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Outback Affair: An Affair Novel
     

Outback Affair: An Affair Novel

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by Annie Seaton
 

Outback Affair (Entangled Indulgence) by Annie Seaton

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

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Outback Affair (Entangled Indulgence) by Annie Seaton

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781622663217
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
10/14/2013
Series:
Affair
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
172
Sales rank:
539,854
File size:
2 MB

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Outback Affair


By Annie Seaton, Alethea Spiridon Hopson

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2013 Annie Seaton
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62266-321-7


CHAPTER 1

Jessica Trent walked slowly between the rows of rental cars looking for the small, red sedan described on the rental contract she clutched in her hand. The other hand had a firm grip on the handle of the leopard print suitcase that clattered along behind her. Her matching carry-on bag was perched precariously on top of the suitcase, and threatened to fall as it bumped against the laptop bag jammed underneath it.

"At last." She sighed with relief when she spotted the vehicle at the end of the row and stepped out briskly, relieved to finally deposit her luggage. The heat in the strong wind blowing across the tarmac was unbelievable, and the light silk of her skirt and long-sleeved jacket stuck uncomfortably to her damp skin. She unlocked the car, stowed her luggage in the trunk, slipped into the driver's seat, and turned the air conditioning up to top speed.

Pulling out her cell phone, she switched it on, and an Australian service provider appeared almost instantly. She hit the speed dial for Monica's number and then realized she had to put the international code prefix before the cell phone number, and she didn't have a clue what it was. All those details were stored in her laptop computer now buried in the trunk.

"Shit." Reaching down, she searched for the lever to pop the trunk up and caught her fingernail beneath the hard plastic edge.

"Double shit." She examined her once perfectly manicured long red fingernails and glared at the broken nail of her index finger. Lack of sleep on the flight over had left her out of sorts. She took a deep breath before she opened the door. Heat blasted into the car, instantly dissipating the cool air from the air conditioning. She scurried around to the rear of the car and retrieved the laptop from behind the large suitcase. A strong gust of hot wind caught the door above her head and slammed it down onto her shoulders just as she straightened.

"Ouch." So far Australia wasn't doing much for her.

She backed out and slammed the door down. When she was back in the car, she reached up to her shoulder and groaned when her hand came away from her silk blouse that was now covered in grease. No way was she getting her suitcase out again to change. She would get to her destination first. And anyway, it was way too hot to get out of the car.

Firing up the laptop, she scrolled through her contacts, found the international prefix she had stored in her address book, and entered the digits onto the touch screen of her phone.

"Come on, Mon. Pick up." The phone rang continuously, and Jess could feel her temper rising when her best friend didn't pick up straight away. "Please," she muttered, drumming her fingers on the steering wheel. Finally, the call connected, and she heaved a sigh of relief when Monica answered.

"Do you know what time it is, Jess?"

"Oh sorry, I forgot about the time difference."

"I suppose that means you've landed, and you're down under safely."

"Yes, I've just arrived in Darwin. Has Gareth found a hotel for me?"

"He's working late tonight. There's a big campaign coming up, and he has to go back to the UK for a photo shoot next week, so he sent me an email from the office. I forwarded it to you before I went to bed. It's got the name of the closest town to the resort."

"Oh, thank goodness. I didn't know whether to book into a hotel here or drive straight to Cockatoo Springs."

"Have you looked at a map yet, Jess? I know what you're like. You'll drive off without even checking that you're on the right freeway. Daly River is the closest town to the resort, and there should be a couple of hotels there. I'll e-mail you some links before I go back to bed."

"I'll be fine, so stop worrying. Now that I know where to go, I can put it into the GPS and head off."

"Worrying?"

Jess held the phone away from her ear, prepared for Monica's rant as her friend's voice hit squeal pitch. Gazing through the window, she watched the palm trees across the tarmac bend in the strong wind. They had flown over a large bay just before the aircraft touched down, and the screen on the back of the seat in front of her displayed the name Fannie Bay. It was a shame she couldn't spend more time here before she headed into the outback. The morning sunlight had glinted invitingly off the sapphire blue water, and a line of resorts and sailboats had edged the coastline. Now it was late morning, high thunderclouds were building over the sea, and it looked like a tropical storm was on the way.

"Are you listening to me?" Monica's voice was getting louder with each word.

"Yes, I'm listening."

