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Favourite reads: Jun 2016

5 July 2016

Books_purpleWelcome to our Favourite Reads for June. 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 June …

My American Duchess by Eloisa James (historical romance)

My American DuchessAn American heiress with two broken engagements, a rented pineapple and twin brothers oh my. This book had me in tears of laughter at a number of points. It perfectly skewered the aristocracy’s obsession with manners and mores. If you want a fun light historical with a bit of a twist run and get this book, you won’t be disappointed. [Cora, ACT]

Dark Deeds by Michelle Diener (futuristic romance) (book 2, Class 5 series)

Dark DeedsI thoroughly enjoyed this second helping of science fiction adventure and romance. Once more we have a strong and memorable heroine, a sexy and honourable hero, and, of course, the all-important sidekick, but this is definitely not a clone of the first book. The plot thickens <g>, and we are introduced to new side characters and species (you can tell the author had a lot of fun with them). This time we get intriguing references to the heroine of the next book and I am really looking forward to that. [Deb, NSW]

A Child to Open Their Hearts by Marion Lennox (contemporary romance) (book 6, Wildfire Island series)

A Child to Open Their HeartsI didn’t realise this book wrapped everything up, but Marion Lennox is so skilled the book easily stood alone, set in a lush, tropical paradise. It has a spectacular (and heartbreaking) opening scene, so gripping you’re compelled to read on as a little boy’s life hangs in the balance … The romance develops hesitantly at first, then gains ground with some unexpected twists. A lovely book to read with a beautiful ending. [Malvina, NSW]

The Summer Bride by Anne Gracie (historical romance) (book 4, Chance Sisters series)

The Summer BrideI have been eagerly awaiting this final book in the series and what a fabulous story it was! This is Daisy’s story; she is the most stubborn of the four girls and watching her fall in love with the flamboyant Flynn was a thoroughly enjoyable story. There was laughter tears and sighs throughout, and the other characters added so much to the story. Ms Gracie writes stories that will pull you in from page one and then not want to put them down till you get to the end. This one was a beauty that I highly recommend. [Helen, NSW]

City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong (mystery/suspense) (book 1, Casey Duncan series)

City of the LostThis book was originally released as a series, and boy am I glad I waited for the paperback release; I don’t think I could have coped with waiting for one part after another. The story has a similar “everything is not what it seems” feel to it, as with Armstrong’s Cainsville series, but there is nothing paranormal in this book. It is a straight-up mystery/suspense, bordering on romantic suspense (think the Nadia series). There was certainly enough romance to keep me happy—and a mystery that kept me guessing. Casey was a very complex and extremely competent character and her hero was just as compelling. I’m very glad there will be more books in this series. [Debbie, ACT]

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