Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Australian by Lesley Young Blog Tour

Charlie Sykes takes everything and everyone at face value—and believes life would be a lot easier if everyone else did, too. Aussie Jace Knight, international hotelier and purported playboy, has never met anyone like the absurdly literal and beautiful American who applies for his personal assistant position. The trouble is, how do you pursue a woman whose definition of flirting comes straight out of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary? That, and he’s not the only one after Charlie. Seems Mr. Knight might not be a reformed criminal after all.

Soon, Charlie’s immersed in a whirlwind of international espionage that takes her from the hip streets of Sydney to the majestic Great Barrier Reef and the wild, desolate outback. A dangerous trap’s being set, but how will Charlie protect herself and prevent a tragic betrayal, when she can’t even sort out what her heart’s telling her?

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I slid into a soft leather upright, and put my satchel on the floor beside me. Mr. Knight said nothing.

I waited, calmly, expecting him to peruse my prominent breasts, especially since my nipples were no doubt peaked through my thin blouse and bra. But, he did not, which I greatly respected. Instead, he openly appraised my face, and finally, smiled.

“So Miss Sykes, what brings such a beautiful yank to Sydney then?”

“My looks are not at all pertinent, Mr. Knight.” His smile dropped. “I chose Australia spontaneously,” I offered, having enough sense not to share the Muriel’s Wedding detail. “I simply moved here to start fresh.”

He leaned forward in his chair, examining me much closer, eyes narrowed. “There are only a few reasons why a woman such as yourself leaves America for down under . . . Miss Sykes.”

I waited for his assumption.

“You’re running from someone. An ex? Husband? Boyfriend?”

I did not like the way he eyed me just then.

“Incorrect on all counts,” I informed him. “I have never had any of those. But I do not believe my sexual history, or lack of it, is pertinent to the job interview.” As I spoke, his full lips had popped open and his eyebrows had hiked farther up, creating strong lines in his forehead.

“Here we go,” I thought, frowning. Something I was doing was confusing him. Of course, I had no idea what it was. My tone of voice? Something I had said? It was like trying to figure out an alien alphabet. I cleared my throat. “However, you can be rest assured I am in Australia for no reason other than a desire to live life, finally, and that I have no intentions of leaving.” I did not want him to think I was not capable of a long-term commitment to the company should things work out.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Quite possibly the best book I've read this year. I could not put it down. There is so much mystery and unknown that is played up in the story. I need me some more Jace Knight... I loved him!!! Charlie too, but she was a bit frustrating at first at her lack of common sense, but as the story progressed, we really saw her develop and change.

Is Jace into illegal activities? Does he know about what is going on with Charlie? Oh the farther you get, the harder it is to put down!!!

Not to mention the naughty scenes are pretty good... and I have to say absolutely the best virginity losing scene I've read in a book so far.

And since it is about an Australian, I have to say it very well fits into the role. The language, the slang, the behaviors it is perfect!! Well done!

Can't wait for the next one!!

I really enjoyed the first in this series – The Frenchman – and this one is also a hit with me. They are standalone, but really they are both good reads, so do check out the first when you can.

It is very difficult to write convincingly from the viewpoint of someone who has emotional blind spots, but I think Ms. Young did a very good job. I found I had to read much more slowly than I normally would, as the expected outcomes didn't happen, but I enjoyed it a lot. Throw in some espionage, some unexpected chemistry and the pleasures that come from having limitless funds, and the result is an engaging read.

I wonder where Ms. Young will take us next, for more shady dealings, but hot, hot romance?

Also Available in the Crime Royalty Romance Series

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For reviews & more info, check out our stop on The Frenchman Blog Tour.

Lesley Young is an award-winning Canadian journalist by day, and compulsive novelist by night. Her debut novel, Sky’s End (Soulmate Publishing, 2013) hit #9 on Amazon’s sci-fi romance paid best-seller list in its first three months of release. Not too long after that, she started dreaming up quirky heroines who lose their hearts to extremely powerful, imperfect heroes, while on dangerous adventures abroad. She called it the Crime Royalty Romance series, and kicked it off with The Frenchman, which landed her an agent at Spencerhill Associates. Lesley’s never sure who or what will pop up in her imagination next. The Irishman? The Spaniard? The Englishman? She’s taking requests!

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for hosting THE AUSTRALIAN! So happy you enjoyed!


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