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Loving Cara [Format Kindle]

Kristen Proby
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Loving Cara

CHAPTER

One


— EARLY SUMMER —

CARA

“Cara, do you have a minute?” My boss, Kyle Reardon, pokes his head in my open classroom door and offers me a warm smile.

“Sure, what’s up?”

He saunters in and takes a long look around my empty classroom. The breeze from the open windows ruffles his hair, and he runs his hand through it as he leans against my desk. “Looks like you’re ready to get out of here for a few months.” He gazes down at me warmly. “Remember last week when you mentioned that you’d be up for a tutoring job this summer?” I roll back in my chair and look up at him. He’s handsome, with short copper hair and blue eyes, a nice build.

He’s also married with four children.

“I do,” I confirm.

“Well, I have one for you.”

“Who?”

“You know the King family, right? They run that big ranch just outside of town.”

“Of course, I grew up here, Kyle,” I reply dryly. In a town the size of Cunningham Falls, Montana, we pretty much all know each other, especially those of us who grew up here, just as our parents did, and their parents before them.

“Zack’s boy, Seth, needs a tutor this summer.”

“Zack’s back in town?” I ask, my eyebrows raised in surprise.

“I don’t think so.” Kyle shakes his head and shrugs. “I can’t tell you their business, small town or not. Seth is staying with Jeff and Nancy, and Josh is helping too.”

“Oh,” I mutter, surprised. “So for whom would I be working, exactly?”

“So proper,” Kyle teases me, and grins. “You’ll be working for Josh. You can go straight to his place on Monday morning. They’d like you to come Monday through Friday, about nine until noon.”

“Geez, he must need a lot of tutoring.”

The laughter leaves Kyle’s eyes and he sighs. “He’s a really smart kid, but he’s stubborn and has a bit of an attitude. I’m warning you, he’s not an easy kid to work with. He’s only been here for three months. He refuses to do the work or hand it in.”

“Does he start trouble?” I steeple my fingers in front of me, thinking.

“No, he just keeps to himself. Doesn’t say much to anyone.”

I’ll have to work with Josh King, which won’t be difficult. He was always nice to me in high school, smiles at me in passing when I see him around town. He and his brother are nice guys.

Rumor has it he’s a womanizer, but nice nonetheless.

And I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t had a crush on him for as long as I can remember.

But I can be professional and teach Josh’s nephew. I didn’t really want to paint my entire house this summer, anyway.

“Okay, I’ll give it a go.”

“Great, thanks, Cara.” Kyle stands and turns to leave my classroom. “Have a good summer!”

“You too!” I call after him as he goes whistling down the dark, deserted hallway.

Cool, I have a summer job.

*  *  *

I love my town. Like, wholeheartedly, never want to move away, love it. I don’t understand how Jillian, my best friend since kindergarten, can stand living so far away in California. Our town is small, only about six thousand full-time residents, but the population doubles in the peak of summer and the heart of winter with tourists here for skiing, hiking, swimming, and all the other fun outdoor activities that the brochures brag about.

We sit in a valley surrounded by tall mountains, and when it’s sunny, the sky is so big and blue it almost hurts the eyes.

I pull into the long gravel driveway off the highway just outside town and follow it past the large, white main house to the back of the property where Josh’s house sits. It’s not as big as the main house, but it’s still large, bigger than my house in town, and is surrounded by tall evergreen trees and long lines of white wooden fences.

I do not envy the poor sap who has to paint the fences every few years.

The butterflies I’ve kept at bay come back with a vengeance, fluttering in my belly as I come to a stop in front of his house. Josh and his brother are twins, and until Zack broke his nose in football their senior year, it was almost impossible to tell them apart. They’re both big guys, tall and broad shouldered. Zack always had a more intense look in his face, while Josh is more laid-back, quick to smile or tease—especially me, it seemed. In high school I was invisible to most people, having been a little too round, a lot too plain, but Josh noticed me.

