about back injuries or horses. (I know--this is her umpteenth western, so I was really disappointed.) There seemed to be more concern with getting all three couples and their attendant dogs and children into every scene than with developing the characters this story was supposed to be about. As a result, they came off flat, and not only did I not care what happened to any of them, I could see no reason why they would care about each other.

If this was the first book by this author I had read, I would never, ever read another. It was clunky, tedious, ponderous, and I could not set it aside fast enough. As it is, though I have read several really good romances by Miller, after this, I will hesitate to read another. This is the kind of bad book that makes a reader think an otherwise enjoyable author got herself a ghost writer.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
kathy hamilton
Linda Lael Miller's been writing for a very long time, and while for me she's had more misses than hits, since she started writing Frontier Romances - both historical and contemporary - she's experienced a goodly amount of commercial success. When the store Vine offered McKettricks of Texas: Austin, the third in a contemporary series for HQN and part of a larger McKettrick series begun in 2002 when she was published by Pocket, I requested a copy for review. My reaction is mixed. I liked the second-chance-at-love romance between Austin McKettrick and Paige Remington, but found the set up for the series-within-a-series - three brothers falling in love with and marrying three sisters - entirely too precious. Add to the "too precious" quotient that they all live in the same large ranch house, and the enjoyable romance cancels out.

Austin McKettrick and Paige Remington were young lovers until fear of commitment led him to break her heart a decade earlier. He went on to become a rodeo star while she became a nurse who's spent the most recent years of her life caring for an ailing father. After a bull injures Austin, he comes home to the family ranch to convalesce, and his two older brothers, now engaged to Paige's older sisters, convince her to nurse him back to health. It doesn't take Austin terribly long to realize he wants Paige back in his life...and that he's no longer cut out for living on the road. And though the attraction between them still sizzles, Paige requires more convincing that he won't break her heart yet again. Because their siblings are to marry - in a double wedding, part of the "too precious" problem I mentioned earlier - they'll be thrown together a lot for the next fifty or so years, which worries Paige more than Austin. But not enough that she doesn't succumb to his slow and sexy seduction, not to mention his desire to break her record of eight orgasms in one bout of lovemaking.

I liked both Austin and Paige, and enjoyed watching them fall back in love, even if the author relied too much lust for illustration. And though Miller provides a reasonable amount of backstory, "deep" is not a word I'd use to describe their characterizations. But because these characters share a history, those negative qualifiers to the romance component of the book don't cancel out the positives. Their coming together again may be quick, but the "romance short-hand" between them works well and makes sense.

