Big Sky Country (The Parable Series)

By Linda Lael Miller

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bunny
Wonderful characters one cared about as one reads!
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mer karacay
Good book
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renee tanner
Great read!
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drjkt1
Miller is a good writer. Her style is clear and her use of imagery is lovely. She comes up with new illiterations all the time so that one doesn't get bored with her words. She includes enough of life's trials to make her stories feel somewhat real, not as good as Janet Wellington, but good.
I enjoy her happy endings every time.
I like that I can get her books on my Kindle Paperwhite.
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myrna
Loved this story! I have read many of 's Miller's books and all I can say is she just gets better and better!
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rashi jhunjhunwala
enjoyed the entire series
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oolookitty
This is a seriesl and the first of the 4 books, I believe. It has been awhile since I started reading them.
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dj gatsby
Love the book I went to school in Mont. the book brought back memories. I would have liked to know these guys who I think would have liked to be real brothers. but were brought up so very diferent.
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rachel bobruff
Linda Lael Miller is one of my favorite writers. I have enjoyed every
book she has written. Keep up the great work.
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myral smith
Not a bad read but it would have been better without the explicit bedroom stuff. It gets old after awhile.
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rebecca sutter
Linda Lael Miller has found a place in my reading. Love her books and this one was great. Easy and relaxing.
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catty
Another book in this series and can't wait for the author to continue. I am reading faster then she can write but am still waiting.
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themanwhojaped
Superb.
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roseanne
Great to do business with. Product arrived in good condition and I was happy with the product. Would do business with them again.
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konrad
As I have said before this is the first time I have read her books and I find them very enjoyable.
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michael medin
Excellent read , I have enjoyed reading the three books , and look forward to more of Linda,s cowboys and her exquisite description of the the western country life .
Thank you Linda
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anood
I love this book right along with the rest of the sears. it is a good and fun read. I would recome it to any one who like love storys.
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marcie
It was received as described and I was pleased.
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katie clair
another of linda's great books. don't know how she dose it but i really love all of the work she dose.
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kertu meldre
Ms. Miller never disappoints me. Characters were well developed and I fell in love with all of them. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. Easy to read and hard to put down.
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jerusha
Loving her stories. Her story lines are sincere n heartwarming gives hope that there might be places like that in the world
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yeganeh sheikholeslami
Just an easy reading book to pass the time. Something to just relax and enjoy . Have purchased the whole series
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asphodel sternberg
I love Linda Lael Miller. I try to read every one of her books. She always weaves a spellbinding story.
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robyn martins
books we enjoy reading
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mae snaer
I like her stories but could do without the detailed sex acts. Would like to share with granddaughter but won't because of that.
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fatima gomez
This book is well worth the cost. I have never read a book of hers that I did not like.
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nate davis
linda lael miller is a wonderful writer. I have read many of her books and would recommend them to anyone.
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cyntia
This was just as enjoyable as all her books. Just wish she could write faster. Recovering from
a bad back I had lots of time to read....... And it was just finished much too quickly.
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rae ann
Linda Lael Miller never disappoints. I can't wait for another trilogy. I love to hear about the west and the rockies.
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sarah
This is an asset to the series. All of them are more than additions to my library. Glad I got the entire series.
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pam golafshar
Great book - three in the series - I haven't read her books before and I really like them. Recommended
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sam adams
She's one of my favorite authors. An easy to read book that makes you feel good after. Characters easy to connect with.
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m flores de marcotte
As usual, sparks interest in new series, go Linda !!! hope there are many more where that came from. Recommend highly
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david brawley
I don't have to look at the story line, just who the author is. Have read most of her books at the original time of publication
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zora l woo
GOOD READ
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ramya
Loved the characters and the way the author made them come alive. Can't wait to read the other books in this series.
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sims
The 1st book was great. I am now reading the 2nd book and I will most assuredly buy the third book to this series
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raizza encinas
Love Linda L. Miller's books. She writes in a manner that keeps you interested and the characters are real and believable. Good story, you just get wrapped up in their lives.
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nivekian
I really enjoyed this book. It is a fast read and I finished it within a day. It was nice that it didn't have alot of sex in it. Her older books had pages and pages of this that did not add that much to the story line. The only thing that left me not giving it 5 stars, is that there were several things left undone at the end. I won't spoil it by mentioning the particulars. Maybe she will get to those in the next book in the series. Anyway, I did like this book alot.
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charissa
Was a book I had to read to the end right away, If you like romance you'll like this book can not wait to read th others I just hope there not predictable on what will happen, that will ruin the rest of them. Start reading and enjoy it
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lori anderson
Great book as Linda Lail Miller always does her very best. She tells the story and you feel like you are right in the middle of it and can't wait to read the next page
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betsy vega
very enjoyable quick read
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theresa moir
Very nice read
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wade
Love it. Highly recommended. A must read. Two thumbs up. Can't wait for the next one in this series to come out.
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cami
It was okay. I enjoyed it because it continued the lives I have been following, but gets a little boreing in the middle.
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lise laplante
Love Linda Lael Millers western novels and her charterer's . I'm a big advocate of animal rescues and how she brings her love of animals and the local rescue and adoption facilities into her novels and how her characters adopt animals.
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alejandro gamen
this book was hard to put down had to keep reading loved the story plot. when i read the preview of the book i new this was gonna be a book that was a non stop read, enjoyed the characters and there story.
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anke
I read the first book and could hardly wait for this book. I pre-ordered to make sure I got it.
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jos ignacio
I have found Linda Lael Miller to be a great read. Glad I have found her and will continue to ready her books.
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rakhmawati agustina
Big Sky Country is the first installment of Linda Lael Miller's newest series set in Parable, Montana. I really loved reading as Slade and Joslyn's relationship developed.
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maja lena akerblom
A man running around hiding his erections isn't very sexy. It's more like middle-school. And his love interest spent most the book practically catatonic with desire.
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laura zausmer
Light reading/
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lavinia
Wonderful book. Really like how it flows into the next book in the series. Once I started reading it I had a really hard time stopping. Very addictive book and series
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oliviaj1128att net
Good afternoon read. I enjoyed the romance and the challenges the characters faced before finally getting to the ending of the book.
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gunnar
Enjoyed all of the Big Sky Books.
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barry parker
I liked the book but thought it needed more detail or depth. But maybe that's due to there being a second book
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ann wang
Very enjoyable, one of my favorite authors!
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twobears
This series is one of the few I keep. Can't wait for the next one to come out. You can get so caught up in the book, you find yourself in it.
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sheila
I like her books a lot. It's a rainy day read. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a romantic at heart.
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janssen
Linda Lael Miller is one of my favorite authors. Haven't found one of her books that I didn't enjoy;not ready for the story to end when it does. :-) Her characters become your best friends.
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tina yates
Enjoyed this book a lot! Good story line! Enjoy all the charactors in it! Just an over all good book!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lilou1625
Well written with characters you wish you knew in real life. And while I'd never want to live in small-town Montana, this whole series makes it sound incredibly appealing. I especially like how each story builds on the others so you get glimpses into the relationships as they mature, going past the "happily ever after" moment.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
alicia robinson
Every time I think I may have a favorite I pick up another Linda Lael Miller novel and enjoy it even more. The Parable, Montana series is great!!! Definitely a 5 star!
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sara hillman
I truly enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next one. The story was true to life and the simple things that can happen to make of mess of things.
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hajni blasko
I enjoyed it so much I downloaded the rest of the series. Can't wait to read about my favorites and their interests.
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gerri
Great read...love the western romance...verry true to following, believe able...could use more character interaction for me. I will read the rest in the collection!
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laurence
I loved it and am currently reading the second book in the series. It has all the aspects of life.
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shari seitz
As always, Linda spins a great tale of romance! The characters are honest and real, making the book hard to put down.
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carly
I really enjoyed all the Big Sky books so far. A very nice relaxing read to help you unwind at the end of a hectic day.
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kelee
Good read! Easy to follow and can't wait to see what else is to follow
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polej
I really enjoyed. The characters drew you in. Now I'm on to read Hutch's story.
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sarah hoffman
It seemed to start a little slow but eventually you feel like you know the characters...this seems to introduce everyone for the next book in the series.
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adriane
Love this heart warming story! Another great read!! Highly recommend to all fans!!!!! Can't wait to read more books later
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anindita
This was an enjoyable book. Characters were up to her standard. But you knew where it was going and who was going to end up together.

