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    Outback Romance

    A Choice of Fate by Jezz de Silva Outback Hearts #2 Brilliant romance that took me to Australia, introduced me to wonderful characters and made me care. I enjoyed reading more about the Outback and felt I was there whether by the magical tree, near the huge pond or on the back of a horse. The small community charmed my heart and the Harper family was one I wouldn’t mind calling my own. I did not read book one with Abi & Ryder but that was fine as this story was perfect in and of itself. Dr. Olivia Williams has gone to Australia to be maid of honor at her sister Abi’s wedding. She has been interacting with Jarrah Harper, best man, via internet trying to get the wedding duties sorted. Both Olivia and Jarrah have felt something through their interactions but know that with distance, careers and so much going on in their lives nothing more than a holiday romance, if that, is likely. The attraction is mutual and instantaneous though a bit of time is taken before action is taken. The end of the month will come and they both know it BUT they make the most of it for as long as they can. They fall in love but the logistics of a HEA are not easily provided for the two…though they eventually do find a way to be together that was more than satisfying to this reader! I look forward to reading whatever this author writes next! Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
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    Sexy, emotional Australian set romance

    A Choice of Fate by Jezz de Silva is the second story in his Outback Hearts series, set in Australia and featuring a diverse family of adopted siblings. This particular romance is about two career oriented people whose devotion to their families has left them with little time for relationships – until they are thrust into a family wedding and find themselves caught up in a whirlwind affair with long term consequences. Dr. Olivia Williams is ready to see her sister Abi get married to the man of her dreams in the Australian outback. She's in need of a vacation too, before starting her new dream job back in L.A. A vacation fling would be even nicer – except that the one man she's attracted to is none other than the best man for the wedding, and brother to her soon to be brother-in-law. Jarrah Harper, high priced and successful attorney has never forgotten his indigenous roots, or the family that adopted him. Protecting the family's ranch land in Wingarra is his top priority, as is helping out his family in any way, including being the best man for his brother Ryder's wedding. Helping see the maid of honor to the family home is the least he can do. Olivia is smart, insightful and super sexy – and definitely off limits. Yet somehow, the warm and comforting atmosphere of home leads both Olivia and Jarrah to throw caution to the winds and indulge in a steamy, no strings attached affair. Olivia has every intention of returning to L.A for her new job, and Jarrah has cases awaiting his attention. Can a vacation romance lead to something more? I enjoyed this trip into the Australian outback! The setting is authentic and I really enjoy reading about the large and diverse Harper family, as well as the townspeople of Baroona. The author is Australian and writes with a believable voice. The romance between Olivia and Jarrah moves at a slow pace to start as while they are both attracted to each other, they know that getting involved is not the best plan. Still they can't resist their attraction to each other for long. Their eventual love scenes are sexy and emotional. There is a tree close to Wingarra that has the reputation for giving psychic visions, which takes the story on a bit of a supernatural bent, though it's definitely a contemporary romance. Sometimes the story drags a bit with the tendency to over dramatize the characters internal musings. Also, the cover model does not reflect Jarrah's appearance as described in the story as an indigenous Australian. But overall, it's an enjoyable, entertaining, and sexy story with an emphasis on the importance of family. The next story in the series looks to feature one of Jarrah's sisters and an old 'frenemy' of the family. I'm looking forward to continuing the series!
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    Enjoyed reading

    This book was a mixed bag for me - parts of it I absolutely loved so much it even brought a tear to my eye, while others were so over the top that it detracted from the story. I loved Olivia and loved her story and the sacrifices she willingly made to help with her sister's (Abi) health problems (in book 1). This novel picks up with Olivia traveling to Australia for Abi's wedding and first meets Jarrah (the groom's brother) in real life....as opposed to their skype conversations and messaging. Olivia immediately is smitten, but is wary of Jarrah's playboy reputation. Before long, Jarrah and Olivia are exploring their relationship, but believe it is just a fling. Jarrah is a hot shot attorney from the city and Olivia is a physician that just completed her residency and about to start her first big job with a big salary - after years of pinching pennies, and she will not do anything to jeopardize it. I loved the ending to this novel and would have rated the book with five stars based on it, however, some parts of the book were so over top, that I would have rated it a three star. The average left me with four stars. That said, the author is very promising and I am looking forward to his future books. He is on my must read authors' list. While this novel is part of a series, this is a stand alone novel.
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    Kismet Down Under

    The attraction between Jarrah and Olivia developed between emails and Skype sessions, but it was in that first moment of meeting when it combusted and disarmed them in unexpected ways. The lives they lived, or will live as is Olivia's case, are brought into question the more time they spend together. Olivia's career is everything to her. Years of caring for her sister, scraping by, have paid off. The job she wants is hers. The life she's never had is hers. But this thing with Jarrah... It's throwing a wrench in her plans because what she's feeling is more than just attraction. Jarrah's practice is his life. The wealth and prestige he's acquired over the years are a testament to his drive and determination. But appearing to have it all doesn't mean actually having it all. Seeing his family through Olivia's eyes is an eyeopener. They're never far from his heart but going home, reconnecting with his roots, with the people that helped him become who he is today, breathed life into his weary soul. Exploring the attraction he feels for Olivia is a plus, but he knows her time in Australia is short. Well, his head knows that. His heart, not so much. Jarrah and Olivia's story is slow. Their attraction is off the charts but moving past coy looks and flirtations is slow and steady. When they do engage, they burn like propane fed fire. And it brings up the question of where do they go from here? Their hearts long for each other but their plans didn't account for this turn of events. Do they chalk it up as a fling and move on? Is it possible to move on from something this consuming without feeling like you're losing a piece of your heart and soul? One steady factor between the two books in this series is the Harper family. They're an eclectic bunch, connected because they're family but unique in their own ways. Their love of life, tradition, and each other is all encompassing. That sense of home, that feeling of belonging, that knowledge of always being welcomed, made me cry. In a good way. *smiles* After suffering such a huge loss in my family last year, I really needed this reminder. This story felt different from Against All Odds. That reminder of how important family is, is one reason why. The second is the reminder that change is okay and can, sometimes, be the best thing to happen. The third is the future doesn't have to be set in stone. There are, is, will be, times when something too wonderful comes along to ignore. In that moment, do you let it pass you by or do you experience it? For Jarrah and Olivia, their story is an experience of these three things. The choice they made to experience each other was enough for their future to be sealed by fate. I enjoyed this story, more than the first. It spoke to my heart and was a reminder to enjoy what I sometimes take for granted. It's a story I got lost in, a story I can read again. It's a terrific addition to this series, and, in my opinion, a hard one to top for Mr. Silva. But I can't wait for what he writes next. Received from publisher for an honest review
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    Entertaining!

    3-3.5 stars, I can't decide- This is my first Jezz de Silva book. While I found the story entertaining, it was a bit hard to get into at first, mainly because I was a bit overwhelmed by the Harper family. There were so many of them I didn't know who's who, and I wonder if it would be easier had I read the first book first. Anyway, once I got over it, it was easier to enjoy the story. I love the slowburn romance between Jarrah and Olivia, and I really love the Harper family dynamics and the whole town of Baroona. I'm especially intrigued by the vibe between Maddie and Jai, and I'll be keeping an eye out for their book.
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