Book Review: Oregon Outback by Elizabeth Goddard

Title: Oregon Outback

Author: Elizabeth Goddard

Series: Oregon Outback #1-4

Page Count: 352

Publish Date: July 1, 2012

Publisher: Barbour Publishing

Synopsis:

The harsh, yet peaceful Oregon Outback molds the lives of four rugged brothers who stumble into love. FBI agent Jonas Love has brought trouble back home, endangering his life and that of an old flame. Cattle rancher Carver Love finds himself falling for the sheriff in the midst of chasing down modern-day rustlers. Thrill-seeker Lucas Love fears nothing—until he meets a beautiful bookkeeper. Justin Love is trailing a fugitive who’s heading too close to home—and one particular lodge keeper. How will God protect these men as they risk their lives to defend the ones they love?  

Oregon Outback

My Review:

The publisher provided me with a copy of this book to review via NetGalley.

Romance books are a new addition to my TBR. It was a genre I overlooked for many years, believing it was filled with all fluff and no story. While that may be the case for some romance books, most of them have a solid plot where romance is a major focus of the story. Oregon Outback looked like a good book to pick up and see what a romance short story collection could offer.

Oregon Outback is a collection of four short stories covering how four brothers in Oregon each fall in love. These loves vary from an old flame returning to the sudden appearance of the perfect girl. In each case, there is some danger that propels the brother of that story to protect or save the woman that he loves and in doing so she realizes that he is her perfect match.

One thing I liked about these stories is the fact that each one involves at least one of the other brothers, be it them offering advice or simply making an appearance along the way. It really did help to tie the stories together and make them flow well since they all happen in the same area and over a relatively short period of time between them. Not only did it add an extra element to each story but gave each of the women involved some insight into the family as well. After all, family is important to these brothers so it was nice to see that present throughout all the stories.

The dangerous encounters in each story helped to keep things going well. Be it a fugitive on the run, a cattle rustler, or someone looking for revenge. In each case the brother focused on needing to go out and save the woman he loves from danger, often putting themselves in the way to prevent them from getting hurt. But the women were also not completely incapable of defending themselves, especially in the story involving Carver Love and Sheriff Sheridan Hall as Sheridan can certainly hold her own against cattle rustlers.

I think the stories would have been a bit better had they been longer, but honestly, they were a decent length as is. Though the book is classified in the romance genre you will find no sex scene within it, the most you see is one or two kisses. So if you are looking for a typical romance with plenty of smut then this is not the story to pick up. However, if you want a nice light romance where family, religion, and partnership are important then Oregon Outback is an excellent read. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romance novels that are on the lighter side, of course, those who like the other spectrum of romance novels may also enjoy this book.

Have you read Oregon Outback? What did you think of it?

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