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Favourite reads: Apr 2018

5 May 2018

Books_purpleWelcome to our Favourite Reads for April. 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 April …

Ruining Miss Wrotham by Emily Larkin (Baleful Godmother #4) (historical romance)

My best read this month was this latest book 5 in Emily Larkin’s delightful ‘Baleful Godmother’ series, in which each female in a family gets one wish from a ‘baleful’ faery godmother. If you’re interested in trying this series, the first book, Unmasking Miss Appleby, is available for free. Downtrodden orphaned Miss Appleby, desperate to escape her miserable life, wishes for the power of transformation — and turns herself into a man. And when a Regency-era innocent miss finds herself with a penis … Lots of fun! [Anne, Vic]

Not if I Save You First by Ally Carter (YA romance)

This was a fun and entertaining read. From the ages of 9 to 10 Maddie aka Mad Dog (a Secret Service agent’s daughter) and Logan (the President’s son) were best friends. Then for reasons that no one explained to her, Maddie and her father moved to the wilderness of Alaska. Six year’s later Maddie and Logan meet again, but the situation is dangerous and Maddie needs to use all the wilderness skills she has acquired in order to save Logan’s life. This is an awesome story. Maddie is so funny and smart. My only complaint would be that this is a standalone title! [Debbie, ACT]

A Contract, a Wedding, a Wife? by Christy McKellan (contemporary romance)

I loved this book. A wildly improbable marriage of convenience in this day and age, with Cinderella overtones, this was still such a charming book it rose above everything and made you believe. Desperately lonely businessman Xavier and struggling cafe owner Solitaire were so lovely and so right together I wanted their marriage to succeed. Some rocky moments for them but such a romantic book. [Malvina, NSW]

A House of Lies Michelle Montebello (contemporary romance)

This story is fabulous—I just about inhaled it. It is so well written, with fabulous characters and an awesome setting. It is fast paced and intriguing, with a romance throughout. This really is a book not to be missed, although you will need to read the first book in this series, Interwoven, which was also fabulous. This one is a real page turner, one that I highly recommend. I love finding new to me authors and the first two books in this series are well worth reading. [Helen, NSW]

A Coral Kiss by Jayne Ann Krentz (contemporary romance)

This novel is old-school Krentz, with many twists and turns in the plot and lots of negotiations in the relationship between the stoic hero and the quirky heroine. It is set mainly on a Pacific Island near Hawaii and I particularly enjoyed the parts dealing with cave-diving—one dive is especially memorable in a gruesome way. As usual there is plenty of wry humour and a satisfying romance. Also, the heroine is instrumental in saving the day, which always pleases me. [Deb, NSW]

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One Comment
  1. 5 May 2018 7:17 pm

    Some really interesting books here – look forward to adding them to my TBR pile. Love this column every month.

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