Big Sky Country (The Parable Series)
Linda Lael Miller
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No one writes Western romance better than #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller!
Let her take you to the town of Parable, Montana…
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 County. 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—and the girl Slade's never forgotten.
But Joslyn has come home to Parable under difficult circumstances. Resented by many of the townspeople cheated by her crooked stepfather, she's trying to rebuild her life and repay everyone who lost money because of his schemes. With a town to protect, plus a rebellious teenage stepdaughter, Slade already has his hands full. But someone has to convince Joslyn that she's responsible only for her own actions—and that someone is Sheriff Barlow!
a brook trout in the bargain. And he was still in the truck seat, where he clearly intended to remain. Hutch laughed. Stood nearby with his arms folded and his head cocked to one side. He must have resembled his late mother, Lottie Hutcheson, Slade thought distractedly, because he didn’t look a thing like the old man. No, that was his cross to bear—never looking into a mirror without seeing a younger version of the man who had denied him since birth. “You might just as well take
him back home with you,” Hutch continued, surprising Slade. “Jasper’s like Dad was—once he’s made up his mind about something, he’s not likely to change it.” Slade slanted an appraising look at the man who was, biologically at least, blood kin. They were nothing alike, the two of them. Or were they? Down deep, at the DNA level, there had to be some similarities. “Got any suggestions?” Slade finally asked. Hutch considered the question at his leisure before offering an offhanded
other kids who rode the school bus in from the countryside surrounding Parable. What she couldn’t bring herself to explain was that Elliott had limited those gatherings to six girls, including Joslyn herself, and he was the one who made out the guest list. “It wasn’t what you think,” Joslyn said lamely. “Wasn’t it?” Cookie Jean snapped, shaking a finger under Joslyn’s nose. She drew in a moist, shaky breath, and Joslyn realized the other woman was near tears. Well, fine—so was she.
brought the plate of scrambled eggs and toast to the table and set it down in front of Joslyn. “Eat,” she commanded. Joslyn obediently picked up her fork. Beneath the table, a recently fed Lucy-Maude twined her sleek body around Joslyn’s ankles. Joslyn had evidently been forgiven for last night’s indignities—shots, a blood test, a thorough veterinary examination. It was official: there would be kittens, and sooner, rather than later. Opal, meanwhile, went back to the counter to
where it was sticking to her tear-streaked, exertion-dampened face. “Well, that’s good, I guess,” he said doubtfully. “You guess?” she asked, a puzzled frown creasing her forehead. He kissed the crease away. “I can’t say I’d be unhappy if you were,” he said, with that stunning honesty of his. “It would be inconvenient for sure, but babies are supposed to be inconvenient, aren’t they?” She couldn’t believe her ears. Most men would have been wildly relieved to learn that a condom