Always a Cowboy (The Carsons of Mustang Creek)

By Linda Lael Miller

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Readers` Reviews

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
antonio
Great beach book
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annie shannon
nice story but predictable.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
asma
loved it cant wait for the next story
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★ ★ ★ ★ ★
myrn
Alwaysa good read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kymberlie delgado
Luce arrives at the Carson ranch to observe the wild horses. Drake Carson did not know about her coming or that she was staying on the ranch for a month at his mother's invitation. It turns out that Drake and Luce mothers were old school friends. The fireworks start at the beginning and life becomes very interesting. Great story.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
allie
I really enjoyed the second book in this series. Can't wait to start the third and last book.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
fiska
I usually like Miller's books but this didn't seem up to par with how she usually writes. The chemistry between the main characters felt very forced. The romantic relationship was somewhat lacking and left me feeling apathetic by the end.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
pinky
nice change
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
daren
Guy meets girl, work on relationship and finally ride off into sunset together. Wasn't boring as had few side stories to keep you guessing
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
ingemar
Love ALL OF Linda books
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sarageist
Have enjoyed the first 2 in this series. Can't wait to read the last one, with happy endings all around!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
zach bohannon
One of the best books I've read in awhile.Best
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
aehee
Fun. i want to continue to the next book about his younger brother.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
michelle touketto
Not as entertaining as some of Linda's other books.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
myriam
Always enjoy Linda's books. Great read!!!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kitten2629
Loved this series!
All of her books are great to read!
Can't put down her books until you get finished.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
andie
Linda is one of my favorite authors
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
harshal
Love her books, have them all.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
dave gilbert
good Story, Liked it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
mustafa ahmad
Excellent writerh
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
dedra
Great book
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
shelbrit
Great story.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
cmac
I thoroughly enjoyed the read!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
nathan garcia
love this series
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
mairead
LOVED THE BOOK
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
gunner
Linda Lael Miller story telling is awesome. I couldn't put it down and didn't want it to end. I can't wait for the next chapter on the Carson trilogy.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kacey o
Great writer
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
naman
love it
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
uguisumochi
Good Read
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
denise pearson
books always good
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
lisa dachuk
the hemp oil makes me deal better with pain
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
rich powell
Kept me involved from page one to finish! A little different from a lot of books I've read. I love cowboy related books.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
arash azizi
Nice story
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lynda howe
great book
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
alejandro
Excellent
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
david antrobus
Great series. I can hardly wait for the next one.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
robert mcelmurry
I didn't get into it as i usually do. It just wasn't up to the authors always great books
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apushie
Love the whole kitten caboodle of books she has wrote. Always a cowboy was a really good one. Thank you the store for carrying so many choices on books
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
omar fawz
Was a headstrong cowboy really going to be soft hearted?

Enough suspense to make this an interesting book. Light reading.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lukas blunschi
I like Ms. Miller's books. I have read a lot of them.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
joni stiling
I always enjoy Linda Lael Miller, and try to always read the series. She makes you see it in your mind.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
megan evans
I love reading Linda Lael Miller's books. I have never Been disappointed with one yet. I highly recommend them if you like romance books.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jan paul
Great book! Love all Linda Lael Miller books.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
mahmood
Follows the same format of many of the authors books.Even though I like her stories (pure escapism) this series is not as good in character development as others I've read. Try the Big Sky series instead. **
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
rachel piper
Easy reading
Always enjoy trilogy themes keep on writing and reading love stories of old and new was fun thanks
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
shatarupa
great
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
ronni
One of my favorite authors!! I love how Linda merges contemporary with the old west!! She has made me fall in love with cowboys!
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
snydez
Found it hard to finish, thought the book was rather boring. Would not recommend it to friends. Want something with more depth.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
ric johnson
Loved it couldn't put it down
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yugansh
Very good
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
manoj
Can't miss with this author.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jake erickson
Loved this book. Great read
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lynn little
Great book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
tushar thole
Great book from start to finish...love this series always excited to read one of Linda Leah millers books specially about cowboys
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
annisa
Romance and wild horses-loved it! Great story and it made me want to keep reading without stopping.

