The Week: 10th – 16th February

I SO badly wanted to share my new book cover this week, but I’m still waiting on the high-quality, official version. It’s very, VERY pretty!

I was in two articles for Valentine’s Day:

We asked Romance Authors how they like to spend Valentine’s Day

Romance Authors give their Recommendations for Valentine’s Day Reads

Despite the world’s (and half of Australia’s) media reporting that all the fires in this country are now out, as of yesterday afternoon there were still twenty-four bushfires in my region.

Below is a map from a few hours ago. The grey bits with the blue fire symbols are fires (duh!). The little section with the green ambulance crosses is my city. And I live on the southern side!

It *is* much better, but I’m sick of hearing how great it is that this nightmare summer is over when I still have firefighting aircraft over my house day and night … “Contained” is good news, but “extinguished” would be much better.

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And now the Canberra region has had a landslide! What’s next?!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Cover Love

Harlequin’s Free Reads

How To Get Over Your Ex by Nikki Logan

How To Get Over Your Ex by Nikki Logan

Being rejected is one thing. Being rejected live on radio takes it to a whole new level!

After her on-air proposal is turned down by her commitment-phobe boyfriend, Georgia Stone must learn to survive singledom. Unfortunately, thanks to a clause in her contract, she has to do it under the watchful gaze of brooding radio producer Zander Rush.

And so begins the Year of Georgia! Lurching from salsa classes  to spy school, Georgia discovers a taste for adventure. Her biggest thrill so far? Flirting with danger—aka the enigmatic Zander. But admitting she’s ready for more than just a fling…? Definitely Georgia’s scariest challenge yet!

Next month, look for the second book in this duet: The Guy to Be Seen With by Fiona Harper.

How To Get Over Your Ex by Nikki Logan

How To Get Over Your Ex reads as a romantic comedy that would work perfectly on the big screen. If you’re a fan of movies that start off with a heroine down on her luck, a standoffish hero who has been burnt before and a Big Romantic Gesture at the end, then this is the book for you.

It is also well and truly a Valentine’s Day book, starting and finishing at the most romantic time of the year.

But oh boy the first part of this book is painful to get through – just as I knew it would be! I’m the person who changes the channel during awkward moments in TV shows, and more often than not I skip over embarrassing moments in books. I wanted to die at the start of How To Get Over Your Ex, but I do thank the author for not actually showing the failed proposal; the story begins immediately afterwards.

It’s nice reading a romance (rather than chick lit) set in London. It’s not only a city I’m extremely familiar with, having lived there in the past, but I like the change of country. Most romances I read are set in the same few states of the US, so variety is fun.

I was also thrilled that the editors left the British feel in the book. There’s British English (they say arse!) and spelling and terminology. The last romance I read set in London had all the characters speaking like they were straight out of New York. It was so silly I couldn’t get past it to enjoy the story.

The heroine of this book – Georgia Stone – is a very different kind of person to me. No matter what happened in my life, I’d rather die than propose to someone over the radio! And I’d definitely rather die than continue with the radio deal. Definitely no belly dancing or cooking classes for me! She is a brave woman to put herself out there, and to put her heart on the line more than once. She was a good person who took responsibility for her actions, and who was very secure in her life, man or no man. She was an admirable heroine.

Zander Rush screws up a lot, always saying things that can be – and are – interpreted the wrong way. He seems oblivious to the way he comes across to others. It was a fault that made me forgive him for being a too good-looking, very rich guy who had it all. These kinds of guys in romantic books need faults to make them human.

If you’re a fan of Kristan Higgins, then I think this is a book you’ll like.

Review copy provided by NetGalley.