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Favourite reads: Aug 2017

5 September 2017

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 …

Pushing Rope by Jennie Kew (The Q Collection #3) (erotic romance)

This erotic short story was a fast, HOT read with a paranormal twist. Mo (archdemon of lust) works through his ‘issues’ (read erectile dysfunction) with the help of Nadia (water spirit). He believes she’s cursed him, and is out for revenge, but the trouble between them is something a lot more surprising than he first believes. A dark hero and sexy heroine, fan-yourself sex, humour and good pacing make this short story a ripper of a read. [Kylie, NSW]

Secret Shores by Ella Carey (contemporary and historical romance)

Ms Carey has done it again, writing a story that is moving, compelling and not put-downable. I savoured every word. This one takes us from 1946 to 1987, where we learn about life after the war and the people who believe in the modernist movement; their lives then and, for some, now; the loves, the losses and the strength that is shown as they journey through ups and downs. This is such a beautiful journey for the hero and heroine in two eras, and is such a poignant and nostalgic story, one that I highly recommend. [Helen, NSW]

Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy (WAGS #1) (contemporary romance)

The hero of this novel was introduced in the authors’ duology Him and Us, and I wanted more of him then—and there is a lot more of him to get <g>. The characters are charming, the banter is very amusing, and the growth of the romantic relationship is hot, sweet and believable. The issues involved are dealt with seriously but do not overwhelm the general lightheartedness and sheer fun of the story. I finished this book with a smile on my face and a desire to read the next one. [Deb, NSW]

Darkness by Karen Robards (romantic suspense)

I’ve loved Karen Robards forever, but it’s been a while since I’ve read one of her books. This one, mostly set on isolated Attu Island, Alaska, is one big breakneck ride of ice, terror, murder, betrayal and romance. What a fantastic ride! I loved the suspense, the larger-than-life hero Cal, and the ornithologist heroine, Gina. What an unlikely pair, but Robards pulled it off with tremendous style. Warning: stay cosy while you read it, otherwise you’ll get frostbite (apart from the red hot romance bits)! [Malvina, NSW]

Wildfire by Ilona Andrews (Hidden Legacy #3) (urban fantasy)

I read this book in record time, after several late nights reading books 1 and 2. This series is a cracker. It is fast-paced with a tough and resourceful heroine, Nevada, and an absolutely will-not-quit hero, Rogan. This is a fascinating new world filled with awesome characters. Nevada’s family is just great and the combination of magic and heavy artillery leads to some epic battles. I’m so glad there will be more in this series. [Debbie, ACT]

  1. 5 September 2017 4:41 pm

    So do I Anna my tbr is crashing 😀😀

    Have fun


  2. 5 September 2017 12:50 pm

    Thanks for all the recommendations. I love this column every month.

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