Saturday, April 4, 2015

His Outback Cowgirl by Alissa Callen

Title:  His Outback Cowgirl
Series:  Wildflower Ranch #4
Author:  Alissa Callen
Published:  March 18/15 by Tule Publishing
Length:  118pgs
Genre:   contemporary western romance
Shelf:  Netgalley
Rating: ★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Australian cowgirl, Bridie Willis, travels to Montana to meet her half-brother and to escape the pain of losing her father. Headstrong and determined, she plans to spend the summer alone photographing wild animals in the backcountry.

Cowboy, Ethan Morgan, has been shaped by a childhood spent on the run. Cautious, steady and conservative, he must ensure the risk-taking cowgirl he is entrusted to babysit doesn’t ditch him let alone come to any harm.

But the biggest challenge Ethan must face is to accept how Bridie makes him feel. And the biggest risk Bridie must take is to trust in her heart.

My Review:

Am I ever glad for this latest dose of Marietta & surrounding area. This series is always so much fun to read, & Callen definitely doesn’t disappoint with this one. Callen develops her story with a flair that really brings the subject matter to life. The well written, polished style that Callen pens this novella with allows the plot to shine through. The story itself was both emotional and heartfelt. As a reader I felt involved in the story, thoroughly enjoying every minute of it.

The main characters in this novella were very well developed, allowing readers to get to know them on many levels. The difference between who they were and the persona that people saw was shocking. I loved seeing her characters rise above the loss of a loved one. Although grief is very apparent in the way that they live their lives, you can see them rise above it, continuing to move forward with their lives. The dichotomy was bittersweet yet reaffirming. On top of that, the chemistry between the characters was palpable and at times comical. The main characters definitely embody the age old adage that opposites attract. I will warn readers of one thing, however. Although this novella could easily be read as a standalone, the backstories for some of the secondary characters are found in previous novels. They aren’t strictly necessary to enjoy this one, but definitely add an extra layer of complexity to the tale.

As a whole, this was a fantastic story. Callen had me captivated from the first page to the last. I’d definitely recommend it to romance lovers everywhere.

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