"Well, as soon as you get there safely, call me. Gareth said as long as you have the application in by the end of the month you'll be fine. He heard through the grapevine that they aren't interviewing for the new position for a couple of weeks."

"How thoughtful of them. Just in time for Christmas." She glanced down at her watch. She did the quick time calculation and realized it was only eleven o'clock the night before in New York. "Go back to bed, hon. You've got the whole night ahead to sleep, and don't worry about me. I'm determined to get this job. And you know me, I never give up until I get what I want." She ended the call and leaned back on the seat, closing her eyes.

Two weeks. She had two weeks to track down the elusive wonder boy who'd created the innovative bush tucker chef school at Cockatoo Springs resort and made it a worldwide phenomenon in less than a year. Then get an interview with him and write the best damned article she had ever written about this unique establishment that chefs from all over the world were clamoring to get into. Once the article was subbed, the interview for the fulltime job coming up at Cuisine magazine would be in the bag. The job would be hers, she just knew it. It had to be. Since she'd bought her apartment she couldn't afford to just walk away from the PR job she hated. Working for media magnate Larry Bartholomew was not what she wanted to do with her journalism degree. It was her off-the-cuff freelance interviews that always ended up as her most successful pieces, but it had been over a year since she had last produced the article that resulted in mega sales for the Christmas issue of Cuisine magazine.

Once she got the permanent job at the magazine, she would enjoy giving in her notice to sleaze ball Larry. But no matter how bad things got, there was no way she was going to run begging to her father for help, even if it meant losing the new little apartment she loved. She'd done her journalism degree, she'd written some fabulous freelance articles, and now she was determined to prove to herself she could be a top food journalist. She was already well on the way to proving to her father she could stand on her own two feet. There was no way she was going to run back to him to access her trust fund. He'd be lucky if she ever spoke to him again after the way he'd treated her last year.

Jess opened her eyes and looked down, surprised to see her hands clenched in her lap, and she took in a deep breath. The cool air from the air conditioning unit fanned across her hot cheeks and restored a measure of her calm.

Food journalists had been trying to get a feature interview with this guy for the last six months, ever since the outback cuisine trend had hit the top restaurants of New York and Europe. No one had been successful in getting an interview, and there wasn't even a photo of him anywhere, but she had done her research.

Alessandro Gabrielle Ricardo. I am going to track you down and write the best damn article I can.

Jess reached for her phone again, connecting it to her laptop so she could collect her email. Scrolling through, she quickly located Monica's message.

Daly River. The Banyan Tree trailer park.

She reached over and entered Daly River into the GPS.

The small colored screen indicated she had two hundred and nineteen kilometers to travel south. Doing a quick conversion to miles, she calculated she could do that in less than four hours and would be there well before dark. She slipped her sunglasses down, started the car, and turned right toward the boom gates at the exit. A horn blared in front of her, and she quickly angled the car to the other side of the road when she remembered they drove on the left in Australia. She barely missed the silver Mercedes and smiled apologetically at the driver when he glared at her through his window. Turning onto the access road to the international airport, she followed the instructions of the robotic female voice of the GPS, concentrating on staying on the left hand side of the road. She breathed a sigh of relief when she turned the small sedan onto the on-ramp of the Stuart Highway, set the cruise control, and relaxed into the drive. Thoughts scurried through her mind as she devised and discarded strategies for meeting the mysterious Mr. Ricardo.

She'd overcome the first hurdle and was on her way down the highway to her destination ... or close to it. She would book into the resort as a guest but first would stay in the small town close by to the resort and then do an exploratory foray. Maybe they were hiring kitchen hands or waitresses, and she could go in undercover and check him out. This could be exciting and a bit of fun ... she thrived on a challenge, and her investigative radar twitched.

Finding him and getting the interview would be her two biggest hurdles.

* * *

Three hours, and well over one hundred miles later, Jess approached a sign indicating the turn off to Daly River was two kilometers ahead. Even though it was only mid-afternoon, the sky was dark, and huge thunderclouds were building in the sky as the storm followed her down the freeway. The drive on the Stuart Highway had been slow, and she'd passed so many motor homes she'd lost count. She'd driven without a break, sipping on the bottled water she'd bought at the airport. Jet lag finally caught up with her, and she turned off the freeway and followed the narrow, winding road to Daly River for another hour. The paved road ended, and just as she began to worry she'd taken the wrong turn, she crested a hill and a sign with Daly River, three kilometers, appeared.

