The Australian

Definitely not for me I rarely read books with stories set in Australia because as much as I like that place beach and hot men I can t really get into the lingo and culture The heroine also talks w

Definitely not for me.I rarely read books with stories set in Australia because as much as I like that place (beach and hot men), I can't really get into the lingo and culture.The heroine also talks weirdly. Not in a robotic and logical way that characters with social issues usually does, but in a totally archaic way." I'm sorry to inform you I cannot accompany you as I do not know how to swim."******"Incorrect on all counts,"I informed him. "I have never had any of those. But I do not believe my sexual history, or lack of it, is pertinent to the job interview."******"I appreciate your candor," I heard myself say...Really. Why on earth would a Yankee talk like a Victorian maiden? There's also a matter of fact that the hero talks funny during and after sex. What's with the "hoowza" thing?Is that an Aussie lingo? I should probably ask my Aussie friends about it.The ridiculous plot also makes me DNF this thing. I was confused as to what was happening. The first part is good because Charlie is still amusing, but the Secret Service thing came in and hell broke loose. There's this gangsta part, but there isn't. The heroine is also indecisive and often contradicts herself a lot of times, I'm itching to slap her. I'm okay with not being able to choose immediately as long as the heroine do it in a reasonable way. There's nothing reasonable with this heroine.Over all, not satisfactory. You can see the two star to prove it.The best The Australian Creat LesleyYoung is a Kindle Meet The Australian His name s Jace Knight He s powerful He s charming And he s baffled by his new personal assistant Charlie Sykes The American s absurdly literal, obliviously beautiful and his ideal match The hitch how do you seduce a woman whose definition of flirting comes straight out of the Merriam Webster Dictionary Charlie Sykes takes everything at face valMeet The Australian His name s Jace Knight He s powerful He s charming And he s baffled by his new personal assistant Charlie Sykes The American s absurdly literal, obliviously beautiful and his ideal match The hitch how do you seduce a woman whose definition of flirting comes straight out of the Merriam Webster Dictionary Charlie Sykes takes everything at face value, and believes life would be a lot easier if everyone else did, too The intelligent yet social awkward brainiac moved down under on a whim maybe the first she s ever had after dedicating much of her life to caring for her deadbeat mother And while her new employer, Mr Jace Knight, admittedly, makes her stomach somersault, he is not a suitable mate One simply does not have coitus with one s boss However Jace didn t build up a hotel empire by giving up easily, and Charlie s already finding ways to justify giving in to temptation As if that weren t stressful enough, Jace s alleged criminal past draws her into a dangerous game of international espionage that plays out in 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. Lesley Young writes compulsive stories with unforgettable heroines who experience thrilling life and love altering journeys.. Popular Kindle The Australian 2.75-3 StarsHe was the most astonishing, extraordinary human being. All his imperfections, his scars, his need to control, his lies, were somehow assembled in such a way, to me, that made imperfect sense. He was a logical disaster.I have to admit I really struggled with my rating on this book. While there were parts of it I really liked, there were also quite a few parts that didn't really work for me. But this is a personal taste issue and not necessarily something that was wrong with the book, per say. I think most readers would really enjoy this book. Unfortunately I tend to be extremely picky when it comes to heroines and I also tend to nitpick. So if there's something that bothers me from the start it will only get worse for me as I continue, but I'll explain that further in the review. After her mother dies, Charlie Sykes leaves her entire life behind and moves to Australia. Although she has a near perfect IQ, she struggles to find a job. But that all changes when she walks into the office of Jace Knight, a renowned playboy and international hotelier that's looking for an assistant. Although Jace is arrestingly gorgeous, it will have no effect on Charlie at all. After all, he's not exactly "Stick-It" material. But the more they work together the more the attraction between them begins to show too much for Charlie to ignore. Oh and there's also the small part of Jace possibly being a criminal that still continues to run in the underground network of mafia bosses and kingpins.Charlie Sykes may be gorgeous and with a near perfect IQ but she's what I would call socially retarded. Honest to gawd, if ever there was a fictional female version of Sheldon Cooper out there, this girl is it. She actually uses the term "coitus" for fuck's sake. At times it was like listening to a robot attempting to understand human emotions. She's reasonable to a fault. I have never read about a heroine that has almost zero emotion to her and sounds everything out like a damn encyclopedia. Bikinis are only for sunbathing. I do no sunbathe. And frankly, it is one of the most irrational activities humans do. Consider for a moment what aliens, landing on Earth, might make of a species that strips off clothing, rubs itself in oil and places itself directly under exposure of harmful UV rays, thus increasing risk of skin cancer threefold?At first this was endearingly quirky to me and refreshingly different. But after a while it began to wear thin; especially when the romance factor began to develop.His nipples were perfectly proportionate circles. He was undoing his pants, and I felt my vagina was moist, already, upon his simple words.Considering the entire book is in Charlie's POV, the sex scenes were almost like reading a biology book. I know they were supposed to be sexy, but having Charlie's version of it in my head kinda killed the buzz....his black swim trunks clung to him to such an extent that his penis was distinguishable: I estimated five inches long, positioned downward to the left. I wondered if it was erect, since Cosmopolitan magazine said the average penis size, ERECT, is 5.57 inches. No, his penis couldn't be erect right now, I realized, since B said an erect penis points straight ahead or up.Then there was also the case of Jace's accent. There was quite a bit of Australian slang in this book that I had no idea what it meant. I actually found myself constantly messaging one of my Australian friends and asking her about them. Now here's the interesting part, even she didn't know half the time. I loved the first half of the book, but then somewhere around the middle it began to lose me. I grew bored and then irritated with Charlie and her Charlie-isms. She was almost OTT reasonable. After a while she almost became a parody of herself. i just don't have any better way of describing it. Because of her almost robotic approach to everything and the romance, I never truly became invested in that part of the story. I just didn't feel it. The last part of the book was quicker paced and more entertaining, but unfortunately for me, it had already lost my interest by then.I do think that this is just one of those heroines that you will either love and giggle at or one that will annoy you after a while. Unfortunately for me, I fell into the latter part of that. This is entirely a personal taste thing, so please keep that in mind. The writing was good and the story had great potential if only I didn't get irritated by the things that I did. But just because it didn't quite work for me, doesn't mean it won't for you. I can definitely say I'd gladly continue with the series as I did enjoy the author's writing. You just can't love them all, I guess.ARC courtesy of publisher in exchange for an honest reviewFor more reviews visit

