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Favourite reads: Jul 2016

5 August 2016

Books_purpleWelcome to our Favourite Reads for July. 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 July …

Nerds and Geeks series by Vicki Lewis Thompson (contemporary)

The Geek TycoonI love nerds and geeks in romance, and I adored this linked four novella series: The Geek Tycoon, Tender is the Nerd, It’s All Geek to Me, and A Nerd to Remember. What fun! Ohmygoodness these boys are geek gorgeous! Typical VLT loyal, protective, super romantic, and heroic hot stuff, all *four* of them. Just look past the glasses and the pocket protector. You need to read the series in order, but I guarantee you won’t be bored; you’ll just be looking for the next novella. Fast and furious, sexy fun. [Malvina, NSW]

For Real by Alexis Hall (erotic romance)

For RealFor Real won the 2016 RWA RITA award for Best Erotic Romance. It’s a male/male erotic BDSM romance of two characters who find their other halves while on the roller coaster ride of sorting through issues like an older and younger man romance, resolving/healing from past relationships, perceptions and assumptions of who someone is, knowing who you are and accepting yourself. The character’s journeys are compelling and emotion packed. [Kylie, NSW]

Bound to the Bounty Hunter by Hayson Manning (book 1, Bound series) (contemporary romance)

Bound to the Bounty HunterThis is one hot sensual steamy read that had me turning the pages fast. The characters come to life on the pages and the emotions are high. There is danger, suspense, a sizzling romance and a very daring heroine who is strong and stands up for herself and the sexy hero is no pushover. This is a story that will make you laugh cry and sigh and it is the start of a series, which is fabulous because the other characters are going to get their stories. One that ticks all of the boxes for a great romance. [Helen, NSW]

Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh (book 18, Psy/Changeling) (urban fantasy)

Allegiance of HonorThis was a mammoth ensemble book, and it was done masterfully. It was lovely to catch up with favourite characters and see they are settled into happy lives. The book could have ended up being a big lovefest, but there is also turmoil in the Psy/Changeling world, and the subplot of a kidnapped BlackSea changeling kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. With a bonus happy ending for one couple who finally made their way back to each other. I suspect there are big things to come in the new story arc. [Debbie, ACT]

Miss Frost Solves a Cold Case by Kristen Painter (book 1, Jayne Frost Nocturne Falls Mystery)

Miss Frost Solves a Cold CaseIf you enjoy a fun and not-too-serious read with quirky characters and a town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year so that it’s resident supernaturals don’t need to hide, this is the book for you. This one is a mystery and the start of a spin-off (sort of) series featuring the heroine Jayne Frost. She does meet a delicious man but the book is more cosy whodunit than paranormal. The original Nocturne Falls series has a quirky paranormal romance per book, starting with The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride. [Gina, NSW]

Just What I Needed by Lorelei James (book 2, Need You series) (contemporary)

Just What I NeededLorelei has given us another family to fall in love with—the Lunds. Walker is a lumbersexual man that you want to fall in love with, Trinity is the girl who has had a bad life and wants someone to care for and love her. This book is just what Lorelei gives us everytime; characters to fall in love, a storyline that is believable and a book that you can’t put down. [Diane, NSW]

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