That said, though, the romance component of the book is only one of three which share almost equal importance. Because the series is set in Texas, there's not only ranching, but oil involved, even if the McKettrick boys' father capped off the wells years ago. A sub-plot, begun earlier in the trilogy, continues here, and while the author tries to plant some red herrings to keep the reader guessing who's responsible for mayhem on the property, she uses surprisingly clumsy foreshadowing. Of the book's three components, then - the family, the romance, and the mystery - only one succeeds. It is the most important one, but it's simply not enough to propel the book much above average.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
danielle rateau
McKettricks of Texas: Austin is by Linda Lael Miller. It is the third in the series about three brothers and their ranch in Texas.
Paige Remington is staying in the guest rooms on Silver Spur Ranch because her home is being remodeled and in uninhabitable right now. Her sister, Julie, insisted she come stay at the home of her fiancé, Garrett until her home is finished. Paige only agreed because she knew Austin would not be there. He was off doing his rodeo thing like he did years ago when they were in high school. They were in love; but he cheated on her and broke her heart. Although Blue Springs is her home and she doesn’t want to live anywhere else, she doesn’t want to run into Austin. She is also waiting for her job at the new clinic is ready. She had taken several interim jobs but now was between jobs. She was grateful for the McKittricks for letting her stay with them. Julie is going to marry Garrett on New Year’s Eve in a double wedding with their older sister Libby who will marry Tate. Paige has decided her role in life must be to be the maiden aunt who loves her nieces and nephews and spoils them. So far, no one has come into her life to stay.
Austin McKettrick was nearly killed a year ago by a bull named Buzzsaw. All the time he was recovering, he was also determined to ride Buzzsaw to the buzzer and show him. It was mainly to show Austin that he was not afraid. He rides Buzzsaw a second time and rides him to the buzzer; but makes a hard landing which results in a herniated disk which causes pain and interferes with his walking at times. Rest will hopefully help or he will have to have an operation. Can he rest? Austin has lived to rodeo and now due to injuries caused by Buzzsaw make that impossible. Now what is he going to do? He heads home to think about what his life will bring and finds Paige living in the guest rooms of his home. Now what will he do? His brothers have asked Paige to stay on as nurse to Austin to try to keep him settled down and not do dangerous things that might cause further injury to his back. Will she take the job? Will Austin cooperate if she does take it?
While Austin and Paige are trying to figure out how they can be cordial to each other since they will be attending LOTS of family gatherings in the future, strange things are happening on the Silver Spur Ranch. Is it an inside job? Who holds enough of a grudge against them to kill and rustle their cattle and tries to burn up the capped oil wells on the ranch?
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
stephanie carson
This was the 3rd book of the McKettrick brother story - I did not read the first 2 McKettricks of Texas: Tate and McKettricks of Texas: Garrett (Hqn) but it sounded like Tate and Garrett's stories would be great to go back and read...

This is Austin McKettrick story who gets injured after a bull ride and ends up back on the Silver Spur ranch to recover. His two brother are marrying the two Remington sisters and Paige Remington is their baby sister. Paige was Austin's first love and being thrown together because family make for a great humorous love story. This book has heartache, attempted murders and some great characters!

Looking forward to McKettrick's Choice Holt McKettrick story - going back a generation in McKettrick history... due to December 2010.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
rem gurung
Austin McKettrick probably rode his last bull that October night. A year ago the bull "Buzzsaw" tore him up so bad it took a team of surgeons and lot of rehab to get him going again. This year at the event in San Antonio he got back up on the two thousand pound bull "Buzzsaw" and stayed on it. Now, a short time later while sitting at a bar he is suddenly feeling the high price his body paid. Something is very wrong and he needs to see a doctor.

A trip to the emergency room, thanks to his brothers Tate and Garrett, confirms his back has been seriously injured and his days of riding bulls are over. It is time to go home to the ranch in Blue River, Texas and heal. Before long it becomes clear that he needs help and Paige Remington, a nurse, is going to be back in his life full time.

She was going to be anyway since her sisters are marrying his brothers on New Year's Eve. Of course, there is a huge backstory between Paige and Austin. While they verbally snipe at each other now, ten years ago Paige and Austin were a couple and madly in love. Until, Austin did something amazingly stupid and Paige has never forgiven him for it. Nor has Austin who had his reasons at the time and now would do things very differently. Forced together because of the coming weddings on New Year's Eve and Austin's need for nursing care, Austin and Paige begin to slowly rekindle their romance while outside parties begin a series of events designed to punish and destroy the McKettrick clan.

The final installment of the trilogy is a romance that is occasionally sexually graphic and also contains elements of a good mystery. The realistic characters are interesting and the dialogue between them as well as the family dynamic flows naturally and unforced. There are a number of amusing points thought out the book as Austin takes great delight in messing with others.

But, there are also negatives to the book. A major negative to the read is the constant rehashing and telling again and again and again the backstory behind the breakup of Austin and Paige ten years ago. In addition to being told again and again how handsome/beautiful and sexy everyone is including Austin and Paige no matter what he or she has been doing from mucking hay to fighting fires to whatever (yes, my ankle is broken--lets have sex), key details of their past are told over and over again throughout the book. One wishes an editor would have pointed out that some of the repetitive details that could have and should have easily been cut.

