Title: Creed's Honor
Author: Linda Lael Miller
Page Count: 384 pages
Genre: contemporary romance
Copy for review provided by Meryl L. Moss Media Relations, Inc. in anticipation of an honest review
50 words or less: Moving on is the name of the game as Tricia McCall tries to sell the failing RV park and drive in movie theater that her father left her, Connor Creed tries to forgive his oft-absent twin brother for alleged crimes long past and indifference, and both of them have to try to figure out if getting hurt is too high a price for being happy. Just another day in Lonesome Bend, Colorado.
Here's another author I'd read before now, but am glad I had the chance to try. Creed's Honor was a refreshing change of pace for me- the romance was still a strong element in the story but in many ways it was secondary to the characters getting to a place where they're actually ready to have that romance. The whole shebang was set against a community that was believably drawn and detailed. Add in a sort of parallel story about the loss of a pet and being ready to welcome a new one and you not only have a good metaphor, but a solid novel all the way around.
Tricia and Connor both have their share of drama going on- Tricia's father passed away and left her not one, but two failing businesses, her current love interest is lukewarm at best, and her life as she knows it or at least how she thinks it should be is far away in Seattle. Connor, on the other hand, has his whole life in Lonesome Bend, Colorado, but the emphasis is always on the lonesome, and has been for awhile. He's running the family spread by himself and none too pleased when his twin brother Brody shows up and announces that he's come home to settle down and is ready to handle his half of the ranch, thank you very much. The conflict between Connor and Brody came to a head and it will be interesting to see what becomes of Brody in the next book.
Both characters have to let the burdens of the past go; I enjoyed how finally dealing with these issues made the characters feel relieved and ready to move on. Change is painful, certainly, but not changing just to spite everyone around you isn't a bright thing to do either.
As if I needed any assistance in making my to-read list longer, I will definitely be checking out additional titles by this author in the future. I love new discoveries!
Overall Grade: B+
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