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Favourite reads: Dec 2015

5 January 2016

Books_purpleWelcome to our Favourite Reads for December. 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 full 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 December …

Tallie’s Knight by Anne Gracie

Tallie's KnightWho doesn’t love a knight in shining armour? Tallie’s Magnus Lord d’Arenville is just the best. He is known as The Icicle because he is cold hearted with not a drop of warm blood in his body, but Tallie melts that ice and warms him up in such a pleasurable way. This is one of a story that you will not want to put down; it is heart-warming and so beautifully written. It will have you smiling throughout as the journey to a beautiful HEA takes you from London across to Italy and back. I highly recommend this one grab yourself a drink sit back and enjoy. [Helen, NSW]

Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Jumper by Debbie Johnson

Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas JumperThis story was nicely romantic, with a few weddings tossed in for some feel-good, sometimes teary moments. Marco (he of the Christmas jumper), a visiting American professor, and single mum wedding-dress maker Maggie make a terrific H&H. The beginning had some great giggle moments, and there were enough other fun parts to make the reading skip along quite nicely. The snarky teenage daughter provides snippy entertainment with great one-liners, and the snowy Oxford setting is gorgeous. Fabulous festive fare, but fun to read any time! [Malvina, NSW]

Outtakes from the Grave by Jeaniene Frost (Night Huntress series)

Outtakes from the GraveI wasn’t that fond of the end of the Night Huntress series, so it was a pleasure to read the various outtakes of Cat and Bones (with a little Vlad thrown in too). Jeaniene provides details on why these outtakes were left out or changed, and they are her usual high-quality writing. Various snippets (some quite lengthy) from some, but not all of the books in the series, provided different beginnings or versions of events. Fun for those who have completed the series. [Gina, NSW]

The Score by Elle Kennedy (book 3, Off-Campus series)

The ScoreI had the chance to read an early copy of this story in December. Dean di Laurentis, ladies’ man extraordinaire falls hard for pocket rocket, Allie Hayes. I love Kennedy’s writing style and the way she does banter, between the protagonists or within the wider Off-Campus group, is just brilliant. The guys made me laugh as usual and Dean cracked me up regularly. I basically inhaled the book and can’t wait to talk about it with other readers once it’s been released. [Kaetrin, SA]

Operation Homecoming by Justine Davis (book 6, Cutter’s Code)

Operation HomecomingBe warned, this category romantic suspense novel is a tearjerker, with a real sweetheart hero. It is not only a romance between the leads but also a story of repairing familial and friendship bonds. The secondary characters are very important here, and, although it stands alone, I do recommend reading the first book in the Cutter’s Code series in order to fully appreciate the emotional impact of this one. Of course, I recommend reading all the books in the series anyway, even if only for the delightful ‘superdog’, Cutter. [Deb K, NSW]

Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts (book 1, Guardians trilogy)

Stars of FortuneThis book was an unexpected delight (mainly because I never read the blurb). I was expecting the usual 3 x 2 save the world theme, which this book does have, but it was much more than that. The heroine in this book, Sasha, is led to Corfu by a vision. There she meets the others, also drawn to that place. The characters are unusual—I won’t say more than that so as not to spoil the delight for other readers—and I quickly fell into the story. Suffice to say the book left me wanting more and eagerly awaiting books 2 and 3. [Debbie, ACT]

Anything for You by Kristan Higgins (book 5, Blue Heron series)

Anything for YouOMG I am a huge fan of Kristan Higgins and her latest book, Anything for You, did not let me down. Connor and Jess have been secretly dating for years, but she has some pretty big issues holding her back from getting seriously involved. The book begins with Connor proposing and Jess turning him down, which had me falling hard and fast for poor Connor. He’s gorgeous, faithful and a self-confessed grump, possibly one of my fave book heroes ever. Luckily Jess finally gets her act together, because if she didn’t I was going to leap into the pages and take him for myself. This is a sweet, feel-good and funny book perfect for a relaxing summer read. [Rachael, WA]

If I Kissed You by Louise Reynold

If I Kissed YouI’d just finished reading about a mass murderer so, needing something light and lovely, I picked up If I Kissed You. Happily, it was just the right choice. A beautiful St Kilda setting with a dose of Irish whimsy and a gorgeous hero. And food. A work that manages to depict family dynamics and cross-cultural conflicts in a concise and realistic way. Perfect holiday reading that made me want to leap on a plane for Melbourne. [Deb A, NSW]


  1. 5 January 2016 10:26 am

    Thanks Debbie. (Sigh). New Nora Roberts added to ever expanding list. Can’t resist after that review.

  2. 5 January 2016 10:24 am

    Lucky you, Kaetrin. I absolutely love this series. Between Elle and Kritsten Callihan, I’ve become quite a fan of college football players (although, to to be honest, it might be only their heroes). 😀

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