A Thousand Steps

A Thousand Steps
A Thousand Steps by T. Jefferson Parker

Monday, April 21, 2014



by Cora Seton



All Jamie Lassiter wants is to marry his best friend's sister and settle down for the rest of his life in Chance Creek. He's saved his money, bought into the Cruz Guest Ranch and he's ready for that wedding, but Claire Cruz is nowhere to be found.

Claire's too busy leaving Montana behind to care about cowboys or their wedding plans. She's got plans of her own - a trip around the world. She'll go as soon as she buys her tickets and she doesn't care if she ever sees Chance Creek again.

Desperate to change Claire's mind, Jamie proposes a bet: give him six weeks to convince her to marry him. If he can't, he'll pay for her round-the-world tickets himself.

Claire can wait six weeks if it means free tickets and a chance to get a little revenge on a man who once broke her heart. She's got only one stipulation: Jamie can't touch or flirt with her - or any other woman - while the bet is on.

Now Jamie's on the run from a bevy of cowboy-groupie ranch guests, and Claire's learning she cares about the ranch - and Jamie - more than she dreamed possible.

Maybe it's time to lose that bet.

As long as Jamie loses it first.


Ethan tugged her closer. "Stop it – you’ll hurt someone with that fake smile. Why didn't you just say yes to Jamie? You could be as happy as I am. Wait a minute – are you wearing his ring? Did you say yes?"

Claire gaped at him, her eyes stinging once more. She couldn't believe Ethan was in on this joke and would carry it to such an extreme – on his wedding day. She and her brother had their spats over the years, but he'd never been cruel. She opened her mouth to tell him so, but he pulled Jamie into a man-hug, pounding him on the shoulder.

"Congratulations! When's the happy day?"

He was in on the joke, wasn't he? But he was doing an incredible job acting like it was real. She couldn't remember ever seeing Ethan this happy – especially not since their parents' deaths.

"Labor Day," Jamie said emphatically and grinned at her, daring her to deny it.

She looked from one to the other, at a total loss for what to do.

"You're getting married?" Autumn shrieked, grabbing her hand and pulling it close to see her ring. "Oh my gosh, Claire – it's beautiful. I'm so happy for you!" She threw her arms around Claire and gave her a stifling hug.

This can't be happening, Claire thought, waiting for Jamie to tell them it was all a joke – waiting for Ethan at least to let Autumn in on it. Her stomach twisted when she realized both of them were going to play it straight. Ethan was beaming, and Jamie…he looked like the cat who'd swallowed the canary.

Damn it, she wasn't a helpless bird.

But as she turned to set Autumn straight, her new sister-in-law cupped her hands to her mouth and called out, "Everybody! Everyone – can I have your attention? Yoo-hoo!"

The crowd immediately quieted, all eyes turned to the bride.

"I just have to share the happy news – I'm so excited!" Autumn's face was flushed and her eyes shining. She pointed to Claire.

"Wait…" Claire began, but Autumn rushed on.

"Claire and Jamie have just gotten engaged – they're getting married on Labor Day, so everybody better save the date! We'll all be right back here in a couple of months to do this all over again."

As the crowd cheered and clapped, Claire turned to Jamie, begging him silently for help. He just threaded an arm around her waist and kissed the top of her head. As people surged in to offer their congratulations, she once more pasted a happy expression on her face.

She would be a laughing-stock when September rolled around and no wedding took place.

If she survived this day she would never speak to any of them again.


The Cowboy Wins a Bride (The Cowboys of Chance Creek, #2)The Cowboy Wins a Bride by Cora Seton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Cowboy wins a Bride is a May 2013 release, published by One Acre Press and Crush Star. This is book two in The Cowboys of Chance Creek series.

Claire is coming home to Chance Creek, Montana for her brother Ethan's wedding. Jamie Lassiter plans on proposing to Claire sticking to his plan to date her a few times and to remind her that she belongs in Montana with him and the horses and the life she once loved. But when Claire arrives, she is in a "mad the whole world" mood. Her partner in her interior design business stole her money and is trying to steal the company too. She and Daniel were lovers as well as business partners.
When Claire's parents were killed in an accident last year, certain moves were made with Jamie Lassiter that saved Claire from financial ruin. Now she has a sizable income and plans to take a trip around the world.
When Jamie hears this plan, he panics and proposes to Claire without sticking to his plan. Claire thinks it's a joke. But, Jamie makes her a deal. If she will help design his new home and help out with his new guest ranch for six weeks, she can decide if it's ranch life and marriage to him or a career in interior design in the city.
Claire accepts his challenge, but with one stipulation. No touching, and for Jamie - no flirting with other women. Claire is convinced that Jamie will not be able to uphold his end of the bargain.

