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Favourite reads: Aug 2019

5 September 2019

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 Aussie Next Door by Stefanie London (Patterson’s Bluff #1) (contemporary romance)

Ms London has done it again—written a story that is filled with so many emotions, fun and laughter, heartfelt warmth, wonderful family life and a sensual pull that will warm anyone up. This is a true romance that is sure to leave any reader feeling so good; lots of happy sighs in this one. I didn’t want to put it down. I loved my visit to Patterson’s Bluff. There are two dogs in this one that will also steal your heart. This is one I highly recommend. [Helen, NSW]

I Will Not Beg by Cherise Sinclair (erotic romance)

Cherise Sinclair writes emotionally charged, character-driven stories and this book tackles the hard subjects of consent and abuse in a BDSM Dom/sub relationship. It’s the story between two characters who’ve been damaged by unhealthy D/s relationships in the past. Ethan and Piper’s journey together starts out as a way for Piper to deal with harmful triggers left over from an abusive relationship, and to rediscover a part of her life she craves and loves, but by the end both characters heal each other and discover love. Another great read! [Kylie, NSW]

The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite (Feminine Pursuits #1) (Regency romance)

I heard so many good things about this book when it came out in June that I had to give it a go, and I was not disappointed. Lucy is an astronomer fixated on proving to her male peers that she’s as good as they are. Catherine is a downtrodden widow who embroiders the most exquisite pieces of art. Together, they find happiness, security and love, and also the determination to stand up for themselves even when it seems like the whole world is trying to push them back down. [Charlotte, ACT]

The Loner’s Guarded Heart by Michelle Douglas (contemporary romance)

This book was a new-to-me oldie. The loner hero is irresistible, hiding away because of a truly horrific past. Enter Josie, with a big soft heart, exhausted, vulnerable, and needing solace and healing herself. The last person Kent wants or needs in his life. I loved his dog Molly, and the other unique characters Michelle introduces into the story. I also loved the message of ‘take one step and it leads to another’, how joy can come from unexpected little touches in your life, and how important a community can be. Sigh. [Malvina, NSW]

Her Cowboy King by Madeline Ash (Cowboy Princes #1) (contemporary romance)

I loved this books so so much! Loved the triplet brothers who are unflinchingly loyal to each other, which they prove throughout the story, right up to the end. I loved the plot and the setting and the dialogue. I loved the complicated past that the heroine had and that there was no chance for them to be together—until they made one for themselves. Loved that ending too 🙂 I can’t wait to see what happens with the next brother! [Debbie, ACT]

Sweep of the Blade by Ilona Andrews (Innkeeper Chronicles #4) (urban fantasy)

Fantasy/paranormal, with magic, werewolves, vampires and aliens. Innkeepers have a special magical bond with their inn and their purpose is to provide a safe haven for their guests, who come from all over the galaxy. The setting is small-town Texas, the books are action-packed and entertaining, and the slowly developing romance very satisfying. If you haven’t tried urban fantasy before, give this one a try and start with book 1, Clean Sweep. [Anne, Vic]

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