Her Outback Surprise

Her Outback Surprise

by Annie Seaton

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Her Outback Surprise by Annie Seaton

Angie Edmonds is content with life in her small town. Being alone doesn't bother her. Really. Until Liam Smythe, the man who broke her heart, shows up at her vet clinic with an injured puppy. Unfortunately, he's just as irresistible as she remembers. In an attempt to prove to him that she's moved on, somehow a little white lie begins...

When Liam returns to help run the family farm, his enjoyment of the slow life in Spring Downs surprises him. After all, he's used to the thrill of chasing the next big story. Running into the girl he's never been able to forget is unexpected, and he's shocked to learn she's getting married--to someone who's not him. She's off-limits, but Liam can't stop thinking about the gorgeous vet and what could have been. But convincing her he's changed will be harder than finding a needle in a haystack.

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ISBN-13: 9781977609434
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/24/2017
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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CHAPTER 1

Liam Smythe hefted his backpack onto his shoulder and stepped onto the footpath outside Sydney International Airport. Crowds of people rushed past him, in and out of the sliding doors, horns blared, and car fumes hung in the air. He could have been in any city in the world. Travellers queued for taxis, purpose written on their faces, and for the first time in a long while, Liam realised he, too, had a purpose today. Out of habit, he patted his shirt pocket for a cigarette and then remembered — again — that he'd given up. Nor had he had one drink on the whole thirty-hour flight from London. He was coming back home and determined to have a healthy lifestyle. It would be easy — all that fresh country air and Gran's cooking.

Gran had said she wanted them all home as soon as they could come. "Your grandfather has to go to the hospital, and I can't cope with the wheat harvest, the cattle work, and the cooking by myself."

"Of course, Gran." Liam had agreed without thinking it through; after all, family came first. It was only after he'd ended the call that he wondered if she had an ulterior motive for getting them all home. Knowing Gran, there was more to it.

He tipped his head back and stared at the vivid blue sky. Even here in the city, the sky was a brilliant blue. Nowhere else in the world was the sky this depth of colour. He was looking forward to getting out west where it was an even deeper hue.

To the big sky of the outback.

The only place where he'd ever felt truly at home. He'd searched from Indonesia to the United States and had kidded himself he'd been fairly settled in London for the past two years. He had been until — No, don't go there.

Liam glanced at his watch. He'd taken an earlier flight and called his younger sister, Jemima, from the transit lounge in Dubai. She'd agreed to wait until he arrived in Sydney so they could travel out to Prickle Creek Farm together.

"So what's the go?" he'd asked his sister on the phone.

"I don't know. I've got a horrid feeling that Pop is really sick. That's the only reason I'm going back out there."

"I was surprised you said yes. What about Lucy and Seb? Did they get the call, too?"

"Lucy's already gone home but she said Seb won't go."

"Not surprised. He and Gran had a huge ding-dong row a couple of years back. He said some pretty nasty stuff to her. Seb always held a grudge when we were kids, too."

"And you were the perfect child? Give me a break, Liam. You and Seb were always trying to be the best at everything, and you always fought with him."

It was true. The rivalry between the cousins when they'd been kids had been strong, but those days of growing up at Spring Downs had forged a bond between them all. It was sad that life and tragedy had broken it. They were grown up now and all very different people. In one way, he hoped that Seb didn't come out to the farm. Liam could handle Jem and Lucy without getting his emotions all fired up, but one word from Seb — and he was the master of sarcastic comments — would bring him undone.

A taxi driver blared his horn in one continuous blast and Liam stared at the line of cars picking up passengers. He shook his head. Had he really chucked his job at one of the top British newspapers and headed home after one phone call from his grandmother? Especially in the current job market where journalists were being retrenched all over Australia and the market for freelance work was drying up. After he'd had a break, he'd have to go back overseas to resume his career. That's where he'd made his name, and that's where he'd have more chance of a high-powered job, and success. He must have had a bad hangover the night Gran had called. Agreeing to come home had perhaps been a rash decision. A wheat and cattle farm in the Pilliga Scrub was a long way from the lights of London. Deep down, he knew the reason he had agreed so quickly, but he wasn't going to share that with anyone. Hell, he wouldn't even admit it to himself. And maybe deep down he knew he had to make a change to his lifestyle.

Jeez, he just needed a break. He ran his hand through his short-cropped hair. The last couple of years had been tough. A quick visit to check that his grandparents were okay, maybe look Angie up — just maybe, and only to check she was okay, nothing more — and then he'd be back off into the wide world again.

