Taming the Jackaroo, Sidney Valentine

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He wants to throw away his future. She’ll do whatever it takes to save hers… Even tame a wild Aussie cowboy.

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 raise. 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 the sizzling 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 breatehd new life into him, or is it not possible to truly tame a jackaroo?


About the Author


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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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Genre: Aussie Cowboy Romance
Title: Taming a Jackaroo
Author: Sidney Valentine

Cover Designer: Claire Smith

Source: Hot Tree Publishing
Pages: 268
Date: 6.10.17
Rating: 4.5/5

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Dear Reader,

This book is between four and five stars for me, but I ended up on the higher end of the star rating because it was so different. Usually the settings go right over my head but I actually enjoyed whatever Affrica experienced in Australia. And I haven’t read about many MC archaeologists, and though reckless billionaires are about up there with me, it was still interesting seeing an ‘Aussie cowboy’ in all his beautiful glory… I was going somewhere with this. I had a good point that went beyond his bad boy persona. Damn it.

Affrica and Sam have different goals in life, one struggling to pay her father’s bills while the other struggles to find the next big thrill on defying death. I liked how the book got into depth with them as the pages were turned, and the more invested I was in their lives, the more this thing became interesting to me, for reasons beyond their chemistry and the evil corporate companies ruining mother earth. They were just weirdly satisfying. Cringe-worthy first impressions but if anything, it only added to the appeal. Add in the lessons they learned along the way, and the nice conversations they used to stay sane with their friends and families (Meeeeebe!!!) and you get a pretty perfect romance novel. It was an overall entertaining read that was hot, interesting and for once taught me about the tourist attractions down under. Recommended read if you love your cowboys awkwardly adorable and your heroines scarily passionate and stubborn.

Happy Reading,

A Little Darling

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