Being back in Montana has brought about many painful memories for Claire. She was still angry and bitter about the things her mother had done. She was also angry at Jamie for breaking her heart, for being such a flirt with every woman he met and for making her think about having a life with him, when she knew he would not be faithful to her.
She was also mad about Daniel has made revenge against him her one and only goal in life. She is approached by a client that has a major interior design project planned and Claire learns Daniel is her competition for the job.
To put the cherry on the cake, Claire learns some shocking things about her mother that solidifies her anger and makes Claire a very angry, self absorbed, bitter woman.

Claire becomes so enraged with life, she is just not a person anyone wants to spend a great deal of time with. She loses her perspective and focuses only on the negative side of things. Jamie has no idea why she is so unsure of his love for her. It seems no one can get through to Claire. Until Claire has a disturbing conversation with a ranch employee with a certain knack at reading people. Then Claire finds herself in some serious danger she begins to give some serious thought to her life and the direction she is heading in.
Can she ever trust Jamie? Does she want to go back to being a big city interior designer or does she miss her life in Montana? Claire has a lot of thinking to do. Will she make the right choice?
Can Jamie convince her his marriage proposal was for real?

I really liked this book. I think most of us have gone through a period in our lives when nothing seemed to go our way. One thing right after another goes wrong . It would be really easy to wind up feeling like Claire did. I felt sorry for her at times, but she really got carried away with her anger. It just got to be too over the top at times.
Jamie was a dream. He didn't really realize how flirty he was with women and how that lead Claire to mistrust him. He really loved Claire and had the patience of Job.
As events continued to crash down around Claire, Jamie was solid and steady.
In the end, Claire is able to reconcile both sides of her personality. She actually gets to have her cake and eat it too.
I recommend this book to any romance lovers. This is a contemporary western romance- but it also has element of romantic suspense. If you like hot cowboys, you can not pass this one up. This one gets a B+

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Cora Seton loves cowboys, country life, gardening, bike-riding, and lazing around with a good book. Mother of four, wife to a computer programmer/eco-farmer, she ditched her California lifestyle nine years ago and moved to a remote logging town in northwestern British Columbia.

Like the characters in her novels, Cora enjoys old-fashioned pursuits and modern technology, spending mornings transforming a neglected one-acre lot into a paradise of orchards, berry bushes and market gardens, and afternoons writing the latest Chance Creek romance novel on her iPad mini. Visit www.coraseton.com to read about new releases, contests and other cool events!

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  1. What a great review, This sounds like a fun story, loved the excerpt.

  2. Thanks for hosting today! I have two new Chance Creek releases coming up, too: Vol. 7 in the Cowboys of Chance Creek series comes out May 4. Book 1 in the follow-on Heroes of Chance Creek series comes out as a standalone novel on May 18 but is AVAILABLE NOW in the SEALs of Summer box set. You get 10 Navy SEAL romances by 10 authors for 99 cents right now! http://amzn.to/1t0xe0P.

    I'll pop back later to answer any questions about the series, the box set, writing, or...?

  3. Thanks for your review. I like the sound of this book. Sort of like anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  4. Love the review, thank you.


  5. good review

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  6. Great review; I loved how you focused on Claire's problematic personality. I didn't like her at all in The Cowboy's E-Mail Order Bride and was horrified that sweetheart Jamie was going after her as his bride. Of course, since this is a HEA romance series, I know things will work out but I'm actually cringing to think what she will put him through before finally coming to her senses. The Cowboy Wins a Bride promises to be another hit for Cora. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Love this book heck have loved the last 4 books I have read in this series almost done with the 5th book

  8. Nice review

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  9. HI again cora! What is your favorite trope in romance? Friends first? Enemies to Friends? Sexy Boss?

    andralynn7 at gmail dot com

  10. Thanks for the review!



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