Series: Parable Montana #1
Published by HQN
Pub Date: May 29th 2012
Format: Paperback | Source: Publisher
Genres: Adult, Romance, Western
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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.
Big Sky Country had a very mellow feel, just like our hero, Slade. He had that sexy slow drawl, completely laid back. And he’s a sheriff!! HOT! That quiet confidence can turn any girl on and it worked really well on Joslyn. They really meshed well together. Both easy going and honest. It was clear they had great chemistry together, which is why I really wished they would have gotten together sooner! While I did enjoy their rapport, some more sexy times would have been appreciated. :D
I really loved the animosity between Slade and his brother, Hutch. Mostly because I was really looking forward to them showing some brotherly love for each other. Or at least something close to it. Family drama is always interesting to read about, especially between brothers, for some reason. I also really enjoyed Slade’s relationship with his stepdaughter. I found it completely heartwarming.
This was my first “Western” romance and I think I need to get some more now because I really enjoyed Big Sky Country! This was also my first Linda Leal Miller book, and I may have to check out the rest of her books now.
How do you continue to find inspiration after writing so many novels?
That’s a very good question. The answer, I suppose, is that I’m always and forever reading and shamelessly eavesdropping on other people’s conversations. Everything is grist for my mill, so to speak. I might read about a situation and think, “what if–?” and then I’m off and running. My Clare and Tony mysteries, commonly called the Look Books, are a good example—I used to see this guy on TV all the time, when I lived down in Arizona, a lawyer advertising for business. His hair was slicked back and his suit was fancy and I remember thinking he was the ultimate ambulance-chaser, with a clear message: no matter what awful thing you’ve done, we can get you off. I knew that attitude was bound to really tick off, say, a homicide detective, who would have a vested interested in seeing the culprit sent to prison. Voila! Clare Westbrook was my defense attorney heroine, and she was involved with Tony Sonterra, a homicide detective, of course. I’ve been writing for a long time, and I use many techniques to prime the pump—mixed media art is my hobby, and I find that I get some of my best ideas when I’m snipping, gluing, painting, etc. I keep an art journal and make artist trading cards. Trips are always good, too—a change of scene and environment is very stimulating. I need a lot of visual stimulation, I find. I spent a lot of time just looking at things, and imagining things that could happen. I spent a lot of time in Europe, years ago, and oddly enough that was what clued me in that I needed to focus on westerns, since that’s basically my life. You know the old saw, write about what you know.