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  1. 2.75 3 StarsHe was the most astonishing, extraordinary human being All his imperfections, his scars, his need to control, his lies, were somehow assembled in such a way, to me, that made imperfect sense He was a logical disaster.I have to admit I really struggled with my rating on this book While there were parts of it I really liked, there were also quite a few parts that didn t really work for me But this is a personal taste issue and not necessarily something that was wrong with the book, per [...]


  2. Definitely not for me.I rarely read books with stories set in Australia because as much as I like that place beach and hot men , I can t really get into the lingo and culture.The heroine also talks weirdly Not in a robotic and logical way that characters with social issues usually does, but in a totally archaic way I m sorry to inform you I cannot accompany you as I do not know how to swim Incorrect on all counts, I informed him I have never had any of those But I do not believe my sexual histor [...]


  3. Charlie Sykes is what others would call an odd duck, to her it logically doesn t make sense as she has no feathers Charlie takes everything literally, she analyzes and spends a lot of time in her head making a well thought out decision When she is hired by hotelier Jace Knight, she is well aware of his reputation with his employees As Charlie does with every aspect of her life, she lays it out why she is certain they would not work well together For the first time in his life Jace is completely [...]




  4. I love it when I read a book and am totally surprised by what I discover in between the pages I absolutely loved the first book in this series, which has totally unrelated characters and can be read on its own, so you know I was really excited to read this book My excitement and eagerness was totally justified.I devoured the book That s the only explanation I have for how fast I read it It was like the only speed I had for reading this book was supersonic The story was that compelling and so whe [...]


  5. This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing no rithmatic , movies, TV Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here Graphic and children s reviews on the blog typically feature two or three images from the book s interior, which are not reproduced here.Note that I don t really do stars To me a book is either worth reading or it isn t I can t rate it three fifths worth [...]


  6. Omigah I want this sooo HARD Charlie Sykes relies on her high IQ to navigate the bafflements of life including people s incessant irrational behavior just barely When her mother passes, she moves to Sydney, Australia, where she intends to pursue the conventional rites of passage every young American girl deserves, namely, landing a fulfilling job, finding a home to call one s own, and partnering with a caring life mate.Mr Jace Knight, international hotelier and reputed playboy, has never met any [...]


