Indian Rock, Arizona
Free-spirited Echo Wells with everything she owned packed in the trunk, determinedly drove her Volkswagen Bug down the main street of Indian Rock to her new venture, a bookstore. Along the way from her former home in Chicago at a truck stop, Echo finds a lost dog (or rather the poor thing found her) and decides she has no choice but to take it with her and try to find its owner once she settles in. Pain and loss are nothing new to Echo, having no family and being left at the altar by the only man she had ever dared to love, Echo knows she can't get too attached to the mangy creature, but can't help but fall in love with the dog once she cleans it up and discovers a true friend in the white lab. Echo also knows moving to a brand new start in the clean open spaces and tight knit community of Indian Rock is the right thing to do. Pulling her Barbie pink vehicle into a spot outside her new shop, Echo practically collides with the irate owner of the huge SUV parked next to it, and Echo’s world as she knows it is about to be rocked!
Not a stranger to life’s hard knocks himself, former rancher and co- CEO of McKettrickCo; Rance McKettrick sees red when the obnoxious colored compact nearly takes his foot off pulling in beside his mother-in-law’s salon. Rance, a widower, leaves town frequently on business and relies on Cora to care for his two young daughters while he is gone. Having returned tired, and none to happy about having to deal with the high energy of his two girls, Rance is about to lay into the new owner of the shop next to Cora’s when he is stunned by the hot spitfire that climbs out of the bug. Both Echo and Rance are fearful to trust and commit to others but their dynamite attraction is forcing them to come to terms with their painful past, and maybe forge a bright future together!
McKettrick’s Pride, Linda Lael Miller’s second in her new McKettrick Men trilogy, is absolutely a pleasure from start to finish! Reminiscent of the small town tales of Debbie Macomber, the reader is treated to the romance of McKettrick cousin Rance, descendant of Rafe and the indomitable Echo who barrels into town and wins over the reluctant to love again Rance with her charm, determination, and straightforward honesty. I look forward to reading the third in the series, when Keegan McKettrick gets his turn in McKettrick’s Heart.