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Favourite reads: Dec 2021

5 January 2022

Books_purpleWelcome to our favourite reads for December. 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 December …

In the Company of Witches by Joey W Hill (Arcane Shot #2) (paranormal romance)

Another fascinating dimension of world-building from the incomparable Ms Hill. Succubi, incubus, Dark Guardians and elements of BDSM all feature in this story. It takes a skilled writer to make a hero out of a villainous character from a previous book, but Ms Hill does it. Raina and Mikhael are well matched, strong, and uncompromising characters who keep you turning the pages. If you’re after a fast-paced read, intense emotions, memorable supporting characters, a fascinating exploration between the balance between light and dark, then this book is for you. [Kylie, NSW]

Their Yuletide Healing by Mindy Obenhaus (contemporary inspirational romance)

This was a new-to-me author and this is the last story in a four-part series. I read it stand-alone and that was okay. It is about the withdrawn town scrooge and a single foster mom. A tender story, dealing well with the trigger themes of abuse and foster care. The author transcends this with healing forgiveness, love and guidance, and a wonderful community coming together to help care for them all. A beautiful story for Christmas, but can be read any time. [Malvina, NSW]

Notting Hill in the Snow by Jules Wake (contemporary romance)

Viola Smith plays the viola in a top orchestra but has been reluctantly coopted into organising Notting Hill Primary’s annual nativity concert. Lone parent Nate Williams isn’t looking forward to Christmas, but as his small daughter, Grace, has the starring role in the show, he’s forced to stop being a Grinch and volunteer with Viola. Sparks fly between them, and young Grace starts to blossom until … A fun and heartwarming Christmas read for any time of the year. [Anne, Vic]

Schooling the Jock by Eli Easton and Tara Lain (contemporary m/m romance)

This is a charming m/m new adult college romance, using the jock versus nerd scenario in an interesting way. This first story is based around the American Quiz Bowl championships, which I knew nothing about, and which I found very entertaining. The ‘fish out of water’ aspect is fun, and the romance is sweet and believable, with a well-handled black moment and a great climax. I’m looking forward to catching up with the secondary characters in the rest of the series. [Deb, NSW]

All’s Fair in Love and Chocolate by Amy Andrews (contemporary romance)

Amy Andrews certainly knows how to put the sexy sizzle in her stories, and bring her characters to life. In this story we are in Marietta to meet newcomer Vivian Dawson as she opens up a new chocolate shop, Delish. But when she meets local deputy sheriff Rueben Price things heat up in lots of ways. This is a fabulous story filled with emotion and a very sexy sensual romance, one that was hard to put down and one I would highly recommend. [Helen, NSW]

Blood Heir by Ilona Andrews (Aurelia Ryder #1) (urban fantasy)

I waited until this serialised story came out in paperback, and then I hoarded it until I had some holiday time! It was well worth the wait. Julie is back in Atlanta and she has obviously learnt a lot in the last eight years! Now known as Aurelia Ryder, she looks completely different and is a really tough bad-ass these days. I loved her confidence and her toughness, and I also loved that some people recognised her despite the differences. I am so looking forward to reading more in this series. [Debbie, ACT]

Under the Rose by Kathryn Nolan (Codex #2) (romantic suspense, audiobook)

This is such a great series! Freya and Sam were college rivals and then rivals at Quantico (FBI) until Freya drops out just before finishing the course. She becomes an agent with Codex, her computer skills are amazing! Sam is seconded from the FBI to help Codex. They are partnered up on the case, infiltrate a secret society of antiquities aficionados but really they are criminals! The mission becomes dangerous and with the help of the other Codex agents as well as the FBI it is successful. I am really loving this series, can’t wait for #3. [Linda, WA]

One Comment
  1. 6 January 2022 3:21 am

    Thank you so much for reading SCHOOLING THE JOCK. We’re so excited that you enjoyed it!

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