Saturday, January 4, 2014

Big Sky Secrets (Big Sky #6) by Linda Lael Miller

Self-made tycoon Landry Sutton heads to Hangman Bend's Ranch to sell his land to his brother Zane. Though he's got cowboy in his blood, Landry plans to return to city life before the dust even settles on his boots. Of course, he didn't count on falling for Big Sky Country or Ria Manning.

Ria's starting to settle into country life herself; until she has a close encounter of the terrifying kind with a buffalo. Turns out the peeping monster belongs to the cowboy next door; and he has her running even more scared than his bison. She wants a home where the buffalo don't roam, and the men don't either. Could Landry's homecoming be her heart's undoing?

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5 but it takes a really, really long time
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Linda Lael Miller is quickly becoming one of my go to authors for comfort reads. Big Sky Secrets was a really lovely read. It was my first time with the series and a little different than I was expecting but it was fun, sweet and heart warming read as Ria and Landry have a battle of wills and start embracing their new lives in this little Montana town and maybe each other as well.

I really liked both Ria and Landry. They're just good people that are kind of at a cross roads in their lives. It was fun watching them in their daily lives--Ria working on her flower farm and going to the farmers market, Landry butting heads with his British butler (they were so stinking cute together) and making a go of being a cowboy. Seeing them with their families and just watching their slight enemies to friends to lovers relationship change and grow. It was a good time all around.

The romance was a bit slow going but it fit them perfectly. They needed that time, I think, for their exasperation with each other to kinda work it's way out and turn into something more. There's some nice tension between these two and when it does heat there at the end, well, it was worth the wait. They definitely had me sighing a couple times while they worked out their romance. Chuckling too...
Ria seethed.

He loved it when she seethed. It was proof that her blood ran hot, a distinct advantage in bed. Provided they ever got to bed, that was.
I did have one complaint that's kind of a complaint but kinda not and totally gonna make me look like a nut. Because it in some ways bothered me and in other ways I loved it... see, I wish the two had spent more time together on page. There are some great scenes between them but there were so many where they were in their own separate lives and even though they were thinking about each other and their relationship I just would have liked more actual time together as they fell in love. Though, and here's me being completely wishy washy on this one, I loved those times they were apart too. Seeing Ria spend time with her niece who was having troubles, seeing him with his brother and butler, etc. Those bits had me falling for them and really made me feel a part of their lives. So it was good and a little bad and I'm wishy washy. I know. LOL

What I really enjoyed was that Big Sky Secrets was a nice combo of sweet, funny and a little heart breaking too. I really felt for these two. Chuckled over some things like rogue flower-killing-run-away pet Buffalo and misted up over Ria working through the loss of her husband and troubled marriage and deciding to risk love again. It just all came together nicely for a great read. Miller had me falling right along with Ria and Landry and really has me wanting to go back and read the rest of the series and see how all of the couple found love in this small Montana town.

Have you read Lina Lael Miller? Have a favorite?
Do you have a favorite enemies to lovers story? Or cowboy?

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