Can You Handle the Heat? 6 Scorching Reads for the End of Summer

There’s no escape from the heat at this point in the summer—the cicadas buzz about it, the crickets chirp about it and days just seem to give way to it—a delicious, slow burn that makes everything feel a little bit languid and a little bit liquid.

Can you handle the heat? Because we know how to amp the temperature up even more, thanks to these six scorching hot romances that are perfect for a late summer read. Like a cool glass of lemonade on an afternoon in August, you can enjoy each of these books slowly, savoring the little luxury or you can gulp it down in one sitting, an irresistible treat that you can’t quit until it’s done.

 

Close to the Edge by Zara Cox

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The moment he meets sublime coding prodigy Lily Gracen, Caleb Steele knows his “never get involved with a client” rule is going to be broken. But not until he stops her stalker. Caleb might be in charge of Lily’s safety, but when they’re locked down in her Silicon Valley mansion she’s the master. For keeping his hands off Lily is bringing Caleb close to the edge of his control.

Shift’s End (Smoke & Bullets) by A.R. Barley

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With a couple failed marriages under his belt, Captain Jack Tracey knows how tough it is to balance a personal life with his job. But nothing in his long career has prepared him for the moment Diesel Evers walks into his firehouse. Sure, Jack’s contended with cocky young recruits before, but this seriously hot hotshot rookie is poised to crash and burn. With early retirement in sight, Jack can’t afford to get involved with a subordinate.

Craving His Best Friend’s Ex (The Wild Caruthers Bachelors) by Katherine Garbera

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Until now, Crissanne Moss has been off-limits. As his best friend’s significant other, she is Ethan Caruthers’s friend, too. So he’s always snuffed out any spark between them. Now Crissanne is single and seeking comfort. Ethan is happy to give her all she needs—and desires. But can their friendship truly become more when one explosive revelation changes everything?

Beddable Billionaire (Dirty Sexy Rich) by Alexx Andria

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Journalist Lauren Hughes needs her job. And if that means writing a feature on Nico Donato—billionaire playboy and primo fantasy material for every straight woman with a pulse—so be it. All she has to do is not be charmed by him. Or tempted. Or invite this sexy, too-hot-to-be-true man into her real world—especially when he has the power to destroy it.

His Enemy’s Daughter (First Family of Rodeo) by Sarah M. Anderson

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Pete Wellington’s mission: take back his birthright, the All-Stars Rodeo. First, he must earn the trust of Chloe Lawrence, daughter of the city slicker who stole Pete’s legacy. But this princess of the rodeo isn’t who he imagined. Chloe has beauty, business savvy and spirit, leaving Pete to wonder—has he been aiming at the wrong prize all along?

Making Up (London Celebrities) by Lucy Parker

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Once upon a time, circus artist Trix Lane was the best around. Her spark vanished with her confidence, though, and reclaiming either has proved difficult. Leo Magasiva, a disgraced wizard of special effects, is put on her team and despite their rocky past and the fact that they’ve barely been able to spend two minutes together for years, Leo can’t seem to get enough of Trix. On stage. At home. In his bed. Are they doomed to repeat their mistakes?

 

Can you take the heat? Let us know which of these titles you’d like to read first!

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