Great story from beginning to end.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
maricela ramirez
I love the Carson's of Mustang Creek... You'll fall in love with them, too. Here you'll find a picture of ranch life in the beautiful mountains of Wyoming, with the Grand Tetons rising in the background. A sophisticated, educated family where the men have been taught the men to be polite, respectful from the time they were young lads. This isn't your typical western... You'll fall in love with the characters, learn about the temperament of wild life, even big cats, and the havoc they can wreak, yet see those same animals protected by an ecological balance. If you haven't read this author before, you'll read her again and again after being introduced to her brand of writing.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
arkaja
I am a try fan of Linda Lael Miller! They draw me in and take me on wonderful adventures.
Simply awesome!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
danwikiera
Love all her story's. good morels and a dream of what life could and should be in romance. Family first.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
alejandro monsivais
It was a great book, could not quit reading
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
lilly
Very fine western Romance done with style kept your attention done with a plot that was clean enough for a pleasant ready this is my review for this book enough said
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
henny sari
Always love Linda Millers writing the characters are always likable.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
katy dickson
Loved this book, sad when it ended...ready for the next book! Beautifully written can picture everything that happens in the chapters.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
patricia elizabeth
BEYOND TERRIFIC....
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kelster
I really enjoyed this book as well as the series.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
tharen
Love this series!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
joseph young
A very good read!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
shrivastava
I love stories about cowboys and no one writes a better one than Linda Lael Miller.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sandes de fiambre
Great Miller read. Loved it!
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
marylyn eubank
I liked the characters well enough, but the more I read of the book, the more I quietly grew dissatisfied. One thing that bothered me is that Drake didn't have to give up anything for the relationship, yet Luce was forced to place all her dreams on the back burner to get married. And I don't get the sense that's she's going to fulfill these dreams in the end. The most suspenseful scenes in the book were either narrated after the fact (Luce being chased by the mountain lion) or take place off-screen (any and everything having to do with the fact that Luce is giving up all her plans to marry and move to Wyoming with no sacrifice on Drake's part. I liked the characters and just really, really wanted more for them than this, especially Luce. Poor, poor Luce.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sherrie cronin
I'm new toe book reading, but not Lina
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
mehwish
it was a good read
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
melia mcfarland
Can't wait for the next one
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
rawan mohammed
I love Linda lael miller books Can't wait for another one
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
abdulrhman mubarki
Entertaining.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
saylee padwal
But, not surprised. All her western base book are off the charts. All of them should be made into movies.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
dan deneal
I loved it! Only wish it was longer. Alws t s like Linda Lael Miller books. She is a great wr I ter
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
pam hricenak
Really GOOD, the entire series
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
suramya
Love all Linda Lael Miller's books. Her storey's are great.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kalee
Love reading Ms Millers books.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
malcolm
Great book as always. Linda Lael Miller keeps your full attention
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
bridget coyle
just ok
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jewlie williams
Great book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
andrada
Great author...
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
nick f
Very enjoyable read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
chakrapani
Can't wait for the next.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
nadyne
Easy to read when relaxing just a bit.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
magen mcminimy
Linda knows how to touch a heart.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
katie dee
Great read! Easy flow! Linda delivers!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
catface
I really enjoyed those keep you like your there
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
cristcaci
Good book
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
hater shepard
Loved the story. A different kind of romantic tale.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
vividelpaso
good I enjoyed it
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
joanne catherine
Great series
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
peter gerdes
Great book enjoyed the story ready to read more
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
amee
Great book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jonny illuminati
Easy read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
corina redis
Good book
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
tamer hamam
I love this series!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
mstrat13
Good Read
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
irina
Thanks
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
cary reeder
Fine...
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
yusra ben
ok
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
aman daro
Good book.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
pat mccoy
Boring
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
markwoods
She forgot the plot.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
meg gregory
Always a Cowboy by Linda Lael Miller is a low-key, super sweet romance with just a hint of sass and steam. Although this latest release is the second installment in The Carsons of Mustang Creek series, it can be read as a standalone but I highly recommend the first book in the series as well.

The sparks are definitely flying when Drake Carson stumbles across Lucinda “Luce” Hale observing a wild horse herd on his family’s ranch. Initially, those sparks are fueled by animosity as Drake tries to avoid her while she works on her thesis. Luce is not any happier with Drake since he continually underestimates her ability to take care of herself as she continues gathering information for her paper. Slowly but surely, those sparks turn to passion but will this Wyoming cowboy and California woman figure out a way to make their relationship work?

Drake is a quintessential, hardworking cowboy who has a strong work ethic and old-fashioned swoon worthy manners. He is the epitome of the strong silent type and he tries hard to avoid any type of discussion involving feelings or emotions. Drake has no interest in being a subject for Luce’s thesis but he grudgingly agrees to help as long as she stays out of his way. As their paths continue to cross and he makes sure she is safe while monitoring the herd, he realizes his feelings for Luce are beginning to shift into romantic territory. With an aversion to casual relationships, will Drake give in to his desire?

Luce is quite feisty and she will not let Drake’s objections deter her from taking a few necessary risks in order to complete her thesis. They go toe to toe on a couple of occasions but they manage to figure out a compromise that works for both of them. She is quickly enamored by the laconic cowboy but Luce has her future all planned out so she is reluctant to take their relationship any further than friendship. Finding it virtually impossible to resist the simmering passion between them, Luce and Drake finally share an incredibly romantic night together, but with some very real obstacles to overcome, will their relationship end when Luce completes her research?

Set against the wild and untamed beauty of Wyoming, Always a Cowboy is a light-hearted, angst-free addition to The Carsons of Mustang Creek series. With an endearing cast of characters and a vibrant setting, this heartwarming novel will leave readers smiling from ear to ear from the witty banter between Drake, Luce and the Carson family. I cherished every second of delightfully charming and sighworthy love story and I highly recommend it to old and new fans of Linda Lael Miller.

I received a complimentary copy for review.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
kate sumners
My rating: 3.5 stars

This is the second novel in Ms. Miller's Carsons of Mustang Creek series and this one features Drake, a man as true to the cowboy/ranching way of life as one can find or as Ms. Miller can create. A man of few words, Drake is a hard worker, loyal, dependable, considerate, strong, protective and, what would a western romance hero be other than tall, buff and handsome. He out riding fences in the rain pondering several of his missing mares and other livestock when he spots the heroine in this novel, Luce, a graduate student, who's writing her PhD thesis on how the wild horses and other wildlife co-exist with the animals on working ranches. She's finally gotten close enough to observe the herd and study them, when Drake arrives and finds her watching them, and his arrival scares them away. He's been trying unsuccessfully to track down his missing mares, lured away by the magnificent stallion Luce has named Smoke, and he's anything but cordial. As far as Drake is concerned, Luce is trespassing, she's clueless about the dangers on the ranch, but what he doesn't know is that his mother has given her permission for Luce to be there. She and Luce's mother have been best friends since their school days. Luce is anything but cowed by Drake, she's fiercely independent, loves the outdoors, and is more than able to hold her own as she and Drake verbally spar toe-to-toe about her being on his ranch. It's a battle Drake loses, and it's just the beginning of their many interactions, that lead to a mutual attraction and a sweet romance.

