Big Sky Bride, Be Mine

Posted on July 22, 2012 by .

Jenna Bowen has had a rough, rough winter; both her parents passed away rather suddenly, and they were tending to her niece, the daughter of her sister who had died a few months before. So she adopts baby Abby, but the family farm is about to be auctioned off for back taxes–and the most-likely buyer is a businessman who wants to turn it into a football training complex!

Confused yet?  There’s more–the businessman, Ian Kincaid, is the lost brother of another of the townsfolk.  He was adopted away with a twin brother very young; when their parents were killed in an accident years and years ago. His kin have tracked him down, and he’s getting to know them, whilst handling the business of buying a place for a new NFL franchise to build a training camp.  Jenna would love to keep the farm, so that it could stay a farm, as her father had wished, but that might not be possible.

So naturally, at first, Jenna and Ian are on opposite sides of something very important to both of them. Nevertheless, the sparks between them are evident on their very first meeting! It’s a recipe for lots of wild and crazy drama!

…and so it is. Jenna is insanely attracted to Ian from the get-go, but he is The Enemy, you see, so she really shouldn’t…oh, but it’s just one little kiss, and he started it, but she really shouldn’t, but he did ask nicely if he could take her out, but she really shouldn’t, and won’t do it again, but he kisses her good-night so sweetly, but…

You see the problem I have here?  This is a good story. It would be a great story, if it wasn’t for this rather-tiresome get-away-closer business that Jenna pulls for a very large part of the book. Oh, Ian’s doing it too, though not as much. Jenna is the big culprit here, and for someone who has her stuff together as well as she does, she sure comes off indecisive, where the hunky Ian is concerned. I suppose I should cut her some slack–if I had a guy like that in my life, it’d probably muddle my brain up, too!

It takes our protagonists some time, but they end up getting together eventually, and it’s wonderfully, joyously done; Ian even thinks that he should leave in the morning before Abby wakes up, but Jenna tells him to stay. And that’s about the time he starts to realize what one of her problems with him is–he seems to want to satisfy his father, the new NFL franchise owner, at all costs. Given that Jenna dealt with a similar problem with her ex, this holds her back…a lot. And it shows Ian the choice he must make. The predictable ending was very well-done, without making Ian’s father be too much of a villain in the process.

There are only a couple of things here that just glaringly stick out, to me, as things that break the plausibility of this story–minor matters, really.  It’s just that I can’t ever picture an NFL franchise in either South Dakota or Montana, okay?

This was a good story, really. Jenna got on my nerves a little with her wishy-washyness about Ian, but the premise is a good one, our hero a good guy who’s in a bit of a difficult position, and they end up working it out, together.

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