Big Sky Country (New)
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scott hicks
I really enjoyed the book just wish the story would continue on. It would be nice to see what happens later in their life.
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rachel warner
I have always liked Miller's books.
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william hertling
Linda Lael Miller does it again..... Once you start reading the book, you can't put it down and once your finished you can't wait for the next book!
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cheyenne ellis
Can't stop reading one of these books once I start them.
This is just another one the was based on ranching which I love so much.
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mary alice
Definitely not one of her best starts to a series.
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emmy
Great story, hard to put down. Can't wait to read the next one. I love western style romance, good read!
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kyan
This is the first in the Big Sky series, and I have purchased the rest. Easy summer reading. I read it in a day.
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saimandy agidani
Easy reading. The storyline kept me interested. Need to read Ms Millers stories in order.I enjoy all Ms Millers books
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elizabeth thomison
I've only recently started reading Miller. In this sort time I've read her entire McKettrick series and more. This was not disappoint.
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kaveh
This was a pleasant easy read that grabbed my interest right away. Few characters to keep track of. Snuggle up in a comfortable chair, cup of tea at your side and get lost in the book.
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siluetkucing
Always a good read from Linda Lael Miller. Characters are believeable and memorable from one book to the other in her series. Have been reading her books forever!!
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victor mehmeri
Love Linda Lael Miller!! I read everything she writes.
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ashraf
Very good book. I read this series of books out of order and they were still fantastic.

The book came in very good condition.
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mr brammer
Always a good read from this author. Have read most of her books. Looking forward to many more. Thank you
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
maarten koller
Loved the book read all three in the series & can't wait for the 4th. A great book to read.
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karissa dunbar
Great as always
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katherine sturrock
I liked this story fine but was disgusted to find yet another author adding a poor pathetic unwanted teenager that has to come live with Dad-though now days ,even if he isn`t really Dad.
First I don`t like books with kids of any age but teens are the absolute most tiresome with all their angst balony.This is about the 4th plot of this teen thing I`ve read lately.
I would hope the next author who needs to to this would warn us on the cover so we can run away screaming
I did buy this book at the store
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
nacho353
I'm not going to start this off with what the book is about. I think every review so far has done that but I didn't really see what people thought. Well, I loved it. It kept me wanting to finish it all at one time. I look forward to reading the next book.
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jennifer guyer
Good except sexual content was surprising considering how the rest of the book read and completely unnecessary.
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kasra aliha
I have read many of Linda Lael Miller's novels but this one was sooo bad I had to write a review on it. I kept picking it up hoping it would improve and kept putting it down because it just kept getting worse and more boring. It reminded me of a Barbara Cartland book with sex added. The sex was not only stupid and it was totally unrealist. I was so astonished at the sexual attitude of the character Joslyn. She was so phony....being embarassed at not being more active sexually, ha!! is that a awful problem? And the guy, Slade, after hearing that she had been with two other guys she just "had sex with" still proposed!!! ha!, give me a break; I hope some young girl who happened to be reading this book doesn't think that having sex with ONLY three different parners makes her a prud...(after all it just a normal function like eating or bathing) shame on you!!! Linda Lael Miller. I paid $ 7.99 for cheap junk... Somebody must have told her sex sells but it was an unbelievably bad idea in this case. It is hard to believe Ms Miller wrote this book. maybe she hired a ghostwriter for the sex parts! Well, come to think of it, the characters were not well developed either maybe she hired one (ghostwriter) for the whole book. I paid $ 5.99 for cheap junk... I expected better from a seasoned author.
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lynn boser
This was my first book ordered from Kindle & was disappointed it turned out to be a love story--I like mysteries.
Helen
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naviafathona
I liked this book although the pace was a bit slower than I normally like. But as I think about it, it kind of has a laid back feel to it that is similar to one of the main characters. I'm talking about Slade Barlow, of course. It was also a good foundation get to know the people of the town and families, kind of book.
I really liked both main characters. Slade was a rock solid kind of man. Someone who had been cheated out of a lot of things but grew up strong with a great mom. Callie was a out of the usual mom but still she wasn't out there that far. I liked how several people mentioned that Slade was a old-fashioned man, one of those who enjoyed being married. Even his ex-wife Layne said so and they managed to remain on a friendly basis. They understood each other and wanted the best for each other even if they couldn't make it married. That was refreshing.
Joslyn was such an honorable young woman who was trying to do penance for the sins of her step-father. There was so much that went on that she didn't know about. And when she did, the shame was overwhelming. She had left Parable in the dark of night with her mother and housekeeper friend Opal and now she was here back in that same town. She had grown up so much from her spoiled rich days with her step-father. She did still have one really good friend from her youngest days in Parable, her name was Kendra. And she has quite a story too which was shown just a bit more in the book I mentioned below.
The relationship between Slade and his half-brother Hutch wasn't one. But what they did have was rocky and tense often just inches from blows. I kept wondering how would that ever work out if it ever did. Emotions run high more than once in this story and not just between Hutch and Slade.
I like how the author added some fun descriptive phrases in the book. Let me see. Like, returning to her old home was like, "the place was her emotional Ground Zero" or "from that center-point, the calamity had spread, scorched earth fashion, throughout the community....." I enjoyed phrases like that but they also weren't overused to my way of thinking.
Yes, there were some unanswered questions but I enjoyed what was answered.
When it comes to reading more in the series, I've already lined up another one. "Big Sky Mountain: Book 2 of Parable, Montana Series (The Parable Series) continues the story of Hutch, Slade's half-brother. At the end of this book, there is a quick and quite interesting look into that book. It seems like wherever Hutch was, he managed to stir up drama. Yes, looking forward to that one.
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palma boroka
I’m giving this book a 3 which is really more generous than it should be. This book was a lot better than some of the books this author has written. I stopped reading books from LLM because I really believed she wasn’t writing them that they were being ghost written. That being said, as usual the author just kept repeating the same thing over and over. Yes, we know that Slade Barlow was the illegitimate child of John Carmody and John Carmody never acknowledged him, yes, we know that Joslyn Kirk wrote the big checks to the people of Parable that were scammed by her step-father. I read a lot of the reviews and the kittens were mentioned and then I remembered yes, Lucy-Maude was pregnant so what did happen to the kittens? Joslyn never told Slade that she was the one who wrote those checks and she married him without telling him that. But, Slade had his own secrets. It never was revealed what happened in London with Kendra. I think Hutch had such a sadness about him that he hid very well and that he really wants a brother and now maybe he and Slade can become the brothers that they are. All three books in the Parable series are at my public library so I’m not out any money only my time for reading them. I definitely will read the other two books sometime. I want to read Hutch and Boone’s stories.
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tara mcgovern
Slade Barlow, the divorced Sheriff of Parable Montana, grew up as the illegitimate son of wealthy rancher, John Carmody, who never acknowledged him as his son. Now that he is dead, Carmody decides he's going to come clean with the town's worst-kept secret by including Slade in his will. Slade now shares half of his estate with his half brother, Hutch, who was raised by Carmody with all of the rights and perks of that legacy. Joslyn Kirk returns to Parable following the shame of her stepfather's crooked actions that cheated many of the town's residents in an investment scheme. While she had nothing to do with his activities, Joslyn makes it her mission to atone for his actions in a town hostile to her return.

