Loving Cara by Kristin Proby (Love Under The Big Sky #1)

Loving Cara by Kristin ProbyAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Pocket

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

Josh King is an expert at running his family’s multi-million dollar ranch in Montana. (And all that outside manual labor has done wonders for sculpting his six-foot-three body, too.) But as sure footed as he is when it comes to the ranch, Josh doesn’t know anything about how to deal with an adolescent boy—so when his twelve-year-old nephew, Seth, is dropped off on his doorstep, looking scared and acting surly as hell, Josh knows he needs help in straightening him out.

Cara Donovan loves her quiet life as a teacher in her sleepy hometown, so she jumps at the chance to make a little money over the summer as a tutor. But when she learns she’ll be teaching Josh King’s nephew, Cara’s sweet summer job gets a little bit hotter. Cara tries to focus all her attention on tutoring Seth, but Josh proves to be a delicious distraction, while Josh’s memories of the shy girl he once teased in high school are nothing like the beautiful woman he’s facing now. Can he persuade her that there’s more between them than a summer fling?

Spending her summer off being the tutor to an attitude ridden pre-teen is exactly what Cara needs to keep her busy. Confident in her ability to turn the child around she immediately agrees to the three month job. The fact that his uncle is an old friend is just icing on the cake. Cara has no problem dealing with Josh King, even if he has filled out his tall, muscular body quite well. She’s used to being the mousey, quiet girl and has no ambition to try and be anything different. When Josh starts showing some interest in her she finds it unbelievable and yet she reacts to him unlike any other man.

Running his families ranch is much easier then trying to figure out Cara and her intricate feelings. She’s definitely not the girl he remembers from school and he wants to seduce the woman before him now. She’s reluctant to trust his growing feelings for her. Having her in his house teaching his nephew every day may be just what these two need to show them that old friends can make the best lovers.

I have no idea where I’ve been since Kristin Proby started writing but Loving Cara was an incredibly magical book that transported me to this ranch under the Montana sky. I ADORED this book! Contemporary romance can often be a hit or miss for me but Proby nailed it with Loving Cara!

Cara is your typical woman really, content with her life, loving family, but still insecure about herself when it comes to her body. Growing up as the girl who was never exactly skinny can be hard in high school. Though she has matured, she still has her curves and she’s surprised to find Josh looking at her as more than a friend. She battles with her mental image and the snarky high school bitches still living in town can make that especially difficult. They are always near by, ready to strike like the snakes that they are over her budding relationship with one of the towns most available bachelors. I enjoyed her slow realization that Josh was looking for more than a fast summer fling with the most available girl to him because of her constant proximity to him and his home. I thought Josh did an excellent job of reassuring her time and again of her place in his life even if it did scare him a little at the impact her presence was having on him.

I do love me a hot cowboy and Josh certainly fit the bill for that. He was strong, loving and hard working..three things I want in my cowboys. His dedication to his hurting nephew was heartwarming and went a long way towards making me love him. Ok…maybe not a long way because honestly I was on board with Josh by the end of the first couple of pages. His sensual attitude really brought Cara out of her shell and made her see herself the way he did. He was an excellent hero, definitely one of my favorites to date. And he has a twin brother back from war…nuff said.

There is some family drama woven through the pages where it gets a bit twisty. When Josh’s brother comes back from overseas his son isn’t very happy to see him because of the lies his mother told him for years about his absence. Add in some misconstrued  information and let the drama unfold. Overall though this is a lighter read and it doesn’t breach the darkness often and even then it is very lightly. I have a feeling when we get to Josh’s twin in book three it might differ a bit.

I was sad to see this book end, that’s how much I loved it. I can’t wait to come back to this serene town with book two featuring Josh’s best friend Ty. The supporting cast of characters are all superbly well done with each character bringing an extra layer to the story. Fun, flirty and heartwarming, this is one for the keeper shelf!

I give Loving Cara by Kristin Proby 5 stars! 

 

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