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Favourite reads: Feb 2019

5 March 2019

Books_purpleWelcome to our favourite reads for February. 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 February …

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne (contemporary romance)

A bit dark and different, and bitingly funny. Very dark to begin with, and I was a bit worried I wouldn’t bond with the book and Darcy, the heroine, and her twin brother’s best friend, Tom the builder. Although Tom is gorgeous. But, Darcy? Hmm. About a third of the way in the book changed—or maybe it was me; I’d put the book down and picked it up the next day. I suddenly ‘got’ the edgy humour, started laughing, enjoyed the walk on the wild side, and totally relished the story so much it was sad to finish. Imagine my delight to find an epilogue tucked away for both this book and The Hating Game right at the end—so don’t skip the important last bits! [Malvina, NSW]

Sweet From the Vine by Jacquie Underdown (Brothers of the Vine #3) (contemporary romance)

This story is emotional and so very moving, as Mitch and Matilda have a very up and down journey to a HEA that had me crying bucket loads and smiling with such joy. This book has just about every emotion there is and ends up in such a happy place. Ms Underdown has done it again with the third, and I think final, story in this series, written beautifully with such heart-felt feelings and love entwined throughout. A story not to be missed. [Helen, NSW]

Rosie Hopkins’ Sweet Shop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan (Rosie Hopkins’ Sweet Shop #1) (contemporary romance)

An English-style romance, rather than a hot-and-heavy one. Rosie Hopkins, stuck in a dreary job and a stale relationship, has to go to a small village to pack up and sell her 85-year-old great-aunt’s house and sweet shop, and move the old lady into aged care. Instead, her own life changes. Charming and very readable, with a lovely cast of minor characters. It’s the first book in a series of three, and I read and enjoyed all three. [Anne, Vic]

The Risk by Elle Kennedy (Briar U #2) (contemporary NA romance)

The first book in this series left everyone wondering who Brenna’s hero would be; I’m very glad it turned out to be Connelly. The chemistry between these two was awesome, as was their ‘we don’t like each other’ attitude, and their ‘no, this isn’t serious’ protestations. There were so many reasons why they shouldn’t be together and only one why they should. This book also covered some serious social issues, and did it very well. An enormously satisfying read. [Debbie, ACT]

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