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Favourite reads: May 2016

5 June 2016

Books_purpleWelcome to our Favourite Reads for May. 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 May …

Birthright by Nora Roberts (romantic suspense)

BirthrightI’m a long-time fan of Nora Roberts. Last month I read a book that has shot right to the top 10 of her books for me. Birthright (2001) is one of her romantic suspense stand-alones and it’s a corker. When work on a housing development turns up remains of a Neolithic village, the small town of Woodsboro is shaken by danger, mystery, destruction and murder – and brilliant archaeologist Callie Dunbrook finds herself back in the company of her charismatic ex-husband Jake. Great characters. Great mystery. Wonderful reunion romance. Interesting setting. Loved it. [Anna, Qld]

The Wife’s Tale by Christine Wells (historical romance)

The Wife's TaleI have been looking forward to this book and it was worth the wait! What a fabulous story it is. This book is moving and enchanting as we slip from today in Brisbane Australia back to an eighteenth century estate, Seagrove, on the Isle of Wight for a story that brings to life characters that you will become close to as they go through journeys that will have you smiling. This one is going to stay with me for a long time and be read many times over. [Helen, NSW]

The SEAL’s Rebel Librarian by Anne Calhoun (book 2, Alpha Ops series) (romantic suspense)

The SEAL's Rebel LibrarianThis author has a real knack for showing the ‘click’ of chemistry between two strangers, that is not based simply on physical attraction but on recognition of the other as a complementary personality. The hero here is an ex-Navy SEAL suffering from a form of PTSD and the heroine is a divorced librarian wanting to reinvent herself. The story is sexy and sweet, and the issues raised are nicely explored. The characters from the first book in the series also have a part to play, which is always fun. [Deb, NSW]

The Obsession by Nora Roberts (romantic suspense)

The ObsessionI read The Obsession but went in cold, not knowing anything about it. I’m so glad I did, because otherwise the shocking beginning would have had far less impact on me. Then I enjoyed the jump in time to the heroine renovating her new house; I loved those bits and could easily visualise it! The hero is dishy and heroic and gorgeous; these two were wonderful together. The suspensy bit was scarily done, I never guessed the villain … Everything to enjoy! [Malvina, NSW]

Shut Out by Kelly Jamieson (book 1, Bayard Hockey series) (new adult)

Shut OutI’ve had a bit of a hit-or-miss relationship with Kelly Jamieson books in the past, but when she’s on, she is ON. A fab romance about a college hockey player and would-be med student; funny, sexy and sweet. For extra bonus points, I really liked the take on rape culture and athlete privilege. This one is a real winner—I highly recommend it. [Kaetrin, SA]

Threader by Rebekah Turner (book 1, Helios Academy) (young adult)

ThreaderThreader is an action-packed YA novel set in a dystopian near-future where various psychic talents have begun to emerge—think Bladerunner meets X-Men. The heroine, Josie, is strong and witty, but also vulnerable. Josie is a ‘threader’, she can manipulate other people’s talents. Then there’s the mysterious Blake Galloway—a ‘slider’ with tattoos, a leather jacket and the broadest shoulders. *fans self* Josie finds herself at an academy where she tries to gain control of her powers and figure out what’s really going on behind the scenes. [Sam, NSW]

Feverborn by Karen Marie Moning (book 8, Fever series) (urban fantasy)

FeverbornAs usual there is a LOT going on in this book. We get to meet Jada’s sidekick for the first time and he is adorable (and also proves that Dani is not entirely gone). Plenty of heartache in that part of the story, not least when Jada reveals how her ‘welcome home’ made her feel. Someone is posting lies about Mac and Jada, and that is putting them in danger; someone is walking around pretending to be Alina (what??); and the interdimensional black holes are growing—could they swallow the whole world? Wait for the cliffhanger too—it’s a big one. [Debbie, ACT]

One Comment
  1. 5 June 2016 11:25 am

    Great list there! Malvina, just off to order The Obsession!

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