His phone buzzed.

"Liam? Where are you?" He listened to the precise tones of his sister's voice. She'd worked hard to get her accent in place. She sounded more posh than the Sloane Rangers — the fashionable upper-class young women of London — he'd gone out with when he'd first arrived in London. Being a rugged Aussie in London, and working on Fleet Street, had given him entry into the social events where all the pretty girls hung out. But he hadn't done that for very long. Not after that wonderful night at the Feathers pub in Euston where he'd thought he'd met the love of his life.

"I'm already out on the footpath where the drop-off and pick-up is. Where are you, pipsqueak?"

"Don't call me that," Jemima said, irritation lacing her voice, and Liam grinned. "Wait for me there. That way I won't have to pay for parking. I won't be long, just coming through the Eastern Distributor Tunnel now. I'd like to drive out to the farm today."

He grinned. Always the organiser, his little sister.

"Sounds like a plan. See you, Jemmy."

"Jemima." She was not amused. Liam's grin widened. He could still push her buttons. It would be fun being with family again. Life had been serious for too long. He couldn't remember the last time he'd had a good belly laugh.

Liam waited on the edge of the footpath as instructed. His eyes widened when a silver Audi TT pulled up beside him. Jemima called through the window. "Liam, over here."

He shook his head as he hefted his bag into the back and climbed into the front seat. "Hey, sis. Nice wheels. You must be doing okay."

She didn't answer but blew him an air-kiss as he closed the door. Glancing over her shoulder, she indicated and pulled out into the traffic. "So, are you okay to go out west today? Don't need a sleep first?"

"I can sleep in the car on the way out."

"Good. I figure the sooner we get out there, the sooner we can get back to the city."

"Yeah. We're on the same wavelength there." Liam nodded and gestured to the fancy dashboard of the Audi. "Are you stopping somewhere to pick up another car or are you going to turn up in this and get the look of disapproval from Gran?"

"This is my car, and this is what we are driving to Prickle Creek Farm. And this is what we will arrive in." Jemima's face was set in a closed expression. "If she wants us out there so much, she'll get us on our terms. We've moved on since we all left there as teenagers. If Gran doesn't like how we live now, she can lump it."

Liam shrugged and leaned his head back on the seat. "You're a brave woman, taking on Gran. Wake me up when we hit the first coffee stop out of the city. I'll need a hit of caffeine before I can share the driving."

For the first time Jemima's face cracked into a wide and genuine smile. "Oh no you don't, big brother. You're not getting your hands on this baby. I'll drive the whole way, thank you very much."

*
Ten months later

Liam Smythe sat in the waiting room of the vet surgery at Spring Downs, a small town in the middle of outback New South Wales. He'd been there for two hours and was getting antsy. Along with the embarrassment that heated his neck every time someone smiled at the cute little dog asleep on his lap — the furthest from a working dog you could imagine — he was losing his cool with the long wait. He didn't have time to hang around in town.

When he had arrived in response to Gran's urgent summons last summer with Seb, Lucy, and Jemima, they had each agreed to work the property for three months until they all met at the end of a year. As a family they would then decide whether to keep or sell the farm. Now that Pop was sure that Liam could cope, he and Gran had headed off on their cruise of the Pacific; Liam was working the farm single-handedly for a couple more months. Seb had taken the photography contract in Europe and it had been extended. Lucy had married Garth, her old flame from next door, and only had a few weeks to go before she gave birth to their first child. Jemima was in New York; the offer of a six-month contract with the Eileen Ford agency had been too good to refuse. Gran and Pop were cruising the world, with Liam settled on the farm, treating this year as a break. Gran and Pop deserved a holiday. They'd worked hard their entire lives, and it was giving him a chance to think about what he wanted to do with his life. Liam pondered the change in direction his life had taken over the past year. The deal had been that the four cousins would take turns to look after the farm for a year, before their grandparents decided what to do with it. Sell it or keep it in the family. Pop was getting too old to do the heavy work, and his knees had just about worn out. Liam couldn't believe how quickly he'd taken to farm life again, and how much he was enjoying the work, but he had to stop playing farmer and get back to his real life sooner rather than later.

He squirmed on the hard plastic chair and his dusty work boots scuffed on the shiny linoleum floor. Every so often the receptionist would shoot him a glance along with a placating smile, but when he went to the desk to ask how much longer the wait to see the vet would be, the woman would either pick up the phone or disappear out the back. He was the only one waiting now, so surely he would be next in. In a way, he was sorry he'd said the dog's injury wasn't urgent, but there had been some very sick animals who had come in.

