A Thousand Steps

A Thousand Steps
A Thousand Steps by T. Jefferson Parker

Thursday, April 24, 2014




by Cora Seton



When county sheriff Cab Johnson gets a hunch, he's learned to trust it, and his hunch tells him Rose Bellingham is in a peck of trouble. Bad enough he's in love with her, bad enough she's already engaged to Jason Thayer. He's got to figure out what she's hiding before he loses her for good.

Rose can't stand one more person meddling in her business, even if that person is a handsome, eligible sheriff. She's been controlled for far too long. But since her fiancé's father is both her boss and landlord, she can't dump Jason until she's got somewhere to run. She's found the perfect place: a patch of forest outside town. But with Cab watching her every move, she's hard pressed to finish her hideaway so she can make her escape. Meanwhile, she's not the only one with problems. Can she find a way to help her friends, too?

Just when Cab solves one mystery, more pop up. Where does Rose keep disappearing to? What's wrong with Mia Start? Why is Hannah Chatham lying to her fiancé? At least he's let Rose know he's interested. And if he's not mistaken, she's interested, too.

Rose's hideaway is perfect, until her friends invade it to escape their own troubles. Can she trust them to keep its whereabouts a secret? Does she want to hide from Cab anymore? Now that Jason's out of the picture, is it safe to follow her heart?

When two unexpected visitors arrive with secrets of their own, Chance Creek must brace for its deadliest night ever. Can Cab figure out the connections between all the mysteries fast enough?

Or will Rose and her friends pay the ultimate price?



Cab shifted, distracting her. He was so close. Too close. She had sat at one end of the couch and expected Cab to take the other end, but to her surprise he sat down right beside her. And since he was probably a hundred pounds heavier than her, he put a significant dent in the cushion that left her sitting on an incline. As much as she tried to hold her ground she kept sliding toward him.

He shifted again and she slid some more until their thighs touched. Rose held her breath, aware of the man beside her in a way she wasn’t sure she’d ever been with Jason. His long legs, encased in faded jeans, played havoc with her nervous system. Everything about Cab was masculine and it made her want to melt against him. In the early days she must have felt something similar for Jason. Now when she thought of him she didn’t feel a thing.

She felt something for Cab, though. Touch me, she thought at him. Go on. Touch me.

He shifted a third time and she found her cheek nearly pressed against his arm.

"Hello," he said, looking down at her and chuckling, his voice a low rumble.

"I’m not trying to make a move on you. I just keep sliding," she said.

"Well, come here, then," he said, and she shivered in anticipation. What did he have in mind? He lifted his arm and wrapped it around her shoulders, pulling her even closer. "Comfy?"

His voice, a sexy murmur, shot right through her. "Um… yeah," she said. She was comfy. She could hear Cab’s heartbeat where she leaned against him. Slow and steady. Strong. She let out her breath in an uneven sigh. She wasn’t sure what they were doing here. She might not be making a move, but it sure seemed like Cab was.

She wished he would. Kiss me.

He brushed his fingers down her arm and laced them between hers, and for one heart stopping second she thought he would bend down and kiss her. Instead, he sighed, tugged her ring gently and let go of her hand.


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

The Cowboy Catches a Bride by Cora Seton is a 2014 Once Acre publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Rose has been engaged to Jason since her high school graduation. Now the two are trying to work out a long distance relationship and it's becoming more difficult to maintain it. However, Rose is in a tough spot. She is living on her fiancé father's property and working in his store. If she breaks things off with Jason she won't have a place to live or work. Cab, the local Sheriff would love to help Rose, but right now she is on a fierce independent streak. So, Cab waits as patiently as possible for her to decide what to do about Jason and give her some space to be on her own for awhile.
Meanwhile, Cab is working on a tough case and it really has him worried. Rose thinks he is trying to control her, but really he just wants to keep her safe.
The alternate side of the story is about a woman named Fila who is on the run from the Taliban and trying to make it to Chance Creek. The question is: Who is Fila and why is she trying to get to Montana? What is her connection to Chance Creek?
This installment of the Chance Creek Cowboys is a little more edgy that some of the previous books in the series. Rose was raised in such a way that she always does what others want her to do. Her parents, Jason , her future father-in-law and now it feels like everyone is crowding her. Knowing deep down that she needs to make a change has her feeling a little hyper-sensitive to well meaning advice and offers of help. She may be just a little sheltered and has few options open to her since few have ever really encouraged her do pursue her dreams as an artist. She wants to be with Cab in the worse possible way, but she doesn't want to jump from one relationship to the next. She needs some space to figure out what her future holds.
The story of Fila is tense. Throughout most of the book we have no idea what her connection is to Chance Creek, but we do know she's living life on the run from some really dangerous people and she could lead them to Chance Creek too.
I'm still really engaged in this series and each book maintains the momentum so I am looking forward to the next book! This one gets 4 stars!

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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. Thanks for hosting! Cab is one of my favorite characters and his story was so much fun to write.

    I want to let people know that Vol. 7 in the series--The Cowboy Rescues a Bride--will release on May 4.

    I am also writing a follow on series called The Heroes of Chance Creek. Book 1 - The Navy SEAL's E-Mail Order Bride - is available now in the SEALs of Summer box set. http://amzn.to/1t0xe0P

  2. Love the sound of the book.


  3. Love this series waiting patiently for May 4th.I also am going to enjoy the next series The Heros of Chance Creek. I am one hooked fan!


  4. Thanks for the review!


  5. What an awesome review. Great story.

  6. Nice review

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