Saturday, June 13, 2015

GOLD LUST by Becca Van


Publisher: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.
Date published:
April 2015
Historical, Menage
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher
Rating: 3.5

Lacy Tanner is orphaned and loses her home, so heads for the goldfields to find her brother and live with him. Instead she meets up with bushrangers and is rescued by four amazing men. But she finds the idea of living with four men very unreal.

This is a fast-paced story with plenty of action, drama, and adventure. As an Australian, I enjoyed the touches of authentic Australianisms in it, such as the men calling each other “mate” (Australian for close friend) and seals along the coast. (The kind with flippers, not the Navy kind). I also appreciated the men using regular words instead of “bloody”. It is an Aussie swearword, but so often it’s tossed in by an author in completely the wrong context. Ms. Van went up a notch in my appreciation for not using it.

I was annoyed by the use of “inside of”. That’s an American grammatical error I’m really sorry Ms. Van has picked up. I was also very disappointed to discover yet another author who doesn’t know where a hymen is. (Hint: it’s external, not internal.)

However all five main characters are very engaging and the reader will most definitely be hoping they get their HEA. I liked Lacy’s mixture of strength and concern and each man was quite individual and very real. Of course, with so many participants the erotic scenes were very hot. Overall, this was an enjoyable read and I’ll be checking out other titles by this author.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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