Thursday, August 16, 2012

Big Sky Mountain (Swoon-Worthy Cowboys #2) by Linda Lael Miller


Source: Received a copy of the book for an honest review and to participate in the blog tour from the publisher and Media Muscle.
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: Already Released.
Number of Pages: 384 (Paperback)

Blurb from Goodreads:
With his rugged good looks, vast wealth and family name, hell-raiser Hutch Carmody is still the golden boy of Parable, Montana. But he's done some growing up—making peace with his illegitimate half brother and inheriting half of Whisper Creek Ranch, which should have been all his. These days, Hutch knows there are some things money can't buy: like the heart of loving, ladylike divorcĂ©e Kendra Shepherd.
Kendra's quiet mansion reminds her of what she wants most—a devoted husband and the pitter-patter of little feet. She can't get Hutch Carmody out of her mind. But a rough-and-tumble cowboy like Hutch, coming home for family dinner? Seems crazy! Then again, crazier dreams have become reality under the vast Montana sky.



Up until reading the first book in this series, Big Sky Country, I'd never read a romance with cowboys, but I can definitely say after reading these two books, I am most definitely a fan. :)

Linda Lael Miller has created some amazing characters, and I absolutely loved getting to see both sides of the story with the points of view alternating between the two main characters of the book. We met both Hutch and Kendra in the first book, Big Sky Country, but in Big Sky Mountain it's all about them. ;) I absolutely loved getting to see Slade and Joslyn again, and I definitely enjoyed reading Kendra and Hutch's story. :D I wasn't sure about Hutch in BSC, but in this one he totally won me over and had me repeatedly swooning. That boy really is a charmer! *sigh* :D

I loved Hutch, and I loved Kendra too, but I definitely would've liked to get to know Hutch more during his parts of the story. I felt like I knew Kendra a lot by the end of the book, and I was totally crushing on Hutch, but his points of view weren't as in-depth as Kendra's were. I still really enjoyed this story, but I definitely could've had more Hutch. I feel like he's still more of a mystery than Slade was in his story, but maybe we'll get to know him even more in upcoming books. That being said, we do get to see a lot of him through Kendra, so maybe that was what the author preferred...it did make him pretty hard to resist seeing him interact with the people around Kendra. ;D

One of the best parts of this series is that the whole Linda Lael Miller has such vibrancy to it. You can picture all of this actually taking place, and it seems as if Parable and the whole area of Big Sky County are real places! It's like the characters are part of a real community, and I love that! :D It's a detail that might be overlooked, but I personally love how much the secondary characters and the ones you meet in passing create the community surrounding the main characters. :D I think that it helps you see what the characters are like, and picture it all going down. It also helps that I'm from a small town, where Rodeos do take place...so I can definitely picture it all! Come to think of it...since I'm in Alberta, I'm actually not all that far from Montana. ;) haha

Overall, I thought that Big Sky Mountain was a fantastic story. :) I loved the whole atmosphere of the story and the community within it's pages that makes up Parable, and most of all, I loved Hutch! :D I only wish I could have had more of him. ;) haha I'd recommend this book and the series to fans of cowboys, and to romance fans who enjoy the chase and that wonderful moment where the characters come together and get their happily ever after. :)

Any cowboy fans out there?
Or are you maybe a fan of some other specific type of romance? (I like sports and musician-related romances, too. *dreamy sigh* lol)
Have you read any of Linda Lael Miller's books?
If you have, what did you think?
And if you haven't, do you think that they're something you'd like?

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