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Favourite reads: Apr 2016

5 May 2016

Books_purpleWelcome to our Favourite Reads for April. 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 April …

Trust Me by Jayne Ann Krentz (contemporary)

Trust MeMy favourite read this month was a re-read of an oldie but still a goodie. I love geek heroes, and Sam Stark is one of my all-time favourites. Some of the technology/computer stuff is a little dated, but just keep reading—it won’t detract from the overall enjoyment. There is also heaps of fun to be had with the extended families of both hero and heroine. This book is all win–win for me, no matter how many times I re-read it. [Malvina, NSW]

Didn’t I Warn You by Amber Bardan (book 1, Bad For You series) (contemporary)

Didn't I Warn YouA dark contemporary romance with suspense elements, it is so engrossing I actually missed my bus stop! The story is thrilling, the writing is exquisite and the plot will keep you guessing right until the end. Erotically charged, mysterious and intense, the story pulls you into a sensual, dangerous world and doesn’t let you go. One of the best romances I’ve read! [Sam, NSW]

Tyger, Tyger, Burning Bryght by Cathryn Cade (book 1, Orion series) (sci-fi romance)

Tyger, TygerI really enjoyed this erotic sci-fi adventure featuring a feline alien species. The hero has gone into heat during a space trip, and if he is not ‘satisfied’, he will not be able to perform his navigational duties, leading to the destruction of the spaceship and all who travel on her. A female member of his species is ‘sacrificed’ to the cause, to her great pleasure. The other aliens, and humans, who make up the crew are very well described and I hope for more stories in this world. [Deb, NSW]

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

City of LightGritty, enthralling, compelling. City of Lights gives us a new heroine to fall in love with. All she wants is to be left alone but events take on a life of their own. There are plots within plots and you are never sure who can be trusted. This is a fabulous start to a new series set in a dystopian future where humans lost the war against shifters. And the last surviving Dechet maintains a precarious existence. I loved this book and can’t wait for the next one. [Cora, ACT]

Hard Candy by Amy Jo Cousins (book 7, Bend or Break series) (contemporary m/m)

Hard CandyVincent Lim is a Korean-American rower at Carlisle college, working hard to get good grades but pretty clueless when it comes to relationships. When the guy he thinks he wants falls for someone else, Vinnie stumbles into a relationship with Bryan Latimer—an African American performance major who is nothing like anyone Vinnie has ever met. Bryan is masculine but expresses his gender in non-traditional ways which challenges Vinnie’s comfort zone a little. Bryan gave me all the feels and I just adored him (and Vinnie. But mainly Bryan). [Kaetrin, SA]

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs (book 9, Mercy Thompson series) (urban fantasy)

Fire TouchedI have loved the heroine in the Mercy Thompson series since the first book (Moon Called). When I grow up, I want to be just like her. Patricia Briggs is always a great read; there are complex characters, politics (not over-the-top), the women (goodies or baddies) who are often way scarier than the men. Because it’s so engrossing the finish seems to arrive too quickly (for me anyway). It’s probably best to read from book one—there’s a lot of story to cover 🙂 [Gina, NSW]

The Most Scandalous Ravensdale by Melanie Milburne (book 4, Ravensdale series) (contemporary)

RavensdaleI have thoroughly enjoyed all the Ravensdale series so far, and was eagerly awaiting the last Ravensdale, Kat. I think the best was left to last. Although her journey to become a Ravensdale is far from what her brothers and sister had, Kat is feisty and so loveable and her internal dialogue is so good. She does turn her heroes’ life upside down, in such a good way. It is a great story that I highly recommend. [Helen, NSW]

Dark Hearts by Sharon Sala (book 3, Secrets and Lies trilogy) (romantic suspense)

Dark HeartsAll three books in this trilogy have been totally engrossing. There is a mystery that runs through the books, as well as other obstacles for the hero and heroine in each story. This one was Sam and Lainey’ story; both had scars that had kept them apart, but they got their second chance at love. A very tearful read, but an entirely satisfying ending to this trilogy. Best to start at the beginning with these books and make sure you have all three on hand, as there are cliffhangers. [Debbie, ACT]

  1. 6 May 2016 7:01 pm

    I agree with Trust Me and the Secrets and Lies trilogy. The experience of Krentz and Sala shows through in the sheer quirkiness and emotional intensity they can produce.

  2. cathryncade permalink
    5 May 2016 11:57 am

    What an honor to be on the page with these other authors, including some of my own heroes! Thanks, Deb from NSW and thanks to ARRA.

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