He used to pull on my horrible curls as he’d walk past me at school, and of course because he was two years ahead of me, and a football star, I was crazy about him. My hair naturally falls in tight ringlets, but I’ve since straightened it, thank God.

I haven’t seen much of Josh over the years. Each of us went away to college, and since we’ve both returned, I may catch a glimpse of him at the grocery store or in a restaurant, but never long enough to talk to him. I wonder if the rumors of his womanizing are true.

They were in high school.

I just hope he hasn’t turned into one of those cowboys who wear tight Wrangler jeans and straw cowboy hats.

My lips twitch at the thought as I pull myself out of my compact Toyota. The front door swings open, and there he is, all six foot three of him. Only with great effort does my jaw not drop.

Jesus, we breed hot men in Montana.

Josh’s hair is dark, dark brown and he has chocolate-­colored eyes to match. His olive skin has acquired a deep tan, and when he smiles, he has a dimple in his left cheek that can melt panties at twenty paces.

Dark stubble is on his chin this morning, and he flashes that cocky smile as he steps onto the porch. His jeans—Levi’s, not Wranglers—ride low on his hips, and a plain white T-shirt hugs his muscular chest and arms. I can’t help but wonder what he smells like.

Down, girl.

Following directly behind Josh is a tall, blond woman I don’t recognize, laughing at something he must have said just before he sauntered through the door. They stop on the covered front porch long enough for him to smile sweetly down at her. He pulls his large hand down her arm and murmurs, “Have a good day, and good luck.”

“Thanks, Josh,” she responds, and bounces down the steps of the front porch, nods at me, and hops into her Jeep.

“Carolina Donovan,” Josh murmurs, and stuffs his hands in his pockets.

“You know I hate it when you call me Carolina.” I roll my eyes. “My parents should have been brought up on child-abuse charges for that name.”

Josh laughs and shakes his head. “It’s a beautiful name.” He frowns and rocks back on his heels. “You look great, Cara.”

“Uh, you’ve seen me around town over the years, Josh,” I remind him with a half smile. “I hope I didn’t interrupt anything?” I grimace inside, regretting the question immediately. Mom always said, never ask a question you don’t want the answer to.

He shrugs one shoulder and offers me that cocky grin. God, he’s such a charmer. “Nah, we were finished.”

I frown at him. What does that mean?

“So, where is Seth?” I ask, changing the subject.

Josh frowns in turn and looks toward the big house. “He should be on his way in a few minutes. I have to warn you, Cara, working with Seth may not be a day at the beach. He’s a good kid, but he’s having a rough time of it.” Josh rubs his hand over his face and sighs.

“Why is he here and not with his mom?”

“Because the bitch dropped him off here so she can be footloose and fancy-free. She’s filed for divorce. Good riddance. I wish she’d brought him to us years ago.”

“Oh.” I don’t know what else to say. I never liked Kensie King. She was a bitch in high school, but she was pretty and popular, and I’m quite sure Zack never planned on knocking her up.

But none of that is Seth’s fault.

“What areas does he need help in?” I ask, and pull my tote bag out of the passenger seat. When I turn around, Josh’s eyes are on my ass and he’s chewing on his lower lip. I frown and stand up straight, self-conscious of my round behind.

“Josh?”

“I’m sorry, what?” He shakes his head and narrows his eyes on my face.

“What areas does Seth need the most help in?”

“All of them. He failed every class this spring.”

“Every class?” I ask incredulously.

“Yeah. He’s a smart kid, I don’t know what his problem is.”

“I don’t need a tutor!” a young male voice calls out. I turn to see Seth riding a BMX bike from the big house down the driveway.

“Seth, don’t start.” Josh’s eyes narrow and he folds his arms over his chest. “Ms. Donovan is here to help. You will be nice.”

Seth rolls his eyes and hops off the bike, laying it on its side, and mirrors his uncle’s stance, arms crossed over his chest.

