Review round-up: Australian women writers – Contemporary romance

Review round-up: Australian women writers – Contemporary romance

To kick-off #AWW2012, I thought I’d post a list of reviews we’ve previously posted for books written by Australian women. I’ve included a short except from each review to give you an idea of what we thought of each book.

If you’re on Twitter, I’ll also be retweeting links to these reviews because, in the era of e-publishing, there’s no reason why you can’t grab a copy of their books and try them yourself! Click here for a full list of our #AWW2012 reviews.

Ruthless Billionaire, Forbidden Baby by Emma Darcy (category romance)

But the biggest WTF moment for me was when an Australian character says, ‘we’re all rooting for you.’ Twitter heard me scream in pain.  If you can get past page 100, you’ve done better than I have: DNF.

Their Newborn Gift by Nikki LoganTheir Newborn Gift by Nikki Logan (category romance)

The complications in this story make for dramatic conflicts, and the first twist totally threw me. Logan doesn’t let up on the angst, and with a terminally ill child involved, this book is guaranteed to be a tear-jerker. Luckily, it’s a romance. With an epilogue! Delivers what you’d expect in a category romance, with the added bonus of being set in the Kimberley.

Her Best Friend by Sarah MayberryHer Best Friend by Sarah Mayberry (category romance)

This isn’t a bad read if you like your Blaze very dramatic and angsty. Mayberry’s writing is always up to par, but I had a problem with the love triangle in the story. Despite the happy ending, the story felt bittersweet and the hero failed to satisfy.

Home Is Where The Bark Is by Kandy ShepherdHome Is Where the Bark Is by Kandy Shepherd

The hero and heroine both try reeeeally hard to deny their growing attraction while at the same time trying to sneak ways to spend time with each other. For anyone looking for a sweet, lovely, light-hearted read. Especially if you love dogs. All the dogs in this book were realistic and adorable and were more than just a means to further the plot along—they were pretty much secondary characters.

The Boomerang Bride by Fiona LoweThe Boomerang Bride by Fiona Lowe

This book has its heart in the right place, but the conflicts are just not strong enough to sustain the story. Some of the plot manipulations may stand out like dog’s balls, and you’d be copping a fair bit of earbashing on Strine, but if you like gently paced romances, it’s worth a Captain Cook.

Untameable Rogue by Kelly Hunter (The Bennetts, Book 4)The Untameable Rogue by Kelly Hunter (The Bennetts, Book 4) - UK editionThe Untameable Rogue by Kelly Hunter (The Bennetts, Book 4) - US editionUntameable Rogue by Kelly Hunter

If you can overlook the daggy warrior references and underutilised Asian setting, there’s enough depth in the central relationship to make this book a pleasure to read. If you enjoy the daggy stuff…well, that just makes it even better.

Red-Hot Renegade by Kelly Hunter (The Bennetts, Book 5)Red-Hot Renegade by Kelly Hunter

This RITA-nominated book is sexy, angsty and deeply moving—everything we love about modern category romance. Any imperfections in the writing or the plot are easily ignored because the emotional layer of the story is just so, so good. Oh, and the heroine? She’s the tycoon. This one’s a keeper.

With This Fling... by Kelly Hunter - Australian editionWith This Fling... by Kelly Hunter - UK editionWith This Fling... by Kelly Hunter - US editionWith This Fling… by Kelly Hunter

This book proves that finely tuned character development and emotional honesty can turn even the most maligned clichés in romance fiction not just into an enjoyable read, but a story worth savouring.

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