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Big Sky Mountain (Parable, Montana #2)

4.12  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,565 Ratings  ·  220 Reviews
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, lady ...more
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Published July 31st 2012 by Harlequin HQN (first published 2012)
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Aug 04, 2012 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
Hutch Carmody is about to make the biggest mistake of his life. Luckily for him, he figures it out before it is too late. Only, the mistake...leaving his bride to be at the altar.
Kendra Shepherd has recently returned to town. She did not return alone. She came back with Madison, her adopted four year old daughter. Kendra is fearful that Hutch will walk back into her life and break her heart again. She can not afford to let this happen. Although, Kendra can not stop Madison from falling for Hutc
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Reviewed by Stacey
Review Copy Provided by Netgalley

I am normally a fan of Linda Lael Miller’s books but Big Sky Mountain, in my opinion, was not a favorite. Book two in the Parable, Montana/Big Sky series, found me a little lost and the blurb did not truly represent the book.

Kendra and Hutch have a past together; one that clearly neither of them are over. Their lives currently have them both in places where the last thing they need is the complications of renew
Tina "coffee and books"
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
Rescued animals, adopted children, horses, babies, lusty romantic cowboys and nice trucks. What else could you want ? This was a real nice story about a couple who need a second chance after many years of separation, other relationships, mistrusts and miscommunications. They struggle the ups and downs, deal with outside forces and try to find ground to stand on. It all starts with one sexy cowboy stoping his own wedding while his fiancé' is walking down the isle. Opps !
A great second book in the
Ann Keller
Feb 10, 2013 Ann Keller rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, western
Years ago, pretty Kendra Shepherd had a real crush on Hutch Carmody. Hutch was tall, handsome and rich, but he was also wild and reckless, too. These were qualities Kendra didn’t appreciate in a man whom she hoped to marry.

Kendra had been abandoned by her mother, who left the waif on her grandmother’s doorstep. Reluctantly, Grandma Shepherd put a roof over Kendra’s head, fed and clothed her sure enough, but Kendra couldn’t help feeling she’d never be as good as her neighbors. Perhaps there was s
Sarah - Exploring All Genres
My rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars

The publisher provided me with a copy of this book to review via NetGalley.

This novel starts in a place where most romance books don't, a wedding. It throw me for a loop. Weddings normally come at the end of the romance book, not at the beginning. I figured it had to be the type where the ending was mentioned at the beginning and then the rest of the story would tell what happened prior to that scene. But that was not the case. Once I got over the strangeness of the
Apr 30, 2015 Kayla rated it really liked it
Shelves: x-2015
I have fallen in love with Linda Lael Miller books. Both of the main characters were introduced in the first book of the series, which was nice that there was a bit of back ground there. Though the book starts with a very unexpected wedding that I didn't really understand what so ever, but I hope to learn more when it comes to the rest of the books in the series. I also love how she plants seeds to new relationships in her books. In this book particularly was about Hutch and Kendra and the diffe ...more
Allizabeth Collins
Aug 08, 2012 Allizabeth Collins rated it liked it

When I received Big Sky Mountain I could not wait to trot back into the lives of Parable's cowboys -particularly Hutch, Slade, and Boone. After finishing Big Sky Country, I was left pondering the fates of some of my favorite characters, so I was ecstatic to hear that I would definitely be reading more about Kendra and Hutch's budding romance! I liked how the book began, with a surprise, (no spoilers), and how a recap of previous happenings was woven throughout the continuing story. For t
Aug 24, 2012 Natalie rated it really liked it
Okay, I'm going to probably repeat myself a little from my review of Big Sky Cowboy.
This book/series is what I'd call comfortable. There's no real suspense. No nail-biter scenes where you're holding your breath to find out what happens next. The story is a light, sweet and fun read. To take to the beach. Read while waiting for a doctor's appointment. On an airplane. You get the idea.

The hero and heroine of this book, Hutch and Kendra, are very likeable characters. And in my opinion, I admire how
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4.75 Stars

Big Sky Mountain is book two in the Parable Montana Series by Linda Lael Miller. I’m a huge fan of everything I have read by her, and I have to say I enjoyed it is my favorite of the two so far. I absolutely love Hutch and Kendra. The chemistry between these two is so smoking hot it’s sizzling!

