Big Sky Secrets (The Parable Series)

By Linda Lael Miller

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Readers` Reviews

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rachelle rae
Have read the entire series and most of the books I could not put down from start to finish. This was not as good as most of her books.
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katie bliss
Great Book and Great Series! Linda Lael Miller is one of my favorite authors.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
breann horne
This whole series of stories is fantastic! I was thinking that I would probably have to wait months to hear the next installment of this series...luckily it came sooner than I had anticipated and the wait was well worth it!! I get so seriously caught up in the characters that they seem very realistic and believable! Loved it!
A Western Redemption Romance (McKettrick Men) - McKettrick's Heart :: Tate (McKettrick Series Book 11) - McKettricks of Texas :: A Western Romance (The Carsons of Mustang Creek) - Once a Rancher :: Montana Series (The Parable Series) - Book 5 of Parable :: An 1900s Western Romance (A Stone Creek Novel) - The Man from Stone Creek
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taylor czernai
as usual Linda Lael Miller has written another story that keeps your interest. I find it difficult to put the book down until I finish it. her stories always are compassionate and true to life.
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audra
I am an avid fan of Linda Lael Miller and this book was one of the best books that I have read of hers. I am looking forward to any more Big Sky books she does write.
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jason purvis
I have thoroughly enjoyed this series of stories by Linda Lael Miller. She writes with a little sassiness and humor that I enjoy and she lays the foundation for the next story. I look forward to the next one.
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ujaala c
Again Linda has out done herself. I love anything and every thing she has wrote. Hard to put down. Thank you Linda keep on writing.
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lindy
SHE'S A GOOD WRITER, BUT NOT MUCH MYSTERY TO IT, BUT I STILL GIVE HER 5 STARS ON IT. GREAT!
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yvonne taylor
Loved this one as much as the rest of the books in this series.
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debbie maclin
I always enjoy reading Linda Lael Millers books. I can't wait for the next Book in the Big Skye Series.
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catina hadijski
In the series of Big Sky stories this one was a disappointment for me. Too much of the same old,same old, Hunky guy, beautiful woman, and the "Secrets" were lame compared to her other stories which had a really good plot, cute banter between couples and just all around good reading.
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page park stclair
good book
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annie
I've continued to read Linda Lael Miller's series because they follow families and have some interesting plots. I'd recommend them to my reading friends.
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meaganrose21
The characters this book just come alive for me! I so enjoy the whole atmosphere of the book!!! Vicky Nichols
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kerrie
Another wonderful story by Linda Lael Miller! If she's the author, I buy it!
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jill bolken
A wonderful end to a great series! Sad there won't be another one...but looking forward to the next series to get addicted to!
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short lady
Loved every one in series. Miller does a fantastic job of writing to keep your interest from first page to the end.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
craig mcgray
Never disappointed with her books.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
umar rana
I am a big fan of Linda Lael Miller and the Big Sky Series is my favorite. I would highly recoment not only this book but all of they. I am looking forward tothe next book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
scrill
I am never disappointed with a book by Linda Lael Miller! This book is no different, I kinda get mad because her books are so good I read them way to fast!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
salihah
I really love the Big Sky Secrets as always I enjoy ,Linda Lael Miller Books I have never Been disappointed .
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
han beng koe
books we enjoy reading
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steve markes
This Book 6 was the best in the series. Moving onto the McKettrick Series.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
candice mcdonald
I've read most of Linda Lael Miller's books & can't put them down. This was the last in a series.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
david levin
Love this author. Live the series.
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dewa
I have love the entire Big Sky series, until this book. It did not seem to be written with ease like the others and it hopped around with flashes of the past at the weirdest times.it was as though someone else wrote this book. Very disappointing!!!
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maziar attarieh
Doesn't compare with the other Parable books in this series. No substance. Very disappointing. I would recommend all the others but not this one.
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sanalith
She's one of my favorite authors. An easy to read book that makes you feel good after. Characters easy to connect with.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
josh rosenblum
All of Linda Lael Miller's novel's are just wonderful. This story like the others will not disappoint. You will not be able to put the book down. Enjoyed the characters and even caught up with some from her other books. Great Story
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kinza ahmed
I always enjoy reading books by Ms Miller. Her books hold a person's interest. She is a good writer. Excellent.
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bobscopatz
Loved it.
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tony peters
good
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ivona
very good read from Linda
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nessun
I love this book right along with the rest of the sears. and it was a easy book to read and great love story
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louise
good book
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scout
Linda Lael Miller has done it again. thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.couldnt put it down.one of her best ever.must try it.
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tim lebon
Love Linda Lael Miller
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matthew oliver
Enjoyed the book as I do all of Linda Lael Miller books. I have put it on my May read a second time in a few months
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melissa koberlein
Good book!
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alice book
Linda Lael Miller is one of my favorite authors. I have read all the books in the Big Sky series and enjoyed every one of them a lot.
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strongbad1978
Like the series.
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yaara
Love her books and this series!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
taryn
Just as good as all the ones I have read of her books. I like the western angle that is in her books.
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zingles
Good story line and character flow. Would recommend this to anyone liking love stories and adventure. Be sure to start with book one.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
mirandy
I love this author, every book of her's that I get a chance to read I love. I missed reading book 5 of parable.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
chris newton
I love most anything Miller writes and sm in the middle of one of the books. Let you know more later.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
scorpio mom
I very much enjoy reading anything Linda Lael Miller writes. She appeals to what I enjoy reading. I have read as many of her books as I possibly can find. She writes realistic. She is a very talented writer. Her writing appeals to my reading buds.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
johnna
love this writer and series
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siobhanyeh
Love this author. I am always sad when I finish one of her books because I have to wait for her next book, hope she writes for a very long time. Always enjoy these books.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
bathysaurus ferox
I really like her books, this one is as good as the last. cant wait for another one of her books to come out
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
vanessa
Big sky secrets kept my attention until I completed the book. Another on my short list of favorite writers. Well written, as her work always is.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
carl munden
Love this writer. A light good romance. I read this in one sitting. All her books are fun to read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
disneyducky
I just love Lind's books. Easy quick reads and just enough romance and not too much lust. I can't wait to read her next.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lesley kay
Great Book!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
debbi reed
Good
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kiren
I enjoy the author's style. Her books are very entertaining and easy to read which is what I prefer for leisure reading.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
rebekah
Excellent read. Easy and interesting. It does not get boring or crude. I enjoyed it very much and would recommend it highly..
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
corrine frazier
very tame and boring with no real gutsy storyline. no depth and quite sissy. needs more gusto and more intrigue
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
susan hayes
This book is just as I expected from Linda Lael Miller. I have enjoyed many of her stories. I would like to continue with this series but I am not sure how many of these books I have read
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
ellyn honey
Ms. Miller has always captured my interest with her wonderful stories. Part of a wonderful series, well worth reading. Keep the series going please.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
julia logue
wanted to keep reading till the end.

Holds your attention and more.