A decent editor might have also caught the numerous errors with the chronological history of the characters, the idea that in Texas we call pickup trucks "RIGS" (we don't and nearly any native Texan will tell you that), errors with the oil wells storyline including errors about how oil is found, how it is pumped out of the ground, capping wells, etc., and the whole back injury deal which will strike any reader who has lived it or something very similar as incredibly wrong.

If you can ignore all the factual flaws in the book, of which there are many, the occasionally graphic (depends on the eye of the beholder) romance is enjoyable though predictable. The mystery angle is less predictable though more flawed due to the factual errors noted above. Not only is there deliberate humor by what the characters say and do, there are also the errors that can cause amusement for the reader.

The result is a read that is a mixed bag at best and should have been a much better book.

Material supplied by the the store Vine program.

Kevin R. Tipple © 2011
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
suchandra
Originally posted at: [...]

If you've ever done something bad to do something good and found chaos in its wake, then reading about a romance that survived those choices is sweet indeed.

Paige is the third sister under the McKettrick influence. She's not happy about it either. Paige is a woman torn by watching her sisters' happiness and her own feelings about it. Ultimately it makes her take a closer look at who she is, and what she really wants out of life. Intermixed is the relationship with her sisters and nieces and nephews.

This is a book that encompasses family life and how they all interact in times of emotional need, in times of laughter and happiness and in times of stress and danger. Paige is quite skilled as a nurse and her training holds her in good stead when she's faced with violence and the injuries stemming from it. I liked her sense of humor and her loyalty. Even her nightmares about the `dress' were comical. I enjoyed how she danced around Austin - that give and take and that mix of the past with the present. She blames him but is it a crutch from long ago or something in the present that bothers her? Paige has to pose some serious questions to herself before it's too late. It's her journey and growth through the story which kept me interested in her character.

Austin is a man who lived his dream. He has a lot to deal with when his dream is shattered long before he ever wanted to quit. He loved and lived bull-riding. He made his path and chose some actions in the past that have totally messed up his possible future. Austin is stubborn, loyal, and gruff - and all cowboy. He's also a hurting puppy for quite a bit of the story and that doesn't sit well with a man like him. What I liked about his character is that he never let it truly get him down. He kept his sense of humor and his love for his brothers and sisters-in-law-to-be shined through loud and clear. What is also clear is that he never stopped loving Paige. Unfortunately, what Austin did to her years ago was not only stupid but more effective than he would ever know - until Paige moved in. It forced him to realize many things about himself and he too grows as a character.

The conflict isn't all internal. There's been a thread throughout the McKettricks of Texas series which culminates in this final book of the trilogy. Austin's story can stand on its own. The resurgence of a romance between Austin and Paige is like a Phoenix rising. And the criminal element is a serpent in an uncertain cowboy paradise. It affects them all and it's from a source no one would have believed. The reveal is tragic, gripping and it quickly brings all the drama, suspense and nail-biting intrigue to a head. This book has more teeth to the plot because the bad guys are desperate and that made for some very fast flipping of pages. The other two books, about Tate and Garrett, were wonderful romances but this one has the additional WOW factor.

I enjoyed the writing of when Austin and Paige get together. I'm not only speaking of when they get physical, although those were special and well written and delightful, I'm talking about their repartee, their dialogue and their internal thoughts. The writing made them vivid and alive and very likable.

McKettricks of Texas: Austin is what all great books in a series should be. It stands on its own with endearing and engaging characters that make you appreciate the art of the author. It has a happily ever after which completes not only the romance of Austin and Page but gathers the whole McKettrick family along with the reader into its warm and welcoming embrace. I'm very happy I read this book and would recommend it to any reader who loves their cowboy romances with heart and emotional connections. I came away wishing the horse farm I live next to was actually part of the McKettrick spread. What fascinating neighbors they'd be.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
patricia wooster
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Linda Lael Miller has penned more than eighty novels in historical and contemporary romance. Born in Washington, she writes about her love of the West. Other titles in this series include: Tate and Garrett.

