Win Me (The Outback Bachelor Ball, #1)

Win Me (The Outback Bachelor Ball, #1)

by Joan Kilby

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Win Me (The Outback Bachelor Ball, #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.... 

Don't miss the rest of The Outback Bachelor Ball series -- Woo Me by Karina Bliss (Book 2) and Wait For Me by Sarah Mayberry (Book 3)

Product Details

BN ID: 2940152738872
Publisher: Joan Kilby
Publication date: 10/20/2015
Series: Outback Bachelor Ball , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 394,604
File size: 573 KB

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Win Me (The Outback Bachelor Ball, #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Three friends, down on their luck with men, return to Australia for the Outback Bachelor and Spinster Ball. Ellie is also returning home to the family ranch and the man that she could never have, Rick. Rick is the sexy ranch hand/manager that was forbidden to pursue Ellie, the ranch owners daughter. He's always admired her but kept as it friends. But now Ellie's back and he really doesn't think he can keep away from the spirited spit fire that has come home. This is an absolutely adorable, fun and fresh romance right off the cattle ranch. If you are looking for a wonderfully entertaining, highly enjoyable contemporary romance, check out Win Me by Joan Kilby. Can't wait to see what befalls the other two friends. Going to the ball in a cow costume... I received this copy of Win Me from Karina Bliss in exchange for a honest review.
TangledUpInBooks More than 1 year ago
Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books I received a copy of this book, from the author, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating. Joan Kilby was nice enough to send me eARCs of all 3 books in this series. The blurb sounded interesting and fun for Win Me and the only other book I read by her, while I didn't love it, I liked it well enough to be curious about trying another one of her other books and felt like this was the perfect opportunity to give that a go. I find myself in the same position that I was with the previous book. I didn't love it, but I most definitely didn't hate it. It was fun and kinda quirky but I had a really hard time connecting with the characters. Like I said in the beginning, I had a hard time connecting with the characters. Actually individually both Ellie and Rick were good solid characters and I thought I was going to like them a lot more than I did. However, most of the time, when they were together, I just wasn't feeling either of them and they became less likable. Ellie became a bit childish in a way, in that I felt like she was purposely trying to make Rick jealous. Plus once she was all "glammed up" and in the slinky dress she was wearing to the ball and not just a tank top and cutoffs like normal, she got kind of conceited. She'd talk to Rick and it'd be like "I'm so hot tonight and I'm gonna take advantage." I didn't like the Ellie that was trying to appear more bold and confident. Because on the inside she really wasn't 100% feeling it. I liked the sweet, down to earth Ellie way better. Rick wasn't that bad either and I definitely liked him more than I did Ellie throughout the book. I feel like the issue I had with him was the fact that he was just so bad with the whole communication thing. He would be thinking one thing but when he would talk to Ellie, what came out of his mouth was a whole other story and then I felt like he'd be confused as to why she's all bent out of shape over their conversation. Totally clueless. But with that aside I loved how much he cared about Ellie and her dad and how protective he was over her even at the expense of suppressing his own feelings. Or how passionate he was about the farm and the work he did. He had a lot of admirable qualities. One thing I didn't waver on, believe it or not with everything I've said so far, was the fact that I really did want Ellie and Rick to work things out and end up together. When they were good and not misunderstanding or trying to show the other one up, they were just so sweet and playful and absolutely adorable. Oh and steamy like you wouldn't believe. I mean there was one brief scene towards the beginning of the book where there was no kissing involved or anything like that, it only involved the grabbing of a shirt and it was probably almost as hot, if not even more heated than when there was actual physical contact. Lots of yummy sexual tension that's for sure. So, true, it wasn't perfect but I really did have fun reading the first book in this series. I liked both of Ellie's friends and I'm so curious as to find out what exactly happened when they both disappeared on the night of the ball. Interesting start to the series! Thanks to Joan Kilby for the opportunity to read and review this book!
