Chemistry was never this sexy in high school.
In her sizzling new series, USA Today best-selling author Kristen Proby sets the stage for a passionate reunion under the breathtaking Montana sky.
Cara Donovan's summer tutoring job is turning out to be a challenge - and not just because of her troubled 12-year-old student. It's his uncle Josh who's the real problem. If problem is the word for an irresistibly cocky, muscle-bound rancher with a taste for tight Levi's and shameless flirtation....
Cara is nothing like the wallflower Josh King remembers good-naturedly teasing in high school. This Cara is gorgeous, confident, fun. From the moment the fiery teacher steps foot on his family's Lazy K Ranch, the stubborn playboy is determined to corral her. So what happens when his luscious lover takes over the reins?
The first in a steamy trilogy, Kristen Proby's enthralling novel is filled to the brim with one hardworking family's triumphs and challenges, all the wild adventure of the modern West, and a whole lot of titillating fun.
©2013 Kristen Proby (P)2013 Simon & Schuster
I liked that Cara was a normal sized woman not a stick thin woman.
Although I did struggle to finish this book, I'm reserving all judgement until the end of the third book.
"The Montana guys are my current favorites"
Listen to Cara, Lauren, and for the Holidays Grace (Baby it's cold outside, starts at chapter 16) over and over! I can't wait for January 27th for Jillian's story. I was sad to find out there will only be three books in the series but excited that Kristen Proby going South for her new adventure. Until then I'll be " satisfied" with the North Western folks. I didn't think Kristen Proby could ever top the Seattle stories but then she melted quite a bit of snow in Montana. I'll have to see if she can bring the spices of New Orleans to the pages of her next region.
"WOW Supper Hot Josh & Horses ! Oh Yes Yes Yes :)"
Loving Cara is the first book in author Kristen Proby’s newest series, Under the Big Sky and talk about one hell of a debut. I loved everything about the book from start to finish.
Cara Donovan and Josh King have known each other for years. They went to high school together and still live in the same small town but despite the geography, they really don’t see much of each other. That all changes when Cara gets a job tutoring Josh’s nephew over the summer. Seth’s mother drops him off at the King’s family ranch and leaves without so much as a backward glance. Zach, Josh’s brother and Seth’s father, is in the Army and overseas for at least another month which means Seth was now Josh and his parents responsibility. No problem, right? Wrong. Seth needs a whole lot of love and attention to bring him out of the anger he’s settled into. He also needs whole lot of help in the schooling department which is where Cara comes in and ends up as Seth’s tutor. Luckily Cara is up for the challenge. Of course that means Cara and Josh will be spending a whole lot of time together and soon the attraction they both feel is too much to deny. Josh can’t believe his high school friend has grown into such a beautiful and smart woman and Cara is in awe of the handsome, sexy, and caring Josh. Sparks will fly and lust will ignite all while helping a young man learn to trust and love again. Will they all get their happy ending?
Man, I devoured this book. In less than a day. Cara and Josh have some serious heat building from the very beginning and it slowly builds at a delicious pace until they both decide to take the next step and holy hell. These two are HOT together! But beyond that, Cara and Josh come together to help Seth, and that’s where they shine. Where Josh is stern, Cara balances him out with a softer side and Seth stands to learn a lot from both of them. Of course there are a few bumps in the road for Cara and Josh, which makes it more emotional and intense and that much better. Along the way we meet Cara’s best friend Jillian, Jillian’s brother Ty, and at the end, Zach, Seth’s dad. All of them are fabulous, complex characters and I suspect we will be seeing more of them in this series and I can’t WAIT!
If you’re looking for a romance with serious heat, loads of emotions and a small town feel, this is the book for you! Thank you, Kristen, for a fantastic book and a series I look forward to continuing!
"3.5 stars Good but not great"
This is the book in a nutshell.
Ranch in Montana
Sexy, alpha-male (w/o being obnoxious), kind, loyal, loving cowboy - Josh
Pretty, smart, kind, loyal and loving teacher - Cara
Throw in a sad and hurt boy (Seth); a pained brother (Josh's twin) with some PTSD from Afgan and a nutty BFF (Cara's BFF) and you have a very lite sweet romance.
I think the book started off strong. I thought that Seth would play a larger, more angst-y role in the book. Would have added more depth to the book.
The characters are fairly superficially written. Meaning that I garnered very little understanding beyond them being good-looking nice people. Although Cara's insecurity about being fat (although my guess is that she's a size 8/10 instead of a 0/2, so she feels fat and the obnoxious jealous caddy women call her 'fat' b/c she isn't emaciated?). But her insecurity got really old. The more she complains about it, points it out or let's other women make her feel badly about her weight- the less I liked her.