World champion rodeo star Austin McKettrick's career is now over after a serious injury from an angry bull. When the hospital releases him and he finally returns home to Blue River on the Silver Spur Ranch, his brothers won't let him wallow in misery. They hire a private duty nurse to keep him in line and speed his recovery. The worst part is Paige Remington shares a history with Austin, and she never got over Austin's betrayal that broke them up ten years before. Can these two keep from killing each other long enough to realize they are meant to be together?

This is the last book in the McKettrick's of Texas series, with Tate and Garrett coming before. This is also an extension of The McKettrick's series, including, A McKettrick's Christmas.

I have always admired this author's ability to write about the West and her surroundings. With ease, she pulls you into every scene with all five senses running on overdrive. This was no exception. Though romance is the heat of her stories, there is much more to admire about setting, family, and home. I found this to be a stellar completion to this series, and I'm almost sad to see it end. Incorporating the other two brothers into this tale, along with their forever after in the epilogue, made for a heart-warming end. Fans of Linda Lael Miller won't be let down.

Kelly Moran,
author of SUMMER'S ROAD
and WHEN THE LEAVES STOP FALLING
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
a isha m fouad
I've read all three books now. The first 7 chapters of this book the author kept repeating herself saying the same thing in a different way. Austin broke Paige's heart, we know. Austin's parents died in a car crash, we know. The wedding is New Year's Eve, we know. Paige loves Calvin like her own son, we know. What is with the repeats? Once you get to chapter 8 and beyond the book gets really good. But, to me, it was the same book as Garrett's just different characters. The last couple of chapters the repeats from the first 7 chapters starts again. I got bored with this book really fast but I was so looking forward to reading Austin's story and this was it. Such a disappointment because it could have been so much better.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
didi
Once you've read Garrett and Tate, you must read Austin to complete the trilogy of happy endings. I find Miller a pleasant way to spend a t.v.-less evening. No gore, some drama, romantic sex and all is well at the end. What a lovely escape from the day-to-day struggles of real life. If only the world was constructed this way! You know , from the start, that the male and female adversary will fall in love, but that does not take away from your desire to read each and every word. There are always some complications and a "who-done-it ?" piece to keep up your interest. What an enjoyable series!
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
erinz
I must say that I would have to agree with the other two star reviews. I was so excited and looking forward to reading the last book in this series only to be let down. I have read many books from Ms. Miller and I love her western romance books. However, this last series seemed rushed. I felt the same about all three books....how many times can we read about them feeding the dogs, and driving out of the garage? The plot was never really developed. Paige was hurt by Austin way back when they were teenagers when he cheated on her even though they were both in love. Now, 10 years later and the engagement of Paige's sisters to Austins brothers brings them back together. I felt that for all the hurt Austin caused her she sure was fast at forgiving him. Don't get me wrong...theres a reason why I love western romances...what with tall, lean cowboys, grins that make your knees buckle....but come on! Even a little bit of a backbone would have been nice.

The ending killed me! This was the last book of the series and I felt like it just left me hanging. I wanted the ending developed more. I wanted more....way more, especially on that last page.

I was tempted to give this book a higher rating, but if I did it would only be because I love LLM books and all the McKettricks. I hope we get another series where the story actually develops and the heroines make their alpha males suffer a bit before they give in.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
firuza sarazin
The pace of the book was a bit slow. That was because Austin had a lot of groveling to do. He broke Paige Remington's heart as a young woman. I have to admit I enjoyed his suffering.

I loved the family elements in this book. These characters were bought to life with all their various foibles.

And yes we finally get to have the mysterious occurrences solved that were happening on the ranch.