Five minutes later, a small trailer park with a vacancy sign out front was the only sign of life amongst the short scrubby trees. She drove along the road until she came to a closed up brick building with a police sign hanging crookedly out front, and then the road came to a dead end at a wide river. Turning the car around, Jess drove back to the trailer park to a timber building that had 'Reception' written across the front window. She stepped out of the car just as the sky broke, and large raindrops splattered on her silk suit. By the time she'd pushed open the door of the small office, it was pouring, and rivulets of water were running across the driveway.

The woman at the desk looked up as the bell above the door rang. She reached under the counter, brought out a handful of paper towels, and passed them to Jess. "Looks like you got a bit damp, darl."

"Thank you," Jess said, mopping at the sodden silk. "At least it's a bit cooler now."

"Bit of a worry when the heavy rains come this quick, though," said the older woman. "Early start to the wet season. Are you after a cabin or just shopping?" She smiled and looked Jess up and down, obviously taking in the suit and the Jimmy Choos.

"I was looking for Daly River. Have I taken the wrong turn?"

"Nope, you've found us, love. We are Daly River. Since the police station closed and the river cut the road to the other trailer park, we're it." She looked at Jess, curiosity filling her face. "So, why Daly River? You don't look like you're here for the fishing."

"I was hoping to get a room ... or a cabin here for the one night. You do have a vacancy?"

"I've only got one cabin left down the back near the river. The fishing season has started and the park is full."

"That will do nicely." Jess smiled, and she scrabbled in her handbag for her wallet. The bell rang again as the glass door pushed open, and a deep voice rumbled behind her.

"Are you the idiot driver who has blocked the loading bay?"

Jess jumped and dropped her wallet. Before she bent to pick it up, she drew herself to her full height, under six foot in her heels, and let the ice drip from her voice.

"Excuse me?"

"Ha ... should have known it. A bloody Yank." The owner of the voice towered over her. "No idea about outback road courtesy."

Jess curled her nose as an unpleasant aroma pervaded her nostrils, and she put her hand over her mouth. She looked him up and down, not at all intimidated by the glowering look on the face of this ... this person. Long legs encased in stained jeans, a tight black T-shirt molding a broad chest, and a deeply tanned, unshaven face with shaggy black hair pulled back and tied at the nape of his neck with what looked like a dirty piece of string that trailed over one shoulder.

"What is that dreadful smell?" She bent to retrieve her wallet and kept one hand across her mouth.

"Live bait for crabs. Prawn, mullet, and herring burley." He put his hands on his hips as she stood. "Look, love, I've got a load of barra to put into the cool room out here. It's sitting out in my truck in the heat, and your bloody car is blocking the way, so if I ask nicely would you go out and move it?"

"Since you have been so polite, I will move it as soon as I check in." She hadn't understood a word he'd said about the smell, and the accent didn't help either. Placing her keys and wallet on the counter, she turned to the woman who was watching the exchange with a broad grin on her face.

"May I have the check-in form, please?" She gasped as a large tanned hand whipped past her arm and grabbed her keys.

"What the hell do you think you're doing?" Jess tried to keep her voice level as he dangled the keys rudely in front of her face.

"I'll move the car for you. Janet here will get you all checked in," he said. "Which cabin, Janet?" He turned to the woman behind the counter. "I may as well park it for the sweet young lady."

Jess was at a loss for words. No way did she want this unkempt hulk knowing her room number.

"Last one on the left down by the boat ramp," Janet called after him as he strode to the door. "And watch out for the crocodile. There's been a biggie hanging around the ramp all day. The rain might get him wandering."

"Oh, and by the way." He paused in the doorway and looked back over one shoulder. "Don't look at me as though I've just crawled out of the slime. The back of your pretty shirt is covered in grease." The door slammed shut behind him

Jess looked up at the woman behind the counter. "Are all Australian men so ... so rude?"

"Nah, don't worry about Alex. He was in a rush. He'll be anxious to get home with the rain coming, and he has a heap of fish to cool down. The season has just started."

Home? He looked like he belonged in a cabin in the wilds, and what's more he smelled like it.

