Saturday, September 7, 2013

Big Sky Wedding-Linda Lael Miller

Big Sky Wedding

Linda Lael Miller

Harlequin HQN, Aug 27 2013, $7.99

ISBN: 9780373777747

Several years ago in Three Trees, Montana, the Sutton siblings, Zane the actor and Landry the investment tycoon, bought Hangman’s Bend Ranch without bothering with a mortgage. Now thirty-four and tired of Hollywood, Zane trades in his European luxury car for a pickup truck and adopts Slim from an animal shelter before heading to Big Sky Country to live amongst the trees.

On his first day back, Zane runs into his next door neighbor Brylee Parrish who tells him to go back to L.A. as actors, even recovering actors, destroy the pristine land. Having been jilted recently (see Big Sky Mountain) Brylee storms away as she wants nothing to do with hunks, focusing on her successful international business D├ęcor Galore. On the other hand Zane enjoyed their encounter. Landry and their tweener half-brother come to the ranch even as Zane and Brylee fall in love, but he must pass her ultimate test of proving more loyal than her canine is to her.

The latest Parable ranch romance (see Big Sky Country) is an engaging contemporary. The cast is solid especially the protagonists as individuals. However, the love plot never quite gels beyond her fleeing and his somewhat chasing her. Still the ranch and family issues make for an enjoyable drama but also supersede the lead couple’s relationship.

Harriet Klausner

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