The debut of Proby’s Love Under the Big Sky series is a searing, multilayered and utterly charming novel that is sure to win a number of new fans for her growing legions. Though she excels at scene-stealing, ultra-romantic moments, the day-to-day details in this story are thoroughly bewitching, thanks to pitch-perfect humor, a wonderful sense of place and feisty lead characters. The blazing chemistry they share makes each scene sizzle, and their devotion to family makes for a compelling read that will have fans begging for more.
Josh King may be a dab hand when it comes to running his family’s enormous Montana ranch, but when his 12-year-old nephew Seth is abandoned on his doorstep, Josh is at a loss on how to help him. Thankfully, he knows to call Cara Donovan, a local teacher who jumps at the chance to tutor Seth for the summer. When she arrives, Josh realizes that the shy, unremarkable girl from high school is now a smart, fiery beauty that he can’t get out of his mind. Can he convince Cara that he wants her for far longer than a summer fling? (POCKET, Jan., 352 pp., $7.99)