What I found somewhat lacking in this novel was any sort of tension or drama that could easily have been added. There's a wildcat on the loose, yet the cat's attack on one of Drake's dogs is told after it occurs. Drake's attempts to recapture his mares is also told after the fact. While I enjoyed the smart dialogue throughout the novel, I kept waiting for something to happen, but it never really did.

For this reader, the best part of the novel was Ms. Miller's afterword, a fascinating, autobiographical history of her family making it's home in the Old West, and her discussion of her growing years on the ranch and how she grew from a young tomboy to become a best-selling author. That alone was well worth the price of admission.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
brandy stangland burks
Always a Cowboy is book 2 in the Carsons of Mustang Creek. Our story continues with another hot Carson brother! There's three of them and this book contains yummy Drake, who is the most focused of all three brothers. Our setting is Wyoming and all it's beauty.

Drake is riding Starburst (his faithful horse, love that name), when Starburst is a little hesitant to do what Drake asked him to do. Now, Drake has been riding Starburst a long time and he pays attention to everything Starburst does or doesn't do. Over the past year their cattle have slowly been disappearing, so when out riding, him and Starburst were cautious. It's raining and while Starburst is acting strange, Drake's eyes catch something moving. No, it's not a mountain lion or any wild animal... it's a woman, with binoculars out in the rain! Drake doesn't have time for this and who in their right mind would trespass on his property and what in the Sam hill is she looking at?

Luce is watching the most gorgeous wild stallion and mares and isn't paying any attention to the approaching gorgeous cowboy on a horse. She's mad once she sees him because he scared off the horses and Drake is mad at her because 1) She's trespassing and 2) that stallion has his missing mares!

Their first encounter wasn't such a good one. But, Luce's mom (who is friends with Drake's mom) fixed it so Luce could use their property/horses/view for her dissertation and can stay in their house. Now, Drake doesn't want her there.....there lies the interesting story of two strong willed people who start to have an attraction to each other but are too stubborn being bullheaded to notice.

This was really a great story! I don't read a lot of Linda Lael Miller, but when I do I often wonder why I don't read more of her, because she really tells a story that could be very true in real life. I loved the bantering between Luce and Drake, it made me laugh and kept me captivated!! There's mystery, frustration, love, and even humor in this book! I look forward to reading book 3 in this series!!

Copy received in exchange for an honest review

Reviewed on behalf of Once Upon An Alpha
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
robin feit
This is my first time reading a book by this author and unfortunately, it wasn’t a success. Drake is a stubborn man who’s very old fashioned and loves to work at the ranch. He has his routines and doesn’t like when people interrupt that. Luce arrives wanting to learn about the wild animals and learning about Drake as a rancher for her thesis.

Honestly, this had it all for me to like and I was enjoying the banter between Drake and Luce. What led me to stop enjoying the story was the very quick romance that blossomed. It was only 2 weeks of “knowing” each other that Drake started falling for Luce. Keep in mind that part of those two weeks, the couple had avoided each other. I couldn’t believe the romance because most of the time, they would argue instead of getting to know each other. It basically went like this: first meeting, arguments, avoidance, falling in love. This happened in the first 88 pages. The rest of the story kept going worse with the fast romance.

In addition to that, the story was boring and a few things were left unresolved, which irked me. What got me to somewhat like this story were the side characters, such as Drake’s brothers and all their brotherly banter, Drake’s mother, his friends, and Luce’s sister. I was far more interested in their lives than Drake’s and Luce’s.

Overall, Always a Cowboy didn’t hold my interest. There wasn’t depth to the main characters and their romance was way too fast-paced.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
emily shirley
Always a Cowboy: the Carsons of Mustang Creek Book 2 is by Linda Lael Miller. It is the second of the Mustang Creek trilogy. The three Carson brothers live together with their Mother in the huge ranch house built by their Grandfather. It is large enough to house the brothers and their families when they have them. Mace has other accommodations near the vineyard and winery he runs, Slater has other accommodations for his film production business; but their main home is the ranch. Drake Carson runs the ranch and tends to all of its business with the help of Red, Hattie, and their Mother. So far, only Slater has a wife. Grace is expecting their first child while raising Ryder, her ex-husband’s child, and Slater has a daughter who lives with her Mother most of the time.
Drake is concerned with the loss of calves on the ranch. He hasn’t been able to find any traces of them so he can see what is getting them. He is also concerned with a wild Mustang who is on his land and who is stealing his mares to add to his herd. Somehow, Drake has to get the mares back and then somehow move the stallion and the rest of his herd somewhere else. He doesn’t want to send them to a glue factory or kill them so he is still working on what to do with them. He also needs to purchase a new bull for his cattle. His bull is getting up in age and getting grouchy, especially when moved to a different pasture. The last thing he needs is a stranger on his property.
Luce Hale is doing research for his doctorate and has chosen his ranch to do it on. It helps that her mother and his are best friends. Luce is researching how wild horses interact with ranch animals and problems they cause with ranchers. To her, there has to be a way for all to live together in harmony. She hopes to get her information and then teach in a college. She just hasn’t figured into the equation a wild, handsome rancher. What will she do with her attraction to Drake?
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patrick oden
I loved the first book in this series, ONCE A RANCHER, so when I came across this book at a library sale I snatched it up and started reading it almost as soon as I was back home.

