“Great read. I like the details she writes in her stories. Some people want stories to get right to the point. I like the details before everything starts to happen, but in the way to keep readers interested. She does that!!”see full review » see other reviews »
“3.5 stars. A lovely story about love, forgiveness, trust, reconnecting, and of course horses, cowboys, truck, a dog and even a cat. You take a young woman scarred from a crime her step-father committed which hurt almost her whole town. Give her the strength to come back and try to make good on it. Then you take an outcast illegitimate cowboy sherif who never knew the love of a father. He had to watch his father's legitimate son raised wealthily and respected while he and his mother struggled. You put these two childhood friends together among old boyfriends, ex wives, angry towns people and insecurities and you have one wild ride mixed with country charm.
A great beginning to a series I plan on following. I can't wait for the next book. Good old fashioned romantic comfort reading.”
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“Great read. I like the details she writes in her stories. Some people want stories to get right to the point. I like the details before everything starts to happen, but in the way to keep readers interested. She does that!!”Lori F wrote this review Saturday, December 15, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Read my review at All About Romance:
“Slade Barlow, the divorced Sheriff of Parable Montana, grew up as the illegitimate son of wealthy rancher, John Carmody, who never acknowledged him as his son. Now that he is dead, Carmody decides he's going to come clean with the town's worst-kept secret by including Slade in his will. Slade now shares half of his estate with his half brother, Hutch, who was raised by Carmody with all of the rights and perks of that legacy. Joslyn Kirk returns to Parable following the shame of her stepfather's crooked actions that cheated many of the town's residents in an investment scheme. While she had nothing to do with his activities, Joslyn makes it her mission to atone for his actions in a town hostile to her return.
This was an entertaining story of small town western life in the big sky state of Montana. Slade's conflict over his father's bequest, having his teenage stepdaughter live with him for the summer and his struggles with his obvious attraction to Joslyn were the central issues. I never quite understood why he and Joslyn tried to deny their attraction and it became irritating. The secondary characters have potential in making the series very interesting but their roles seem to drift and they ended up pretty one-dimensional, never really taking life. For example, Kendra Shepard, Joslyn's best friend who took her in and has her helping out in her business,inexplicably left town for a few months, leaving her real estate company unattended and then suddenly returns months later when Slade and Hutch decide to do something risky.
While I enjoyed the story, I never really engaged with any of the characters (except Jasper the dog!!) and the plot seemed to meander. I'm hoping the next book in the series is more interesting.”
“Another great series by LLM. This is first. Sheriff Slade Barlow was born on the wrong side of the blanket. His half-brother Hutch was the golden heir to everything. There is really bad blood between them. Jpslyn Kirk comes home to Parable, Montana to see if she can make amends for the horrible fraud her father had caused. When Hutch and Slade's father dies, the whole scene changes. Wonderful story and romance”Marty H wrote this review Friday, July 6, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“1st time reading a cowboy novel, not so bad....”Ejun wrote this review Monday, July 2, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great 1st book to yet another series from Linda Lael Miller!”ChroniCeltic wrote this review Saturday, June 23, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really liked this book. It starts out with Slade and Hutch at the reading of the will. Slade is a fairly laid back guy who is pretty slow to anger. He also tends to think well before he speaks or acts. He has always resented the fact that his father never acknowledged him or gave his mother any kind of support, but has made a good life for himself in spite of it. Hutch is ticked that Slade has been given half of everything that he always expected to be his, and is determined to buy Slade out so he can have it back. Every time the two of them are together the tension is up. Joslyn has come back to Parable, which she still considers her home. She is deeply ashamed of what her stepfather did, and sold her software company and used the money to confidentially repay the people he cheated. There are some people who have welcomed her back, and others who haven't, but she still feels at home here. She has also felt an immediate attraction to Slade, but doesn't expect anything to come of it. Slade also feels the attraction and is very interested in seeing where it goes. Slade also ends up with his teenage stepdaughter staying with him. I loved seeing her and her interactions with people. Slade is trying to curb her rebelliousness with work and rules, while Shea tries to get away with what she can. She also seems to have no filter between brain and mouth and says some pretty interesting things to both Joslyn and Slade. There are also some good scenes with the dog who adopts Slade and the cat that adopts Joslyn. The dialogue in the book is great, with sarcasm and humor and tenderness all there. While there wasn't any really intense conflict in the book, there was enough emotion to really suck me in. I'm looking forward to book two, which is Hutch and Kendra's story, and book three I expect will be that of Boone and probably Tara.”ScoutmomSKF wrote this review Thursday, June 21, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No