The “First Lady of the West,” #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller, brings you to Parable, Montana-where love awaits.
With his rugged good looks, vast wealth and family name, hell-raiser Hutch Carmody is still the golden boy of Parable, Montana. But he’s done some growing up-making peace with his illegitimate half brother and inheriting half of Whisper Creek Ranch, which should have been all his. These days, Hutch knows there are some things money can’t buy: like the heart of loving, ladylike divorcé e Kendra Shepherd.
Kendra’s quiet mansion reminds her of what she wants most-a devoted husband and the pitter-patter of little feet. She can’t get Hutch Carmody out of her mind. But a rough-and-tumble cowboy like Hutch, coming home for family dinner? Seems crazy! Then again, crazier dreams have become reality under the vast Montana sky.
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Overall Rating 4.25
Story Rating 4.00
Character Rating 4.50
First thought when finished: I really loved Hutch even though in the beginning he left a gal at the alter!
What I Thought of the Story: Big Sky Mountain is the 2nd book in the series so you already have an attachment to many of the characters. I think this helped a LOT with accepting Hutch Carmody and Kendra Sheperd for exactly where they are in their lives. The story starts with Hutch leaving another woman at the alter (actually doing the right thing though his timing could have better) and Kendra returning to town with a little girl in tow. To say their path back to romance (they had a relationship a long time ago) is tough would be putting it mildly. What made the romance/story so believable to me is that they both had to grow in order for it to work!
What I Thought of the Characters: I loved Hutch! He is the reason that Big Sky Mountain worked so well for me. Kendra, I liked in the first book but I will admit she got on my nerves a little in the beginning of this one. Then again her whole life had just changed so I should have been more understanding. The side characters in LLM’s books usually steal the show for me. In Big Sky Mountain, it was no different. I always say to read her books for the romance but come back to her series to visit the characters. She just has a way of bringing them alive! I am really looking forward to Boone and Tara’s story because I know it is going to be a doozy!
Final Thought: This was better than the first book and very enjoyable!
Hutch, his dark blond hair sun-kissed with gold, recovered his normal affable manner within the space of a heartbeat.
He even smiled, flashing those perfect white teeth and setting Kendra back on her figurative heels.
“Hello, Kendra,” he said with a nod, after taking off his hat. Like Slade, he was dressed “cowboy” and the look suited him.
Kendra replied with a nod of her own. “Hutch,” she said, turning from the chopping board, where she’d been preparing a salad, and wished she’d cleared her throat first, because the name came out like a croak.
His gaze moved straight to Madison, and Kendra read the questions in his eyes even before he hid them behind a smile. Madison, meanwhile, raised Rupert, as if presenting him to this stranger for inspection.
“Howdy, there,” he said, all charm. “Do my eyes deceive me or is that critter a kangaroo?”
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