Overall, it was a satisfying conclusion to this part of the Mckettricks saga.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
shekhar
This book had some good moments such as the two main characters, Austin and his ex-girlfriend Paige, have verbal sparring once they set eyes on each other again. They also had a decent love scene but otherwise it is just an okay romance that bracketed the other family members upcoming wedding and how their lives juggled around each other on Silver Spur Ranch. Throw in a ranch hand that is doing shady sabotage to try to overtake oil fields and get revenge on the family with weak red herrings and they almost get in the way of the romantic leads. There are better writers out there who focus on the love story and remember that is what the fans read a romance novel for to begin with.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
katie patterson
This is the third book in a series on the McKettricks of Texas. I read the first two books as well, along with many other Linda Lael Miller books in the past. For the most part, her books are an enjoyable read, with believable characters. I don't mind that the plots are generally predictable. However, I expect a NYT bestselling author to be able to afford a decent editor. There are many places in this series where numbers of years just do not add up for several of the characters in different places in the book. For example, the vet who was supposed to be about the same age as Austin's parents, was supposed to have taken care of Austin's father when he was hurt at age 12, while he was on a vet call. Elsewhere, one villain was supposed to have declared bankruptcy 15 years earlier, and this was supposed to be after Austin's parents died, which earlier they said had been 10 years before, when Austin was 18 (and he is now 28). In one book, Paige broke up with Austin and made him really mad and broken hearted, in order to go to nursing school. In this book, the story has changed, and Austin cheated on Paige to force a break up because they were too serious. Other mistakes abound, but one of the most grating to me is the fact that all of the pick-up trucks in the series (and in fact in all of her books) are called RIGS. Now perhaps in Montana they are, but I have lived in Texas all of my life, and live in the region this book takes place. I know people who ranch and people who do rodeo, and I live in a rural area, but I have never once heard a Texan call a pick-up a RIG. A semi-truck and trailer might be called a rig, and a (portable) oil well drilling rig is called a rig, but not a pick-up. We call them trucks. And no real cowboys or cowgirls that I know dismount a horse by swinging their legs over the horses heads, nor do they go riding at night.

I know the main emphasis here is on the romance, so I will not complain (much) that the characters want to make love right after getting shot or breaking an ankle, but it also seems to me that if you are going to write about Texas, and discuss oil in particular, you could at least get a petroleum geologist or petroleum geophysicist to read the text, and make sure it makes sense! The errors here had me alternate between eye-rolling and laughter. You should not, in my opinion, romanticize the oil business, to the extent that it is pure fantasy. The best books have believable characters and rest of the story is also believable.

The author says for example, that "nobody really knew how far the deposit extended, or in what directions. It was entirely possible that the house itself sat on top of a hundred dead dinosaurs, transformed into oil over millions of years..." I suppose most hair-raising is that the author propagates nonsense that oil is coming from dead dinosaurs. Sorry, but the source rock is generally shale, composed largely of decayed plants, algae, and bacteria. Oil does NOT come from dead dinosaurs. Oil fields are generally found by oil companies, with MAPS made from well logs and seismic data. As more data comes in, maps are modified and refined, but every effort is made to make sure the oil company knows as exactly as possible where the productive zones are. It is also the oil company who pays to have the wells drilled, logged, pumped, and plugged, not the rancher, who gets a royalty as the landowner. Wells are very expensive to drill, and are often dry (no oil or gas) so every effort is made to map the area and know exactly what might be in the subsurface before a well is drilled. The author also seems to think that oil wells are drilled by ranchers with derricks that stay in place once the well is drilled (sorry but this has not been the case for at least 70 years). Wells are drilled with a portable drilling rig, that is moved onto the location, and moved off once the well is complete.

The wells on the Silver Spur were supposed to be capped, but with oil left in the ground. Again, you do not just stick a metal cap that can be removed with a crowbar on top of a column of flowing oil....the well is plugged and abandoned, with cement sealing off the oil zone, and even water producing zones are plugged, so that it does not continue to flow and possibly contaminate the water aquifers above. This is even done if there is a possibility that the well will be re-entered at a later date and more oil is produced. Most oil will not flow at all on it's own, it has to be pumped out of the rock to get to the surface. Nor would anyone be able to toss a match in a well such as this and cause a huge fire, setting off more well fires underground (oil is not in underground pools, like a lake, it is in the pore spaces of rocks, that must be connected to flow at all). But the one redeeming grace is that the author has a team of firefighting experts come in to put out the oil well fires, not the local firefighers.

