Title: A Choice of Fate (Outback Heart #2)
Los Angeles based Doctor Olivia Williams has everything she’s ever dreamed of—a healthy sister, the job of a lifetime, and more freedom than she knows what to do with. And she’s kicking off her new life with a month-long adventure Down Under to celebrate her sister’s wedding and meet the in-laws. But when the groom’s brother shows up to retrieve her from her hotel, the drop-dead gorgeous lawyer is everything and nothing she expected, and she'll have to make a choice she never anticipated.
Australian Jarrah Harper has an Aston Martin parked beneath his penthouse, an overflowing little black book, and an obscenely lucrative legal practice that ensures he’ll never have to wrangle cattle or wipe sweat from his forehead ever again. But he still feels empty. When he sees his family’s home through the eyes of the entrancing Olivia, suddenly he’s rethinking everything. Including the fact that the alluring Olivia spells nothing but trouble.
Author: Jezz de Silva
Published by Entangled Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: January 29, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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This slow-burn story had chemistry from the get-go. Olivia is in Australia for her sister’s wedding, and she’s picked up by her almost-brother-in-law’s brother, Jarrah. Their sparks fly off the page and the emotional connection between them was fantastically built.
Olivia’s reluctance to jump into a fling with Jerrah made me love her common-sense approach. Jerrah’s self-control around Olivia was strong on the outside, but he warred with himself on the inside – his inner conflict was a great display of perfectly balanced writing.
I think what really made me love this story, though, was the bits of reality dropped in. Many times throughout the novel, Jerrah would remind himself of how difficult like in the bush was. The sweat, dust, flies, and small-town living, he admitted, could easily be overlooked on vacation. But for everyday life? He knew it was hard. He made Olivia understand that it was hard, and she didn’t try to sugarcoat the realities that faced her if she decided to stay.
The only thing I didn’t love about the story was the amount of characters. It took me a long while to realize who was who. So many names (that were foreign to me) were thrown at me that I quickly blanked them out, deciding early on to ignore the cast and focus only on Jerrah and Olivia. After a few chapters, though, I could no longer push them to the back burner, and had to concentrate a bit harder on who said what when.
I didn’t read the first in this series, and the only thing I think I was missing was the real relationship between the sisters. Their backstory is told quite well, but I didn’t understand when Abi (Olivia’s sister) “broke up” with her. I didn’t see how that freed Olivia to live her own life, as Abi intended it to. But this was easy for me ignore in the scope of the novel; I suspect it might’ve been more poignant if I had read the first book.
Jezz de Silva’s writing is smooth and fast-paced, but he can slow it down when it matters. He draws out the moments between the hero and heroine, and I can’t wait to see what he writes next.