Published by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Bliss) on June 19th 2017
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The last thing advertising art director Lucy Bellamy wants is to go home to the Outback, but duty to family calls. At least there’s one bonus—her first love, sexy cowboy neighbour, Garth Mackenzie, is there and the attraction between them is still explosive. But Lucy has no intention of getting stuck in this two-bit town and she counts down the days until she can go back to her real life.
After an engineering degree and working in the mines of Western Australia, Garth has returned to the Outback and is home to stay. His goal is to settle down, start a family, and work his beloved land with the girl he’s always loved. But if it comes to Lucy choosing between the glamour of the city or making a home with him in the Outback—he’d lose, hands down.
“I’m developing a proposal for a new product campaign and I need a man.” She giggled as her words ran together in her excitement. She’d given a lot of thought to the concept this afternoon as she had worked with Gran, weighing flour, cracking eggs, and mixing scone dough.
“You need a man?” There was a trace of humour in his tone’ “Reminds me of that Shania Twain song we used to listen to.” He waggled his eyebrows at her and she played along.
“Uh Uh. You’ve got that round the wrong way. That song was ‘Man, I feel like a woman.’”
“Well, speaking of that…”
Lucy laughed and shook her head at him. ‘You haven’t changed one bit, Garth.”
‘Why should I have?” he said, with a note of seriousness in his voice. “Anyway tell me about this man you need.”
“Okay, what do I need?” She tipped her head to the side and held his gaze. For a moment the words fled, and she had to dig to remember what she wanted. “A manly man, rugged, outdoorsy, and strong.” She lifted her hands to form a frame. “If only I’d had a camera with me this afternoon, I could have taken a great shot of you. You were hot and sweaty, but you looked so”—Woops, she wouldn’t say sexy. Flirting here was fun and harmless but she didn’t want Garth to think she was willing to pick straight up where they’d left off.—“so Aussie and so hard working. A real bloke.” Her voice faltered as he stared at her, his eyes dark and intense.
“So what’s this concept you’ve had? What’s the product you need a man for?”
“Sexy lingerie. It’s a huge Australian firm and they’re launching a new product.”
“Me?” Garth spluttered in his beer and his eyes widened. “And you want me to model underwear?”
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~~Reviewed by Monique~~
Lucy Bellamy is at work when she gets a phone call from her grandmother; Gran wants her to come home for a little while Lucy’s grandfather is in hospital for knee replacement surgery. Gran needs help on the farm, so Lucy figures she will be able to finish her important project remotely, while giving her Gran a hand. Lucy had spent enjoyable moments on the farm, but her life is in the big city, Sidney, not in the outback where there are flies, dust, and the heat. However she recalls rather fondly her time with Garth Mackenzie, her first love, whom she hasn’t seen in five years. Two weeks won’t be so bad, and she goes back home, or rather the outback.
I picked HER OUTBACK COWBOY because it was about Australia, and Ms. Seaton delivers in spades! I loved how this book is unabashedly and delightfully Australian, and Ms. Seaton’s crisp descriptions made the outback as clear as a high-definition movie, without ever sounding like a travelogue. While it’s obvious that this is the first book in the series, as Lucy’s cousins are introduced, I thought it was done smoothly, and I am eager to know Sebastian, Jemima, and Liam better, as I found them very engaging. The tone is light, and there are clever plot twists that added a bit of drama while helping the story move along, and it bodes very well for the future instalments. I loved the honest interactions between all the characters: the conversations were meaningful and felt authentic. The romance progressed naturally, if not exactly smoothly, and Garth was a splendid hero, for whom I would not hesitate one minute to leave the city.
HER OUTBACK COWBOY was everything I was looking for: light, fun, very appealing characters, wonderful landscapes, and a nice story. The writing is easy and stylish and elegant. I hope I don’t have to wait too long to read the other characters’ stories; in fact, I would be happy to read them all right now! HER OUTBACK COWBOY is a lovely, lovely book!
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.