With just a little more effort, this book could have been factually correct, which would have only increased the enjoyment of it. I like historical romances for example, because there is a lack of violence in most of them, and I learn something. But to propagate nonsense as science, assuming women are ignorant of such things, is just insulting!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
missquiss
When you're looking for a romance, this is pretty much what you want: a likeable, capable hero and a competent, sensible woman with dramatic chemistry for each other put together with smooth writing and a mostly plausible storyline.

I hadn't read the earlier books in this trilogy and I didn't feel that I was missing anything.

It's a page turner, a good choice for when you need something sexy and light to read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
allendra
I loved it. Austin is part of a trilogy by Linda Lael Miller, the McKetricks of Texas. I loved the whole trilogy. I have been a big fan of Linda Lael Miller going back for many years. Her books are fast reading, I didn't want to put them down.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
shani
I enjoy Miller's writing but this book left me a little frustrated with the series. Miller's hero's and heroine's are all very similar...redo the town and career and the characters all have similar qualities. But since I like those qualities, I'm ok with that! I was frustrated with this series for two reasons. First, Miller introduces Calvin's father as a conflict in the Tate book, and it becomes a primary conflict in the Garret book. In the Austin book, there is no resolution. Second, all three ladies had careers that took a back seat to a hot man and a big ranch. I would like to see Miller incorporate a successful career for these ladies into her books. We can after all, have it all!

Overall Miller's characters are fun, the romance can be smokin' hot, and the inclusion of dreamy ranches and great pets is a plus for me. Her books are a great escape and I buy every one on publish day!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lisa maloney
This is my first Linda Lael Miller book, and I've added her to my list of favorite authors. I enjoyed the interaction between Austin and his brothers and of course, with Paige. I have to go back and find the other McKettricks of Texas books, because now I'm intrigued by Tate & Libby and Garrett & Julie. And, little Calvin, Julie's son, is a real charmer. Great book, I'm looking for more of Ms. Miller's books.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
nazneen hossain
I loved this book. I believe the author created just enough frustration between the two of them. The 10 years they were apart was accounted for with two sad stories. This book made me laugh, cry and smile. I do love happy endings. Thanks Linda Lael Miller.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jennifer kolakowski
As usual LindaLael Miller writes an enjoyable novel.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
sheana
The romantic tension between the hero and heroine is there from the get go--they have a past. Not only that but his two brothers have married her two sisters. In addition both main characters are crazy accident prone, I don't know how they managed to make it through their steamy scenes without a trip to the ER, both of them were in casts or on bed rest at various times through out the whole story.

It was pretty silly and I had a really hard time believing what was going on.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
heather peterson
Linda Lael Miller is a veteran in the world of romance. I have read many of her books over the years and this series quickly became a favorite. With characters that are likable and believable, romance that is sweetly steamy, all romance readers should make acquaintance with Ms. Miller's McKettricks of Texas!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
maysam
This book was as enjoyable as the first two books. The brothers are starting to become a family. It is nice to read about it because it doesn't happen much these days. Austin is learning in this book that you can lean on family and friends. He also learning that everybody makes mistakes. You have to look at your past and learn and let it go then move on from there. Finally he learns to be part of the family and that when the mystery is solved. Hope you enjoy the read..
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
jessa
This is another good family saga from Linda Lael Miller. I enjoyed the snippets of ranch life and what was happening with the other McKettrick brothers and their loved ones. The characters and setting are interesting to me. These types of stories are heartwarming entertainment and for me a nice, cozy escape. They hold my attention and I smile throughout, that's not always easy to accomplish these days! Good entertainment and that's all I look for sometimes. :)
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
ahmad adel
I thought this book was awful! The book wasn't very convincing of any deep love Austin had for Paige. Plus, at some point Austin cheats on her during high school. They break up and then 10 yrs later her sisters are getting married and she doesn't want to feel like a spinster so she hooks back up with him. Austin, never seems very remorseful, plus he says Paige is "Bxxxxy". REALLLY????? and then Paige apologizes! I was sooo annoyed throughout the book. I had higher hopes from looking at the cover, but the book seemed very dated to me. I think I will stick with Joan Johnston for western romances.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
nick camillo
I enjoyed this story! Those bullriders are just a heart throb and he even finds a stray dog to love! Story ties up the lose ends in the 3 McKettricks brothers books,Tate & Garrett, as well as giving us Austin & Paige's love story.These 3 brothers do marry the 3 Remington sisters.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
mrfromage
I loved reading all the mckettrick books all 14 of them wish I could find another series like it
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
tammy gantz
I can't even believe anyone liked this book. The entire series just kept getting worse and worse.

