Review: Her Outback Surprise (A Pickle Creek novel, #2) by Annie Seaton

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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.

Raise your hand high and proud if you love a good second chance romance! Okay, well if your hand is raised, you're simply going to adore Annie Seaton's Her Outback Surprise, a second chance romance featuring an drool-worthy Australian outback setting, an adorable puppy, and two main characters you can't help but like!

Her Outback Surprise features the alternating POVs of Angie Edmonds and Liam Smythe. Angie and Liam used to be in love, but then an expiring work visa had Angie sent back to Australia and Liam refusing to leave his high powered job in London behind. Since then Angie's vowed to never set sights on the man who didn't love her enough to fight for her and Liam's regretted not asking Angie to stay. Complicated, right? What makes it even more complicated, however, is when the two do run into each other all these years later, and Angie mistakenly makes Liam think she's happily engaged when they couldn't be even further from the truth. Now that's a whole new layer of complicated!

From the first page, I was addicted to Angie and Liam's second chance at love. It was not only disastrous and awkward but also outright charming. Angie and Liam had more miscommunication and mixed signals than most people have in a lifetime, and while at times I was left screaming "just tell the truth!!" it provided enough drama as well as suspense to have me hooked all the way through. I especially loved the chemistry Angie and Liam had. No matter how much the two of them tried to fight it there was just something about about them that worked and made complete sense.

I also came to like Angie and Liam as the novel progressed. Both were so incredibly bull-headed, which was partly to blame for all of their issues, but they are also caring, compassionate, and loving. One of the best transformations that occurred regarding Angie's character was her finally finding a family. I just loved seeing this girl who hasn't had a "home" in years finally begin to find one in Liam's mismatched yet lovable family. Liam, on the other hand, evolved form the typical businessman to just the regular old countryman, and I also enjoyed seeing that transition occur, especially when it involved him falling in love with a little puppy.

The only aspect I didn't enjoy like about Her Outback Surprise was the lack of a true connection to the characters. Don't get me wrong, I liked both Angie and Liam and I rooted for them, but I never really got to know them on a deeply personal ground...I wanted to know more about how they first feel in love, Angie's job as a Vet, Angie's complicated family life, Liam's involvement with the town's environmental issues, etc. I feel that if all these issues were dug deeper into not only would the characters have been more well rounded but the overall storyline would be as well.

In all, while I craved for a stronger connection, Her Outback Surprise is still a sweet novel, and honestly sometimes all you need is a book that leaves you with a smile all the way through!

Grade: B 

Her Outback Surprise will be released October 9th! 

Source: eARC provided by publisher 

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