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Secondhand Bride (McKettrick Cowboys)

Secondhand Bride (McKettrick Cowboys) [Kindle Edition]

Linda Lael Miller
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"Romantic Times" You'll adore the McKettricks....

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The reissue of #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller’s Secondhand Bride, the third installment in the McKettrick Cowboys series and the basis for her wildly popular McKettrick Men and McKettricks of Texas series with Harlequin!

The youngest McKettrick brother, Jeb, is the wild one who never could stay out of trouble. And trouble is what he gets when he proposes to Chloe Wakefield. No sooner had he and the pretty schoolteacher tied the knot than Jeb discovers she’s already married! After a major dustup with Chloe in a Tombstone barroom, an irate Jeb hightails it back to the Triple M Ranch, certain that his chances of winning the spread in a marriage race with his brothers are dashed.

Now Chloe has come to Indian Rock, hoping to find her beloved uncle John and a much-needed teaching post. But when she unexpectedly crosses paths with Jeb, her rage—and passion—flare even stronger than back in Tombstone. Chloe never intended to mislead Jeb about her previous marriage to a scoundrel of a man. But when she finds out Jeb needs a bride and a baby in order to inherit the Triple M, she is livid.

Learning to trust will be the hardest part of this mixed-up marriage—until a stagecoach robbery and the return of a dangerous stranger prove to Jeb and Chloe that they need each other to love and honor as long as they both shall live.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1340 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; 1st Pocket Books Pbk. Ed edition (31 Dec 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #239,670 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brides and Brothers 29 Nov 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Perhaps watching "Seven Brides For Seven Brothers" made me envision the McKettrick Brothers as Howard Keel's siblings in the show, but I found this to be an enjoyable story set in a believable setting. Miller's story of a young man, Kade McKettrick, with a slew of mail-order brides only to eventually marry Mandy the step-daughter of an outlaw, has enough of a back story to lend a plausibility. There are surrounding characters and situations which show the difficulty of frontier life in the 1880s. There are engaging sub-stories which help carry the plot forward and make all the characters more real. At one point I was led to tears. The reviews from respected journalists and authors singing Miller's praise are accurate and honest. I shall have to order the 3rd of this series, although I know how it will end (ish), I am now sure it will be a wonderful read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second-Hand Bride 3 July 2010
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I first read one of Lindas' books while staying with family in Canada, I had not heard of her before this! So I did not know what theme these books about, but I really enjoyed reading the three books in the trilogy!! They are light easy reading, I cant put them down till I have finished them! I shall certainly be ordering more from Amazon!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars secondhand bride 6 Jun 2013
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i liked jeb character strong but wild. chloe not afraid to stand up jeb and tell him a thing or two good book good story
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5.0 out of 5 stars Firey! 15 Aug 2012
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Book 3 of 4 and the series gets better and better.

Jeb and Chloe are both convinced they are right and will listen to no-one else! Stubborn is not the word and neither one is willing to give which makes their journey to love a bumpy one with many explosions thrown in for good measure. All Jeb's trauma is helped along by Angus, Rafe, Kade and Holt who cannot help but interfere - even Becky adds her two-penneth!

This series is so sucessful simply because the characters are so well written and welcome you to the family with open arms. You really feel you are part of the family.

This is advertised as a trilogy, however the next book McKettrick's Choice follows on from this directly with the final single brother Holt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My first western was really good... 30 Jun 2005
By Nicole Wagner - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Jeb McKettrick is a wild one who never kept out of trouble. The story opens as he is running, literally, from one such example, a fiery heroine named Chloe. Chloe catches him between the bulkhouse and a pile of manure surrounded by angry chickens and the story explodes into action. We discover that the beautiful Chloe is actually Jeb's wife who was abandoned after one hour of marriage, discarded hastily once Jeb discovered she was already married. Chloe argued that he was her only husband and if he would just listen he would understand....but he is a man.

Generally I am a Regency only kind of gal, but I was desperate for something to read and this was sold in the hospital gift shop. Somehow this book was meant for me because I thought it was splendid. The cast of characters was so rich, I want to read the whole series. A definite good buy.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Weekend Read 17 July 2006
By Heather - Published on
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This was the perfect story for curling up on the sofa with a cozy blanket, and a sleeping cat or dog at your side. Jeb and Chloe's story was heartwarming.

I enjoyed that their story began after things between Jeb and Chloe had already become very developed. I felt as though I was thrust right into the story from the very beginning, and couldn't put it down for very long until the last page. Jeb and Chloe are head strong, yet you can't help but fall in love with them.

I'm looking forward to reading the other novels in this series. And I'm hoping that I will get a change to read Holt's story as well. He's such an interesting character, I think his would be a wounderful tale.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exellent :-) !!! 3 Aug 2009
By Bookworm - Published on
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I just love Linda Lael Miller. For the handful of books I've read of hers that I haven't cared for, there are ones like this that more than make up for it!! Who couldn't fall in love with Jeb and his carefree, reckless, wild ways? He reminded me of Jesse in the McKettrick contemporary series, and if I go back and look, it wouldn't surprise me if he's a descendant of Jeb's.

The book started out lively, and stayed that way until the end. Chloe was a perfect compliment to him and I loved the relationship between all the brothers, including Holt. Miller has such a way of writing that makes you feel as if you're living right back in those times too, and I love some of her phrases, such as when Jack wants to bait Lizzie with a doll, and Sue Ellen tells him that would be akin to teasing a wildcat with a stick. It gives you such a great insight into what these characters are really like.

I did, however, have just a couple problems with the storyline. First, if I remember correctly, in Shotgun Bride, Emmeline had a miscarriage somewhere in the story, and it was devastating to both her and Rafe. But yet, in Secondhand Bride, Angus keeps harping on his boys to produce grandchildren, wondering why nobody has. I thought that was just a tad callous, given what happened to Rafe and Emmeline. My second problem is that, while I know Miller likes to produce brave and strong heroines, but given that Jack knew where Chloe was, and that she was living alone in a little cottage at the edge of a barren little town, and knowing that he was after her, threatening her, frightening her, it just doesn't seem conceivable that she would have stayed there alone at night. And then slept. I can't imagine anyone being that brave, particularly when she knew how dangerous he was. And why was it that her and Jeb's divorce was going to take a year, but she divorced Jack much more quickly?

All in all, however, it was a really good read and I stayed up half the night to finish it. Being tired at work today was worth the read.
20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SECONDHAND BRIDE is FIRST RATE! 24 Aug 2006
By Nancy Compton - Published on
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Arizona Territory, 1885

SECONDHAND BRIDE is the third book in the McKettrick Cowboy's series and it's a winner! Be sure to start the series with HIGH COUNTRY BRIDE, then SHOTGUN BRIDE, then SECONDHAND BRIDE and end with MCKETTRICK'S CHOICE!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meets Expectations and Exceeds Them by a Landslide 19 July 2009
By Chasity Carter - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I've been used to reading much hotter romances as of late and wanted to throw something new into the to-read pile. This one met up to expectations since there's so much hype about Miller (and certainly earned hype at that).

The romance Jeb and Chloe enjoy isn't like what I've read recently where hormones are kicking the heroine's fanny and the hero reels her in with hot sex and promises of kink. The characters are still likeable, showing great appeal from the beginning. This book also has a well developed setting like I've come to expect from the 1800s and I felt drawn into the AZ territory.

Nice plot, great flow, and well developed characters. The only thing I'd have asked for is just a little more heat between the sheets.
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