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Favourite reads: Nov 2016

5 December 2016

Books_purpleWelcome to our Favourite Reads for November. 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 November …

‘Play’ by Karina Bliss in You Had Me at Christmas anthology (book 1.5, Rock Solid series) (contemporary romance)

playThis novella is a sexy but realistic look at a couple trying to rejuvenate a marriage and raise children amid the pressures and temptations of unexpected fame. The rock-star hero is no playboy, but an ordinary man whose recent fame has brought him adoring fans and media scrutiny. Their lifestyle changes have impacted them both in different ways, and resolving these new issues is the essence of the story. It is amusing and heart-breaking by turns, and I plan to read the other books in the series. [Deb, NSW]

Shadows of Hunters Ridge by Sarah Barrie (book 2, Hunters Ridge series) (romantic suspense)

shadows-of-hunters-ridgeWell I have been waiting for this one and can I say WOW what a fabulous story it is, truly this book has everything that a romantic suspense needs to pull the reader in from page one, edge of your seat suspense a fabulous sensual romance, danger, so much danger strong characters that make you feel so much a part of the story and then a hero and heroine that so deserve each other and after a dangerous path get their beautiful HEA. Ms Barrie writes a story that fully engages the reader from page one and I can highly recommend her stories. I am looking forward to the next one. [Helen, NSW]

Twelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber (contemporary romance)

twelve-days-of-christmasI look forward to Debbie Macomber’s Christmas book every year. The hero really started off as a bah! humbug! guy, which is always a terrific beginning in a romance—I really looked forward to seeing how he’d change. The theme of the book is kindness, and paying this forward. We can all do with a little bit of kindness in this world, but Debbie also twisted the idea and made the acts of kindness also quite introspective, producing surprising results. You never quite know where it will take you! A lovely, festive, romantic book. Well worth the read. [Malvina, NSW]

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas (book 1, Court of Thorns and Roses series) (young adult fantasy)

a-court-of-thorns-and-rosesDo you love fantasy books? Do you love magic and fae? Do you love a Beauty and the Beast type trope? If you answered YES then this is the book for you. I was quite surprised that this was classified as a ‘young adult’ fantasy novel as it reads more mature than that. A nice surprised was a riddle in the book that the author gives you time to figure out on your own. Alas, I was not able to solve it; can you? I looking forward to the next book in the series, A Court of Mist and Fury. [Juliette, Vic]

The Goal by Elle Kennedy (book 4, Off Campus series) (new adult)

the-goalThis book was an awesome read and a great wrap-up for this series. Sabrina was a great heroine-tough and smart and working hard to make a good future for herself-who suddenly finds herself dealing with a very difficult situation. Tucker was so supportive, and incredibly even-tempered (especially for a hockey player), but also very single-minded in going after what he wanted. I loved that he just hung in there right to the end waiting for her to be ready. I also loved that their reactions felt authentic. I will miss this series, but thankfully there will be a spin-off. [Debbie, ACT]

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