Her Outback Cowboy by Annie Seaton
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.
Her Outback Cowboy:
I received an e-arc of Her Outback Cowboy by Annie Seaton from Entangled: Bliss in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way influenced my thoughts and feelings about the book.
I didn’t know what to expect from this one when I read it. I just wanted a quick, fun read that I didn’t really have to worry much about world building etc. And while I didn’t love this book or even like it that much, it was a great read that did get me out of a small reading slump.
Her Outback Cowboy follows Lucy and her cousins and they return to their family farm afters years of being away. Thier grandparents are in need of help and they all just seem to float back to where it all started. But Lucy hates being in the outback and wants nothing more than to go back to the city, but her family needs her. Let’s not forget about her old flame, that she cannot help but fall for again.
I didn’t mind Lucy as the protagonist of Her Outback Cowboy. She was an easy character to get along with. Although at times I did find her a little selfish. Lucy hasn’t been back at her families farm in years, she wanted to forget everything about it. But, without even realising it, she starts falling in love with the lifestyle, with Garth.
Garth was an okay love interest. I liked that he and Lucy already had a connection because they did know each other before. And I really enjoyed him as a character. He wasn’t overbearing and I like that he loved his lifestyle. However, I felt that at times he come on too strong, not because Lucy didn’t want Garth, but because they wanted different things. I also liked Garth’s willing to care for Lucy’s family even when she wasn’t there. Warmed my heart.
The romance was okay. I thought that I would love it more, but I felt that it just moved a little too quickly for my liking. Or we as readers didn’t get shown enough. Garth and Lucy already had major connection, they already knew many things about each other. However, they had been away from one another for a while.
I loved the family aspects of Her Outback Cowboy. That is one thing that I cherish so seeing it in books just make my heart all fuzzy. There was a lot of tension between members of the family, but I did like how it slowly went away. They all had to get used to each other again.
At times I felt it relied too heavily on stereotypes. Which was upsetting cause the author is Aussie. But, I felt that she was trying to put too much in such a small novel. In saying that I did enjoy the Australian outback setting, I don’t read much of that, so it was great.
Overall, Her Outback Cowboy was an okay read. It’s the type of novel that I just liked to pick up when I don’t feel like reading much. It’s quick, I don’t have to think much regarding world building. Her Outback Cowboy explores second chance love, family and friendship. If you are into Aussie romances then this is for you.
About the Author
Annie Seaton lives on the edge of the South Pacific Ocean on the east coast of Australia. She is fulfilling her lifelong dream of writing and has been delighted to discover that readers love reading her stories as much as she loves writing them.
When she is not writing she can be found in her garden or walking on the beach… or most likely on her deck overlooking the ocean, camera in hand as the sun sets. Each winter, Annie, and her husband leave the beach to roam the remote areas of Australia for story ideas and research.
In 2014 Annie was voted Author of the Year and in 2015 was voted Best Established Author in the AusRomToday.com Readers’ Choice Awards.