Do they get what they want? Maybe or maybe not. Find out.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
danielle thomas
I have loved ever book in this Parable, Montana series!! Linda Lael Miller is one of my favorite authors and she never fails to grab me and hold my interest in the characters from beginning to the end!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
phoebe
I choice this rating because I liked it that well, it was never dull it is one want to finish before you go to bed .
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jennifer casas
A wonderful read!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
derrick hodges
I love all her books. I hope she comes out with/ a lot more.
There is nothing I dislike. When I start one of her books I can't put it down.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sairah
I've loved this series. I hope she comes back to write a book in the series about Meredith, Cleo or Highbridge.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
heather ruocco
I loved the whole series thank you.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
maha ragab
It was amazing. Could not stop reading it until I finished it. I love Linda Lael Miller's books.
I hope she countinues to write more Big Sky books
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
vineeth
love Linda Lael Miller books. All are great!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
celeste miller
loved it
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kattmd
Linda Lael Miller never disappoints! I was drawn right in on page 1 and couldn't put it down! Next book please!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
colton
I have loved every one of them. They are great. I just wish she would keep on with them. I get so lost in them and never want to quit reading
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
josh
I've read all the big sky books and have not been disappointed yet.they give the insight of how people really feel about each other. Thank you Linda label Miller keep up the good work.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
paul dunn
I really enjoyed going back to Montana. IT WAS LIKE VISITING OLD FRIENDS AND MAKING NEW ONES. I've enjoyed the whole series. wish there was another one.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
jaunice
I find that I like all of Linda Lael Miller's books. I thought the characters in this series were particularly appealing. I also like how they all seem to interact with each other.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
abdullah alsaadi
A pleasant read. Linda Lael Miller always delivers.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
anas mohamed
Enjoyed it very very very very very very very very very very very year and furious at least two had told me
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
maru a
Montana Cowboys! What can you say except sexy, super, simply divine! Great author! You will enjoy the book and the service was great! Sallie Coleman
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
david justl
I would recommend this series to anyone who likes to read about cowboys and cowgirls. I have love all the books I have read by Linda Lael Miller and look forward to another new series soon.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
travis hodges
Always makes you feel like you personally know her characters. The images of the scenery are always so well described.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kelley bruce
I like reading Linda Lael Miller. All of her books are great. I like to get all the books in a series.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
prateek
Linda Lael Miller is one Of My favorite authors. Easy to read, romantic stories that are sweet and very relaxing
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
mahmoud
Great read. Her books r always so feel good and happy. Love the Montana setting. Country feel through and through.
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janice
i would not miss one of your books, like them all . you just write to my liking and hold interest tks for many hrs. of reading look forward to the next adventure again tks.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
nicholas nezis
Linda Lael Miller is one of the finest American writers in this genre. Miller books always keep you wanted more.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
vilkiuke
This series of stories are about a diverse group of people whom reinvent themselves and find love in the mix.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kelly larson
Linda does it again. She had to be one of my most read authors. Love it. Ready for more to come
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
janice
Enjoyed the book and the quiet time reading. Nothing better than a good book on a snowy day at home.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
lara torgesen
Love all Linda Lael Miller's books. Each book is hard to put down once you have read the first paragraph.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
meredith stone
Another great series from Linda Lael Miller!! Can hardly wait for the next one!
Love the Virgin River series, wanting more!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kimlayburn peterson
I very much enjoyed this book.
But then again I enjoyed all of Linda books in the big sky series.
I don't want it to end.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jill simon
Good mystery, love stories and Western Tales.
Excellent writing. Will continue order Linda's books.
Maybe add a little more mystery.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
andrei basoc
She never disappoints. All of her books are entertaining !! I have been reading her for years :). Love her!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
janki
Loved this easy read!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
formless bobo
Love her books, I haven't had one book of hers that I haven't liked. Grabs you from the first chapter throughout
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
atena ghaffari
Easy reading! Great book to sit by the pool and read or snuggle on the couch by a cozy fire!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jami grubbs
This was a great ending to the series. I recall enjoyed the characters and the setting is perfect. Good read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
betsy
I enjoy her style of writing. She keeps you on the edge of romance. What is there not to like about romance?
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
zack brown
Thought the book was ok not one of her best. I felt she got very wordy, just to fill space.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
booklover sg
Big Sky was a great read. Linda Leal Miller knows how to put her characters in the right situations to make an interesting story.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
shane indeglia
Very predictable. An easy read, which I needed at the time. I had the two Sky books out of order so I read the second one first. This happened because the second one book had a small intro of the first book at the back. Usually the next book in a series is in the back.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
abhishek
Love this series I hope she keeps going with it. I have read and collected all her book series. She is a terrific writer
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
edmohs
Great Books!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
bridgett
How can you read a Linda Lael Miller book and NOT feel good? Parable Montana is a place you not only want to visit, but stay and put down roots.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
vilde
Enjoyed the book. Would like a little less predictability. Resent being required to use a set number of words to my opinion of the book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
vanda
Wonderful read
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
pravin
very good series of books to read
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
brian cuddy
One of the best books she has out.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
grandin donovan
I LOVE Linda Miller's series of novels. I've read all of her books in a series with great anticipation for the next one!
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nabeelah
Gift
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harjoben
Her stories are beginning to have more and more explicit sexual scenes and they add nothing to the story line.
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kelly
Can't wait for another book in this series. Love all the characters and story lines keep series going for big sky.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
elizabeth babson
I love these books. Her descriptions of events are so vivid, you feel like you are there. Can't wait to read e next one.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
breone
I want to buy this book as I have only read the sampleit was very interesting so I want to read the rest of it
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susie anderson bauer
I typically Love ms lael millers book but was very disappointed about the lack of depth of characters in this one.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
meghan2714
My review:

I have read all books in the Big Sky Series and Big Sky Secrets was a good ending for saying goodbye to Parable.

The Big Sky Secrets takes us back to Parable, Montana. Meet Landry who is in Parable, visiting his older brother Zane. When Landry first arrives to Parable, he is having hard time understanding the life on the countryside and he has no plans of staying in Parable. Little does he know. When he meets a widowed Ria,things change. Ria has lost a lot in her life and yet she has managed to build up her life and reputation in Parable. Her heart is broken, but she has a will power to continue petting her effort into her flowers and garden. When a big and terrifying buffalo enters Ria's life, it also brings Landry to her.

Big Sky Secrets is about family. It's about accepting your past, reconnecting with your family members and making peace and building relationships. Even though Big Sky Secrets was a romance, the emphasize was on family. I loved the supportive characters and there were quite few of them. They were well written and interesting and added value to the romance between Landry and Ria.

If you haven't read any of the books in the Big Sky series, I highly recommend them. Big Sky Secrets was a heart-warming and interesting book about usual ordinary people who face challenges the life is throwing at them... with love. I will miss Parable!
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alina
While I liked this book I can't say that it was a favorite out of all of the books in this series.
Both main characters were different even from each other; way different. And the author did the almost impossible. She had me end up actually liking Landry Sutton! I felt that was going to be almost impossible because he came off as a snooty, arrogant, superior, jerk in the previous book. And in the beginning he kind of starts out the same way. I thought, "oh no, here we go." But as I kept reading more redeeming qualities did show up. , Highbridge, his butler is one of them. The fact that no self-respecting cowboy would HAVE a butler seems like another snooty thing that he would do. But there is a good reason why he does and it has nothing to do with being superior like I thought. Highbridge does add his own kind of flavor to the book too. Of course, in the beginning Landry is ALL greenhorn and sticks out like a sore thumb. And for a while doesn't even try to fit in.
I liked Ria but more than once I just wanted to say, "Grow a backbone" when it came to her sister, Meredith. Of course, then I did begin to see that
happen more. I understand that she was made to feel less than and an outsider in her own family. All except from her niece Quinn who shows up in the story in an unusual way.
I thought it was kind of odd that you felt that she didn't really interact all that much with the people of Parable. There were snippets here and there were some of the people showed up from the previous books but it wasn't that much really.
The romance I wasn't really feeling it as strongly as in some of the other books. Although, once again this was another couple who basically almost "hated" each other on sight. Well, not exactly but that is what they thought as first.
I still give the author points for her usual writing style that I really enjoyed. Her descriptive phrases were not overdone to my way of thinking. But they are peppered through out the book. And they made me smile every time they did. Like when they were looking for the best bronco bucking horses for the rodeo. They were trying to identify the best buckers, "the ones with go-to-hell wired right into their DNA and a marked determination to launch any cowboy who tried to ride them into outer space". Who doesn't get that? Yes,descriptive phrases that added some smiles and fun to the book. Well, anyway I liked them.
You just know Jess, the "boys" father is going to show up sooner or later and he does once again here. That part felt kind of rushed to me in the end.
In the end with this being Book #6 and maybe the last one, I was left with a feeling of things being unfinished. A slight disappointment.
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chris clark
I seriously cannot believe how many positive reviews this book has gotten. This was one of the worst books I've ever read! There's zero foundation for the romance, the heroine was a blithering idiot and no one behaved in a believable manner. What the heck do all these other reviewers see in it?

