Apr 9, 2015

THE AUSTRALIAN by @LesleyYoungBks, and you could win a $25 giftcard!

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
Publication Date: March 27, 2015
Series: Crime Royalty Romance #2
Genre: Adult Romance


“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.

Lesley Young is a genre-defying author of unforgettable heroines who experience thrilling life- and love-altering journeys. Her debut novel was Sky's End; her most recent stand-alone series, Crime Royalty Romance, includes The Frenchman and The Australian. She loves to hear from readers.

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