10 Books You Need to Read This Summer

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Ready for some sunshine, blue skies and hot summer nights? We are! We’re relieved we get to finally shed a few layers, throw on some flip flops and indulge in our lineup of sizzling summer reads. Here’s 10 books you need to read this summer – by the beach, in your backyard – wherever! Just grab them all – you’ll be glad you did.

A Lover’s Vow by Brenda Jackson (May 2015)

Why you should read it: Brenda Jackson’s Grangers Brothers series comes to a dramatic conclusion in this passionate romance!

She’s all he’s ever wanted. He’s everything she’ll ever need. 

Business mogul Dalton Granger is as passionate as he is gorgeous, but private investigator Jules Bradford won’t give him the time of day. She knows all about the youngest Granger brother—a charming bad boy whose only interest is playing the field.

But Dalton is more complicated than that, and he’s determined to show Jules that behind all the bravado is the honest heart of a devoted son, brother…and a man whose own life is in peril.

 

Kiss Me by Susan Mallery (July 2015)

Why you should read it: A kiss is not just a kiss in Susan Mallery’s latest Fool’s Gold story. City girl meets sexy cowboy…and the sparks fly!

kiss meNew York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery creates the small-town destination for romance in charming Fool’s Gold, California—where a loner cowboy finds the one woman who can capture his heart

After Phoebe Kitzke’s kind heart gets her suspended from her job in LA, she swears off doing favors—until her best friend begs for help on the family ranch in Fool’s Gold. Unfortunately, sexy cowboy Zane Nicholson isn’t exactly thrilled by the city girl’s arrival.

Thanks to his brother’s latest scheme, Zane has been roped into taking tourists on a cattle drive. What Phoebe knows about ranching wouldn’t fill his hat, but her laughter is so captivating that even his animals fall for her. One slip of his legendary control leads to a passionate kiss that convinces him she’s exactly the kind of woman a single-minded loner needs to avoid.

In his arms, Phoebe discovers she’s a country girl at heart. Yet no matter how much the small town feels like home, she can’t stay unless Zane loves her, too…but is this cowboy interested in forever?


Redemption Bay by Rae Anne Thayne (July 2015)

Why you should read it: Sometimes love knocks on your door when you least expect it. If you believe in love the second time around, you’ll love Haven Point.

New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne brings you back to Haven Point—a place made for second chances.

McKenzie Shaw would do anything for her hometown of Haven Point. It may be small, but it’s never let her down…unlike gorgeous, infuriating Ben Kilpatrick. He was her childhood hero until he closed his family’s factory, leaving the town’s economy in shambles. Now his tech firm is considering opening a local facility. For Haven Point’s sake, McKenzie has to grit her teeth and play nice.

What could a town filled with painful memories ever offer Ben? Yet seeing the town through the eyes of McKenzie—its fiery young mayor—he suddenly has his answer. If only he can resolve the animosity crackling between them, Ben may have found the place where he can build ties and find healing…a place where love arrives when it’s least expected.

 

Midnight Thunder by Vicki Lewis Thompson (June 2015)

Why you should read it: Vicki Lewis Thompson’s brand-new Thunder Mountain Brotherhood trilogy from Harlequin Blaze packs some serious summer heat!

The lost cowboy…

Thunder Mountain Ranch was the only place cowboy Cade Gallagher had ever called home. But after he and Lexi Simmons broke each other’s hearts, he left it behind, along with his foster family. Since then, Cade has drifted, looking for something—anything—to call home. Until a call from Lexi changes everything…

Cade has been gone too long. His foster mother is hospitalized, and the ranch is in deep financial trouble. Yet even as his world crumbles, Cade’s hunger for Lexi is almost as tangible as the taste of her lips and the way her body fits deliciously against his. It’s bittersweet surrender. But Lexi isn’t the girl she used to be, and she’s determined to have the hot cowboy in her bed only if she keeps him out of her heart.

 

Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica (August 2015)

Why you should read it: A chance encounter sparks an unrelenting web of lies in this stunning new psychological thriller from national bestselling author Mary Kubica.

She sees the teenage girl on the train platform, standing in the pouring rain, clutching an infant in her arms. She boards a train and is whisked away. But she can’t get the girl out of her head…

Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: she works for a nonprofit, takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal—or worse. But despite her family’s objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home.

Heidi spends the next few days helping Willow get back on her feet, but as clues into Willow’s past begin to surface, Heidi is forced to decide how far she’s willing to go to help a stranger. What starts as an act of kindness quickly spirals into a story far more twisted than anyone could have anticipated.

