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Favourite reads: Aug 2020

5 September 2020

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 …

Someone to Romance by Mary Balogh (Westcott #7) (historical romance)

I just read this new Mary Balogh historical romance. It’s about Lady Jessica, who after several years ‘out’ in society, hasn’t yet found anyone she wants to marry. She was hoping for love, but time is passing and she’s decided that this year she’ll choose someone—love or not. Her choice narrows down to two candidates—one who smiles a great deal and one who doesn’t. You can guess where this is going. It’s a lovely romp—and a tender romance. [Anne, Vic]

The Horse Mistress Collection by RA Steffan (fantasy romance)

This series has everything I love about a fantasy romance—flawed yet compelling lead characters, complex world-building, and an intricate, layered plot. Carivel (the Horse Mistress) struggles with her role as a man with a woman’s body. She falls in love with shape-shifting eunuch Senovo and warrior Andoc. Their menage is explicit and intense, and watching them deal with societal expectations, their own personal character growth and the burgeoning relationship is page turning. It’s a series that stays in your mind long after you’ve finished it. [Kylie, NSW]

The Postmistress by Alison Stuart (historical romance)

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I’m really into historical Australian romances at the moment. They’re not quite as glamorous as, say, a Regency with all its prettiness and manners and frocks. But Alison absolutely nailed the 1870s Victorian goldrush era, and I was surprised at how much I loved the history of it all. I also relished the bush setting, with its inevitable trials and tribulations—and there were a lot of those! Makes the H&H more heroic, IMHO, when they have insurmountable odds to overcome. Well done, Alison. I now have an avid desire to revisit those areas again, virus permitting. [Malvina, NSW]

For Real by Alexis Hall (Spires Universe # 3) (contemporary MM romance)

This was my first Alexis Hall read, so I went into it not knowing what to expect, and I found really beautiful writing and a great deal of honestly. Laurie had his heart broken six years ago, and since then he finds the BDSM scene is rather flat. Until he meets young Toby Finch. Just 19, Toby is fearless and vulnerable, everything Laurie can’t remember being for a long time and everything Laurie wants if only he can learn to love again. [Charlotte, ACT]

Revelations of His Runaway Bride by Kali Anthony (contemporary romance)

This wonderful debut story fits the Modern line so well. It is a marriage of convenience story that ticks all of the boxes with tension and emotion as we see two people who didn’t want to marry, but have been pushed into it, find true love and happiness. This was a fabulous trip to Greece and living a roller coaster ride with Thea and Christo to a beautiful HEA. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and can highly recommend it. [Helen, NSW]


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