The illegitimate son of a wealthy rancher, Sheriff Slade Barlow grew up in a trailer hitched to the Curly-Burly hair salon his mother runs. He was never acknowledged by his father…until now. Suddenly, Slade has inherited half of Whisper Creek Ranch, one of the most prosperous in Parable, Montana. That doesn't sit well with his half brother, Hutch, who grew up with all the rights of a Carmody—including the affections of Joslyn Kirk, homecoming queen, rodeo queen, beauty queen, whom Slade has never forgotten.
But Joslyn is barely holding her head up these days as she works to pay back everyone her crooked stepfather cheated. With a town to protect, plus a rebellious teenage stepdaughter, Slade has his hands full. But someone has to convince Joslyn that she's responsible only for her own actions—such as her effect on this lawman's guarded heart.
Linda Lael Miller
Mass Market Paperback
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am half way through and there's been precious little action in the book. Some errands, a barbecue, a horseback ride, and a lot of feeding of pets. Do I really need pages and pages of making coffee and sandwiches? Where is the substance? I'm not talking about sex. But no one's getting laid, either. I never give up on books but this books is feeling like a chore.
Edited to add: I skimmed through to the end. I could not care less about Joslyn and Slade. I do have one question: where the hell are the damn kittens?
This book sucks.
Despite a promising beginning, this novel is a mess. Within a few short chapters it started to drag, with lots of details that contributed nothing to the plot. For example, lots of words to describe how the heroine gets ready in the morning (she showers, tames her frizzy hair in a pony tail or a braid, etc.) and goes to work. The first time I thought it was to give us an idea of how she looked when H sees her, or something like that. But no, there is no purpose to the detail and we have to read it almost every time someone gets up and ready to face the day - all through the book. Then while the lust between H/h is well done, it is hard to see where forever-after love comes in - there really isn't enough communication between them to make the love believable. There is lots about the dog and cat but they feel like filler. Oh, and how come we had to read pages about the cat's pregnancy and never hear about the kittens? There are also a lot of unanswered plot questions which...
The beginning of this book almost had me putting it down. It took me forever to be able to tell the two half-brothers, Slade and Hutch, apart. It wasn't until I started seeing their families around them that their names really started to stick for me - which made some things a tad confusing at first.
Now once I got that little piece of information down, the story was quite good. It was told in a slow, easy pace that seemed to reflect the life in Parable, Montana - a small town where everyone seems to know everyone and things take a long time to change. What I learned of the town was amazing, makes me want to visit to get away from the city and find a little peace and fresh air - and stare at all the cowboys.
The romance between Slade and Joslyn was very slow to build up. But that is what real life is like - it takes time to get to know someone all over again and make the decision to open your heart. Joslyn took a huge risk returning to Parable after her...
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