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Loving Cara: Love Under the Big Sky | [Kristen Proby]

Loving Cara: Love Under the Big Sky

Cara Donovan's summer tutoring job is turning out to be a challenge - and not just because of her troubled 12-year-old student. It's his uncle Josh who's the real problem. If problem is the word for an irresistibly cocky, muscle-bound rancher with a taste for tight Levi's and shameless flirtation…Cara is nothing like the wallflower Josh King remembers good-naturedly teasing in high school. This Cara is gorgeous, confident, fun. From the moment the fiery teacher steps foot on his family's Lazy K Ranch, the stubborn playboy is determined to corral her. So what happens when his luscious lover takes over the reins?
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Publisher's Summary

Chemistry was never this sexy in high school.

In her sizzling new series, USA Today bestselling author Kristen Proby sets the stage for a passionate reunion under the breathtaking Montana sky.

Cara Donovan's summer tutoring job is turning out to be a challenge - and not just because of her troubled 12-year-old student. It's his uncle Josh who's the real problem. If problem is the word for an irresistibly cocky, muscle-bound rancher with a taste for tight Levi's and shameless flirtation.…

Cara is nothing like the wallflower Josh King remembers good-naturedly teasing in high school. This Cara is gorgeous, confident, fun. From the moment the fiery teacher steps foot on his family's Lazy K Ranch, the stubborn playboy is determined to corral her. So what happens when his luscious lover takes over the reins?

The first in a steamy trilogy, Kristen Proby's enthralling novel is filled to the brim with one hardworking family's triumphs and challenges, all the wild adventure of the modern West, and a whole lot of titillating fun.

©2013 Kristen Proby (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

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    Satinstitcher 01-22-14
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    "The Montana guys are my current favorites"

    Listen to Cara, Lauren, and for the Holidays Grace (Baby it's cold outside, starts at chapter 16) over and over! I can't wait for January 27th for Jillian's story. I was sad to find out there will only be three books in the series but excited that Kristen Proby going South for her new adventure. Until then I'll be " satisfied" with the North Western folks. I didn't think Kristen Proby could ever top the Seattle stories but then she melted quite a bit of snow in Montana. I'll have to see if she can bring the spices of New Orleans to the pages of her next region.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 01-24-14
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 01-24-14

    Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books

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    "WOW Supper Hot Josh & Horses ! Oh Yes Yes Yes :)"
    Any additional comments?

    Loving Cara is the first book in author Kristen Proby’s newest series, Under the Big Sky and talk about one hell of a debut. I loved everything about the book from start to finish.

    Cara Donovan and Josh King have known each other for years. They went to high school together and still live in the same small town but despite the geography, they really don’t see much of each other. That all changes when Cara gets a job tutoring Josh’s nephew over the summer. Seth’s mother drops him off at the King’s family ranch and leaves without so much as a backward glance. Zach, Josh’s brother and Seth’s father, is in the Army and overseas for at least another month which means Seth was now Josh and his parents responsibility. No problem, right? Wrong. Seth needs a whole lot of love and attention to bring him out of the anger he’s settled into. He also needs whole lot of help in the schooling department which is where Cara comes in and ends up as Seth’s tutor. Luckily Cara is up for the challenge. Of course that means Cara and Josh will be spending a whole lot of time together and soon the attraction they both feel is too much to deny. Josh can’t believe his high school friend has grown into such a beautiful and smart woman and Cara is in awe of the handsome, sexy, and caring Josh. Sparks will fly and lust will ignite all while helping a young man learn to trust and love again. Will they all get their happy ending?

    Man, I devoured this book. In less than a day. Cara and Josh have some serious heat building from the very beginning and it slowly builds at a delicious pace until they both decide to take the next step and holy hell. These two are HOT together! But beyond that, Cara and Josh come together to help Seth, and that’s where they shine. Where Josh is stern, Cara balances him out with a softer side and Seth stands to learn a lot from both of them. Of course there are a few bumps in the road for Cara and Josh, which makes it more emotional and intense and that much better. Along the way we meet Cara’s best friend Jillian, Jillian’s brother Ty, and at the end, Zach, Seth’s dad. All of them are fabulous, complex characters and I suspect we will be seeing more of them in this series and I can’t WAIT!

    If you’re looking for a romance with serious heat, loads of emotions and a small town feel, this is the book for you! Thank you, Kristen, for a fantastic book and a series I look forward to continuing!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cmelliott dothan, AL, United States 01-23-14
    Cmelliott dothan, AL, United States 01-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I moving to Cunningham Falls, Montana."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Loving Cara to be better than the print version?

