The Legacy Of Copper Creek
Copper Creek Cowboys, Book #3
By R. C. Ryan
Author’s website: http://www.ryanlangan.com/booklist.html
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jerjen
When Love Walks Through the Door…
Like all MacKenzie men, Whit respects three things: hard work, his family, and the wild beauty of the Montana land he calls home. The solitude of the high country is a welcome respite to a loner like Whit. So when a powerful spring snowstorm hits as he’s tending the herd, Whit heads to one of the family’s isolated cabins. The cold winds don’t trouble him. The gorgeous mystery woman waiting inside does.
All Cara Walton wanted was a chance to clear her head. And the forgotten cabin on the outskirts of the MacKenzie ranch seemed like the perfect place to do just that—until Whit arrives. The rugged cowboy quickly melts Cara’s defenses and she’s powerless to resist his strong arms or his tender touch. She desperately wants to trust him, but there’s so much Whit doesn’t know, so much she hasn’t told him. She lost everything once—can she find the courage to risk her heart again?
Whit MacKenzie does not expect to find anyone squatting in one of his family’s ranch cabins in the middle of a snow storm. And when he sees that the squatter is a beautiful blonde, he could not be more surprised. When he first meets her, he is so tired that he cannot even give her much of a hard time for being there illegally. He figures after he gets a good night sleep he will be better prepared to deal with her. Although he is trying to get away from his family and just spend some time alone, he knows he cannot kick her out of the cabin in the middle of a fierce snowstorm. After he spends time with her, he finds he enjoys her company and wants to get to know her better. He knows he does not have to guard his heart with her because he has vowed to never settle down with one woman. But sometimes what we plan and what really happens are not the same.
Cara Walton does not expect anyone to show up at the isolated cabin that she is squatting in. And she really does not expect her unexpected guest to be a handsome cowboy who claims the cabin is owned by his family. She is not sure what to make of the cowboy who showed up in the middle of a snow storm. All she knows is that now that he is at the cabin, she will not be able to figure out what to do with the rest of her life. She just got out of a bad relationship and she is pretty sure that she witnessed a murder of an older man by a person with “evil eyes”. But after being stranded at the cabin with Witt, she realizes that he is like no man she has ever met. She has to decide if losing her heart to him is worth the risk of having it broken.
This is the third book in this series that I have read and I loved all three of them. This book has a little bit of everything: mystery, romance, action, heat, murder and family. All these elements are expertly woven together to make a fantastic read.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. There is a lot of action contained within the pages of this book and I never felt the least bit bored. Because of the descriptions given concerning the ranch activities and the community, I felt like I was right there in the thick of things. And the descriptions given concerning the meals shared by the family had my mouth watering. I wish that the book would have included recipes to try out some of the delicious sounding food.
The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional. The entire MacKenzie family are people that I would like to have as neighbors and get to spend time with. They are all hardworking, loyal and honest people and are easy to care about. They all have their faults and flaws which make them seem even more human and real to me. I really enjoyed the fact that I was able to spend more time with them and catch up on all that was happening in their lives. I liked that fact that story lines from the first two book are further developed and resolved and relationships continue to grow.
There are a couple of mysteries that need to be solved in this book. The first is who did Cara see get murdered and who was the killer? She is pretty sure that she did not make the story up or exaggerate about it and she is worried that someone might be after her, someone like the killer. And we also do not know how angry Cara’s ex-boyfriend is and to what lengths he will go to get revenge. And there is still no resolution to the murder of Whit’s father in book one. I am happy to say that all three mysteries are solved and the answers are revealed.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romantic suspense. The two were blended together perfectly and made for a very enjoyable read. I would recommend reading the books in order so that you can get to know the family better and have a vested interest in their lives. I am sad that this is probably the last book in the series and I will not get to visit with the MacKenzie’s again. I plan to check out any other books that this author has written.