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Favourite reads: Jun 2017

5 July 2017

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 …

Playing the Player by Amy Andrews (book 3, Sydney Smoke Rugby) (contemporary romance)

I have had this one waiting for me since release day and I have been really looking forward to it, seeing as how much I loved the first two in the series and boy did I love it. Ms Andrews has such a way with words! She brings out the best in her characters and this one is a hot, sexy, awesome story, one that I could barely put down. I laughed and smiled throughout this journey to a very sexy HEA with rugby star Lincoln Quinn and school teacher Em Newman. My advice: get yourself a drink and sit back and enjoy, because things are going to hot up very nicely. [Helen, NSW]

Under Her Skin by Adriana Anders (book 1, Blank Canvas) (contemporary romance)

This is like a Beauty and the Beast story, although they are both ‘beasts’ by accident. Uma’s on the run, terrified. Ivan’s an ex-con loner, scarred by life, now a blacksmith. She has different sorts of scars—you’ll need to read it to find out what. These two damaged souls have a fairly tumultuous romance, it’s a bit outside the box, and I loved the difference of it all and the surprises it brings—and how moving it is. You know there’s going to be a tremendous showdown at the end; she can’t keep running forever. It does come, and the ending takes your breath away. Pretty steamy, a great romance. [Malvina, NSW]

The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick (historical romance)

I’m a long-time fan of Nicola Cornick’s historical romances, which are a beautiful combination of historical atmosphere and passionate love story. These days, Nicola is writing dual (and sometimes triple) time-line stories, which I’m also loving, especially her latest, The Phantom Tree, which combines a Tudor and a contemporary romance with time travel, ghosts and clairvoyance. As you can imagine, this makes for a really rich brew—I couldn’t put the darn thing down. It’s powerful and mysterious and very romantic. Cue dark circles under my eyes the day after I finished it at 2am. [Anna, Qld]

Silver Silence by Nalini Singh (book 1, Psy-Changeling Trinity) (paranormal romance)

Knowing that Silver Mercant was the heroine of this book, it was hard to imagine a perfect hero for her, but Nalini has created a splendid one. I had a few problems with repetitive descriptions and the larger plot wasn’t as compelling as some, but ignore these little niggles and read this book for the pleasure of getting to know Valentin Nikolaev. He is an absolute sweetheart, with his own brand of true alpha-ness. I hope we get more of Singh’s bears in future books. [Deb, NSW]

Death and Relaxation by Devon Monk (book 1, Ordinary Magic) (urban fantasy)

This is the first book in an awesome new series set in a sleepy sea-side town called Ordinary. The town is anything but ordinary, as it is the vacation spot of choice for gods. Delaney is the police chief and she is responsible for keeping the gods’ powers safe while they’re on vacation, as well as policing the mortals and paranormal residents of the town. And now her long-time crush Ryder is back in town and maybe, just maybe, the time is finally right for something between them. If someone doesn’t kill her first. There is so much to love about this town and its characters, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series. [Debbie, ACT]

All That I Am by Rachel Brookes (book 1, Men of Monroe) (contemporary romance)

This book was a long time coming, but it was worth the wait. The Men from Monroe are to die for. Rachel has written two great characters that leap from the pages and immerse you in their story. Kudos to Rachel for finishing this story when she could have given up on it. [Diane, NSW]

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