This was an entertaining story of small town western life in the big sky state of Montana. Slade's conflict over his father's bequest, having his teenage stepdaughter live with him for the summer and his struggles with his obvious attraction to Joslyn were the central issues. I never quite understood why he and Joslyn tried to deny their attraction and it became irritating. The secondary characters have potential in making the series very interesting but their roles seem to drift and they ended up pretty one-dimensional, never really taking life. For example, Kendra Shepard, Joslyn's best friend who took her in and has her helping out in her business,inexplicably left town for a few months, leaving her real estate company unattended and then suddenly returns months later when Slade and Hutch decide to do something risky.

While I enjoyed the story, I never really engaged with any of the characters (except Jasper the dog!!) and the plot seemed to meander. I'm hoping the next book in the series is more interesting.
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lydia brown
This is the first book in the "Big Sky" series, but the second one that I read. It suffers in comparison. It mostly sets up the characters for the series without much of a plot. It takes place in the small town of Parable, Montana and introduces the people that will populate future books.The whole series gives a lot of attention to single parenthood, and it's really the relationships between parents and children that provide most of the emotional depth, rather than the romance. The two main characters in this one are Slade the sheriff, and Joslyn, the once spoiled high school beauty queen. Their romance takes almost the entire book to get going, and for no particular reason except inertia. Slade is the illegitimate son of a wealthy rancher who has just died as the book begins. He was brought up by his single mother, and is at odds with his half-brother Hutch (the next book's hero.) He is recovering from an amicable but painful divorce, and his step-daughter (who calls him "Dad") is coming to stay with him for the summer. Joslyn has returned to town after time away due to family scandal, and the two begin to warily eye each other. By the time they actually get together towards the end of the book, the relationship's progression is unbelievably rushed, and not too inspiring. I would recommend reading it only to get the background for the next books which are more interesting.
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mary g
Posted on Romancing the Book's blog
Reviewed by JoAnne
Review Copy provided by Netgalley

Miller is one of my favorite authors having read most of her other books. While an enjoyable read this book didn’t quite draw me in and keep me engrossed as her McKettrick, Stone Creek or Montana Creed series have. Part of it could have been the secrets that Kendra was keeping that were never divulged or the lack of family ties and history that the characters had. But like her other books Big Sky Country is set in a small town in the West with a few cowboys/ranchers thrown in. The character development was slow at times. Joslyn and Slade had chemistry that they tried to fight throughout the story but eventually they gave in to it and the sparks did fly. The romance was slow to materialize and it seemed unrealistic that in such a small town that they could avoid each other as long as they did once their romance ignited. It was fun to watch the give and take between Hutch and Slade and to see the positive turn their relationship took by the end of the story. Shea was a nice addition to the storyline and you could feel her vulnerability shine through but most of the time she was a typical teen who wanted to be a part of things and be loved and often spoke without thinking. The descriptions of the Montana scenery was breathtaking in parts and made you feel that you were there. I look forward to reading the other books in the series and getting deeper and more involved in the lives of those that live in Parable.

Favorite Quote: …and if she hadn’t known it earlier when he kissed her, she knew for sure now. Slade Barlow was absolutely, definitely, inevitably going to make love to her.
And she was not only going to let him, she was going to respond with everything she had.
There was a strange, jangly kind of peace in this dazed clarity, along with a helpless sensation that frightened her a little…
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
kalolani
About:
Big Sky Country is the first in a new series by author Linda Lael Miller set in small town Parable, Montana and revolving around two half brothers and their love interests.

Sheriff Slade Barlow and his half brother Hutch Carmody have bad blood between them. Slade is the illegitimate son, and has never been acknowledged by his father John Carmody, who has now passed away and left both his sons his ranch. Whisper Creek Ranch is worth millions and has been willed evenly to the two brothers.

Considering the circumstances, Slade and Hutch do not get along.
Slade is torn between selling his part of his inheritance to his half brother, or working the ranch fifty fifty. Hutch has grown up spoiled by his rich father, while Slade was raised humbly by his single mom. The small town rumors ran rampant of course, and fueled the brothers dislike of each other.

Ex prom queen Joslyn Kirk is back in town after running off when her stepfather scammed half the town out of their money. Her dad has now passed away, while serving his sentence in prison. Joslyn is hoping she can come back to town and begin a new life for herself. She is afraid she will feel the backlash of what her stepfather did as she tries to set things right.

As soon as Slade and Joslyn see each other again there is instant attraction. Joslyn wonders if she even has a chance with him and Slade is worried that Joslyn is just back in town for selfish reasons and will soon be gone. He does not want to get close to her for fear of having his heart broken but he can't seem to stay away.

Added to the mix is Joslyn's bestie, Kendra Shepherd who has her own love interest, the handsome playboy Hutch. These two have a history together.

