Amy Andrews‘ Outback Heat series follows four siblings as they grow up and start developing more relationships; as well as running sidelong with a narrative about forest fires and the impact that it can have on small rural communities.
In Some Girls Do, Lacey is fed up of being stuck out in the city. Her mother has recently died and she wants to go home – even if her brothers are insistent that she finish design school! So when she gets Cooper to bring her home, she finds herself pretending that she’s pregnant, in order to stay. The only thing she didn’t expect, was for Cooper to stand up as her fake baby daddy!
Jarrod hasn’t really had a proper relationship since Selena left, all fifteen years ago. In fact, when she comes home in Some Girls Don’t, he doesn’t want anything to do with her; so when they finally meet, that spark of chemistry is a shock to both of them.
Some Guys Need A Lot of Lovin’ sees Marcus batting PTSD after one of the young boys he coached dies in the forest fire that decimates their local community. The last thing he wants, is to have to see a psychologist – even one as sexy as Juanita…
JJ grew up with Ethan, and she’s been in love with him for just as long! But when they end up sleeping together in Some Girls Lie, after his ex-wife gets remarried, she’s terrified that they’ll have ruined their friendship. But with her abusive ex back in town, and his ex wanting custody of his daughter, a fake engagement may be the best way to resolve all of their issues!
I think one of the real strengths of this series – aside from the writing and its deliciously sexy scenes – is its ability to engage with risks that real Australian rural communities face. Outstanding.