Who’s ready for a beach read? 🙂
Love Down Under: Eight New Zealand & Australian Feel-Good Beach Romances
by Rosalind James, Tracey Alvarez, Diana Fraser, H.Y. Hanna, Joanne Hill, Kris Pearson, Annie Seaton, and Serenity Woods
Eight New Zealand & Australian Beach Romances
100% pure escape.
Escape to the Land Down Under, where the sky is bluer, the living is slower, and the loving is sweeter. This summer, dive into eight heartwarming feel-good beach romances by bestselling Australian and New Zealand authors. And because size matters, they’re all novel or long novella length! We’ve got cheeky, sexy, funny, steamy, sweet—and all with heaps of heart. Enjoy with a tall pitcher of iced tea or a bottle of chilled white wine—we’ll never tell!
- Eight standalone novels (no cliffhangers!) spanning 1,500+ pages
- Over 95% off retail for the individual books sold separately
- Only available through July–get your copy today!
INDIVIDUAL BOOKS INCLUDE 6 Full-Length Novels & 2 Long Novellas. No Cliffhangers! Over 1,500 pgs!
ROSALIND JAMES, – Just for You (Escape to New Zealand)
All Black rugby star Hemi Ranapia meets a beautiful—and very unimpressed—blast from his past, and finds his fishing holiday taking a most unexpected turn. Sometimes, especially in New Zealand’s Maori Northland, it really does take a village. And sometimes it just takes a little faith. (Heat level: Steamy)
TRACEY ALVAREZ – Melting Into You (Due South)
Ben Harland doesn’t do emotional stuff, but he does want to do Stewart Island’s pretty schoolteacher, Kezia Murphy. He needs a plan B to convince Kezia into his bed when his surprise eight-year-old daughter unexpectedly arrives on his doorstep. (Heat level: Steamy)
DIANA FRASER – The Playboy’s Redemption (The McKenzies)
James Mackenzie is tired of his shallow lifestyle and wants a family. But first, he wants to secure the future of the woman he wronged ten years before. But how can Susie Henderson trust someone who betrayed her, someone who doesn’t even believe in himself? (Heat level: Steamy)
H.Y. HANNA – Playing to Win (Summer Beach Vets)
Ellie Monroe doesn’t make mistakes, and her dream job in a gorgeous Australian seaside town isn’t the place to start. But a mischievous chocolate Lab and a handsome Aussie vet just might make her change her mind. Sometimes, a mistake can be the best thing that could happen to you… (Heat level: Sweet)
JOANNE HILL – Falling for Jack
Jack Fletcher has survived his rough upbringing to become a mega success. Now, with his personal life already in turmoil, he discovers he has a son. Robyn Taylor, the brainy girl destined for great things, waits tables for a living to support her twins. Looking after Jack’s son is a change for the better—or is it? (Heat Level: Sweet)
KRIS PEARSON – The Boat Builder’s Bed (Wicked in Wellington)
Sophie Calhoun fears her dream contract comes with strings that tie her to the superyacht-builder’s bed. She knows Rafe Severino won’t want a preoccupied single mother, so she’s concealing her daughter’s existence – and trying desperately not to fall in love. (Heat level: Steamy)
ANNIE SEATON – Beach House (Bondi Beach Love)
Rosie Pemberton has her life mapped out, and her tarot cards agree. The cards take a turn, though, when her aunt leaves the old house on the hill above Australia’s Bondi Beach to champion surfer Taj Brown. Three months sharing a house with a pinup would test any woman’s self-control… (Heat level: Steamy)
SERENITY WOODS – A Secret Between Friends (Treats to Tempt You)
Genie Sharpe has come home to New Zealand’s Bay of Islands from Afghanistan with a bad knee, an aching heart, and her best friend Ciara’s bucket list. Ciara’s gorgeous big brother might be just the cure she needs, but secrets between friends have a way of spiraling out of control. (Heat level: Steamy)
Annie Seaton: BEACH HOUSE
By the time he showered and limped back down the stairs, the house was quiet. He tapped on the door of the room Rosie had directed him to, and waited for her to open the door. He didn’t want to seem too eager.
