n Linda Lael Miller's third book of her Big Sky Series we see again just why it is that she is considered one of the absolute best at the western romances. Sending us back to Parable Montana and the lives and loves of it's citizens.
Sheriff Boone Miller, all around smexy man with a wounded soul. Boone has spent the past few years grieving for his deceased wife. Letting his sister care for his small sons and doing everything he can to just get by. While he has friends who support him and a community that believes in him, he remains in an eternal funk. Until the sexy chicken rancher (yes it really is a chicken ranch) next door starts to change his life.
After a painful divorce that left her devastated Tara Kendall, leaves New York and purchases a ranch in Parable MT.. A chic chicken rancher to be sure. Bruised and Battered from the endless idiocies of her ex and grieving herself because she had no choice but to give up her step-daughters that she had all but raised from toddlership.. she has found her place, some wonderful friends and a great life.. well except for that redneck Sheriff Boone who lives just across the river in the eyesore of a trailer..
When Boone's brother in law suffers and accident and his sister can no longer care for the boys.. and Tara's megomaniac ex husband decides to ship his daughters off to Tara for the summer, life gets really interesting. Boone and Tara find that they have more in common than they think. And one day magic happens..
This was not a earthshattering, heartpounding, bodice ripping romance.. not thunderstorms.. rather a gentle rain that soaks into the reader leaving them smiling and wanting more. Boone and Tara are endearing, they are human and they make human mistakes.. as well as enjoy human triumphs. The demons they must face are those so many of us do, a rat bastard ex husband, the loss of true love.. they persevere in the face of life's adversities.. until one day they discover that they have come through triumphant!
What was rather interesting to me was that in this book Ms Miller, didn't spend a lot of time in Parable.. Oh sure we see a few of our favorite characters as they pertain to the story but the community as a whole takes a huge step backward in this book. Which was wonderful because it makes Tara and Boone's story that much more poignant..
I enjoyed this book immensely and I most definitely recommend it.. of course it made me dream just a bit.. I mean who doesn't want a brooding, sexy cowboy to come into their lives?
This review is based on the ARC of Big Sky River provided by netgalley