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Favourite reads: Jul 2021

5 August 2021

Books_purpleWelcome to our favourite reads for July. 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 July …

The Man Ban by Nicola Marsh (contemporary romance)

This is the type of book that as soon as you start you are sure to be friends with the hero and heroine, and that is exactly how I felt—Manny and Harper are just two of the most fun people you could meet. This is a fun and witty story that takes in emotional issues; there is lots of humour throughout, as well as a very sensual romance and lots of good food involved. It was a page turner for me, one that I do highly recommend. [Helen, NSW]

The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts by Annie Darling (Lonely Hearts Bookshop #1) (women’s fiction)

I read this book and then the other three in the series. Absolutely loved the romance bookshop setting, a bonus for romance readers! Bookshop owner Posy’s a fairly unlikely heroine, full of insecurities and anxieties, a bit ‘Bridget Jones’. But she was absolutely lovable. We can all identify with her bad moments, glory in the good, and cheer her on when she finds her courage. The romance was hilarious, almost an anti-romance, with Sebastian, also known as ‘the rudest man in England’. Fair comment! Annie Darling was very clever the way she turned me from being appalled at Sebastian to finding his soft, lonely heart. [Malvina, NSW]

Pause by Kylie Scott (Larsen Brothers #2) (contemporary romance)

Anna wakes from a coma after a car crash to discover that her husband was having an affair with her best friend and she’s no longer needed at work. Her life is in pieces. Then she meets the handsome tattooed man who saved her life during the crash—he was injured too. As Anna gets to know him new possibilities open up for them both. Kylie Scott always manages to hit the spot for me. Her characters are engaging and her dialogue sparkles. And the romance is gorgeous. Recommended. [Anne, Vic]

Grumpy Cowboy by Max Monroe (Single Dad collection #3) (contemporary romance)

Rhett is an injured cowboy who is not listening to doctor’s orders. His father calls in a favour from a friend, who sends out Dr Leah. Rhett and Leah are like fire and water, mainly because Rhett is so stubborn. Joey, his five-year-old daughter, is the most precocious and cute little girl you’ve ever read; not only is she the centre of Rhett’s life she quickly wraps herself around Leah’s heart! This was a really fun story, filled with sweetness, gorgeous scenery, a great family and even the ranch hands are terrific! The extended epilogue was very welcome, as I really wanted more of this story! [Linda, WA]

The Adversary by Thea Harrison (Chronicles of Rhyacia #2) (fantasy romance)

This book features the two original characters from the Elder Races series—Pia and Dragos. (Be sure to read The Unseen before you read this book!) This novella is all about how Pia deals with the terrifying situation that ended The Unseen with a cliffhanger. It is a very angsty and moving story that you will finish in one sitting. Pia once again shows that she will do whatever is necessary to protect those she loves, proving why she is one of my favourite heroines of all time. I hold out hope we will see Pia and Dragos in another story in the future! [Debbie, ACT]

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