The Taming of The Bastard


L.A. Dale
I live in Western Australia. I write Chick Lit and Women's Fiction stories centred around love.Love the stories of Marian Keyes? Sophie Kinsella? Fiona Walker? Jill Mansell? Then you've come to the right place.


Nanny-slash-waitress, Millie McIntyre thinks she has her life all mapped out. All it will take is a small mortgage, a fat deposit and a lot of luck. Then, she'll be off living her dream life, running a B & B in Bali. That is, of course, after she learns how to cook something other than steamed vegetables and organic chicken.
Nobody warned her about Sam though. He's new to The Lederhosen and his presence has everyone in a spin, including Millie.
Sam is cute. Sam is intelligent. Sam has lovely muscles which Millie finds utterly distracting.Yet, despite his obvious appeal, Sam has one massive flaw. He has an ego the size of Western Australia and even worse, he plays Rugby Union.
Could Sam be the one who will ruin all Millie's life plans? Is she really smitten with a man who loves Bruce Willis and proudly proclaims his abilty to burp the national anthem?
One thing's for sure.... something has got to change.
From Tiffany's Bookshelf
Millie is a woman with a plan. She works two jobs to save her money, so that she can buy and run a bed and breakfast resort in Indonesia. There is no room in the plan for romance, particularly if that romance involves a boorish rugby playing womanizer. Yet, one cannot choose who one loves, not even in Millie's case. So, the question is, what happens to all her plans? 

This was such a cute little romance. I absolutely adored Millie's character, though she had a lot more patience than I would have. I love the description of the women in the book, and could easily see them featured in their own "Sex in the City" type of movie. These woman made me chuckle numerous times, and I really felt like another girl in their group. Brilliant character development all the way around. As far as Sam goes, he is the man I want to hate, and just cannot, which I suspect is how Millie felt as well. 
I liked the little secrets that are woven into the storyline. Some of them I suspected, while others I had no clue. But all in all the story flowed nicely, and I loved the resolution at the end. 
I have preached on numerous occasions on why I disliked romance novels in the past. It is books like this one that converted me into a romance reader. I love when a romance novel hints at sexiness, flirts with naughtiness, but steers away from out and out erotica. I think that is way more romantic and sexy, and this book fits into that category nicely. A contemporary romance that simply smolders without the smut. 

from Jolene's Mumbo Jumbo
L. A .Dale, Perth author, mother and self-confessed rugby fanatic has been my latest bed partner. By that I mean I have been snuggling up in my bed after a crazy day of child-wrangling, with her latest novel `The Taming of the Bastard.' 
And what a hoot we've had! 
I've got to be honest. I haven't lusted after a fictional literary character with quite so much gusto since having my head buried in the Twilight books. (Robert Pattinson wasn't a patch on the Edward Cullen in my head, let me tell you!) 
Sam Brockton, is not only exudes charm, charisma and a super hot body, he is also riddled with annoying bad habits and character flaws which make him wholly believable, and somehow even more attractive. He had me drooling on my keyboard on more than one occasion anyway, whilst at other times I would have quite liked to poke both of his eyes out! 
L.A Dale captures the rugby social culture and its unspoken rules of male bonding and immaturity with hilarious accuracy. 
So if you are partial to Chick Lit and are on the lookout for something to make you laugh out loud, then you really can't go past this book.