Her Outback Cowboy
By: Annie Seaton
Release Date: June 19, 2017
Source: ARC from Entangled Publishing
Goodreads Summary: 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 received an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review from Entangled Publishing, so I’d like to say a huge thank you to the team there!
City girl Lucy Bellamy loves the hustle and bustle of her small apartment and fast-paced advertising gig. But, when her grandmother calls Lucy and her three cousins out to Prickle Creek farm, she goes – but on the condition that she won’t be staying. While visiting and helping out her grandparents, Lucy runs into her teenage sweetheart and now owner of his parent’s neighboring land, Garth Mackenzie. The old sparks still fly between the pair over the summer, but can Lucy stay out in the dirty, prickly Outback with Garth forever?
This was a perfect summer read! Lucy and Garth’s relationship was so affectionate and just the right bit of steamy. Having the foundation of their past together, I was definitely rooting for these two to get together in the end! I loved Lucy’s graphic design profession (because I can definitely relate to that!), and the contrast between her and Garth just made their bond more special.
One of my favorite aspects of this novel was the family dynamic and importance. I have come to realize that I find books with strong secondary characters and/or a family relationship very interesting. Seaton’s story did not disappoint in this area! The cousins are bonded over something so tragic but strong – and the way they pull together for Prickle Creek Farm actually reminded me of growing up on farm.
I think this is also one of the first books I have read that is set in a different country. It took me a while to get used to the speech and terms, but imagining Australia in my head was so fun! Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It had all of my favorites: strong female lead, adorable and steamy love story, and a strong family background. I hope you’ll check it out!
Rating: 4 Stars