Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Reader's Opinion: Big Sky Mountain by Linda Lael Miller

The Book
(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

A Reader's Opinion

Linda Lael Miller's historical western romances have always been among some of my favorites. This is the first of her contemporary books I have read and I have to admit, it just didn't read like the author whose books I've enjoyed in the past. Our hero, Hutch Carmody, starts off a little rocky, but ends up finding his footing after an unfortunate incident of calling off his wedding as he's standing in front of a church filled with guests. I feel I may have missed some much-needed back story on some of the characters by not reading the first book in the series, but part-way through I was able to catch up with them. 

Our heroine, Kendra Shepherd, is a likeable character who has her priorities straight when it comes to putting family first. I like her connection with her adopted daughter and I thought the story of how the girl came to be with Kendra, was interesting, but it also said a lot for Kendra's character. The attention to the characters was divided among many, to the point that Hutch and Kendra at times seemed secondary. I would have liked more dialogue from both Kendra and Hutch. There was so little that the chemistry didn't have a chance to build properly, so that when the graphic love scenes did take place, I quickly skipped over them because it just didn't seem real. 

I live in small-town (and cute town) Montana and even I found the "cute" names of the businesses and streets a tad over-done. I understand it's fiction, but it was distracting enough to where I didn't feel the town could have been real. 

I felt that the relationship between Hutch and his brother was the most developed and the most enjoyable. I found myself wanting to know more about both Slade and Boone.  

Don't get me wrong, Miller is on my favorite's list, and there she will stay, but I think I'll stick with her historicals from now on. For those who enjoy Miller's contemporary western romances, you'll likely enjoy this story and the series.   

Note: This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a review.

1 comment:

  1. Though I haven't read the book, I certainly appreciate that review.