By Linda Lael MillerBook #2 in the Parable, Montana series
Western Romance, Contemporary Romance
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 e 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.
Hutch Carmody had a lot of growing up to do and after his father's death about a year ago that's just what he's done. He's come to terms with his illegitimate half brother, settling with him on his share of the family inheritance. Hutch has also matured in recognizing that Kendra Shephard is the one he foolishly let get away and is determined to win her back, out to prove he's not the man he was back in the day. Kendra is fresh off a painful divorce and has adopted a four-year old little girl. She's not ready to take any more risks for herself or her daughter.
I really enjoyed this second book in the series, even though Kendra's reluctance to engage with Hutch became tiresome after awhile. However, there were so many funny and heartwarming moments it was easy to settle back and hang on for the ride. Madison (Kendra's daughter)was an absolute scene stealer and even the pets (everyone in this town has a dog) brought quite a few laughs. The characters from the first book are also critical to the story, as the friendships play a major role in getting Hutch and Kendra to finally connect. There is a strong sense of family that continues to develop, making the romance that much more poignant as Hutch establishes a relationship with Madison along the way.
I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, which will focus on Boone and Tara. It should prove to be a bit more serious as decisions he made in this story will be awfully tough to reverse. No matter the tone, I'm committed to the end.
(I received an ARC from NetGalley)