Monday, 2 July 2018

Romances to Read in the Summer

There is just something about summer that shifts us towards lighter and brighter stories. Towards reading simply for pleasure. Towards happy endings.

With that in mind, I've put together 15 romance novels that make perfect summer reads. Some take place in the summer, others are set on a beach, and a few are simply delicious to read on a hot summer night.

Coincidentally, the very same day I started working on this post, my friend's husband (who is a proud, self-declared book snob) sent us both this article - In the defence of the trashy summer read. I'm a teacher, therefore summer is really summer around here, so I am all for books about love and encouragement and redemption. Life is good right now. No reason to dive into something that wants me to feel otherwise. So here we go!

My favourites:

Sweet Cheeks, K. Bromberg - A second-chance romance! When Saylor is invited to her ex-fiancé's wedding, she accepts plus one. The problem is she doesn't have a plus one. Enter Hayes Whitely. Hayes and Saylor were a beautiful once upon a time; however, he ended it when he left for Hollywood. Now a hot movie star, he offers to take Saylor to the wedding. And maybe see if they can pick up where they left off? Sweet Cheeks is one of my favourites!

Hollywood Dirt, Alessandra Torre - A-list actor and bad boy, Cole Masten, is filming his latest movie in Quincy, Georgia. However, things don't start off as planned and the tension between him and Georgia native, Summer Jenkins, lead to heat on and off the screen. And once you're finished reading this one, you can watch the movie on Passionflix.

A Week to be Wicked, Tessa Dare - In this historical romance the hero and heroine have to travel to Scotland together and fake an elopement along the way.

Fresh Brewed, Pamela Ford - Brenna Mitchell has been dreaming of her summer vacation for ages. When a storm ruins the hotel she's booked, she secures a beachfront home with her friends, as long as she pretends to be the girlfriend of the owner's grandson.

Almost a Bride, Jo Watson - After an ugly breakup, Annie is treating herself to a tropical vacation. Unfortunately, her ex-boyfriend is at the same resort with his new lady. Annie meets Chris and he helps her craft a story to save face. But what will happen when her fictional feelings become real?

The Wedding Date, Jasmine Guillory - This delightful novel tells the story of Drew and Alexa who meet in an elevator where Alexa agrees to be Drew's plus one to a wedding. One date turns into two, and soon this couple is navigating a long-distance relationship. This book was so sweet, and you can read my review here.

Save the Date, Mary Kay Andrews - A florist, puppies, and a lavish wedding. What could go wrong? I thought Clara and Jake were cute and this story made me smile and laugh the entire time.

Down Shift, K. Bromberg - Both the hero and heroine are broken and healing and watching them beat their demons together over the course of one summer was powerful and absolutely made me cry. This is my favourite book in the whole Driven series (and can be read as a standalone.)

On my TBR:

The Kiss Quotient, Helen Hoang - This book has been everywhere on #bookstagram! Stella has Asperger's and sucks as intimacy, so she hires an escort to teach her the ways of love :)

Unmasked, Stefanie London - A spicy Cinderella-esque retelling. Can a naughty fantasy have a happily-ever-after? Retellings are always fun to read! Stefanie London's Betting the Bad Boy is also set in summer!

Lucky Harbour Trilogy, Jill Shalvis - Spend the summer in Lucky Harbor! I picked up this trilogy on a discount shelf with all three books together as one: Lucky in Love, At Last, Forever and a Day.

Suddenly Last Summer, Sarah Morgan - I love Sarah Morgan's novels! I've read many of her Christmas-themed books, and I look forward to trying a summer one soon.

Sweet Filthy Boy, Christina Lauren - A one-night stand during a college graduation trip to Vegas turns into a summer fling in France. I loooooove any and all books set in France, so I can't wait to read this one.

Happy reading, friends!

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