Author: Linda Lael Miller
Source: Self Purchased
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 31, 2012
Reviewed by: Jasmyn
Rating - 4
Sexual - 3
Parable, Montana Series Review:
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 divorcee 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.
Book One: Big Sky Country
I'm really loving the characters and stories from Parable, Montana. Book two is just as laid back and casual as book one, but throwing in a four year old girl adds a bit of craziness in a good way. I loved Madison - the daughter Kendra adopted sometime between the two books. There's a short story all on its own there that is revealed as you read through the book, so I'll let you read the details yourself. I always love the antics of young children in these fun light-hearted romances, and Madison definitely fit the bill to liven things up a bit.
The opening of this story was not handled well though. I understand that Miller was probably looking for some shock factor, but starting with your leading man (Hutch) at his wedding to someone other than Kendra was very confusing. There was also a lot of things that happened in between books and I felt like I had missed an entire story. Too much happened "off pages" to have it flow well right off the bat.
Now once I figured out all the things that were going on, I really enjoyed the story. Kendra and Hutch have been crushing on each other for years, but never really acted on it. Kendra doesn't think Hutch is mature enough to be a father to her new little girl, and Hutch just seems to hold a grudge against Kendra for their last break up. Everyone around them begins to conspire against them though, and eventually they cave and decide to give it a go.
There is still a lot of doubt on both their parts though, and this continues Miller's theme of over-coming your past to move on with your future so you can be happy.