Excerpt & Review Tour: Falling for Jillian: Kristen Proby

Love Under the Big Sky #3
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Expected Jan. 27, 2014

From New York Times bestselling author Kristen Proby comes the third romance in the Love Under the Big Sky series, featuring a veteran struggling with PTSD and the one woman who can help him recover—and learn to love again.

Jillian thought she was a city girl through and through; the fast cars, high fashion, and glamour—she loves it all. But when her ex tells her he’s having a baby with his new wife (after Jillian struggled for years to get pregnant), she hightails it back to Montana to cry on the shoulder of her best friend, Cara.

But in truth, Jillian would rather be comforted by someone else…specifically Zach, Cara’s brother-in-law. Zach is a veteran of the Iraq War who came back to the family ranch to raise his preteen son after the boy’s mother took off. He’s struggling to re-establish a relationship with his son, and warding off the demons of PTSD, which still haunt him. The last thing he needs is bold, brassy Jillian…but why can’t he keep his hands off her?
“I can’t believe you’re wearing those in this weather.”
“I won’t fall,” I assure him and then damned if I don’t slip. I catch myself, but Zack turns and lifts me into his arms, carrying me the rest of the way to his truck. “This is excellent service.”
“Yes, ma’am,” he says with a grin. “I can’t have you falling. You’ll break your neck in those things.”
“You don’t like them?” I pout.
“I fucking love them, sugar. Wear them anytime you want. I’ll carry you.” He winks and kisses my cheek before setting me gently in the cab of his truck.
“What are you in the mood for?” Zack asks as he pulls out of my driveway.
“I already ate a third of a pan of brownies today, so we might as well indulge in some greasy bar food.”
“Bar food it is.” He takes my hand and kisses my knuckles as he easily maneuvers through the streets to downtown Cunningham Falls.
“My house is so close, we almost could have walked here.”
“Not in those boots,” he laughs and parks, helps me out of the truck, and leads me into the dimly lit bar. There is a small kitchen immediately to the left, where we place our order, then go to find a table in the heart of the bar.
Because it’s a weeknight, it’s relatively quiet. We choose a table near the back, by the pool tables.
“Shall we play?” Zack asks, pointing to the table.
“I don’t really know how.” I shrug and bat my eyes innocently. “But I guess we can play. Will you show me?”
“Sure.” He grins widely and hangs our coats on the backs of our chairs before choosing two pool cues. He’s delicious in another pair of faded blue jeans and a fitted blue T-shirt. He’s wearing Chucks, which surprises me, but completes his outfit perfectly.
He’s just yummy.
“I’ll break,” he offers and sets up the balls while I order us both a beer from the waitress.
“Good idea.”
He takes his shot and scatters the balls, and when a solid goes in the corner pocket, he says, “Looks like I’m solids.”
“You are solid, yes,” I agree and run my hand down his arm, feeling his muscles. “I like it.”
“Are you going to be trouble all night?” He growls in my ear.
“I don’t know what you mean.” I smile serenely and point to the table. “Your shot.”
He chalks his cue and watches me with narrowed eyes, and a half smile on his lips, then takes a shot, missing the pocket.
“My turn.” I circle the table, looking for my shot. Of course, I lied through my teeth to Zack. I played pool all the time in college, and I’m damn good at it.
Not that he needs to know that.
I make sure I find a shot that puts my ass in his line of vision as I bend over the table and take a shot, sinking the ball.
“Oh, yay! That must have been a lucky shot.” I wink at him and then bite my lip at the look of lust in his eyes. He’s leaning against his stool, his arms crossed over his chest, showing off the bulge in his arms.
Christ on a crutch, I want to attack him.

We have had a taste of Jillian and Zack in the first two books in the series. Jillian Sullivan has moved back to Montana to be near her best friend Cara and brother Ty. And to leave her disastrous divorce and emotional turmoil behind.

Now she can't seem to shake Zack King. He is her best friend's brother-in-law, her brother's friend, and a man she spent one amazing night with in the recent past. But they made a mess of that situation and both have such baggage, fears, and insecurities. 

I totally fell for Zack. He is a bossy, overprotective alpha who is returning to ranch life and single parenting after a stint in the military. Sure he has a damaged, gruff exterior, but he could also be a sweet, cuddly teddy bear. I loved the rapport with his son Seth, his bond with his twin brother and family, and how he treated Jillian (most of the time). But his past did a number on him and it still causes issues at times. 

