Saturday, May 18, 2013

Big Sky Summer (Swoon-Worthy Cowboys #4) by Linda Lael Miller

Big Sky Summer (Swoon-Worthy Cowboys, #4)
Author: Linda Lael Miller
Publication: May 28, 2013
By: Harlequin
3.5 Stars

The "First Lady of the West," #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller, welcomes you home to Parable, Montana-where love awaits. With his father's rodeo legacy to continue and a prosperous spread to run, Walker Parrish has no time to dwell on wrecked relationships. But country-western sweetheart Casey Elder is out of the spotlight and back in Parable, Montana. And Walker can't ignore that his "act now, think later" passion for Casey has had consequences. Two teenage consequences!

Keeping her children's paternity under wraps has always been part of Casey's plan to give them normal, uncomplicated lives. Now the best way to hold her family together seems to be to let Walker be a part of it-as her husband of convenience. Or will some secrets-like Casey's desire to be the rancher's wife in every way-unravel, with unforeseen results.

Thank you Linda Lael Miller and Harlequin for this ARC. 

What I liked: This was my first Linda Lael Miller book and I enjoyed it. She paints a vivid picture of cowboys and ranch life with characters who are both engaging and entertaining. Casey and Walker (who is quite swoon-worthy) are down to earth and their relationship is complicated at best. It's obvious that these two care for one another a great deal but they aren't the only ones to consider in the grand scheme of things.

I didn't realize until part way through that this was part of a series but it didn't matter. There was enough background to catch the reader up while creating interest in the supporting cast. (Hutch Carmody intrigued me enough that I may just pick up his book next.)

What left me wanting: Miller's prose is a little flowery at times but fits with the "wild west" theme. I also wanted to know if "the third time" really was a charm but I'm guessing there's a good chance I'll find out in the next book. :)

Final verdict: Fans of Miller's other books, cowboys and wild west romances will thoroughly enjoy this!

About the Author
Linda Lael MillerAs 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 and Big Sky River—have all hit the New York Times bestsellers lists. Linda continues to follow the lives of the Parable, Montana, residents in Big Sky Summer and Big Sky Wedding in 2013.

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