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Big Sky Mountain (Parable, Montana #2)

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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 ...more
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Published July 31st 2012 by Harlequin HQN (first published 2012)
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When I picked this up last night I joked to my husband that I was taking a cowboy to bed with me. My husband, in true geeky form, gave a vague “huh” and returned to his iPad game. What a trusting man he is.

As it turns out, he was right: there was no need to fear that Huch Carmody, the hero of Linda Lael Miller’s latest novel, would drive a wedge into our marriage. Though I’m ordinarily a huge fan of Miller’s work, everything about t
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
Romancing the Book
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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
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
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

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
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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KcLu's review posted on Guilty Pleasures

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
Reviewd by: HarlequinJunkie Romance Reviews

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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Jan 25, 2015 Laura added it
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Only got about 100 pages in.

Grabbed this one randomly at the library because there was a lot of Linda Lael Miller there, and I assumed if I read it and liked it then there would be more to turn to.
Didn't realize this was the second in the series, but didn't care because the first one was probably (surprise!) a happily ever after and I could go back if I liked this one.

*Sigh* There was just nothing exciting happening! I mean the hook of Hutch leaving that girl at the alter was good (not spoilin
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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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.
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
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
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
I actually didn't think I was going to love this book so much.

This series is turning out to be pretty interesting, I will come back to it soon.
Sweet story.It was nice to see the characters before they got together. (Reading series backwards,=0p
Note to self:Montana
Hutch Carmody(pal,rancher,younger half bro,ex)&Leviticus(his new dog,ex-stray)+Kendra Shepherd(ex,pal2,divorced,real estate owner & partner)& Madison Chamberlain(her adopted 4yo)&Daisy(her new puppy,sis),Boone Taylor(widower,pal, neighbor,dad,new Sherif
Rating: C+

Big Sky Mountain is the second book in The Swoon-Worthy Cowboy series. I was in the mood for a sexy cowboy and some small town lovin’. And that’s what I got!

Hutch and Kendra aren’t new to the attraction they have for one another. They used to be a couple many years ago. But Kendra had doubts about Hutch committing to her and Hutch never communicated how he truly felt about Kendra. So when Kendra walked away from their relationship and married another man, Hutch let her go.

The story op
Kat ~ Forever Book Lover ♥
I stumbled across this in NetGalley. I have grown fond of western romance stories and when I saw this book, I couldn't help but request it. Although this is the second in the series, I didn't not feel lost or confused at all, the only thing it made me was excited about going back and ready the first book in the Parable Montana series, Big Sky Country. There were many characters introduced and it left me wanting more...

I am growing to like reading second chance at romance books. Big Sky Mountain
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