Drake definitely appealed to me. Cowboy, cares about animals, stoic, stubborn. I liked Luce, but I understood completely why Drake was exasperated about her suddenly being on his ranch, interfering with his life. But I loved that when Luce wanted to wander around on her own, thinking she was immune to the every day dangers of ranch wilderness, Drake resigned himself, gritted his teeth and took time out of his day to be sure she was safe.

They both fell hard a little too fast, I would've liked the story drawn out a bit more so they could actually have time to get to know each other better before suddenly realizing they loved each other. But I loved the descriptions of the wild stallion and his herd, which included several mares stolen from Drake. And I loved how the tough cowboy was such a softie when it came to his dogs. As in the first book, the banter between Drake and his two brothers made me laugh, as did several other scenes.

Not quite as good as the first book, but still very enjoyable, and I look forward to the next two books in the series, both of which I've already ordered.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
gavin
Always A cowboy by Linda Lael Miller
The Carsons of Mustang Creek #2

2 stars - I think I may have read one other book by Linda Lael Miller, so I am not all that familiar with her writing style. This is a new release of hers, yet to me the writing felt dated. Maybe she was trying for that as the Hero was an "old fashioned guy".. but sadly for me, it took a while to read.

What I think worked:
• Drake and Luce’s banter was good
• Red’s odd sayings were funny
• I liked the whole Carson clan
• Luce interacting with the stallion was neat to watch and I actually wished there was more of that.

What I felt didn't work:
• I found the pace of the book and story-line quite slow and uneventful.
• I didn't feel much emotion with this story.
• Even though Drake said he was “old fashioned”, sometimes I felt he went either too far with it or just used that tact when it suited him.

I have heard rave reviews about Ms. Miller's writing so perhaps she's just not my style.

*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

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★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
crystal combs
Drake Carson is all cowboy and with a ranch to run, he knows just how hard ranching can be. But when he stumbles upon Luce Hale watching wild mustangs on his ranch, he can’t help but be intrigued even if he thinks this feisty city girl is out of her depth in the country.

Luce Hale is determined to get the information she needs for her thesis on how wild horses interact with ranch animals and she won’t let Drake Carson tell her no. When the Carson matriarch invites Luce to stay with the family, she accepts even if that means running into grumpy Drake all the time. But sparks fly between these two stubborn people and a night of passion will sear their souls. Can Drake and Luce let their hearts lead them to the love that is worth fighting for?

Linda Lael Miller is the queen of western romance in her second book in her new Carsons of Mustang Creek series; she gives her readers Drake Carson’s story. I enjoyed, for the most part, Drake’s story a bit more than I did book one, Once a Cowboy. But the thing I found lacking was there was no heart to the story as a whole. It was like a mad dash of speed dating in book form. They meet; have a few interactions, then BAM! They are in love. The end. The story flowed swiftly but there was barely any character development at all. The few scenes they did spend together were few and far though enjoyable for the most part to read. What I wanted was more stories, more character development that had Luce and Drake facing off against adversity of some kind. There were sparks between Luce and Drake but very little heat at times. The few scenes gave a glimpse into that heat but it felt forced, like a box was checked off and then the author moved on. I loved Drake. He was quite entertaining as he tried to ignore Luce and those sparks that simmered between them. Luce was determined and had a plan. What she didn’t plan on was falling in love, especially to a stubborn cowboy who seemed to think she didn’t have a brain in her head. These two just work for me but they needed more depth within the story. The mountain lion and rogue stallion storyline were there then not. It felt like it was a plot hole that never got its completion. Add in unnecessary information about Luce’s childhood, well I had a few moments where I wondered where my favorite author went to.

ALWAYS A COWBOY is a good story, just not a great one. The story felt like the author was just checking things of a check list of things to do in it. As much as I enjoyed Drake and Luce’s relationship, I wish the author concentrated more on their development rather than doing the whole instant love trope that I have been seeing more and more of lately in books. Sometimes it’s nice to suspend reality while I read; it’s another to stare at the book and go ‘what?!’ after reading a chapter and wonder where that reality went to. ALWAYS A COWBOY was just okay for me and I did enjoy seeing the faces of Mustang Creek again. I am on the fence on reading the third brother, Mace’s story next since these first two books didn’t hit all my love buttons. If you enjoy instant love stories, wild cowboys who look as home on the range as they do in the bedroom, then you might enjoy ALWAYS A COWBOY.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
withpins
Thirty-two-year-old Drake Carson loves his relatively quiet and predictable life at the Carson family ranch. However, when the farm is experiencing some problems with a group of wild horses, Drake also doesn't immediately know how to solve the situation. His mother invites researcher Luce to the ranch, who is working on her thesis on wild horses to eventually get her degree in ecology. From the start, Drake and Luce do not get along; Drake doesn't want Luce getting in the way of his work, and Luce feels restricted in her research possibilities now she's actually close to a real group of wild horses. Yet, both Drake and Luce can't ignore the chemistry between the two of them, and the problems at the ranch only force them to spend even more time together...

