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Favourite reads: Feb 2021

5 March 2021

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 …

The Hot Mess and the Heartthrob by Pippa Grant (Bro Code #5) (contemporary romance)

Ingrid is your normal hot mess mom; she runs a little bookstore, has very active kids. Levi is a popstar who inadvertently enters her bookstore; she is a bit frazzled but he is weirdly interested. Her son Hudson is so much fun, the pet squirrel is hilarious, but my absolute favourite part was when Ares Berger comes to give her little girl some tips at hockey practice. I enjoyed all the cameos of characters from the other books; what a great place Copper Valley would be to live. I laughed out loud so many times during this story—so much fun! [Linda, WA]

The Valkyrie’s Viking by Tanya Nellestein (The Valkyrie of Birca #1) (historical romance)

I have not read a Viking story for many years and this one was so very good—action packed, filled with passion and emotion and the brute force that the Vikings lived by. Yes they lived hard lives but when they loved they loved. I am so excited that this is the start of a new series and that I am going to be going back to Birca later. If you love your romances to be exciting and have strong and awesome heroes and heroines than this is a book for you. I do highly recommend this one, it had me turning the pages. [Helen, NSW]

Beach Read by Emily Henry (contemporary romance)

Perfect as a ‘beach read’, but also anytime, anywhere. I loved that the two main characters, January and Gus, both writers, had writer’s block. Or rather, were ‘temporarily stuck’. It was fun to see them work through this, and also cope with accidentally living side by side. I enjoyed the premise they were old rivals from university writing class days. January writes luscious rom-coms and Gus is the darling of literary fiction. The back stories/baggage are super poignant, the entire cast of characters entertaining, the dialogue incisively cutting at times and/or hilarious, the romance hot and fabulous. A terrific read. [Malvina, NSW]

Forsaken Trail by Devney Perry (Runaway #4) (contemporary romance)

Aria is a gardener and Brody is a billionaire. He’s her sister’s boss and she’s never liked him, because he doesn’t seem to care about people. Now they’re having a baby together (the set up for this was great) and they are finally getting to know each other. I loved that Brody was all in for the baby from the start and they didn’t have typical reactions to the situation. They have great chemistry and common goals, but there’s still plenty for them to overcome. Another great book in this series; I’m really looking forward to the final book. [Debbie, ACT]

The Wife in the Attic by Rose Lerner (Rye Bay #1) (gothic romance)

Act or atrophy. This is the story of a woman who decides to finally take control of her own life and do whatever it takes to protect the people she loves most in all the world. It’s a true gothic horror with a classic romance HEA. I listened to this book as an audiobook. The narration was beautiful and the author’s attention to detail is admirable. It’s unlike any other book I’ve read and well worth the experience. [Charlotte, ACT]

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