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Favourite reads: Sep 2019

5 October 2019

Books_purpleWelcome to our favourite reads for September. 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 September …

Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins (women’s fiction)

This is more a romantic elements story, with a decades-long unsolved disappearance also kicking it along. Families are never perfect, even when money can (theoretically) smooth over troubled waters. The tussle this rich autocratic grandmother and impoverished granddaughter have is really something. Loved the romance when it happened. The book’s written with love, humour, genuine sadness and all the other ‘inconvenient’ emotions of life. So enjoyed it! [Malvina, NSW]

Matters of the Heart Fiona Palmer (contemporary romance)

I loved this story; beautifully written and it is a must read in my opinion. The strong characters and the caring that is shown when people can get over their pride and the prejudice and the gap in wealth standards makes this one a real page turner. Jane and Charlie make the best couple and then Lizzy and Will—what can I say? Swoon worthy. Yes there were lots of smiles as I read this one, happy tears as well. This is one that I highly recommend especially for Pride and Prejudice fans. [Helen, NSW]

Barbarian’s Mate by Ruby Dixon (Ice Planet Barbarian #7) (erotic sci-fi romance)

I read four books from Ruby Dixon’s Ice Planet Barbarian series this month and loved them all. In particular, Barbarian’s Mate is the long-awaited romance between Josie (a human stranded on an alien planet) and seven-foot tall, blue, horned and broody alien Haeden. They’ve hated each other since book 1 and are always butting heads. But then resonance hits and they realise they’re actually soulmates. Passions—and tempers—run high in this erotic romance. [Charlotte, ACT]

His Billionaire Bride by Madeline Ash (Morgan Sisters #2) (contemporary romance)

I was really excited to read this reversed trope—and I wasn’t disappointed. Carrie is a rich financier who is buttoned-up and intense. Edwin is a struggling artist, younger than she is. Despite having nothing in common there is an instant attraction and off-the-charts chemistry. This story was a delight to read. Carrie is kind of blunt in the way she talks to people and Edwin is open and emotional. Their journey to build something lasting is just lovely. [Debbie, ACT]

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