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Favourite reads: Aug 2021

5 September 2021

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 …

The Scoundrel’s Daughter by Anne Gracie (The Brides of Bellaire Gardens #1) (historical romance)

I am always really excited when a new Anne Gracie book is released—she has the power to take me back to Regency England, to times when the gowns are beautiful and the men are real heroes and the heroines are strong and loving. This one, the first in a new series, was just so good! It is fabulous, witty, sensual, moving and it totally rocked, truly this is a must read. We get two beautiful romances in this one, come along and meet Alice and James and Lucy and Gerald and a host of awesome characters. I do highly recommend it. [Helen, NSW]

Healing Her Brooding Island Hero by Marion Lennox (contemporary romance)

Marion Lennox is always a favourite M&B Medical author for me. Her balance of romance and medical issues always hits the spot. Both were quite intense at times, especially an early scene after an explosion. At first you wonder at Hugh’s grumpiness and unwillingness to be involved and Gina’s seeming diffidence, but it makes sense very quickly as you learn their stories. The book explores the idea of two traumatised people finding their ‘home’ with each other, not necessarily centred around a place of bricks and mortar. I truly wanted them to succeed; watching them get there was fabulous and very heartfelt. The setting on an island was a plus. [Malvina, NSW]

Battle Royal by Lucy Parker (Palace Insiders #1) (contemporary romance)

NZ author Lucy Parker’s newest book is delightful. The hero and heroine are brilliant bakers with very different styles. As well as butting heads on the hit TV baking show, Operation Cake, and competing in business, now they’re competing for the contract to bake the wedding cake for the royal wedding of Princess Rose, an unconventional princess, and her ordinary guy fiancé. Lively, laugh-out-loud funny in place, the fun and banter zips along, until you’re suddenly in a poignant and beautifully emotional scene. Highly recommended. [Anne, Vic]

Just Not That Into Billionaires by Annika Martin (Billionaires of Manhattan #6) (contemporary romance)

Francine and Benny used to work together in Las Vegas 10 years ago. They weren’t really friends, but apparently they accidentally got married. A fact she only finds out when she applies for visas for a dance tour. When she tracks down Benny things get even more complicated, because he’s the same nerdy guy she remembers, and he’s making all the decisions now. I really loved both Francine and Benny. They were great characters who really understood each other and their banter was so funny. Their journey to a HEA is complicated and hilarious. LOL moments for the win! [Debbie, ACT]

One Wicked Wish by Anna Campbell (A Scandal in Mayfair #1) (historical romance)

Gray and Stella meet in a gazebo at a ball. Stella thinks she is stopping her cousin from making a terrible mistake. Gray is there but it isn’t the cousin he is interested in, it’s Stella. They negotiate a short affair at his house party, to avoid scandal and ruin for Stella it must end after the house party. Of course it takes Gray a little longer to figure out his heart is involved. It gives too much away to talk of how it is resolved and what a resolution it is! Looking forward to the next book. [Linda, WA]

One Comment
  1. 5 September 2021 8:37 am

    Wow, thanks so much, Linda. And what fabulous company I’m in. I’m delighted you enjoyed One Wicked Wish so much, especially as it’s the first book in a series! It’s always nice when a new set of characters meet a warm welcome in the world. Thanks to ARRA for posting the blog!

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