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Big Sky Country [Mass Market Paperback]

Linda Lael Miller
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May 29 2012 Big Sky (Harlequin)
The "First Lady of the West," #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller is back with a new series about Parable, Montana-where love awaits. 

The illegitimate son of a wealthy rancher, Sheriff Slade Barlow grew up in a trailer hitched to the Curly-Burly hair salon his mother runs. He was never acknowledged by his father-until now. Suddenly, Slade has inherited half of Whisper Creek Ranch, one of the most prosperous in Parable, Montana. That doesn't sit well with his half brother, Hutch, who grew up with all the rights of a Carmody. Including the affections of Joslyn Kirk, homecoming queen, rodeo queen, beauty queen-whom Slade has never forgotten 

But Joslyn is barely holding her head up these days as she works to pay back everyone her crooked stepfather cheated. With a town to protect-plus a rebellious teenage stepdaughter-Slade has his hands full. But someone has to convince Joslyn that she's responsible only for her own actions. Such as her effect on this lawman's guarded heart.


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"Miller tugs at the heartstrings as few authors can." -Publishers Weekly

"Linda Lael Miller creates vibrant characters and stories I defy you to forget."-#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber

"Miller excels at creating extended-family dynamics in an authentic western small-town setting and richly populating her stories with animal as well as human characters."-Booklist on A Creed in Stone Creek

"[Miller] is one of the finest American writers in the genre."-RT BookReviews

About the Author

The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is the author of more than 100 historical and contemporary novels. Now living in Spokane, Washington, the \u201cFirst Lady of the West\u201d hit a career high when all three of her 2011 Creed Cowboy books debuted at #1 on the New York Times list. In 2007, the Romance Writers of America presented her their Lifetime Achievement Award. She personally funds her Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women. Visit her at www.lindalaelmiller.com.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A 5 STAR WESTERN ROMANCE - VERY GOOD STORY April 3 2013
By RJPP TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
BIG SKY COUNTRY is another wonderful written story by the queen of Western Romance, Linda Lael Miller.

Speaking of queens, meet Joslyn Kirk. She was the homecoming, beauty and rodeo queen while growing up in Parable, Montana. Joslyn works hard while trying to make ends-meet, and pay back what her stepfather cheated from people, as she feels responsible for his actions.

Slade Barlow was also raised in Parable and is now the Sheriff of the town. His mother raised him and his brother Hutch, (who is the lead character in Big Sky Mountain released on July 31, 2012), by herself as their rich no good father never had anything to do with them, until now. The two brothers just inherited the Whisper Creek Ranch, half to each son. Hutch isn't happy about sharing the ranch with his brother. He's even less happy about sharing his heart with Joslyn. See who will win the heart of the beautiful and caring Joslyn, and will this drive a wedge between the two brother.

The author created some very likable characters, and some not so likable. The story is gripping, suspenseful and well written. A memorable read. Highly recommended to those who enjoys a good romance novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful first installment of Ms. Miller's next series May 29 2012
By K. Branfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
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.

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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible, boring, drawn out, intro-for-the-next-book-in-the-series book June 18 2012
By T.G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Whole Lot of Nothing - Boring 1.5 Stars June 25 2012
By BiblioPhile - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good beginning, but bogs down and leaves the reader dangling June 26 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Western Romance June 5 2012
By K. M. Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
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