“Come in.” Her voice was brisk as she stepped back to let him enter the dimly lit room. A strong smell of massage oil wafted over to him as she pointed to the privacy screen at the back of the small room.
“Slip down to your jocks, and lie face down on the table. Give me a call when you’re all settled.”
She stepped outside as he walked over to the screen and stripped down, hanging his jeans and shirt on the hook provided. He was looking forward to this. He always enjoyed a remedial massage and Rosie’s hands on him would make it even more enjoyable.
“I’m done,” he called out as he settled face down on the table and put his face into the soft vinyl ring, and looked down at the floor. A click was followed by soft music; the same sort of music they’d played in that alternative soul place in the Maldives. He closed his eyes as two warm hands gripped his calves and straightened his legs.
“Hmm.” Her voice was soft but with a tinge of concern.
“What’s wrong?” Taj tried to lift his head and look around but his position face down on the massage table made it too difficult. Rosie stretched his leg back and then the other.
“Which knee is the bad one?”
“The right one.”
“Your left leg is a fraction longer than your right. Do you have back problems?”
“No. Just the bloody knee. I’m as fit as a Mallee bull apart from the knee.”
Taj closed his eyes and let Rosie work her magic. He tried to focus on the remedial aspect of the massage but her firm hands sliding up and down the backs of his calves and thighs, and the smooth sensation of the massage oil on his skin sent tingles up to his groin. He swallowed and focused on the patterned carpet on the floor beneath the table. He counted the roses, then counted the leaves on the winding stems. The tightness that had been building in his groin began to lessen, until her warm hands reached his lower back.
God, he didn’t want to have a hard on when she rolled him over. But then all thoughts of pleasure flew out the window as her firm fingers hit a nerve at the base of his back and she pressed. Hard. Bloody hard.
“Holy shit.” He almost jumped off the table. “What the fuck’s that?”
“Breathe it out.”
“Breathe it out! I can’t bloody breathe. What the hell are you doing?”
“You want your knee fixed?”
“That’s not my knee.”
© Annie Seaton 2015
Serenity Woods, A SECRET BETWEEN FRIENDS
Genie took a swallow from her cup and shrugged. “I can understand why you’re mad—that was pretty embarrassing.”
“It’s nothing to do with Tamsin.”
She frowned. “What do you mean?” He didn’t reply, and after a few moments her eyes widened. “You’re not talking about Danny, surely?”
He looked out across the bay and drank his coffee.
She huffed out an irritated sigh. “Niall, seriously? You know we were winding you up, right? Anyway, me and Danny?” She laughed. “That’s as funny as saying me and Jonah. All the guys are like brothers to me.”
Humor lit her eyes. “No, Niall. Excluding you.”
Her smile faded. “I don’t know.”
“You don’t think of me like a brother?”
“I trust you like one. I respect you. You drive me nuts the same as the others.”
He couldn’t bring himself to smile. “Why were you and Danny winding me up?”
“I thought that was what we all did to each other.”
Not now, he thought. Maybe a long time ago, he’d thought of her like a sister. But no longer.
A frown flickered across her brow again. “Why are you so angry with me?”
“I’m not angry with you.”
“I don’t want you to see anyone else,” he said.
He waited for the outburst. For her cry of indignation. For her to yell, Who the hell do you think you are?
It didn’t come. Instead, her lips curved a very tiny bit, and her eyes shone in the moonlight.
“Okay,” she whispered.
He held her gaze for a while. Then they both turned back to the view and sipped their coffee.
He couldn’t think what to say. He felt confused, hopeful, and frustrated, all at the same time.
After a few minutes of silence, she put down her glass and limped off to the laundry room.
He waited a moment, then put down his glass and followed her.
When he reached the doorway, he leaned on the jamb and watched her, hands in his pockets. She was folding up some washing she’d done earlier, placing tops on hangers and laying jeans over the clothes stand.
