Southern Lights series

This 4-book series centres around two brothers and their friends and colleagues. It is set in Queenstown, New Zealand, a region boasting some of the most spectacular alpine scenery in the world and which also lays claim to the title of adventure capital of the world—home to the original bungy jump and numerous other scream-worthy experiences.

The stories have a strong emphasis on found family and hurt/comfort. There is an age gap romance; grumpy meets grumpy romantic suspense; a New Zealand cowboy falling for sassy city slicker leading to hilarious shenanigans; and a winemaker dealing with a difficult family who finds himself smitten with a young guy he'd kissed just once the year before.

Book 1

Powder and Pavlova

ETHAN SHARPE is living every young Kiwi's dream—seeing the world for a couple of years while deciding what to do with his life, no rush. Then he gets a call. Two days later he's back in New Zealand. Six months later his mother is dead, his fifteen-year-old brother is going off the rails and the café he's inherited is failing. His life is a hot mess and the last thing he needs is another complication—like the man who just walked into his café—

a much older...

sinfully hot...

EPIC complication.



Book 2

Tamarillo Tart

CASSIDY MARTIN is a country boy through and through. He loves his horses, his Lord of the Rings tourist business, and his isolated paradise at the foot of New Zealand’s Southern Alps.

STEFAN HAMILTON is a city boy, born and bred. The closest Stef gets to the country is ‘Cowboy Night’ at his favourite Auckland gay bar.

But Stef is also a hardcore Lord of the Rings fanboy. So, when he gets the chance to go on a horse trek to the iconic film locations in the Southern Alps, he sucks up his fear of the gigantic animals and his allergy to camping for the chance to let his nerd flag fly.

City meets country and the sparks fly.



Book 3

Flat Whites & Chocolate Fish

ADRIAN POWELL has a secret he’s guarded for 17 years. It’s come at a cost—few friends, fewer lovers and a lifetime of loneliness. Exactly how he’s ended up with a bunch of nosy friends, a beautiful lakeside cottage and a successful business, is beyond him. 

It’s a life that includes a problematic new neighbour, NIALL CARMICHAEL—an irritating, equally grumpy, sexy as hell silver fox, who kisses like a dream, shakes every one of Adrian’s walls. 

But secrets have a way of catching up with you. And when Adrian’s past comes knocking, it threatens everything he’s built.



Book 4

Pinot and Pineapple Lumps

Penn from Adelaide. That’s all I knew. 

We shared a kiss over a year ago, and I can still remember every toe-curling second of it. He thought I was too young for him. I thought he was running scared. But that was the first time I’d felt alive in a long time.

My head is not always my best friend, but I’m building a life, PTSD be damned. I can’t turn back the clock, and I’m not sure I want to. 

Except to that moment when Penn kissed me. I mean, the odds of us ever meeting again were slim to none, right? 

This time I’m ready.


  • Tamarillo Tart

    Snarky, sexy, poignant and sweet, Tamarillo Tart boasts a pair of engaging, three-dimensional leads, plenty of humour, warmth and insight, and a chemistry-laden romance without too much internalised drama and angst (the plot has enough drama to keep things interesting!) It’s another thoroughly enjoyable read from Jay Hogan, and I’m happy to recommend it.

    All About Romance

  • Flat Whites & Chocolate Fish

    The dynamics between the two were not just sensual but at times so snarky and witty I was bowled over. The plot is perfect and the men despite their flaws were so endearing. I loved the slow dance they did in establishing friendship and boundaries.

    BayouBook Junkie

  • Pinot & Pineapple Lumps

    Wow just wow! This was one of the best series I've read in quite a long time. After every book I kept thinking God I love this one but to be honest all four were just fantastic. I can't tell you which one was my favorite because they were
    all just that good. I got a good sense of who each character was, well fleshed out down to each characters little idiosyncranisies. I'm really, really hoping Mr. Hogan has another book featuring Max and Cobb because we know there's a story there. So yeah, wonderful reads ALL OF THEM.

    All About Romance

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