Saturday, March 9, 2013

Review: Big Sky River by Linda Lael Miller

Author: Linda Lael Miller
Publisher: Harlequin
Date of Publication: December 2012

Sheriff Boone Taylor has his job, friends, a run-down but decent ranch, two faithful dogs and a good horse. He doesn't want romance-the widowed Montanan has loved and lost enough for a lifetime. But when a city woman buys the spread next door, Boone's peace and quiet are in serious jeopardy. 

With a marriage and a career painfully behind her, Tara Kendall is determined to start over in Parable. Reinventing herself and living a girlhood dream is worth the hard work. Sure, she might need help from her handsome, wary neighbor. But life along Big Sky River is full of falling for a cowboy-lawman who just might start to believe in second chances.

I have enjoyed this series so far and I was eager to read the third installment.  Big Sky River is Boone and Tara's story.  I wish I could say that I liked this one as much as the first two, but it was a bit disappointing.  The bulk of the book deals with Boone's children coming back to live with him and getting to know him again as their father.  It also involves Tara's step-daughters coming to sty with her for the summer.  I did enjoy those parts. Watching Boone realize it was time to let go and move one was bitter sweet.   

The problem that I had was that Boone and Tara don't get together until the last 1/4 of the book. Once they do they are talking marriage.  It felt forced and a bit rushed.  I wanted more of them together and maybe an epilogue would have helped.  The characters from the previous books show up in this one, so maybe we will see more of Boone and Tara in the next one.    Big Sky Summer comes out in May.  I'm looking forward to reading it.

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