Overview from Barnes and Noble:
The "First Lady of the West," #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller is back with a new series about Parable, Montana-where love awaits.
The illegitimate son of a wealthy rancher, Sheriff Slade Barlow grew up in a trailer hitched to the Curly-Burly
hair salon his mother runs. He was never acknowledged by his father-until now. Suddenly, Slade has inherited half of Whisper Creek Ranch, one of the most prosperous in Parable, Montana. That doesn't sit well with his half brother, Hutch, who grew up with all the rights of a Carmody. Including the affections of Joslyn Kirk, homecoming queen, rodeo queen, beauty queen-whom Slade has never forgotten
But Joslyn is barely holding her head up these days as she works to pay back everyone her crooked stepfather cheated. With a town to protect-plus a rebellious teenage stepdaughter-Slade has his hands full. But someone has to convince Joslyn that she's responsible only for her own actions. Such as her effect on this lawman's guarded heart.
I love reading Linda Lael Miller. Her books always bring me up a bit and give me a hopeful view of life. Her characters have their shares of ups and downs, but still find each other and make their lives better together. Joslyn has felt guilty for years about all the people who lost money to her step father when she was a teenager and has worked for years with the hope to pay them back. She has grown and changed from the spoiled girl who left town as a teenager and she is back to make amends, both with repayment of the lost money and by facing awkward and uncomfortable situations with people in town who link her with her stepfather. Slade has made his own way, with no help from his rich biological father, so to have him recognize him as an heir after his death brings up all the old hurts.
Along with Joslyn there is her best friend who has had her own relationship issues including a divorce from a wealthy man in England, Hutch who is Slade's half brother and dated Joslyn in high school, Opal who worked for Joslyn's family when she lived in Parable and a host of other colorful characters. I can make a pretty good guess who will be featured in future books set in Parable if this is part of a trilogy or series. While with some authors that would bother me, here it just wet my curiosity for the next book. She makes being a cowboy or being with a cowboy sound like so much fun, somehow missing all the hard work that goes into it as well! I was so glad to find this on the shelf at the library.
I agree with some reviews that it seemed to take a long time for the couple to get together, but at the same time that made it seem a bit more believable to me. Most people don't fall madly in love and right into bed when they first meet, so the fact that it took them longer to get to that point made the romance more realistic for me.
- ISBN-13: 9780373776436
- Publisher: Harlequin
- Publication date: 5/29/2012
- Format: Mass Market Paperback
- Pages: 384