Big Sky River: Linda Lael Miller

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The "First Lady of the West," #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller, brings you to Parable, Montana-where love awaits.

Sheriff Boone Taylor has his job, friends, a run-down but decent ranch, two faithful dogs and a good horse. He doesn't want romance-the widowed Montanan has loved and lost enough for a lifetime. But when a city woman buys the spread next door, Boone's peace and quiet are in serious jeopardy.

With a marriage and a career painfully behind her, Tara Kendall is determined to start over in Parable. Reinventing herself and living a girlhood dream is worth the hard work. Sure, she might need help from her handsome, wary neighbor. But life along Big Sky River is full of surprises...like falling for a cowboy-lawman who just might start to believe in second chances.

Tammy's Rating:
3 out of 5 Stars

Tammy's Review:
Linda Lael Miller is amazing at writing cowboy series to perfection. She never fails at making my heart skip a beat with her perfect mix of chemistry and drama. Not too mention drool worthy cowboys that make you want to visit a ranch somewhere in the south. Reading as many authors as I do it feels like coming home when I pick up one of her books. There isn't one I haven't read or own. However, this story felt kind of rushed, not something I am used to when it comes to her books and the ending left little to be desired. I miss Miller's usual style of story telling and hope to see it come back in her next books.

That being said Big Sky River was alright for me. Not one of my fave reads by her. I usually have very high expectations when I pick up a Linda Lael Miller book. I don't honestly remember a time I have been disappointed with any of her stories. So I was a little sad to see that these books weren't written in the same style her other series are. I felt like her normal dose of romance was missing. It should not take 3/4 of a book for the hero/heroine to become romantic (we need kissing way before close to the  ending) with each other. This is romance. Kissing to me is more intimate then sex and goes a long way in helping me believe in the chemistry between the characters. The drama was there, but the lack of chemistry between Boone and Tara was very present. I miss the character development that usually comes along with this author's work. It is hard to connect to a character when there is no build up to the love these two people should share and your led to believe they have. I am not a fan of instant love in the least bit. I like the slow build up; I love watching the characters realize it while they tumble along experiencing life with each other.

Another issue for me was the fact that a good chunk of this book focused on the kids instead of Boone and Tara, causing them to spend a lot of time apart. Don't get me wrong it was sweet. I don't mind stories with families or children. But if I am to be honest I have three boys of my own and I read to escape the every day life. I want that fantasy world I can slip into for a few hours. While I love my stories real, I also love them to be part fantasy. Linda usually nails this mixture and gives us all swoon worthy cowboys with a mixture of drama and life! So if you have never read her before or this was your first read and you are unsure of trying another, I urge too give another one of her books a try.

I was provided with this book from the publisher for free via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review, thank you!


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