A Creed in Stone Creek by Linda Lael Miller is the first book in her new continuity series, and a continuation of the stories of the Creeds and McKettericks.
From the publisher:
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.
Linda Lael Miller is one of the authors who I can count on to create characters with depth in a short period of time. This novel continues that tradition and makes me want to wait with tender hooks to find out what happens next. Steven and Melissa are both sweet people who have experienced heartbreak before, making their relationship harder than most to get started... and then you add the fact that they could face each other over a difficult case and sparks will fly. This book combines the usual romantic tension with a variety of believable roadblocks and still manages to tie it up neatly, as a romance novel should. This is a great, quick read and I look forward to May when the next book, Creed's Honor comes out!
You can read more about Linda Lael Miller and her books at http://www.lindalaelmiller.com/