Saturday, October 19, 2013

Review: Outback Affair by Annie Seaton

Title: Outback Affair (Affair #3)
Author: Annie Seaton
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Entangled Indulgence
Release Date: October 14, 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Jessica Trent wants to be a full-time writer for Cuisine magazine, but in order to land the gig she has to snare a one-on-one with the reclusive Alessandro Ricardo, a man hell-bent on staying out of the limelight. The last thing she expects as she heads to Crocodile Springs resort in northern Australia is to end up traveling across the Outback with a rugged and far too sexy barramundi fisherman.

Ex-lawyer Alex Richards protects his privacy and his heart in equal measure. So when a Yankee bombshell in need of a ride turns up and threatens both, he decides to teach her a lesson. As they make their way through the wild country together, the attraction between them ignites. Alex must choose between his heart or letting go of his past ... and will Jessica understand why he lied once she finds out who he really is?

Both Jessica and Alex are people keeping the truth from everyone - each with good reason, but when the rugged Outback of Australia decides to play its own dangerous version of matchmaker, Jessica and Trent are both forced to realize their attraction for each other.  I really loved the way the outback came to life, it was its own little min-character full of sudden storms and unusual (for me at least) animals.

I really liked Jessica's determination to make a career and life for herself outside of her family's name, but there were times she took it a bit far.  Alex also took his deception to stay out of the lime light a bit far.  There was just a little too much deceit and lies thrown around for me in this one.  I understand that much of it was important to the story line, but I've always liked an honest character.

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