My Thoughts:
I easily fell right into Big Sky Country. This kind of story is exactly what I look for when reading a nice contemporary romance. Author Linda Lael Miller works her magic and writes a well developed set of characters, a cozy small town setting and plenty of romantic tension to keep fans of this genre good and hooked.
I also liked that these characters were good to animals. Slade's dog Jasper and Joslyn's cat Lucy-Maude added a heartwarming touch to the storyline since both animals were kind of rescued by these people.
I have to say, I liked Slade's mom Callie and the relationship between the two seemed realistic.

This is is my third time reading this author, and she does not disappoint. A Lawman's Christmas made my top reads last year.

I'm a sucker for stories that feature the good, down to earth kind of hero versus the hot, fly by night type of hero.
Right off the bat, it was all about Slade or Hutch. Just like it's about Edward vs Jacob, Eric vs Bill and Jack vs Sawyer.

I myself preferred Slade. That he was willing to help raise a teenage step daughter by sealed the deal for me. He's the strong, silent type, whereas Hutch is more the flirty, bad boy. Hutch however, has a soft side that he hides well. I wanted these two brothers to patch things up and work the ranch together.

The romance was sweet and slow going, but I like those stolen glances and all that tension.

"He was taller than she remembered, broader through the shoulders. It wasn't even noon and he had a five o'clock shadow , and, furthermore, that quiet confidence of his both drew her and made her want to sprint in the opposite direction.
What was that about?"
p.38, Big Sky Country

With its small town drama, a cast of likable characters and a nice dash of romance and sexual tension, Big Sky Country easily swept me away for a little while. This is a great start to a new series as the author weaves in some supporting characters and gives us just enough of their stories to leave the reader wanting to know what comes next.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
cheyne
Okay so I love Linda Lael Miller. Her books are real, engaging, and sweep you up into the lives of hardworking cowboys. BIG SKY COUNTRY is no different. Not only do you get to escape into the small town of Parable, Montana, but you get to do it with Slade Barlow.

Slade is one very hot and rather surly sheriff. He doesn't really want the job anymore, but there isn't anyone else to take over. Slade is gifted half of Whisper Creek Ranch. He wants a ranch, but the only reason he wants Whisper Creek is because it belongs to Hutch. Brotherly love abounds---even though they've never been close like brothers. But there's a softer side to Slade. We don't only get to see it when he's with Joslyn, but also with his stepdaughter, who's not really his stepdaughter anymore. It is a fun to go through the story with Slade and see him deal with a teenager girl as well as Joslyn.

Joslyn has her own set of problems without Slade added to the mix. She's always had a thing for him though, and when she returns to Parable Joslyn quickly learns that her feelings have intensified rather than waned. I really liked Joslyn. She has a heart the size of the ocean and wants to make right what her father did to the people of Parable. The relationship between her and Slade is fun to watch unrravel. There were plenty of times I laughed at their bickering back and forth. When things finally work out for them I couldn't stop smiling. These two deserve each other.

Hutch and Kendra are good friends with Joslyn. Even though Hutch and Slade don't get along, it's still entertaining to watch them at each other's throats. As secondary characters they added a lot of spunk to the book. After you read BIG SKY COUNTRY you've got to check out BIG SKY MOUNTAIN to find out more of what's going on between Hutch and Kendra.

If you like small country town stories then Linda Lael Miller is the author for you. This is definitely a book I'd recommend.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
arya ptb
3.5 of 5 Stars

With a small town setting,a big hearted cowboy hero, and simmering romance, Big Sky Country is a highly enjoyable summer read.

In Big Sky Country, Joslyn Kirk is a woman who is a bit lost. As a teenager, her step-father had swindled most of the town out of their money and old grudges die hard. Joslyn spent her adult life building her business so she could repay those her father hurt. After selling her business and doing her best to repay damages, she returns to Parable with uncertain goals. Joslyn doesn't know what she wants from life, she had been so focused on fixing her stepfather's mistakes that she never stopped to think about what she really wanted. As she gets settled back home and Sheriff Slade draws her out of her shell, she begins to think that maybe she can have her own dreams. In the meantime, Slade is facing major changes in his life that will affect his future and his own dreams.

I enjoyed reading Big Sky Country. Joslyn and Slade are both really good people. They care for their family members and their town, they have big hearts and both put others before themselves. Slade is a very good man who wants a family and a wife and the picket fence. His type of man is unexpected, especially to Joslyn who never thought about her life beyond making reparations.

Joslyn and Slade's stories unfold slowly, very slowly. In fact, my biggest complaint with Big Sky Country is the pacing. The story is very laid back and slow moving. Slade and Joslyn don't even begin a relationship until the latter part of the the book. Then, when the relationship finally develops more, it happens really quickly. Most of the book is full of character development, background stories, and family histories. While the development is good, it was just long.

However, I kept reading and I am very happy that I did. I got to know the characters, even the secondary ones, and I like them all. Kendra is Joslyn's best friend and that girl has a story coming that I am looking forward to finding out. Slade and his brother, Hutch, have a very intriguing dynamic. They are half-brothers who are only now starting to talk. I felt for both of them, and I am curious as to why their parents allowed them to be ostracized from each other.

While the pacing was slow throughout most of the book, I came to like the characters and get into the setting in Big Sky Country, which is why I rate this book 3.5 of 5 stars. I am looking forward to reading book 2, Big Sky Mountain and finding out what comes next for the characters in the small town of Parable. Big Sky Country does an excellent job of setting the scene for a new series that Cowboy Romance fans will really enjoy.

Since Big Sky Country sets the scene for the series, I recommend reading this book. The Swoon-Worthy Cowboys series is definitely promising. Let's face it romance readers, who doesn't want to read a series called Swoon-Worthy Cowboys, really?

*I received this book for review*
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
kpaul
Linda Lael Miller is definitely a champ when it comes to creating captivating cowboys who charm their lovely ladies, and the hero of "Big Sky Country" is no exception! Slade Barlow has easy-going appeal, slow-burn sensuality, and an innate goodness. He is a divorced step-dad to a teenaged daughter whom he adores. He has a great relationship with his mother, a very unique and spirited lady who never married his father. Slade's bond with his mother, and the fact that both of them moved forward in life without bearing the name of his father, are what really makes the story line stand out. Slade's mother, Callie, runs her own beauty salon which is attached to her trailer-home. She's a lively lady with a big heart, a good head on her shoulders, and her own special sense of style. I am fortunate enough to know women like Callie in my own life, and I admire them and treasure their friendship. Slade is the sheriff in the little community of Parable, MT, and he is at a turning point in his life, trying to decide whether to stay in office or follow his heart and become a ranch owner. Life gets even more complicated when beautiful Joslyn Kirk returns to Parable to clean up the community financial ruin left behind by her deceased stepfather. Things really get stirred around when Slade learns that his late father, who never publicly acknowledged him, has left him half of his fortune. Slade's half-brother, Hutch Carmody, is irate and demands that Slade sell him his half of the estate. Slade and Hutch have always been at odds with each other, many times coming to blows throughout the years. Joslyn and Hutch had a high school romance which became a lifelong friendship, and now it's Slade who makes Joslyn's heart skip a beat. If he didn't have enough going on his life before Joslyn came home, he now can't keep his mind off her and the thought of having her as his lady. When Slade's stepdaughter, Shea, decides that she wants to spend the whole Summer with her dad, Slade realizes he has to give up his sparse bachelor quarters and find a real home. So many complicated decisions for a man who longs for a simple family life on his own ranch! Slade is a strong, quietly-idealistic man who is more than up to the challenge of handling his increasingly complicated existence. I really enjoyed Slade's dry humor and his level-headed approach to keeping the folks of Parable in line. Then there is his romantic, sexy side--he is loaded with pure cowboy appeal and irresistible masculinity. He knows it too, but you just grin along with him--you can't help yourself! Look forward to two more books in the "Parable, Montana" series. The second book is "Big Sky Mountain"--Hutch Carmody's own story.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
skyla collier
My Review:

I am definitely going to like this new series by Linda Lael Miller. Set in Montana ranch country, this little town features some really sexy guys. I do have a thing for cowboys and this is already set up to be a fabulous series.

This book starts with Slade, the town sheriff who was also the illegitimate son to one of the town founders. His father has died and although he never acknowledged him in life, has now left him with half his substantial estate. Slade doesn't quite know what to do with that, either the money or the fact that his father left him it. To complicate things, he's having to deal with Hutch, his half-brother who inherited the other half. They've never gotten along and this change of circumstances certainly hasn't helped that fact.

On the other side of the story is Joslyn. She grew up as one of the town's wealthy elite, until it came out that her step-father ripped off almost everyone in town and went to prison. Since that time, Joslyn has been trying to repay those citizens who were victims although none of them realize it's her behind the substantial checks they've received.

There's a lot of backstory for both these characters. They knew each other growing up, but were both very different people then. I like how their chemistry is so confounding to both of them. They don't know quite what to do with it or even if they want to do anything with it. It's a good chemistry which builds throughout almost the entire book. It made it even more satisfying to read when they finally gave in to that passion.

I really liked all the aspects of this book. I loved Slade and Joslyn. I liked the addition of the stray animals and the teenager, Shea. I loved the town and all the characters therein. It was definitely an entertaining read, but I do admit I felt like the end was rushed and not quite everything was resolved. Maybe, *crossing my fingers*, those other little details are still to come in the next books in the series, because that was really my only complaint about this book.

It set up several story lines that I am excited to see in the next few books, Kendra, Hutch, Boone, Amy (chicken farmer)...so you can see who I hope are the characters who are coming. ;o)

I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jennifer hall
Loved this book! Great new characters, and August seems like such a long wait for the next book...and January for the final is way too far off, but then I'll be done and sorry to have to leave Parable and it's fun, complex citizens.

After what had happened in the past, I found Joslyn's return to Parable odd, as did everyone who knew her. It was one thing for her to sell her business and liquidate her assets to repay the people who had lost money due to her scheming step-father. To move back was kind of hard to believe. But if she hadn't, then we would be missing getting to know Sheriff Slade Barlow and his half-brother, Hutch Carmody. I was taken with Slade's mother, Callie and his step-daughter Shea, plus the dog and cat, and ended up wondering why Lucy-Maude hadn't had her kittens, and wanting more Shea. She's such a great typical teen, rolling eyes and all. She's cute and spoiled, but I really enjoyed Slade's relationship with her. Many of us could take lessons from him, although the ease with which she went along with his rules proved this really is fiction.

I definitely recommend this. I don't think I have ever not loved a Linda Lael Miller book, and this horsey-western made for some lovely summer afternoon reading!
Living in Texas, I normally dread August, but this year I have a treat waiting for me...so hurry up and get here. I want more Parable!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
mustafa ahmad
Saturday, March 10, 2012Review Big Sky Country by Linda Lael Miller
4 STARS
Its a nice romance story that deals with some real issues. Fast easy read. thier is a couple of love scenes.
Sheriff Slade Barlow grew up in a with a single mother and a father who never claimed him or showed him he cared. So Slade was surprised when he was included with his half brother Hutch in the reading of the will. He finally was claimed and left half of the estate.
Hutch did not care about the money but he did care about the ranch. Everyone knew they were half brothers but no one mentioned it. Hutch and Slade have been in a few fights with each other and where never friends.
Hutch is divorced and misses his step daughter who now lives in another state. She wants to come live with him because her mom and new stepfather were going to send her to boarding school for her last two years of school.
Joslyn Kirk has come back to Parable, Montana after years of being gone. They had snuck out of town at night after her stepfather was arrested for conning money from a lot of the town. It was not her fault but she is trying to make amends. Hutch was one of her oldest friends and they dated in high school. He never turned away from her as others did. She is drawn to Slade though.
Kendra is living in Joslyn old home and running a business. She is another old friend and is renting the guest house to her and a job.
It was a good book to relax with. I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review from Netgalley.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
oblomov
I seem to be very hit or miss with Linda Lael Miller titles. I just finished a marathon reading session of the author's action packed Clare Westbrook romantic suspense series and loved it. So I picked up this new title with great expectations only to have them very swiftly dashed.

I'm afraid this new Big Sky series has kicked off with a dud. In a the most concise form possible - this story is boring. It's a complete action vacuum. The entire storyline, pretty lightweight to begin with, drags along at an excruciating pace. There's just too much repetition, introspection, an indecision. In the end it seems like the hero and heroine spend more time relating to supporting characters than each other. For the first half of the novel Josyln literally spends more time talking to her cat than the hero. Hey, I'm just as much of an animal lover as the next girl but...seriously? Furthermore, watching Slade and Joslyn constantly glance at each other, blush, and skitter away is as entertaining as watching water drip from a faucet. At this point I'm not sure I'll ever be able to finish this novel - and that doesn't happen often.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
sonja isaacson
Slade, the local sheriff in town, finds out the father who would not acknowledge him does so in his will when he passes. He is left half of the man's ranch and the other half goes to his half-brother Hutch. Saying they do not get a long is an understatement. As Slade is dealing with this issue his step daughter calls and wants to come stay with him for the summer.
Along comes Joslyn back to town after being away for several years. She comes back to make up for her stepfather cheating the town's folk out of their savings.
Will Hutch and Slade settle their differences and which one will win Joslyn's heart and what about her friend Kendra?
The setting was perfect for a small town and like all small towns news always travels fast. We learn what some of the people think of Joslyn being back in town. The characters are all well done. They each have something to work on throughout the story. I liked Joslyn she has a good heart and a bit insecure at times.
This is the second book I have read by Miller and already looking forward to the second book in the series Big Sky Mountain. I will be looking for more books long the way.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
morgen gallo
I've read this author before and so when I saw it on Netgalley I snagged it. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was slightly hesitant in that I was afraid the author would deliver a similar plot line as her other books I've read. Not so. Other than being the similar in country, the family dramatics involved were much more different than the other series I read.

