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Monday, 3 July 2017

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Taming a Jackaroo by Sidney Valentine

Title: Taming a Jackaroo
Genre: Aussie Cowboy Romance
Release Date: June 10, 2017
Cover Designer: Claire Smith

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City girl and serial non-dater, Affrica Clarke travels to Boulia, Australia, to investigate the environmental impacts of the local mining company. Unless she proves herself and wins that promotion, she’ll lose so much more than a pay rise. Yet everything goes wrong the moment she lands in the outback. With no research equipment, only skimpy clothes packed by her best friend to help her score a date, and a tight deadline to submit her report, she’s screwed. So when a sexy cowboy offers to play chauffeur, she’s all over it. But she’s there to shut down the mining activities, not fawn over the guy who’s supporting them, no matter how sizzling the attraction between them.

Billionaire jackaroo, Sam Preston tempts fate as an adrenaline junkie, living each day as if it were his last. Angry and wounded, he’s in town to sell his cattle ranch to the local mining company and be done with his past—until he meets hapless city-chick Affrica, who has no clue about surviving in the desert. Sam doesn’t know how to stop being a daredevil even though Affrica reminds him of the happiness he once had.

Can Sam let go of the past before he loses the one person who's finally breathed new life into him, or is it not possible to truly tame a jackaroo?

4 out of 5 (very good)

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This was a pretty neat story. There was fun banter back and forth, there was a bit of action, some heartwarming romance, and a touch of comedy here and there. There is tragedy and heartache which always tug at the heartstrings. There is a touch of sexiness here and there too, which keeps up the steam factor.

One thing I feel like I really need to applaud the author on were the details and descriptions. This book takes place in Australia and I can only assume, without doing any research, that the author is from Australia as well.  I say that just by the things that are talked about, described, word choice are that of which someone who seems pretty native to the area. That being said, had the details and/or descriptions been any less perfect, I would have been lost. I am not from Australia and know pretty much nothing about the country, so when the author references certain scenery, or animals, or simply the locale I didn’t feel lost. I didn’t feel like I was foreign to the area and I felt like it was still very easy to paint a picture in my mind for what was going on. This is not necessarily easily done without overdoing it, and I feel like the author really did a phenomenal job at this. So, good job, I applaud your efforts and appreciate a smooth reading experience.

The relationship between the two main characters was, at times, absolutely maddening. There was obvious chemistry between the two but the actions and conversations that went on drove me absolutely crazy. I think their relationship and their chemistry is reason enough to read the story. It’s one of those that keeps you on your toes and keeps you interested just to see how things work out.

Overall, this was a pretty simple, straight forward read. It was a nice break from reality and kept my mind occupied. I do suggest grabbing yourself a copy, it was quite enjoyable.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

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Sidney Valentine is an Aussie girl who loves everything about traveling. She lives in Sydney, Australia with her husband and spends her time exploring the wild outdoors. But she always carries with her a writing pad in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other. While she works in marketing during the day, she never stops writing her romance stories set in Australia as a way to rejuvenate from the bustle of the real world. She is often found at local coffee shops with her laptop, writing about people falling in love.

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