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Favourite reads: Aug 2016

5 September 2016

Books_purpleWelcome to our Favourite Reads for August. 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 August …

Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh (a Psy/Changeling collection) (paranormal romance)

Wild EmbraceUpfront I will admit to Nalini Singh being on my auto-buy list: this was a great collection though. Just what I love in a book, great characters and stories that transport me. They were an excellent length (four stories in about 380 pages), with most focusing on the final chase/stages of romance before couplehood. All different, all engaging, including a variety of story types and characters—murder mystery; natural disaster relief work; girl engineers; male wolf submissives—and some familiar characters. LOVED IT. Gimme more … please … pretty please. [Gina, NSW]

Sunset Shadows by Bronwyn Parry (book 3, Goodabri series) (romantic suspense)

Sunset ShadowsFor me Bronwyn Parry’s stories are a must read and this one is brilliant and I am sure they get better the more she writes. I fell into this one from page one and that was it, Ms Parry brings out such emotion in her characters. I was lost in the world of cults and police officers and park rangers as lives are put in danger and edge of your seat suspense where snap decisions are made and two people that are so deserving of each other journey a road to love and happiness. [Helen, NSW]

Bodyguard Bear by Zoe Chant (book 1, Protection, Inc series) (paranormal romance)

Bodyguard BearThis short read features a protective bear shifter hero and a courageous human heroine. It has suspense, humour, and plenty of heat. The heroine is determined and gutsy, but never too stupid to live, and the hero, while certainly alpha enough to be respected by his fellow shifters, is one of the sweetest male characters I have read about in a long time. This is the start of a series and the secondary characters, both shifter and human, are very interesting, and I am looking forward to reading about them. [Deb, NSW]

Nobody’s Hero by Bec McMaster (book 1, Burning Lands series) (dystopian romance)

Nobody's HeroI love me a good post-apocalyptic romance. This was better than good. It ticked every box I desired in a PAR … biblical-like catastrophes, a reshaped world (not quite Mad Max–style but with enough shades to help visualise the world), a damn strong heroine (not at all superhero-like, she was capable and believable), a tortured hero (who makes being a warg more than sexy), a bromance and, of course, intrigue and action galore tangled within a heart-tugging romance. Another great adventure and new series by Bec McMaster. [Kylie, NSW]

Chance Sisters series by Anne Gracie (historical romance)

The Summer BrideI’ve spent some delicious time reading and re-reading Anne Gracie’s four-book series about the Chance Sisters: The Autumn Bride, The Winter Bride, The Spring Bride and the stunning final book, The Summer Bride. The bond between these ‘sisters’ is deep and abiding, no matter what the circumstances, which I loved. You can read the books standalone, but why would you when you’ve got four fabulous Regencies to glut yourself on? Each is so beautifully romantic and uniquely different. Hard to pick a fave, but I think it would be The Winter Bride. [Malvina, NSW]

Capturing Cara by SE Smith (book 2, Dragon Lords of Valdier) (sci-fi romance)

Capturing CaraCara is tiny in size, but huge in attitude. She has ADHD, a condition not helped by her love of coffee. She is also human. Trelon is a hot alien, who finds his true mate in Cara, much to the detriment of his spaceship and to the amusement of his brothers and friends. Their trip to HEA is long, dangerous and great fun. The Dragon Lords of Valdier is shaping up to be a great series. [Chris, SA]

Toni Diamond series by Nancy Warren (cosy mystery)

Frosted ShadowI’ve really enjoyed this cosy mystery series. Set in the American South, the protagonist is Toni Diamond, an ambitious make-up ‘home saleswoman’ for the ‘Lady Bianca’ cosmetic company. ‘Imagine Columbo in a lavender suit, with fake diamonds and big hair.’ The books are clever, warm-hearted and funny. The murders are ingenious, the characterisation is delightful, and there’s even a sexy detective and a blossoming romance. There are four in the series so far and the first book, Frosted Shadow is free. [Anne, Vic]

Sacred Serenity by Audrey Carlan (book 2, Lotus House series) (erotic romance)

Sacred SerenityThis book is the next in the Lotus House series. In this book Dash, a tantric yoga teacher, teaches his lessons with Amber St James. This is a great funny, sexy and romantic book that takes both of the characters on a journey of self-discovery that leads to them both knowing more about themselves than they thought they knew. Audrey has written another great book that you grow to love and want to know more. [Diane, NSW]

The Vintage Girl by Hester Browne (contemporary romance)

The Vintage GirlA very good friend recommended this book, saying it was a real little charmer—and that’s the perfect description. It’s funny and sweet and touching, and features a girl who buys antiques (you have me at hello) who goes up to a castle in Scotland (you have me at och aye) to help the family sort out what they’ve got in the attics so they can buy a new roof for the crumbling pile. There she meets a handsome, brooding laird, and goes to a glamorous ball, and saves everyone’s bacon, and learns a lot about her own heart. The happy ending will leave you smiling; a perfect pick-me-up read. [Anna, Qld]

Ready to Roll by Suzanne Brockmann (Troubleshooters series) (romantic suspense)

Ready to RollThis was a special backers’ release that turned up in the mail at the beginning of the month. It was so lovely to dive into the Troubleshooters world again, to catch up with the characters I already love and meet a whole bunch of new characters to fall in love with. This book had three separate overlapping stories, and the swap from one to another kept me riveted. Of course, now I’m desperately waiting for a full-length Troubleshooters story and the chance to meet these characters again! [Debbie, ACT]


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