Big Sky Mountain
With his rugged good looks, vast wealth and family name, hell-raiser Hutch Carmody is still the golden boy of Parable, Montana. But he's done some growing up—making peace with his illegitimate half brother and inheriting half of Whisper Creek Ranch, which should have been all his. These days, Hutch knows there are some things money can't buy: like the heart of loving, ladylike divorcée Kendra Shepherd.
Kendra's quiet mansion reminds her of what she wants most—a devoted husband and the pitter-patter of little feet. She can't get Hutch Carmody out of her mind. But a rough-and-tumble cowboy like Hutch, coming home for family dinner? Seems crazy! Then again, crazier dreams have become reality under the vast Montana sky.
Linda Lael Miller has done it again with the second installment of her Swoon-Worthy Cowboys series. Big Sky Mountain is a great romantic read.
Kendra Shepherd's history with love has not ended well. She gave her heart to Hutch Carmody and yet, he basically handed her over to Jeffrey without a fight when he started showing her some attention. She married Jeffrey a very short time later and that ended just as badly. Jeffrey cheated on her and fathered a child to another woman who didn't even want the child. On his deathbed, he begs Kendra to find his little girl, raise her and give her the love that she deserves and needs. Kendra is back in Parable, Montana with her little girl and ready to start a life as a realtor and mom. She may not be able to make a relationship with a man work, but she knows she can be a good mom and she's ready to live that dream. Now, she just has to keep from losing her heart to Hutch, again.
Fear isn't a good enough reason to keep to the sidelines when there's living to do.
Hutch Carmody finds himself standing in front of a church watching his soon to be wife walking down the aisle. Wanting nothing more than to run from the church Hutch stops the wedding and announces that he's sorry, but the wedding is not going to happen. If only Brylee would have listened to him every time he had tried to tell her that he doesn't love her the way he should he wouldn't have had to do it this way. Feeling like the town punching bag Hutch refuses to hide out on his ranch. He has a right to happiness, too, even if it was never going to be with Brylee. How convenient, that the woman who still has his heart is back in town with a little girl that loves Hutch as much as he loves her. Now, he just has to convince Kendra that the love he feels for her is the forever kind.
I really enjoyed this story. It kind of wrapped up really quick at the end, but I was able to overlook that particular annoyance since the rest of the background was so covered. This book also set us up for at least 2 future books for this series. I can not wait to see whose story we get to read next.