It’s LIVE!!!! The second book in the Love Under The Big Sky series by Kristen Proby (though you don’t have to have read the first book, you should anyway because it’s amazing – My Review) is now available, and you can see my review of this fab book below, along with an excerpt and giveaway! (Psst, the US paperbacks of the entire series are CHEAPER than the eBooks!)
In the second book in the Love Under the Big Sky series from this NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author of the With Me in Seattle series, life in Montana gets spicy when a woman and her divorce lawyer sign off the papers—and sign on to love.
Now that his best friend, Josh, has happily settled down with his true love on a Montana ranch, small-town lawyer Ty Sullivan starts thinking that maybe single life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. And when Lauren Cunningham’s no-good ex-husband comes after her for an unexpected trust fund, Ty steps in to protect her. But soon he can’t help but think of her as more than a client. Lauren’s in no mood to jump into another relationship, so how can Ty convince her that her mistake wasn’t getting married, but marrying the wrong guy?
I was a big (huge!!) fan of the first book in this series (Loving Cara) and was absolutely desperate to get my hands on Ty and Lauren’s book. You know how it is when you read a great book, and you just want the whole series to be at your fingertips, so you can keep on devouring every characters story? Well for me, that was this series, and while it might have felt like I was waiting forever for this book (it really wasn’t all that long), it was definitely worth the wait!
Whether you’ve read book #1 or not, it really doesn’t matter. Everything you need to know about these characters is in this book (though you would be missing out on the amazing-ness that is Josh and Cara’s story if you don’t read Loving Cara) so you can easily just fall straight into this one, without experiencing any problems. What you will find, is a gorgeous love story, with added suspense and sexiness.
We briefly met Lauren “Lo” in Loving Cara but she was overall a bit of a mystery to not only the readers, but also the characters, as she kept some things very close to her chest. Lo was a really likeable character, and one of the things I loved most about her was how Kristen Proby had inserted our world into her world. It gave a connection to the character, but also gave the reader a look at the “other side” of the book world, which it found really interesting.
Ty, was someone who we initially knew a little better as he had been more involved in the previous book. He’s best friend to Josh, brother to Jillian, and secret admirer to Lauren Cunningham. Oh boy, I loved Ty!!! He was just so swoonworthy!!! He’s a badass lawyer, with a tattoo sleeve, and a heart of gold. What could be better?? He was intent on protecting Lo no matter the cost, and everything he did throughout the whole book just made me love him that much more.
One thing I wasn’t exactly sold on was some of the characters names. Now, I know that sounds ridiculous, so just bear with me! As I was reading, I kept noticing characters names that looked familiar, and not because they’ve been used countless times in other books (I know that’s unavoidable), but because there seems to be what looks like a lot of the authors fellow author friends named. I don’t know for certain if this is the case but here’s a few that stood out for me: Lauren/Lo (Lo of Christina Lauren), Emily Valentine (Emily Snow, Michelle Valentine), Mrs. Blakely (Lauren Blakely). Do you see where I’m coming from? For me, it took away from the story a little bit because I was focusing more on the names, than what was actually happening.
That being said, I did still think this was a really great book, and of course, as anyone who has ever read a book by Kristen Proby knows, she sure does bring the sexy! But that goes without saying, doesn’t it? And as a sneaky teaser, we get to read the first chapter of book #3, Falling For Jillian, which follows favourites Jillian and Zach. I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am for that one! These are definitely characters that you need to meet.
*ARC received in exchange for an honest review*
As I approach his house, I see his Jeep parked in the drive, the hood up, and a tight, jean-clad ass bent over the side.
Okay, he’s definitely home.
I tentatively wander around the other side of the Jeep and lean against the side, looking at the engine. He hasn’t noticed that I’m here yet, and I’m not even sure how he’ll react to seeing me here, but I can’t seem to stay away. His dark head is bent low, his arms buried in the engine, tinkering with something. His arms are bare as he’s pulled off his T-shirt, which is draped over the windshield. A thin sheen of sweat covers his shoulders and back, and his entire sleeve tattoo, which runs from just above his wrist all the way up to the top of his right shoulder, is on full display, making my girlie parts all tingle and come to life.