  7. Engaging read Stayed up late to finish The first half good The middle a bit dull The ending good.Hero is badass former mafia Heroine is an analytical genious who flees to Australia after her mother dies The hero and heroine really connect I enjoyed their differenceshe a street smart Aussie and her a smart American who isn t good at emotions I look forward to reading from this author.


  8. x stars.This review also appears on Pretty Sassy Cool.I liked The Australian a bit than I liked The Frenchman.Following the death of her drug addict mother, Charlie Sykes sells off their trailer and heads to the land down under to start fresh She s practical to the point of driving people away and finds herself lonely After a few weeks in Sydney, Charlie finally lands a job, working as a personal assistant to self made billionaire Jace Knight She s up front about her strict convictions for a no [...]


  9. I think is not a secret that I am a huge fan of Lesley Young, I love her books, her writing and herself as she is an amazing person I had the amazing privilege of reading The Frenchman a while ago and I was utterly thrilled with the new direction she took as an author I thought she couldn t surpass her previous books but I was wrong because she did it again I was completely knock out when I started reading The Australian, I was hooked from the very beginning The Australian is a book full of secr [...]


  10. GENRE RomanceTHEME Erotica, ContemporaryRECEIVED AuthorBLOG seeingnight REVIEW After reading The Frenchman I couldn t wait to dig into the next installment Lesley Young has a way of creating intense bad alpha males and making the readers fall for the guy Yes, they are normally overbearing and secretive but they are sexy as hell and have a soft spot for sweet girls This bad boy is even intense than the first and in all the right ways The Australian follows quirky Charlie Sykes, a young woman who [...]


  11. 5 stars 3 flamesI don t give many 5 star reviews only 5 out of 125 books to date this year So you know when I do give a 5 star, I really enjoyed the book And I really really enjoyed this book, mainly due to our quirky female lead character, Charlie Sykes She is my favorite female character of the year so far Charlie suffers from Pervasive Development Disorder which seems a bit like Asperger s to me She has trouble with social clues and deciphering emotions This makes Charlie a very literal, logi [...]


  12. Check out of my reviews on my blog gemmareadstoomuch4.5 StarsThe Australian is book 2 in the Crime Royalty series, I was lucky enough to be gifted a copy of this book to read for Gemma Reads Too Much.I LOVED The Frenchman so I went straight onto The Australian with seriously high expectations.Well The Australian is a completely different kettle of fish but it s equally brilliant.Charlie, god what to even say about Charlie Well she s basically the female Sheldon Cooper She s socially awkward, a [...]


  13. Charlie Sykes needs to leave the past behind and Australia is just the place to start fresh Now all she needs is to find a job and place to live The only problem is that it s not so easy when you take everything literally, are brutally honest, and struggle with social interaction Things finally start coming together for Charlie when she applies for a position at Jace Knight s company Unfortunately for her, things begin to get complicated just as quickly as they came together Charlie is forced in [...]


  14. I love me some bad boy romance, but crime romance That is a new one for me, however like a trooper, i delved in and emersed myself in all things Jace Knight such a tough job We meet Charlie as she has fled her home, and is just about to take her first interview, as an assitant to Jace Knight Charlie is not entierly sure about the job, as she was never given much information and its not a field she has experience in.Charlie is socially awkward, she says what she thinks and takes most things at fa [...]


  15. Charlie is crazy smart and has a good head on her shoulders After her mom dies and she deals with it, she then moves to Australia Yup, up and moved and hopefully she can create a life, get a job, a nice place, and everything else Oh and she moved without a real plan or anything, so for a smart person, it wasn t such a smart idea Somehow it all works for her and its a good thing too, since I wasn t sure if I was going to like her much She is a good character overall, but there were a few moments [...]


  16. 5 Massive StarsQuite possibly the best book I ve read this year I could not put it down There is so much mystery and unknown that is played up in the story I need me some Jace Knight I loved him Charlie too, but she was a bit frustrating at first at her lack of common sense, but as the story progressed, we really saw her develop and change Is Jace into illegal activities Does he know about what is going on with Charlie Oh the farther you get, the harder it is to put down Not to mention the naug [...]