<Spoiler Alert>

Big Sky Secrets is part of a series and I have not read any of the other books so maybe there was some background with the hero and heroine given in those books that I missed, but if that's the case, it just underlines the fact that this is a badly written story. You should be able to pick up any book in a series and at least get the basics of what's going on. In Big Sky Secrets, we've got Ria and Landry, who have apparently never spoken a word to each other prior to this book, and yet Ria holds an inexplicable hatred for him.

The story opens with Ria finding Landry's herd of 2 whole buffalo tramping around her front yard, eating her flowers. This is apparently not the first time so she calls Landry's house to insist he come to collect the wayward beasts. It takes Landry an hour to get there and Ria sits stewing the whole time about what a terrible person he is. She thinks about how he's rich and therefore arrogant, spoiled and incapable of sympathizing with regular people's problems. She's so sure of her assessment of him that she vows to stay inside, pretending not to be home just so she won't have to speak to him. The whole time she's fuming about this stuff I assumed we'd learn that she had some justification for feeling this way. That we'd get to hear about some incident where it seemed like Landry was everything she was now accusing him of but it would later turn out to be a misunderstanding...but we don't. As far as I can tell, there IS no event that caused Ria to form this opinion. She is apparently basing it all on the fact that he's rich and her own personal prejudices about rich people....even though she happens to know and be friends with ex-movie stars and famous country singers who are also rich.

I didn't get it. The fact that Ria was passing such a harsh judgement for literally no reason makes her a bad person. Then, despite her intentions, she does go outside and is very aggressive and hostile toward Landry. But instead of focusing her irritation on the fact that this is now the sixth time his bison have escaped and run straight over to destroy her yard, and suggesting it was high time he implemented some new measures to prevent it from happening in future, she blathers on with irrational attacks on him personally. She accuses him of not recognizing that the flowers the animals destroy are actually how she makes a living...even though he did absolutely nothing to indicate that's how he felt and had already promised to reimburse her for any damages. Then she makes another irrational leap to demand to know why he can't just raise cows like everyone else....because somehow it would be better if his herd of cows rather than buffalo were eating her plants? Like I said, she was totally irrational. She had a legitimate reason to be pissed, but instead of focusing on that reason, she just went off the reservation.

The next morning, Landry comes by as promised to find out in the light of day how bad the damage to her crop is, and Ria starts attacking him again. She seems genuinely disappointed that the damage isn't worse because that would give her a stronger justification for her rude behavior. Landry finally comes straight out and asks why she hates him so much, and this is where I expected to hear about whatever misunderstanding was hovering in their past that gave her such a bad impression of him. Instead, Ria fumbles around, completely unable to think of even one legitimate reason for her irrational hatred. Finally she stamps her foot and shouts that his major crime is that he's too good looking. Seriously, this woman is a nut job! Then Landry catches the crazy bug as well because he suddenly finds this insane woman who hates him so inexplicably attractive that he steps up and kisses her right then and there. These are two people who, as far as we know from this book, haven't spoken more than a passing sentence or two to each other, and roughly 100% of those exchanges have been hostile....and he kisses her? Real people do not behave this way!

Then we're expected to believe that there is SUCH a bolt of electricity shot between them at the touch of their lips that it gives Ria more of a sexual thrill than even her most satisfying orgasm with her late husband. GTFOOH with that nonsense. Then Landry asks Ria out on a date to the "Boot Scoot" tavern, a name the author was apparently so in love with that she used the hell out of it for the rest of the book. Ria agrees, but only to try to prove some kind of a point to Landry. She feels that he "won" something by kissing her and eliciting a response. This "game" only exists in Ria's mind and she continues to refer to it for the rest of the book in her inner monologue as justification for why she's doing various things.

Fast forward a couple of days and Ria's niece, Quinn, shows up. Ria tries to smooth it over with Quinn's mother, Ria's half-sister, Meredith to allow the girl to stay for the summer but Meredith is a nasty b*tch and won't agree. This whole business with the sister is played up in the beginning like it's going to be a major part of the story. That we'll read about how Ria and Meredith finally worked through their issues and made peace with one another, but that's not what happens. Meredith shows up at the very end of the book and everything is fine. End of conflict. Even Quinn was completely superfluous to the plot and seemed only to have been included to pad out the page count.

But anyway, while Ria is driving Quinn in the car, she's suddenly so completely overwhelmed by the several-years-old death of her cheating husband that she has to pull the car over and have a breakdown right then and there. I didn't understand why she was still so hung up on this guy in the first place when she went on and on in her mind about how she hadn't really been in love with him by the end because his cheating had broken her trust and she'd never gotten over it. But I really didn't understand why, years later, the dam suddenly broke during this car ride. Naturally Landry finds them on the side of the road and carries Ria back to his truck for the ride home. Everyone in the story seems to feel Ria's behavior is perfectly understandable for some strange reason.

And during this drive home, Landry realizes that he's starting to fall in love with Ria. WHAT?!?! They don't even know each other! She's been hating him for no reason, they shared one kiss, and now he's found her blubbering on the side of the road. No other conversations or bonding happened in between. How can he possibly think he's falling in love with her??? She's a freaking mess! Honestly, she's showing symptoms of being bipolar!

A few days later, it's time for their big date and Ria again acts like an insane person. She knew where they were going, and yet when they get there, she has some kind of nervous breakdown, AGAIN, and for no reason. It's a freaking cowboy bar, not Buckingham Palace, and yet she's so nervous to be there that she's completely out of her mind. She keeps referring to the bar as "wonderland" as in, Alice In Wonderland, and she proceeds to start guzzling beers to help with her nervousness. She even thinks in her inner monologue about how she never drinks because one time way back in college she got drunk off red wine and the ensuing hangover made her swear of drinking for good. So she knows she's got zero tolerance for alcohol but proceeds to drink 3 giant tankards full in the space of a few minutes. All the while she's blathering on in her inner monologue about how the Boot Scoot is Wonderland and all sorts of other nonsense. One thing we do NOT hear about, however, is her and Landry having any kind of conversation whatsoever. As far as I can tell, they sat there in total silence while she chugged the booze.

They took a turn on the dance floor and finally Landry called a halt to the spectacle and pulled Ria outside to get her some coffee and take her home. On the drive she starts crying, again, and then has to ask him to pull over so she can puke. He does and helps hold her up while she's puking....and as this is happening, he's actually thinking lustful thoughts about the way her warm skin feels against his. Are you kidding me? Has there ever been a less appropriate time to feel turned on by someone? And then, as they continue driving back to her place, and she's a puke-stained, mascara-streaming, sobbing mess, Landry's thinking about how he has indeed fallen in love with her. WHAT?!?! HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE? They STILL haven't had a single meaningful conversation and she's still acting like a crazy person!!!

Landry is also berating himself for taking her to the Boot Scoot that night. He somehow feels like he's completely to blame for her current state. That he should have somehow known that this adult woman would be so terrified of being in a cowboy bar that she'd lose her ability to control her own drinking and get trashed. Cuz, you know, that makes sense. And he's terrified that she'll never forgive him for this alleged infraction and that he'll have lost his chance with his one true love. Is everyone in this book taking crazy pills???

As they near the end of the drive to her place, Ria decides in her head that she wants Landry to spend the night. And she's pissed that she'll have to talk him into it because he'll have some dang fool notion that she's too drunk to give consent and insist on doing the noble thing. But, despite the fact that she just threw up on the side of the road, she insists to the readers that she's stone-cold sober...riiiight. Back at her place, Ria asks Landry to stay and then heads for the shower. When she gets out, she is totally committed to disabusing him of this harebrained idea that he shouldn't sleep with her while she's so drunk....and yet decides that the best thing to do to convince him she wants sex is to first put on her dead husband's wedding band, and then an over-sized sweatshirt from an ex-boyfriend from college. Right, that's totally the outfit that will convince this man you're in your right mind and truly want sex with him.

