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Favourite reads: Aug 2018

5 September 2018

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 …

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (contemporary romance)

This book was sweet, quirky, funny, and really sexy, and left me with a smile at the end. Stella, the maths nerd heroine, decides she needs to learn how to kiss so she decides the best way to do this without complications is to hire a male escort. In a note at the end, the author says she set out to write a reverse Pretty Woman, but that doesn’t really do this unusual contemporary romance justice. Both main characters are downright loveable, especially the half-Vietnamese hero Michael, who’s such a sweetie. [Anna C, Qld]

Homicide in Hardcover by Kate Carlisle (Bibliophile Mystery #1) (mystery)

I’ve recently discovered this series, thanks to a recommendation on ARRA by Malvina. Brooklyn Wainwright is an expert bookbinder and restorer of old and rare books, and each of the mysteries is linked to some degree to the bookbinding world, which I found fascinating. They’re fun reads with a cast of delightfully varied characters and there’s a nice slow-burn romance between Brooklyn and the tall, handsome enigmatic British former secret agent, Derek Stone. Highly recommended. [Anne G, Vic]

Third Time Lucky by Jennie Kew (erotic romance) (Bennett’s Bastards #1)

Jennie Kew writes hot, erotic romances. I’ve read some of her short stories and loved them. In this book, both Abby and Wolf have been unlucky in love but from the get-go their attraction steams up the pages. Their Dom/sub relationship is an intense, emotional rollercoaster ride as they discover what they mean to each other and work through their separate (past) relationship issues. Abby’s story tugs at the heartstrings (for me, this was truly her story, it engaged me as a reader right from her opening scene) and Wolf is one hot alpha Dom who helps her to discover that he’s the one for her. [Kylie, NSW]

Unbridled by Diana Palmer (contemporary romance) (Long Tall Texans #49)

This is her 200th novel. It’s about a widowed/single dad Texas Ranger and a shy nurse, and how they fall in love, all the while threatened by a terrible gang that’s drug running and suspected of murder, intimidation, grevious bodily harm to myriads of young kids from other gangs plus anyone else that steps in their way—in general Very Bad Villains. It’s also about the importance of love to family and friends, and how things go wrong when people don’t communicate. I’ve been a Diana Palmer tragic for years, I can’t stop reading her. [Malvina, NSW]

Overdrive by Juanita Kees (contemporary romance) (Calhouns Custom Garage #1)

OMG I fell in love with Chase and his family in the first chapter of this book, it is a fabulous start to a new series. I have always loved Ms Kees’s writing and this one is up there with all of them a keeper to be sure. Clear the decks because when you pick this one up you are not going to want to put it down as you get to journey with Chase and Charlie to an emotional and gorgeous HEA. This story has so much to love, racing cars, beautiful artwork, families that love and struggle and a romance that will melt your heart with the joy it brings. [Helen, NSW]

Taste for Trouble by Susan Sey (contemporary romance) (Blake Brothers #1)

I was delighted to discover there were more Susan Sey books I hadn’t read yet, and this one was free—bonus! Honestly, this book was just about perfect: a heroine who was struggling to find (or perhaps keep) her place in the world and a hero who needed to redeem himself, some interfering ‘friends’ who threw them together, and a home equivalent to a frat house. Quirky characters, some laugh-out-loud moments and some angsty ones as well. I cannot wait to read the others in this series! [Debbie, ACT]

With All My Soul by Rachel Vincent (paranormal YA) (Soul Screamers #7)

Fabulous! Fast-paced, adrenaline-filled read. Perfect way to end the series. I’ll miss Kaylee and the gang. Poor things have been through a lot of obstacles and heart break, death and violence. I enjoyed the take on bean sidhes, the lore and world-building of the series. I loved the relationship between Kaylee and the significant others in her life, including her love interests, Nash and then Todd. She is not a whiny teenager but one that cares and gets on with trying to live in the crazy world of being a banshee. [Eleni, SA]

One Comment
  1. 5 September 2018 11:35 am

    I always love this column every month. Thanks to everyone who sent in recommendations – and seriously check out The Kiss Quotient.

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