Author: Lesley Young
Genre: Contemporary Romance 18+
Publication Date: March 27, 2015
Can be read as a stand-alone novel.
~ Synopsis ~
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 obliviously 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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So I won't lie. This book caught my eye because of the models tiny shorts. Not sure if that is how Australians roll, but I can't say I disagree about wearing those. Apart from my ridiculous thoughts, I did like the book. It is not an emotional rollercoaster kind of book.
Charlie blurts out everything she thinks. Most of the time. It is refreshing to read a character like her. This is the type of book I can just breeze thru. Which is not a bad thing. Sometimes I like reading a book that just goes with the flow.
As a say above, Charlie is funny in a awkward but truthful way.
About Jace. I liked him despite all of his past background. If I were Charlie, I probably would do the same. Can't help but like a guy that treats you well in spite all the crappy people that surround him.
The Frenchman was free earlier this month, so I read it after The Australian. I am partial to Australians vs. Frenchman. I did like the 2nd book more. Jace is nice from the beginning. The Frenchman you have to get under the façade of douchery to see who he was.
In general, Australians are hot with all their accents and their go with the flow personalities(going on assumption of ones I have met). Can't go wrong with that.
I rate the book a 4. I wonder what kind of man who will be next. The Irishman? All for that!
“Look me in the eye.”
I did as he asked.
“Now ask me.”
“Are you,” I caught my breath, “involved in criminal activities?” I sounded very quiet. Not myself.
I felt a burn in my nose, and my eyes grew blurry. He blew air out of his nose and stepped closer, but I stepped back, needing space to stay the course.
“Don’t,” I said.
“Don’t what?” he asked, tenderly.
I flashed on him again, surprised. His face had grown lighter, calmer . . . maybe as he took in my sadness. He had uncrossed his arms, and tilted his head to the side.
No. I knew what he was trying to do.
“Seduce the truth away,” I answered, remembering how he had reassured me in Port Douglas with physical affection.
His mouth popped open.
“I deserve better.”
He flinched, and, after a moment, glanced away.
About the AuthorLesley Young is an award-winning journalist by day and a compulsive romance novelist by night. Her most recent series—Crime Royalty Romance—features unforgettable heroines who fall in love with dangerous men while on adventures abroad. Her fast-paced novels are rich with intricate plots, sizzling romance and gripping character development. You'll root for her characters from page one!
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