Hutch and Kendra dated many years ago, but both ended up hurt when they split up. They also each blamed each other for their pain. For most of the first bo
Sara  HarlequinJunkie
Sep 07, 2012 Sara HarlequinJunkie rated it it was amazing
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Before reading this book I was told this is the perfect western romance to read that will leave you with that warm and fuzzy feeling of happiness. I am here to tell you this was spot on. The book starts off with a bang and straight through out till the end it keeps going and just gets better and better.

I adored Hutch and Kendra (btw Mrs Miller I totally love the name Kendra) to the point of distraction. The fact that this is a old flames re-unite is wha
Kris - My Novelesque Life

Hutch Carmody has half of Whisper Creek Ranch and come to terms with his illegitimate half brother, Slade. His life is going well except he does not have a woman in his life, more specifically Kendra Shepherd. Kendra has returned to Parable with 4 year old, Madison whom she has recently adopted. She realizes she has everything she ever wanted - a loving child, great friends, a good job, a giving town and even a pet dog - except a man and father for Madison. Every time that Madison asks f
Christi Snow
Jul 24, 2012 Christi Snow rated it liked it
My Review:

Straight up...I enjoy reading Linda's books and never truly have an issue with them. Going into this book, I was looking forward to it, especially knowing bits and pieces of Kendra and Hutch's backstory from Book #1. I'll admit I'm a little bit disappointed because I felt like I never really connected with the characters in this book and I have no idea why. All the elements were there. The story was well-written, but I personally never developed an emotional attachment to them. I hate
Sep 08, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing
Very good book. Kendra has returned to Parable with her adopted daughter, looking for the best place to raise Madison. She has her daughter, her business and her friends, and has no intention of inviting a man into her life. Hutch has mellowed since we saw him in Big Sky Country. He has gotten to know his half brother and they are friends. He has also come to realize that his life is rather lonely. He nearly married a woman he didn't love, coming to his senses just in time. Now Kendra is back in ...more
May 20, 2013 Cris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: country, moderno
Hutch Carmody e Kendra sempre foram apaixonados, dá para perceber isso direitinho no primeiro volume da série (, mas a vida dos dois seguiu rumos diferentes; Kendra se casou, divorciou-se e hoje em dia tem uma filha adotiva de 4 anos, Maddison. E Hutch está prestes a casar! Ou melhor, está prestes a parar o casamento e fugir correndo da igreja!
Brylee, a noiva largada, jura vingança, que vem na forma de uma pagina na internet. Quem disse que os cowboys não s
Nikki Brandyberry
Aug 07, 2012 Nikki Brandyberry rated it really liked it
In my review of book one (Big Sky Country) I said that I was more interested in the evolving relationship between half brothers Hutch and Slade than I was in the budding romance. While I did find myself more drawn to the relationships outside of the romance again, I did think Big Sky Mountain had a better romance then book 1.

Kendra was a wonderfully rounded character who was completely endearing. How many women are willing to track down the unwanted child of her husband and his affair, and raise
Sep 22, 2012 Marlene rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted at Book Lovers Inc

My Thoughts:

In The Needy Lover's review of the first Parable, Montana book, Big Sky Country, the review mentioned that the story lit up whenever Hutch and Kendra sashayed through the plot. And that was true for me as well.

Big Sky Mountain finally tells Hutch and Kendra's story, or at least the grown-up version of it. One of the "big teases" about Hutch and Kendra is that they have some serious history that didn't end the way everyone thought it
May 16, 2012 Jae rated it liked it
I was very much hoping that Hutch would be a lot more 'fiery' than his half brother Slade from book #1. Cuz I was just about bored silly with that book, what with Slade's almost non-existence passion.

Anyway, I remembered I was lusting after Hutch after his 5 minutes appearance in that book. He had the bad-tempered-bad-boy look (at least in that book) going on. But sadly, he was not the same Hutch in this book. Like book #1, the Hero was painted as a too cool and too cold Hero. Again.

