The "First Lady of the West," #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller, brings you to Parable, Montana-where love awaits.
Sheriff Boone Taylor has his job, friends, a run-down but decent ranch, two faithful dogs and a good horse. He doesn't want romance-the widowed Montanan has loved and lost enough for a lifetime. But when a city woman buys the spread next door, Boone's peace and quiet are in serious jeopardy.
With a marriage and a career painfully behind her, Tara Kendall is determined to start over in Parable. Reinventing herself and living a girlhood dream is worth the hard work. Sure, she might need help from her handsome, wary neighbor. But life along Big Sky River is full of surprises...like falling for a cowboy-lawman who just might start to believe in second chances.
Sheriff Boon Taylor is a widow with 2 small sons who he sent off to live with his sister while he tried to pick up the pieces of his broken heart. The boys were happy living with their aunt and uncle who treated them like they were one of their own. However an accident on the golf course sends their uncle to the hospital for knee surgery, and with their aunt having to take care of him and their own 3 children, it's time to send the boys to their father to live with.
Tara Kendall left New York after her divorce was finalized, needing a change of pace. She has a chicken farm that houses chickens she can't seem to kill, though she tries to hid that fact, knowing how silly it sounds. All alone, she misses her 12 year old step daughters from her marriage, but their father won't let her have anything to do with them even though they are nothing but a burden to him, and he doesn't have any time for them. Luckily, her ex husband contacts her and asks her to take care of the girls for the summer so that he can have free time away from children to woo the next lady of his life. Talk about pretentious dead beat dad. However Tara is thrilled she'll finally gets to see her babies again and agrees to care for them.
Boon and Tara are neighbors but don't really interact. Like...ever. There's ton of story telling on how Boon learns to be a real father and reacquaints himself with his sons, and how Tara finds happiness in the presense of her twin step-daughters...but seriously...I read about half the book before there was any Tara and Boon interaction, and when it came...it went just as quickly. Boon needs Tara to watch his sons one evening while he goes out to a neighbors who passed away from an illness. When he picks them up, they have a moment and there's even a little spark, but it fizzles out. I was really frustrated with this novel, wondering when the heck the romance part was going to kick in. And boy was I disappointed.
The author didn't take any time trying to write a believable romance. Tara and Boon agree to go on a date, and then the build up takes several more chapters before WHAM! they fall into bed with each other...before the date even happens! All of a sudden they're in love with each other and I'm supposed to buy it? No ma'am. Also..what was the point of saying Tara had a chicken farm? It was unnecessary and just stupid in my opinion. It was hardly present to begin with. I didn't find any spark between the main characters and felt their love was forced and fast paced before they were preaching I love you's and lets get married's. Just ridiculous.
The only things I liked about this story were the children. They were cute and stood out from the crowd. I'd categorize this more as a family read than a romance one. I would have rated it a two if I hadn't found the author's view of romance so lacking. I'm here to review romances...not books disguised as romance, ya know?