The Outback Bachelor Ball Series: Win Me by Joan Kilby, Woo Me by Karina Bliss and Wait for Me by Sarah Mayberry
With their love lives in shambles, Jen, Ellie and Beth, best friends since boarding school, decide to reunite for a weekend of drinking & dancing at Bachelor/Spinster Ball in the Australian Outback, before they start over.
Win Me by Joan Kilby: Ellie is returning to Australia and her father's remote cattle station after spending years overseas learning all she can about cattle management. Coming home means facing Rick, her father's foreman, and the man she has been in love with most her life but who she thinks has never seen her as anything other than a kid sister and the boss's daughter. The Bachelor/Spinster ball revives old memories and new feelings.
Win Me started out really slow, burdened with most of background, set-up and exposition scenes in the series. The romance relied a bit too much on incomplete conversations and misunderstandings to hold my interest.
Woo Me by Karina Bliss: Jen's office romance has just ended in the worst way possible, her boss/boyfriend Karl, reuniting with his ex-wife. Frustrated and Angry, Jen plans on attending the Bachelor/Spinster ball in cow suit, as she is not in the least interested in find a new man. The cow suit attracts all the wrong kind of attention and Jen finds herself running into Logan, one of the security guards over and over again.
I didn't finish this one. Not sure why, but I just couldn't get into more than the first few chapters, I might try again at a later date.
Wait for Me by Sarah Mayberry: Beth's marriage to Country music superstar has imploded under the weight of his repeated infidelities. Sick of being hounded by the paparazzi, Beth returns home to Australia, sad and wary. The last person she expects to run in the Outback is her old friend Jonah Masters. Jonah has loved Beth for years, and even though they formed a strong friendship when his band toured with her husband's they never ever crossed the line into anything romantic.
I really liked this story. Beth is in an emotionally messy place, and really fears hurting Jonah, who has been nothing but good to her because of stuff she still needs to sort out from the end of her marriage. What really worked for me was that while the set-up could have lead to a lot of angst, it wasn't. Jonah is willing to wait for Beth, and Beth doesn't jerk him around. They talk about their feelings and act like grownups. I read the book in one sitting. It was sexy, emotional and romantic all at once.
I received review copies of Win Me, Woo Me and Wait for Me from Sarah Mayberry.