When she gets out, does she try to explain to him that she knows he thinks she's too drunk to give consent and that he's trying to do the right thing, but that she really is in her right mind? Or that she really wants to sleep with HIM, Landry, not just some faceless guy because she's still hung up on her dead husband? NOPE! She asks Landry to hold her for a while "so she won't feel so lonely" which is basically the definition of "virtually any guy would do right now." Landry reluctantly agrees and holds her for a time, all the while regaling the readers with descriptions of how rock-hard his erection is because this weepy, drunk, crazy woman is apparently his brand of heroin. They talk a little about their respective ex's and Ria keeps fixedly asking Landry if he ever cheated on his ex-wife. He notices but doesn't put it together that the reason she's so interested is because her late husband cheated on her.

Eventually Ria tries to seduce Landry, and then she gets pissed at him when he won't give in. She goes on and on about how he's not treating her like an adult woman who is capable of making decisions for herself which, quite frankly, she ISN'T. I found it really hard to reconcile the author's point in this scene. It seemed like she really expected us to side with Ria here. Like we were supposed to feel Landry was being anti women's lib or something for NOT taking advantage of the crazy drunk woman. It was bizarre. Finally Landry calls Ria on the fact that she's still hung up on her dead husband and she gets pissed and tells him to leave. He does, all the while lamenting the fact that he's probably lost Ria forever because of his ill-conceived idea of taking her to the Boot Scoot.

The next morning, Ria wakes up and proceeds to puke for a very long time. Which, I'd like to point out, only proves that she was, in fact, completely plastered the night before when she was insisting she was "stone-cold sober" enough to decide for herself whether she wanted sex. If she hadn't been wasted, then she wouldn't have been so hungover that she was sick in the morning. So all that nonsense from the night before was just a completely crazy waste of time. Landry shows up to try to make her breakfast in the hopes that he can somehow salvage a relationship with this batsh*t insane woman that he's inexplicably drawn to despite STILL never having had a rational conversation with her. Ria is extremely hostile toward him for no damn reason and he happily takes her abuse. Eventually she joins him for a horseback ride that lasts over an hour. Presumably they had some conversation during this ride but you'd never know it from the book because the author doesn't bother to describe the scene for us. Instead we get a 2-sentence summary about how Landry apparently kept Ria in stitches the whole time recounting tales of his childhood for her. Guess we'll just have to take your word for it Linda but it sure would have been nice to actually experience this relationship-building ride in real time.

When they part company, Landry heads back home and is greeted by his butler, Highbridge, who happens to be Ria's friend and is possibly nursing a May-December crush on her. He, in a very proper and British way, basically accuses Landry of deliberately getting Ria drunk so he could get her into bed. And yet, after making this thinly veiled accusation, he goes on to say that he actually thinks Landry is a great guy. Those two things are mutually exclusive, so if the butler really does think Landry's a great guy, then he shouldn't have even entertained the idea that he'd be a date rapist. It was a weird exchange but the summary is that Highbridge, too, feels Landry was somehow responsible for Ria's crazy binge-drinking the night before because she's "a lady" and therefore Landry should have known not to take her to the Boot Scoot. Right, cuz it's not like "the lady" could have just said no or anything like that. She was totally powerless in this situation and Landry is solely responsible...

Highbridge also clues Landry in to the fact that some photos of Ria in her inebriated state have turned up on social media. He's helpfully compiled a list of the many, many links to multiple photos and even videos of Ria looking trashed and Landry carrying her off to the truck. I'm just going to have to go ahead and call BS on this whole story line. Ria is not famous. Landry is not famous. There is absolutely ZERO chance that a bunch of random strangers at a bar would be sooooo fascinated by the sight of a drunk woman that they'd spend their night chronicling her every drunken sway and slurred facial expression and then rush home on a Saturday night to plaster the information on the internet. NO ONE CARES! It's a bar, they see drunk people all the time. Ria is not some rare and exotic specimen that would capture everyone's interest. Not to mention that Ms. Miller apparently has no idea how social media works because by the next morning not only has literally everyone in town seen these photos and videos, but many of them have commented on what a coward the anonymous poster is for attacking poor, sweet, wholesome Ria. How on Earth did everyone in town see this so quickly?? Where exactly were the photos posted? Someone's facebook page? Were they tweeted? Either way, the only way anyone would have seen them within hours of posting is if they were already friends with/followers of the poster, but we're supposed to believe it was all an anonymous attack from an unknown party. Oh and Ria's reaction was bizarre too. She acted like she deserved to face some kind of public censure for her horrible sin of getting drunk at a bar. Oh, the horror! Might as well fit her for a scarlet letter right now. This whole subject was ridiculous crap. And it never went anywhere in the story anyway so that made it a total waste of time.

After this...basically nothing happens, at least on the romance front. Landry's deadbeat dad shows up for about five minutes and then leaves without causing much of a fuss. This too was talked up like it would be a big part of the story but then goes no where. Landry goes for a horseback ride to clear his head after speaking with the old man and Highbridge gets so worried that he calls Landry's brother. The brother stops by Ria's house to see if Landry is there. When the brother moves on to keep searching, Ria prepares to sit up all night because she couldn't possibly sleep a wink now that she's so worried about this man she barely knows and has been acting crazy and/or hostile toward for the last week. Landry is found, safe and sound, and he stops by Ria's on his way home to let her know she can stop worrying. She's pretty hostile toward him again, stating in no uncertain terms that he is NOT invited to spend the night.

Next chapter Ria and Quinn are again in the car and Ria has another breakdown for no reason. Meredith calls Quinn and says that she's coming to Three Trees to visit for a while. This news causes Ria's knees to quake and other assorted things that make it physically dangerous for her to be driving. WTF? This is a grown woman who has dealt with her annoying but not dangerous half-sister all her life, why is the news that she's coming to town cause for such a complete breakdown?? Yet again, Quinn steps up and acts like the grown up in the situation and yet somehow sees nothing amiss with Ria's behavior.

Then out of nowhere the author pulls an impending rodeo out of her butt and has Landry hell-bent on participating in the bronco riding competition because of reasons. He goes to his brother's ranch, where his sister-in-law takes the opportunity to reprimand him for daring to take Ria to the Boot Scoot because she too feels that Ria was powerless to control her own actions and that Landry is solely to blame. Then Landry's brother ties to talk him out of competing and Landry insists this is just something he's got to do, despite him only having been a cowboy for a year and having almost no experience riding broncos. When Ria hears the news that Landry is putting himself in such grave danger she rushes to the rodeo and watches desperately as he rides his 8 seconds because, of course, she's realized that she's head-over-heels in love with him. Um, WHAT? These two have had almost no interaction with each other and know almost nothing about one another. How are we supposed to believe they're in love?

When Landry sees Ria at the side of the rodeo pen, she very deliberately takes off her husband's wedding band and puts it in her pocket. Landry is so overjoyed that she's finally decided to let go of her dead husband that he doesn't even wait to see his score. He vaults over the fence, grabs Ria by the hand, and drags her straight back to his house to have sex. After having nothing but a few brief kisses in the rest of the book, it was pretty shocking to have such a very, very long and drawn out sex scene shoved into the last few chapters of the book. And just when you think it's over, they start again. I normally prefer my romance novels come with a few good sex scenes but in this case I really wish they'd skipped it. Since I didn't see any foundation for the romance, I didn't feel their desire for each other and thus it made listening to the over-long sex scenes on the audiobook kind of squicky.

Just before they do the deed, Landry tells Ria that by having sex with him, she's essentially entering into a binding legal contract to marry him. He says that this isn't the start of an affair, or a fling or a one-night stand, etc. It's the start of "forever" and if she won't commit to forever right that second then she'd better just leave and never come back. That's insane. They've only been on speaking terms for a week! And haven't had any meaningful conversations. It would make sense for them to date for a while before deciding to commit to "forever." But, since nothing about this book/relationship makes sense, Ria agrees to forever.

