I was provided with an advance reader copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.
Published by Escape Publishing on July 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Rural Romance
Source: the publisher
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When a smooth-talking, sophisticated city girl comes striding into town on her stiletto heels, he's the last person who wants to notice...
When Jenna McLean gets roped into attending a matchmaking ball in a small country town, she holds no illusions of meeting the man of her dreams. A no-nonsense magazine editor, Jenna doesn’t believe in leaving love to chance, which is why she’s developed Marriage Material – a fool-proof framework for husband hunting. Shearers and farmhands need not apply.
Sheep grazier Luke Tanner has met women like Jenna before, and knows not to waste his time. With the drought dragging on and bushfire season around the corner, the last thing he needs is a spoiled city girl like Jenna adding to his problems. He'll help out with the ball because it's good for the community, but he won't dance, he won't flirt, and he definitely won't be matched.
It's been a long dry season, but everyone knows when it rains, it pours.
First things first, I was meant to post this review on Friday. But thanks to a combination of sick toddler, lack of sleep and having to catch public transport, I forgot to load it on to the website. My apologies for its late arrival, Lisa!
Now to the important stuff. Breaking the Drought is a lovely, sweet romance about looking past the surface to find the reality beneath, and maybe just then finding love where you least expect to. I’m a big sucker for fish-out-of-water romances, and there are definitely moments of that in this.
This is a fabulous debut from Lisa Ireland, and I am very much looking forward to seeing what else she has locked away in her imagination.
So, what did I think of Breaking the Drought?
Now, Breaking the Drought is not out on general release until July 1 (another nine days from now), so in the interests of fairness, I’m going to avoid washing this review with water from the river Spoiler. That won’t stop me from letting you know, however, what it was that I loved about it.
It’s pretty clear from the moment they lay eyes on each other that Jenna and Luke have some combustible chemistry. Luke may not have the key ingredients for the right match, according to Jenna’s list of husband requirements, and on the same hand, Jenna exudes the entitled city girl vibe that Luke fights to avoid. But boy, they sure do light up around each other.
Both have issues and past problems to overcome, and there are things that occur throughout the course of the story that has the possibility to stop their romance in its tracks. Lisa Ireland has done a wonderful job of creating a believable couple with stories that you can quite easily relate to, and you will definitely find (as I did) that you want to cheer them on and see them get their happy ending.
I loved the characters that surround Jenna and Luke, from her friends, to his sister-in-law and all the townsfolk. I also really loved the premise around which these two meet. I used to LOVE watching Farmer Wants a Wife, and reading this brought back many a happy memory from those nights. Rural romance is one of my most favourite sub-genres of romance fiction, and Breaking the Drought is definitely a lovely example of it.
Get out there and pre-order a copy of Breaking the Drought – it is such an enjoyable read, well worth whiling away a couple of hours with on a winter’s afternoon.