Austin was a jerk and Paige didn't stand up for herself once. She allowed herself to be put in situations where any normal woman would say "Hell No!" And why would anyone be attracted to Austin? Did he once apologize -- even once? Ugh!

Hated the book. 3 sisters marrying 3 brothers on NYE. OMG! Do not waste your time.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
maxwell
Austin is someone that you could take home to meet the folks and not care what they think.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
bonnie schiffer
Linda Lael Miller does a wonderful job pulling you right into a story. The entire McKettrick's series is great in my opinion, but I like Southern men.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
himmelsherz
if you are up for mindless, predictable romane-as many are- this is your book. A fun western theme for those that wan the comfort of happy endings.
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★ ★ ★ ★ ★
marci goldberg
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I believe all her books are wonderful and just enough suspense to keep you from putting the book down
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
thom leiter
Pretty much love all of the books in this series, they are fun to read.I enjoy Linda Lael Millers story telling.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
louis pz
Loved reading about a manly man rodeo star that is thrown into a position of being cared for. Great characters and great developing love story. A little cheesy that all 3 brothers fall for 3 sisters, but, this is a romance novel! Worth the read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
ciro
I read all three books in this series. Linda Lael Miller is on my list of favorite authors. I would like for her to revisit her vampire series! Of course, that has nothing to do with this particular series.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
nathan hepler
This is the best of the McKettrick series IMO. I always imagined Austin to be the hottest of the 3 brothers and he did not disappoint (at least not from the book cover). I read this in a day and half because I could not put it down, and I have a full time job. Austin and Paige are entertaining. I highly recommend this book to romance readers.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
valora
Since the summaries have been outlined above, I get right to my opinion...I was disappointed in this book, I was hoping for more fight and not being such a roll over. It was like rereading the other books. I felt the writer could of made the women stronger and more determined then one roll in the hay and all was good in the world. The storyline was ok, but I felt there was too much left unsaid and left alot of loose ends for being the end of the trilogy. Even in the Creed series she gave up a little in the end a year later. Disappointed for sure but not enough to hope there might be a 4th book. I would buy it! My courteous streak would get the best of me...
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
raina lie
kept me interested. I didn't feel bored reading this book at any time. finished it in two days. great series with tate, garrett, & austin.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
akd dupont
Wonderful,love story. Strong characters that left me wishing for wonderful lover as Austin. You simply must read about these brothers.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
lynne morris
Wow, this book sucked. Sequels are destroying the book industry just like Hollywood. The McKettricks need to be put out to pasture and Linda Lael Miller needs to stop pumping out the drivel.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
sarah meyer
I truly enjoy reading books by Linda Lael Miller.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kathy reeves
It was very good. I like the western romances, a little action and lots of romance. The story was well thought out and kept me intrigued throughout.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
dana
This is the best of the McKettrick series so far. I read it in one sitting. I loved Austin. I want a BF like him. lol
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
boglarka szabo saxena
Loved it!!
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
suzanna
The lead female cried through the entire book. Drove me nuts! I stopped reading it over half way through. I don't even come close to crying that much even when I'm pregnant.
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