Jess completed the check-in, picked up the door key, stomped through the rain down to the back of the small park, and retrieved her keys from the rental car. She was relieved to see no sign of the smelly truck driver hanging about her room. Standing at the door of the cabin, she put the key in the lock of the flimsy door, pulling at her suit with her other hand. It was sodden and sticking to her underwear. Water splashed as a black pick-up truck, loaded with blue crates, sped down the road past her cabin and slowed when it got to her car.

"And sweetheart, you can see right through the front of your suit. Nice view, though. Like the lace G-string." He laughed, gunned the engine, and took off. Mud splashed the front of her skirt and legs before she had a chance to reply.

Jess stepped out onto the road and gave him the finger.

Not the best reply, but satisfying.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Outback Affair by Annie Seaton, Alethea Spiridon Hopson. Copyright © 2013 Annie Seaton. Excerpted by permission of Entangled Publishing, LLC.
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Meet the Author

Annie Seaton lives on the beautiful east coast of Australia, where she loves sitting in her writing chair, gazing at the ocean and writing romance. She is a true romantic at heart and loves a happy ending.

Annie lives with her husband, and "Bob" the dog and her two white cats, in a house next to the beach in a small coastal town in New South Wales. Their two children are grown and married and she loves spending time gardening, walking on the beach and spoiling her two grandchildren.

