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Favourite reads: Jul 2015

5 August 2015

Books_purpleWelcome to the first of our Favourite Reads articles. Each month some of ARRA’s members will tell you a little bit about one of the books they’ve recently read and loved.

These are not reviews of the books, just honest opinions on why they enjoyed the book so much. Hopefully one of these will strike a chord with you.

So, we asked our members to tell us about some of their favourite reads for July…

Blade’s Lady by Fiona Brand (book 3 in the SAS Squad series)

FB_Blade's LadyStrangely enough, my favourite read for July is an older book picked up at random while trying to decide which new book to choose next. I really enjoyed this romantic suspense novel with a twist of the paranormal in the psychic connection between the two leads. There were no jerky behaviours from the hero and no ‘too stupid to live’ moments from the heroine, just lots of of sensuality and intrigue. This was my first Fiona Brand novel, but it will not be my last. [Deb, NSW]

The Girl Next Door by Amy Jo Cousins (book 3 in the Bend or Break series)

AJC_The Girl Next DoorCash Carmichael is such an adorable hero—funny and sweet, gorgeous and genuinely kind. I loved how open he was to new experiences and his lady love, the sexually adventurous Steph, certainly introduces him to a few in the course of the book! The Girl Next Door was sexy and funny and Cash totally won my heart. It was a pleasure to spend a couple hundred pages with him. [Kaetrin, SA]

Make You Burn by Megan Crane (book 1 in the Deacons of Bourbon Street series)

MC_Make You BurnThis is a story about bikers, how they live and love and the rules they adhere to. This is an emotionally packed story that is steamy hot and a thrill ride of sensuality and feelings. I found it compelling reading and did not want to put it down until I got to the end. And then I still wanted more. I have not read a story about bikers before and was a bit worried about how I would enjoy it. Needless to say I should not have worried—I loved it and I am looking forward to the rest in this series. [Helen, NSW]

Wicked Embers by Keri Arthur (book 2 in the Souls of Fire series)

KA_Wicked EmbersKeri Arthur bowled me over with her concept of phoenixes—they get life mates to love but someone else to fall in love with—their complicated relationships are catnip for the imagination. Emberly is the protagonist and her life mate is Rory—they are some of my favourite book people. Love also the confident, competent Jackson (fire fae), he’s scorching hot 🙂 His and Emberly’s PI firm is called Hellfire Investigations—love the name 🙂 Mystery, mayhem and complicated relationships, LOVE IT! [Gina, NSW]

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine [book 1, The Great Library series]

RC_Ink and BoneWhat if the great Library of Alexandria still existed? With a premise like this I was intrigued, and bumped this book to the top of my TBR pile. I’m glad I did. I loved that the book is based around libraries and access to knowledge and the written word. I found I was caught up in the drama of the novel, eagerly turning pages to see what happened next. Once again Rachel has created an unputdownable book. [Cora, ACT]

The Millionaire and the Maid by Michelle Douglas

MDouglas_The Millionaire and the MaidThe title is fave romance catnip for me, but in fact it read more like a Beauty and the Beast story—which is equally fine! Jo, the heroine, is tall and absolutely, magnificently, honestly wonderful—no wonder Mac fell in love—and he is a dishy scarred hero who can *cook*, oh my. All I want to do is go out and eat macarons now. And maybe get a puppy or two, like the ones in the book … [Malvina, NSW]

Burned by Karen Marie Moning (book 7 in the Fever series)

KMM_BurnedI always expect a roller-coaster ride when I pick up one of the Fever series—I like to make sure I have a quiet few days to enjoy it. This book was exactly what I expected and so much more. After really enjoying the previous book (written from Dani’s POV) I was worried about returning to Mac as the main character, but luckily KMM came up with a unique idea to keep it interesting (and funny) and I didn’t mind the switch at all. But there was also heartache in this book, and I’m not sure I’m over it yet. Expect the traditional cliffhanger too! [Debbie, ACT]


  1. 8 August 2015 5:24 pm

    My TBR pile gets bigger every day!! But you can never have enough books – thanks for this!

  2. helensibbritt permalink
    6 August 2015 5:18 pm

    Here grows the TBR Piles LOL loving them 🙂

    Have Fun

  3. Malvina permalink
    6 August 2015 3:19 pm

    Oh golly, this is a sure fire way to give us all reader envy and go looking for all these books! Actually…great!

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