REVIEW: Craving Justice by Fiona Archer (Sons Of Sydney Book 1)

Published: 21 st April 2016

Publisher: Self Published

Pages: 276

Format: Ebook courtesy of the author and Kell’s Bookmark Clique Retreat

RRP: $

4/5 Stars 

Four Aussies in Seattle
Once brothers
Now strangers
As an unseen enemy takes aim
Four must stand as one for Justice to survive.

A man branded by his past

Seth Justice is tall, daring and dangerous. The former street kid from Sydney owns a thriving technology company in Seattle. But he has bigger goals―or should that be ghosts?―that drive him harder. On the verge of selling his business for a fortune, he’s celebrating when Harper Fox, daughter of the buyer, tumbles into his arms. The curvy café owner enchants him with her sassy personality. Soon they move from easy banter to a night of passion that reveals a sweet vulnerability in the soft-hearted woman.

A woman determined to control her future

After a lifetime of her domineering father’s scorn and rejection, Harper dances to her own beat. She has her café and surrounds herself with a chosen family of her eccentric staff and close friends. While she’s mostly content… her heart aches for more. But Harper has been burned before and doesn’t trust easily. That is, until a man with a panty-melting Aussie accent and a commanding stare entices her to take a chance—on him. When Seth takes charge in the bedroom and ties her control in knots, he awakens a need in Harper that leaves her hungry for more.

A new beginning worth fighting for

When an unseen enemy attacks the new life Seth and his brothers have built, the ensuing disaster tests not only his developing relationship with Harper, but also threatens to sever the last remaining bonds with his brothers. As Seth struggles to protect everything and everyone he loves, he has to determine if Harper is his enemy’s target—or accomplice.

Craving Justice is the first book in the explosive new Sons Of Sydney series by Aussie author Fiona Archer. It was the first book by this author that I’d read, but it certainly won’t be my last.

While I love a straight up romance novel, I can’t deny that every now and then I seek out a romance novel with that little bit extra of a kick. In particular I find I turn to romantic suspense novels, so to have this book turn up as one of the required reading books to discuss at the second Kell’s Bookmark Clique Retreat in 2016, I was kind of ecstatic.

Craving Justice has everything a good read has, and then some. The characters are strong and independent, proving on more than one occasion that they can look after their own. In fact our main hero and heroine, Seth and Harper, in this book prove to be quiet a feisty pair with an instant connection and sizzling sexual chemistry. The pace of the novel is spot on and the narrative itself is more than simply engaging, it’s captivating right from the get go. Archer’s writing is effortless and the book has this explosive feel to it that will keep you guessing as the story progresses. What’s more the story is topical, with the inclusion of the social media attacks and the subsequent ramifications they have on the boys lives, Craving Justice serves as a reminder that we can never be too careful in the technological world, for all might not be as it appears on the surface.

Although I’m choosing to stay away from talking too much about the plot points in the novel – trust me the story is better experience first hand – I do find the need to comment on Australian influence on the Iconic American setting. Featuring four  alpha males that originally hailed from Sydney Australia, it’s no surprise that 4/5 of the brothers (one brother is born and raised in the US) have retained some of their innate Australian roots which slips out in dialogue and action as the novel progresses. To have this Australian flare in what is otherwise a very Americanised story was not only refreshing but simply wonderful to read. That alone made the book stand out from a lot of other romantic suspense novels that flood the market these days.

Within the space of mere pages, Fiona Archer has cemented herself as a natural born storyteller whose work is nothing short of a masterpiece. With Craving Justice she has more than earned her spot on my watch-list and one-click addiction, so much so that I can’t wait to devour some of her back list and the rest of the Sons of Sydney series in the future.

Tempting Justice is the second book in the Sons of Sydney series and is due to be release on the 31st January 2017

 

To purchase a copy of Craving Justice, visit the following online retailers:

 Amazon AUS | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Amazon US | Barnes & Noble | iBooks AUS | Kobo 

To learn more about Fiona Archer, visit the following social media sites:

Author Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Pinterest |

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REVIEW: The Vineyard In The Hills By Lily Malone

Published: 22nd August 2016 (Originally published as  So Far Into You in October 2015)

Publisher: Escape Publishing

Pages: 248

Format: Paperback

RRP: $29.99

5/5 Stars 

A new Australian rural romance about a millionaire wine tycoon, the woman he betrayed and the second chance neither was looking for…

When she cut her viticulture degree short and moved home, Remy wasn’t thinking about anything more than making the next dollar for her pocket. Working two jobs to keep food on the table and a loan shark from the door, Remy and her mother slowly build a new life together. Then a freak storm tears through the Margaret River Wine Festival — and Seth Lasrey tears through Remy’s life.

Seth is old money. She is no money. He’s the boss. She’s his employee. He is society connections and expectations. She is threats and bad decisions and lost dreams. They seem to be so wrong they can only be right — until a costly mistake and a timely deception drives them apart. Remy picks up the pieces of her life and begins anew. The last thing she expects is Seth to show up in her small town in South Australia, bringing with him memories that she can’t escape and a damaged heart that she’s not sure she can resist.

Previously published in ebook as So Far Into You.

I love that feeling when a book just captures your attention and holds you captive from the first to the very last page. Sadly it’s all too rare to find a book that does simply that these days, but Lily Malone’s  latest release The Vineyard In The Hills  did just that and so much more. I started this book at 11 am and read it straight through without moving. If that doesn’t say how amazing this book is in itself I seriously don’t know what will!

The Vineyard In The Hills by Lilly Malone was everything I could have dreamed the book being and then some. Set firmly in wine country Australia, more specifically the lovely Margaret River region, the book is just as beautiful as it’s picturesque setting. It’s a story about first loves and second chances, about family and loyalties and what it means to have a place that is your very own. It was simply divine!

Much like our protagonist  Remy, I fell head over heels for Seth  early in the book and really enjoyed the story of how the pair fall in love.  In fact the narrative itself was so well written and so descriptive (without being overly descriptive) that it was almost like their story was playing out on a movie screen before my very eyes. And what a romantic story it was!  Remy and Seth just clicked from that very first moment and the pair have crazy chemistry it was electrifying!

I honestly can not recommend The Vineyard In The Hills  more highly enough; the story was refreshing and unique, picturesque and sizzling hot. But more importantly the characters were so down to earth that they could almost be anyone you’d meet on a daily occurrence (well minus Seth’s millionaire status that is).

The Vineyard In The Hills  is the perfect lazy summer day book, or one best read with a glass of your favourite wine on hand.

 

To learn more about Lilly Malone, visit the following social media sites:

Lily Malone’s Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads |

 

To purchase a copy of The Vineyard In The Hills, visit the following online retailers:

Escape Publishing | Booktopia  | Amazon AUS | Amazon US  | iBooks | Kobo | Angus & Robertson | Dymocks |

 

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