Carina Chapman wants a vacation. Somewhere hot. Somewhere decadent. Somewhere far, far away from her complicated life in New York. Somewhere in Australia appears to be the answer, until Carina discovers her PA has booked her into the wrong resort.
Cowboy Jake Richardson can cook a mean camp-oven roast, track wild horses, breed cattle and knows Australia’s rugged High Country like no other, but he needs to diversify if he wants to keep his land. Tourism seems like the answer, but his housekeeper just quit, the rooms aren’t ready and he doesn’t know a short black from a cappuccino.
Then his first guest arrives.
City slick Carina is smart, classy and disgruntled that her dreamy five-star retreat has been replaced by a rustic homestead beside the Barcoo Creek. Jake has seven days to convince Carina he can deliver all the items on her vacation checklist – including the five-step method to an everlasting relationship…
The story has such a delightful humorist way to describe how things are going in this recently opened 'resort' with Jake's first guest, making it nearly into a tragicomedy. Jake is a down to earth, handsome, farmer, down on his luck and trying to save his farm by opening it for the tourist, as a resort. He is willing and able to go the extra mile to make Carina happy, with genius ways to fulfill her vacation fantasies of a spa, swimming pool with a bar etc.
Carina comes off as a spoiled diva at the beginning, true city slicker, until she opens her eyes to her beautiful surroundings, and to the possibility to make the most of her vacation as it is.
They are such an 'opposite attracts couple', that at first it was hard to see, what Jake was seeing in her. Thankfully, she became more likable towards the end. I wanted a bit more conclusion, maybe an epilogue, of how they managed to turn around the farm's tourist business, not to mention how the New York city slicker managed in the outback. The beginning of the story had so much detail, that the ending seemed rushed. But overall entertaining story, written with humor, drizzled with some life lessons, and a steamy romance
~ Three spoons with a teaspoon on the side