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 rise. 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 how sizzling the 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 breathed new life into him, or is it not possible to truly tame a jackaroo?


I’m James Benz. Australian lumberjack champion, rodeo bareback rider, and lady killer. Or at least that’s what my mates say… but that’s all in the past. I left home after Dad died. But I got coaxed into returning home to Tasmania for my friend’s wedding. I wasn’t ready to have my past slam into my heart and mind. And, I definitely didn’t want to bump into an old flame. Except, the moment I see her, I wanted to rope her and wrangle her under me to make my return home bearable.

Call me Nat, short for Natalia Rose. There’s definitely a thorn in my past who flew across the continent and away from our relationship. Now he just happens to back in our hometown? Worse, he’s the guy my boss demands I bring to Sydney for a world championship. The small thing is that James hasn’t competed since he left Tassie. But what if I find it hard to stop myself from jumping into his arms every second we cross paths? And on our first reunion, he doesn’t even recognize me after all the changes I’ve made. This is the perfect moment to use to my advantage and discover why he really left me.

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