Series: Love Under the Big Sky #1
Published by Pocket Books on 01/21/2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
In this new Love Under the Big Sky series from a USA Today bestselling author, Cara agrees to tutor her former classmate's nephew—and learns some lessons in love!
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?
What is it about romances set on a ranch in Montana that I can’t resist? Truthfully, I don’t know, but some of my favorites are this type of romance. Loving Cara is that kind of romance, and when it was on sale on Audible, I downloaded it immediately. Which, really, turned out to be an excellent decision because I could NOT stop reading Loving Cara.
Cara is a teacher, and is asked to tutor Seth, a middleschooler during the summer. Seth’s not a happy kid, and he isn’t made happier when his jerk mother drops him off at his grandparents and uncle Josh’s ranch (Seth’s father is in the military overseas). Josh loves his nephew, but is at a lost on how to help Seth. Luckily Cara has some ideas.
Another trope I love in romance, when the heroine had a crush on the hero in high school, and then they GET TOGETHER! I mean, isn’t that wish fulfillment for all of us? Anyway, Cara did have a crush on Josh in high school, and she definitely likes the way Josh looks now. Cara is a strong, independent woman, and I loved that about her. She asks that Josh trust her on helping Seth deal with things. Cara was just so easy to relate to.
As for Josh, oh yeah, he’s pretty swoony. He’s totally an alpha man, but not obnoxiously so. He just likes to be in control, but he doesn’t push people around at all. And when he starts spending time with Cara while she’s tutoring Seth, Josh begins to care about Cara pretty quickly. I love how protective he is, but again, it’s not obnoxiously so. He just wants to protect the people he cares about.
The best kind of romance, regardless of subgenre, is when we can really feel the connection between the hero and heroine, and that is most definitely the case with Cara and Josh. Really from page one, I could tell these two belonged together. I also really liked how their romance progressed. The only thing that got a little frustrating was when Josh and Cara weren’t telling the other how they felt. If they would have taken the time to really talk to each other, a lot of heartache would have been spared. But it wasn’t too annoying.
I will say that this book doesn’t really stick with me, though. I really loved reading it, but as I’m writing this review, only about a week after finishing it, I can’t remember a lot of the events. But still, I would totally read Loving Cara again, too.