    Normally I enjoy reading a book myself, because I like to paint my own pictures from the author's words. This audio book was amazing. I felt that Deacon Lee and Elizabeth Louise did a superb job in portraying the range of emotions of the characters without losing the feel of the book.


    What other book might you compare Loving Cara to and why?

    As I read this book I was reminded of the talented Nora Roberts and her family spun series.


    Have you listened to any of Deacon Lee and Elizabeth Louise ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this was the first time listening to the two actors.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was invested in the characters and went through the range of emotions with them. I cried for Seth and Zack and wanted to reach out to hug both of them. I cheered for Cara and Josh and laughed with them during tender moments. I booed the mean girls.


    Any additional comments?

    I truly love this first book from the Under the Big Sky Series and anxiously await more. I purchased this book on every format available.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 02-08-14
    Lia Sutton, Australia 02-08-14 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "3.5 stars Good but not great"

    This is the book in a nutshell.
    Ranch in Montana
    Sexy, alpha-male (w/o being obnoxious), kind, loyal, loving cowboy - Josh
    Pretty, smart, kind, loyal and loving teacher - Cara
    Throw in a sad and hurt boy (Seth); a pained brother (Josh's twin) with some PTSD from Afgan and a nutty BFF (Cara's BFF) and you have a very lite sweet romance.

    I think the book started off strong. I thought that Seth would play a larger, more angst-y role in the book. Would have added more depth to the book.

    The characters are fairly superficially written. Meaning that I garnered very little understanding beyond them being good-looking nice people. Although Cara's insecurity about being fat (although my guess is that she's a size 8/10 instead of a 0/2, so she feels fat and the obnoxious jealous caddy women call her 'fat' b/c she isn't emaciated?). But her insecurity got really old. The more she complains about it, points it out or let's other women make her feel badly about her weight- the less I liked her.

    I gave this book 3 1/2 stars I can 'like' books that are totally romance-lite (oh - with lots of 'steamy' scenes). Sometimes it's easy to read a book that doesn't make you cry, churn your stomach or make you sweat things out. Just a very lite, quickly forgotten, but a sweet innocent ride along the way. (formulaic - hot 'popular' sought after bachelor male runs into former shy high school colleague, falls immediately for her, pursues her romantically, brings her out of her shell, things get bad, she runs away, he chases her, they promise to love each other, the end. Oh, and it's obvious there is another book in the series - Josh's brother is back from his tour and needs to reunite with his son and his family...more to come.
    I am not a fan of dual narration however, Deacon Lee and Elizabeth Louise did a good job with the delivery of the story

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer SMITHFIELD, NC, United States 01-27-15
    Amazon Customer SMITHFIELD, NC, United States 01-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "lovely"
    Where does Loving Cara rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    in the middle


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Loving Cara?

    when Josh arrived after the tree fell on her house


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when josh told misty off


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    when seth told cara about the men beating him


    Any additional comments?

    great book to read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aundrea Richardson 01-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Unsparked"

    First time with this writer. A bit dull. Not enough sexual excitement. Stronger story line with a bit more tragedy.

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    Galileo 12-30-14
    Galileo 12-30-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Light and fluffy"

    The performance wasn't bad, although not the best I've heard. The story was sweet and light. Actually, I really appreciated the lack of angst!

    I would have loved more description of the ranch. It was the scenery- both of the nature variety and the male variety 😉 that really helped this story move along.

    The characters are solid people- no hidden skeletons, no messed up traumatic experiences to overcome. Just simple people making their way and falling in love.

    I recommend this story for that light and fluffy read ❤️

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    beth 09-16-14
    beth 09-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Love this new series by Kristen Proby"
    If you could sum up Loving Cara in three words, what would they be?

    Worth reading again


    What did you like best about this story?

    The playfulness between Cara and Josh


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Josh shows up at the hotel and at Jillie's house.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 02-01-14
    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 02-01-14 Member Since 2011

    I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)

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    "Very good start to the series :D"

    4 stars

    This was a very enjoyable story. I really liked both Car and Josh, along with the host of secondary characters that filled out the story nicely. Although I've been wanting to try Proby's With Me in Seattle series but haven't gotten to it yet so this story is my first by her. It was well worth the read and has made me decide to read Proby's With Me series sooner rather than the later I had originally intended. :D

    Cara is a school teacher in a small town. She was a little overweight when she was younger and tended to get teased by the mean girls in her school. Because of this, even though she looks great now and her curves are plentiful but in a way that attracts men, Cara is still a little down on herself in the self image area. Outside of this, Cara is a smart and caring woman that people can't help but like. When she's looking for some extra money over the summer vacation, her boss lets her know that the King family needs a tutor for Seth, Josh's Nephew.

