Australia

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Ticking the Boxes

Book two in L.J. Hayward’s Gold Coast Collage series, Ticking the Boxes is a sexy and emotional character-driven romance about two men who lives have diverged from the paths they’d had mapped out, and the importance of not closing yourself off to possibility. Sean Sale had it all worked out f ...

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In the Deep

Loreth Anne White is one of my favourite authors, and I’m always ready to get stuck into a new book by her.  Her latest novel, In the Deep, is a fabulous read, a superbly constructed, clever thriller surrounding a murder that takes place in the Agnes Banks area of New South Wales, and I was pulle ...

B
The New Normal

L.J. Hayward’s action-packed, sexy romantic suspense Death and the Devil series is one of my absolute favourites, and if you’re a fan of the genre and haven’t read it, then you’re missing out big time.  Having loved those books for many reasons, not least of which were the strong characteri ...

A
Her Favorite Rival

(This is now back in print--ebook only--so we're running the review again!) What could be better than an Australian coworkers-to-lovers romance with a promotion rivalry, and family disappointed that their kid didn’t grow up to be a doctor? No, I’m not talking about The Hating Game - which I lov ...

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Tallowwood

N.R. Walker’s Tallowwood is a darkly atmospheric and expertly crafted police procedural/romantic suspense novel in which a Sydney-based detective who specialises in cold cases is suddenly confronted with startling new evidence which may enable him to at long last bring to justice the person respon ...

C+
A Girl's Guide to the Outback

As someone who has enjoyed both Christian fiction and sex-not-included romantic comedies, I consider myself to have been fairly well-prepared to enjoy a Christian romance that combined both genres. Having reached the end of A Girl’s Guide to the Outback, I have to say that I found it neither exces ...

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Must Love Coffee

Sarah Mayberry is an author well known to those who read contemporary romance. It's been a while since she's released anything new so when I saw that she had a romantic comedy novella coming out, I made sure to pick it up. She's good at evoking a lot of emotions in both her characters and her reader ...

B
The Landowner's Secret

Set in New South Wales, Australia in 1885, The Landowner’s Secret provides a slow-moving but captivating tale of a marriage of convenience between classes. Alice Ryan is awakened in the night by intruders lurking outside her modest cabin. Her parents are dead and her brother, currently absent, ...

D+
The Bushranger's Wife

I was genuinely excited by the prospect of this book. Australia is not a hard sell for me – I associate it with Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman in the movie Australia, and Colleen McCullough’s exasperating and excellent book The Thorn Birds. In The Bushranger’s Wife, it is 1861 and Prudence ...

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An Unconventional Heiress

Circa 1810, Sydney society is in transition. The new governor Lachlan Macquarie is raising the status of freed convicts (‘emancipists’), much to the wrath of exclusives who arrived from the United Kingdom freely and, often, temporarily. Sarah Langley, wealthy gentlewoman newly arrived in the cit ...