This book is a quick read. It grabbed me and I quickly needed to know what was going to happen. I enjoyed all the characters. The author has created some memorable relationships between the various characters. First beginning with what they used to be when they were all growing up in the small town and then taking those relationships to a new level now that they have all returned.

It does have a western feel to the story, but anyone who likes a good story to include a romance would enjoy this book. I was also able to get Big Sky Mountain off Netgalley and can't wait to read the next book of the series!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
themanwhojaped
This book was about a man who upon his death splits everything with both of his sons. The only problem is that he never acknowledged the one son. Now Hutch is trying to buy out Slade. In comes Jocelyn who has returned to Parable to repay all the people that her step-father swindle all those years ago. Sparks are flying between them. Kendra has hired Jocelyn to work in her real estate office. Sparks are flying between Hutch & Kendra. Now Slade's step-daughter wants to come live with him for the summer. Mom agrees. As the book ends, there is a race to see how the ranch will be split. Slade wins but instead of taking the house, he accepts the offer from Hutch to buy out his half of the ranch. Slade & Jocelyn are getting married. Kendra curses Hutch out then leaves. Can't wait to read the next book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
andoc55
This was another wonderful western romance by Linda Lael Miller. I feel that I can depend on her for heart-warming romances. Joslyn is back in town after leaving in the night with her mother and housekeeper when the scandal broke that her stepfather conned a large number of people out of their life savings in a scam. She had been a pampered princess until this time. Since then she has grown up, gone to college, and started a software company but there was always something missing. She sold her company and used the money to anonymously pay back the people her stepfather defrauded.

Slade Barlow is the county sheriff now but he grew up the unacknowledged illegitimate son of the wealthiest rancher in the area. Now his father has died and has left Slade half of his estate. However, he has to get along with his half-brother Hutch when they have been rivals all of his life. He is also a man who has gone through a divorce and is a little hesitant to start a new relationship especially with a woman he thinks might leave.

Nonetheless, Joslyn and Slade do start a relationship which is complicated by the fact the Hutch is her former boyfriend and now is her friend and Slade's stepdaughter, now a teenager, wants to come and live with him. He adores her and probably, in fact, married her mother so that he could be her father but a 16-year-old girl who is giving her mother fits is pretty disruptive to his lifestyle.

Lots happens in this story as Joslyn and Slade work on their romance and Slade and Hutch also try to work out what their relationship will be. I look forward to the sequel Big Sky Mountain in August in the hopes that Hutch will find a romance too.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
walllyg
Linda Lael Miller has been one of my favorite authors for several years, but this novel was disappointing. The plot strands were too numerous; the relationship between the main female and the main male characters was never well developed. I hope the next book in the series is better.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
cindy cruz
As a collector of LLM books I can honestly say Big Sky Country could have been better. The plot was good but the story kept bounching around way to much for my taste. First, the author eluded to possibly Hutch Carmoody getting together with Joslyn Kirk because of a so called past the two had. Then she suddenly puts her with Slade Barlow, Hutch's illegitimate brother.(They had the same father but different mothers). I can honestly say I was somewhat disappointed I was under the assumption that this newest offering would be like her Stone Creek, Mckettrick and Creed novels but it wasn't. Don't get me wrong, as much as I love Linda Lael Millers books I didn't "Love" this one. Especially since she kind of eluded to Slade and his step daughter being linked biologically, WTF? I kept saying over and over while reading this story. I wouldn't recommend buying this book rather just borrowing it from someone or your local library.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
laura wuerstl
3.5 stars. A lovely story about love, forgiveness, trust, reconnecting, and of course horses, cowboys, truck, a dog and even a cat. You take a young woman scarred from a crime her step-father committed which hurt almost her whole town. Give her the strength to come back and try to make good on it. Then you take an outcast illegitimate cowboy sherif who never knew the love of a father. He had to watch his father's legitimate son raised wealthily and respected while he and his mother struggled. You put these two childhood friends together among old boyfriends, ex wives, angry towns people and insecurities and you have one wild ride mixed with country charm.
A great beginning to a series I plan on following. I can't wait for the next book. Good old fashioned romantic comfort reading.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
gary kidd
A great read! I thoroughly enjoyed being welcomed to the location of the newest trilogy books from Linda Lael Miller - Parable, Montana. The characters were welcoming and easy to like (most of them!) and the setting of this story is once again a beautiful piece of the west that we've grown to love right along with the author. We're also introduced to characters that will be more established in the coming book(s) (I hope!)

If you're into contemporary romance, particularly set in the west, you'll be happy to read Big Sky Country. An easy read, great for your vacation reading or just a little bit of escaping from the everyday!

This book was released on May 29, 2012.

Note: This book was provided to me on behalf of the publisher via NetGalley.com in exchange for my honest review. I received no compensation for this review.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
veronica auri
Big Sky Country, just the title alone makes me want to spend sometime in the great outdoors. I love opening and inviting titles to books, in encourages me to pick them up and read them fast! Which I am so glad I did with Big Sky Country! Slade Barlow is a man's man, sheriff in his small town and strong both physically and mentally, which he honestly would have to be after his life!. His half brother Hutch is another manly guy, with a less hard childhood, but still some issues in his past. They tying force to these two has passed away and split his fortune right down the middle. How they handle it is a great story!
Joslyn Kirk returns home during all of the manly showdowns and has some moments with her best friend and a once crush. It is great to see how she figures out her life, while paying for the sins of others! One can only hope for total happiness for this girl, and in the end she gets it!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
deb ley
This new series takes place in the small town of Parable, Montana. The tale offers us Joslyn Kirk's and Slade Barlow's story. Joslyn has just returned to the town of Parable after her family left years ago in the middle of the night. She and her mother where shamed into leaving when her step-father was sent to jail for swindling half of the town folk out of their money. Joslyn has recently sold her successful company and has secretly begun paying them back. Parable has always been home to her and so she returns. Her best friend, Kendra Shepherd, gives her a job as a receptionist in her successful real estate business. Joslyn finds herself living in the guest house of the home she and her family once owned. Swoon worthy Sheriff Slade Barlow is living in limbo after a painful divorce that left him more upset about the lost of his step-daughter then his wife. He is due for re-election, but secretly dreams of owning his own ranch. Things are about to get a little crazy for him. He learns the father who never claimed him as a son has left him half of Whisper Creek Ranch. As if that wasn't enough he bumps into Joslyn the former beauty and rodeo queen who stirred something in him as a teenager. The chemistry between them is all fireworks. Both are hung up on their own personal demons and neither knows how to react. They choose avoidance...however this doesn't work at all, and the tale that unfolds is delightful.

