(Love Under The Big Sky #2)
by Kristen Proby
Released: August 19, 2014, Pocket Books
My rating: 4 of 5 ⭐️
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?"
A solid second installment by Kristen Proby in the "Love Under The Big Sky" series. Each of these books are standalones, although the cast of characters are becoming familiar and we get to check up on Josh and Cara, who found each other in book one.
Lauren is in the process of finalizing her divorce from her sleezeball of a husband who is only interested in her money. Some she has come by through a trust she never knew about. Money that has nothing to do with him, just like he has nothing to do with her new found passion - But she isn't stupid, she realizes he will want a chunk of that too, which is why she keeps that a big secret. Once friend, and now lover Ty is determined to stand by her side and jump in the fray for her. Not something she is familiar with, but something she sure could get used to.
Ty has been waiting patiently on the sidelines, watching Lauren wash off that creep of a husband. Not wanting to move in too fast, he has stuck to their friendship. But when he finds out her ex is making her life difficult, there is no reining in his protective instincts. He comes by those from years of experience. He makes it very clear straight off the bat, where he stands with Lauren, and although reluctant at first, Lauren seems to want to take a chance on him. He has a long road to go, however, earning her trust.
The story is a familiar friends to lovers trope, but is not approached in the same way. The switch is made fairly early in the story and the bulk of the book really revolves around shaking off the past in order to build a new future on a clear slate. I liked that.
The book also had some suspense elements that added to the overall interest level and of course Kristen wouldn't be Kristen if there wasn't a good deal of bedroom heat involved. But it had sweet overtones between these two.... very caring, and any aggression in their sexual interaction was heavily balanced with soft nurturing.
A delicious, rather mellow read of a quality you would expect from Kristen Proby.
✨A tight, edgy and sensuous story!✨
**Copy provided in return for an honest review**