The “First Lady of the West,” #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller, brings you back to Parable, Montana-where love awaits in the second book of her new Big Sky Series!
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 divorcé Kendra Shepherd.
Kendra’s quiet mansion reminds her of what she wants most – a devoted husband and the pitter-patter of little feet. She can’t get Hutch Carmody out of her mind. But a rough-and-tumble cowboy like Hutch, coming home for family dinner? Seems crazy! Then again, crazier dreams have become reality under the vast Montana sky.
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A fine sweat broke out between Hutch Carmody’s shoulders and his gut warned that he was fixing to stumble straight into the teeth of a screeching buzz saw. More content here!
Suddenly, Hutch’s gaze connected with that of his half-brother, Slade Barlow. More content here!
“You’re just nervous, that’s all. It’s entirely normal. But once the wedding is over and we’re on our honeymoon—” More content here!
Until now, Hutch reflected dismally. More content here!
“Slade’s right,” Boone agreed. Boone, being violently allergic to marriage himself, probably thought Hutch had just dodged a figurative bullet. More content here!
Today’s escapade would put all that in the shade, of course. More content here!
The little girl’s gleaming hair, the color of a newly minted penny, lay in tousled curls around her cherubic face and Kendra felt the usual pang of hopeless devotion just looking at her. More content here!
Jeffrey’s aging parents were landed gentry with a string of titles, several sprawling estates and a fortune that dated back to the heyday of the East India Company, and were no more inclined toward child-rearing than they had been when their own two sons were small. More content here!
She was, he told her, the only person on earth he could or would trust with the child. More content here!
The first encounter had taken place in a social worker’s dingy office, in a dusty desert town in California, and for Kendra, it was love at first sight.
Madison, meanwhile, stirred on the window seat. “Mommy?” More content here!
They’d arrived by car the night before and spent the night in the Barlow’s guest room, at Joslyn’s insistence. More content here!
Jasper barked happily and hurried to the door. Joslyn had long since dubbed him the one-dog welcoming committee and at the moment he was spilling over with a wild desire to greet whoever happened to show up. More content here!
A number of drastic scenarios flashed through her mind—a wedding guest toppling over from a heart attack, then a cattle truck crashing through a wall, followed by lightning boring its way right through the roof of the church and striking the bridegroom dead where he stood. More content here!
Kendra realized she was squeezing Madison too tightly and relaxed her arms a little. More content here!
Somewhat to Kendra’s surprise, Madison slid down off her lap, Rupert the kangaroo dangling from one small hand, and approached the older girl, albeit slowly. More content here!
As Kendra was growing up, the woman had been like a mother to her, if not a patron saint. More content here!
Joslyn, meanwhile, tuned in on Kendra’s face and read her expression, however guarded it was, with perfect accuracy. More content here!
Except for bankers and lawyers, few men in rural Montana wore suits on a regular basis—such get-ups were reserved for Sunday services, funerals and…weddings, ill-fated or otherwise. More content here! and here!
As serene as a Botticelli Madonna, Joslyn grinned. More content here!
She’d been on the road for three days, and even after a good night’s sleep in Joslyn’s guest room and two showers, she felt rumpled and grungy. More content here!
It was almost enough to make a person believe in love again, Kendra thought glumly, watching these two. More content here!
Slade laughed, shook his head, shoved a hand through his dark hair before crossing the room to take his everyday hat from a peg beside the back door and plop it on his head. More content here!
An image of Brylee Parrish bloomed in Kendra’s mind and she felt a stab of sorrow for the woman. More content here!
“I don’t know if I can handle it,” she confessed, very softly. More content here!
And getting sucked into Hutch’s orbit would be the stupidest thing I could possibly do.” More content here!
Before Joslyn could offer a response to that, Madison, Shea, Callie and the dog trailed back in the kitchen, making further discussion of Hutch Carmody impossible. More content here!
The next hour was taken up with getting ready, coming and going, table-setting and a lot of companionable, lighthearted chatter. More content here!
Hutch, his dark blond hair sun-kissed with gold, recovered his normal affable manner within the space of a heartbeat. More content here!
Linda Lael Miller is a #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than one hundred historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the West. Raised in Northport, Washington, the self-confessed barn goddess now lives in Spokane, Washington. Linda hit a career high in 2011 when all three of her Creed Cowboys books—A Creed in Stone Creek, Creed’s Honor and The Creed Legacy—debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. To learn more about Linda, visit www.LindaLaelMiller.com.
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