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Favourite reads: Jul 2017

5 August 2017

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 …

Raider by Justine Davis (Coalition Rebellion #4) (futuristic romance)

Raider is the latest novel in one of my favourite science fiction romance series, and it met my expectations wonderfully. I loved everything about it: the truly heroic hero; his equally strong heroine; the interesting secondary characters, and, most particularly, the main antagonist. The story is set on a new planet, but mention is made of the ‘legendary’ heroes and heroines from the previous books. Although our couple get their happy ending, the major political conflict is not over, and I am impatiently awaiting the next book in the series. [Deb, NSW]

Leaving Ocean Road by Esther Campion (contemporary romance)

This was a story that I didn’t want to put down by debut author Esther Campion, she writes a story that is emotional and moving it shows the strength that people go through. This one takes us from Ireland to Australia to Greece and back to Ireland, there is heartache and happiness and there is love. I can’t highly recommend this one enough beautifully written a compelling read and fabulous settings, keep the tissues handy as well. [Helen, NSW]

Trust by Kylie Scott (young adult romance)

Kylie Scott is famous for her gritty rock star series, so a YA (young adult) novel is a new departure for her. I predict adults will also love it. It’s a coming-of-age story, and also a romance. Kylie Scott has a gift for putting ordinary young people in an extraordinary situation, and then showing them learn to cope, and grow stronger from the experience. She has a deep understanding of the pressures and conflict that young people today have to deal with. Highly recommended. [Anne, Vic]

Falling in Love Again by Marilyn Forsyth (Outback Gems #2) contemporary romance)

I love opals. The flash, the fire and the mystery of each stone is so exotic and alluring; they have a deep heart. In her last book Marilyn Forsyth gave us beautiful pearls. In this book, hero Jamie Coltrane is an opal miner, unexpectedly meeting old university flame Gemma (love that play on words for her name). This couple has serious unresolved baggage, with really high personal stakes to sort through before love can win out. A real rollercoaster ride. Look out for the very special and unexpected presence of a character named Gracie—I fell in love with her reading the book, but she’s probably not what you expect! Enjoy! [Malvina, NSW]

Spellbinder by Thea Harrison (Moonshadow #2) (paranormal romance)

The hero of this book, Morgan La Fae, was an intriguing character in the first book and it was great to learn more about him and for him to have his redemption. The heroine, Sidonie, is a famous musician who is kidnapped and taken to the Light Fae court. The experience proves to Sid that she is actually strong and resilient. I love that she comes up with a plan to rescue herself and executes it. This book also features the puck, Robin, again. An outstanding read. [Debbie, ACT]

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