Sexy Accents, Hot Men & The Hemsworth Brothers Inspired This Rec List
By Francesca from Under the Covers
There’s something magical about Australia and New Zealand that kicks my wanderlust into high gear! Maybe it’s the years of watching Steve Irwin wrestle crocodiles on TV as a kid that instilled that sense of wonder for the beautiful landscapes. Or, lets be real, it’s that sexy accent and hot men. I mean, who doesn’t go starry eyed when thinking of the Hemsworth brothers. I honestly can’t pick between them! So, while the temperature is certainly rising outside we thought it would be the perfect time to visit the Outback with some sexy romances.
Annie and Dylan met online. She’s an American socialite and he’s an Australian cowboy. So she decides it’s time to meet in real life and flies all the way over to surprise him! Except he had the same idea and flew to New York to look for her. She’s left waiting for his return while getting to know his surly twin brother Hunter and discovering the wonders of the beautiful outback. And getting intimately acquainted with the sexy stockman Hunter. I loved this book (and series) so much. It’s packed full of sexy chemistry, beautiful locales and Australian lingo. If you like your cowboys hot and your stories sweet you HAVE to get this! MUST READ!!
What can be crazier, or more romantic depending how you look at it, than a boy that follows the woman that fascinated him after a one night stand? Especially when he goes all the way from Canada to New Zealand with very little to go on to even find her! Joshua finally finds Gemma and the beauty of their romance and more importantly the beautiful tour of New Zealand begins. Ms. Halle paints such a vivid picture that you feel like you are walking through these sites right along with the characters. To this day, I still have this book to thank for my fascination with the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. If they're not on your bucket list, you'll be sure to add them after you read this.
Why limit yourself to contemporaries when visiting Australia? The Riley Jenson Guardian series is set in Melbourne and is packed full of everything that will get your imagination flowing. Our main series protagonist is a werewolf/vampire hybrid and she's smart, funny and all-around badass. And if she's comfortable with her sexuality, as all shifters are in this series, then I give her a high five. This series is one of my favorite paranormal ones so if you haven't read it, add it to your TBR.
This male/male romance is set in Tasmania and if you want natural beauty and a cute story then you'll want to give this one a try. Lawson is a butterfly expert and sexy geek researching a mysterious and elusive butterfly species that is only rumored to exist. And Jackson is the local Parks and Wildlife officer in the small town close to where this research needs to happen. Cute, light reading with adorable chemistry.
Another sexy male/male novella (and this whole series really). This opposites attract story is a lot of fun even though it’s quite a short read. We have a rough around the edges Australian stockman Ryan, he’s a helicopter pilot as well in the beautiful and remote areas of the country. He’s out and proud. He meets his match when every one of his fantasies come to life in the shape of future Australian Prime Minister Jeremy Craig while he’s left alone flying him around some sites. He couldn’t be farther in the closet, but things inevitably heat up between them.
This book explores the life of a young twenty something American woman who gets a scholarship to study her passion in Australia. She was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease after seeing the same disease eat away at her own mother. And after losing her father to a drunk driver. She’s still managed to keep a smile and face her adversities as best as she could. Fighting. Sometimes wanting that fight to be alone. She’s isolated herself and focused on her studies. That is until she meets a handsome young man at the airport who happens to be a Royal celebrity. And attending the same uni as her. Full of heart, this is a beautiful story you won’t want to miss.
The Gardener with the Thigh Tattoo…. Let me close this list out in New Zealand again and with one of the nicest heroes, and sexiest, you’ll ever meet. Sailor Bishop isn’t just good at working with his hands. He’s got ambition! He’s incredibly sexy and determined to get the woman he’s wanted since he was a teenager and had no shot with her. The fact that she’s older than him and that he gets a job working for her mother is not going to stop him now.
Go ahead and take that trip with these characters, you’ll be happy you did!
About the Author
Francesca is an avid lifelong reader and lover of all things paranormal. When she's not reading, you can find her scrolling through bookstagram, taking pictures of books watching videos about books or creating content to talk about books. She lives in New York with her husband and has an unhealthy addiction to planners.
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