Reading is a wonderful thing. A pastime in which you can escape, or share adventures with your loved ones.
You can live another life for a few hours, or be thankful that it's imaginery.
I'd love to hear what you're reading at present. Do you have any all time - or right now - favourites? So far this year I've read 46 books (it's a wonder I find the time to write at all). You can check some of them out on my 'books read' page.
Choosing favourites is difficult, but here they are:
'Burning Lies' by Helene Young. An exciting romantic suspense with a plethora of likeable characters and hateable bad guys. An intriguing plot meant every one was not what they seemed. I particularly liked that characters from the previous 2 books were involved. Helene has a gift for uniquely describing the Australian landscape and effortlessly revealing details about her characters. I was brought to tears, smiled and even mumbled abuse at a few of the characters, before it came to a nail biting criscendo and satisfying
ending. This author is a staple on my bookshelf and I rushed to read her latest release 'Half Moon Bay'.
'Run to Me' by Diane Hester. Wow, at the end of the prologue I was on the edge of my seat and the suspense just didn't let up. Not only was the writing and editing of a high quality, but I giggled in places and even cried. Everything I look for in a great story! The characters were well developed with traits I could sympathise with as well as complex and beliveable flaws, and some really creepy bad guys. The internal battle of Zack was heart wrenching, but his strength only made me love him more. And the ending...well, you'll have to wait and find out!
'Rough Diamond' by Kathryn Ledson. This is a fast-paced, amusing and totally engaging story set in Australia. I was hooked by the intriguing start and Erica's comedic attitude was all about self-preservation. When Jack came into her life in an unexpected way, it threw her best laid plans in the air. Suddenly she was involved in a secret society, fighting for a greater cause, but it put her in danger. The attraction between Jack and Erica becomes hotter and more complicated with every chapter. They work together to foil a terrorism attack which leads to explosions, danger, car chases and running for their lives. I'll be eagerly awaiting the next book by this great Aussie author!
'Huntress Moon' by Alexandra Sokoloff. This story was an utterly riveting read. The increasing tension made my heart beat faster quite a few times. The police procedural details were excellent and the characters flawed, but with aspects I could sympathise with. The connection between Rouke and Cara was otherworldly and Alexandra cleverly wove tender moments and sickening evil together, and it finished with a tear in my eye. I had to open the next book 'Blood Moon' right away!
'The Housewife Assassin's Handbook' by Josie Brown. This book has murder, suspense and sex, all wrapped in a polite, neat package with a pistol slipped under the covers. I loved the fun tongue-in-cheek attitude of a mum I could relate to. Donna doesn't take shit from anyone (except the kids) and
is determined enough to find her husband's murderer to take on a role that would make the bake sale ladies hair stand on
'Jilted' by Rachael Johns. Couldn't put it down. I cried a lot and it kept me guessing. Ellie left Flynn at the alter 10 years ago and has never told anyone the reason why. Now she has to return to the country town of Hope to nurse her injured God Mother. Almost everyone alienates her, but the worst part is seeing Flynn again. They are thrown together and discover their attraction is still strong, but are inteferring friends and relatives, and the skeleton in the closet destined to keep them apart?