Big Sky River (Parable, Montana, #3)
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Big Sky River (Parable, Montana #3)

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The "First Lady of the West," #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller, brings you to Parable, Montana-where love awaits.

Sheriff Boone Taylor has his job, friends, a run-down but decent ranch, two faithful dogs and a good horse. He doesn't want romance-the widowed Montanan has loved and lost enough for a lifetime. But when a city woman buys the spread next do...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published December 18th 2012 by Harlequin HQN (first published 2012)
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Duchess Nicole
ARC kindly provided by Harlequin HQN via Net Galley.

This is my second Linda Lael Miller book. Both times I've picked up her book thinking that I was getting a cowboy know, horses, cows, dirty sweaty men with hearts of gold that call the ladies “ma’am.” Well, sigh! It was not to be, either time. The only animals involved were dogs and chickens, and our hero Boone wears a cowboy hat but that’s the only nod to the Midwestern lifestyle of the good ole USA. I was really disappointed, es...more
Very sweet and enjoyable story. Boone and Tara have a bad first meeting. And every time they meet afterwards, they always pick on each other and call each other out on what they feel is the other’s least likeable traits. I especially thought I would be annoyed with Tara in the beginning because she seemed like a high maintenance woman. However, we realize early on that this is not true. Most of what she says comes from her undiscovered crush on Boone. She is also a great mother to her twin stepd...more
Kate Worth
This is a sweet, uncomplicated little romance about a widower named Boone who is done with grieving and a divorcee named Tara who is ready to give love another chance after a failed marriage.

Due to an accident that requires surgery on her husband's knee, Boone's sister asks him to take back his sons who she has been raising since the death of Corrie, Boone's wife. He does so reluctantly, feeling out of his depth and inadequate. His youngest son doesn't help matters by threatening to run away. T...more
What has happened to Linda Lael Miller? She has always been one of my favorite authors, but this Parable series is nowhere near the high marks she has previously set. Big Sky River was moderately better than the previous two books of the series, but just barely. The pace was slow, the characters were underdeveloped, and it took nearly 260 pages before Boone and Tara even kissed. Since this was billed as a romance novel that's way too long. This book basically followed the same formula as the pre...more
Guilty Pleasures
KcLu's review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

4.75 Stars

Big Sky River is book three in the Big Sky series by Linda Leal Miller, and I have to say it is my favorite so far! I have been waiting for Boone’s story since pretty much the first book, and he lived up to all my hopes and more.

Sherriff Boone Taylor has been just really trying to make it through the day. His two boys have been living with his sister since the death of his wife Corrie, and he has been struggling with the advice of hi...more
Tammy  (Reviews by Tammy & Kim)
Linda Lael Miller is amazing at writing cowboy series to perfection. She never fails at making my heart skip a beat with her perfect mix of chemistry and drama. Not too mention drool worthy cowboys that make you want to visit a ranch somewhere in the south. Reading as many authors as I do it feels like coming home when I pick up one of her books. There isn't one I haven't read or own. However, this story felt kind of rushed, not something I am used to when it comes to her books and the ending le...more
Grady McCallie
Stoic widower (cowboy sheriff) and divorced stepmom (urban girl turned chicken farmer) discover true love, instant family (two boys! twin girls!), and allegedly mind-blowing sex, with the help of masculine joshing from his friends, and laughs & tears wisdom from hers.

Surely none of that is a spoiler, which is kind of the point of the genre. I don't read romance often, but when I do, (a) I find myself feeling and acting with a little more compassion than usual, fueled by a renewed hope for h...more
Enjoyed the book and the story, but left wanting more. The ending was rather abrupt and kind of a letdown. There was little to no interaction between the hero and heroine and almost too much time spent on the four kids (two for him and two for her). It was all kind of convoluted and rushed. Most of the book was spent on them individually and then all of a sudden, the last 2-3 chapters were them together. It wasn't her best and not a great entry into this series. I was really looking forward to t...more
3.5 Stars!

I've been waiting on Boone's story awhile but I feel Big Sky River just flew by. I really wish the romance was more fleshed out and the story was longer. They loved each other when they only spoke a couple of times. How? Don't ask me. The epilogue should have at least been set further in the future to offset their instant love.
It all started with a widower, a busted knee and a chicken rancher.
Sheriff Boone is a good man with some serious heartache. His wife died young and left him with two child that his sister is raising for him. He has not been able to step out of is depression and care for them himself since see died. He can barely take basic care of himself. He has lived a lonely life not looking for anything more than just getting by. Things change fast when his sister's husband get's hurt and he has to take his...more
Kat ~ Forever Book Lover ♥
You will find this review and more at Forever Book Lover.

