For all my star lover people, who also love their romance, here’s what to read this month, based on your star sign!
Ah Aries. You’re as stubborn as a Ram (literally, it’s your symbol). Sometimes Aries have the tendency the close their hearts off after a hearbreak. But for the right person they will open up (eventually). You sound like Hannah from …
The road to love is a rutted dirt track for the other vet from Snowy River … An unmissable, funny, feel-good romance from the author of The Vet From Snowy River, Stella Quinn.
Hannah Cody grew up sunny, carefree and loved in the Snowy Mountains town of Hanrahan, but a vicious prank at university in Sydney changed that. Instead of studying medicine, she moved to a small regional centre, switched to veterinary science and swore off romance for life. Ten quiet years later, she’s settled. She’s safe. And yeah, she hasn’t left Hanrahan in years, but that’s not agoraphobia, is it? It’s not hiding if you’re happy.
After many years abroad as a naval analyst, Tom Krauss is drawn home by his estranged father’s deteriorating health and his own secret injury. But as soon as he sets eyes on Hannah again, he realises that he’s never forgotten the engaging little sister of his best friend. He loved her when he was a teenager, and now he knows he never stopped. Problem: romance is a no-go. There’s a piece of shrapnel wedged against his spine, and the countdown is on for him to make a surgical decision that could free him from pain … or paralyse him.
But the Hanrahan townsfolk have other ideas: it’s time for Hannah to work out that living with your heart wide open is worth the risk, and it’s time for Tom to learn that love is messy and wonderful and necessary. Change is afoot in this small town, and these two will have to work out if they can be brave enough to make changes too…
On the surface you’re stubborn, cool and aloof, but actually you’re a gooey cookie underneath? You sound like Estella from …
At just three years of age, Estella is taken from her mother, adopted by the wealthy but eccentric Miss Havisham and taught how to break men’s hearts. Satis House is dark and oppressive and life with the vengeful Miss Havisham a confusion of contradictory lessons, but the kindness of the household cook and Estella’s love of the nearby marshes bring her some joy. Forced to play with Pip, a local boy from a lowly background, Estella captivates his soul and breaks his heart, exactly as Miss Havisham has planned.
Years later, Estella returns from school in France as a young woman and is thrust into London society. There she meets Pip again, who has acquired an unknown benefactor and come into money. Miss Havisham recruits Pip to help find Estella a husband, much to her distress. She seems forever fated to be the plaything of others, locked into the destructive cycles her adoptive mother set in motion.
Estella is beautiful, headstrong, enigmatic – but who is she, really? Will she ever be able to break free from the constraints of society’s expectations and her own childhood? Will Estella finally find a way to tell her own story?
This evocative and mesmerising retelling of Great Expectations sheds light on a little understood character in one of Dickens’s most beloved novels.
Gemini, you’re always getting yourself into unbelievable situations. Could get into a Fake Engagement? You sound like Petra and Jessie Rose from …
Faking it By Ally Blake and Rachael Stewart
Will ‘faking it’ lead to making it?
Fake Engagement – Ally Blake
Her first crush…is now her fake fiancé!
When Petra bumps into billionaire Sawyer, it’s thrilling to see him again. As photos of him mock-proposing surface, they decide to go with the misconception. An ‘engagement’ could be beneficial to them both, and him staying in her apartment makes it even more believable! But living with her late brother’s best friend means confronting their past…and a sizzling spark that is far too real…
Island Temptation – Rachael Stewart
A summer fling…or something more?
Jessie Rose is shocked by the instant chemistry she feels when she meets billionaire Joel in Mustique. She’s come looking for an escape, and brooding Joel is very clear he’s not looking for anything permanent. But letting their guards down while exploring the island together, they can’t deny their fling is dangerously close to being a temptation they may not be able to walk away from…
Cancer, you’re all sweethearts. Delightfully charming but always worrying about what other people think and feel. Cancer gives wholesome, emotional, loving vibes. You’re perfectly matched to a ruro.