The next morning over breakfast Ria asks what's next and Landry says they'll be getting married ASAP. Ria balks and tries to get him to agree to a REALLY long engagement or just dating for a while but Landry won't hear of it. And in order to convince her, he says that she's most likely pregnant already. Ria is shocked because they used condoms, and Landry reveals that he'd "run out" of condoms partway through their marathon night of sex and that he'd just carried on without them and without telling her. That is a gross violation of trust! He should not have just arbitrarily made that decision for her. What if she didn't want kids? What if she had an STD she hadn't told him about? It is NOT okay for him to have taken this decision away from her. But instead of getting pissed, Ria allows him to use this information to essentially force her into agreeing to get married as soon as possible. Then, and I'm not making this up, Landry gets up and starts clearing the breakfast dishes and Ria marvels over this amazing display. A man, carrying dishes? Amazing! And she goes way over the top complimenting him on this unbelievable feat and says that he always does everything right. Yep, this just confirms my original impression, Ria is completely nuts. Impregnate me without my consent? No big deal! Pick up a dish and carry it to the sink? OMG CALL THE NEWSPAPERS!!!

Three days later, Landry and Ria marry. Their entire relationship has spanned about 2 weeks at this point, and they've still never really spent any time together or had a meaningful conversation, but that's okay, they're in lurve! What nonsense.

Oh and there were a couple of plot inconsistencies in the book, the most glaring of which was Ria first claiming that her dead husband was the only man she'd ever slept with and then later saying that she'd slept with "a couple" of boyfriends in college. So either Ria's insanity is so bad that one of her other personalities had these sexual exploits or the author just lost track of her own story.
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So to summarize, there was absolutely no basis for the relationship, the heroine was totally nuts and I guess the hero was too since his was so enamored with the crazy woman, the side plots went absolutely nowhere and none of the characters behaved in a reasonable manner. In short, I don't understand what everyone else sees in this book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
lalit
Ria moved to the country where she had a flower farm. When her neighbor's buffalo got loose and wandered onto her property she was pretty angry especially since this happened more than once.

After meeting her neighbor, Landry, she didn't like his arrogant manner but did find him good looking. Landry had a hard childhood but was very successful as an adult, becoming a self made tycoon. He was tired of the boardroom so after his divorce Landry bought the ranch beside his brother's wanting to see if he fit in as a rancher.

I really enjoyed this well written story. It was easy to read with some unusual situations that were amusing for the reader if not the characters. How often do you see buffalo in your garden? The character development was so well done that I really felt I knew Landry and Ria. I liked Ria's determination to be successful. She was a strong woman who never backed down from Landry. However, I didn't like the way she zoned out and thought of other things so much. Landry was hard to like at first because, yes, he was arrogant but came around so that I really liked him.

This is a good book that I recommend.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
patrick riviere
Big Sky Secrets was a really lovely read. It was my first time with the series and a little different than I was expecting but it was fun, sweet and heart warming read as Ria and Landry have a battle of wills and start embracing their new lives in this little Montana town and maybe each other as well.

I really liked both Ria and Landry. They're just good people that are kind of at a cross roads in their lives. It was fun watching them in their daily lives--Ria working on her flower farm and going to the farmers market, Landry butting heads with his British butler (they were so stinking cute together) and making a go of being a cowboy. Seeing them with their families and just watching their slight enemies to friends to lovers relationship change and grow. It was a good time all around.

The romance was a bit slow going but it fit them perfectly. They needed that time, I think, for their exasperation with each other to kinda work it's way out and turn into something more. There's some nice tension between these two and when it does heat there at the end, well, it was worth the wait. They definitely had me sighing a couple times while they worked out their romance. Chuckling too.

I did have one complaint that's kind of a complaint but kinda not and totally gonna make me look like a nut. Because it in some ways bothered me and in other ways I loved it... see, I wish the two had spent more time together on page. There are some great scenes between them but there were so many where they were in their own separate lives and even though they were thinking about each other and their relationship I just would have liked more actual time together as they fell in love. Though, and here's me being completely wishy washy on this one, I loved those times they were apart too. Seeing Ria spend time with her niece who was having troubles, seeing him with his brother and butler, etc. Those bits had me falling for them and really made me feel a part of their lives. So it was good and a little bad and I'm wishy washy. I know. LOL

What I really enjoyed was that Big Sky Secrets was a nice combo of sweet, funny and a little heart breaking too. I really felt for these two. Chuckled over some things like rogue flower-killing-run-away pet Buffalo and misted up over Ria working through the loss of her husband and troubled marriage and deciding to risk love again. It just all came together nicely for a great read. Miller had me falling right along with Ria and Landry and really has me wanting to go back and read the rest of the series and see how all of the couple found love in this small Montana town.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
diane ramsay
Big Sky Secrets is the bittersweet finale in Linda Lael Miller’s heartwarming Parable, Montana series. I have greatly enjoyed each of the installments and I am little sad that I have to say good-bye to the town and its inhabitants.

Beginning about a year after they were introduced in the previous novel (Big Sky Wedding), Big Sky Secrets is Landry Sutton and Ria Manning’s story. They both moved to Three Trees around the same time and their properties border one another. Although a little zing of attraction accompanied their introduction, neither has been interested in a relationship. As a matter of fact, each of their encounters have been a bit fractious since Landry’s escape artist buffalos are wreaking havoc on Ria’s flower farm. Of course underscoring the tension between them is their (mostly ignored) desire for one another. But on his latest trip to rescue his wandering buffalo, Landry changes the status quo when he pretty much dares Ria to go on a date with him. Ria accepts because she cannot resist his challenge, but are either of them ready for a relationship?

The romance between Ria and Landry is secondary to their personal growth. There is never any doubt there is love between them but they have to work through their personal baggage to uncover it. Widowed Ria has to make peace with issues that stem from her previous marriage while Landry is plagued with conflicts arising from his childhood. Both characters are quite contemplative as they reflect on their respective problems. Landry is a bit quicker to resolve his problems while Ria’s resolution takes almost the entire novel.

As with other novels in the series, secondary story arcs revolve around extended family. Ria’s relationship with her older sister Meredith is troubled, but she shares a tight bond with Meredith’s daughter Quinn. When her relationship with her mother hits a rocky patch, Quinn unexpectedly shows up on Ria’s doorstep. Landry’s father abandoned him and his brother Zane when they were young but that doesn’t stop him from turning up when he is in trouble (which happens with alarming frequency). Landry and his brother Zane have made significant progress in mending the rift in their relationship but it is still a work in progress.

Big Sky Secrets is another heartfelt romance in the delightful Parable, Montana series. This last stop in Three Trees wraps up most of the previous storylines and provides readers one last glimpse of favorite characters. It is always difficult saying goodbye to a beloved series, but I am eagerly awaiting The Marriage Pact, the first novel in Linda Lael Miller’s upcoming Western Wyoming trilogy.

I received a complimentary copy for review.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
meagan
My Review:
The one thing I can say about Linda Lael Miller's books....I know going into them that they are simply going to be an afternoon's entertaining diversion. This one was no exception.

We met Landry in the last Parable book so knew I already knew quite a bit about his back-story since that was his brother, Zane's book (although, no worries if you haven't read it...this one definitely works as a stand-alone.) Landry is still trying to find his place in Parable. He came to the ranch from a very high-powered executive job in the city after his divorce. He's now quite sure how to settle into ranch life which runs at a very different pace. Helping to keep him in line (and offering a bit of comic relief) is his butler Highbridge, who he got to keep in the divorce (and suddenly that name doesn't seem right for the butler, but it's close to that.)

Ria is a newcomer to Parable, too. She's only been here for a couple of years, but has settled in pretty well. She runs a flower farm and while it can be a bit lonely, she's pretty happy in her life. She's a widower. Her firefighter husband died while on the job, but that relationship left scars both from the loss of his death, but also because he cheated on her. She's not sure she ever wants to open herself up and trust again.

Like I said before, these books are just nice reads. They center around small-town ranching life and I enjoy that style of novel. Landry and Ria in this one have some pretty spectacular chemistry and I really enjoyed that aspect of their story. Neither one of them is particularly interested in a relationship with the other. In fact, most the time, they actually don't even really like each other. But they touch and things become pretty combustible pretty quickly. You have to love couples like that.

