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Favourite reads: Feb 2020

5 March 2020

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 …

Headliners by Lucy Parker (London Celebrities #5) (contemporary romance)

I love Lucy Parker’s books and Headliners is just out. It’s funny, sexy, intelligent and romantic, with great banter. Two ambitious rival TV anchors are forced to work as co-hosts of a flagging morning show—amid media speculation of a romance. It’s an enemies-to-lovers book. And it’s great. Headliners is a standalone, but all the books in this series are set in the London entertainment world, so you might want to start with her first book Act Like It. [Anne, Vic]

Miss Tonks Turns to Crime by MC Beaton (Poor Relation # 2) (historical romantic comedy)

When I heard the inspirational MC Beaton passed away in December, I knew it was time to return to the entirely entertaining world of the Poor Relations Hotel. Ms Beaton wasn’t above poking fun at some of the more peculiar societal treads of the early 1800s, often ignored by other Regency romances, and Miss Tonks Turns to Crime is no exception. It’s fun, light-hearted and entirely romantic, with highway robbery, sparkling tiaras, dashing lords and fake Hungarian royalty. [Charlotte, ACT]

Must Love Coffee by Sarah Mayberry (contemporary romance)

I totally enjoyed this novella, where a hilarious game of one-up-man-ship is played out for the honour of being coffee drinker of the week (or always) in a coffee shop. The funny thing is that the book’s based on a true story from Melbourne, a city that takes its coffee very seriously. I’m sorry I missed the to-and-fro when it broke on Twitter, how entertaining that must have been, but there is a link at the end of the book where you can look it up, which makes for an additional fun read. Meanwhile, make time to grab some coffee and enjoy some Sarah Mayberry romance. Best dialogue ever, BTW. [Malvina, NSW]

Owen by Sasha Cottman (Regency Rockstars #2) (historical romance)

I am loving this series. It is Regency romance with a twist—sexy, sensual and lots of fun, with fabulous characters who are a delight to meet. This is Owen’s story with Amy, who is the perfect fit this hot skilled hero. She is no pushover and it was thoroughly enjoyable watching Owen fall to his knees and in love. There is lots of chemistry between these two and I just loved the way Amy went about learning about her future husband. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and highly recommend it. [Helen, NSW]

The One For You by Roni Loren (The Ones Who Got Away #4) (contemporary romance)

This story was a great conclusion to the series, but also a great book in its own right. Ashton was adorkable and Kincaid was so damned perky all the time you couldn’t help but love her. His quiet devotion to her—shown through some flashback stories—was lovely and heartbreaking. I’m glad she finally realised the truth of what he had been and done for her. An emotional and satisfying read. [Debbie, ACT]

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