A town scandal. A kelpie chaperone. A winter ball. The bush telegraph has never had so much to talk about…
Hettie Burbrook is the first to admit she’s happiest when flying solo through the outback skies. After her hobby of photographing farmers lands her a book deal, it provides the ideal cover story to visit small-town Bundilla. But every photograph brings her closer to uncovering the answers behind why she is really in the mountains…
Deer farmer Taite Lancaster is as strong as the tempered steel he welds into lifelike animal sculptures. Unlike his father, he will never allow feelings to break him. But when the old schoolfriend of his twin sister lands on the airstrip of their high-country station, he knows he’s in trouble. Hettie is the one woman he can’t forget.
While they’re both determined to keep to themselves, between dog races, a ute muster and a winter ball, Hettie and Taite are forced to face how much they need each other. And when a long-buried scandal erupts into the present, relationships and lives are threatened.
Can a man who locks away his emotions reveal his vulnerability before the mountain snow melts? And can a woman intent on righting a decades-old tragedy listen to her heart before history repeats itself?
Oh Leo, you’re all about ego and we love to see it. You’re a force to be reckoned with and you can be an absolute shark. You could be a shark in the courtroom if you really wanted to. Sounds a lot like Hilary from …
Verdict: guilty…of corrupting Ms Prim and Proper!
Hotshot lawyer Stone Michaelsen never loses a case, but rival Hillary Bellows is determined to beat him in court. When they’re alone together, the gloves – and clothes – come off. Uptight in court yet naughty in private, they can’t keep their hands off each other, and their jobs are on the line. Real feelings emerge, raising the stakes and turning sexy sparks into a roaring fire!
Virgos. You’re very practical and industrious. Virgo men may be the most *hated* in the horoscope community but they do make for fiery lovers. Like Holden from …
He loves breaking all the rules…except his own.
Holden Hart breaks every rule in the book — and I can’t seem to resist him. He may be hotter than Hades, but this billionaire Hart brother lives in his own private underworld of self-destruction. His only salvation? The way our bodies hunger for each other, his touch searing my skin. But Holden is running from his demons…and there’s nothing more dangerous than a broken Hart.
Libra, you’re always trying to find balance (literally, its your symbol). If your love life was lacking, you would go out of your way to balance it out. In fact, you would make a pact with your girlfriends that you would seek *love* on your next holiday. You sound like the MC from Bad Business.
An island honeymoon for one…becomes a racy fling for two!
My friends and I have a ‘pleasure pact’ – live more fully and indulge in a red-hot fling. Newly single and up to the challenge, I’m more than ready for some no-strings thrills in tropical Fiji – and gorgeous paddle boarding instructor Ryan Dempsey is the perfect man to share them with. But our electrifying chemistry soon becomes a more passionate connection…can I convince Ryan to risk our affair for something deeper?
Sag’s, you’re loyal, compassionate, assertive and smart. However you can be known for being short-tempered and inconsistent. Sounds like a whirlwind romance to me. Sounds like …
‘Between now and dawn, you’re all mine…’
Jagger was a one hundred percent hot, hard-bodied distraction – everything I needed to forget about my ex getting married. What I didn’t know was that he’s one of the Harts, those notorious billionaire brothers, and my newest client! For the next three days, it’s business all day and insatiable, hungry lust all night. Now Jagger Hart holds both my career and my body. But happens when he steals my heart, too?
Scorps, you are as chaotic as can be. Scorpios are known for being trouble makers. You love to bring chaos to the table but you’re still very loving. With this considered. it sounds like you would accidentally get kidnapped with your ex. Just like Mira from …
Partners in Crime by Alisha Rai
Indian Matchmaking meets Date Night in this fun, romantic adventure by Alisha Rai — “One of the very brightest romance writers working right now.” (Entertainment Weekly)
Mira Patel’s got a solid accounting career, good friends, and a whole lot of distance between her and her dysfunctional family. All that’s missing is a stable romantic relationship. Armed with a spreadsheet and professional help, she sets out to find her partner in only legal activities, but much to her matchmaker’s dismay, no one is quite right.
