Friday, March 20, 2015

His Outback Cowgirl (The Wildflower Ranch #4) by Alissa Callen

Book Blurb:

Wildflower Ranch series - Book 4 

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:

His Outback Cowgirl by Alissa Callen is the 4th book in the Wildflower Ranch series and I do recommend reading the other books in order first.  There are a lot of overlapping characters and the plot carries forward from the others.  To understand the characters and the background, reading the other books first will make this one much easier to follow and enjoyable.

Having read the other books, I do love all the characters I'm seeing again in His Outback Cowgirl and the relationships they have with each other.  It was neat to see this carried forward.

In His Outback Cowgirl, Ethan is responsible, caring, and hot!  He is back in Marietta for the summer to help his Dad out after hip surgery.  He doesn't expect to fall for an Australian cowgirl!  Bridie is strong and independent but has had a lot thrown at her in a very short period of time.  She is still adjusting, still mourning.  She thinks she needs to do this alone...until she finds someone she just might be able to share with.  I loved the connection Ethan and Bridie built through out His Outback Cowgirl.  Ethan can read Bridie easily and relate to her.  Are they really as different as they both first thought?  As they spend more time together with unexpected events thrown at them, the chemistry sizzles between them!  But can they trust their hearts?

I really enjoyed how Alissa brought this couple together, how she deals with some pretty deep issues very well and thoughtfully in this novella.  I didn't feel the story was rushed, it was well paced and believable.  She gives us a realistic look at grieving, how it can be different for everyone but at the same time very similar, and how complicated relationships can be.

I loved all the secondary characters, especially Henry, Ethan's father.  He has his own plans!

With descriptions that took me to a ranch in Montana, and strong characters, I'd recommend His Outback Cowgirl to any romance reader.

4/5 stars

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