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Favourite reads: Mar 2017

5 April 2017

Books_purpleWelcome to our Favourite Reads for March. 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 March …

License to Shift by Kathy Lyons (book 2, Grizzlies Gone Wild) (paranormal)

This was a very enjoyable read, with a bear-shifter hero on the verge of going feral and a heroine who hasn’t ever considered the possibility that shifters might exist. She is in for a rude awakening <g>. There is a great deal of humour and suspense to go with the romance, and there are satisfying appearances by the prior couple and an intriguing set-up for the following couple. I am keen to read the next book in the series, For the Bear’s Eyes Only. [Deb, NSW]

Forbidden Pleasure by Lora Leigh (book 8, Bound Hearts) (erotic romance)

Although part of a series, this book can definitely be read alone. What appealed to me was Leigh’s skill in exploring the psychology of each character while juggling the dynamics and sensuality of a menage relationship. I was really engrossed in all three characters’ journeys while entertained by the external, but by no means secondary, suspense sub-plot of a serial stalker bent on destroying the main characters’ careers and lives. This ‘old favourite’ was the first Lora Leigh book and first ménage of hers I’d read, and it will continue to be pulled off my keeper shelf and re-read many times over. [Kylie, NSW]

Unmasking Miss Appleby by Emily Larkin (book 1, Baleful Godmother) (historical romance)

This was recommended by the delightful Anna Campbell, as one of her best reads of 2016. I thought it might be worth a read, and Anna was certainly right! This is a most unusual book, with an enchanting blend of the Regency with magic. Miss Charlotte Appleby is gifted something on her 25th birthday that makes a huge difference in her life—and that of Marcus, Lord Cosgrove. I didn’t know where this book would take me, it was full of unusual twists and turns—a fabulously unusual romance. [Malvina, NSW]

Deep Diving by Cate Ellink (contemporary)

Fellow sports romance lovers—this is another fantastic read! This steamy book has it all, a hero who doesn’t want to be recognised as the NRL star that he is and finally a heroine who is also an athlete in her own right; a retired triathlete. Plus as an added bonus it is set on Australia’s beautiful Lord Howe Island! I learnt a lot about diving and it’s made me want to go there for my next holiday! On a side note—fruit and yoghurt for breakfast will never be the same for me 🙂 [Juliette, Vic]

Promise of Hunters Ridge by Sarah Barrie (book 3, Hunters Ridge) (romantic suspense)

OMG, this is a brilliant finish to this fabulous series. Ms Barrie had me on the edge of my seat throughout this one; it is a fast-paced and action-filled story as Mia gets her HEA. After everything that Mia has been through, this heroine is one tough girl. I cried and smiled. The powerful emotions that are bought to life on the pages will honestly have you biting your nails. Sit back, make yourself comfortable, you will not want to put this one down until you see what happens to an evil serial killer. It really is a gripping fabulous story. [Helen, NSW]

Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy (book 1, WAGS) (contemporary)

The hero of this book, Blake, featured in previous books Him and Us and he was an intriguing character. He has that whole Energizer Bunny thing going on (think Mal from Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive series), and he doesn’t seem to take anything too seriously at all. Until he does stop and take something seriously, and then—whoo boy! The heroine, Jess, sees herself as the family screw-up and thinks of Blake as just another mistake. But then she stands up for Blake in the most amazing way. This book was totally fun and totally hot and I have been missing these characters for weeks. [Debbie, ACT]

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