Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Big Sky Secrets by Linda Lael Miller

Title: Big Sky Secrets
Author: Linda Lael Miller
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: Parable, Montana #6
Main Characters: Landry and Ria
Release Date: December 2013
Publisher: Harlequin
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
The First Lady of the West, #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller delivers the stunning finale of her acclaimed series set in Parable, Montana;where love awaits

Self-made tycoon Landry Sutton heads to Hangman Bend's Ranch to sell his land to his brother Zane. Though he's got cowboy in his blood, Landry plans to return to city life before the dust even settles on his boots. Of course, he didn't count on falling for Big Sky Country or Ria Manning.

Ria's starting to settle into country life herself until she has a close encounter of the terrifying kind with a buffalo. Turns out the peeping monster belongs to the cowboy next door and he has her running even more scared than his bison. She wants a home where the buffalo don't roam, and the men don't either. Could Landry's homecoming be her heart's undoing?

My Review:
The one thing I can say about Linda Lael Miller's books....I know going into them that they are simply going to be an afternoon's entertaining diversion. This one was no exception. 

We met Landry in the last Parable book so knew I already knew quite a bit about his back-story since that was his brother, Zane's book (although, no worries if you haven't read it...this one definitely works as a stand-alone.) Landry is still trying to find his place in Parable. He came to the ranch from a very high-powered executive job in the city after his divorce. He's now quite sure how to settle into ranch life which runs at a very different pace. Helping to keep him in line (and offering a bit of comic relief) is his butler Highbridge, who he got to keep in the divorce (and suddenly that name doesn't seem right for the butler, but it's close to that.)

Ria is a newcomer to Parable, too. She's only been here for a couple of years, but has settled in pretty well. She runs a flower farm and while it can be a bit lonely, she's pretty happy in her life. She's a widower. Her firefighter husband died while on the job, but that relationship left scars both from the loss of his death, but also because he cheated on her. She's not sure she ever wants to open herself up and trust again.

Like I said before, these books are just nice reads. They center around small-town ranching life and I enjoy that style of novel. Landry and Ria in this one have some pretty spectacular chemistry and I really enjoyed that aspect of their story. Neither one of them is particularly interested in a relationship with the other. In fact, most the time, they actually don't even really like each other.   But they touch and things become pretty combustible pretty quickly. You have to love couples like that. 

This book also has the added drama of extended family. Both Ria and Landry are dealing with some of that and that always makes life a bit more exciting. It was a good conclusion to the series. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review. 

1 comment:

Felicia S said...

This one I am reading next weekend and I am sad to see the series end :(