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Favourite reads: May 2020

5 June 2020

Books_purpleWelcome to our favourite reads for May. 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 May …

The Professor’s Green Card Marriage by Heidi Cullinan (contemporary m/m romance)

This is a marriage-of-convenience story with complex layers. Valentyn’s seeking a US green card and is terrified to return to a country that does not accept gay men. Peter works in a cafe and has been attracted to the Ukranian professor since he first saw him. He also struggles with selective mutism. Both characters pulled me right into their respective stories. It was fascinating to see how Ms Cullinan gave Peter a ‘voice’ and to watch their heart-tugging relationship unfold and develop—the ride was not easy. I’m glad I took a chance on this new-to-me-author. [Kylie, NSW]

Marry in Scarlet by Anne Gracie (Marriage of Convenience #4) (historical romance)

What a story, what a finish to a series! Oh, I loved this one so much—Anne Gracie is a must-read author for me and she has never disappointed me. I have been looking forward to George’s story since this series started and it was worth the wait. I hope you pick this one up and see a strong heroine tame her arrogant hero. This book, and the series, is a must read—beautifully written with witty banter and a sensual romance. It is fun, moving and filled with joy, smiles and sighs. [Helen, NSW]

A Dog and a Diamond by Rachael Johns (The McKinnels of Jewell Rock #1) (contemporary romance)

I enjoyed this Harlequin Special Edition, which I picked up at ARR2020. It’s the first shorter book by her I’ve read, and it was a charmer! The couple meet when Chelsea—who is a professional breakup expert—breaks the bad news to Callum his relationship with another woman is over. Sounds mad—and gosh, who would do that for a living?—but Rachael makes it work really well. There is lots of whiskey in this story, which instantly makes it even more interesting. Rachael also tackles the sensitive issue of alcoholism with grace and intelligence. Off to find another McKinnel! [Malvina, NSW]

Sure Shot by Sarina Bowen (Brooklyn Bruisers #7) (contemporary romance)

This story features Bess Berringer (sports agent) and Mark ‘Tank’ Tankiewicz (hocky player), with appearances from others in the series. Bess has good reasons for not wanting to get involved with Tank (again; they had a short affair when she was 21), but they can’t help themselves. I loved the vulnerability in Tank because of the issue that broke up his marriage, and I loved that Bess went out of her way to reassure him, once she knew of the issue, and also came up with the perfect solution for them. SCAL is always a good theme for me and I loved this story so much! [Debbie, ACT]

Alien Creep by Calista Skye (Alien Abductors #1) (sci-fi romance)

This was my first read by this author and it didn’t disappoint. The heroine and her sister are part of a resistance movement on Earth, trying to free humans from the control of their alien oppressors. When Mila is sold at auction as punishment, she’s rescued by Xan’tor, a humanoid alien shifter. Even in space, Mila is determined to help her sister and continue protecting Earth. She just has to convince her six-foot-something hero to help. [Charlotte, ACT]


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