Linda Lael Miller Welcomes Readers to Mustang Creek in ‘Once A Rancher’ [REVIEW]


When a former employee starts stalking the woman he loves, Slater Carson will stop at nothing to protect her in Linda Lael Miller’s Once a Rancher. (Photo by Josh Friedman, Flickr)

When a troubled teen starts heading down a dangerous path, a handsome cowboy steps in to help straighten him out before it is too late. But being a good Samaritan quickly gets complicated when an unexpected threat rises from the shadows in Once A Rancher, the first novel in Linda Lael Miller’s new Carsons of Mustang Creek series.

Linda Lael Miller's ONCE A RANCHER

HQN Books

Using her gift for authentic characterization, Miller introduces us to three unforgettable characters: Slater Carson, a filmmaker and cowboy; Grace Emery, a divorcée and manager of Mustang Creek Resort; and her son, Ryder, a teenager in need of a good male role model.

Sparks fly when Slater and Grace meet, but will their love survive? Their future seems uncertain as they put their romance on hold to search for a former employee who has Grace in his cross hairs. To make matters worse, everyone connected to Grace seems to become a target and no one is safe from harm, not even Slater.

Miller’s rich descriptions of Wyoming’s heritage and landscape only add to the story, providing a breathtakingly beautiful backdrop that is the perfect setting for new love and sinister intrigue.

Readers will be enamored by this thrilling story, its deftly drawn cast, and a mystery that will keep them turning pages late into the night. Welcome to Mustang Creek. This may be your first visit, but it definitely won’t be your last. Miller is that good!

Linda Lael Miller

Linda Lael Miller
(Photo by John Hall Photography)


The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is the number one New York Times bestselling author of Once A Rancher, Montana Creeds: Tyler, Secondhand Bride, and more than 100 other historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the west. Raised in Northport, Washington, Miller lived in both London and Arizona and traveled the world before she returned to the state of her birth to settle down on a horse property outside Spokane.

She sold her first book, Fletcher’s Woman, in 1983 to Pocket Books. Since then, she’s written historical, contemporary, paranormal, mystery, and thriller fiction, but ultimately returned to writing novels with a Western flavor and was awarded the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award from the Romance Writers of America in 2007 for her devotion to the craft. Now the Hallmark Movie Channel is developing a series based on her Big Sky Country novels.

To find out more about Linda and her books, visit her home on the Web at and like her on Facebook.

By Linda Lael Miller
320 pgs. HQN Books. $7.99

About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

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