  17. I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked ReadsI really enjoyed the first in this series The Frenchman and this one is also a hit with me They are standalone, but really they are both good reads, so do check out the first when you can It is very difficult to write convincingly from the viewpoint of someone who has emotional blind spots, but I think Ms Young did a very good job I found I had to read much slowly than I normally would, as the expected outcomes didn t happen [...]


  18. This story follows along the lines of the first book The Frenchman, onlyit takes place in Australia.There is plenty of action and intrigue along with the quirky way Charlie is written, whichgives an endearing quality to her I found myself laughing at how she rationalizes situations.Jace is just the ultimate alpha male without being overdone.Combined with plenty of Aussie slang, the book really captures the spirit of Oz.Overall Jace and Charlie are the perfect couple that compliment each other.Do [...]


  19. I felt like cheering for Charlie It seem the you read the she was attempting to come out of her shell Okay story line was a bit far fetch but intriguing just the same I truly believed until almost the end that the ASIS agent was a load of crap His idea was a business card That was nice twist In the end i was happy I finished the entire read.



  20. I loved The Australian I rarely give five stars but the author just delivers such unique, strong stories within the genres I love Yes there are definitely romance genre tropes, but she uses them cleverly, and often subtly turns them on their head Take our heroine Charlie, for example, she should be the prototypical romance heroine cliche, she s unbelievably gorgeous yet unaffected by her looks, she s naive, innocent and a virgin yet a total sexpot and wild woman for the right guy This should mak [...]


  21. Charlie Sykes is a beautiful young American who decides to start a new life in Australia after the death of her mother The highly intelligent and overly literal 24 year old becomes the personal assistant to Jace Knight a hotelier with a penchant for seducing women But his playboy reputation is the least of Charlie s worries when she is informed that his business may not be as above board as it seems So begins the struggle between doing what she must to maintain her safety in her new home spying [...]


  22. MY REVIEW 3.5 STARSThis was my first book from Lesley Young so I wasn t sure what I was going into but excited too Charlie Sykes is leaving her old life behind and is going to live a dream life over in Australia If only if it was that easy She is hoping to get a job to keep her going in Australia and that job just might be as Jace Knights personal assistant Jace Knight s name is on everybody s lips Everyone talks about him everyone seems to know him and everyone wants him in one way or another J [...]


  23. The Australian was a book that surprised me and left me wanting It was written like a intense romantic spy movie, one of my favorite kinds of movies, and plunges the reader into a world where you never truly know what is happening as you go along The Australian presents two very different characters Charlie, the naive yet brilliant woman and Jace, the alpha hotelier with a past as grey as they come You put these two characters together, coupled with Jace s past and present ventures, and it make [...]


  24. This book was an interesting read The main female character Charlie, is highly intelligent but it hinders her socially She is extremely literal, she has trouble reading social ques, she is not good with emotions hers or other peoples , and questions everything The main male characters Jase is a wealthy business man Jase is immediately intrigued by Charlie She says what she is thinking and is blunt She makes it clear that they will not be sleeping together Jase has a past that he isn t always pro [...]


  25. Charlie is a young lady that has just dealt with her mother dying and has decided to pick up and move to Australia for a new start She has no other family and just a best friend back in the states that she talks to, so moving to Australia is not a big deal for her Charlie takes her cat with her and that is her most prized possession Charlie finds a small place and finds a job without too many problems when she gets to Australia Charlies new boss may be another issue all together for her because [...]


  26. Charlie Sykes needs to leave the past behind and Australia is just the place to start fresh Now all she needs is to find a job and place to live The only problem is that it s not so easy when you take everything literally, are brutally honest, and struggle with social interaction Things finally start coming together for Charlie when she applies for a position at Jace Knight s company Unfortunately for her, things begin to get complicated just as quickly as they came together Charlie is forced in [...]


  27. Interestingly, different kind of a story The whole book is told in first person, from the heroine s point of view Charlie is not your typical heroine, or even a person, with her inability to feel emotions, lie, hold her opinion of something, communicate, small talk, and so many other things, making her rather awkward socially But Jace seems to be intrigued by her, understand her quirks, and accept them He is likable, attractive, caring, and accepting man, who has had past in the criminal world, [...]


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