OUTBACK BRIDES: ELSA'S STAND (Outback Brides Book 3)

OUTBACK BRIDES: ELSA'S STAND             CATHRYN HEIN

When the sudden death of his mother forces outback opal miner Jack Hargreaves home to Wirralong, his plan is simple: mourn his mother, sort out the family farm, and get the hell out of the town that has always hated him. But Elsa O'Donoghue, the beautiful hairdresser with a big heart and even brighter smile, has other plans. 

From the moment Jack strides into her salon and helps himself to her clippers, Elsa is in lust. He might be a poster boy for the strong silent type, but she senses there’s a good man behind that stoic facade. With her business taking off, Elsa is finally ready for a relationship and Jack is just her kind of man. Not to mention, she’s never said no to a challenge. 

Worried their association will harm Elsa’s business, Jack tries to avoid her, but Elsa is irresistible. Soon, she has him believing and hoping for a future with her in Wirralong, but another family tragedy shatters Jack’s fragile dream. Jack knows he must leave Elsa to protect her, no matter the cost to himself.

MY REVIEW:
     I have to admit I truly did not like Jack when he appeared all strong alpha male on the pages I was reading.  Not to mention when I knew he was to be Elsa’s love interest.
     You see Elsa has bee the driving force of all the women in Wirralong.  Yes, she will try and convince anyone that Maggie and Izzy are the ones.  Yes, they did the physical work at Wirra Station, the destination wedding spot in the Victoria, Australia area.
      Yet, it has been Elsa giving a lot of the great ideas and spearheading and organizing things linking to everyone in town.  With her great connections and her willingness to listen and knowing who to talk to or point you in the right direction.  You see she not only grew up in Wirralong she is the owner and number on stylist at the local salon ‘Hair Affair.’
     Which by the way, is the all-in-one-service salon for bridal parties for pampering on the days of the wedding.  There is also her brash friend Serenity who at any time can have who knows what color hair.  On the day Jack Hargreaves walks in for a haircut it did shock him for sure.
     Elsa had two wedding parties back to back.  She had no time to fit him in but he was desperate.  He had just driven two days to get to Wirralong on time.  Due to his hateful cousin, Anne, scheduling the funeral without his permission.
     He walks over to the barber chair on the other side of the salon where a young boy is sitting.  He picks up a pair of electric shears and starts cutting his hair.  Before Elsa, who was watching him off and on through the mirror in front of her client, could say that the blade was at one it was too late.  He was bald. 
     Making eye contact with her in the mirror bot their eyes twinkled but nothing was said.  When he gets done he asks the boy for help.  Before the kid could handle the shears, she reaches for them and cleans up the places he missed.  Then he wants to start on his beard.  She hands him shears for the beard. 
     When he’s done he looks at the clock and knows he’s running late.  He says he’ll be back to clean up the mess.  She walks up to him and says not to worry.  Elsa makes eye contact with him when she realizes who he is and says how sorry she is to hear about his mom.  He just nods and leaves one hundred dollars on her counter when she goes back to her client. 
     See how these two take this first meeting to so much more.  It is a complicated relationship filled with pain and joys.  Laughter and heartache.

I give this: 5 stars.  Provided by netgalley.com.  Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com.

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