I love the town of Parable and we meet some memorable characters. There is Hutch the legitimate son of John Carmody and the half-brother of Slade. Kendra Shepherd looks like a million bucks and personifies success, but inside she is lonely and fearful of love. Other characters make the tale and the town come alive and I look forward to hearing more of their stories. I likes both Slade and Joslyn, they are good people and their pasts present them with a lot of emotional luggage. Seeing them dance around the fireworks that occur whenever they are near each other is hilarious. When the two of them finely connect..the results are smoking! While there is some sexual content it is mostly implied and shouldn't offend my more delicate readers.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
chris volinsky
Big Sky Country is my very first Linda Lael Miller book...ever....I know! I'm as shocked as you are. I think she has such a large backlist that it can be daunting trying to figure out where to jump in at. I was asked to read this one, which happens to be the beginning of a series and thought there was no better time to try her work then right now.

Sheriff Slade Barlow has always known that his father was the wealthiest man in town and he's also known the man didn't care about him at all. Slade grew up with a single mother who tried her best to make ends meet by doing hair for every woman in town. She was a great mother, and Slade obviously adored her, but rich they were not. Slade watched as his half brother Hutch got handed everything by the man who only a father to one of them.

There was definitely no love lost between the two brothers Hutch and Slade. Or so they would have had each of them believe. Glimpses of more come through their stoic emotions and so I think there may be more beneath the surface. After their father dies and the leaves Slade a rather large sum of money in addition to half the family ranch he isn't sure what to think about the man who fathered him as well as his brother who suddenly is showing up everywhere trying to get him to sell him his side of the ranch.

Joslyn slunk out of town years ago as teenager under the cover of night when her step father swindled half the town out of their retirement funds and savings accounts. Anonymously she has been studiously paying those families back and has decided to come back to the one place she ever felt at home. It's extremely important to her that no one knows that the money that has been showing up in their mailboxes is from her. She bares the pain from the nasty stares and the mumbling behind her back never once letting on that she is affected by it.

I loved both Slade and Joslyn but I thought the actual love story was lacking. There wasn't enough heat for me to believe these two together would be a good thing. I was much more interested by the evolving relationship of the brothers and Joslyn separately. It felt like the author was as well because for a romance book there wasn't nearly enough interaction between the main characters. There was also a ton of set up for the second book, Big Sky Country, in which Hutch and Joslyn's best friend, Kendra. Much more than I would think would be needed and time that could have been given to making the connection between Slade and Joslyn more believable.

So while I enjoyed the book as a whole I thought the romance was lacking and not well thought out. I will definitely be reading the second book anyway because...well...COWBOYS, need I say more? Ok ok and I want to see the brothers come to peace with their past and move on. The scenery is totally picturesque and well wrote and it's somewhere I'd love to experience myself.

I give Big Sky Country by Linda Lael Miller 3.50 stars!

Nikki @ Ramblings From A Chaotic Mind
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
tejasvi ravi
Audiobook version

Cute story. Liked the plot and storyline.

The way Hutch is with Slade makes me nuts. I can't stand him or the way he treats Slade. But Hutch with anyone else makes me feel bad for him and understand his situation. But then he interacts with Slade and I am back to hating him. I eventually grow to like him, maybe even becoming one of my favorite characters of the series. This was an easy book to listen to and kept me interested throughout.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
dawn dickson
Hott Synopsis
They may be brothers, of a sort, but that doesn't mean that they have to act like it. It's not like Hutch's father ever acknowledged Slade, the son he had before he got married, so why should Hutch?
But when their father dies and leaves his estate to the brothers jointly, it seems as if he was just itching to start a fight - not that it would be the first between the men.
All Hutch can think about is the ranch that should be his.
All Slade can think about is his steamy new neighbor.

Hott Review
There were some very steamy sections but overall it was just a really good book - I can't wait for the next one!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
caner
4.5 stars.

Big Sky Country is the outstanding first installment of Linda Lael Miller's newest series set in Parable, Montana. A beautifully written, complex novel that will capture your heart as love slowly grows between Sheriff Slade Barlow and Joslyn Kirk.

Slade Barlow is the classic strong silent type. Despite being from "the wrong side of the tracks", he is comfortable in his own skin and oozes self-confidence. Slade is calm and in control, rarely acting on impulse. Slade shares a strong bond with his mother, Callie and he is on friendly terms with his ex-wife and stepdaughter Shea. His unexpected inheritance complicates his already contentious and competitive relationship with his half-brother Hutch.

Growing up in Parable, Joslyn Kirk was a rich kid who had it all. Wealthy stepfather, big mansion, and fancy car until she, her mother and housekeeper/friend fled Parable following her stepfather's arrest. Feeling disconnected and on the fringes of life, Joslyn returns to the place she considers home. Her homecoming proves to be a learning experience as she discovers a few truths about herself as she renews old friendships and begins a new life. She fights her unwanted attraction to Slade with a bristly attitude that is sometimes quite frustrating. She is relatively inexperienced with men and her shyness is an unexpected delight.

The secondary cast of characters is well-developed and quite likable. Joslyn's friend Kendra Shepherd is an enigmatic character with a bit of a secret past. She and Hutch share an explosive past and the sparks continue to fly between them. Slade's stepdaughter Shea is a typical teenager and her relationship with Slade reveals just how kindhearted he is.

Slade and Joslyn's relationship slowly unfolds throughout Big Sky Country. Both characters undergo a great deal of growth as they cope with the changes occurring in their lives. Watching Slade and Hutch make inroads in their fractious relationship is quite fascinating. I am looking forward to seeing how their relationship grows in the next book of the series, Big Sky Mountain.

Big Sky Country is a captivating story that is delightfully heartwarming. Linda Lael Miller once again charms her readers with multi-faceted and engaging characters, a compelling storyline and a sweet romance. Definitely a recommended read for anyone who enjoys contemporary western romances.

Review copy obtained from publisher through NetGalley.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
roshan
Throughout this book, I was trying to figure out if this was a love story about Slade and Joslyn or Hutch and Kendra OR maybe both. Add to that the emotional relationship between the late John Carmody's legitimate son Hutch and his illegitimate son Slade and you have an intriguing storyline that keeps you so interested you won't want to put this book down. I recommend this book to anyone wanting a FANTASTIC romantic story that takes place in Montana. I look forward to the next book in Big Sky country by Linda Lael Miller.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
clarke
Set in Parable, Montana this is a fabulous story packed full of sibling rivalry, family skeletons and a good old dose of cowboy romance. The characters are well rounded; I especially liked Opal the housekeeper who just seemed like a wonderful old lady and a great person to look after you.

I found myself caught up in the `will they won't they' romantic struggle between Joslyn (the Homecoming Queen who has returned to her home town to try and right some wrongs from the past) and Slade (the town Sheriff who has finally been acknowledged by his father...in his will, and finds himself at loggerheads with his half brother who considers himself the rightful heir).

