Aussie Rules

Author: Jill Shalvis

Publisher: Brava

Release Date: June, 2006

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Format: PRINT

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Melanie Anderson's entire life has always revolved around flying, even if it is on occasion flying by the seat of her pants.  At 26, she is the owner of Anderson Air, her very own charter service.  Unfortunately, her business and the other businesses in the airport she manages are barely scraping by.  Mel works extra hard to keep things running, because the handful of employees she has are like family to her.  The woman who practically raised Mel and owner of the airport, Sally, has gone missing leaving Mel with huge responsibilities.  Just when Mel doesn't think the situation could get worse, it does.  Bo Black returns to town.  He was the object of Mel's affection years earlier and then he broke her tender heart and left.  As if Bo's return isn't bad enough, he brought with him the deed to the airport. He claims that Sally lost the airport to his late father in a bet; making him the current owner.

Bo doesn't waste time trying to track Sally down, he believes she may be in possession of some extremely valuable property of his father's. He is also quick in attempting to rekindle a relationship with Mel as  the cute sixteen-year old girl he left ten years ago has grown into a beautiful, sensuous woman.


Mel's nature is to protect her heart since it has been broken so many times by those she cared for; she is very slow to trust and even slower to love.  Bo is a determined man and eventually Mel's resolve begins to soften. Will Bo be able to convince her that he truly wants her and not just the secrets that are hidden at the airport?


Jill Shalvis has the incredible talent of creating characters who are intelligent, quick-witted, and gorgeously sexy while giving them just the right amount of weakness to keep them from being unrealistically perfect. The secondary characters in AUSSIE RULES are strong enough to be requisite to the story, but they do not overpower Mel and Bo or the feelings that they are discovering for each other.  Readers witness Mel's painfully damaged emotions soften and grow for Bo and will admire Bo's sweet sensitivity to Mel's feelings. 


AUSSIE RULES is a book that I will be rereading in the future; it has all of the characteristics that earn Jill Shalvis her very own row on my keeper shelves.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Laurie

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