'Always a Cowboy' is the second part of Linda Lael Miller's 'The Carsons of Mustang Creek' series, which focuses on the three Carson brothers. In this book we get to know middle brother Drake, who is the typical handsome and brooding cowboy, working at the family ranch. When Luce comes to the ranch to do some research for her thesis on wild horses, Drake is reluctant to help at first but his feelings soon start to change. Linda Lael Miller is known for her western romances and rightfully so; with her writing she easily manages to take readers into the world of cowboys and ranches, which I really enjoyed even though I'm not necessarily a big fan of this particular genre. The author's writing is great and just makes some really enjoyable reading.

I really liked the fact that we got to see some familiar faces in the town of Mustang Creek from some other Linda Lael Miller novels, even though this book can also certainly be read as a stand-alone and without any further knowledge of the author's other books/series. I have to admit I did feel the book could have been even better with another aspect to its storyline, something else to keep the reader's attention, for example something about Luce's family. However, 'Always a Cowboy' is exactly what it promises to be; a feel-good western romance novel, perfect for romance fans who want a happy ending and nothing too complicated from their next read!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sophia hall
Always a Cowboy is the second book in The Carsons of Mustang Creek. Linda Lael Miller has created yet another awesome series. Never fear if you have not picked up Once a Rancher yet. Always a Cowboy will stand alone just fine.

Drake Carson is the classic cowboy. He puts his all into the family ranch, he loves his family, and is truly one of the good guys. He is protective of his family and those he cares about. He also has the moral of one of the good ole boys that you just can't help but fall in love with. Drake is too busy taking care of the ranch to deal with the beautiful woman that seems to have invaded his ranch, his house, and his thoughts.

Luce Hale is smart, independent, loves horses, and has just the perfect amount of sass to keep Drake on his toes. I found an instant bond to Luce and her love of animals was an added bonus.

Drake and Luce don't exactly hit it off right away. They have a way of pushing just the right buttons to irritate each other. Along with the ability to annoy each other there is also a deep attraction. I have a few favorite scenes in this book but I think their first kiss is my favorite. I won't tell you the details but it is well described and sounds like such a beautiful spot for a first kiss. That first kiss leads into quite a situation.

Drake's family plays a big part in Drake and Luce's story. I always enjoy when family members are involved in the story. The bonus is that I also had a chance to catch up with Slater and Grace as well as the rest of the Carson family.

I really enjoyed the story line and adored the characters. I laughed out loud a few times and found a tear or two in my eyes. I love a good cowboy story and this is a good cowboy story. I can't wait to see what the very talented Linda Lael Miller has in store for Mace Carson in the next book.

I was given the opportunity to read this wonderful book and it has been my pleasure to share my thoughts with you.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
valerie marina
4.5 Stars / Top Pick / Review by: Gpangel of Night Owl Reviews

I knew I would love this series after reading “Once a Rancher’, the first book in the Carsons of Mustang Creek series.

This second book continues the ongoing family saga with the focus on Drake, the quiet cowboy devoted to running the family ranch.

This installment gets off to a delightful start when Drake encounters Luce Hale, a pretty young lady from California who is working on her dissertation, which is about how wild horses react to ranch animals, and to the people working the ranch, which means she is observing Drake.

Naturally, Drake, who is a little introverted, doesn’t care for this development, but since his mother already agreed to have Luce stay at the ranch, he doesn’t have much choice.

But, the real reason he is resisting her presence is because of the way she makes him feel.

Luce understands Drake does not want her tagging along with him, getting in the way of his work, or being observed, but she is determined to accomplish her goal whether he likes it or not.

So, a battle of will ensues with Luce getting in a few good proverbial punches, leaving Drake feeling out of sorts, and occasionally jealous. But, at the thought Luce could be in danger, especially with a mountain lion on the loose, Drake has to own up to his feelings, and Luce will find out just how awesome cowboys really are!

Let me count the ways I loved this story!

You know what they say about how still waters run deep. That is Drake Carson in a nutshell, so don’t let his quiet nature fool you. He is very passionate, sweet, funny, and brave, with a high moral code, and Luce is one lucky gal. I liked Luce too, and I think this couple will make a great team.

Adding to the romantic backdrop is the beautiful Wyoming scenery, and the realistic, authentic portrayal of ranch living. The adventures Drake and Luce encounter make the story exciting, with both the awe of seeing wild stallions, and facing imminent danger.

The family unit is also a big draw for me as the Carson brothers' banter, argue, and tease each other, and take good care of their mother.

So, all around this is my kind of romance, featuring a quintessential cowboy, who gets the girl, and rides off into the sunset, to live happily ever after. Sigh!

The e book copy I received has an awesome essay written by Linda Lael Miller, describing how she ‘grew up western’, and is a very interesting little bonus.

I recommend this book for fans of Linda Lael Miller, because you know it’s going to be good, but also to those who enjoy contemporary romance with a western flair.

Disclosure: courtesy copy from the publisher/author for an honest review.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
anilev
This sequel to ONCE A RANCHER is enjoyable both on its own and as a chance to revisit the Carson family of Mustang Creek. However, it didn’t pull me in quite as much as the first book did. There’s less romantic tension than in the first book; Drake and Luce seem to resolve their differences fairly quickly and easily, considering Drake’s initial resistance to her presence on the ranch and Luce’s long-term goals. On the other hand, there are two interesting subplots, one involving a mare-stealing wild stallion and the other a large predator which has been killing calves. Both of these inject needed conflict and suspense to contrast the relatively smooth-sailing romantic relationship.

I enjoyed Drake, who balances his responsibilities as a rancher with a deep respect and love for wildlife and the natural ecosystem. He’s taciturn and blunt, but also upright and completely trustworthy. Luce is young and charming, if a little obtuse when it comes to recognizing the impact the wild stallion is wreaking on the ranch’s herd of horses. I did find it puzzling that she is completely enamored with the wild horses but doesn’t ride.

