Monday, August 12, 2013

Big Sky Wedding by Linda Lael Miller (Review)

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The Book

The "First Lady of the West," #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller, cordially invites you to Parable, Montana— where love awaits. 

Wedding bells are ringing in Parable, Montana, but Brylee Parrish hasn't enjoyed the sound since being jilted at the altar by Hutch Carmody. She's over Hutch now, and running a multimillion-dollar business is challenging enough for this country gal. So she should avoid falling head over boot heels for A-list actor Zane Sutton. He's come home to his rodeo roots, but Hollywood lured him away once and just might again. Yet everything about him, from his easy charm to his concern for his young half brother, seems too genuine to resist….

Zane didn't come to Parable for love, —but count on a spirited woman to change a jaded cowboy's mind. Problem is, Brylee's not convinced he's here to stay. Good thing he's determined to prove to her, kiss by kiss, that she's meant to be his bride.

Brylee Parrish's heart is still stinging from being jilted at the altar. Neither are looking for love, but when sparks begin to fly, can Cupid's arrow hit its mark?

One phone call from Zane's brother and the idyllic life on the ranch that he is hoping for comes to a screeching halt. Not only has their wayward father dumped their younger brother, Nash off, but his brother is being put on a plane headed for Montana. 

"Montana sucks," Nash said sullenly, and without preamble. "I thought I was going to Hollywood, and now I find out I'm stuck here." "Life is hard," Zane replied, smoothly casual, "and then you die." Nash rolled cornflower-blue eyes."

"You hungry?" he asked the boy..."I'm always hungry," Nash replied, without a shred of humor. "just ask Dad. I'm a royal pain in the ass, wanting to eat at least once a day, no matter what..."

Determined to give Nash a better life than he's had so far, and not being very good at housekeeping,  Zane's allows his housekeeper, Cleo, to join the ranks. 

"Who was that?" Nash asked conversationally..."That," Zane answered, logging off and shutting the lid on his laptop, "was Super-Cleo. She can bend steel with her bare hands, leap over a tall building in a single bound-and she's faster than a speeding bullet, too." No sense adding that she was as wide as she was tall, with ebony skin and gray hair that stood out around her head like a fright wig."

Let it never be said that Linda Lael Miller doesn't have a sense of humor - her books are full of wise-cracking characters. Cleo is a great example as her "world ran on attitude and elbow grease, and well-paid as she was, she was known to squeeze a nickel till the buffalo farted."

Her descriptions leave you panting, "His eyes had turned to a shade of blue, reminiscent of St. Elmo's fire..."  It is no wonder that when Brylee Parrish enters the picture, Zane is all she thinks about. 

Brylee's girlfriends, in an effort to bring her out of her self-imposed dating exile, invite her to the Boot Scoot for "some cold beer, greasy junk food and music guaranteed not to improve our minds."  She had no idea that when she said yes, the night would end with a kiss from Zane, where "thunder clapped and the earth moved and Brylee went from stunned to stungunned, in two seconds flat."

To find out what happens next, you'll just have to grab a copy of the book and read. I have always loved Linda Lael Miller's books and BIG SKY WEDDING doesn't disappoint. As always, the characters are well developed and the writing is outstanding. There is love and humor in the air in Montana, and I'm giving the book five stars. 

Pre-order Big Sky Wedding on Amazon.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. All materials are courtesy of the author, publisher, or PR firm. The views expressed by authors are their own, and do not necessarily reflect the views of My Life. One Story at a Time. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.
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