God, he looks just like his dad and his uncle. He could be their younger brother. He’s going to inherit their height and has the same dark hair, but his eyes are hazel.
...

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“The debut of Proby’s Love Under the Big Sky series is a searing, multilayered and utterly charming novel that is sure to win a number of new fans for her growing legions.”
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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 353 pages
  • Editeur : Pocket Books (21 janvier 2014)
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 boring 22 février 2014
Par RAEL.ORG
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Et bien que dire ? Il ne se passe rien. A la page 20 le héros annonce à l'héroÏne qu'il la veut, à la page trente il l'embrasse, puis quelques pages suivantes ils font l'amour, mais même là, la scène est aussi ennuyeuse que ce qui précède, et puis ils se disent qu'il s'aiment...et c'est comme ça jusqu'à la fin. Le pic de l'histoire se situe lorsque Josh (le dit Héros) téléphone à Cara (la dite héroïne) et qu'elle est en train de discuter avec son voisin, alors là, c'est la crise dans le couple car Josh est jaloux.
j'espère que je n'ai pas gâché la lecture du bouquin car je viens de révéler une scène très intense dans l'intrigue !!!!

Un roman cher et totalement inutile, un épisode de Derrick serait plus palpitant
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Classic Kristen..... 22 janvier 2014
Par BookBoyfriendWhore - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I read this book in half a day and that's with two kids trying to dinner, bath and bed. I could not put this one down. It wasn't because you were sitting on the edge of your seat in suspense or anything it was just too good a book to not keep reading.

Kristen has such a wonderful way with getting you to connect with her characters. Whether they are normal working everyday people like in this story or famous football players, rock stars or actors in her other stories. The dialogue is just so real as you read her stories and watch her characters interact you feel like you are sitting there with them as they interact much like you would with your friends and loved ones! Her characters are so real and believable there is never cheesy lines causing you to roll your eyes or think 'yeah right'.

While reading this story you can easily see how all the characters connect and what's in store for the following two books! I CAN NOT wait!!

Waiting for the next story is probably the only negative thing about this story!! Another MUST read from a MUST read author!!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Kristen has done it again!! 22 janvier 2014
Par Katelin4 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Amazing book with lovable characters. I can not wait for the remainder of the books in the series! If you are a fan of the With Me in Seattle series you will love this book.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Nothing to Fight For -- No Connection 17 février 2014
Par Andrea T - Publié sur Amazon.com
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** 2.5 stars **

Let me start by saying that Loving Cara was not a bad book. It was fast-paced, steamy, and had likeable characters and several humorous moments. The thing is, I have read some truly wonderful romance novels lately, and my expectations are very high. I want to be completely in love with every book I read, and sadly, that's just not going to happen.

Loving Cara is a small town romance set in a charming community in Montana. We have Carolina Donovan, teacher and summer tutor to Seth King. Seth has been dumped with his father's family, including his Uncle Josh. Uncle Josh hires Cara to help the troubled Seth get caught up on his school work, but when she shows up at the ranch, he all but decides right there that he is hot for teacher. Josh sets out to win Cara's heart (spoiler alert: he doesn't have to try hard, at all).

At this point, I'm coming to a standstill because honestly, that about sums it up. We have the father/son issues when Seth's dad, Josh's twin comes home. We have some back-and-forth with Josh and Cara due to her not seeing that he truly cares for her and means what he says when he declares love, and such. It was fast-paced, had quite a lot of sex, which we all know is typically fine by me. Josh and Cara were nice people and I liked them together. She'd had a crush on him for years and I love seeing the nice girl win the guy. It's sweet, right?

But, I didn't feel a true connection with the story. Due to the quickness of the relationship, the plot lacked build-up and momentum. That made it hard to become truly invested in the outcome because there wasn't a lot to fight for. And it's not that I want undue or overdone angst or contrived situations, but I needed something to root for.

