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Favourite reads: Aug 2015

5 September 2015

Books_purpleWelcome to our Favourite Reads for August. 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 August…

Perfect Touch by Elizabeth Lowell

Perfect TouchElizabeth Lowell is back on form in her latest romantic suspense novel. The leads have a great relationship from the start, and although there are some issues to overcome they are external and not caused by stupid misunderstandings or deliberate miscommunication. The suspense part, while not too surprising, is both tension-filled and exciting. What I love most, though, is that the hero and heroine have wonderful chemistry, both in and out of bed, and the banter between them is amusing and touching by turns. [Deb, NSW]

Seize the Fire by Laura Kinsale (audiobook, narrated by Nicholas Boulton)

Seize the Fire audioThis book has the best stranded-on-a-desert-island section ever, IMO, and listening to it was even better than reading it. Nick Boulton is a brilliant narrator and Laura Kinsale hand-picked him to perform all of her books. Seize the Fire was one I’d been hanging out for and it did not disappoint. The story is full of nuance and depth and it’s still brilliant. I even liked the ending better this time around. [Kaetrin, SA]

Bidding on Her Boss by Rachel Bailey (book 2 in the Hawke Brothers series)

Bidding on Her BossIf you haven’t read the first book in this series, don’t worry, just enjoy this one. It is gorgeous—a florist and a CEO for a flower company, who shouldn’t ‘fraternise’ … Ha, like that’s going to stop true love. Part of the attraction of this book was the lovely flowers. I could see them, soft and beautiful like the florist. A tender and sensual read. [Malvina, NSW]

Fire Me Up by Rachael Johns (book 2 in the Deacons of Bourbon Street series)

Fire Me UpI am loving this series about MC members and their way of life. They are strong alpha heroes and the heroines really need to be able to stand up to them and show their strength. The setting is fab New Orleans. The story hooked me from the first page and I couldn’t put it down. The hero Travis left New Orleans 10 years ago and has left this way of life behind—that is until he is called back by the new president. Travis has a lot to deal with and one thing is Billie the Aussie girl living in the old clubhouse. It is a steamy and emotional read. [Helen, NSW]

Spider’s Trap by Jennifer Estep (book 13 in the Elemental Assassin series)

Spider's TrapI love the Elemental Assassin series and love the supporting characters—especially the sisters, Jo-Jo and and Sophia, and their opposite appearances/skills. Love Finnegan—he’s slutty, avaricious in a won-that-contest-way and utterly reliable. Owen is just about perfect; he loves Gin but doesn’t try to stop her doing her stuff. Gin herself is one of my favourite book characters. She’s scrupulous, hard working, has a wry sense of humour, excellent friends and just an indomitable will to use absolutely everything she’s got to fight for what’s right. Start at book 1, Spider’s Bite. [Gina, NSW]

Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews (book 8 in the Kate Daniels series)

Magic ShiftsIf Kate and Curran were expecting a quiet life after stepping down as the alpha couple then they are bound to be sorely disappointed. From the very start of this book they are running from one problem to another, and the problems keep piling up. Not to mention the worst father-in-law in the world. Plus a very scary incident that could change everything between Kate and Curran. Another awesome book in this series! [Debbie, ACT]

Hexed by Kevin Hearne (book 2, the Iron Druid Chronicles)

HexedA 2000-year-old druid living in the US, fighting Irish Gods and German witches—yes please. This book has it all, including a ‘talking’ wolfhound focused on ‘sticking it to the man’ after one too many bath time stories. Atticus’s snarky asides with his dog had me laughing out loud in a number of places.  If you liked the Dresden files then I urge you to give this one a go. [Cora, ACT]

  1. 5 September 2015 1:29 pm

    I have Magic Shifts on my TBR pile. It arrived while I was reading another book, and now its just sitting there, taunting me until I can finish and grab it . Ilona Andrews writes such wonderful books – I have all of her Magic books, and can’t wait for the next in the Burn series.

  2. helensibbritt permalink
    5 September 2015 9:40 am

    I too loved Rachel’s book and the others sound very intriguing 🙂

    Have Fun

    • 5 September 2015 11:57 am

      Thanks Helen for loving FIRE ME UP!! The other books all sound fab too! xo

  3. 5 September 2015 9:36 am

    Fab books, and Yep, was hanging out for Magic Shifts and loved it. xxFi

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