Big Sky Country (Swoon-Worthy Cowboys #1)
by Linda Lael Miller
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: HQN Books (May 29, 2012)
The "First Lady of the West," #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller is back with a new series about Parable, Montana-where love awaits. The illegitimate son of a wealthy rancher, Sheriff Slade Barlow grew up in a trailer hitched to the Curly-Burly hair salon his mother runs. He was never acknowledged by his father-until now. Suddenly, Slade has inherited half of Whisper Creek Ranch, one of the most prosperous in Parable, Montana. That doesn't sit well with his half brother, Hutch, who grew up with all the rights of a Carmody. Including the affections of Joslyn Kirk, homecoming queen, rodeo queen, beauty queen-whom Slade has never forgotten But Joslyn is barely holding her head up these days as she works to pay back everyone her crooked stepfather cheated. With a town to protect-plus a rebellious teenage stepdaughter-Slade has his hands full. But someone has to convince Joslyn that she's responsible only for her own actions. Such as her effect on this lawman's guarded heart.
This was my first Linda Lael Miller read and I enjoyed it. Big Sky Country is the first book in her newest series. The story is a sweet, captivating romance set in Parable, Montana. It's about two half-brothers, one legitimate, one not and their love interests. Sheriff Slade Barlow always knew his father was a weathy rancher that never acknowledged him until the reading of the will. His half-brother Hutch Carmody grew up with all the luxuries of being a welthy mans son but has always resented Slade.
The relationship between Slade and Joslyn came about a bit to fast for me. I wish that part of the story would have been developed a little more.
I think the secondary characters have good potential and I look forward to reading about them in the second installment, Big Sky Moutain.