Kathryn Ledson

The shock ending to Erica Jewell’s marriage has left a huge hole in her bank balance and a bigger one in her heart. So now this office worker’s goals make a very short list: no surprises, no debt and, definitely, no men. That is, until she finds one bleeding to death in her Melbourne garden one stormy night.

Jack Jones is a man whose emotional wounds are more life-threatening than the bullet in his shoulder. When he recruits Erica to his secret team of vigilantes, Erica suspects her safe, predictable world is about to be inverted.

And she’s absolutely right.

Funny, romantic and action-packed, Rough Diamond introduces Australia’s unforgettable Erica Jewell.

Erica Jewell thinks being a part-time vigilante is stressful enough without the added pressures of a demanding day job, annoying family and bossy cat. Now her mysterious lover has gone off on some clandestine mission, without leaving a forwarding address. Erica reckons that’s typical of handsome hired gun Jack Jones – he’d rather risk his life than his heart.

Then Erica discovers with a shock that Jack is missing-in-action on the jungle-infested island of Saint Sebastian. When no-one will help or even acknowledge Jack’s existence, Erica knows she’s his only chance. But negotiating her way around lawless and sweltering Sebastian, where monkey business abounds, proves far more dangerous than expected.

Fast-paced, funny and totally engaging, Monkey Business blends adventure and romance in an irresistible, laugh-out-loud read.

Erica Jewell can’t worry about hunky hired gun, Jack Jones, and his commitment-phobic ways. She’s flat out managing Dega Oil’s sponsorship of the Australian Open tennis, and doing a pretty good job. That is until a devastating explosion sends Dega’s reputation and share price plummeting.

Public outrage over the incident upsets Emilio Mendez – the tournament’s biggest drawcard – and he wants to cut ties with Dega. When Erica is sent to calm him, Emilio becomes convinced he can’t win without her. He demands she stay close and the media misinterprets their relationship, much to Jack’s irritation. Meanwhile, danger lurks, threatening Emilio and Erica, and she must race against time to discover: who’s trying to kill them and why?

From the elite inner sanctum of the Australian Open to the packed halls of Chadstone Shopping Centre, can Australia’s favourite accidental heroine save Emilio, her job, and so-called relationship with Jack Jones