She glanced up at him, then back at the washing. What was she thinking? She’d expressed no resentment at his demand, and he couldn’t understand why. Hadn’t it irritated her? She’d always been fiercely independent, disliking any guy who tried to make demands on her. But the only word to leave her mouth had been Okay. Why had she said that?
His gaze slid down her, noting the curve of her waist and hips, the swell of her breasts as she leaned over the machine to reach the basket. The pale skin of her neck and behind her ear. How pink her lips were, and her beautiful Cupid’s bow.
She didn’t look up again, but twin spots of red touched her cheekbones. He tilted his head to look at them, and the color intensified.
A smile touched his lips.
He pushed off the doorjamb and walked into the room. Took the washing from her hands and threw it into the basket.
Her lips parted, but she didn’t object, her breathing coming quickly as he turned her to face him.
Bending a little, he caught the bottom of her dress in his hands and lifted it. Wordlessly, she raised her arms so he could pull the dress up over her breasts and head, and he dropped it to the floor.
© Serenity Woods 2015
Still working my way through this one! Reviews to come as I finish…
Melting into You by Tracey Alvarez:
Life hasn’t been easy for Kezia Murphy. Four years ago, her precocious daughter Zoe fought and won an epic battle with leukemia. In the midst of that struggle, Zoe’s dad was lost to them forever in a senseless accident. Once Zoe recovered, Kezia packed up their belongings for a fresh start on Stewart Island, determined to never again depend on people who would ultimately let her down. Ever since, it’s been her and Zoe–with a tiny bit of help from a small group of select friends, Piper and Shaye Harland among them–against the world.
Enter Ben Harland. He’s the oldest of the Harland siblings, and he is so absolutely out of the question as far as Kezia’s concerned. Sure, he’s hot. But can you say commitment phobe? Ben’s got two rules: one, never mess around with local women; two, ditto friends of his sisters. Kezia’s a check mark in both columns, thankyouverymuch. Soooo not going to happen.
Except they have a crazy attraction going on…which they maybe could have kept on ignoring. Until a major surprise shows up on Ben’s doorstep one Saturday morning…
His eight-year-old daughter Jade. Whose existence Ben knew nothing about until that very moment–and suddenly, he’s got a pint-sized house guest for two weeks. And not a clue what to do with her.
But, hey–Kezia teaches eight-year-olds. Heck, she has an eight-year-old–and Zoe’s already decided that Jade’s going to be her new BFF.
So, no problem. Ben can get a little help from Kezia for the next two weeks, squeeze in a one-night-only fling with her somewhere far away from prying Oban eyes, and send his daughter back to her mother at the end of the holiday, none the worse for wear. And then he’ll have his life back, no sweat.
Riiiight. You know how well that’s going to work out, don’t you? 😉
Though it is the second in the series, Melting into You can be read as a stand-alone. Piper and West, the hero and heroine of In Too Deep, make just enough of an appearance to whet your appetite for their story, though–don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A-
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
LOVE DOWN UNDER Author Bios:
Fuelled by copious amounts of coffee, Tracey Alvarez writes steamy but heart-warming contemporary romances set in New Zealand.
Diana Fraser is an award-winning author of sexy, emotional romances set wherever there are beautiful locations and wealthy and powerful men!
H.Y. Hanna is an award-winning author of sweet romances, romantic suspense and mysteries set in beautiful, exotic locations.
Kiwi author Joanne Hill writes short romance – light, funny, and contemporary, set in beautiful New Zealand.
Rosalind James is a bestselling wannabe-Kiwi author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense set in both New Zealand and the U.S.
Kris Pearson writes sizzling contemporary romance, pure and simple. Well, maybe not that pure! She’s the author of a dozen steamy novels.
Annie Seaton is a bestselling Aussie author of beach romances set all over the world in exotic locations.
A prolific and award-winning fantasy and romance author of over 40 books, Serenity Woods writes hot and sultry romances with a happy ever after.