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Favourite reads: Jan 2016

5 February 2016

Books_purpleWelcome to our Favourite Reads for January. 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 January …

Vampire Mistress by Joey W Hill (book 5, Vampire Queen series) (paranormal romance)

Vampire MistressThis is a three-way romance, not just a ménage story. It is brutal in content given the inciting event that throws the characters together (a rape) but I like the hints that their trinity is going to save/give each of them their heart’s desire. Hill’s characters have incredibly complex histories, opposing yet complimentary, attitudes and views so set yet evolving. They’re trying to discover who they are as a group and also as individuals. A powerful read. [Kylie, NSW]

Untamed by Diana Palmer (contemporary romance)

UntamedThis is Tat and Rourke’s story, along with a few familiar characters popping in from previous books. This seemed a welcome return to the Diana Palmer of old, with a sweeping, over-the-top he-man for a hero, and a heroine who shows a lot of dignity, intelligence and backbone. I can’t wean myself off Diana Palmer; I’ve been reading her for years. Some are a bit hit and miss, but Untamed is a nice romantic hit for me. [Malvina, NSW]

Learning to Fall by Mina V Esguerra (contemporary romance)

Learning to FallThis is a fab new adult romance featuring a rugby playing hero and a heroine who is a book blogger. Normally I’d avoid something so meta but it’s done so well here. Romance tropes and book blogging hashtags are used to maximum effect and there is even talk of “magic peen”! The hero is a leader but he’s no alphahole. Recommended for anyone who enjoys new adult romance. [Kaetrin, SA]

Eloping with Emmy by Liz Fielding (contemporary romance)

Eloping with EmmyBecause of her controlling father Emmy has learnt to be sneaky—very very sneaky. Hero Tom works for Emmy’s father and has been given the job of fixing her latest problem. Yeah, good luck with that Tom! They met when she climbs down a drainpipe and hides in his car. She then leads him on a chase across England and France until finally she catches him 🙂 Emmy is a quirky heroine and Tom is determined to work out the mystery of Emmy. A fun and entertaining read. [Debbie, ACT]

City of Light by Keri Arthur (book 1, Outcast series) (urban fantasy)

City of LightIt’s always a good day when there is a new Keri Arthur book to read. This one is set in a dystopian environment, has a kick-ass heroine, hot guys and a rescue mission. There are magic users, vampires, weres, ghosts and super soldiers, none of them quite like you’ve seen before. The characters’ motivations are complex, there are plenty of shades of grey and nothing is quite what it seems. Loved the heroine, the story and even enjoyed the dystopian aspects (not usually my thing). Thoroughly recommended. [Gina, NSW]

Escaping Mr Right by Avril Tremayne (contemporary romance)

Escaping Mr RightThis is a story that has so many emotions flying off the pages from the start. Big football hero Nick has craved TV reporter Chloe for some time but she is already in a
relationship with supposedly Mr Right. I laughed out loud, shed a few tears and was ready to smack someone during this story; it really is a fabulous story. Set in Sydney and The Philippines and with secondary characters who add so much to the story. Don’t miss this one. [Helen, NSW]



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