Monday, October 26, 2015

The Outback Bachelor Ball Series is a hit! Three love stories to treasure - each a standalone! My Review

The Outback Bachelor 
Ball Series

A three-novella anthology

Win Me
(Book #1)
by Joan Kilby


She’ll do anything to get him to see her as a woman...

Feisty, fearless Ellie McFarlane has tried forever to get cattle station manager, Rick Drummond, to notice she’s not another cowhand. So when her gal pals talk her into glamming up for an Outback Bachelor and Spinster ball she’s eager to prove she’s all woman, all the time, and leave her boneheaded cowboy eating dust. 

Sexy wrangler Rick is crazy about Ellie just as she is but her father – his boss – told him long ago that his daughter was off limits. Even though she’s all grown up now, Rick still feels it’s his job is to protect her, not seduce her. Plus, he’s finally got an opportunity to buy back his family farm, which means moving far away. 

Ellie’s transformation from Cinder-Ellie to belle of the ball has Rick’s jaw dropping – and all the other cowboys falling at her feet. Ellie tries to revel in her new-found sex-pot status but without Rick it’s a hollow victory. Has Rick left it too late to claim the only woman he’ll ever truly love....

She fell in love with him when she was barely fourteen years old. He was nineteen and he was hired as a ranch hand at her father's cattle ranch. They had always been friends through all the ups and downs of the last fourteen years. And now it is time to "fish or cut bait" ... is this a love that is shared by two or is she the only one with these feelings.

This is an entertaining and delightful story of Ellie and Rick. It quickly draws you into the emotions that have been simmering below the surface all this time. The cowboy has to finally make up his mind as to what his future is going to look like. Ellie is very independent, but she is solid about her feelings and willing to give Rick a last chance. Loved this delightful story!

Woo Me
(Book #2)
by Karina Bliss


Can true love overcome a bad hide day and a series of unfortunate events?

Disillusioned in love, Jen Tremaine is done with men. So when her best friends dare her to wear a cow costume to their reunion at an Outback Bachelor and Spinster Ball, she's all over it. Who would have thought dressing as a heifer would make her irresistible to a bunch of lasso-twirling, drunken cowboys?
Maybe you should have thought this through, says the sexy security guard who keeps finding her at the center of trouble. Even though Jen's always dismissed soul mates as a load of bull, the sizzle between them is making her wonder: What if you met The One while wandering lonely as a cow? Would you find the courage to become a believer?
When ex-Special Forces soldier Logan Turner is roped into helping out with security at the B&S ball, he isn't expecting to find love - but after months in all-male company he sure is hoping for lust. He certainly isn't expecting to fall for a feisty, funny, trouble-making Cowderella. Only problem is, she's leaving Australia tomorrow. Convincing Jen they can still have a future together may wind up being the toughest mission of his life.

4.5 out of 5 Stars

Having been dump by her boyfriend has left Jen totally insecure about men and forever love. In this sweet and passionate story, she is double dared into stepping out of her secure and pragmatic world to let her hair down for one night. Little did she know the consequences of such an act would have on the rest of her life.

Retired Special Forces Logan Turner is just looking to relax and take breath after his service to his country. All he wants is an uncomplicated life and perhaps a wife and kids to go with it. Not sure what his future will bring, he agrees to help his sister by providing security to an outback Bachelors and Spinsters Ball for a couple of hours. Little did he know he would be called to assist and protect a passionate, complicated and intriguing woman who would steal his heart.

Love-at-first-sight does not exist... right? What happens when the chemistry is undeniable and the bond they forge is stronger than geography? Something's gotta give!

Once again this author's story has left me with a permanent smile on my face. That is how I know I have been thoroughly entertained. I welcome more stories and smiles in my future from this author.

Wait for Me
(Book #3)
by Sarah Mayberry

Book Three in The Outback Bachelor Ball Series 

Sometimes it pays to wait for the things you want, even if it’s the hardest thing you ever do.

Beth Walker hasn’t just been burned by her philandering country music star ex, she’s been barbecued to a crisp. Coming home to Australia and into the arms of her best friends is exactly the balm she needs. Cocktails and laughter at an Outback Bachelor and Spinster Ball seem like the perfect distraction. Until she bumps into the last person she wants seeing her heartsick and pathetic — Jonah Masters, rising country music star and witness to the failure of her marriage. If only she’d met Jonah first. Now she’s broken and won’t ask him to wait until she heals.

Jonah can’t believe he and Beth are finally standing under the same stars. The connection they shared on the road years ago has haunted him but he wouldn’t pursue a married woman. Now she’s free, and Jonah can’t refuse the one night Beth impulsively offers. Can he convince the woman he’s always loved that he’ll wait — however long it takes — for her trust?

Wait For Me is Book 3 in The Outback Bachelor Ball Series. Don't miss out on Book 1 - Win Me by Joan Kilby and Book 2 - Woo Me by Karina Bliss.

Call it destiny, life's little twists, Karma, serendipity... but sometimes you are presented with situations where what you decide to do will shape the rest of your life.

Beth is just trying to recuperate from the scandal her soon-to-be-husband has created. Little did she know he has been cheating on her for the past four years of their married life. It is true he is a country rock star, but he made vows to stay true to her and their love. Over thirty women have come forward with details of their affair with Troy and the paparazzi has been relentless. Now, a chance meeting with Jonah Masters, while she is on an outing with her best friends, is nothing short of serendipitous. Jonah has been her friend for years, after all he and his band of Rowdy Boys used to tour as the opening act for her soon-to-be-ex three years ago. They spend the night together, not as you would usually expect, and that turns into two nights and a day shared. Their destinies are entwined, but the timing is off.

Amazingly emotional and complex, Beth's and Jonah's story will tug at your heart and soul. Well written with a strong dose of reality, their story is unforgettable as romance goes. I promise you not a dry tear in the house for those who read this poignant story.

Although each story in the Outback Bachelor Ball series is a standalone, I found that reading them in order gave me an extra bonus of understanding. However you read them, they are worth their weight in gold!

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