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Favourite reads: Mar 2016

5 April 2016

Books_purpleWelcome to our Favourite Reads for March. 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 March …

Like a Poison by Keira Levett (Randall Family series, book 2)

Like a PoisonThis book features an alpha werewolf heroine and a demon hero, who possesses the body of the heroine’s weaker lover. I use the word ‘hero’ very loosely as there is no big redemption here. The demon remains ‘not nice’ and his single concession to humanity is that he only kills those who hurt or threaten what’s his. This book enraged me and made me cry; I couldn’t see how the author could salvage it. But she did, and very satisfactorily too. [Deb, NSW]

The House by the Lake by Ella Carey

The House by the LakeThis is an amazing story that I loved from page one. It is magical, emotional and a joy to read as we slip back in time to 1930s Europe. The beautiful love story from the past is bought to life by Anna in 2010 when her grandfather hears about the discovery of an apartment in Paris that had been locked up since the war. With a growing connection between Anna and the German lawyer Wil, who is helping her with the family’s ancestral palace, there are two romances and a story that I highly recommend. [Helen, NSW]

The Art of Taming a Rake by Nicole Jordan (Legendary Lovers, book 4)

The Art of Taming a RakeWhat happens after a lady’s reputation is left in ruins? Venetia has returned to London from the new life she built in France in order to protect her younger sister from notorious rake Quinn (who really has a heart of gold). Feisty, independent and determined to live life on her own terms, Venetia is more than a match for the Earl of Traherne. A funny, sexy and thrilling regency romance with lots of fireworks! [Sam J, NSW]

April’s Rainbow by Cathryn Hein

April's RainbowWhen I sat on Cathryn Hein’s table at the recent ARRA High Tea, she said that this book was the book of her heart, and presented us with a gorgeous rainbow mug. Because it was so special to her, I decided to read it. It’s told in first person from strong, silent, shy farmer Tristan’s voice, when he falls for the slightly wild, slightly not-quite-right artist April. Something hugely deep is troubling her, and oh my goodness doesn’t Tristan watch over her with his big heart on his sleeve … This was a beautiful read, hot and sweet, and now it’s special to me, too. [Malvina, NSW]

The Undoing by Shelly Laurenston (Call of Crows, book 2)

The UndoingThis book is fun and not to be taken too seriously. There’s a big baddie to defeat, sister Crows to fight or party with, everyone is slightly (or a lot) crazy. Loved the Protector clan and their freaky owl neck trick and their obsession with books 😉 The heroine is a great mix of total berserker (in battle) and introverted nerd. If you like your characters a bit out there, always feisty and with a hero who understands the heroine’s strengths and just lets her get on with it, you’ll love this read. [Gina, NSW]

The Obsession by Nora Roberts

The ObsessionLa Nora’s latest standalone romantic suspense is packed full with an evil villain, awesome heroine and swoony grumpy hero. Plus there’s a dog! Trigger warning for sexual violence though (the serial killer is very awful). There’s even some home renovations thrown in. The hero is not the builder but he’s nonetheless very good with his hands … *cough* I devoured it quick smart and loved every second. Rates up there with The Search and The Witness for me. [Kaetrin, SA]



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