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BIG SKY SUMMER
by Linda Lael Miller

Genre: Contemporary Romance, General Contemporary Romance
Sensuality: HOT

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Full of equal parts heart and heartache, Miller’s newest western is sure to tug at the heartstrings from the first charming scene to the last. Her beautifully detailed town is full of shared memories and dangerous secrets, and provides an ideal setting for her main characters’ messy, touching history. Their mistakes are painfully and refreshingly realistic, but the lasting strength of their love and desire is palpable through all their hardships, making for a memorable read.

Ranching keeps Walker Parrish too busy to afford much time for matters of the heart, but his sister’s broken heart forces Walker to think of his own torrid, tormented history with Parable, Montana’s own country-western celebrity, Casey Elder. Though he is the father of her two children, Casey’s determination to keep herself and her children free and independent means that Walker has never been able to acknowledge them — or his feelings for Casey — publicly. That is, until Casey proposes a marriage of convenience in order to keep her family together. Though they are soon closer than ever, Casey’s biggest secret is that she wants Walker in every way possible, and that secret, above all others, might just be their undoing. (HQN, Jun., 320 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Bridget Keown

Publisher: HQN

Published: June 2013

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Cowboy Take Me Away

Submitted by Cupcakegirly on June 23, 2013 - 8:02am.

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!