Another on the plus side is Roy, Drake’s mentor and assistant in managing the ranch. His folksy sayings are a delight, and he’s really a marshmallow under his gruff exterior. We see less of Slater, Grace, and Ryder than I expected (see ONCE A RANCHER ), but they are around, as is youngest brother Mace, who runs the ranch’s wine-making operations. Carson matriarch Blythe is her usual wise and unstoppable self, busily matchmaking as before, abetted in this case (albeit long-distance) by Luce’s mother, Blythe’s childhood friend.

I’m looking forward to Mace’s story next; I have a feeling he’s the most complicated of the three brothers. FOREVER A HERO comes out in April 2017. Meanwhile, if you haven’t read Linda Lael Miller yet, I recommend starting with ONCE A RANCHER before reading ALWAYS A COWBOY; you’ll appreciate the characters better. You may even find, as I have, that you want to go back and read the Bliss County series, too!

REVIEW ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED on The Bookwyrm’s Hoard blog: [...]

FTC DISCLOSURE: I received a review copy from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
teree
A lovely look at the life at the Mustang Creek where family matters, where the townsfolk take care of each other, and where the Carson brothers are finding love while living life to the fullest.
I enjoyed Luce and Drake, the way the interacted together, they way they respected each other and had only honesty and straight talk between them. From the first moment they are real with each other, and talk about issues that rise between them, without any drama and angst in the tale.
And even though the nature around them gives them challenges and fright, the affection between Luce and Drake grow and flourish. The story follows the couple's whirlwind romance from the meet-cute to the married life without any conflict or strife between them. From the big issues of Luce's future education and career, to the smaller ones they find a tune between them, and the normally silent cowboy is sharing ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
The family and life at the ranch are as important part of the story as it is in Carson's lives. The brothers constant bickering, and the housekeeper Harry's tight rules all tells of the love in-between the family members.
The story took me in, and I enjoyed the flow and life at the ranch, with the vivid images the author paints into the reader's mind. And even though many things were told in great detail, the growing of the relationship wasn't one of them. I was left wanting more details, fine points in their lives, more development as characters and as a couple.
So overall a smooth and mellow tale of the Carson family of the Mustang Creek, the rugged life on the ranch in Wyoming, and Drake and Luce finding the right person to do life with.
~ Four Spoons
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
rachael lada something
later, Mace and Drake Carson may be brothers, but that doesn’t mean they are alike. While all three of them can handle a horse, Slater’s interests lie in documentary film-making, Drake runs the ranch and Mace runs the family winery.
Book two follows Drake.
Drake has always know what he wanted. Running the family ranch suits him to a T. The only flies in his ointment are a big cat attacking his cattle, a wild stallion who keeps making off with his best horses and a pesky graduate student who's come to the ranch to study wild horses. And him. It doesn't take long for the graduate student to become his biggest problem.

Luce Hale has her life planned out. She's going to write her thesis on the interaction between wild horses, domesticated animals, and ranchers, and take up her dream job in California, making her mark in the world of Ecology. Being invited by Drake's mother to stay at the ranch is a plus. The horses draw her, but studying Drake is even more intriguing.
And it's hard to fight their mutual attraction when everyone in the household decides to take up matchmaking.
The dialogue's and the interaction between characters is great. The scenery is beautiful. I would have preferred a little more onstage action with the capture of the wild horses and the cougar. That aside, I enjoyed the read.

This book has a bonus feature - a personal essay by Linda Growing Up Western. The essay had some wonderful stories and I loved reading it. There is also an excerpt from the next book in the series. Forever a Hero.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
tiffany carter
The magnificent Wyoming landscape in author Linda Lael Miller’s latest release, ALWAYS A COWBOY, comes alive on the page through the author’s detailed, rich descriptions.
The setting becomes a character in this sweeping romance that pits a rugged cowboy against a spunky city girl resulting in a sparks flying outcome.
The author has captured the lay of the land, the hard work of ranch life, and the desires of romance for a well-balanced story. The addition of a rogue stallion, wild mustangs, and eco-minded consciousness increases the depth of this charming story.
The story moves at a good pace and holds your attention. Readers will enjoy the amusing bantering between the two main characters and the overall heartwarming appeal of the story.
ALWAYS A COWBOY can be read on its own even though it’s the second installment in the Carsons of Mustang Creek series. A personal essay by the author about her early years and an excerpt from the next book in the series, FOREVER A HERO, are also included in the back of the book as a bonus.
This delightful contemporary western romance has sparks, action, adventure, engaging characters, and a love of animals that embodies the cowboy way of life while entertaining you.
FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
kerri
Second of the Carsons of Mustang Creek focuses on middle son, Drake who is intent on moving a wild stallion off his ranch where several mares have been stolen. While checking on the cattle he also raises, he encounters Luce Hale, a woman he is certain knows nothing about the dangers of ranch life in Wyoming. She's hiked out where he finds her, for heaven's sake!

Luce is a researcher. She's trying to ascertain how wild animals (including those horses) interact with the ranchers and their animals. What neither of them knows at the time, their respective mothers have had a hand in getting them together. The question then revolves around whether what their mothers want is something Drake and Luce might also want. Spoiler here: I'd guess, "yes." But how is it going to work when Luce needs to return to California to finish her degree and start the job she's already been offered when Drake has no intention of going anywhere. The ranch in Wyoming is his life and everyone knows that.