    Josh is a good guy and runs his family's ranch. He loves the ranch and never wants to leave it. He dates but hasn't been very active for the last year. Josh has a twin (identical) named Zach who is overseas in the Army. Josh is surprised one day to find Zach's soon to be ex-wife at their ranch, dropping Seth off and making horrible comments about Seth not being her problems any more and such as that (right in front of Seth) and then goes off with her new man. Since Zach is still in the Army, Josh and his parents take care of Seth until Zach gets back but find that Seth has behavior issues that have caused problems in his schooling. They decide to get his a tutor to help him get back to where he should be before the next school year starts.

    Josh and Cara have known each other ever since they were kids. Josh did tease Cara a bit but it was in a nice, friendly way, not a mean way. They lost track of each other over the years and saw each other occasionally but usually at a distance in passing. When Cara shows up at the King ranch to start her lessons with Seth, Josh is surprised at just how much Cara has changed and how attracted he is to her. He's always liked Cara but never felt the pull to her that he does now. Josh quickly makes up his mind to pursue Cara and get her to go out with him. Cara has always crushed on Josh a bit and is surprised when he seems to be flirting with her. She tries to take it with a grain of salt, thinking that she shouldn't date Josh because she's sort of working for him. This doesn't last very long though as Josh convinces her to take a chance on him. Seth is a great secondary character and there's some drama surrounding him and his problems and how to get through to him. Fortunately, Cara is very smart and sweet and is able to get his trust and he begins to pull out of some of his issues. Things aren't great though as is becomes apparent that Seth's mom told him all sorts of lies about Zach making Seth very angry at him.

    Cara and Josh start to see each other but almost immediately there's some problems with Cara's house and she ends up moving in with Josh. Things move quickly but since they've known each other for years it doesn't seem too bad...it's not an insta-love but it is quick. There's a few personal issues that cause a bit of drama, like Cara's self image issues (she doesn't harp on them and get annoying about it...it just comes up a few times here and there) and a jealous witch (Misty...big surprise with that name) that tries to split Cara and Josh up in order to get to Josh. To be honest one of the best parts of the book for me was when Josh tells Misty off...I loved it! Josh certainly had a lot of good moments. For the majority of the book he was possessive, strong and yet caring and always seemed to know the right thing to say or do. At one point, Josh is telling Cara how he loves her body, he loves all her gorgeous curves, how soft and smooth her skin is and then (in my favorite line in the book) Josh tells her "The sexiest curve on your body is your sweet smile". Sigh! For the most part there's not a major amount of drama surrounding Josh and Cara's relationship until the end. Cara ends up hearing something that wasn't about her and she thought was which hurts her. Then there's an accident and Josh (due to the stress of the situation apparently) has a bout of relationship jerkheadedness and says some things that hurt Cara. Fortunately, Josh realizes his mistake and goes after Cara and they're able to work things out. There's a great ending and I loved seeing Josh and Cara starting their HEA.

    This was a very good story. I really liked both Cara and Josh as well as the secondary characters in the story. The story focused on the romance and family issues so there wasn't an action plot but it was still interesting enough that it kept me engaged throughout the story. I'm planning to read the next book in the series that's about Ty and Lauren as it looks promising and I really liked Ty in this book. I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up. :D

    * note - The book had 2 narrators that did a pretty good job. They didn't work together though...the story switches PoVs between Josh and Cara per chapter so the male narrator took the chapters from Josh's PoV and the female narrator did the chapters from Cara's PoV.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Coooper Wasilla, AK, United States 01-25-14
    Coooper Wasilla, AK, United States 01-25-14 Member Since 2009
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    "NOT QUITE SURE ABOUT THIS ONE ???"
    Would you try another book from Kristen Proby and/or Deacon Lee and Elizabeth Louise ?

    YES, by Kristen Proby as she seems to be fairly highly rated, that said, this book was highly rated by a couple of ladies I follow and I just don't get it. Josh's character seemed "real" and so did much of the interactions between he and Cara but the entire storyline was a bit lacking with the exception of pulling in Ty, Jill & Zach for what I am assuming will be the continuing "Under the Big Sky" saga.


    If you’ve listened to books by Kristen Proby before, how does this one compare?

    Again, not quite sure but for me really lacking.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Deacon Lee and Elizabeth Louise ?

    I thought EL's performance, while not great and not much in the way of changing her tone or inflection during those parts that could have used a change (sad, angry, aroused, etc.),
    was much better than DL's, including her male voices. Didn't like his narration at all; too stunted.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. Not enough there to hold my attention.


    Any additional comments?

    Hope KP's upcoming books in this series are better. I will try again. Please, someone pay attention to the fact that the narrator can make or definitely BREAK a decent story.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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