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Favourite reads: Jul 2018

5 August 2018

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 …

The Drifter by Anthea Hodgson (rural romance)

I picked this up after a recommendation, and I loved it. Cate and Henry, damaged, guilt-ridden, lost, come together on a rundown farm in WA’s wheat belt. They’re both so much more than they at first appear, and watching their layers peel away is genuinely moving. Cate’s Great-Aunt Ida is another fabulous character who leaps off the page. The setting is so evocative, and the writing is just gorgeous. What a wonderful story—if you’re a ruro fan, and even if you’re not, don’t miss it. [Anna C, Qld]

Getting Lucky by Avril Tremayne (Reunions #1)

This is a fabulous friends-to-lovers story, one that I just about inhaled. It is a Harlequin Dare, so it is hot, steamy and sexy, but written so well there is emotion and humour threaded all the way through this one. Ms Tremayne has bought this couple to life and it is the start of a series. Bring them on I say! This is one that I highly recommend for anyone who loves a great story with the bedroom door open. [Helen S, NSW]

The First Time at Firelight Falls by Julie Anne Long (Hellcat Canyon #4) (contemporary romance)

The latest in the fabulous Hellcat Canyon series, small town contemporary romances. In First Time at Firelight Falls, the ‘six-foot-infinity, smoldery-eyed, bass-voiced’ hero is a former Navy SEAL turned … um? Primary school headmaster? Really? But it works! A romance between single mother Eden and her daughter’s school principal isn’t your usual combination, but with lots of fun, snappy dialogue and sassy, sexy flirting it made me laugh out loud and turn the pages far into the night. I gobbled it down. Lots of fun. [Anne, Vic]

Firefighter Sea Dragon by Zoe Chant (Fire and Rescue Shifters #4) (paranormal romance)

This book features an honourable sea dragon knight and his (unknowingly) royal mate. The plot is intriguing and the chemistry between the leads is hot, but it is the humour that really stands out in this one. Normally in shifter books the shifter half is the inner voice, but in this one the sea dragon is always uppermost even in human form, and his human half is his inner voice, which adds to the fun. I highly recommend this entire series. [Deb, NSW]

Edge of the Enforcer by Cherise Sinclair (Mountain Masters and Dark Haven #6) (erotic romance)

Cherise has the incredible skill of packing so much in one story. I have to admit I was intrigued on how I would view a sadist hero and if this would be an issue for me as a reader (my ignorance over what motivates a sadist) but to be honest, the explanation was interwoven into the storyline of the hero and it was so believably done, without sounding preachy, it was a non-issue part of the story. This is what I find Cherise does so well—I love her layered characters and the emotional arc’s she winds into the plot. As I usually do when I get a Cherise Sinclair book, I read it in one sitting. It’s another one for the keeper shelf. [Kylie, NSW]

Summer Return by Elise K Ackers (Return to Me #1) (rural romance)

The characters in this book really grabbed me right from the start. Ethan is a tortured hero who stays away from his hometown, rather than reveal the reason he left. Sam has been in love with him before he left town (and her) and finds his infrequent visits painful. This time he is home for the funeral of his brother’s wife and he seems to be staying a while. The two kids in this story really made it. [Debbie, ACT]

A Vicarage Wedding by Kate Hewitt (The Holley Sisters of Thornthwaite #3) (contemporary romance)

I loved this sweet series with four sisters finding love. This one in particular has a lot of soul searching when Rachel’s wedding plans fall through, but she meets someone unexpected. Love seeing the other sisters again, and the ongoing life in the vicarage. [Malvina, NSW]

  1. 5 August 2018 5:18 pm

    Always love this column every month and I always pick up some great reading suggestions.

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