Including Naveen Desai, the very first match she unceremoniously rejected.
Lately Naveen’s been too focused on keeping his sick grandfather’s law firm afloat to think about love, and he’s stunned when Mira walks back into his life to settle her aunt’s affairs. He’s determined to keep things professional…though it’s impossible not to be intrigued by all of the secrets piling up around Mira.
If getting back together with an ex is a bad idea, getting kidnapped with one is even worse.
Suddenly, Naveen and Mira find themselves in a mad dash through Las Vegas to escape jewel thieves, evade crime bosses, and follow the clues to untangle the mess her family left behind. As her past comes back to haunt her, Mira despairs of ever finding someone who might understand her…but maybe, over the course of one wild night, she’ll find that he’s right by her side.
Caps, you’re hardworking, direct, honest, all the words. Wouldn’t it get messy if you worked really hard on a manuscript but then your sexy editor demands full control and a re-write? Your personality traits would make this scenario steamy. Just like Nora from …
Notorious Nora Sutherlin is famous for her delicious works of erotica, each one more popular with readers than the last. But her latest manuscript is different – more serious, more personal – and she’s sure it’ll be her breakout book…if it ever sees the light of day.
Zachary Easton holds Nora’s fate in his well–manicured hands. The demanding British editor agrees to handle the book on one condition: he wants complete control. Nora must rewrite the entire novel to his standards – in six weeks – or no deal.
Nora’s gruelling writing sessions with Zach are draining…and shockingly arousing. And a dangerous former lover has her wondering which is more torturous – staying away from him… or returning to his bed?
Nora thought she knew everything about being pushed to your limits. But in a world where passion is pain, nothing is ever that simple.
Aquarius you’re the most likely to get into trouble (and you too Aries). You’re also likely to fall in love with an emotionally unavailable man who is dedicated only to his duty to the crown. You sound like Katerina from …
When love and duty compete, which will win?
King Xavier of Maynet doesn’t believe in love: he’s had enough experience to know it can’t be trusted. But he does believe in duty and knows he’ll choose a wife as tradition dictates. However, when his late brother’s widow joins him on a month-long royal tour of Maynet he develops feelings for her deeper than anything he’s ever known or believed possible, and he finds himself spending more time thinking about her than any prospective bride.
Princess Katerina won’t ever risk her heart again after the humiliation of her marriage. Instead, she’s dedicating her life to the betterment of her beloved adopted country, Maynet. Yet she finds herself attracted to Xavier in a way that threatens all her careful plans, and the more time they spend together the stronger their connection gets.
As time runs out for Xavier to choose a wife, will he realise what he feels for Katerina is love and that she’s more important than any tradition? Can Katerina trust herself and her feelings for Xavier and demand what she truly deserves, someone who loves her?
Pisces, you’re usually artsy, crafty and would most definitely fall in love with a sexy musician. You’re a Lexi from …
Need You Tonight by Leisl Leighton
Not even fame will protect him from her violent past.
Reclusive music producer, Lexi Deningham, has worked hard to escape a violent past, building her reputation so world famous rock stars come to her at her isolated recording studio in the Victorian High Country. That includes the wildly talented Daemon Flagherty who has just arrived to discuss his band’s next album. After a messy divorce, all Daemon wants is to focus on his music, even if that means going to the end of the world to work with the best, albeit mysterious, music producer there is.
When Lexi gets a call from her twin sister’s secure mental health hospital telling her Cat has been attacked, Lexi has no choice but to bring her twin home. Lexi isn’t ready to deal with both Cat and Daemon at the same time but if she wants to work with Daemon – and she does, desperately – she has no choice.
Romance should be the last thing on their minds, but it seems that neither Lexi nor Daemon can ignore the passion between them. Until the threat from Lexi’s past comes crashing into the present, determined to make her pay and with no care for who might get in the way. Lexi is used to going it alone, but will she realise she needs help before it’s too late?