I gave this book 3 1/2 stars I can 'like' books that are totally romance-lite (oh - with lots of 'steamy' scenes). Sometimes it's easy to read a book that doesn't make you cry, churn your stomach or make you sweat things out. Just a very lite, quickly forgotten, but a sweet innocent ride along the way. (formulaic - hot 'popular' sought after bachelor male runs into former shy high school colleague, falls immediately for her, pursues her romantically, brings her out of her shell, things get bad, she runs away, he chases her, they promise to love each other, the end. Oh, and it's obvious there is another book in the series - Josh's brother is back from his tour and needs to reunite with his son and his family...more to come.
I am not a fan of dual narration however, Deacon Lee and Elizabeth Louise did a good job with the delivery of the story
"PREDICTABLE YES.... BUT OH SO ENJOYABLE"
A very nice Contemporary romance that flows really well and gently meanders through Josh and Cara's budding, building then blooming relationship. There were a couple of b*tches, a tree where it shouldn't be, a slight hiccup along the way, lots of sex, some great secondary characters made up of family and friends and a lost, mentally abused 12 year old boy.
Although Josh was all Alpha don't expect the Chaps, Spurs and frustrated cowboy that goes with it as he was kind, thoughtful, loving and said all the right things to make Cara (and me) melt and Cara's a sweet-natured Teacher (unless provoked). This really is a touching, tender, sweet, sexy and romantic listen about two people that were meant for each other and this listen is like gently floating in the middle of a pool and starring up at the clear blue skies with absolutely nothing on your mind but the pure, blissful and peaceful ease of the day mmmm delicious.
Worth a credit? If you're looking for a well-written and narrated, light, Contemporary, sexy listen then hit the 'Add To Cart' button now. As this is book 1 of a trilogy about 3 handsome sexy men, all friends, who grew up in sleepy small town Cunningham Falls, then I'll be eagerly looking out for the next in the series and YES creditworthy.
"I moving to Cunningham Falls, Montana."
Normally I enjoy reading a book myself, because I like to paint my own pictures from the author's words. This audio book was amazing. I felt that Deacon Lee and Elizabeth Louise did a superb job in portraying the range of emotions of the characters without losing the feel of the book.
As I read this book I was reminded of the talented Nora Roberts and her family spun series.
No, this was the first time listening to the two actors.
I was invested in the characters and went through the range of emotions with them. I cried for Seth and Zack and wanted to reach out to hug both of them. I cheered for Cara and Josh and laughed with them during tender moments. I booed the mean girls.
I truly love this first book from the Under the Big Sky Series and anxiously await more. I purchased this book on every format available.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this hot and steamy down home romance in Montana.For Cara,growing up amongst the"King"boys was hard,especially around Josh King.Handsome,charming and nice,the guy had it all,but Cara being the chubby,crazy-curly headed teen,felt inadequate in every way.Now Cara has grown up into a petite,shapely woman who starts to get Josh's attention,the kind of attention Cara always wanted from him.Josh shows Cara that there is no more need for insecurities,not around him.To him Cara is the perfect woman.Very sexy moments.Deacon and Elizabeth do an excellent job on narrating.Loved listening,will enjoy the next few books in the series.
"Difficult time with Josh"
Cara was a very likeable person, as well as a good teacher with a big heart. Josh? He got on my nerves the way he treated her at times. Seems he could have handled things very differently. His anger and treatment of her was ridiculous. Admitting his own responsibility and apologizing for his part in misunderstandings would have made him easier to like, in my opinion.
"Language was unnecessary for the story"
The story and performance were fine, but the use of foul language totally turned me off. The use of the language was totally unnecessary to the story. I will not be downloading any more Kristen Proby books.
"Great wonderful story!"
loved it. when I had to put it down, I couldn't wait to get back to listening. Great story.
"Too much sex, not enough story"
This author clearly spent lots of time practicing how to write detailed, steamy sex scenes but no time learning how to construct a plot. There is no action, no tension, no drama on which this story can turn.
Two people who have known each other since high school cross paths as adults and interest sparks. He's hot and always has been, she's an attractive woman who still sees herself as the frumpy "3" she used to be in high school. That is the extent of the tension. He thinks she's beautiful, smart and funny and she can't figure out why he would want to go out with her. All the drama revolves around her assuming that he is going to dump her any minute.
Plus, this book is kinda like a 1940's Hollywood musical where a hurried conversation between two characters creates an excuse to sing another song. This book is a few pages of dialogue stringing together endless trips to the bedroom...living room wall...kitchen counter...back seat of the truck...bathroom counter....bedroom floor...rocks at the top of a waterfall.
I'm sorry, I need a story if I am going to spend a credit.
Regarding the narration: The male reader (Deacon Lee) does not perform Josh nearly as well as the female reader (Elizabeth Louise). Her Josh is all Alpha. His Josh sounds like a girl. Bad casting in the male role.
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