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Favourite reads: Sep 2021

5 October 2021

Books_purpleWelcome to our favourite reads for September. 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 September …

Playing It Safe by Amy Andrews (Sydney Smoke Rugby #7) (mm contemporary sports romance)

Donovan is a rugby player for the Smoke and has kept his sexuality to himself. He plans to come out after he retires from rugby, for the sake of the team and especially his family. This goes out the window when he meets Beckett—they form a fast friendship, which becomes more quickly. This was a really well written and moving story about coming out and what that entails for those you love. I was particularly moved when the entire Smoke team stood behind Donovan in support when he made his statement. The author nailed this one, well done Amy! [Linda, WA]

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen (YA romance)

This book is a YA novel, but it’s also for adults. Annabel’s life seems pretty perfect until something devastating happens. She tries to block it out and avoid any confrontation. But when school starts up again after summer, she finds she’s lost all her friends and all her confidence. An unlikely friendship with Owen, a loner music buff in an anger management program, helps her realise the dangers of suppressing her emotions. I loved this book and have gone on to read more by Sarah Dessen. [Anne, Vic]

A Kiss for Carter by Davina Stone (Laws of Love #3) (contemporary romance)

I’ve been reading through The Laws of Love series by Davina Stone, and I think she saved the best for #3. Carter, or ‘Carts’ as he’s fondly known, is 6’6″, a geeky, nerdy, nice accountant. He’s absolutely clueless in matters of the heart. He tries and fails, time after time. At last he’s got his story and it was funny and sweet, with a serve of humour and a side of nervous did-I-do-that-right? It’s lovely to see a bit of his family, too. So glad this endearing guy’s finally found happiness. I am so Team Carts. [Malvina, NSW]

Blindsided by Victoria Denault (Moo U #1) (NA romance)

The Adlers and the Todds have been feuding for years. Maggie Todd and Tate Adler don’t know the genesis of the feud, but they’re definitely enemies. Until they’re not. A secret that leads to blackmail has them spending real time together for the first time, and getting to know each other. I really enjoyed the gradual change from enemies to frenemies to friends to lovers—it was lovely. I was impressed by Maggie’s plans for the future, and glad we got a glimpse of how that had worked out. I think her twin sister Daisy deserves a story too! [Debbie, ACT]

Muster in the Dust by Mel A Rowe (Elsie Creek #5) (rural romance)

This is such a great series and for me each new book seems to get better. They are written with love and emotion; they are witty and such fabulous stories in such a great setting (the Northern Territory). I loved seeing a favourite character of mine getting his HEA with his perfect match. This one left me with lots of happy tears as Rigsy and Mandy journey to the best HEA. It is such a gorgeous romance, I do highly recommend this one and the series. [Helen, NSW]

One Comment
  1. 5 October 2021 11:38 am

    Thank you so much for including MUSTER IN THE DUST among such amazing authors.

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