I warmly welcome you to the July round-up for Erotica, Romance and Romantic Suspense. July signalled a great reading related month for me personally, I broke the record for the most books I have read in a month, to date! I’ve been diligently adding my reviews to my personal blog and making sure I contribute to the romance genre of the challenge. It seems many of the challenge participants are on the same page as me, we witnessed another fantastic increase in reviews submitted to the challenge that are romance themed. It is humbling to see how much enthusiasm is directed towards the romance genre and its sub strands. So hats off to each and every one of you for making July a superb month for romance, may it continue! Onto the specifics, our stats indicate that in July we logged 43 reviews, of 30 books, from 29 authors.


There were a number of popular titles that came to my attention this month. The most reviewed title in July was quite the genre mix. I suspect that it will make an appearance across a range of round ups in the coming months. Rosa Fedele’s The Legacy of Beauregarde, is an Australian gothic fiction title combining romance, history, mystery, suspense and a touch of the supernatural. It collected four reviews and one author interview this month. Be sure to check out reviews by Cass Moriarty, Ashleigh of The Book MuseJennifer Cameron-Smith and Mrs B’s Book Reviews. Theresa Smith Writes also published a fascinating edition of Behind the Pen of this title.


The Desert Nurse Pamela Hart

The Desert Nurse by Pamela Hart collected five reviews in July. I know after reading all five reviews of this title, I am raring to read this one once my review schedule settles down! Theresa Smith Writes states:

If there was ever going to be a novel that I could select out of the thousands that I’ve read, a novel containing my ideal story, with every note being hit with perfection, then this would be my pick.

I really enjoyed In At the Deep End, the debut romance novel by Penelope Janu. I am pleased to see that Janu has released a second title, On the Right Track. Janu’s latest garnered three reviews this month. This popular new romance title is right down my alley and the reviews attached to this novel seduced me into reading this title quick smart! Michelle of Beauty and Lace states:

On The Right Track is an entertaining cocktail of chemistry, mystery, humour, compassion and romance with a shot of children and animals to top it off.


Barbara Hannay is an author I personally gravitate towards. I was very lucky to get my hands on her brand new title, The Summer of Secrets, for an upcoming review on my blog. It’s another great work of Australian historical fiction, with romance elements gently woven in for the reader to sit back and enjoy. The Summer of Secrets was reviewed twice this month. Brenda states:

The Summer of Secrets by Aussie author Barbara Hannay is a deeply poignant look at lives, loves and heartache. Drifting between both Emily and her mother, Izzie’s pasts and current day, plus the current day of our main characters, The Summer of Secrets, with its mix of historical, mystery and intrigue, is a beautifully written novel that I loved.

New Releases

July seemed to be a full month for new releases, all competing for our attention. There were plenty that I recognise from my own review pile, but there are also some in this category that I haven’t come across before. This is what is so great about the Australian Women Writers Challenge and the round-up process, you will always be guaranteed to find a new book to enjoy!
See reviews for:

  • Isobel’s Promise by Maggie Christensen reviewed by Brenda
  • The Trouble With Choices by Trish Morey reviewed by Helen Sibbritt
  • Her Outback Playboy by Annie Seaton reviewed by Claire
  • Whitsunday Dawn by Annie Seaton reviewed Brenda
  • Good Enough for Love by Wendy Lee Davies reviewed by Helen Sibbritt

Books in a series

Last month I was drawn to a brand new and exciting romance series, Outback Brides, which was covered by our top reviewer this month, Helen Sibbritt. Two more titles in this series have been released since my last round-up. Elsa’s Stand, penned by rural romance queen Cathryn Hein, was reviewed by Brenda and Helen Sibbritt. While another great rural romance author, Fiona McArthur, released her book in this series, Holly’s Heart, which was reviewed this month.

Another rural romance based series that is collecting plenty of positive praise is the Mindalby Outback Romance series. Reviews of Cotton Field DreamsMore Than a PromiseA Daughter’s Choice and Starting Over were all added in July. This is another popular romance series that I cannot wait to explore.


In July we saw reviews clocked in again for:


If you are after a romance book with more heat, look no further than Getting Lucky by Avril Tremayne, an author who has been recommended to me many times over!

Romantic Suspense

In the romantic suspense corner, Michelle of Beauty and Lace recommends Bloodtree River by Sarah Barrie. This is a stand alone romantic thriller and I can personally attest to Sarah Barrie being a go-to romantic suspense author.

Self Published

There is a growing popularity in reviews submitted by self published authors in the romance genre and this is great to see. I’m going to close off my round-up by showcasing one that caught my eye, Beneath the Pepper Tree by Michelle Montebello.

That’s my final word this month. I hope that in reading through this round-up I have inspired you to pick up a new romance book.

About me: I am a mum of two young boys, an early childhood teacher, dressaholic, second hand book stall owner, book reviewer and self confessed book geek. In 2016, I turned my passion for reading into my own blog, Mrs B’s Book Reviews. I blog daily and love nothing more than to showcase books by our talented crop of Australian women writers, especially rural romance, along with a number of other genres. Check my reviews out at the following sites, Mrs B’s Book Reviews, Facebook, Goodreads, Instagram and Twitter.