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Friday, October 26, 2012

Review: Big Sky by Kitty Thomas

Title: Big Sky
Author: Kitty Thomas
Published: September 22nd 2012 by Burlesque Press
Format: Ebook provided by author for review

Veronica Cason lives in a small apartment with no clear view of the sky. It’s uncertain which might crush her first: her debt or the buildings squeezed in so tight that they surround her like ominous sentinels. She can’t breathe in the city. Her success is a lie, and her debt is coming to collect her—unless someone else gets there first.

When a stranger offers her a job at a ranch, it feels like salvation, but it could also mean her death if his motives aren’t pure. Which door has the tiger behind it? The claustrophobia of the city or ranch life under an open sky?

I saw a couple reviews from friends saying this book was shocking and terrific, and on top of what I already know about Kitty Thomas’ writing, suffice it to say I was practically frothing at the mouth (eyes?) to read this book. I had no idea what was inside, I’d managed to stay free of every spoiler. And so I am going to give you the same chance. No spoilers, no secrets. Just be warned, Kitty’s work isn’t for the everyday romance reader - or heck, for a romance reader at all if we were all to be honest about it. You need to like things a little different (or a lot), and enjoy being shocked, and sometimes scared as much as titillated by what you’ve read. Kitty ain’t your mainstream author, she’s a special variant that I can’t recommend enough!

Ok, the book. Big Sky. The cover is beyond gorgeous. It’s dreamy and romantic (and I mean that in a non-love/romance way, but in a "oh, look at the freedom of this wide open space and the joy it gives me!" kind of way), and it gives the impression of freedom ahead. And Veronica has been living on such a tight line she barely sees the sky any more. Every day is a struggle to get to the next, and life ain’t easy. And just when you think you’ve got as much as you can handle, you get more. And then a little bit more. Do you trust the handsome stranger, even when your internal alarms warn that might not be the best idea?

“You had to work for money to pay your bills to live. Working wasn’t an option you did just because you liked it. You were a wage slave. Just because its packaged up like free will doesn’t mean it’s the recipe for happiness.”

This handsome strangers name is Luke. He’s a rancher, and he’s offering Veronica an escape. Maybe its wrong of me, but I loved Luke. He’s a bit… alternative. But he reeks of alpha male. His ranch hands know it, and Veronica knows it. It doesn't hurt that he is sexy.  Sure, the guy has some baggage, but who doesn't?? He's not offering Veronica what you'd expect, he's not exactly a white knight.

I agree with other reviewers, this book will shock you. It’s subject matter was a first for me. Kitty wrote it all so perfectly, she can make the unusual seem like an every day occurance. And that’s what I love. With her writing she gives the reader the freedom to explore a different side. This story was fantastic, I was enthralled from the first to the last page. And that’s about all I can tell you without spoiling the whole story! Do yourself a favor, don’t look for spoilers elsewhere. Just read the story, and keep an open mind.

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