 

Colton Cowboy Protector by Beth Cornelison (June 2015)

Why You Should Read It: The stakes are high for single dad and Rancher Jack Colton in this thrilling first book in The Coltons of Oklahoma series.

A beautiful stranger appears at the Colton ranch during a party, and Jack is none too pleased. With ties to his ex-wife, Tracy McCain claims to be on a mission to bond with his son. But this intriguing widow also has a target on her back. As the Colton family brings Tracy under its broad wing, a relentless assassin puts everyone in jeopardy. Jack’s protective instincts go into overdrive…and only fuel his secret attraction to Tracy. Living closely together under Jack’s roof, the heat between them starts to sizzle. In fact, the only thing stronger than Jack’s heady desire for Tracy is his will to keep her safe…so that one day they can become a family.

 

The Marriage Season by Linda Lael Miller (June 2015)

Why You Should Read It: Say “I do” to Linda Lael Miller’s charming new story, and find your happily ever after!

Will the marriage pact be fulfilled? Return to Mustang Creek, Wyoming, with #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller for more Brides of Bliss County!

Since Hadleigh, Melody and Bex—the best of best friends—entered into a marriage pact, two of them have found (and married) the men of their hearts. But Bex doesn’t think she’ll be as fortunate as the others. Her own first love died years ago in a faraway war, and Bex has lost hope for a happy marriage of her own. She concentrates on her business, a successful chain of fitness clubs, instead.

Then, when single father Tate Calder comes to Mustang Creek with his two sons in tow, who befriend Bex’s eight-year-old nephew, she and the handsome, aloof newcomer are constantly thrown together. But is the marriage season over? Or can a man with doubts about love be the right husband for a woman who wants it all?

 

The Hotter You Burn by Gena Showalter (August 2015)

Why You Should Read It: An irresistible charmer (aka bad boy) meets his match in New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter’s passionate new tale!

Beck Ockley lives by a single rule: one and done. The millionaire playboy knows the pain of loss and will do anything to avoid another. He moved to the small town of Strawberry Valley, Oklahoma, expecting more of the same—time with the only two friends he trusts, work…and lots of pleasure. What he never could have predicted was that a vulnerable Southern beauty would sneak past his defenses.

Harlow Glass is determined to rebuild her life. The reformed bully has lost everyone and everything she loved, and she’s paid the ultimate price for her checkered past. Now she wants commitment, the only thing Beck refuses to give. As their chemistry blazes white-hot, he’ll either have to break her heart…or surrender his own.

 

The Silenced by Heather Graham (July 2015)

Why You Should Read It: A woman is missing and a serial killer is on the loose. The latest suspense in Heather Graham’s popular Krewe of Hunters paranormal series will grip you until the very end.

Where is Lara Mayhew?

Lara, a congressman’s media assistant, suddenly quits her job—and disappears on the way to her Washington, DC, apartment.

Novice FBI agent Meg Murray, a childhood friend of Lara’s, gets a message from her that same night, a message that says she’s disillusioned and “going home.” To Richmond, Virginia. Meg discovers that she never got there. And bodies fitting Lara’s description are showing up in nearby rivers… Could she be the victim of a serial killer?

Meg is assigned to work with special agent Matt Bosworth, a hard-nosed pro in the FBI’s unit of paranormal investigators—the Krewe of Hunters. They trace the route Meg and Lara took more than once in the past, visiting battlefields and graveyards from Harpers Ferry to Gettysburg. Places where the dead share their secrets with those who can hear… As Meg and Matt pursue the possibility of a serial killer, they find themselves in the middle of a political conspiracy. Is there a connection? If so, has Lara been silenced for good? And whom—besides each other—can they trust?

 

The Secret Sister by Brenda Novak (August 2015)

Why You Should Read It: An old box of photos open the doors to a secret past in Brenda Novak’s riveting story.

the secret sisterDid she once have a sister? Has her mother lied all these years? Why?

After a painful divorce, Maisey Lazarow returns to Fairham, the small island off the North Carolina coast where she grew up. She goes there to heal—and to help her brother, Keith, a deeply troubled man who’s asked her to come home. But she refuses to stay in the family house. The last person she wants to see is the wealthy, controlling mother she escaped years ago.

Instead, she finds herself living next door to someone else she’d prefer to avoid—Rafe Romero, the wild, reckless boy to whom she lost her virginity at sixteen. He’s back on the island, and to her surprise, he’s raising a young daughter alone. Maisey’s still attracted to him, but her heart’s too broken to risk…

Then something even more disturbing happens. She discovers a box of photographs that evoke distant memories of a little girl, a child Keith remembers, too. Maisey believes the girl must’ve been their sister, but their mother claims there was no sister.

