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Blog Tour: The Frenchman by Lesley Young Guest Post + Review



unnamedThe Australian (#2 Crime Royalty Romance)

  • Fall in love with an unforgettable female heroine!
  • Lose yourself in multiple plot twists!
  • Take a trip down under for only $2.99!

Charlie Sykes takes everything and everyone at face value, and believes life would be a lot easier if everyone else did, too. Jace Knight, international Aussie hotelier and purported playboy, has never met anyone like the absurdly literal and obliviously beautiful American who applies to his personal assistant position. The trouble is, how do you seduce 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 may not be a reformed criminal after all. Charlie soon finds herself caught up in a whirlwind of dangerous international espionage that takes her from 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?

Guest Post

Why We Want Australian Men

How Lesley Young imagined her dude from down under in her romance novel The Australian

If you’re picturing a Hemsworth right now, you already know of what I speak. Let’s face it, dudes from down under have something special. After all, they’ve been stealing leading roles for years (think Russel Crowe, Eric Bana, and Hugh Jackman).

In writing the second book in my Crime Royalty Romance series (the crime is light! the love is not!), The Australian, I had to sort out just what it was that makes those Aussies boys so special and layer it into my hero. Here’s how:

May the surfer culture live on Of course, tan and fit surfer men are not on every Aussie street corner, but they are more common down under. And while my hero, Mr. Jace Knight, was not a surfer, I did want him to embody that casual, laid back attitude that makes those boys so charming. Not only does Jace look smoking hot in his cozzie (strine for swimsuit)—as noted on the book’s cover—he’s so playful and open, you forget he’s one of the most powerful men in all of Australia.

They own rugged masculinity What does that even mean? Well, let’s just say that I don’t know for sure that Australian men can single-handedly wrestle a crocodile, make dinner and pitch a tent out of surfboards while cracking a few adorable jokes. But what really matters is that we think they can. That kind of rugged masculinity is rare, exclusive and highly valued by North American females who tire of Channing Tatum’s pretty boy dance moves. My Australian is ruggedly masculine in every way, and proves it in a pivotal scene in the wild Outback that requires life-or-death bravery.

They’re down to earth I’ve been told Australian men treat everyone the same—they fight for the underdog and have basic, fair expectations about life and what it has to offer—and that the same goes for their women. My Australian doesn’t play games, or put out pretenses. And he expects the same from his heroine Charlie Sykes. Unfortunately, she’s caught up in a web of lies that force her to try play him (she is, of course, wholly inadequate).

The Australian is a coming-of-age love story between a highly intelligent, awfully literal heroine and a man whose moral code is questionable, but whose honor is not. I layer in lots of culture, and descriptive details of some of Australia’s most popular tourist sights.

The ride is wild—literally and figuratively.

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I fell in love with Lesley Young when I read the Frenchman, something about her writing just really captivates you as a reader. And I am so glad that The Australian was just as good if not better! I mean Who doesn’t like reading about hot Foreign men with sexy accents!?!?!

This story follows Charlie Sykes a very brilliant young woman, who had recently lost her mother, sold everything she had, and moved across the world to Australia with her crazy cat.

Charlie is in need of a job, and has landed herself in Jace Knight’s office. Mr Knight owns the nicest hotels in Australia and is currently looking for a new Assistant. Charlie isn’t one for emotions or the feels, but she definitely feels them during her interview with Mr. Knight.

When I say Charlie is Brilliant I am definitely not exaggerating. And I love it about her. She has a high IQ and is extremely book-smart, but in the real world and when it comes to emotions, she just isn’t that privy. I love her so much! She is so awkward and straight forward, I found myself laughing out loud so many times. I definitely got some funny looks from my Husband

Jace is a swoon-worthy hero with a hot accent! I really enjoyed what young did with his character. He was a very strong male character, but he wasn’t scared to be sensitive and really care for Charlie. I love that in my MC. Also with Jace, he is more than what meets the eye. Yes, very vague, but no spoilers on his role or character 🙂

I love a good forbidden romance, and I feel this one definitely falls in that category. If you like NA novels and you just want a quick, fun, sexy read go pick this book up.

4.5 Stars





unnamed (1)Lesley Young Biography

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. Follow her at, @LesleyYoungBks and

You can find Lesley online through the following links:

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