The illegitimate son of a wealthy rancher, Sheriff Slade Barlow grew up in a trailer hitched to the Curly-Burly hair salon his mother runs. He was never acknowledged by his father until now. Suddenly, Slade has inherited half of Whisper Creek Ranch, one of the most prosperous in Parable, Montana. That doesn’t sit well with his half brother, Hutch, who grew up with all the rights of a Carmody—including the affections of Joslyn Kirk, homecoming queen, rodeo queen, beauty queen, whom Slade has never forgotten.
But Joslyn is barely holding her head up these days as she works to pay back everyone her crooked stepfather cheated. With a town to protect, plus a rebellious teenage stepdaughter, Slade has his hands full. But someone has to convince Joslyn that she’s responsible only for her own actions—such as her effect on this lawman’s guarded heart.
Read in June, 2012
Read for Review
Overall Rating 3.75
Story Rating 3.50
Character Rating 4.00
First Thought When Finished: Loved the characters, loved the setting, but wished they had gotten together a little quicker!
What I Loved: Parable, Montana is a fantastic little town filled with a quirky group of people. I fell in love with the town, the people, and the fact that LLM wrote in an animal rescue center. I also loved that LLM wrote in a stepdad that loved his stepdaughter and was willing to take her even though he wasn’t married to her mother any more. I love when non-traditional families are featured. Slade was just an amazingly hot (HAWT) leading man and one that I would fall for in a second. He had so many lovable and loving qualities. Though he wasn’t perfect and that made him even more appealing.
What I Liked: Slade and Jos were a great couple. They had a great chemistry and I was thrilled when they got together! I was rooting for them the whole entire time. Jos was a likable leading lady and she had a great sense of righting wrongs. The story of what her stepdad did and how she was trying to correct it was heart-tugging. We often forget that the victims are sometimes not only the obvious one. I also really liked the side story of Slade/Hutch because they needed to work out some of their brother issues. Plus, I love me some Hutch.
What made me go huh?: It took to long for Jos and Slade to get together. I am all for a slow build but 80% is a bit much.
Final Thought: This was a solid start to a new series and I am looking forward to more stories from Parable, Montana.
After a brief stop in the bathroom and a quick splash at the sink, she padded barefoot into the tiny kitchen and groped through various plastic shopping bags until she unearthed the cheap coffeepot she’d purchased the day before, along with a few other essentials, at the big discount store out on the highway.
She fumbled with the pot, then the small can of ground coffee beans, then the old-fashioned water spigot.
A rap at the door interrupted the process, but only briefly. She’d be useless without coffee, and, besides, she knew who the visitor was.
“Come in!” she called.
There was a metallic jiggle at the front door, and a moment or two later, Kendra Sheperd, Joslyn’s best friend since forever, stepped into the kitchen.
Blonde and elegant like a ballet dancer, Kendra looked ready to take on a new day in her crisp green suit and high heels. She ran Sheperd Real Estate, and she was clearly making a success of the enterprise.
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