September 19, 2014
Big Sky Secrets by Linda Lael Miller
Linda Lael Miller is one of my favorite romance novelists. I like her stories, subjects, and the detail she puts into everything. This book was technically part of a series, but it isn't really necessary to read them in order, it can be read as a standalone book. It wasn't one of my favorite of hers, but it still kept me reading.
Ria has started a new life. After the death of her husband she left the west coast for a small flower farm in Montana and now is content growing her flowers and attending the farmers markets. Her only agitation is her neighbor Landry, who has a buffalo that likes to get loose quite often. But he's so darn good looking that she can't help but feel more than agitation for him.
The characters were a little weak in this one. I especially didn't like the plot twist for Ria's dead husband. It felt like they had to make him a less likable guy in order for her new romance to be ok. I just didn't see the need for it. And Ria herself had a couple bouts with her character going crazy. Add in her niece Quinn that acted more like 12 than 17, and it was somewhat confusing. That being said, I did like Landry's butler. While a weird addition to the book, he was a welcome one. Landry was the typical rich cowboy, he provided a hunky love interest who was good in the sack. Which for a romance novel is pretty standard.
The plot was ok. There wasn't that much strife. And I did think the ending was a little rushed. I'm also never sure why the end all be all of these romance novels are marriage and a kid. I'd love to see marriage and perfectly happy without kids, but I don't think romance novels are allowed to be published without that ending. I did like that the two had sort of a love-hate relationship going and that it took place in Montana. Miller is also very descriptive so while this book didn't take place over a long period of time, it felt like what was happening was in a regular timeline while reading because you could picture what was happening. There were descriptive sex scenes in this book, three, right at the end. So there's a lot of buildup as you can imagine.
Miller's still my favorite but this one fell just a bit flat. But it was entertaining, and you can't go too wrong with that if you're not expecting fine literature.
Big Sky Secrets