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Outback Affair: An Affair Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
chicagogirl21 More than 1 year ago
In book three of Annie Seaton’s Affair series, Jessica Trent travels to the Outback to interview the reclusive Alessandro Ricardo to further her writing career. Little does she know that when she meets the rugged, sexy fisherman, Alex Richards, that they are one in the same person. Sparks fly between them and both are hiding secrets from each other! You will love this story as it is packed with everything a good romance should be packed with! This is a wonderful series and I am now hooked on this author!!
mariacstanowhite More than 1 year ago
 Wow what a great read. It was funny, exciting and romantic. Jess a rich, spoilt and determined journalist comes across the elusive and deeply wounded Alex or Alessandro and shows him she's not just a pretty rich face. A beautifully written book which gives you such vivid deails of the outback, you can actually imagine yourself there. it's an absolute page turner, I could not put it down. Another brilliant read from Annie Seaton, long may they continue. A highly recommended read.
PrissP More than 1 year ago
This was a fun read!  The situations Jess gets into is just too funny!  Alex seems to be such a jerk, at first.  But he grows on you.  I liked how quick it was to read.  Of course, it was probably quick because I did not want to put it down!  
Wintry8 More than 1 year ago
Jessica Trent is stuck in a job she hates; doing something she didn’t want to do with her journalism degree. Working at Cuisine magazine would be her dream come true, if only she could bag an interview with the elusive Alessandro Ricardo. Stuck in the Outback of Australia, she has to rely on a sexy, rugged fisherman to get her to her destination in one piece. Enter Alex Richards. This book was perfect. The chemistry that flowed between Miss America and the Outback Hero was so intense. I was hooked from the first page and couldn’t wait to get to the end. From the way Alex tried everything in his power to keep her from finding out the truth about him, to the way she kept on trying to do her job, to the fantastic love scenes this book just flowed. In fact at one point I forgot I was reading and just had a movie playing in my head. The two characters are such complete opposites, that it’s actually a huge surprise that they have so much chemistry. Jessica comes across as a bit of a snob, she really wants a manicure and she’s horrified by the idea of camping out in the Outback. Alex on the other hand is ready and prepared, it is quite clearly depicted by his “boy scout glove department.” From bug spray to condoms, you name it and he has it in there. What really cracked me up was His Hotness himself up in tree in only his underwear. ”Oh my God! The water splashed as she slapped her hands on top of it. “I so wish I had my camera. I could write the best article about the Aussie outback and its heroes…in their underwear. Alex looked down at his Calvin Kleins. “You won’t find it so funny if the boar decides to settle his family in here for the night.”  All in all, this was a fantastic book, and it definitely prompted me to get more of Ms Seaton’s books.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Outback Affair Annie Seaton. I love a romance, so dived into this. Its a very straightforward story, I found I could predict coming events almost as I read, so there wasn't anything that really gripped me with excitement, but it was a fun read. For those who love simple easy to read romances, like the book equivalent of the Hallmark afternoon films Him Indoors loves. ( He sits there with tears in his eyes while I’m snorting at him, with tears for a different reason! “You've no heart” he says laughing at me. He loved Little House on the Prairie too – he used to phone a local pub owner when it finished, and they'd compare how they felt...the other guy would never admit to anyone else his secret, kept his tough guy image up but I knew! ) I do have a heart, that's why I love romances, but I need strong highs and lows to get it racing, and feel the emotions that move me to tears and for me this book didn't deliver those. Maybe its because I read such a lot that I need something about the norm? Outback Affair is what it says though – made for the Indulgence market, a shortish read for those moments when you just want to slip away into a gentle romance with a HEA. Of course there's limits to what you can include with length restrictions. The basic storyline is simple, the characters fun and believable, and I enjoyed the Outback journey details and the snippets of humour that crept in ( the glove compartment that was like Mary Poppins bag – though with vastly different contents!). There were some sensual, spicy sex scenes, but they were very well written, nothing anyone would find offensive and fitted the story and people perfectly. ARC supplied by publisher. Stars: well, for many readers I’m sure this would be a five, its certainly well written and deserving on that score but for me personally, the enjoyment I got its a three and half for the reasons I’ve outlined above. That may be just what makes it a five for you though :)
Sheilag2367 More than 1 year ago
Jess and Alex (the youngest of the Richards brothers) are two hearts that do not want to risk pain or heartache again and so hide their true feelings till forced to confront them. Ms. Seaton's descriptions of the Australian Out back are so vivid and real that I felt like I was riding beside Jess and Alex on the long dusty road to Cockatoo Springs! I chuckled to myself at the lengths Alex went to to hide his alternative persona but Jess' tenacity was inspiring......a wonderful addition to the "Affair" novels!!
MelodyMay More than 1 year ago
Yesterday, I started Outback Affair by Annie Seaton. First off the story is a cute read, but something just didn't click with me. I try to see if I'm the only one that felt this way. I have to say I'm in the minority. Oh well. I guess I should highlight what I liked about the story. In Outback Affair Jessica Trent has decide to try to prove that she can be a full-time writer and the best way to do so is get the interview of a lifetime with Alessandro Ricardo. However, the man is like a recluse and avoids the limelight like the plague.  Jess tends to be a walking disaster. One of her problem is she's not a planner. She gets this idea and kind of goes into battle without a strategy, which doesn't always work all time. In this instance it backs fire and she ends up on a wild outback adventure with Alex Richard who happens to be Alessandro. However, she doesn't know this.  The traveling through the outback was kind of fun, and the banter Jess and Alex was cute. However, I just didn't the story and this could be just me. Overall, Outback Affair is a cute story with cute moments. Yet, I just didn't click with the story. So, if you like stories set in the outback, you might enjoy Outback Affair.  Copy provided by the publisher
gigiluvsbooks More than 1 year ago
