The Australian by Lesley Young
Released: March 25, 2015
Genre: Contemporary romance
Publisher: L.A.Y. Books
Reviewed by Sarah
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Imagine leaving behind all that you know and starting over halfway around the world. Imagine you’ve got no gut instinct to rely on, no natural-born ability to read people or sort out lies from truth. Imagine your heart goes haywire every time you stare into a certain pair of deeply mesmerizing dark eyes. Now you’re in Charlie Sykes’ (highly sensible) shoes . . .
Charlie Sykes takes everything and everyone at face value, and believes life would be a lot easier if everyone else did, too. Jace Knight, international Aussie hotelier and purported playboy, has never met anyone like the absurdly literal and obliviously beautiful American who applies to his personal assistant position.
The trouble is, how do you seduce 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 may not be a reformed criminal after all.
Charlie soon finds herself caught up in a whirlwind of dangerous international espionage that takes her from the hip streets of Sydney to the majestic Great Barrier Reef and the wild, desolate outback. A terrible trap’s being laid, but how will Charlie protect herself and prevent a devastating betrayal when she can’t even sort out what her heart’s telling her?
As a now orphaned young woman, Charlie has known hardships all her life. She had to take care of her drug addicted mother from a young age while also trying to keep a roof over their head and food in their stomachs. She set aside her dreams of college to be a caretaker. Now without her mom, she leaves the U.S. to head to Australia to have her first ever adventure and to make a fresh start. A significant part of this story surrounds the detail Charlie has PDD-NOS, which is a personality disorder on the autism spectrum. In the case, she materializes to be like a female Sheldon Cooper but not funny. While there are many aspects of her personality which are relatable, it’s a bit much and I felt I had to be patient to see the story past her disposition.
Jace Knight is an intimidating boutique hotelier in several countries. As a playboy he uses his office and turn-style of assistants like his own personal dating service but he never settles on one woman for long. Mr. Knight is also surrounded with intrigue as there are rumblings of him having ties to organized crime.
This is a bit of a mixed one for me. I found the story to be enthralling with a good mix of chemistry between the two main characters and a suspenseful plot where you’re never really sure who to trust or what will happen. Probably my biggest issue with this book is the heroine. While I could handle her almost clinical mannerisms for what was supposed to be a mild case of PPD, it seemed more severe and although central to the story, took much tolerance to get past it. It became too much when she really didn’t seem to grow much throughout the story. It was difficult to connect with her when she comes across stiff and that’s coming from a stuffy person. Despite my issues with the leading lady, I still found the story to be interesting and look forward to reading more from this author.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.