They say that no one has secrets in a small town—these women prove them wrong.
Casey Cooper left her husband and the small town of Milpinyani Springs in her dust a year ago, vowing never to return. But a favour to a friend finds her back in town—and back in her husband’s garage, where he offers her a proposition too sexy to refuse. A naked Joel has always been the one thing Casey can’t resist—but can her heart handle the heat?
ARC received from publisher via Netgalley for an honest review
I adored the Secret Confessions: Backstage series, so seeing this new Down and Dusty series of novellas from some of my favourite Australian authors put a smile on my dial.
This series series over 8 weeks is set in rural Australia.
I live in a small rural town, and I get a lot of the "small town" things in these stories.
Episode one sees Casey returning to Milpinyani Springs, and back to see her husband Joel for the first time in a year. But this visit does not go how she was expecting it to - but that is not a bad thing at all.
I adored the spark that is still between them, the insane sexual chemistry. You could feel the pull between them leap off the pages. I just want them to be good, to get back together.
But you will need to read this for yourself to find out if they do.
I love Ms Johns' writing, she draws you right into the story from the first word to the last, and you will find this tasty morsel leaving you wanting more.
Can't wait for the next episode.
I’m an English teacher by trade (please don’t hold that against me), a mum 24/7, a supermarket owner by day, a chronic arachnophobic, and a writer by night. I rarely sleep. I live in rural Western Australia with my hyperactive husband and three mostly-gorgeous heroes-in-training.
I’ve been writing since I was 17 when I broke up with my first boyfriend (at the time I thought he was The One and was hugely devastated in the fashion of all 17 years olds). For some reason unbeknownst to me, I turned to writing as a form of therapy for my broken heart. It was enlightening to realise that with writing I could create whatever ending I liked. I wrote the story of me and The One and actually ended up killing him off. The writing was therapeutic, the story was cringe-worthy but I had caught the bug.
Almost a decade later, after a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Writing and English and after many, many attempts at writing different types of novels, I joined Romance Writers of Australia. Finally I learnt there was more to writing a book than just typing out random thoughts – I learnt about craft, conflict, consistent characters, etc – and I also learnt that I LOVED contemporary romance and that was what I wanted to write.
Eventually I found a publisher who liked my work enough to offer me a contract. My first book came out in December 2011 and I’ve been living the dream since then (i.e. working from home in my pjs). I’ve written sassy, urban romances for Carina Press, a cowboy romance for Tule Publishing and lots of rural romances for Harlequin Australia and HQN.
In 2012 my debut rural romance, JILTED won the Australian Romance Readers Association’s Favourite Contemporary Romance Award and in 2013 I was voted in Booktopia’s Top Ten Favourite Aussie Authors. I’m currently Australia’s number one rural romance author according to Bookscan Neilson.
I hope that if you decide to try one of my books – about pretty normal people creating pretty amazing happy ever afters – that you enjoy it and pine a little when it ends