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? Review: What a fun and sexy story! Want to go on an Outback trip with a sexy Aussie? This is the book for you. Jessica is the perfect "girl out of her element". It was fun to see what her impulsiveness gets her into. From jumping on a plane to Australia in search of a recluse for an interview, to being totally unprepared for her trip through the outback in her silk shirts and skirts. I like that Jess is strong and not afraid to go after what she wants, Jess has turned her back on the family money and is trying to go on her own. Jess was cheated on by her ex-finance and finds it hard to trust in men which makes Cole's secrets hard for her to come to grips with. Cole is the sexy, rugged Aussie who starts out on bad footing with Jess when he meets her and sprays her with mud besides being rude to her. When Cole finds out that Jess is after an interview with his alter ego, he decides to keep her close. Keeping her close leads to a sexy, fun trip through the Outback to the resort Cole runs. Cole has also been hurt in the past from his ex. Cole's secrets catch up with him besides a misunderstanding and threaten the love blooming between the two of them. Great story with Australia as the backdrop. 4 stars
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Nicola_1202 More than 1 year ago
Combine the Australian outback, a rugged bloke's bloke Aussie and a New York journalist better suited to the glitz and glamour of the city rather than crocs and billabongs, with banter, flirting, humour, a few secrets and you've got a book that will warm you up as the winter approaches. Now, I've just discovered that this is the third book in the 'Affair' series. Not that it really mattered as it could easily be a standalone, but I love my Aussie men (all we British women do, I think it's genetic) and I need to find out whether the sexy charm is a Richards family trait. Because Alex? Oooo. He's all man; outdoorsy, to the point, tough man exterior but underneath is a protective gent who loves his dog. Jess is a determined strong lady, but is a bit out of her depth on the trail for her career changing article. She doesn't know he's her subject matter, he needs to keep it from her. Any way he can... I loved them both. Opposites do attract and their banter was snarky, fun and flirty with a lot of sexual build up between them. But considering how it seemed to really be ramping it up towards it, there wasn't a great deal of sexy action; whilst it was a captivating read, I was a little disappointed. And I felt it ended a bit quick and certain elements seemed forgotten about. It was fitting, but I would've like a little more. Nevertheless it was still a lovely book and, if you like a well-written romance, in a beautiful setting with a wonderful couple who have some fire about them, then this is one to read. I'll certainly be reading the previous books in the series.
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
What a great Outback adventure! Jessica, a part-time freelance writer, is looking to write that "one" special article to land her the job of her dreams. The object of her article, the elusive Alessandro Ricardo, aka Alex Richards, managing director of the fancy Cockatoo Springs Resort, who, by the way, never gives interviews or takes pictures. Through a series of events, Jessica ends up driving through the Outback with Alex but she doesn't know that he's Alessandro. Their adventure brings them closer and he's always wondering how he'll prevent her from finding out who he really is. Take an adventure of your own and read this highly entertaining book to find out what happens between the sexy Aussie and the beautiful American. My favorite part was the waterfall scene that had me laughing out loud. Annie Seaton is an amazing author and I can't wait to read more of her outstanding books. I received a copy for an honest review.
Eve379 More than 1 year ago
I haven't read the other books in the affair series so it was good that this can be read as a standalone. It has made me want to read those so they're going on my TBR list. The story follows Jessica Van Lund aka Jessica Trent. She's working in a PR job she hates while writing freelance for Cuisine magazine. She knows there's a full time writing job open at Cuisine and is determined to get it. Her way in is by getting an interview with the elusive Alessandro Ricardo, the financier to the Cockatoo Resort. All she has to do is find him and convince him to talk. Easy right? Alex Richards left his cushy lawyer job to become a fisherman. He came into some money following tragic events and used it to start the Cockatoo Resort. With the help of his friend Mitch, he's come up with the Alessandro character. While stranded on his way to the resort he runs into Jess. She tells him why she's really there and he decides to keep his friends close, and his enemies closer. Women have gone to insane lengths in the past to interview his alter ego, and he assumes she's just like them. He agrees to help get her to the resort, meanwhile sabotaging her every step of the way. When I first started reading this I was a little weary of Jess' character. My original thought was "oh no, not another weak female". I liked that the story involved showing that she was so much tougher that either of them thought they were. I'll definitely continue reading any other books in the series. Now I've just got to decide which of the previous books I'm going to read first.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Jessica Trent is a very determined woman. She will get an interview with the elusive Alessandro Ricardo or die trying. She impulsively flies to Australia. Now she's stranded in the Outback. Alex Richards, a local fisherman, agrees to give her a ride to Cockatoo Springs where she can find her quarry. The time they spend together makes them intensely aware of each other, but Jess and Alex guard their hearts. They both have been hurt by past loves and they won't reveal their secrets to anyone. What happens when the truth is revealed? Annie Seaton has written a powerful romance. You feel the sexual attraction and intense emotions between Jess and Alex as well as their uncertainty and fear. The author makes you feel as if you are with them as they travel through the vast, desolate Outback. I wanted this couple to find their HEA. They deserve it. If you enjoy a hot romance and a second chance at love, don't miss Outback Affair. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
After having his heart broken again stoic Tomas is leaving Australia for a carefree life in Italy. Then he meets the beautiful crazy Brianna and everything changes. Read this fun, fast paced, sexy story to see what happens. You won't be sorry. I recommend it for everyone.
busymama49 More than 1 year ago
Being a City Girl myself, I had to take a "double take" at Jessica's character and laugh! OMG! She was definitely in for the time of her life in the outback in her silk blouse. Her determination to finally be independent of her father and her upbringing really comes through as she decides to pursue to interview the elusive Alessandro. Her exchanges with Alex as they begin their version of the battle of the sexes is both amusing and enjoyable. Alex is something else... valuing his privacy is so important, he forgets the mess he is making of the budding relationship with Jess. Only quick thinking, his mother, and turning the helicopter around saves the day. I really had fun reading this book! PSSST!!! By the way, for those of you that interested, you will finally find out what the Aussie word "dinkum" means!