#Review “Down Under” by Donna Alam

Dear birthday gods,
I’d like my very own Australian experience, if you know what I mean.
One with a sinful accent and a very wicked grin . . .

Tricia’s Musings…


A first read for me by this author and what a little gem to start with. Down Under is such a well written, fun story, and just my cup of tea. This book is without a doubt a great pick me up. I loved each and every character for different reasons and it brightened my day no end.

Amber is taking some time away from her job and life in the US and is currently backpacking around Australia, working odd jobs in order to fund her travels. I love this woman. She’s smart, confident, quirky and hugely endearing. After treating herself to a hot stranger and a night in a fancy hotel for her 30th birthday, she teams up with Rose and a motley crew of fellow backpackers and heads off to wine country in search of a job. Having arrived at a winery, Amber gladly accepts a job as nanny to four year old twins Matty and Edie. These kids are adorable, their characters are brilliantly written and their innocent remarks had me in fits. Not merely side characters, the twins play an important, almost scene stealing, role in the story. Their Nana, Sally, is a hoot and the sort of grandma I would’ve loved growing up. She’s a no nonsense kind of woman with a kind heart, a twinkle in her eye and a spring in her step.

Despite being a drop dead gorgeous Chris Hemsworth look-alike, second impressions of Byron (the first impressions were that he was the best birthday present ever, in case you were wondering), are that he’s irritable and standoffish, and quiet frankly a bit of a grumpy git. As the story progresses, we get to know him and before long, his real personality shines through. He’s a lovely man underneath all the abrasiveness and cynicism. He oozes sexual chemistry and this author does a fantastic job of letting us “hear” his swoony Australian accent. Whilst I wouldn’t say the story is overly angsty, not everything in the garden, or should I say vineyard, is rosy and Amber and Byron have some challenges to overcome before they can find their happy ever after.

A hugely enjoyable story, Down Under is fun, flirty, and naughty, with lots of cheeky humour and sexy shenanigans. It had me laughing my head off and I absolutely loved it.


Dear birthday gods,
I’d like my very own Australian experience, if you know what I mean.
One with a panty-melting accent and a very wicked grin.
The icing on my birthday cake would be if he takes a trip down under tonight . . .

My birthday was four-hundred bucks well spent.
Get your mind out of the gutter—that was for the hotel.
But one week on, and I’m no longer having fun in the sun.
Because it turns out my new employer is him.
My inked birthday blond.

Oh, he’s still hot,
But now he’s growly and grouchy,
And there’s no escape because I’m living with him.
Nanny to his young twins.
We disagree on so much.
But when he looks at me,
I’m not sure if he means to kill me. Or kiss me
Or maybe both.
I’m not sure I’d survive on either count.

Come for the sun.
Stay for the man. Forever?

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About the Author:

Donna Alam

Donna writes dirty stories, according to her family. She hopes you find them funny, too.

When not bashing away at a keyboard, she can usually be found hiding from her family and responsibilities with a good book in her hand and a dog that looks like a mop by her feet. She likes her humour and wine dry, her mojitos sweet, and her language salty.

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