Monday, May 4, 2015

Review ~ The Australian by Lesley Young

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?

The Australian 

Crime Royalty Romance #2

by Lesley Young

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The Frenchman

Crime Royalty Romance # 1  

By: Lesley Young

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Fleur Smithers rarely veers off the straight and (excruciatingly) narrow. So moving to the seaport town of Toulon to live with her newfound biological mother—an inspector with the French National Police—for one year is a pretty major detour.

Son of France’s crime royalty family and international rugby star, Louis Messette, is devoted to his sport, famille and nothing else. But the carefree American he meets one night changes everything. She sparks a desire in him like no other. Possession takes root. She will do as he commands.

Bit by bit Fleur slips into the Frenchman’s realm of wanton pleasure agreeing to his one condition: that she keep their affair secret. She serves up her heart without reservation in the hub of the glittering Côte d’Azur, and the along the soulful Seine in Paris, unaware of the danger she is in. For her new lover’s family business will pit her against her mother, the police woman sworn to bring down the Messettes. And by then, far more than Fleur’s heart will be on the line.

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!

My Thoughts:

Charlie and Jace are the leading couple in this adventure. Charlie is an oddball character that marches to her own drumbeat and it is far out. :D In parts of the book I loved her and her oddities and in other parts she got on my nerves.

Jace was the typical male lead, mysterious, handsome, rich...... I liked him.

I liked The Australian even better than The Frenchman.

There was plenty of action, suspense, danger,  quirky characters, romance, delightful scenery, and a plot that kept my interest through out.

I'd recommend this one if you like suspense, men that make you wonder if they are good or bad, ;-) or crime/mafia storylines.

I received an ecopy in exchange for my honest opinion. Home run! :D

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  1. Thanks for the post. I like the blurb on both books.

  2. ^^ i remember your review of teh first book so if you like this ne even better that's telling a lot^^, this series is gaining point with each of your review ( they can be read as stand alone if i'm not mistaken, yes?)

  3. This one sounds better to me than the first. I still have that one on my list to read too. I'll have to add this one too.