I have suddenly found myself a fan of Linda Lael Miller and I am impatiently awaiting the second book in this trilogy (Big Sky Mountain) because I really want to know how things turn out for Joslyn, Slade and Opal. But I'm also really intrigued to know what death-bed secrets were so important that Kendra's ex-husband had her fly all the way to London to confess. I also want to know if she and Hutch (Slade's half brother) get over their stubbornness and become the couple they should be!
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
john norman
I've gotten used to Miller's contemporary books having lots of sex and tension. But this one didn't even have much romance to begin with. It was so slow and I skipped so many pages, which I never do with a Miller book. But this one was just a waste of time. Though it did create much interest in Kendra and Hutch, it revolved too much around Shea, the brothers' rivalry, and Opal returning.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
parishrut
I've always been such a fan of Linda's that there was no doubt in my mind that I was going to fall in love with this series. I actually bought the first 2 books at the same time. Imagine how disappointed i was when I realised that this story was boring and going nowhere fast. It seems like all of her Cowboy books are beginning to sound alike, with the same storylines as the last one. this is a new day Mrs. Miller. Try to come up with something besides the saame old stories.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
sorrel
Linda Lael Miller's writing is usually great for an enjoyable afternoon read; however, this plot drowns in minutiae. The story is cluttered with facts that do not seem to contribute to the plot at all and with random actions that have no conclusion. For instance, the heroine's bff is called to London to attend her ex's deathbed then dashes back to view a horse race. What happened in London? Just too jumbled for me. This is book one of a continuing saga, but does not inpire me to purchase the next installment.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
barbara rich
I enjoy the Big Sky series, love that there are 6 books with overlapping characters. There is a lot of character back story and development, but not much courtship. But a good happy ending series, Classic Miller Cowboy book
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
onie whitehead
I love Linda Lael Miller's book, but this series (and I've read the first two books) really caught me up. You become linked to the characters. You care about their lives after the end of the book and of course want to read more about them. Ms. Miller lets you do just that almost seamlessly.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
breann
I have read Linda Lael Miller books for a long time. They never disappoint you, she always tells a good story. The Big Sky Country is a good read and I look forward to reading all of her following books related to the Big Sky Country
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
okojosan
Intriguing read, reads fast. Nice love story.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
ginny mcnabb
Same sort of story as all the others. It gets bogged down so much it disappointed me a lot. I've enjoyed some of the other books written by Linda Lael Miller but so many words go on and on about what the characters are thinking. I wanted them to do something or for the story to get interesting... and move along. Disappointed.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
skooter
I first read this book a year and half ago when it came out but decided to re-read them all now that all 6 books are out as each book leaves you with a cliff hanger. I love Joslin and Slade together and he just the perfect alpha male.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kellie jones
It was one of three books and I didn't want to miss any of them. It takes place in a small town where people have known each other forever . Sometimes you don't like what they do but you stick by them anyway.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
debbi hoffner
Always a winner with Linda Lael Miller. Her description of the west and the perfect small town makes you wish you lived there. The romance is not just between the characters but with the land itself. And I especially enjoy the subtle mystery of future romance between the secondary characters
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
pietro
Linda L. Miller maintained her high quality standards of storytelling. I have yet to be disappointed with one of her books. This was especially endearing because of the guilt Joslyn felt at the wrongs done by her stepfather. Loved it!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
gherghescu valentin
I enjoy a romance book with the western setting. Linda did not disappoint. This book gives you happy, sad, funny and romance. I especially enjoy it when children are involved. They add the right touch to complete the book. I'm anxious to read the whole series.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
nadta
this is a great story of love and forgiveness. I loved these characters and I can't wait to read more from this author.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
allison rockwell
This was real fast reading
I was pleased by how caterpillars you right into the story. her stories are very well written. Go out of my way to read her books.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
mariomilha
Linda Miller knows her craft. She was able to transform what could have been one of the most complicated plots in the history of contemporary novels into a beautiful and delightful love story that will make you wish you also had a man like Sheriff Slade. I was deeply engaged.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jerry t
slade had to learn to trust again. Joslin was trying to make up for what her stepfather did.they both found each other.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
aristogama inounu
Very good story line. Thoroughly enjoyable read. Linda does a very good job of keeping you interested in turning the pages.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
stephanie hasham
This book started slow and ended slow. The relationship between the main characters seemed second to the relationship of the brothers. I kept reading it only because I wanted to know how the brothers got along. Maybe the next book will be better.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
theyllek
It was nice reading about the ranch life and family life. I have enjoyed riding horses all my life. We lived in the country and the kids had a pony.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
beebo
it was great and I like the ending
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
maxie
This western is enjoyable
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
peter
One star is as generous as I can be. The characters spend most of the book running into each other accidentally where two things happen: She gets flustered. He gets aroused. That's it. That's your story. Ms. Miller spends most of the book setting up the plot of the next one. Not that I'll bother with it if #1 is any indication of what I can expect.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
david connors
thank you
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
andrea vincent
I read Big Sky River first--this is just as good. I love country romances. Love the characters and setting and animals.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
fission chips
Enjoyed the series
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
courtaney walter
I would have to say Linda Lael Miller writes the best western romance books! Her stories touch me. She knows how to paint a picture with her words and that is whats so beautiful about her books! I can sit around on a lazy day and do nothing but read one of her books!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
sara arrigoni
Good story, kept me interested but when it came to the bedroom scene, I don't care to read about it in detail; I skimmed over that part in a hurry.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
stephanie molnar
I loved the way this book tied into the last one. As usual she had a great story line. I always read her books cause there the best cowboy romance novels ever.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
abby diaz
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Humor, and a lot of human interest.
I really did not want to put it down.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
orko
I am so glad Ms Miller wrote another book in this series because I can't wait to read the next one...
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
sindhuja sagar
Enjoyed it! Would recommend it to others. Nice read. Modern & believable. Looking forward to reading others in the series.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
lilia
I enjoyed the book
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
nolly
It was a great book can't wait to read the others. Actually I'm re reading them again! They are all great books.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
alan page
Easy read, true to small town life. Enjoyed the story. This book ends needing to get the next book in the series to see whst happens within their group of friends.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
nono
As usual Linda Lael Miller writes another story that makes you care about the characters. When you finish the book, you feel you know these people because you have come to care for them and their happiness.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lucian barnes
Classic quality from Linda Lael Miller. She never, ever disappoints. I fear my husband may confiscate my Kindle, and it's all due to Linda Lael Miller! She tells stories everyone wants to hear! This new series is a MUST!!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jacky faber
Great, simple romance with fun characters and a nice beginning to the series. If you like the west, horses and romance then enjoy.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
hanieh
Loved this story. Miller's books are easy reading and can be done in an evening.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
courtney d avella
This is a great series. Now I have another favorite author!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
anh lyjordan
Legendary
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
amandalewis3
Very good
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
michaela ward
was a good series. a another of Linda Millers BOOKS . A LITTLE TO MUCH ELISAED IN PARTS. GOOD STORY LINE
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