Jillian is strong-willed, independent, stubborn, feisty, but also sweet and loving. But she also has her own demons, fears and insecurities. Her growing relationship with Zack's teen son Seth was also special. Seth honestly needed her in his life as much as Zack did.  I loved it when she got all "Mother Bear" over Seth. 

Zack and Jillian  had hot chemistry that they could not seem to deny. It took them a while to get there, but I loved their fiery, yet tender relationship. But I knew that with all of their past pain and trust issues, eventually some drama would challenge them.  They both were not perfect and made mistakes, often as a result of issues from their past. And both could be stubborn and lacked effective communication at times. There were times I wanted to shake them both. But fortunately they had a good support system that was not willing to let them give up without a fight. 

This was another engaging, funny, heartwarming story in this series with just a bit of angst. It was told in both Zack and Jillian's points of view. I think they may be my favorite couple of this series. I enjoyed the return of 
Seth, Josh, and Cara (Loving Cara), Ty and Lauren (Seducing Lauren), Grace and Jacob (Saving Grace) and the parent/grandparent figures, the Kings. This group is tightly knit and are truly family. I loved how they come together for quality time, fun, or ass kicking if needed. This tied up our couples quite nicely and I was left fulfilled. But she did introduce a couple of other people that could potentially spur a novella or book. And Seth is still young and these families are growing so  maybe we could see a next generation of Montana Men and Women looking for love in the future.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Zack King and Jillian Sullivan have been dancing around each other in the background of the other books in this series. Finally, readers get to see what was going on between these two and where it is going to lead!

Jillian is a sassy, stubborn, independent woman. But she is also hesitant to jump into a relationship, even a year after finding her husband in bed with another woman, years of being in a not-so-happy marriage.

Zack is back from his last deployment, trying to find a steady routine for himself and his son now that it’s just the two of them. But Zack is also carrying the guilt of leaving Seth in the situations he found himself while Zack was deployed.
Both are carrying baggage to weigh down a herd of cattle, and working through it won’t be easy. They have great back and forth, great chemistry, and great build up to their story. There was a little bit of angst and tension, especially in the beginning, but it didn’t take them long to move past that initial angst and move into a relationship with more at stake. But they just fit together. Their friends and family see what is between them long before they admit it to themselves.

I loved watching Jill and Seth together. Between the common elements in their childhoods, to the quiet heart to hearts they share, I loved helping him find his strength after his time with his mother. And you can’t beat the humor that comes from a teenager’s perspective about his father dating, and all the mushy stuff that comes with a woman in the house.

I loved the whole story arch, and the final outcome. This moved at a great pace, fast enough to keep moving, but still built a great depth of emotion and character. This book also made me grin. A lot. I found myself grinning at points and couldn’t remember when I had started. On the flip side, it also held moments that had me wishing I had a tissue nearby. This was a perfect blend of humor, family, depth, and character.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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LOVING CARA is a Contemporary Erotic Romance novel and is the 1st book in the Love Under The Big Sky Series being published by Pocket Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.


In her sizzling new series, USA Today bestselling author Kristen Proby sets the stage for a passionate reunion under the breathtaking Montana sky.

Cara Donovan’s summer tutoring job is turning out to be a challenge—and not just because of her troubled twelve-year-old student. It’s his uncle Josh who’s the real problem. Ifproblem is the word for an irresistibly cocky, muscle-bound rancher with a taste for tight Levi’s and shameless flirtation. . . .

Cara is nothing like the wallflower Josh King remembers good-naturedly teasing in high school. This Cara is gorgeous, confident, fun. From the moment the fiery teacher steps foot on his family’s Lazy K Ranch, the stubborn playboy is determined to corral her. So what happens when his luscious lover takes over the reins?

The first in a steamy trilogy, Kristen Proby’s enthralling novel is filled to the brim with one hardworking family’s triumphs and challenges, all the wild adventure of the modern West, and a whole lot of titillating fun.

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In the second book in the Love Under the Big Sky series from this NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author of the With Me in Seattle series, life in Montana gets spicy when a woman and her divorce lawyer sign off the papers—and sign on to love.

Now that his best friend, Josh, has happily settled down with his true love on a Montana ranch, small-town lawyer Ty Sullivan starts thinking that maybe single life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. And when Lauren Cunningham’s no-good ex-husband comes after her for an unexpected trust fund, Ty steps in to protect her. But soon he can’t help but think of her as more than a client. Lauren’s in no mood to jump into another relationship, so how can Ty convince her that her mistake wasn’t getting married, but marrying the wrong guy?

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kristen Proby is the author of the bestselling With Me In Seattle series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong characters who love humor and have a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves.

Kristen spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.


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