God, this is what I get for being a good Samaritan. A whole bloody wasted afternoon. He was supposed to be moving the cattle from the back paddock to the yards near the hayshed, ready for the truck to take them to the cattle sales in Coonamble tomorrow. He'd have to be up at the crack of dawn to move them if he didn't get out of here soon.

"Oh, Mummy, look. What a cutie pie."

Great. Just great. Just what he needed to top off an already shitty day. More comments about his cute dog. Every pet owner or cattleman who had passed through the waiting room in the last two hours had commented — some cute, some smart — about his fine-looking working-dog pup. In Liam's books, the thing sitting on his lap wasn't a dog. It was a toy. It had no place in his life, in his work ute, or anywhere near a farm. He resisted the eye roll that threatened when the small girl stood in front of him and tickled the puppy's chin.

"Oh, he's so beautiful. What sort is he? We've got a Dalmatian. His name is Brutus." Liam looked over to the doorway where a slightly built woman was attempting to wrestle a huge black and white spotted dog into the waiting room.

"Here, you can hold him for me." He passed the still sleeping puppy to the child and crossed the room to hold open the door for the woman as she dragged the dog inside.

"What's his name?" The little girl's voice followed him.

Liam shrugged. "I don't know."

"Why don't you know?"

Another shrug. "He's not my dog."

He held the door wide as the woman managed to entice the Dalmatian into the waiting room. He bounded over to Liam and before she could pull the lead short the dog's nose dived straight for Liam's crotch.

Can this day get any worse? He stepped back from the nose probing his privates.

"Sorry. And thank you," the woman said. The door closed behind her and she dragged the monster dog to the chair on the other side of the waiting room. Liam went back to his seat.

Finally, the receptionist came through the door behind the desk. "Hello, Sally. Hi, Lily. Bring Brutus over to the scales and we'll weigh him and then you can come into the examination room."

"But —" Liam bit off the words as the vet nurse looked at him over her square black glasses.

The receptionist nodded at him but wouldn't meet his eye. "Then it's your turn, Mr. Smythe."

Suitably chastised, Liam leaned back and closed his eyes, thinking about everything he had to get done before dark. Prickle Creek Farm was a good half hour's drive out of town. If he'd known this visit to offload the damn dog was going to take so long, he would have left the pup in the laundry while he finished his chores.

Who the heck would dump a cute little thing like this in the middle of a dusty outback road anyway?

And it was a cute dog. As far as cute went.

The flash of dark brown had caught Liam's eye at lunchtime when his quad bike had rolled over the cattle grate in the stand of willows at the edge of the house paddock. He'd picked up the pup and noticed its back leg was at a funny angle. After two hours of waiting, he now realised he should have rung and made an appointment, rather than driving into town to see Rod, the local vet.

A year ago, if anyone in London had told him he'd be sitting here in a small veterinary practice in the wilds of Australia, nursing a toy dog, he would have laughed at them.

Liam mulled over the months that had passed since he'd come back to the farm as the woman, and the child, and the bloody great Dalmatian, disappeared into the surgery. So much for the quick visit he'd planned — both at the vet and the farm. It had turned into almost ten months. Gran's original request to have each of the four cousins spend three months looking after the farm had been changed every few weeks as life had intruded. Lucy had gone back to Sydney early and then come home and married Garth, who owned the property next to Gran and Pop's. Sebastian had picked up a contract with an Italian magazine that had been too good to let go. Jemima's career was on fire and there were no catwalks in the outback.

"I hate to ask you, Liam, but how would you feel about staying out there for a few more months?" The call from Sebastian had come after an email from Liam's journalist friends in London. The work situation over there was dire. Newspapers were cutting staff and amalgamating as the digital readership grew, and the night editions were cut. The newspaper world was changing rapidly and Liam was starting to think maybe a change of direction would be a wise move.

Problem was, he had to find a replacement career. All he knew was news and media; he loved the rush of a good news story. Staying in Australia was enticing, and he'd pretty much decided he'd chase up a job in Sydney when Sebastian and Jemima came back to take over the farm work. He still had connections and he'd made a couple of early calls, checking out the work situation. Even though there were jobs available now, he couldn't commit until he had a firm date for Sebastian's return.

"Not a problem," he'd said to his younger cousin. "Do what you have to do, mate. I'm happy to see the year out. When do you think you'll be back here?"