Holy Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.
He’s so fucking toned it’s crazy. Jeez, his muscles bunch and stretch as he pulls on the wrench in his hand.
“Come on, you motherfucker,” he mutters. I have to bite my lips to keep from laughing out loud.
“So, what seems to be the problem?” I finally ask when he doesn’t notice me, keeping my eyes trained on the engine when his head whips up to look at me. I slowly lift my eyes to his and grin.
“I didn’t hear your car,” he murmurs with a smile.
“I walked.” I shrug and look back down into the bowels of his Jeep. “What’s wrong with your car?”
“You walked from your house?” he asks incredulously.
“No.” I shake my head and chuckle. “From Sips. I had coffee with Cara this morning.”
He stands up straight and leans his palms on the side of the Jeep, watching me. My eyes immediately fall to one drop of sweat slowly making its way down his hard chest.
“You had coffee with Cara?” He smiles.
“Yeah.” I shrug shyly. “I’m sorry to just stop by like this. I was out for a walk and just sort of found myself here.” I feel my cheeks heat and I back away, but he shakes his head and smiles widely.
“I’m glad you came by.” He raises his brows as I continue to stare.
I shake my head and raise my eyes to his, then bust out laughing.
“Why are you laughing?” he asks with a wide grin.
“Because I don’t think I’ve ever seen you without a shirt. I didn’t realize the tats went all the way up your arm. Who would have thought that under it all you’re just a bad boy?”
His eyes flash with heat as he narrows them on my face, watching me. He pulls a rag out of his back pocket and begins wiping off his hands, but his gray eyes stay on mine. Did I offend him?
“I’m not such a bad boy. Looks can be deceiving, Lauren.” He smirks as he lowers the hood on his Jeep. “But from the look of you right now, you don’t seem to mind the tats.”
“I don’t mind.” I shrug nonchalantly and try to ignore the way my heart picks up speed as he slowly saunters around the hood of the vehicle.
“Do you have any tats?”
His eyes widen in surprise and then rake over me from head to toe.
I grin, enjoying this flirtatious banter. “Here and there.”
“I have ways of making people talk, you know.”
“Bright lights and rubber hoses?” I ask with a raised brow.
He tosses his head back and laughs, an all-out belly laugh. “I’m not a cop,” he smirks.
“You might get to see them. Someday.”
He closes the gap between us and kisses me gently on the forehead, not touching me anywhere else.
“I hope someday comes sooner rather than later,” he whispers before pulling back and smiling softly down at me. “I would hug you, but I’m dirty.”
I wave him off, as if it’s no biggie, although I don’t mind so much that he’s a bit dirty and sweaty. “What were you doing?” I gesture to the car.
“Changing the oil.”
“There are places you can go,” I inform him with a perfectly straight face, “where you pull into this big garage, and then you leave your car and go into this small room with five-year-old magazines and stale coffee, and the people there will change your oil for you.”
“Or, smart-ass, I can do it myself in my own driveway.”
“Suit yourself.” I shrug.
“Did you sleep okay on the couch?” he asks, changing the subject.
“Yeah, actually, I did. But I could always sleep just about anywhere.”
“Hence the chaise in your office.” He chuckles.
I nod and stuff my hands in my pockets. “I’m sorry that I interrupted your morning. I was just out for a walk and found myself here.”
“I’m glad you did.” He scratches his stomach, and my eyes follow the movement. His abs are just delicious. For being so dark haired, he has little hair on his chest and stomach, but a light trail of hair falls from his navel and disappears into his jeans. He’s also sporting a V in the muscles on his hips that the heroes in my novels would covet.
“Lo?” he asks with a wide grin.
“Yeah?” I drag my eyes up to his again.
“I lost you for a second.”
I blink rapidly and feel heat fill my cheeks. Jesus, get a grip! You’ve seen hot men before, Lauren. “Sorry, my mind wandered.”
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kristen Proby is the author of the bestselling With Me In Seattle series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong characters who love humor and have a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves.
Kristen spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.