Montana Creeds: Tyler Mass Market Paperback – Apr 1 2009
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The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is the author of more than 100 historical and contemporary novels. Now living in Spokane, Washington, the “First Lady of the West” hit a career high when all three of her 2011 Creed Cowboy books debuted at #1 on the New York Times list. In 2007, the Romance Writers of America presented her their Lifetime Achievement Award. She personally funds her Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women. Visit her at LindaLaelMiller.com.See all Product Description
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I liked "Logan" ok, liked "Dylan" better, but I can't even finish "Tyler". I was completely turned off by Tyler's affair with a woman 15 years older than him when he was a teen and dating Lily. I was completely turned off by his lackadaisical attitude, in the present, about it and the fact he cheated on Lily every night that he dated her. Ok, so I thought, there still could a developing story with redemption in my mind. Apparently not to be. Surely Lily would hold him at arms length and not forgive him without, at least, a reasonable explanation for his cheating and having sex with the waitress who 'got around.' Nope. Surely, he would feel some remorse for his slutty ways as a teen. Nope.
I was so turned off by Lily's complete acquiesce to Tyler in her present life, when she was supposedly so hurt by his cheating and dumping her. The book took the wrong turn immediately when she so quickly accepted a date with him, without barely a "how are you? How have you been?" Then, right away, she runs into him in a Walmart and "gets off" just from him looking at her. And he's so very pleased with himself, pleased that his affair with the older woman taught him how to "get her off" with just a look. It went down hill from there. The date - he picked her up and instead of a "Hi" or a "You look nice" he tells her they should just get right to the sex. This is the 1st time they have seen each other in years, mind you! AND SHE IS OK WITH THAT! And he 'gets her off' with his mouth and hands in his car - they didn't even make it to dinner! No "How have you been?" No discussion whatsoever about his dumping her. She apparently forgot all her hurt feelings and just wanted an orgasm or 3. Keep in mind, they have just met after several years of not seeing each other or talking to each other.
There was absolutely no character development, story development, no emotions. So, I had to just stop reading. I did skim through to see if maybe somehow it changed, but no such deal.
As I said, this was not a typical Linda Lael Miller in my mind. It was not even close to what I've read of hers. Tyler was unlikable and Lily was spineless. I am sorry I spent money on this one.
BEWARE- SOME SPOILERS BELOW>
First, I want to say I wasn't disturbed by the sex scenes. I just didn't understand how Lily, who dumped Tyler 14 years ago for cheating, can "do it" on the first date. Heck, it wasn't even a date...just sex. The reader doesn't feel any connection between the two of them. LLM should've made Tyler grovel just a little bit. Lily doesn't seem to have apparent self-esteem issues so why did she want this rotten weasel dog back.
The most likeable character in this book was Tyler's dog. Also, did Davie have to turn out to be Tyler's son with Lily accepting that fact without any discord at all?
Just want to know what LLM was thinking when she wrote this horrible storyline.
That is the short synoposis.
Most folks reading this will probably have read Dylan and Logan. This book will be a real let down and series disappointment. This series is the only set of books I've read for the author, so I don't really know what her writing skills are beyond Montana Creed. This book though was an insult to the fans of the series and possibly her fans as a whole.
Tyler had such interesting hints for character development in the first two books of the series. Not sure what happened here, but the book doesn't make a lot of sense and seems more focused on Tyler's sexual skill than any type of plot line.
It starts out with Tyler returning to Montana with Kit Carson, an old dog he adopted. The author never adequately explains why he did suddenly did this after living a life in the rodeo. We see Tyler in the parking lot of a mall trading his new SUV/Truck for an old run down truck from some guy he never met. Again, there is not an adequate explanation for this. The author seems to imply that Tyler wants to go back as having no money so he can be accepted for himself. Well, duh, as the author states several times in the book--you can search the Internet on anyone for information--which then would lead the searcher(s) to know Tyler isn't rock bottom poor.
Of course the truck breaks down and who should just happen along? Lily Kenyon, Tyler's first love. When they were teenagers they were a hot and heavy item with no sex since Tyler was getting that from a waitress. This in turn drove them apart. Lily's father Hal (who had the heart attack in book two) divorced her mother and sent Lily away. She married and had a child. Husband died, she returns to Stillwater to nurse her father until he totally recovers from the heart attack.
Tyler's sexual skill is such that he is able to bring Lily to orgasm by just looking at her and touching her hand in the Wal-Mart. From there every time they meet he proves what a stud he is between the sheets.
Somewhere in the story he ends up finding out he has a son with the waitress he had the affair with while courting Lily.
And also thrown into the story is the fact that Tyler had been married and his wife had died in a car crash. By the end of the book I was reading pretty fast to make the mediocrity of the story end, but I don't believe Tyler ever told his family or Lily about the marriage. After his estrangement ends with the brothers he does tell one of them something like he'll tell Dylan later. Seems like a pretty big happening in Tyler's life to not mention to Lily.
Lily's character seemed to suffer most. Whereas Tyler's character had very little depth and development, Lily's seems to change for no reason from independent woman to slave to her desire for Tyler.
In Chicago where she had been living it seemed like she was a strong woman. She was raising her six year old daughter, working in a high level/paced job. Owned her own condo. And basically was strong and independent. She returns to Stillwater Springs and suddenly her dad from whom she has been estranged and her daughter tell her she is unhappy and she believes it. Everytime she sees Tyler she thinks with her hormones. In fact after the second hot-between-the-sheets session, she comes home to tell her six year old that she is marrying Tyler. Now really, if you were the parent of a six year old who had lost her father two years before would you just show up the next morning and say you were getting married? Would you not make sure that there was a basis for the marriage to flourish for the child's sake?
Oh well, this is romantic fiction and romantic fiction at its most mediocre.
This is a romance book, but it was really short on romance. Really short on any type of growth between the characters. Really short on a believable plot. Kind of stretched your credibility with all the complexity of the various subplots that never quite came together.
It seemed more like the author said "gosh, I've got a third book to produce and no clue as to what I want to do so therefore let's throw in lots of sex to make up for the abysmal lack of content and to glue the story together."
My advice? Skip this one or at least save yourself the money and get it out from the library.
The thing that really threw my for a loop is that this book and Dylan share an almost identical story line. A parent selling a child to the other parent. The book Mckettrick heart also has this story line.
I enjoyed this book but I was really looking for something different. If your a fan of LLM you probably like it.