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Favourite reads: Feb 2016

5 March 2016

Books_purpleWelcome to our Favourite Reads for February. 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 February …

Dark Horse by Michelle Diener (Class 5 series, book 1) (sci-fi romance)

Dark HorseI loved this first book in a new science fiction romance series. It has intriguing and successful worldbuilding (they don’t always go together) and a wonderfully convoluted plot. The hero is great, and the secondary characters are all interesting and individual, but it is the heroine who is truly memorable. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series—the couple’s story is complete in this one (minor weep) but the world, and an overarching plot line, continues (major glee). [Deb, NSW]

Exile’s Return by Alison Stuart (Guardians of the Crown, book 3) (historical romance)

Exile's ReturnMs Stuart has never disappointed me with one of her stories and I have to say this latest one was a joy to read. I have read the first two books in this series a couple of times (loved them) and was never really certain about whether there would be a Daniel story, so when his story was released I was smiling. It is beautifully written, accurate, and tied everything up so well. It is now my favourite of the three. This one will take you back in time through hardships, but love is never too far away and loyalty to family friends and the true King. I highly recommend these stories, they are fabulous reads. [Helen, NSW]

The Farmer’s Perfect Match by Marilyn Forsyth (rural romance)

The Farmer's Perfect MatchMarilyn Forsyth obviously fell in love with the concept of the reality TV show The Farmer Wants A Wife (which I also love), and made it into her unique book, The Farmer’s Perfect Match. I was fascinated to go behind the scenes of the show (in the book), all gloriously set on a pearl farm, and see what goes on when the camera’s switched off. And on, for that matter. Who would the pearl farmer ‘pick’? And would she be the right one? Much more complicated that you think. A terrific debut romance. [Malvina, NSW]

Kings Rising by CS Pacat (Captive Prince trilogy, book 3) (m/m fantasy romance)

Kings RisingThe much-awaited final instalment in the Captive Prince trilogy brought me all the feels. Even after the long wait and the high expectations built in my head, it still managed to wow me. There were moments in the book that literally took my breath away. Brilliantly crafted and written, Damen’s and Laurent’s journey to a HEA was everything I hoped it would be. Don’t start with this book. The series has to be read in order! [Kaetrin SA]

My Demon Warlord by Carolyn Jewel (My Immortals series, book 7) (paranormal romance)

My Demon WarlordThe guys are (as the title suggests) demon warlords. The series has its roots in a short story from the Crimson City series. Hunky alpha males who can change form (demon) with weird ‘mental’ powers, a penchant for violence—mainly as a result of years of abusive slavery (though that’s not dwelled on)—and kick-ass women who end up loving them. There’s good world building with conflict between the human witches and the demons. The fun is in the abrasive-asshole-to-(still abrasive but)-soul-mate romance with action adventure. [Gina, NSW]

Hometown Hero by Dani Collins (contemporary romance)

Hometown HeroThis is a story about missed opportunities, second chances, and learning to compromise so that you can share a life together. Skye and Chase were in high-school together, although never a couple. Meeting again as adults there is undeniable chemistry, but their lives are in two different places and their goals are different. The story of how they work through these differences to find a way to be together is just lovely. [Debbie, ACT]

One Comment
  1. 6 March 2016 10:53 am

    Oh wow! So proud to be included here. Thank you, Malvina!

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