I didn't know until I received the ARC that this was part of a series. I have not read the first two book, in my opinion this is a stand alone book, however I fell in love with the secondary characters and the town of Parable, Montana that I have already purchased the first two books- Big Sky Country and Big Sky Mountain. I believe the two main characters, Boone and Tara are mentioned in the first book and sets the stage for their indiffer...more
In Linda Lael Miller's third book of her Big Sky Series we see again just why it is that she is considered one of the absolute best at the western romances. Sending us back to Parable Montana and the lives and loves of it's citizens.

Sheriff Boone Miller, all around smexy man with a wounded soul. Boone has spent the past few years grieving for his deceased wife. Letting his sister care for his small sons and doing everything he can to just get by. While he has friends who support him and a commun...more
Romancing the Book
Reviewer: Jen
Source: Netgalley
Jen's review was first posted at Romancing the Book's blog.

I've been a longtime fan of Linda Lael Miller and this story didn't disappoint. It's the third in her series based in Parable, Montana, but it stands well on it's own. Like most series, it would be helpful to have read the prior books for a little back ground of the supporting characters. But there is no overarcing theme to where the reader would be lost if they were making their first visit to Parable with...more
Tara Kendall left her big city life in New York to come to Parable, Montana and start over after her divorce. The hardest part of the divorce wasn’t losing her selfish ex-husband, but his twin daughters that she practically raised. Now living as a chicken farmer in the country, her ex-husband sends the twins to stay with her for a bit.

Sherriff Boone Taylor was raised in Parable. He met and married his high school sweetheart, had two boys and then lost her to Cancer way too soon. He never really...more
Very good book. The back cover copy got some things a bit wrong. At the beginning of the book, Boone had no dogs and acquired one during the story. I loved the way he did get the dog and how much he came to mean to the whole family. Tara does everything she can to avoid even talking to Boone much less ask him for help. That being said, I really enjoyed the book. Tara is living her dream raising her chickens in Parable. She has friends and a community she loves. She's not real fond of her neighbo...more
O xerife Boone Taylor já havia chamado a minha atenção desde o primeiro volume da série Parable, Montana, onde ele apareceu como assistente do xerife e aos poucos fomos tendo informações a respeito dele. Como por exemplo, o fato de ser amigo igualmente do Slade e do Hutch, os dois irmãos brigões e cabeças duras, e de ser viúvo e ter dois filhinhos pequenos de cinco e sete anos, que moram com a irmã em outra cidade.

Boone e Tara se conheceram desde o primeiro livro, onde ela comprou a granja, vizi...more
Adriana Fogaça
Big Sky 3/5
Rio do Céu Aberto
Linda Lael Miller
H.R. Romance 79

No livro do Hutch e Kendra achei que o Boone era o maior idiota e covarde que apareceu nos romances que já li.

Naquele momento até tentei compreender que ele perdeu a mulher amada, que havia sofrido horrores devido a doença terminal da esposa.

Mas mandar os filhos pequenos morar com a irmã, o o fim pra mim. E pior achar que estava que estava certo, totalmente com a razão.

E mesmo quando as crianças imploraram para ficar, ele as mandam...more
Boone and Tara live across from each other in the small town of Parable, MT. But they aren't really neighborly, they can barely stand to be civil to each other. Tara moved to Parable from New York City a couple years ago to run a chicken ranch and slow down her life. Boone is a widower with two young sons he's trying to figure out to parent, and an attitude that needs some adjusting. He's also the county sheriff. When Tara's step daughters come for a visit, these to find themselves running into...more
Lauren Murphy
Big Sky River is the third Swoon-Worthy Cowboy novel set in Parable, Montana by Linda Lael Miller. The first book in the series, Big Sky Country, I really enjoyed but the follow up novel Big Sky Mountain was very disappointing and unfortunately this novel was too. It's left me thinking maybe the first book was a fluke as I'm realising Miller's writing just isn't for me.

