by Jill Shalvis

June 2006
ISBN: 0-758-21139-2
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Trade Paperback

Mel Anderson has her hands full trying to keep Anderson Air running, as itís only pilot while also managing North Beach Airport. Her friend and mentor Sally is away and Mel is running the Airport for her.

She also has a menagerie of misfit employees who rely on her. Dimi, her best friend who helps run the airport and makes it through each day by drinking and parting each night. Charlene runs the airport diner and blasts 80ís music from her boom box. Ritchie and Kellan are the airport linemen who are supposed to guide the planes in and out but are more often than not, not on the job. They are constantly late and keep their job only because the airport is close to the ocean and they can indulge in their true love, surfing. Rounding out the crew is Danny the mechanic and Ernest the handyman who moves at his own pace.

Mel loves these people and has come to think of them as family. Thatís why she works so hard to keep the airport afloat. The last thing she needs is the reappearance of Bo Black. Guess whoís on the plane that just landed?

Aussie Bo Black first visited the US years ago with his father, Eddie. Now heís back with a deed to North Beach Airport and the claim that the place is rightfully his. How can that be? Sally would never give up the deed to the Airport or would she?

Jill Shalvis has assembled a stellar cast for her latest release, Aussie Rules. Lead characters Mel Anderson and Bo Black have a chemistry that explodes from their very first scene and keeps the reader frantically turning pages until the end. A secondary relationship among the supporting cast is especially entertaining as well.

The sexy Bo Black will have readers frantically beating a path to their travel agent and booking a trip down under in search of their own Aussie hero. Shalvis has outdone herself with this offering and Aussie Rules is sure to top the summer reading lists this year.

Reviewed in May 2006 by Barbara.

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