This book also has the added drama of extended family. Both Ria and Landry are dealing with some of that and that always makes life a bit more exciting. It was a good conclusion to the series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
vilma
Reviewed by Julie
Book provided by NetGalley
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

Ria’s prize flowers are in danger of being trampled by Landry Sutton’s buffalo. She’s had just about enough of the arrogant cowboy. It’s time to confront him and set things straight. He may even have to pay her for the damage. But, when Ria finds herself sputtering in front a the man she really doesn’t like, things do not turn out like she expected. In fact, she winds up agreeing to dancing with Landry Sutton!

Landry Sutton has decided to give ranching another try. Big city life is not all it’s cracked up to be. He is still filled with regrets over his divorce, and his good for nothing father is still trying to mooch off of him.

Ria’s sister is a real pill. Now her teenage daughter has left home and has decided to stay with Ria for a spell. Dealing with her niece is a real pleasure,but her sister is another story.
But, the real issue for Ria is the fact she has not been able to remove her wedding ring. She may have mythologized her marriage to Frank. The hero firefighter also confessed to having a one night stand with another woman. Ria thought she has moved past it, but now she’s beginning to realize she never did. Frank’s indiscretion has Ria wondering if she will ever be able to trust a man again. Laundry Sutton is a mighty big temptation, but the two of them will have a rocky road ahead of them. To make things even more difficult, a certain you tube video goes viral, and Landry’s butler may step over the line with Landry.

Linda Lael Miller is the queen of Western Contemporary Romance. Parable is the location in this series featuring the Sutton family. This romance featuring a widow still grieving and holding on to memories that she has allowed to morph into a idealized portrait of her marriage. When Landry comes into her life, Ria begins to contemplate the idea of getting involved with a man after all this time. Her fear of being hurt, of being unable to trust, has her feeling insecure and afraid. Laundry doesn’t help matter at all. But, he is much more perceptive than anyone seems to realize. Laundry just may have Ria’s number and he intends to prove to her that she can have her happy ever after and will never have to worry about anything when she is with Landry.

The story is told in third person. We have both Landry and Ria’s point of view. Ria is still unsettled after Frank’s death and is afraid of moving forward, while Landry is ready to show Ria the kind of man is he is and wants a relationship with her, not just a sexual encounter.

I enjoyed this installment in this series. This book can be read as a stand alone. I like the romance between two adult people that both have their flaws, both make mistakes, both have large family problems, and decide that love is worth the risk. I could understand Ria’s need to hold on to the good parts of her marriage to Frank. She needed to hold on to that bond in order to cope with Frank’s death and to give her a kind of safety net. She had to make the choice to step out of that haze and take a chance on love all on her own. Laundry’s patience and determination to give Ria the confidence and assurance to take off her wedding band sealed the deal.

Not all of Laundry’s family problems are resolved. He still has some issues with his father to deal with and Ria still has her sister to contend with. Real life and real problems still exist , but now Ria and Landry will have each other to lean on.

Overall not a bad installment in the series. I did feel like the ending was just a little rushed. That was my only real complaint.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
maryam khan
I enjoy Linda Lael Miller's cowboy romance novels, they are always a joy to read. In this installment we are in Three Trees and Parable, Montana where Ria Manning has moved to a small cottage on a few acres of land. She is fleeing the corporate world and the hustle and bustle of big city life. She is always leaving the family business. Her father has died and he left just about everything to her half sister. She and her half sister, Meredith Whittling, don't seem to get along really well at all.

But in Three Trees Ria has remade herself into a small business woman who is scrapping by in the Floral Business. She grows the flowers on her small farm and takes them to the Farmer's Market on Saturdays where she sells her product and makes a small but decent living.

Ria is a widow, her husband, Frank, died while fighting a fire when the roof collapsed on the Engine Company that he served with. Ria has closed herself off to emotions and to letting others in.

Then there is Landry Sutton, also fleeing the big city life and the corporate world to come live on the same ranch as his brother and sister-in-law. Landry was a successful financial investment broker but got tired of that life and has come to Parable to see what country living is like and why his brother thinks being a cowboy is such a great deal.

Landry is arrogant and proud as well as rich, at least that is Ria Manning's belief. She is humble and somewhat poor with no father, no future, no husband, etc. So, if you look at the story it is Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice tied up in a Cowboy Romance. Maybe that was not what Miss Miller intended but by golly is sure reads that way. That does not mean it is a bad story.

So, why only four stars and not five like I have given her other novels? Well, I thought that the tension between Landry and Ria was resolved a bit too soon in the book. I would have liked a bit more tension, a bit more waiting and maybe a couple of crisis to pull them together, OK, there are a couple of crisis, but I just felt that it needed more.

But don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book immensely and will be reading other novels soon by Miss Miller.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
joann rogers
Linda Lael Miller is one of my favorite romance novelists. I like her stories, subjects, and the detail she puts into everything. This book was technically part of a series, but it isn't really necessary to read them in order, it can be read as a standalone book. It wasn't one of my favorite of hers, but it still kept me reading.

Ria has started a new life. After the death of her husband she left the west coast for a small flower farm in Montana and now is content growing her flowers and attending the farmers markets. Her only agitation is her neighbor Landry, who has a buffalo that likes to get loose quite often. But he's so darn good looking that she can't help but feel more than agitation for him.

The characters were a little weak in this one. I especially didn't like the plot twist for Ria's dead husband. It felt like they had to make him a less likable guy in order for her new romance to be ok. I just didn't see the need for it. And Ria herself had a couple bouts with her character going crazy. Add in her niece Quinn that acted more like 12 than 17, and it was somewhat confusing. That being said, I did like Landry's butler. While a weird addition to the book, he was a welcome one. Landry was the typical rich cowboy, he provided a hunky love interest who was good in the sack. Which for a romance novel is pretty standard.

The plot was ok. There wasn't that much strife. And I did think the ending was a little rushed. I'm also never sure why the end all be all of these romance novels are marriage and a kid. I'd love to see marriage and perfectly happy without kids, but I don't think romance novels are allowed to be published without that ending. I did like that the two had sort of a love-hate relationship going and that it took place in Montana. Miller is also very descriptive so while this book didn't take place over a long period of time, it felt like what was happening was in a regular timeline while reading because you could picture what was happening. There were descriptive sex scenes in this book, three, right at the end. So there's a lot of buildup as you can imagine.

Miller's still my favorite but this one fell just a bit flat. But it was entertaining, and you can't go too wrong with that if you're not expecting fine literature.

Big Sky Secrets
Copyright 2014
376 pages

Review by M. Reynard 2014
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
chien chung
I haven't read any of the other books in the Big Sky series, but when I started this book, I didn't feel like I was missing much. As the book starts, Landry and Ria hardly know each other, and what's more, they don't like each other. At least, she's got some major animosity she's directing at him. And why is that? You might think it's because his buffalo are constantly getting onto her land and destroying her the flowers she sells for a living. But, nope, it's not that. She simply doesn't like that he's son danged attractive.

This could have worked as a romance if there was something that developed between the two of them. But I really didn't see a relationship. What I saw was Landry telling Ria that she was going to go out with him. And, despite her animosity, she does. There's no rhyme or reason as to why.

Either there was a lot of character development in the previous books of the series that I missed, after all; or there was just no character (or relationship) development to be had.

There is a subplot involving someone who posts drunken pictures of Ria online and another involving her runaway niece, but neither of these actually help to develop the romance plot. And there's no secret to be had, either, so the story just doesn't work on too many levels for me.

It wasn't a horrible read, it was just very, very forgettable.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
gisela peters
When I was in middle school I used to sneak my mother's romance books. Linda Lael Miller was one of those authors. In fact I read books that were part of this same series. Although I have not read romances in quite some time, I prefer sf/fantasy/paranormal/mystery, I was excited to start this one. It's funny that I'm reading the last book in this series as it has been quite some time since I read her books. Linda Lael Miller is as good as I remember. Certsin plots are typical of a romance, so it's usually the quality of writing and characters that draw me into a novel. She is not a top selling author for nothing. It was so good I'm going to go back and read the other books in the series. I don't like giving away too much in a book review because I'm concerned I will ruin it for someone else. Suffice to say Ria and Landry o er one obstacles to find love under the big sky of Montana. If you have any specific questions about the book, let me know.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
t rex
Big Sky Secrets
Linda Lael Miller
Harlequin HQN, Dec 31 2013, $7.99
ISBN 9780373778317

Divorcee Landry Sutton returns home to his Parable, Montana rustic roots to sell his share of Hangman Bend's Ranch to his brother Zane as he plans to live in the city where he became a wealthy executive. At his sibling's Big Sky Wedding, Landry met 200-proof urbanite Widow Ria Manning; who finds everyday rural life harrowing while she runs a flower farm. Landry and Ria were attracted to one another at first sight, but neither acted on their feelings as his ex-wife and his father's abandonment left him a doubter; while her deceased firefighting spouse's cheating and her dysfunctional family left her a skeptic.

