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Favourite reads: Oct 2019

5 November 2019

Books_purpleWelcome to our favourite reads for October. 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 October …

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore (historical romance) (A League of Extraordinary Women #1)

I really liked this book, a Victorian romance set in Oxford that also outlined the issues and difficulties with the beginning of the women’s suffrage movement. I admire those brave women who made life better for all women as a result. The romance was so fraught with issues I wondered whether there was going to be a HEA; so much tension! The duke and Annabelle were terrific together, and so intelligent. A great debut. [Malvina, NSW]

Deadly Desire by Keri Arthur (urban fantasy) (Riley Jenson Guardian #7)

This was my top read for October. A paranormal romance, this book saw Riley faced with a series of murdered vampires and a mysterious shapeshifter. While solving crimes, Riley was also trying to solve the conundrum of her love life—Quinn, her hot, sensuous and possessive vampire lover; or Key, the no-nonsense werewolf who works as a hired killer. I can’t wait to find out who she chooses in the upcoming books. [Charlotte, ACT]

Diamond in the Dust by Mel A Rowe (rural romance) (Elsie Creek #2)

This is a beautiful story filled with emotion, romance and fun, the setting is just awesome and the characters that live in Elsie Creek are so good they are real people, people who become friends they make you laugh and shed a tear, this is the second book in this series, but can be read as a standalone and I loved getting to know Verily and Alex, I do highly recommend this one, the Northern Territory is a place I would love to visit. [Helen, NSW]

Aurora Blazing by Jessie Mihalik (sci-fi romance) (Consortium Rebellion #2)

An operatic space setting a romance between a chief intelligence officer and a princess who is more than she seems. Aurora Blazing leads us on an intergalactic chase with Princess Beatrice to find her kidnapped brother, while dodging a frustratingly attractive intelligence officer who would like nothing more than to lock her in her room on Earth. When these two eventually team up the sparks start to fly. Add in some high-stakes action and this is a must read. [Cora, ACT]

Moonlighter by Sarina Bowen (contemporary romance) (The Company #1)

Both Eric and Alex have appeared (separately) in the Brooklyn Bruisers series, but they meet again after 20 years in this book. Childhood friends, they are brought back together when she needs a bodyguard and hires his brother’s firm. As adults they slip back into the friendship surprisingly easily (after a rocky start), and it so enjoyable to watch the friendship blossom into something more. There are plenty of complications in this story, but their attraction to each other is not one of them. Their lives are very different, but they’re perfect for each other—they just need to figure that out. Lots of feels in this one! [Debbie, ACT]

  1. 6 November 2019 6:34 am

    Thank you, Helen, and to the ARRA for the kind words and the inclusion to such a fabulous lineup of talented Authors. Xx

  2. 5 November 2019 7:30 am

    Malvina, I LOVED Bringing Down the Duke. I’ve been raving about it to anyone who will listen. So glad you’re a fan too.

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