Monday, January 26, 2015

Seeing Stars - Lori's Review of FALLING FOR JILLIAN by Kristen Proby

Title: Falling for Jillian (Love Under the Big Sky #3)
Author: Kristen Proby
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Date: 1/27/2015
Source: ARC from publisher through Netgalley

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 Zach, Cara’s brother-in-law. Zach 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?

Kristen is the author of the Amazon and USA Today 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.

I found my new 'pallet cleanser' series.  Sometimes when I am reading books for review, I end up reading several of the same type of books in a row.  Sometimes I end up reading several not-so-great books in a row.  It's times like that when I need something to reset my mind.  Something to cleanse all of the unpleasantness or sameness out of my brain.  I have decided that Kristen Proby's Love Under the Big Sky series is just what is needed to set things back to normal for me.

I must start by saying that I did not read the first two books in the series.  While there were times that I wish I had read the other character's stories, the author did a fantastic job of filling in the blanks so that I did not feel like I was missing any back story.

Jillian and Zack are both carrying around quite a bit of baggage from past relationships, but they don't let that keep them from jumping into something new.  They were both unprepared for the way their respective pasts would interfere with their future together.

While, at first glance, Zack and Jillian seem to move rather rapidly into a relationship, it is evident that they have a history; a rather passionate history.  I loved that they weren't afraid to just go for it.  

Jillian is an awesome character.  She is strong and successful and, despite the men in her past, she isn't afraid to tell Zack exactly what she wants or to send him packing when he couldn't do it.  Deep down, Jillian knows her worth and doesn't settle for less than the best.

Zack is thoughtful and a little broody, but the biggest of all, Zack is a father. Zack's son Seth is absolutely one of the best child characters I've seen. I absolutely love him. Zack has missed a few years of being a full-time father to Seth, but that doesn't mean that he lets Seth do whatever he wants. He is an amazing father and I have to think that, beyond his overall sexiness, THIS is the reason that Jillian is so drawn to him.

If you are a fan of romance, cowboys, families, and close friends, THIS is a book for you.

4 out of 5 stars

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