When his wandering buffalo trample her flowers and send a frightened Ria into a panic, Landry arrives to take them home. Before leaving with his bison, he challenges her to go with him; she reluctantly takes up his dare. As they double and triple dare each other, Landry and Ria fall in love; but besides their hearts they share exorbitant distrust of people that keeps both from committing to a forever relationship.

The last Parable ranch romance (see Big Sky Summer and Big Sky River) is an entertaining contemporary as love is not enough for the protagonists who must work through their troubled pasts before they fully can connect. Landry's butler Highbridge brings fresh humor to the enjoyable straightforward storyline.

Harriet Klausner
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
myrna
Miller has done it again with Landry Sutton, owner of that consarned buffalo mama and her "baby" boy, and Ria Manning, ranch neighbor who raises flowers. Next to a buffalo ranch?! What is she thinking?

The buffalo isn't nearly as dangerous to her emotional health, following the death of her firefighter husband, as is Landry, who has issues of his own. His divorce leaves him wary of women and unsettled about where he really wants to be: on the ranch where it's quiet and represents mostly dusty hard work, or back in Chicago, where he wears three-piece suits and his work is hard, but far less physical.

Ria is a challenge. Will she go with him to the Boot Scoot tavern? Landry is a scary venture that nevertheless intrigues Ria. Can she be near him without wanting to slide under his shirt to really feel his hard hard body? Landry's butler, inherited from his ex-wife, is Ria's friend. He warns Landry she's a real lady and needs to be treated as such, but Landry's thoughts about Ria are decidedly sweatier than a lady would engage in. Or would she?

What's next for these and other characters? Perhaps Meredith, Ria's uptight sister who always wears white. Seems to me she needs to be taken down a peg or two, perhaps onto some hardbody cowboy's bed!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
abid
Like all of Ms. Millers stories, this is a really good read for a warm spring day in the garden. The characters are fully fleshed out, the plot has enough twists to keep it interesting and there is an abundance of sexual tension between the h/h to keep it moving forward.

Ria, a widow who is finally picking up the pieces and determined to be self-sufficient, is suddenly handed the responsibility of her teenage niece. Just when she starts getting the hang of that situation, a sexy, virile man walks into her life and flat refuses to leave. The tension between them is excruciating for them both, but Ria refuses to let lust control her life, while Landry is beginning to see that he wants more than a roll in the hay with this woman. Though a typical plotline for romance, Ms. Miller manages to make it all fresh and refreshing.

A colorful, though absolutely correct British butler, Highbridge and a career-driven sister Meredith, who is losing her business and her daughter, round out the story, along with the sweet and all-knowing Quinn and the puppy she found on the road,
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
simone cynthia
The reality is: romance novels follow a fairly common path and for those of us who have read a lot of them, there's really nothing new under the Big Sky.

I've thoroughly enjoyed some of Ms. Miller's earlier book (she had a vampire series years and years ago - way ahead of its time - that was fantastic) but after writing and publishing hundreds of books, it seems she has exhausted her resources in this genre. I'm sure there are many loyal fans who will disagree, and honestly I'm happy they are still loving these formula romances.

I would like to see Ms. Miller venture into a whole different kind of novel - stretch her wings, so to speak.

As far as this story - the characters were so stereotypical - every main male character is wealthy, but burned out and seeking a simpler life. The female leads are running from something - an evil ex, a loss, etc. The plot is also stereotypical: they meet, they are immediately sexually attracted to one another, then there are a series of events which slow down the "falling in love" - but the sex is mind blowing, and better than either has ever had before. The secondary characters are either reprehensible or irresistibly cute.

An ok read, but completely forgettable.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
iano
Author Linda Lael Miller brings her "Parable, Montana" series to a finale with "Big Sky Secrets". Landry Sutton and his older brother Zane had been close when they were young, but by the end of their twenties, their lives were taking widely different paths. Zane hit the rodeo circuit, later having a successful run as a film star. Landry had gone on to a financial career in Chicago, marrying and then divorcing the boss' daughter. Zane had settled back in Montana, and was happily married to the lovely Brylee. Landry had eventually headed back to Hangman's Bend Ranch, property he shared with Zane meant to sell to his brother, but something had kept him lingering around Parable for almost a year. He and Zane had drifted apart emotionally--the death of their mother, and the liabilities of their seemingly worthless father, were ongoing issues between them. Another distraction for Landry was his beautiful neighbor, the young widow Ria Manning, who was trying to make a living raising flowers to sell. The problem was that Landry's "pet" buffaloes had a fondness for Ria's property and her flowers. Ria makes no bones about her dislike of Landry and his giant wooly playmates. All that changes one day when she and Landry share a life-altering kiss right out in the flower field, and both of them are shaken by the power of their embrace. Each of them have their secrets and personal issues, however, and both must deal with errant family members and the complicated situations they create. Can the cowboy who went to the city and the woman who came West find a way to make their hearts meet in the middle? "Parable, Montana" is a very enjoyable, heart-warming contemporary romance series from the esteemed Linda Lael Miller.

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★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
abdallah abu nijem
Coming after Big Sky Wedding, in Parable County, Montana. This is by now more of a soap opera than an romantic adventure series, so I didn't find this book all that exciting.
Landry Sutton, Zane's younger brother, isn't making such a good job of the cowboy life however hard he tries. He's come back from Chicago after a marriage failed and keeps two buffalo on a small spread... I'd have liked some detail about why he was keeping them and whether he planned to build up a herd. These imposing creatures keep breaking out of the drought-stricken patch and making for a flower grower's home, where they gently munch through her tended gardens - and profits. Ria Manning wishes her neighbour Landry would do a better job of fencing.

Landry's father keeps ringing to mooch money for his gambling debts, and Ria has her own family issues. She's now widowed, and determined to be self-supporting despite her half-sister's trying to drag her back into the crashing family business. Unexpectedly Ria's niece, seventeen-year old Quinn arrives with a bag and a small dog, having ditched a summer camp. She was lucky to have hitched without incident, and Ria can't bring herself to send the girl home. To make amends Landry asks Ria to come to the local dance with him, on a sociable basis, and Quinn encourages her aunt to take up the offer. It's time Ria stopped mourning and restarted her life.

Landry comes across as a bit too sure of himself where women are concerned. But, it seems he knows a good thing when he sees it and wants to snap Ria up as soon as she makes herself available.
I notice many American authors including an English character nowadays, presumably to attract readers on both sides of the Atlantic, and a formal-minded butler called Highbridge appears in this book as staff for Landry. This does seem incongruous and awkward and I'd wonder if Linda Lael Miller got swept away by watching 'Downton Abbey'. At one point the butler is heard swearing. No, that wouldn't happen.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
deborah camp
I received an e-galley of Big Sky Secrets from the publisher for an honest review.

So the other day I mentioned how much I loved Linda's work. Her Big Sky series is definitely one of my favorites, and Big Sky Secrets definitely does not disappoint. This is a book full of emotion. More than once I found myself laughing out loud. A couple of times I had to hold back the tears since the family was around and they always look at me funny when I cry while I'm reading. *shakes head* Crazy I know. The close-knit families in this book make me wish I could be transported to Parable. And the imagery Linda provides with the perfect combination of words blows me away every time.