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This is the first of 3 concurrent novellas, all about three young women who met at boarding school and have reunited for a little R&R together, including attending the Outback Bachelor and Spinster ball in hopes of meeting some men to sweep them off their feet (or at least out for a sexy evening). This story features Ellie, a cowgirl who grew up on a ranch in Australia and Rick, her father's right hand man. She's had a crush on him since they met when she was 14 and he was 19. Now 14 years later, she's all grown up and hopeful that if she transforms herself into a sexy siren, Rick might finally see her as the woman she is. I really liked Ellie in this story and her desire to have someone see her more feminine side, something that is often hidden in the day to day life of working on a cattle ranch. Rick came across as a loyal and dedicated farm hand, and a man still struggling with the grief of his father's passing several years earlier and the loss of their family sheep farm. He's torn between trying to revive his family's legacy and his attraction to Ellie. The two of them together share a sexy love scene but it's going to take more than that for them to trust each other. Rick comes across sometimes as a bit dense when it comes to women, in particular in revealing his true feelings to Ellie. But it all comes out right in the end, and they get their happy ending. It was a sweet, easy read. 3.5 stars.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
I love friends-to-lovers stories, especially when combined with a touch of the unrequited on one or both sides, so this one looked like a win-win. Plus, already having a past will make the "it all happened in a weekend" part that much more plausible. Throw in there the idea of three lifelong friends heading off for a weekend of fun and double dares out on the Outback? At a "ball" in the middle of nowhere? Now it's even better! I loved the three friends, Ellie, Jen, and Beth--this is going to be a fun series to read. (All group Skype calls should involve alcohol. I wonder if my graduate school project groups would go for that idea? Must remember to ask. ;)) I loved, loved, LOVED Rick--the ranch station manager with a tragic past who's driven to do better than his dad did--AND who's been warned off of the boss's daughter since day one. But of course he's drawn to her like no one's business, and vice versa. Saw that coming, right? The ending was adorable--a little rushed, but again the whole "with a past" part made it easier to swallow. What drove me a little bonkers, though, was the heroine's seeming need to completely misunderstand every. Single. Thing the hero said or did. Seriously--things would finally appear to be good between them, all is cuteness and light, then bam! she decides that he didn't mean it or his feelings are completely opposite of what they appeared to be thirty seconds ago, or...well, you get the idea. Over and over and over again she decided that he meant something other than what he actually did, got mad, and took off in a huff. Frustrating. To be fair, Rick definitely had his share of clueless moments, but he makes up for them in the end--and it never felt as willful as Ellie's did. Still--all's well that ends well; and I do like the two of them together, when they finally manage to make it stick. On to book two! Rating: 3 1/2 stars / C+ I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Definitely a winning romantic novella for me! This is the first in a trilogy, each book written by a different author but all concerning three friends who went to boarding school together and have been best friends ever since. They may live in different countries, but they are still there for one another. After a particularly traumatic time for them all, they decide to meet up and go tot the Outdoor Bachelor and Spinster Ball, not realising that this event will change all of their lives - for the better! It actually doesn’t matter what order you read these novellas in, they each focus on the events from the point of view of one of the friends and this one concentrates on Ellie McFarlane, who had left her home ranch to go to College and then work in the US but is now going home again, back to the ranch where she grew up to her Dad and the man she’s always loved and never forgotten despite their six years apart. Rick Drummond is the love of Ellie’s life but he promised her father to stay away from her when they were both teenagers. Now she’s coming home and he’s still just as attracted to her. When he hears she’s going to the Ball he can’t resist going to keep an eye on her and to keep her safe. There are other considerations too, as his old family ranch is going to be for sale, should he buy it and move back there? When he see’s Ellie all dressed up and the belle of the ball, will he be able to resist? If he does, who might she meet? If he doesn’t, life will never be the same for either of them! This may be a novella but it is still packed with angst, turmoil, misunderstandings and romance. The characters are well written, complex and superbly portrayed making them easy to relate to. The details of events are shared in a manner which brings them to life in the imagination of the reader - as if they are watching events unfold in front of them. Needless to say, I highly recommend these to anyone who enjoys their romantic reads with strong young ladies, handsome Aussie heroes and an excellent plot in an action packed novella. I really enjoyed this quick read and can’t wait to read the two other books in this series! Thanks to the authors for letting me read an ARC of this series in exchange for this, an honest review.