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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Review: The Australian by Lesley Young / @TastyBookTours @LesleyYoungBks

Title: The Australian
Series & Book #: Crime Royalty Romance #2
Author: Lesley Young
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: March 27, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Erotica, Suspense, Romance
ARC Received From: Tasty Book Tours

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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Is it wrong that I laughed almost every time Charlie and Jace conversed? No? Okay, good! Because their conversations were hilarious!

Charlie's forthrightness was unmatched in Jace's world. Not only was she so brutally open and honest, she was also adorably socially awkward. It was refreshing to read about a woman who was strong yet uncertain, who was smarter than the average yet clueless when it came to men. Well, she wasn't completely clueless, lol. She knew he was sexually attracted to her!

Charlie's inability to contract words caught me off guard. Reading her thoughts and dialogue reminded me of listening to my old GPS--emotionless and robotic. But she wasn't either of those things. Under her higher than average IQ intellect and stoic demeanor was a woman capable of feeling a lot. As cliched as it may sound, she just needed to encounter the right man to bring all that passion and emotion to the surface.

Jace was a huge mystery. Huge. Since this story was told only from Charlie's POV, Jace's thoughts and feelings weren't known unless Charlie could see them on his face or he spoke them. But not knowing him made this story that much more interesting. Was he really who everyone said he was? Was his past really in the past? Or was there more to this wealthy playboy than meets the eye?

Ms. Young did an amazing job of keeping the unknown, unknown until the time was right. I haven't read anything by Ms. Young before and I believe it's time I did. A highly recommended enjoyable story about making lemonade from lemons, starting over because it's necessary, and finding love in the arms of the most unexpected person ever.

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!


  1. Thank you for hosting THE AUSTRALIAN!!

  2. Thank you and I am so glad you enjoyed the book. Do you mind posting your review on Amazon.com when you get a chance? Many thanks!