GIVEAWAY + Review: Big Sky Mountain (Swoon-Worthy Cowboys, Book 2) by Linda Lael Miller

by Keira G on August 21, 2012 · 17 comments

in 4 Stars, ARC, Children, Contemporary, Contests, Divorced, M-O, Small Town, Western

big sky mountain linda lael millerHeroine: Kendra Shepherd is divorced and caring for her young adopted daughter. Once upon a time Hutch broke her heart and she’s now afraid he’s going to do it again, but this time it’s not only her heart in jeopardy, but her daughter’s too.

Hero: Hutch Carmody is about to get married to the wrong woman. Apparently the golden boy of Parable, Montana, can actually do wrong and does when he leaves her at the altar. The female populace is furious on his jilted bride’s behalf… and Kendra thinks this is a sign he is still a playboy.

Series: Big Sky Country is the first book in the trilogy and contains background information on the Carmody brothers: Hutch and Slade. In Big Sky Country, Slade inherits half of Whisper Creek Ranch, which is unexpected because Slade is the illegitimate half-brother of Hutch.

Review: Hutch was a bad-boy and a jerk in the first book, but in his book, Hutch is a really loveable hero. His interactions with four-year-old Madison were super cute. She calls him “Cowboy-man.” Who can resist a guy who buys a little girl a pony? Madison came across smarter than a four-year-old at times, which is probably my only caveat to the story. It was good to see the relationship between Slade and Hutch mend and heal.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Buy: Big Sky Mountain, Big Sky Country

Excerpt:

Except for bankers and lawyers, few men in rural Montana wore suits on a regular basis—such get-ups were reserved for Sunday services, funerals and…weddings, ill-fated or otherwise.

Opal, for her part, kept murmuring to herself and shaking her head as she began measuring out flour and lard for a batch of her world-class biscuits. “Landsakes,” she muttered repeatedly, along with, “Well, I never, in all my live-long days—”

Joslyn laid her hands on her bulging stomach and sighed. “I swear this baby is practicing to be a rodeo star. It feels as though he’s riding a bull in there.”

Kendra laughed softly, partly at the image her friend had painted and partly as a way to relieve the dizzying tension brought on by Shea’s breathless announcement. Hutch called the whole thing off. He stopped the wedding.

“The least you could do,” she teased Joslyn, trying to get a grip on her crazy emotions, “is go into labor already and let the little guy get a start on his cowboy career.”

Buy: Big Sky Mountain

GIVEAWAY: I have one paperback copy of Big Sky Mountain up for grabs. Open to US/Canada. Enter by leaving a comment about why you love cowboys, westerns, or why you love Linda Lael Miller! Last day to enter: August 25, 2012. good luck!

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1 Virginia C August 21, 2012 at 5:26 AM

Linda Lael Miller is definitely a champ when it comes to creating captivating cowboys who charm their lovely ladies. Her heroes are loaded with pure cowboy appeal and irresistible masculinity! Cowboys don’t have to say much to say a lot–their easy-going appeal, slow-burn sensuality, and innate goodness speak for themselves. I loved “Big Sky Country”! Slade Barlow was a great hero, and I would love to read about his half-brother Hutch Carmody’s story in “Big Sky Mountain”.

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2 Carol L August 21, 2012 at 6:19 AM

I love Historical Romance. Dukes, Highlanders and Cowboys are great as are Vamps, Weres and Fallen Angels. But I adore and Love Linda’s Cowboys. I’ve read every book she’s written and they just keep getting better.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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3 JenM August 21, 2012 at 8:53 AM

I live in the West and love the wide open spaces, so I think that’s why I love reading books set in the West. Plus, there’s something about the image of a guy on a horse that’s just very attractive.

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4 chris bails August 21, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Great post. Love pregancy stories. Lindas books are great. Thanks for the giveaway.

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5 erinf1 August 21, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Thanks for a great giveaway! I think that I’m the only person who hasn’t read LLM yet :) So I’d love a chance to start!

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6 Karen B August 21, 2012 at 9:33 AM

I’m another person who hasn’t read any of her books – YET!! Cowboys and westerns remind me so much of my dad and when we would watch the early TV westerns back in the 50s.

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7 Lisa Garrett August 21, 2012 at 10:23 AM

I love Westerns because they are an escape to a different way of life.

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8 Texas Book Lover August 21, 2012 at 11:59 AM

I haven’t read any of Linda’s work YET but I love a good cowboy romance. I think it has a lot to do with the fact I live in Texas and am married to a good ole country boy myself…not a rancher by any means but there is something about a man who can fill out a pair of Wanglers.

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9 Carin W August 21, 2012 at 12:39 PM

I just love cowboys because they (as a general rule) are polite and treat women well, they look good in tight jeans too. Carin
mawmom at gmail dot com

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10 Diane Sallans August 21, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Early this year I read Linda’s entire McKettrick/Stone Creek/Creed series – it was about 28 stories/books – loved ‘em all! So I’m looking forward to reading all her cowboy stories.
sallans d at yahoo dot com

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11 Estella August 21, 2012 at 5:19 PM

I don’t need a reason to love cowboys, westerns or Ms. Miller. It’s a fact!

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12 Jen B. August 21, 2012 at 8:38 PM

I love cowboys because they are MEN. They are strong, capable and committed! jepebATverizonDOTnet

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13 Na S. August 22, 2012 at 1:04 AM

Cowboys get to live in such beautiful and open settings. I like the land and the freedom that it represents.

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14 Joanne B August 22, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Cowboys great to go to work in the wide outdoors with beautiful scenery and wonderful animals. They know how to work hard and play hard. (They also look great in a pair of jeans!)

e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

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15 Joanne B August 22, 2012 at 10:37 AM

I meant cowboys get to go to work in the wide outdoors

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16 bn100 August 23, 2012 at 1:34 PM

I like cowboys because they’re caring and are about family.

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17 Keira October 10, 2012 at 8:03 PM

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