I just cou
Jul 13, 2016 Thu rated it liked it
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Aug 16, 2012 Diana rated it it was amazing
This is another great book by Linda Lael Miller. Hutch Carmody has been a rowdy cowboy all his adult life and has left lots of ladies in his wake but the one he wants and can't seem to get is his high school sweetheart Kendra. Now Kendra has an adopted daughter and has changed her lifestyle to be a good Mother. She will always love Hutch but knows he is not good husband and Daddy material so is trying to stay clear but her daughter and her friends have other ideas.
This is a good read clear unti
So I only had two (major) problems with this book. One was that we had met Kendra in the previous novel (she's the bff of the heroine in that one) and in that one she was a single, working woman. Now in this one, you open the first page and she is suddenly the mother of a young four year-old girl. Now the author explained it a little (the girl was the daughter of her ex-husband, on his death bed he asked Kendra to find her and raise her as her own) but reading this one right after the previous o ...more
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Aug 21, 2015 Kerry sullivan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, cowboys, chic_lit
I found the start of this book a bit confusing as we met Kendra in book 1 and got bits of her history and so we knew about her ex-husband but nothing was said about a child so hearing about a daughter a four year old at that I though I had missed something. Once I got over that I loved it the story was all about the emotions of our main characters and how they reconcile their history and how they feel now. Because I read book 1 I knew this was all about emotion and not the physical part of the r ...more
Mar 25, 2016 Sammie rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-2
I actually really enjoyed Hutch's story a lot , it actually had a storyline for the most part, but I did feel that she rushed the ending of the book.

I liked Hutch a lot better in this book then I did in the first book of the series ,he seems like a great guy and I felt bad about the slam cam that that his ex and her friends did ,I thought it was great how he was with Madison ,they were so cute together .

I liked Kendra but at times I was just sick of how she acted ,it's like get over what happene
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Miniseries: A Parable, Montana, Novel
Category: Contemporary Romance

"This is a delightful addition to Miller’s Big Sky series. This author has a way with a phrase that is nigh-on poetic, and all of the snappy little interactions between the main and secondary characters make this story especially entertaining." RT Book Reviews, rated 4 stars.
Barbara ★
This is your typical western romance by LLM. I liked both the hero and the heroine but honesty 4 year old Madison completely stole the show. I enjoyed the controversy created when Hutch left his fiancee at the alter. I also liked his groveling for the one that got away. All in all a sweet romance that tugs at the heart strings.
Thais Gisele
*Montanha do Céu Aberto*

Awww, so much love! Yeah, yeah, it's all Linda Lael "combo" but who Cares?! I just love a sexy cowboy, a cute kid and an adorable pet! :P

My Review in Portuguese / Minha Resenha em Português
Apr 16, 2016 Marcy rated it really liked it
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-patt
Sep 03, 2014 Jasmyn rated it really liked it
I'm really loving the characters and stories from Parable, Montana. Book two is just as laid back and casual as book one, but throwing in a four year old girl adds a bit of craziness in a good way. I loved Madison - the daughter Kendra adopted sometime between the two books. There's a short story all on its own there that is revealed as you read through the book, so I'll let you read the details yourself. I always love the antics of young children in these fun light-hearted romances, and Madison ...more
Apr 30, 2016 Linda rated it it was ok
I am not sure if I will finish reading this whole series with the first two being such a big disappointment. This book drags on and on with Kendra's reluctance to get involved again with Hutch after he broke her heart although she is the one that walked away in the first place. The fact that she adopted her ex-husband's child from an affair he had while he was married to Kendra is really strange. Then there is the deputy that scares her, gives her the creeps, and then it is just totally dropped ...more
Mar 29, 2015 There rated it did not like it
Don't know how it got 4+stars. This book is exactly same as the first one in this series. The personalities of h and H are exactly same as Slade and joss. They story follows same path, they both talk to their pets and think it's weird.
Same going to small town event and then to carnivals and horse back riding.
Also, Kendra keeps saying Hutch broke her heart, but we never the detailed story, and based on what we get, it's seems everything was her fault instead oh Hutch.
Also, it spent way too much t
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The daughter of a town marshal, LINDA LAEL MILLER is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 100 historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the West. The "First Lady of the West" lives outside Spokane, Washington, where her rescued horses, dogs and cats live the high life.

Published since 1983, Linda was awarded the prestigious Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievemen
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