"Contract winds up at the end of November. So I should be back in Australia by Christmas."

"That suits me fine. Jemima is due back before Christmas. I might even stay out here for a couple more weeks and chase up a job in the city in the New Year."

"Are you sure?" Sebastian sounded worried. Liam smiled. He and Sebastian had made their peace in those first couple of weeks last summer when the four cousins had been at the farm together.

"Absolutely. Garth and I have been helping each other out with the cattle."

"How's Lucy?"

Liam smiled. "She's huge. It's hard to believe she's still got a couple of months before the baby's due."

Sebastian laughed. "It's hard to believe she's going to be a mum. She and Garth didn't muck around with starting a family."

Liam shook his head. "Reckons she's going to have six kids."

"Bloody hell, she can have that on her lonesome." Sebastian's voice was full of disbelief. "I can't believe she's given up her career and settled in so well to farm life."

Liam had walked across to the kitchen window and stared out at the golden heads of wheat shimmering in the stiff spring breeze. He had settled onto the cattle property as though he'd never left the outback. The anticipation he felt each morning as he planned the cattle work and the planting of the wheat still surprised him. "Yep, amazing what changes we can accommodate, isn't it?"

"It is. Thanks, mate. I'll talk to you soon. Say hello to Lucy for me."

"I will." Liam laughed. "And you stay away from those Italian girls. Talk to you before Christmas."

(Continues…)



