by Linda Lael Miller
Series: , Montana #6
Published by: Harlequin
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Western
Self-made tycoon Landry Sutton heads to Hangman Bend's Ranch to sell his land to his brother Zane. Though he's got cowboy in his blood, Landry plans to return to city life before the dust even settles on his boots. Of course, he didn't count on falling for Big Sky Country…or Ria Manning. Ria's starting to settle into country life herself…until she has a close encounter of the terrifying kind with a buffalo. Turns out the peeping monster belongs to the cowboy next door—and he has her running even more scared than his bison. She wants a home where the buffalo don't roam, and the men don't either. Could Landry's homecoming be her heart's undoing?
Big Sky Secrets is the sixth and final book in the Parable, Montana series (previously named Swoon-worthy Cowboys) by Linda Leal Miller. I have enjoyed the journey, and hope we will one day get to visit Parable and its inhabitants again. This tale belongs to Landry Sutton and Ria Manning. This was one of my favorites as these two strong, flawed characters healed and found their slice of happy. Mini review: sweet, hot and thoroughly entertaining.
Landry Sutton brother to Zane owns Hangman’s Bend Ranch. A cowboy by blood he has made his career in the city, but decides to try ranch life. Even after a year he has every intention of moving on, that is until a little filly named Ria Manning gets under his skin. Ria Manning owns the land next to Landry; he and his meddling buffalo make her absolutely crazy. She farms flowers and makes a modest living, but Parable offers her safety after losing her husband. These two are like oil and vinegar, but when you shake things up the tale that unfolds is mighty tasty.
Landry is a walking drink of yummy, after all he is Zane’s younger brother. He is divorced, successful and quite literally a ship without a compass. The man has Daddy issues, and a whole lot of guilt to carrying around. He needs a woman, and I since the two first encountered each other in a previous novel, I knew Ria was the woman for him. Now Ria would have told you, “Absolutely not! That, Landry is just full of himself and too darn good looking for his own good.” Ria was married, and while it wasn’t perfect, it was safe, that is until her husband Frank died. She has unknowingly shut herself off, and Landry quite frankly scares her. She feels things, and she reacts with snarky remarks. It was such fun watching the sparks fly and being witness to their banter. Ria’s half-sister and niece are introduced and added both drama and humor to the tale. Of course, familiar folks from Parable make appearances, and it was a joy to see them again.
Big Sky Secrets, like all of Miller’s novels, delivered a heartfelt romance with fleshed out, flawed characters that experience growth, make you laugh and swoon on the way to their HEA. It isn’t always an easy path, but you quickly get caught up in the tale. In this tale, Miller brought some overall arc threads together, giving closer to things we were curious about. I connected to both Landry and Ria making the read enjoyable. They had realistic issues, baggage and fears. The romance was hot, funny, and sweet. I loved the vulnerable side of them, and the goofy things they did. Landry has the same noble streak that Zane has, and I love that in my book boyfriends. While I am sad to see this series come to an end I am glad, it ended with such a delightful couple.
Fans of Parable, Montana series, will delight in Big Sky Secrets. If you’ve never tried a contemporary western romance Miller is a wonderful place to start. I look forward to her upcoming Brides of Bliss County, beginning with the first book , The Marriage Pact being released in May 2014.
Four cups of coffee out of five
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