But, never underestimate the effect of animals on these two lovers: dogs as well as horses, and a rogue cougar do what the mothers got started. I'll leave you to unravel what happens before the story winds down.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
jodie howard
Miller brings the West to life in her usual, stunningly picturesque manner that will have you walking alongside the characters and falling head over heels in love. The intimately intricate plot drew me in, allowing me to live this fantastically romantic story rather than simply read it.

Miller definitely had me in tears with this one. Tears of laughter that is. Her unforgettable characters came together in such remarkable ways, allowing me to experience all aspects of what makes them who they are. The dynamics between them were so real that I couldn’t help but laugh at the antics that arose between them. I loved the different aspects of Drake’s character. He is the ultimate cowboy. The perfect mix of modern and old fashioned. Luce was a great addition to this family. She was the fun and act 1st, think later that made a fantastic counterpoint to Drake’s steadfastness.

Miller has once again created a novel that will be loved by readers time and time again. She has definitely proven that she writes the book on western romance.

Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
viktoriaf
Linda Lael Miller has the corner on cowboys. Drake is everything a cowboy should be and more. His manners, his toughness, and his huge heart for all things alive make him a true good guy. I loved that he stood for the ladies, opened doors for them, and was so incredibly respectful. That is a dying breed. While his care for his family is given, the care he shows both his animals and those who are wild and causing him problems made my heart fall for him even more. His mother told it best when she described his as a you get what you see guy. He speaks the truth, works hard, and loves with his whole body and soul. I believe this describes Drake perfectly.

The setting of Montana is just beautiful. I could picture the farm house, the barn with the horses, the valleys, and the cliffs as Linda Lael Miller described them. The beautiful green grass, the cold creek, and the magnificent mountains were pictures I could see as I continued reading Always a Cowboy.

This is not my first Linda Lael Miller and definitely not my last. She is a go-to author for me. I am happy to recommend Always a Cowboy to any romance reader.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
p antle
Drake Carson is the head of his family’s ranch. All his life he’s wanted to carry on the tradition of tending the ranch that’s been in his family for several generations. He cares about the land and the animals who live there. That includes the cattle and the predators that threaten them.

Luce Hale cares about animals and the environment and plans to write her dissertation about the wild horses that roam the Carson ranch. Drake sees them as a nuisance and threat to his horses and land. She hopes to convince him to find a humane way to deal with the wild horses. Eventually these two find a mutual respect and even more.

The second book in the Carsons of Mustang Creek series was enjoyable and I learned a bit about wild horses – I’ve heard about them before but didn’t know much about them. The novel ends a bit abruptly but I still liked it. The scenes with Drake’s brothers and the rest of the family were fun and a bit exciting near the end. If you enjoyed the first book in the series I think you’ll love Always a Cowboy.
*I received a galley from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased review.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
jillan
Linda Lael Miller has done it again with "Always a Cowboy". I love all of the books that take place in Mustang Creek. Drake and Luce's romance was romantic and just plain fun. They were both strong characters with Drake being a quiet strong rancher that knew who he was. I really enjoyed that Luce was not a simpering female that was waiting for a rescue from the cowboy hero. She was strong in her own right and just the right person for someone like Drake. They were a match made in book writing heaven. I look forward to reading Mace's story in March and know that it will be just as good. 4.25 Stars!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
juli kinrich
A fan from the beginning of Ms. Miller's career, she always satisfies. This book was very enjoyable. I loved both of the main characters, as well as the supporting cast. The only complaint I had with Always a Cowboy was that I wanted to keep reading about Drake and Luce. I know they'll be seen again in future Mustang Creek books, but those will be about other characters that I'll fall in love with. I also hope to read more about Smoke and Fire. Hope they appear in Mace's book.
A big thank you for the cover model also. Gorgeous!!

I also really enjoyed reading some of Ms. Miller's personal history. No wonder she knows so much about ranching!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
david tai
Drake Carson, a Wyoming rancher, was startled one day in May, by finding a lone, slim female in the pouring rain on his ranch.
Luce, soaked to the skin, was studying the wild horses for her doctoral thesis, and was furious his appearance chased them away.
So was the start of their relationship, striking sparks off each other at the same time feeling a strong attraction.
The story contains loving familial interaction, disagreements, strong ethics and a great sense of community. It's a well written western romantic tale and I look forward to the next.
I received an ARC copy free for my honest opinion. Great book!
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
david arthur
I love Linda lael Miller's books set in Mustang Creek, however the editing on this one is sloppy which is unusual for her stories. I enjoy her characters and their conversations, especially the brothers bedeviling each other.
I am a reader not a writer, and as such I found it jarring to jump from one scene to another without any warning. More than once I had to check if my book was missing pages. It was almost as if someone decided that the story was too long and randomly removed paragraphs which interrupted the flow of the story. The ending of the book was especially jarring when a question was answered without one being asked or inferred and a jump in time without warning.
I would love to read this again once the missing bits are restored. I bought my copy at a local store not on the store.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
nicola
Received an ARC from Netgalley.

