Short Stories for Long Summer Days
One of the best things about summer is finding a warm, sunny spot to curl up in with a good book. But as aspirational as this activity may be, we are more often than not constrained by time, obligations and a little thing called work.
That’s why short stories make for the perfect summer reads. They are dynamic, exciting, fully formed tales that can be devoured in one sitting. From dark and dangerous romance stories to a connected collection of historical tales, here are eight romance anthologies full of stories you can finish before the ice in your drink melts. And each delivers not only the satisfaction of completing a good romance, but the satisfaction that only comes to book lovers, reading in a sunny spot on a warm summer’s day.
Caught in the Act: A Jewel Heist Romance Anthology by Ainslie Paton, Emma Sinclair and Michelle Dayton
Jewel thieves, family heirlooms and passionate partnerships are the hallmarks of this collection of daring and dangerous tales. These three stories may be short, but they’re long on sensuality, suspense and surprise.
Four Weddings and Sixpence by Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Laura Lee Guhrke and Stefanie Sloane
This delightful collection of connected tales set in Regency-era England features the marriage stories of four friends, all with their own betrothal challenges, and each looking for luck and friendship—linked by an old sixpence they found at boarding school a decade earlier.
Blazing Bedtime Anthology by Leslie Kelly
Three fairy tales are reimagined as erotic adventures in this collection from Leslie Kelly. In case your summer’s day isn’t hot enough, these stories are guaranteed to turn up the temperature.
Western Spring Weddings by Lynna Banning, Kathryn Albright and Lauri Robinson
It’s wedding season in this historical collection, and three would-be brides are looking for love and commitment. Will they be able to say “I do” before life in the unpredictable Wild West gets in the way?
Make Me a Match by Melinda Curtis, Cari Lynn Webb and Anna J. Stewart
Three bachelors are looking for love, but they’re not only the single, they’re also matchmakers! Will they have more luck finding love for other people before love finally finds them?
Sand, Sun…Seduction! by Stephanie Bond, Leslie Kelly and Lori Wilde
These three short stories feature hot destinations and even hotter romances. Surely an island getaway is part of the cure for any woman who’s had her heart broken by a guy who turned out not to be The One. And surely part of the healing process means finding a man as gorgeous as the tropical setting.
Mated: A Paranormal Romance Shifter Anthology by Kerry Adrienne, Sionna Fox and Shari Mikels
This seductive anthology brings together three stories of human–wolf shifter love, each told with originality and passion. A must-read for fans of paranormal shifter romance.
Cover Me by Joanna Wayne, Rita Herron and Mallory Kane
These short works of romantic suspense take place in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and are centered around three men who lost everything in the storm. As they build their lives back up again, they are looking for answers…and another shot at love.
Which of these story collections would you like for your short summer read? Let us know in the comments!