Maisey’s convinced that child existed. So where is she now?

What will you be reading this summer?

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Comments ( 27 )
  1. Caitlin
    May 6, 2015 at 9:00 am
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    Definitely Midnight Thunder by Vicki Lewis Thompson.

    • clara green
      May 27, 2015 at 10:47 am
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      i am waiting for dixie moon and hearts dont lie by slirleen davies.cant wait.

  2. Kimberly
    May 6, 2015 at 11:09 am
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    Oh! The summer comes so soon! I`m sure I will be able to write an incredible essay “About my summer” after reading these books. Probably it will be the best in my class. Thanks for sharing.

    • Brenda Novak
      May 27, 2015 at 1:49 pm
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      I bet it will be great! 🙂 Here’s to summer reading!

  3. Danica Favorite
    May 6, 2015 at 1:38 pm
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    Whoa!! How to find time to read all these great books?

    • Brenda Novak
      May 27, 2015 at 1:48 pm
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      Hi Danica! Are you having a lovely spring?

  4. Amy Clark
    May 6, 2015 at 11:16 pm
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    Definitely want to read Susan Mallery, she is a favorite. The Heather Graham and the Brenda Novak both sound pretty good.

    • Brenda Novak
      May 27, 2015 at 1:42 pm
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      Thanks, Amy! I hope you give THE SECRET SISTER a try–and that you enjoy it! Have you read any of my Whiskey Creek books?

  5. Genie ash
    May 7, 2015 at 1:09 am
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    These books sound wonderful”. Looking forward to reading each of these books

    • Brenda Novak
      May 27, 2015 at 1:50 pm
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      Genie, I’m excited for you to try my latest–THE SECRET SISTER. 🙂 Here’s hoping it sweeps you away!

  6. Nancy Fontaine
    May 7, 2015 at 6:18 pm
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    Anything and everything I can get my hands on.

  7. judy
    May 9, 2015 at 3:16 pm
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    These books sound great. Have read some of the authors. They are good

    • Brenda Novak
      May 27, 2015 at 1:48 pm
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      I’m excited for you to try THE SECRET SISTER, Judy. Let me know what you think!

  8. Debbie G.
    May 10, 2015 at 10:56 am
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    I am waiting like a child a Christmas for, Midnight Thunder, by Vicki Lewis Thompson. I love all her CW Books.

  9. HAM MAR
    May 10, 2015 at 12:00 pm
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    looking forward to reading ‘the silenced’ and ‘pretty baby’

    • Brenda Novak
      May 27, 2015 at 1:47 pm
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      Those look intriguing to me, too, Ham!

  10. Maria K.
    May 10, 2015 at 6:58 pm
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    Susan Mallery and Heather Graham are definitely on my “to read” list.

  11. Nicole Saarinen
    May 11, 2015 at 12:58 am
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    I do not enjoy paranormal stories as I find them really not believable. I do enjoy the Suspense series as well as the American Romance and the Superromance ones.

  12. DorothyBrown64@hotmail.com\\\
    May 11, 2015 at 10:14 pm
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    A Lovers Vow is A good romantic read for the summer that is full of mystery and secrets.

  13. Jennifer Abrams
    May 16, 2015 at 5:11 pm
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    Oh man! These look SO good!!

    • Brenda Novak
      May 27, 2015 at 1:45 pm
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      I can’t wait for my book to come out. The cover is cool, right?

  14. Yvonne
    May 17, 2015 at 3:18 pm
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    Looking forward to read the secret sister

    • Brenda Novak
      May 27, 2015 at 1:44 pm
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      Thanks so much, Yvonne! I’m excited for you to try it. 🙂 (And will be anxiously waiting to see what you think!)

  15. Angi Mac
    May 18, 2015 at 9:39 am
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    Definitely Susan Mallery, Brenda Novak and Gena Showalter!! Those three are some of my absolute favorite auto-buy authors! I have each of these pre-ordered. Now, to find more! 😉

    • Brenda Novak
      May 27, 2015 at 1:45 pm
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      Angi, I’m super excited to be included on your list. Thanks so much for the pre-order! What else of mine have you read? Were you maybe referring to the Whiskey Creek books?

  16. Wilma Frana
    May 27, 2015 at 10:51 am
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    I’d love to read these books.

    • Brenda Novak
      May 27, 2015 at 1:46 pm
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      I can’t wait for you to try THE SECRET SISTER, Wilma! It’s going to be a great summer, right?

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