As inferred in book two, the hero and heroine in book three is Sheriff Boone Taylor and his attractive city turned country gal...more
I am in love with the townsfolk of Parable Montana. Big Sky River is book three in Linda Lael Miller’s Swoon-Worthy Cowboy series and yea-ha it was good to return. Each can be read as a standalone, but if you are like me and want to know all of the side characters and their stories go for book one first. This book focuses on Sheriff Boone Taylor and his city-born neighbor Tara Kendall. Since the first novel Big Sky Country these two have butted heads and it was lovely reading their story. As alw...more
Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
Linda Lael Miller is my go to author for stories that sound like they could happen in my town. There is just something about the way she writes her books that just captivates me and holds me until the very last page.

Now the only flaw in this book is that Boone is a widower. I do find that to be an issue and lately I seem to see this theme in the books I have been reading. I am not saying that I don’t feel for the person that loses a spouse because I do. What I don’t like is when the widow/widow...more
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Dec 22, 2012 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: romance, read-in-2012
I did not think much of the hero, life had sent him some tough challenges that he did not quite rise to meet in the best way. The heroine was fairly innocuous but experienced no character growth in the story.

I don’t think I’m spoiling anything if I get more exact … he had two young sons. After the death of his wife, he sent them to live with his sister for what was supposed to be a short while, which had extended to years. Now that they are back in his home, he was doing the best that he can but...more
Pamela Devereux
Enjoying this series. I am so glad that Hutch & some of the parents finally pulled that water tower down. The boy that fell is paralyzed from the waist down. The mayor & the town council want all involved arrested. Boone refuses to do that. This is the story of Boone finally coming alive after his wife died. His sons are moving back home with him. The youngest keeps wanting to go back to live with his aunt & uncle but with constant love, he starts to feel safe & secure. Now Tara...more
This was shaping up to be my favorite of the bunch, until the very end when (view spoiler)

I have the next two in this series already che...more
Stories with kids and cowboys are great. Stories by Ms. Miller never disappoint! Very charming read.
Note to self:Montana
Sheriff Boone Taylor(widower,bro,neighbor,pal,dad)&Griffin(his 7yo son,Griff)&Fletcher(his 5yo son)&Scamp(his new dog)+Tara Kendall(divorced,chicken farmer,neighbor,pal2,ex-cosmetics exec, stepmother)&Lucy(her dog)&Elle Lennox(older twin sis,12yo,stepdaughter)&Erin...more
Harlequin Books
"Miller's return to Parable is a charming story of love in its many forms. The hero's struggles are handled in an informed and heartwarming way, and it's easy to empathize with the heroine's desire to start an independent, new life in this sweetly entertaining and alluring tale." RT Book Reviews, rated 4 stars.
This is book three of the Parable Montana Big Sky series. I have read the first two and this latest one is just as good as the others. In this story we learn more about Boone Taylor and his boys as he brings them home after his brother in law has an accident. Tara's stepdaughters come to stay with her for a few weeks and is surprised with her ex-husband calls to tell her they are coming. She knew why of course a new girlfriend but none the less she was happy to have Erin and Elle come to see her...more
Boone Taylor, the sheriff of Parable County, is still mourning his wife who died a few years ago and still hasn't brought his two young boys home. Even though he's moved on with his life, he's still stuck in time with his property in decay and his sons still living with his sisters in another town. Meanwhile, his prickly neighbor, Tara Kendall who has been very critical of how he's not maintained his property, is reinventing herself after moving to Parable from New York. Her painful marriage beh...more
Sheriff Boone Taylor has his job, friends, a run-down but decent ranch, two faithful dogs and a good horse. He doesn't want romance--the widowed Montanan has loved and lost enough for a lifetime. But when a city woman buys the spread next door, Boone's peace and quiet are in serious jeopardy.

With a marriage and a career painfully behind her, Tara Kendall is determined to start over in Parable. Reinventing herself and living a girlhood dream is worth the hard work. Sure, she might need help from...more
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With a fair chunk of romance novels under my belt now, I’ve developed a few tentative hypotheses and correlations about the genre. One of these is that the more ridiculous the hero’s name, the more fun the book. (I remember fondly a book last year involving a hero called Obediah “Dyer” Straits.) If this correlation holds true, then with names like Slade, Hutch and Boone, it’s little wonder I’ve enjoyed Linda Lael Miller’s Big Sky se...more
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