Review: Big Sky Mountain by Linda Lael Miller

Posted September 12, 2012 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 2 Comments

Review: Big Sky Mountain by Linda Lael MillerBig Sky Mountain by Linda Lael Miller
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Published by Harlequin Genres: Contemporary Romance, Western Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

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 divorcée 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.

Hutch Carmody had a lot of growing up to do and after his father’s death about a year ago that’s just what he’s done. He’s come to terms with his illegitimate half-brother, settling with him on his share of the family inheritance. Hutch has also matured in recognizing that Kendra Shephard is the one he foolishly let get away and is determined to win her back, out to prove he’s not the man he was back in the day. Kendra is fresh off a painful divorce and has adopted a four-year old little girl. She’s not ready to take any more risks for herself or her daughter.

I really enjoyed this second book in the series, even though Kendra’s reluctance to engage with Hutch became tiresome after a while. However, there were so many funny and heartwarming moments it was easy to settle back and hang on for the ride. Madison (Kendra’s daughter)was an absolute scene stealer and even the pets (everyone in this town has a dog) brought quite a few laughs. The characters from the first book are also critical to the story, as the friendships play a major role in getting Hutch and Kendra to finally connect. There is a strong sense of family that continues to develop, making the romance that much more poignant as Hutch establishes a relationship with Madison along the way.

I’m looking forward to the next book in the series, which will focus on Boone and Tara. It should prove to be a bit more serious as decisions he made in this story will be awfully tough to reverse. No matter the tone, I’m committed to the end.


About Linda Lael Miller

As the daughter of a town marshal, Linda has come home to the western lifestyle that gave birth to one of today’s most successful authors. She left Washington years ago and pursued her wanderlust, living in Arizona and London and traveling the world. Now the author of more than 100 novels, the “First Lady of the West” is glad to be back home, writing contemporary and historical stories that have earned her awards and placements on all the national bestsellers lists.

Linda traces the birth of her writing career to the day when a Northport teacher told her that the stories she was writing were good, that she just might have a future in writing. Later, when she decided to write novels, she endured her share of rejection before she sold FLETCHER’S WOMAN in 1983 to Pocket Books. Since then, Linda has successfully published historicals, contemporaries, paranormals, and thrillers before coming home, in a literal sense, and concentrating on novels with a Western flavor. For her devotion to her craft, the Romance Writers of America awarded her their prestigious Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.

Linda’s current contemporary Big Sky series—Big Sky Country, Big Sky Mountain, Big Sky River, Big Sky Summer and Big Sky Wedding—have all hit the New York Times bestseller lists. Linda will continue to follow the lives of the Parable, Montana, residents in Big Sky Secrets, a January 2014 release.

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2 responses to “Review: Big Sky Mountain by Linda Lael Miller

  1. This sounds like a winner. I love when those hot as hell cowboys have to work hard to win back a woman they have wronged. 🙂