Drake Carson runs the family ranch and is trying to control the wild stallion that has invaded his property when Luce Hale shows up to do research on the wild stallion and the life of a cowboy. Drake finds Luce irritating as well as intriguing and hard to resist. They may get on each others nerves but find it hard to resist the unbelievable chemistry between them. I love anything by Linda Lael Miller.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
craig cunningham
this author has a fab way of bringing the west to life. you will fall in love with the characters as you read the book.
the plot just sucks you in and keeps a hold of you till the very end. this is a fantastic romantic story which will
suck you in and keep a hold of you. this book can be read as a stand alone or as part of the series. i cant wait to
read more by this author in the future.
highly recommended
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
nichol
Second in the Carsons of Mustang Creek series centred on Drake, the second of three brothers. Luce Hale shows up in the opening pages studying wild horses on the ranch and given the Romance genre we can bet not all her stallions will have four legs. The story has a strong animal rights component and works in all the characters we met in the first opus.

Smell the clean mountain air.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
akarranchan
Having lived in ranching and mustang country I almost passed this book by. If the author had messed up on the subject matter it would have ruined the love story for me. While her tale of rancher vs mustang was a tad unrealistic...it was plausible and the characters were well developed and the romance well balanced. Good job.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
ahmed alemadi
Drake is a cowboy's cowboy. He works hard, keeps his word, and doesn't say too much. When Luce shows up to do research on the wild horses near his ranch, he's thrown for a loop. Avoiding her doesn't work and Drake admires her willingness to tackle anything. She's a quick learner and they quickly fall hard for each other. Great western romance!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
azri aris
ARC received for review

Great second book. Drake is the cowboy brother in this amazing family who falls fast and hard for Luce. Luce is a graduate student who there to study the wild mustangs that give Drake extra problems. Then there's the big cat stalking the ranch. Plus a baby and another wedding. Can't wait to see how Mace falls.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
niall
AWESOME!!! OMG, do I ever love those cowboys! Linda Lael Miller is at her country western best yet again. Her hunky characters are always so lovable and memorable, as are all the other people in her stories. It is always sad to say goodbye---but fortunately for us, we know we will get the opportunity to revisit them once again in another novel. I have followed along with the CREEDS, and the McKETTRICKS families, and I am now so excited getting to know the CARSON family. YAY, GET ALONG LITTLE DOGGIE! haha! Keep 'em coming, Ms. Miller!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
rita linden
I have been a fan of Linda Lael Miller for as long as I can remember. Her books grab ahold of you and you cannot put them down. This trilogy has been quite enjoyable.

Linda Lael Miller writes characters that the reader can't help but fall in love with and I love how their relationships seem to start off with fireworks rather than meander along. Her books also contain strong women and I enjoy that aspect of her writing.

I love the Carsons of Mustang Creek and each book in the series is just as good as the one before it. I love the attention to detail in each of her books. Through Linda's books, I have been to Mustang Creek and watched the wild horses. Nature and wildlife come to life through her writing, as well love and romance.

I am giving Linda's book, Always a Cowboy about a million thumbs up!

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. [...]
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
emily klein
I really enjoyed this western romance filled with dogs, horses, and wild horses.This long time family ranch has a few problems, a wild stallion stealing the horses, critters found dead or missing and now a college gal studying the horses. A Very interesting and enjoyable read. I've given it a 5* rating.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
lee ford
I was looking forward to Drake finding the right woman. Sorry, this woman was unlikeable​ from the first moment she opened her mouth. I saw no reason they liked each other. Found the relationship completely unbelievable.
The book moved at an extremely slow pace.....and I tried (thinking there had to be a something compelling coming up) but could not finish.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
adam bennett
This was a sweet western romance, I really loved the characters. Blake and Luce were definitely a match made perfect. I love cowboys and Blake was every bit the cowboy, Luce was so sweet and very independent. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
angela filion
A great addition to The Carsons of Mustang Creek. This is book 2 in the series. This is the story of Drake and Luce. Gotta love a cowboy. This book has romance, adventure a big cat and a dog. The perfect western. I look forward to number 3.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
eric althoff
I enjoy reading about the Great Tetons. The story is engaging and keeps the pages turning. The animal depictions are very warming.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
narelle
I enjoyed this book very much. I loved the characters and the story. I recommend it to all. I read the first one in this series and I can't wait to read the next one. L L Miller is awesome.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
jennifer hermening
MEH! I didn't believe it. I loved the setting, cowboys, wilderness, wild animals, etc. I just wanted convinced of the H/H's love and devotion.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
rebecca deaton
I'm thinking Drake appreciates how his woman dresses at times, "he gave her a deliberate once-over. “Damn.” I liked this book, I loved Drake, he was attentive and caring to Luce and he loved his dog Harold.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
higs
I absolutely love Linda Lael Miller. She doesn't disappoint. Always a Cowboy was really a great read. I have read many of her books and can't wait to read the rest of this series.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kim scarborough
I have always enjoyed reading any of Linda Leal Miller series of books. She has always entertained me with her sequels.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
daniel dawer
I stopped reading this because I have a thing about sloppy editing. Page 29 the main character takes off his muddy boots so as to not anger Harry, the housekeeper. When he reaches his room page 31 he sits down to take off his boots. Too many good books to read to invest my time reading something that has annoyed me so early on in the story. This is the kind of mistake you expect from someone who self publishes, not an author of this caliber.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kimberley
it is a part of series that I enjoyed as well the writer
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
clara baker baldwin
Ranchers are always a good topic and if you add horses I'm in. This book kept me interested and awake.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
tahera
The end of he book was just thrown together and a lot of details concerning the animals especially the mountain lion were left out. Not one of her best books.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
brandi hutton
Good read.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
macgregor
Same story base as all others.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sharfa
Enjoyable read!
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jayashree
books were gifts
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
srinath
Enjoyed it
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