From New York Times bestselling author Kristen Proby comes the third romance in the Love Under the Big Sky series, featuring a veteran struggling with PTSD and the one woman who can help him recover—and learn to love again.
Jillian thought she was a city girl through and through; the fast cars, high fashion, and glamour—she loves it all. But when her ex tells her he’s having a baby with his new wife (after Jillian struggled for years to get pregnant), she hightails it back to Montana to cry on the shoulder of her best friend, Cara.
But in truth, Jillian would rather be comforted by someone else…specifically Zack, Cara’s brother-in-law. Zack is a veteran of the Iraq War who came back to the family ranch to raise his preteen son after the boy’s mother took off. He’s struggling to re-establish a relationship with his son, and warding off the demons of PTSD, which still haunt him. The last thing he needs is bold, brassy Jillian…but why can’t he keep his hands off her?
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I run to the porch and plug in the lights, then run back into the front yard to see them.
“Oh, they’re so pretty!”
“Thank God they all work,” he says as he tosses the black shoe down to the ground and then moves carefully down to the ladder. “It would be a bitch to have to take them back down.”
“I checked them,” I assure him, and when his foot finally lands safely on the snow and he turns to me, I hit him on the arm. “You shouldn’t have done that! You took ten years off my life!”
I throw my arms around his torso and squeeze him tightly, then back away.
“No, you shouldn’t have been on that ladder. If I catch you on one again, I’ll spank your ass until it glows.”
My jaw drops as I gaze up into his frustrated face. For once in my life, I’m speechless. I scowl as I pull myself together and clench my fists. “You wouldn’t dare . . .”
“Put yourself in danger again and see if I don’t,” he replies calmly and crosses his arms over his chest.
“Did you come here to bully me?”
He sighs and pulls his beanie off his head, pushing his fingers through the messy brown strands. I want to sink my fingers in that thick, dark hair.
“No. I came because you won’t answer your fucking phone so I can apologize for the other night.”
“I don’t want your apology,” I reply and throw the extra lights and staple gun back into the tote and turn away, but he catches my arm and turns me back to him, takes the tote, and sets it down.
“I’m going to give it anyway.” His jaw is firm. “I had no right to kiss you like that in the parking lot for everyone to see.”
I jerk back, mortified. “You’re apologizing for kissing me?”
About Kristen Proby:
KRISTEN PROBY is the USA Today bestselling author of the popular 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. Visit her at KristenProby.com.
Review by Yvette:
With each of her new releases, the hopelessly romantic and deliciously naughty mind of Kristen Proby dreams up the type of fictional heroes that all other fictional heroes should aspire to be like. Yes, they are likely to make mistakes and may need a swift kick in the rear end to rectify said mistakes, but they are as close to perfect as they can possibly be. Case in point: Zack King, the male protagonist in the third book in the author’s Love Under the Big Sky series, Falling for Jillian. Zack is the strong, silent type with a rougher kind of charm, emotionally closed off after having been burned in the past. Similarly, Jillian Sullivan hasn’t had the best track record with past relationships, but together, Jill and Zack attempt to repair what’s broken between them.
It's always nice to have a leisurely, tension-filled buildup to any romance, but then again, the first two books in the series provided ample opportunity for Jill and Zack to dance around the idea of taking their friendship to the next level. Kristen Proby has a predilection for take-charge heroes, ones that know who and what they want and don't waste time in going full speed ahead toward the object of their desires. Once Zack sets his sights on Jillian, the couple wastes no time getting hot and heavy and the time that would otherwise be dedicated toward drawing out their sexual tension is instead allocated towards improving on their already explosive chemistry.
I'm not typically a proponent for insta-love, but I'll always make an exception for Kristen Proby because, with her books, it's not about the process of becoming a couple, but what happens once the two protagonists decide to commit to each other. Her romances are a mixture of modern and old-fashioned, with heroes and heroines that succeed as a couple because they maintain their easy friendship and continue to stoke the flames of their romance. The intimacy is derived not just from the consummation of a couple’s love but also from their everyday interactions – in-depth conversations, throwaway kisses, and seemingly mundane activities made special because they're part of the getting-to-know-each-other process. Like the rest of the Love Under the Big Sky series, Falling for Jillian is the perfect book for readers that are in the mood for a romantic, steamy read with a touch of angst along the road to Happily Ever After.
Rating: 4 Stars
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