Author: Linda Lael Miller
Publication Date: February 22, 2011
When single attorney Steven Creed becomes guardian of an orphaned five-year-old boy, he trades his big-city law firm for a ranch near his McKettrick kin in the close-knit community of Stone Creek, Arizona. Taking care of little Matt and fixing up his run-down ranch house with its old barn loosens something tightly wound inside him. But when Steven takes on the pro bono defense of a local teen, he meets his match in the opposing counsel—beautiful, by-the-book county prosecutor Melissa O'Ballivan. It'll take one grieving little boy, a sweet adopted dog and a woman who never expected to win any man's heart to make this Creed in Stone Creek know he's truly found home.
Steven Creed comes to Stone Creek, AZ to make a new life for himself with his newly adopted son Matt. Personally, Matt was the best part of the story for me. Kids say the darngdest things! Not long after arriving in Stone Creek and buying a "run down" ranch he meets Melissa O'Ballivan, a Stone Creek native. When Steven and Melissa meet there are sparks and an instant attraction. But they have both endured bad relationships in the past which makes the falling in love part very interesting.
Worse yet...They are both attorney's. Melissa is a prosecutor and Steven is in the process of setting up his practice in Stone Creek as a defense attorney. Oil and water! When a local case comes up and these two end up going against each other in court they definitely butt heads. But no matter how bad it gets their values and love for family are still the same and in the end help each of them. Once they each get over their individual hang ups and insecurities they are well on their way to a happy ending. That last sentence makes it sound simple, but nothing is ever simple when two VERY stubborn people are added to the mix.
My main hang up with this particular book was Melissa. I think that at times she was written as a borderline "man hater." I think she definitely met her match in Steven Creed though. He's a very determined guy. Like I said above, I think little Matt was my favorite part of the book. He kept the story "young and fresh."