Title: Big Sky Country
Author: Linda Lael Miller
Series: Swoon-Worthy Cowboys #1
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.
What I LOVE about this author is that I feel that I can always count on her to put out a book with a story that I am extremely interested in. Linda Lael Miller is one of those authors that has been on my Auto-Buy list FOREVER for that exact reason. Thank Ms. Miller for yet another wonderful story.
Our heroine Joslyn is back in town after leaving after dark with her mother and their housekeeper after a MAJOR scandal broke out that put her stepfather in DEEP trouble with not only the law but the people he conned. Up until that point Joslyn had led a pretty pampered life. Joslyn is doing pretty good for herself these days and now she’s back in town to try to make things right.
Slade Barlow is the sheriff and up until recently he’s been the illegitimate son of the wealthiest rancher in the area. I forgot to mention the unacknowledged illegitimate son part. With the death of his father Slade learns that he’s inherited half of his dad’s estate. Enter pissed off 1/2 brother Hutch and you’ve got a pretty volatile situation. Slade is also a little bit hesitant to start a new relationship after going through a divorce, especially with a woman he isn’t sure is going to stick around.
Even with all the obstacles that face Joslyn and Slade they do partake in a relationship. I think that those obstacles really made the story for me. There is a lot that happens in this story and I don’t want to give anything away so I’m going to start wrapping up this review. The romance grows, relationships get worked on and then there is some figuring out what exactly the relationship is going to be as well. Overall, I am really happy with this book and can hardly wait to get my hands on the next book in this series!