Landry Sutton is one sweet cowboy with a stubborn streak that would drive most people crazy. And while Ria says she can't stand to be around him, you find out early on that's not really true. The banter between these two from the beginning is great. There is a scene very early on with a couple of buffaloes that get away from Landry's place and find their stopping point in Ria's front yard. That scene alone sucked me and made me want to finish this book. There's no doubt that Landry has his hang-ups. The thing I liked was that Ria helped him see them, but only by being who she was. She didn't try to point them out or use them against Landry. And he did the same for her. Although, admittedly, he was a bit more pushy than she was.

The secondary characters in this book add so much to the characters of Landry and Ria. If you've read the other Big Sky books you'll be happy to know that pretty much everyone makes an appearance. Some more than others, but it's always fun to see what happened after the fact. Ria's niece was the most well-mannered 17 year old I've read about in a while, and she was great for Ria.

All-in-all this is a must read book. You won't be disappointed if you like cowboys, sweet stories, and a lot of emotion.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
yulia nurul ma rifah
i love all of linda's books!!!! i think i have read almost all of them, and am getting ready to read the ones i haven't!! it is a contemporary western romance between landry sutton and ria manning. he is back in three trees, montana to sell his half of the hangman's bend ranch to his brothe, zane. landry is a big-city man working in an investment firm and ria is a "bean counter" from the city. she decided when her husband, a firefighter, died in a fire she needed a change and bought a nearly bankrupt flower business right next to the sutton land. she and landry got off on the wrong foot when his stock came over and ate her flowers. he has a highbrow butler named highbridge and his brother has a housekeeper. that is the difference between the two brothers. well they fall for each other but she is afraid to get involved and still wears franks wedding ring on her finger and sutton just can't let it go any further until she comes to terms with the fact that he is gone.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
sheta
Hott Synopsis:
Fitting in. It’s not as easy as it looks but Ria Manning has been giving it one heck of a try. She’s been pretending to fit in her whole life and no one has noticed.
At least until Landry Sutton showed up. For some reason he thinks he gets her. He does, not that Ria’s ever going to let him know that. When weighing the options of actually fitting in or getting her heart broken again Ria decides that Landry isn’t worth the effort – so she decides to detest him instead.
At least until a quick kiss in the flower garden destroys all of Ria’s best intentions.

Hott Review:
When I started this book I expected it to be like several others in this series. I mean, it seems like almost ever one of them has had displaced kids in them. I, however, was thrilled to be wrong. Yes, Ria’s niece is with her but really it works perfectly in the story. This was a nice series finale (at least it appears to be a Parable finale).
I enjoyed both Ria’s and Landry’s personalities and this book definitely brought me back around to the series – because I haven’t liked all of them!

More…
Author: Linda Lael Miller
Source: Harlequin via Netgalley
Grade: A
Ages: 18+
Steam: Adult – over all not too much but a few of those pages will burn your fingers!
Setting: Parable, Montana
Series: Parable, Montana #6
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
dorothy
4 stars

I was waiting for a big secrets, I think others books in this series had bigger secrets. I did enjoy the book though. This is supposed to be the last book in this story line.

Ria has a flower farm in Montana. It makes you want to see her flowers. She has only lived there for around a year. Her half sister wants her help to go check out one of her branch office. Ria tells her no.

Landry has a herd of buffalo all of two. They keep getting out and going to Ria's house and eats some of her flowers. Landry has a butler on his ranch. He got from the divorce back in Chicago. He is not sure he will stay in Montana or sell his half of the ranch to his brother.

It seems like most of the characters have problems carried over from childhood. It made me wonder how bad have I messed up with my girls. Landry's father comes for a visit. While Ria's niece hitchhikes to Montana because of her mother wanting to send her to camp.

Their are a couple of love scenes in last part of the book that I skimmed over.

This book is mostly about characters dealing with different relationships between family, friends and each other.

I was given this ebook to read and in return asked to give honest review of it by Netgalley and Harlequin.
Expected publication: December 31st 2013 by Harlequin HQN 384 pages ISBN:0373778317
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
mindy
Big Sky Secrets by Linda Lael Miller
Landry Sutton has discovered the best secret in Montana. Big Sky country and Ria Manning.
Ria Manning has discovered the best secret in Montana. Beautiful Big Sky country and Landry Sutton.
Landry was not planning on staying for long. He was here to sell his half Hangman Bend’s Ranch to his brother and go back to his life in the city.
Ria wanted to sell the flowers she grew and harvested if the buffalo would stop eating the plants. She moved to Parable to leave memories of a former life behind that caused her pain.
Who would have thought a buffalo named Bessie could help two people who needed to learn how to live, love and forgive.
Ria needed to forgive her deceased husband.
Landry needs answers to secrets. Only his father can give him the answers and that’s a problem because Landry can’t forgive his father of his misdeeds.

I enjoy reading books by Linda Lael Miller. I know when I see her name on the cover of a book I know this book is going to be great without even reading the inside covers or back of the book.
I wish I could give you a seal of approval, but I can give you 5 stars that’s how great your books are to your many fans.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
shalene
I had forgotten I selected this book to read. I recently read another Linda Lael Miller book and was underwhelmed by it and thought, "Maybe my time with this author really is done" but then I realized that I still had this book to read.

Unfortunately, "Big Sky Secrets" only convinced me further that Linda Lael Miller and I just aren't meant to rekindle our author-fan relationship.

"Big Sky Secrets" seemed very thrown together and frankly, sloppily written with inconsistencies riddled throughout. Landry Sutton is big time finance wizard and Ria Manning is a newbie to Parable which is a small town in Montana, Big Sky country where the sky is bluer than anywhere else in the universe. She's an accountant who wants to grow and sell flowers. He wants to sell the ranch but cowboy blood is in his veins and what not.

And it just plods along with downhome talk and some manufactured woes and it is just forgettable except for... well, it is just forgettable because nothing really seems to happen.

I've seen others who have really enjoyed this book so I think it is me. I'm just not meant for LLM anymore.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
tyson
Audioversion
“Self-made tycoon Landry Sutton heads to Hangman Bend's Ranch to sell his land to his brother Zane.” I must have missed this explanation for why he was there. I kept trying to figure it out.

I like Landry and Ria’s characters. I felt for her losing her husband, but it seemed like she had put her marriage on a pedestal it may not have really deserved. She eventually realizes it is ok to let go and not use her husband’s memory as a reason to not move on. But she should probably take her wedding band off before going out on a date.
The wandering buffalo made me chuckle.
Ria’s sister seems to be too much to deal with. She was on my last nerve. I can see why her daughter took off and ran to Ria.
I think Landry grows so much in this book. He is quite different than when he came to Parable.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
aster
Ms. Miller has written another heart-warming book in her Big Sky Series that has been entertaining and a little different from her other books. These books tend to delve more in the psyches of her characters. They are people with baggage who need love but don't really realize it. Ria and Landry both seem to be living life just going through the motions. Landry is rich, handsome and seem to have it all but he really doesn't know what he wants in life. He moves to a small city with his brother Zane who starred in an earlier book. He came with Buffalo who likes to eat Ria's flowers. This romance grew as two people felt the chemistry and learned to enjoy life more and they both were a good complement to each other. Like the other books in the series, a child played an important part in their growth together and that interaction could have been written better. The child added to a plot but there was something missing as to the need for that interlude. Also, there could have been a little more oomphf added to the romance in the story. Despite the questions, this book was still a satisfying read..
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
stuart dunstan
** spoiler alert **

While I've followed and have enjoyed all the books in this series, I must say that this is one of my least favorites. The main storyline was excellent and I loved Landry and Ria, the main characters. But the subplots and secondary characters mostly felt out of place for me.

I didn't see the point in Landry's poor excuse for a father showing up and was even confused by it. Ria's runaway niece and her sister's subplot finished out, but I didn't think it was at all necessary for this particular book. It never actually supported the main storyline. Also, there was a part where some people in town posted some drunken photos of Ria in a mean-spirited way, yet nothing ever came from this. Like an incomplete idea that just fizzled out somewhere along the way.

I loved the buffalo scene and Landry's butler was a fantastic secondary character. And, as usual, Linda's writing is superb and has such a lovely flow. She makes me laugh and smile with her fun scenes and her delightful descriptions. Such an entertaining author.
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