A Thousand Steps

A Thousand Steps
A Thousand Steps by T. Jefferson Parker

Friday, April 25, 2014




by Cora Seton



Jake Matheson loves everything about ranching the Double-Bar-K, except for his father’s controlling nature. It’s bad enough the old man won’t step down and let him run things his own way. Now Holt has demanded that Jake find a wife—in the next thirty days. Jake knows just the woman he wants–Hannah Ashton–but they haven’t even gone on a date, let alone been together long enough for him to propose. He’ll have to work fast to secure her hand in marriage before his time is up.

Hannah Ashton loves the fifteen hundred pound bison she rescued from being the object of a trophy hunt. She’s grateful for Gladys’s temporary home on the Double-Bar-K—and for the chance it gives her to see Jake on a daily basis. But now his father, Holt, is threatening to kick Gladys off the ranch—or eat her!—unless Hannah follows some very strange instructions.

Jake is thrilled when Hannah agrees to move into his cabin, but his family seems dead set on breaking them apart. Meanwhile, Hannah is all set to head off to veterinary school, but Jake seems to want a traditional wife.

Will a pregnancy scare unite Jake and Hannah in a common goal? Or will it drive them apart for good?


Excerpt :

"If you’re man enough to give me lip, then you’re man enough to settle down and start your family, and I expect you to do just that. You’ve dillydallied enough time away acting like an alley cat. I put you in charge of the herd because I thought you had what it took to the do the job. But you can’t even move the damn cattle when I tell you to do it."

"If I’m in charge of the herd, then I’m in charge of when to move them."

"You won’t be in charge of nothing if you don’t marry by your thirty-fourth birthday. I had four sons by the time I was your age!"

"You can’t tell me when to marry!"

Holt turned to Ned. "You ready to take on some more responsibility?"

"Damn straight." It was obvious Ned was loving this turn of events. Jake, however, felt like the ground had tilted beneath his feet. He’d begun to think of marriage in the last few weeks—in an abstract way as something he and Hannah would do in the future. In the far, far future. Now Holt wanted him to marry within the month?

"I’m the one in charge of the herd." Jake knew he was losing ground fast. Why the hell did he have to throw his father’s dyslexia in his face today of all days? Most of the time he was on board with the family’s campaign to keep that information private. Holt had quit school young over it. Ned, suffering the same problem, barely lasted longer. Mentioning their affliction was like setting flame to a powder keg.

"For now." Holt brushed past him. "You’ve got until December twenty-first to bring your wife to the altar—a proper wedding, too. None of this justice of the peace crap. If you’re still single on the twenty-second, Ned takes over." He clambered back down the ladder and disappeared from sight.

Ned clapped him on the back. "Don’t worry, when I’m in charge I won’t boss you around. Much." He followed Holt down the ladder, laughing.

Jake stood motionless, the leak forgotten. Thirty days to get married? Or leave the ranch?

Well, why the hell not. Maybe his father was right. Maybe it was high time to get married. If Hannah was the one, then she was the one. A smile curved one corner of his mouth. He bet Holt hadn’t figured on him already picking a bride. Now he just needed to fast-forward his timeline to snare her for his wife.

Hannah Ashton had better watch out.


The Cowboy Lassos A Bride (The Cowboys of Chance Creek #6)The Cowboy Lassos A Bride by Cora Seton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Cowboy Lassos A Bride (The Cowboys of Chance Creek # 6) by Cora Seton is 2014 publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the author/publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Jake Matheson's father has thrown down the gauntlet. Get married in a month or lose his position on the ranch. Jake lives and breathes the Double- Bar-K. He can't imagine leaving it. It just so happens he might have a chance at pulling off a marriage on short notice if the beautiful Hannah Ashton will give him a chance. Hannah has also been given an ultimatum by Holt Matheson. She needs a place for her Bison. If she agrees to spend two weeks with Jake - all night in the same bed, Holt will give her the land she needs. So, the race is on. Jake and Hannah go at it hot and heavy until it becomes a possibility that there may have been a condom malfunction and Hannah is nearly positive she is pregnant. The other issues at hand are that Hannah plans on pursuing her dream of becoming a Veterinarian no matter what. That means four years in Colorado attending school. Jake is not happy about those plans but then he gets some good advice and things look like they might work out after all. But, of course Jake's plans hit a snag and Hannah finds out Holt has practically forced Jake to marry. Will Jake be able to convince Hannah he really loves her and wants to marry her even if he has to give up the ranch?
While it might offend your sensibilities that a man would go around controlling the lives of his grown sons, Holt is the best there is at it. He may come off as sexist and harsh, but if you stick with the story you will understand more about him. These Chance Creek novels are always a treat. They are light hearted contemporary western romances that place a lot of emphasis on family. All families have their moments of selfishness and stubbornness. Some seem to pull more weight than others and some are more successful than others, there are arguments and hurt feelings, maybe a few tears, but when it comes to getting something done they all pull together to help one another. I think that's what makes these stories so appealing to me. I love the sexy hot cowboys and the steamy romance, but I also like the way everyone comes together through thick and thin, which is what family is all about.
Overall I give this one an A.

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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! The next book in the Cowboys of Chance Creek series--The Cowboy Rescues a Bride--is due to release on May 4! And the first book in my follow on Heroes of Chance Creek series--The Navy SEAL's E-Mail Order Bride--is already available as part of the SEALs of Summer Box Set - find it here: http://amzn.to/1t0xe0P

    I'd love to hear what your readers like about western romances and whether or not they've ever ridden a horse!

  2. Love the sound of the series.


  3. Thanks for the review!


  4. I would love to read this series because I love me some cowboys.

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  5. Really enjoyed this series. If anyone got hold of my Kindle they would find a lot of western romances contemporary & historical I just love my cowboys


  6. Interesting series

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  7. The series looks good. I love cowboys!
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