I thoroughly enjoyed reading Her Outback Protector, which pairs former TV presenter Claire Templeton with rugged charter operator Don McDougal. Set in Australia’s remote top end, this book gives readers an insight into the rugged beauty of the Australian landscape from the Gulf of Carpentaria right across to the Western Australian Coast. Author Annie Seaton is clearly very familiar with this spectacular landscape and brings it to life in this story. I liked Claire, the heroine of this story. I felt for her as she faced the prospect of being exposed to the media but made an effort to get on with her life as best she could anyway. For me though the stand-out character was Don. How could you not fall for a man who has a real love for his family, knows how to cook and confidently sets off into the wilderness for a drive from one side of the country to the other. Throw in his boat and for me you have pretty much a perfect package. This story is well paced and kept me turning the pages. The threat of Claire being discovered kept the tension going and the building relationship between Claire and Don kept me invested. This story makes for entertaining summer reading.
A really enjoyable romance set in outback Qld, NT and WA as Claire and Don travel from Second Chance Bay to Wyndham to work on Don's boat. I really liked Don, he was such a nice guy and even not knowing anything about Claire was willing to give her a chance working on his boat. Claire was very secretive and paranoid and at times extremely moody but Don took most of this in his stride like the nice guy he was. I liked how they both began to open up to each other slowly. Another good story by Annie Seaton, I love a HEA, the only thing I was disappointed in was how abruptly I felt it ended.
As the second book in the series this story lived up to expectation. Donny and Claire’s meeting and the adventures, dramas and intrigue that ensue kept my interest right to the end. Annie Seaton captures the essence of the outback and her descriptive writing makes you feel as though you are right there.