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Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
Liam and Angie used to live together when they were both working in England. However, when Angie had to go back to Australia Liam decided his career was more important and didn't join her. He still regrets that decision. He's back in Australia now, running his grandparents' farm. Liam loves living in the country, but he doesn't intend to stay forever. He wants to return to the city to work as a journalist again. When Angie's back in his life he's desperate to have another chance, but is it fair to ask for one when he intends to leave once more? Angie is a small town vet. She enjoys living in the countryside and likes her new hometown very much. When Liam enters her practice she's stunned. She had no idea she ended up in the town he grew up in and finds it difficult that he's back to work on the family farm. Liam would love to spend time with Angie again, but he broke her heart once and she guards it carefully. Angie isn't convinced he's back to stay, so she feels she shouldn't get involved. Will Liam convince her to try, even though she's reluctant to let him be part of her life when he has the power to hurt her badly? Her Outback Surprise is a wonderful story. Liam and Angie have a complicated history. They were both very much in love, but were never completely honest with each other about their feelings. They have the chance to spend some precious moments together again and this time Liam doesn't want to mess things up with Angie. He still has the same plans for his future though and the question if he'd be able to find out what's most important in life before it would be too late kept me on the edge of my seat. Annie Seaton writes about a fantastic family in a vivid and descriptive way that immediately warmed my heart. I loved reading about Liam and his time on the family farm. He's a born farmer, but being a journalist is something he's always dreamed of. Angie is perfect for him and their beautiful connection made their story a joy to read. There are plenty of sparks and their bond is deep and emotional. I love stories about soul mates and really liked this one. Annie Seaton has written another amazing Prickle Creek story that I highly recommend.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
I loved the story between Angie and Liam. Neither one could deny their connection after being apart was still there. They were like a magnetic field - naturally drawn together. I loved how his cousin Lucy kept trying to play matchmaker with them or even they were thrown together in surprise occasions. This was a very sweet back and forth story until they finally got it right and had their happily ever after. And the way Liam went about it really made my heart swell - so beautiful! I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars This is book 2 in the Pickle Creek series and it features Liam and Angie. This second chance romance takes us back to Gran and Pop's cattle and wheat farm. Liam lets her go once but will he really let it happen a second time? Liam is a selfish man. Angie couldn't be any less selfish. I think it's the old saying, "you don't know what you have until it's gone." The story line was great but a tiny bit more romance between these two would have been even better. I felt the intense attraction from Angie towards Liam but not from him towards her. This fabulous story set in the outback of New South Wales is again, set up perfectly. I can see the flowing wheat fields, the dirt roads and the dusty utes. This author does an AMAZING job at making you feel like you're standing in the scene watching it happen. I look forward to whatever comes next for Annie Seaton.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
-- 3.75 stars--Sweet story of second chances. 3.75 stars--HER OUTBACK SURPRISE is the second installment in Annie Seaton’s contemporary, adult PRICKLE CREEK clean, romance series focusing on a once tight knit family of cousins (Lucy Bellamy, Jemima Smythe, Sebastian Richards, and Liam Smythe) torn apart by the accident that caused the death of their three mothers. This is journalist Liam Smythe, and veterinarian Angie Edmonds’ story line. HER OUTBACK SURPRISE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary. SOME BACKGROUND: When their aging grandparents called the cousins home, Lucy, Jemima, Sebastian and Liam wanted nothing to do with attending to the family farm but a deal was reached and each cousin would take a turn managing the farm, never intending to fall in love. Told from dual third person perspectives (Angie and Liam) HER OUTBACK SURPRISE focuses on the second chance romance between journalist Liam Smythe, and veterinarian Angie Edmonds. Two years earlier Angie and Liam were a couple but Angie’s visa in London, England had expired and our heroine had no choice but to return to Australia, starting a new life without the man that she loved. Hoping Liam would follow, Angie left England, and her heart behind. Fast forward two years, and Angie will come face to face with the man that broke her heart-Liam Smythe-a man struggling with his future, and the pull of the Outback at home. What ensues is the rekindling romance between Liam and Angie, and the potential fall out as Liam reconsiders his future as a journalist, and his relationship with the woman he loves. Liam and Angie met two years earlier in London England while Liam was on assignment and Angie as an exchange student studying abroad. When Angie’s visa expired, our heroine was hoping that Liam Smythe would drop everything to be with her, but months would pass, and Angie would have no contact with the man that she loved. An injured puppy would bring Angie and Liam together but miscommunication and a broken heart continued to force our couple apart. The relationship between Angie and Liam is one of second chances; a rekindling romance between two people whose lives went in opposite directions. Angie knows Liam’s time in Prickle Creek is limited, and our heroine refuses to give what’s left of her heart to a man who is willing to walk away a second time. The $ex scenes are non-existent or vaguely implied; physical intimacy is limited to kissing and holding hands. We are reintroduced to Lucy and Garth (Her Outback Cowboy #1 and their new arrival Jamie, as well as their grandparents Helena and Harry, and Liam’s puppy Willow. Once again, be forewarned, because the author lives in Australia, HER OUTBACK SURPRISE contains expressions of slang and language terminology that may not be familiar to North American readers. HER OUTBACK SURPRISE is a sweet story of second chances. There are moments of heartbreak and pain (I may have shed a tear or two), romance and love, family and friendship. The premise is heartwarming; the characters are colorful and energetic; the romance is fated.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Her Outback Surprise is a sweet, second-chance romance set in--you guessed, it--the Australian Outback. It's second in its series, but if you haven't read the first book yet ( Her Outback Cowboy ) no worries; the bits you absolutely need to know about it are explained here too (why Liam and his cousins come back to the family farm, and what their plans for the future are, more or less) though the fact that this is the second book does make for a somewhat awkward start to this one with a bit of jumping around time-wise. Overall I liked Angie and Liam, and it wasn't hard to root for them to (finally!) be together in the end. The flashback bits felt a bit superfluous, though (especially since their important bits were usually recapped through a character's thoughts and/or conversation a minute or two after) and this was definitely an example of a story whose main conflict could have been resolved with one decent conversation between the MCs, which was definitely frustrating. Liam especially was guilty of being exceptionally dense for about 90% of the book, and Angie tended toward the wishy-washy side of the spectrum more often than I would have liked--still, this was a pleasant way to spend a cozy fall afternoon reading. Plus, there was a cute puppy and a newborn baby in the mix, so--win-win! :) Rating: 3 1/2 stars / C+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Angie Edmonds and Liam Smythe had a wonderful life together. Well at least Angie thought so. Yet when her visa ran out and she had to leave London and return to Australia Liam chose his job over her. A year later he unexpectedly shows up in her vet clinic looking as good in his farm cloths as he did in his business suits. Liam quickly realized what a mistake he made letting Angie walk away from him but when he tried to track her down he found out she had already moved on with someone else. So why is his heart racing seeing her again?? This was a truly fun read and I loved watching Angie and Liam dance around each other. Very well written with great characters. I think this is a book everyone will enjoy. I highly recommend it.
