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Favourite reads: Oct 2020

5 November 2020

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 …

Paladin’s Grace by T Kingfisher (fantasy romance)

This story is fantasy and romance. Stephen is a paladin (warrior) whose god had died. Broken and one of only a handful of paladins, he lives only for the chance to be useful before he dies. When he encounters our heroine, talented perfumer Grace, in an alley and rescues her from danger, the two begin a cautious romance. As well as treachery, spies, poisoners and a cryptic killer stalking Grace, there’s some wonderful humour as well as a charming romance. [Anne, Vic]

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren (romantic comedy)

A romantic comedy meets Christmas meets Groundhog Day! Because I went into it cold I had no idea about the ‘groundhog’ part (fully disclosed on the blurb, which I didn’t read). I was all, whaaat?!, and laughed all the way. Besides that, I totally loved the Christmas vibe. This was Christmas on overdrive—just wonderful. Also the characters: four different family groups in one big holiday house. Heh, what could possibly go wrong? It’s loads of fun with great characters, smart dialogue, crazy situations, Christmas, and romance. Definitely on my ‘nice’ list! [Malvina, NSW]

Power Exchange by AJ Rose (m/m romance)

This was a very satisfying read. I’m a sucker for shows like NCIS and Law & Order, so the main character being a homicide detective really appealed to me, as did the crime scene/suspense component of the story. What really stood out for me was the connection I felt with the main character, Gavin. I really enjoyed the layers and depth to his character, and that I was absorbed by his journey of discovery about who and what he was in the BDSM world, and the relationship/romance he shared with Ben. [Kylie, NSW]

Xmas Dust by Mel A Rowe (Elsie Creek #4) (rural romance)

This is a beautifully written story with all the emotions that had me turning the pages and opened up the Northern Territory for me. The people who live there have big hearts and are a lot of fun lot to be with, especially in Elsie Creek. The characters are so easy to like, laugh and cry with, this is one that I do highly recommend. I loved this story so very much (and the series)—bring on Elsie Creek #5. [Helen, NSW]

The Duke Who Didn’t by Courtney Milan (Wedgeford Trials #1) (historical romance)

If you are looking for a low-angst historical set in a small village in the English countryside where more than half of the population is non-Caucasian, then this might be the book for you. Ms Chloe Fong has plans for her father’s un-named sauce and the return of her childhood sweetheart is not going to ruin them. This is a delight story of a half-Chinese Duke in disguise and how he woos the woman he has decided is his. I really enjoyed the banter between the two main characters. [Cora, ACT]

Most Eligible Billionaire by Annika Martin (Billionaires of Manhattan #1) (romantic comedy)

It has been a long time since I’ve read a romantic comedy, and I hadn’t realised how much I miss them. This is a charming story with lots of LOL moments. Totally ridiculous premise (rich lady leaves her fortune to her beloved dog, with the dogwalker as trustee), but the characters are so charming that I didn’t care. When her son Henry’s ruthless tactics just bounce off Vicky he decides to charm her instead—and ends up being charmed himself. Vicky meanwhile can’t resist the chance to wind him up, with hilarious results. A fantastic, fun read. [Debbie, ACT]


One Comment
  1. 5 November 2020 10:03 am

    Thank you so much, Helen, and ARRA for the inclusion of my latest release among such a superb group of authors.

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