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Publisher pitch: Penguin Random House Australia, Feb 2015

29 January 2015

PRH_AustraliaFebruary is a month of romance and here at Penguin Random House Books Australia we wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day with these captivating romantic reads.

The Raven by Sylvain Reynard

The RavenFrom the New York Times bestselling author of the Gabriel series comes a dark, sensual tale of romance in a city shrouded in mystery. Raven Wood spends her days at Florence’s Uffizi gallery restoring Renaissance art but walking home one night, she is attacked, knocked unconscious and her life changes forever. When she awakens, she is inexplicably changed. Upon returning to the Uffizi, no one recognizes her. More disturbingly, she discovers that she’s been absent an entire week. With no recollection of her disappearance, Raven learns that her absence coincides with one of the largest robberies in Uffizi history—the theft of a set of priceless Botticelli illustrations. When the police identify her as their prime suspect, Raven is desperate to clear her name. She seeks out one of Florence’s wealthiest and most elusive men in an attempt to uncover the truth. Their encounter leads Raven to a dark underworld whose inhabitants kill to keep their secrets.

Wanting Mr Wrong by Avril Tremayne

Wanting Mr WrongWanting Mr Wrong by Avril Tremayne is an irresistible rom com about a girl who refuses to fall for the man the whole world is in love with. Evie Parker has never been one to swoon after celebrities—give her a neuroscientist over an actor any day! So when she develops her first movie-star crush, she’s determined to date her way out of it, starting with the next good-looking doctor she sees. Yet hovering on the fringes of her life is her gay best friend’s determined brother, Jackson J Stevens, a famous actor who comes with trailing paparazzi. Evie knows what she doesn’t want; Jack knows what he does. And somewhere in the middle, pheromones are making things go haywire every time they’re together.

Avery by Charlotte McConaghy

AveryAvery is a sweeping, romantic fantasy from 26-year-old Australian author Charlotte McConaghy. Charlotte is making a name for herself in the speculative fiction genre, having published her first book at just 17 years old! She now has six books under her belt, with another due to be released later this year. Avery—the first book in The Chronicles of Kaya series—is a novel about loss and identity, and finding the courage to love against all odds. Charlotte has created a vivid and unique world of magic, mystery and, most importantly, twisted and lovable characters. Among the century-long wars and deadly sibling rivalries, Avery is at its heart two beautiful and captivating love stories.

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