There were several instance in which the story and/or dialogue just didn't add up, or make sense to me. Here are a couple of examples:

-Cara and Josh have lived in the same small town their whole lives. But, when Cara shows up to tutor Seth, Josh acted like he hadn't seen her in years. And all of a sudden, he wanted her and had to have her. I didn't get it. Why the sudden new feelings, Josh? What was it about Cara that captured you today versus last week at the grocery store? (that's just an example)

-Josh's best friend Ty has also lived in this town forever. When Ty asked Josh where Zack (his twin brother) was at these days, Josh told him Afghanistan. Seriously, dude? The brother had been deployed for at least a year, I think, so shouldn't his best friend know that? I mean, if my best friend didn't know something like that, I would be hurt and/or annoyed.

-I'm going to leave this one alone, mostly. It involved a creek and a circuitous conversation between Josh and Cara that reminded me of trying to get an answer out of my five-year old. But my husband, to whom I read the conversation, said that it could be taken a couple different ways. I'll begrudging concede that point.

Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe I didn't read these particular passages clearly enough. Loving Cara has a rating average of 4.25 on GoodReads, so obviously I'm in the minority. I did look forward to reading it, and while I thought it was okay at best, I didn't hate it. I don't know, maybe it's just me. Have you read Loving Cara? Did you love it? Hate it? Was I just wearing a particularly tight pair of crankypants when I read it? I've read other books of Proby's and liked them quite a lot. At any rate, a lot of fellow readers seem to really enjoying this, and that difference of opinion is what makes the discussion fun.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Wow! And not it a good way!!! 23 janvier 2014
Par Anne P. - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I can't believe this is the same author that wrote the With Me series! I read the sample, which didn't thrill me, but it was really too short to get much of a feel for the book. But between all the 5 star reviews (???????) and being I had read this authors books before and really enjoyed them, I went ahead and bought this. Almost immediately I was rolling my eyes. I'm sorry to say but this was just terrible. It was insta-attraction and love between the characters, which didn't work here. So many things that happened in this book were random, the story felt so forced. I definitely don't recommend this!
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 where's the story development? 27 janvier 2014
Par H. L. Fuller - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I am a huge fan of the "With Me in Seattle"series and was looking forward to reading this new series by Kristen Proby. I am hugely disappointed. Josh, the hero of the story, is a good looking, macho man, much like the men in With Me. With this type of male character one expects him to be possessive and protective of his love interest. He takes it to a whole new level which makes you wonder why, Cara/Carolina puts up with him. I loved Josh during his nice moments, but honestly thought (the rather boring) Cara was going to find someone who didn't get angry possessive at the drop of the hat. Unfortunately, her insecurities get the better of her and she stays with her dream man.

My major issue with this book, is the lack of character development and simultaneously the over developed story line. The book can be best described as an extended outline. As a reader, I got whiplash moving from one scene to the next, not understanding how I got there or why I got there. The supposed to be sexy "adult" scenes which are so enjoyable in the With Me series are extremely lacking- like Proby forgot to develop them after an outline. Instead bossy Josh insists they are having great sex and like insecure Cara we should just shut up and believe him.

Regarding the over-developed story line- this book sets up the rest of the series Ty/Lo and Zack/Jilly as well as Zack's son Seth. Poor Seth. The kid's life gets worse and worse through the book and it makes no sense in THIS book; it is too much. Seth's story drives the plot but once he has done his duty he is tossed to the side- which is not at all what these characters are built to do.

The excerpt of the second in the series seems more promising, but I really wish Kristen Proby and her editors had taken the time to edit and rewrite this book to make it as captivating as the "with me in Seattle" series. I rarely say this about an author I LOVE but don't bother reading this book; give the sequel a chance and pretend this book NEVER happened. Also, if this is your first experience reading Kristen Proby- don't judge her on this book. The entire Seattle series is excellent.
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