Loving Cara by Kristen Proby
(Love Under the Big Sky #1)
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?
Book Review ~ ‘Loving Cara’ by Kristen Proby – 5 Stars
What a gorgeous and sweet romance! I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never read Kristen Proby’s novels before (something that shall be immediately rectified) because in this first instalment of the ‘Love Under the Big Sky’ Proby showcases her talent with words, and puts her high on my list for recommended contemporary romance authors.
The storyline was that of a sweet romance, a friendship from childhood suddenly forming into something more, which I’m a real sucker for. Probe didn’t fall into the common traps of making the romance too fast-paced however, and I loved the gradual change from the spark of physical attraction to the realisation that their feelings are love. It wasn’t insta-love, and it wasn’t a second-chance romance, it was something more unique and I adored the way that the relationship between Josh and Cara was based on mutual respect, past friendship and an understanding.
The characters were what made this novel such a standout one for me. Cara was a strong and independent girl which made me really admire her for the work she’d put into becoming who she was. Josh also was hard-working and to me this was so attractive in a contemporary romance, as all too often recently I’ve found the hero’s to be billionaires and without a care for money. Having Josh’s strong work ethic and his pride and love for his family and their land made him so much more real to me as a person, and I fell for him right alongside Cara.
Their is the perfect blend of romance, humour, angst, family and friends that made this such a wonderful and relatable novel. Seth’s presence also made the relationships that the characters formed seem all that more special, as it was because of him that they were all working together!
This was a five star read that I recommend so much to those who are looking for a sexy, fun and heartwarming read.
* Review copy kindly provided by ‘The Hot Bed, UK‘ in exchange for an honest review*