McKettricks of Texas: Austin
By Linda Lael Miller
World-champion rodeo star Austin McKettrick finally got bested by an angry bull. His career over, his love life a mess, the lone maverick has nowhere to go when the hospital releases him. Except back home to Blue River and the Silver Spur ranch. But his overachieving brothers won’t allow this cowboy to brood in peace. They’ve even hired a nurse to speed along his recovery. Paige Remington’s bossy brand of TLC is driving him crazy. As is her beautiful face, sexy figure and silky black hair.
Paige lost count of how many times Austin has tried to fire her. She’s not going anywhere till he’s healed body and heart.
And by then, her place in his life just might become permanent….
This Blonde’s Review:
We have already read the first two books in the McKettricks of Texas trilogy (read my review for Garrett’s story), so we already have an affection for this family. We’ve seen Paige and we’ve seen Austin in these stories, and we’ve developed an affection for them. So this of course means we’re already invested in wanting them to have a happy ending from the time we pick up the book. That’s the great thing about family trilogies. We start off with Austin being Austin, and Tate and Garrett fetching him home, since he’s injured and doesn’t want to accept it. Once they get him home to the Silver Spur we see more depth to him than we’ve seen just watching him in the other books. We see how much he cares, and how he really feels about Paige. Paige is Libby and Julie’s sister, and Austin’s high school love. The one he cheated on to drive away. They find it a little surprisingly easy to get back into the swing of being together after being put in each other’s company so much in this book.
We also see the continued problems at the Silver Spur ranch that were present in the other two stories. This time we find out who is really behind all the trouble. Something the author did with this one that is interesting is the way she introduced the person behind all of the issues at the end of the series. Many books have someone nearby that has been in all three stories that they never suspected, or that they did suspect and had nothing on. This is not how this series was done. It’s rather obvious from the start that he was involved, but I’ll still refrain from mentioning the name of the bad guy in case you aren’t sure Which bad guy to blame.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and this series. Austin’s story did seem like more of a wrapup. There was less of the emotional upheaval and focus on the way they try to make things work, have a setback, and make it work the way the others did. The ‘happy ending’ seemed much easier for this couple than the others. I still loved the story and was happy to see Austin and Paige’s happy ending. After three stories I hate that the series is over and I won’t get to read more about Tate’s twins, or Julie’s son, or any of the other characters we came to love in the course of this series. If you enjoy Linda Lael Miller stories this series does not disappoint, so be sure not to miss out on this one.