Australia

B-
Fast Track

Back in the late 1990's and early 2000's, I gobbled up Julie Garwood's books like candy. At first, it was just her historicals. Then, she released Heartbreaker, her first contemporary romantic suspense novel, and I found myself hooked on those as much, if not more than the historicals. Sadly, after ...

B
Intensive Care

I like medical romance, and Intensive Care is a lovely debut novel with real heart. Like many debut novels, this one has its moments of being a tad rough around the edges but overall it's a satisfying read. Kate Kennedy is a heroine familiar to any of us who have read enough romance. She has a jo ...

C+
Satisfaction

Mayberry has a gift of making seemingly ordinary, sometimes not particularly likeable people into romance characters whom readers care about and applaud. This book is a case in point. Melbourne, Australia, bookstore owner Maggie Hendricks feels as if she's been missing out on something essential ...

A
The Rosie Project

Hearing the hype surrounding this Australian comedy (that just happens to be a romance way off the beaten track), I quickly decided to give the audio version a try despite the fact that it’s the author’s debut novel and the narrator’s first audiobook performance. Told in first person by the he ...

B-
Ocean's Gift

Mermaids seem to be the next big thing, after vampires, werewolves, and the recent zombie trend. I’m not sure why - apparently the Animal Planet documentary (or docufiction or mockumentary, depending on who you are talking to) Mermaids: The Body Found had over 10 million views when it first aired. ...

C
A Man Like Mike

The back blurb can be a reader’s best friend, but the trick is to pay attention to every detail. That I didn’t do when picking A Man Like Mike to review. My interest was intrigued by “Corporate professional Eve O’Brien needs a crash course in parenting” instead of paying attention to “A ...

B-
Beneath Outback Skies

Normally I don’t read many western romances. Working long hours, dealing with dirt and grime, plus sometimes blood, doesn’t seem that romantic. There are never enough “Calgon – Take me Away” baths but the Australian setting pulled me in. Paige Quinn’s family home, Banora Downs, mean ...

C+
What Love Sounds Like

What Love Sounds Like was a tough book to grade. I debated for a long time between a B- and a C+, before finally settling on the lower grade. Was the book bad? No. But would I recommend it? Maybe not. The book tells the story of a speech pathologist, a businessman, and his niece. Mia Windsor w ...

A
Tigers and Devils

When I was growing up my dad was an avid Green Bay Packers football fan as well as a University of Nebraska Cornhusker football fan. (Go Big Red!) What this meant is on most Saturdays in the fall we’d go to a game, and on Sundays we’d watch one on television.         All of this was ...

B
The Nanny Who Saved Christmas

By nature the books in this imprint are cute and sweet, and this book is no exception, but I was very much impressed with the author’s depiction of the diverse male and female responses to betrayal. Since the author is female, it is not surprising that she had such great insight into the female mi ...