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Charming the Outback by [Bow, Leesa]
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Length: 267 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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When jaded city girl Maddy McIntrye packs up and leaves Adelaide for a new job in the country, it's not only a chance at a fresh start. Six months ago, the first guy she'd ever loved shattered her heart before moving home to Broken Hill. Deep down inside, Maddy is hoping that living in the same town will give her an opportunity to prove to Luke that she's one temptation he can't resist.

But when she arrives in Broken Hill, Luke White is not the same guy she knew in the city. And it soon seems very clear that he doesn't want her there. Although Maddy settles in quickly, excelling at work and partying with her new friends, she can't understand why Luke is remaining so distant. Particularly when all her instincts are telling her that they're meant to be together - and that he feels the same burning attraction.

As Maddy learns more about Luke's family and background, she begins to understand that his mixed messages are caused by balancing what's expected of him with what he really wants. Maddy gave Luke her heart long ago and, despite their differences, she knows she'll only ever be happy with her hot country boy. But how can she convince him that she's the risk he needs to take?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1281 KB
  • Print Length: 267 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin eBooks (2 September 2014)
  • Sold by: Penguin Australia Pty Ltd
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LNSTXJW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #280,928 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This tale of how far a woman is prepared to go to win her soul mate, came alive with great outback scenery, accurate details of station life and rural attitudes. I wasn't convinced of Maddy's resolve to win Luke back early on, seeing as she initially displayed no signs of having developed responsibility or ditching her parying tendancies. As the story developed I warmed to the characters and their motivations, enjoying the push and pull of expectations and hearts. By the end I had cried and laughed and was guessing which minor chacter would be the next start in Leesa's creative universe.
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Charming the Outback was a great read. I loved the setting, taking me on a journey around my hometown. Well done Leesa Bow, I really enjoyed the story and am looking forward to your next book.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars 32 reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many internal monologues 17 January 2015
By AutW - Published on Amazon.com
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We first met Maddy and Luke in "Winning the Player". They were in love and everything was fine. At the beginning of this book, they are separated because Luke thinks Maddy is a drama queen.
Maddy moves to a new town to start teaching. She meets Luke at a bar, and he's pissed that she's there. They finally decide to give it another try, but Luke is only available on some weekends due to his job at an outback station. Maddy decides to try training at an outback station to show Luke that she's not materialistic and can hang with it. Little does she know that the same station she volunteers at ends up being the same station that Luke owns.
Once again the arguing starts, because they kept secrets from one another. Within every argument either Maddy or Luke assumes why the other does what he/she does, and the internal monologues get a bit tiresome.
True love wins at the end.

I am reviewing for Kylie's Fiction Addiction.
4.0 out of 5 stars City girl in the country. 6 October 2014
By Michelle Irwin - Published on Amazon.com
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After a few Aussie to US translations, I really got into this book. I loved Maddy in the first books she grew a lot between the first and second and I kind of wish the book started a little earlier, but once it did start, its was a roller coaster from beginning to the final sentence.
Love this dynamic of taking a city girl and putting her in a country setting, all for love. I also loved Maddy's mental conflict in trying to figure out if this designer dress wearing, Jimmy Choo shoe loving city girl could survive and thrive in the country, for her man.
I only have one request from the author, can we find someone for Zane, please (Loved him).
3.0 out of 5 stars Young love in the Outback 2 February 2015
By HollyHo - Published on Amazon.com
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Charming the Outback is the second book in the series but can be read as a stand alone. It is an Australian-English novel.

This is about Maddy and Luke, who also was in the first book, Winning the Player. Maddy was Aubree's best friend and Hunter's cousin.

Maddy McIntyre is a city girl but leaves Adelaide to take a new teaching job out in the country. She needs and wants a new start because just 6 months prior she had her heart stomped on by her first and only love of her life, Luke. This job just happens to be located in Broken Hill, where Luke's living. She is secretly wishing that Luke will give her another chance to show him that she knows they belong together. She settles in quickly, makes friends and starts partying and living her life.

Luke White has issues and problems that he keeps to himself. In fact, in the 10 months he was with Maddy, he never told her any of his issues. The reason he breaks up with her was because issues at home had finally come to blows so he has to move back home. He breaks off their relationship with reasons such as Maddy being immature and she is high maintenance. He works hard at his station(US it means Ranch) and focuses on his work and getting things back on track. He keeps his mind off Maddy because he is miserable without her but knows its for the best. So to his surprise, he sees Maddy in town and cant believe she is there. He actually is pissed over it. But he cant avoid her forever.

Can Maddy prove to Luke that she is mature and they deserve one another? Will Luke let go of his past and let Maddy in? Can Maddy leave the city life and settle down to be a county girl while truly being happy?

Overall this was a good read. It is full of angst.
My issue is that its a "romance" but the whole book is them going back and forth and it got tiresome.
***Reviewed for Kylie's Fiction Addiction***
4.0 out of 5 stars Long Lost Love 26 October 2014
By TiffanyReadz - Published on Amazon.com
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Charming the Outback was a sweet story about Maddy and Luke trying to make it work again. She is the city girl and he is a country boy with responsibilities. They dated for ten months and then life got in the way. She stayed in the city, while he had to take care of stuff in the country.

Maddy takes a job at a country school to use the contract for a better job in the future and to see Luke again. She didn't like the way things ended and thinks once he sees her he'll realize what he lost. Adapting to the country quickly, Maddy makes friends with some colleagues and starts hanging out at the local watering holes with them. Being a small town and all, she of course runs into Luke who is none to happy to see her.

In the ten months of dating Luke has kept his problems at home away from Maddy. Once they came to a head, he had to let her go while he went back home to take care of things. Now at home he is focused on working and getting use to station life again. (Station is the Australian word for Ranch. I learned a few new terms this time around) He sees Maddy in town, but knows there's a reason they can't work as a couple, so he tries to stay away.

Luke fails. He keeps seeing Maddy out and about. It doesn't help that she has befriended his childhood friend Kristen at work, so Maddy has a better insight to Luke's past. They talk, fight, talk again and fight some more. The back and forth of this "couple" was maddening. Throw in the always sexy Zane and quite the love triangle blossoms.

Maddy has a plan, Luke has a plan, they collide and all hell breaks loose. At the 85% point I wasn't sure things were going to clear up to my satisfaction, however Leesa Bow gives us a completed ending. The book is well written and I was informed this is the second in the Destiny Romance series. I shall be reading the first one next.
4.0 out of 5 stars the reader gets to read about Maddy’s story and her second-chance love story. Maddy packs up and leaves to a ... 8 July 2015
By Genesis Reyes - Published on Amazon.com
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3.5 stars
In Charming the Outback, the reader gets to read about Maddy’s story and her second-chance love story. Maddy packs up and leaves to a new town and it may have to do with the fact that the guy who broke her heart lives there. I love second-chance romance stories a lot so I dived into this story so happy! Maddy has spunk! What Aubree wouldn’t do with Hunter is what Maddy does with Luke—she keeps him at bay after the first temptation and doesn’t forgive him easily. You go, Maddy! The chemistry was sizzling. You could just feel it while reading it.

I thought this story was more on the sweet side and a little slower than the first but it is still quite enjoyable. I read Winning the Player and Charming the Outback without any intentions of reviewing it—maybe that’s why I enjoyed both so much—but I changed my mind and decided to review both books! The secondary characters are also a great addition to the story, even Aubree and Hunter make appearances in this story. I am highly anticipating the third book in the story! I can’t wait for more fun to come my way.

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