Reading Challenge 2023

Slater Carson might be a businessman by trade, but he’s a cowboy at heart—and he knows the value of a hard day’s work under the hot Wyoming sun. So when he sees troubled teen Ryder heading down a dangerous path, he offers the boy a job on the ranch he shares with his two younger brothers. And since Ryder’s temporary guardian is the gorgeous new resort manager, Grace Emery, Slater figures it can’t hurt to keep a closer eye on her as well…

Grace Emery doesn’t have time for romance. Between settling in to her new job and caring for her ex-husband’s rebellious son, her attraction to larger-than-life Slater is a distraction she can’t afford. But when the past catches up to her in Mustang Creek, she’ll discover just how far Slater will go to protect what matters most—and that love is always worth fighting for.
If you follow me then you know how I feel about books by Linda Lael Miller. She has been for a long time a comfort read. I know nothing overly exiting happens in her books. But I also know I'm going to enjoy the story. Much can be said for a book that makes you feel good reading it. 

Once a Rancher is the first in her The Carsons of Mustang Creek series. As with her other books I jumped right in and started to enjoy. You'll really enjoy both Grace and Slater. Both a good people. 

It's not hard to really like Grace. She's raising a child who's not her own from a prior marriage. I don't know how many people would do this. Plus add the fact that the kid is feeling adrift with no parents, and you know there will be trouble. 

Slater might be a rancher but he's also a filmmaker. He's a busy man and is very wrapped up in his work. I love that he's close to his family as he does this work. Throughout the book you'll see how close the brothers are and how much they love their mom. 

When these two meet sparks only fly for one of them. Surprising Slater falls hard and fast for Grace and once he does that's it for him. Grace is his forever and he's fine with it and the fact that she doesn't come alone. Grace takes some time to believe in what she feels but as she does you can see the closeness between these two. 

I really enjoyed the story and didn't mind the love at first sight part of it. Usually for me that only works for paranmormal's but sometimes it is just written so well that you believe it. There is a bit of a mystery within the story but most it's about these two people meeting and falling in love. 


  1. oh I haven't seen anyone read much of this author lately. Her historical's are my favorite. I think my issue with her now is how hard her books are for me to get into. Was this one super engaging?

  2. I used to read this author back when I first started reading romance.


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