FizzaYounis More than 1 year ago
It's an interesting contemporary romance novel. I enjoyed reading it. All the characters are good too. Although the ending was kind of anti-climatic but overall it's a good read. Anyone who enjoys a good second chance contemporary romance will surely like this book. Liam and Angie met in London. They were together for sometimes but then Angie's visa expired and she had to move back to Australia. Liam never tried to stop her or offered to move back with her. He also didn't try very hard to keep in touch. Angie was in love with him and that hurt her big time. But now she has moved on. She is happy with her small town life and things are going good. Until she meets him once again.... Liam never expected to meet Angie in his home town. But now that they have met it seems like staying apart will take too much effort. But they must stay away from each other because there is no way any kind of relationship will work. Firstly, due to the fact that Angie has moved on. Secondly and most importantly this time Liam isn't here to stay.... So will they ever be able to clear the air and confess everything to each other. Or maybe they will just ignore their feelings and let things wither with time. The story is enjoyable. I liked it a lot and would recommend to my friends who love contemporary romances, especially regarding second chances, small towns, and close families.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Her Outback Surprise by Annie Seaton A Prickle Creek Novel #2 Liam Smythe has been working his grandparents’ farm for ten months when he takes an abandoned puppy to the veterinarian’s office only to find out that Angie Edwards is the person in charge. The two cohabited in England for two years before she had to return to Australia when her visa expired. Liam let her go because he wanted to make a name for himself in journalism. His assumption is that she has moved on and is with another man and she does not disabuse him of the notion. So, for most of the book there is a wanting but not acting and if acting feeling guilty. Angie fears losing Liam to journalism again and Liam thinks he has blown his chance…until a few things come together and the two are given a second chance at a HEA. This was an okay second chance at love genre romance in which I wondered at times what the two saw in one another…but…by the end of the book I was hoping they would figure out a way to be together and am now ready to find out who Jemima and Sebastian will end up when their stories are told. Background – the first paragraph from my review for the first book in the series: Four phone calls are made to cousins requesting they return to Prickle Creek. Two men and two women who have found their way into the world and have successful jobs are called back to see their grandfather in hospital. The four are faced with a huge decision presented by their grandmother and my guess is that there will be four books in this series that will star Lucy Bellamy (first), Sebastian “Seb” Richardson, Jemima Smythe and her brother Liam. All have fond memories of time spent with their families on their grandparents’ ranch. All lost their mothers at the same time. All have ties to their ancestral land. But, are those ties strong enough to draw them from their jobs and lives and take on the responsibilities of country life on a large tract of land? That is the first question. Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the ARC – This is my honest review. 3-4 Stars
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Everything in Angie Edmonds life is perfectly content, she has a job she loves, a home in a town she loves, and a peaceful life she loves... then Liam Smythe happens. As soon as he walks through her vet clinic door her heart skips a beat, he is just as gorgeous as he was when he was hers, but she isn't about to let him see that he still has that effect on her, he broke her heart and she is determined to not let it happen again. So she tells him a little white lie in hopes it will keep him at a distance and her heart intact... Liam Smythe never expected to run into Angie again, and now that he has he can't seem to get her off of his mind, she is just as beautiful as she always was, and he can't help but get a little caught up in the memories of their past. She was the one he let slip away, and he'd give anything to have a second chance with her... problem is he just found out her heart belongs to someone else. Or does it? Her Outback Surprise is a charming little read that is sure to leave readers heart overflowing and have them smiling... I know I am! This was my first visit to the series, and I have to say I really enjoyed my visit, the story line was filled with moments that made me smile, moments that made me tear up and moments that made me blush... it was such a great read! The story line was engaging, the characters were well drawn, and the setting was blissful, at times I literary felt like I was there! Highly recommend this sweet little read, it's sure to take you on a enjoyable literary escape! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Everything in Angie Edmonds life is perfectly content, she has a job she loves, a home in a town she loves, and a peaceful life she loves... then Liam Smythe happens. As soon as he walks through her vet clinic door her heart skips a beat, he is just as gorgeous as he was when he was hers, but she isn't about to let him see that he still has that effect on her, he broke her heart and she is determined to not let it happen again. So she tells him a little white lie in hopes it will keep him at a distance and her heart intact... Liam Smythe never expected to run into Angie again, and now that he has he can't seem to get her off of his mind, she is just as beautiful as she always was, and he can't help but get a little caught up in the memories of their past. She was the one he let slip away, and he'd give anything to have a second chance with her... problem is he just found out her heart belongs to someone else. Or does it? Her Outback Surprise is a charming little read that is sure to leave readers heart overflowing and have them smiling... I know I am! This was my first visit to the series, and I have to say I really enjoyed my visit, the story line was filled with moments that made me smile, moments that made me tear up and moments that made me blush... it was such a great read! The story line was engaging, the characters were well drawn, and the setting was blissful, at times I literary felt like I was there! Highly recommend this sweet little read, it's sure to take you on a enjoyable literary escape! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.