Discover Your New Favorite Summer Reads + Giveaway!
Summer officially starts on the 21st, and every Monday leading up to summer, we’re here to prepare you with a guide to amazing summer reads! Plus, you have a chance to win some of these reads. Let’s kick things off with our very first gift guide!
Perfect Vacation Reads
Hawaii Magic by Beverly Jenkins
Workaholic attorney Anita Hunt is on the job 24/7. She’s looking to make partner, not party. While on a forced vacation in Hawaii, she meets gorgeous pilot Steve Blair. When engine trouble forces them to make a crash landing, the seductive airman shows her a side of the exotic island and herself she never expected—and a passion that could make them partners in paradise forever.…
Summer Cove by Nora Roberts
For once in her life, Rebecca Malone is following her heart. After quitting her job and selling all her belongings, she heads to Greece in search of adventure. So when a sexy local restaurant owner pursues her, she can’t resist playing the role of sophisticated, well-traveled woman. But falling in love with Stephen Nickodemus was not part of the plan! Now she’ll have to find a way to break the news of her true identity…without also breaking his heart.
THE NAME OF THE GAME
TV producer Johanna Patterson knows that the entertainment industry isn’t kind to romance—especially for an actor like Sam Weaver. His good looks might have propelled him to movie stardom, but Johanna can’t be won over by a pretty face—she’s seen enough broken marriages to last her a lifetime. Unfortunately, Sam has an uncanny way of making her lose her self-control with his easy confidence and laid-back charm. And the mind-blowing kisses help, too…
One Night in Provence by Barbara Wallace
Rural and Small Town Stories
Summer on Mirror Lake by JoAnn Ross
When he lands in the emergency room after collapsing at the funeral of a colleague and friend, Wall Street hotshot Gabriel Mannion initially rejects the diagnosis of an anxiety attack. But when warned that if he doesn’t change his adrenaline-fueled, workaholic lifestyle he could end up like his friend, Gabe reluctantly returns to his hometown of Honeymoon Harbor to regroup.
As he adjusts to the sight of mountains instead of skyscrapers, Gabe discovers advantages to this small Pacific Northwest town he once couldn’t wait to escape. But it’s irresistible librarian Chelsea Prescott who, along with the two foster children she’s taken under her wing, makes slowing down seem like the best prescription ever.
Over the course of their summer romance, Gabe gets a taste of the life he might have had if he’d taken a different path. But with his return to New York City looming on the horizon, he’ll have to choose between the success he’s worked tirelessly for and a ready-made family who offers a very different, richly rewarding future…if he’ll only take the risk.
A Fool’s Gold Summer: A 2-in-1 Collection by Susan Mallery
SISTER OF THE BRIDE
Katie would never agree to a blind date. Except, of course, to attend the wedding of Katie’s sister and her ex. She knows she needs a date ASAP. When she reluctantly gets paired with an old family friend, she resigns herself to an awful weekend. Yet, to her surprise, Jackson is a catch. But when wedding catastrophe ensues, will their sparks fizzle or ignite into flames?
Ever since she was young, Paige McLean has longed to see the world. Still, she never imagined the world would land on her doorstep in the form of a charming British surgeon. After a devastating loss, Alistair Woodbury has vowed to live his life alone. But in all his travels, he hasn’t encountered a town as welcoming as Fool’s Gold, nor a woman as caring – or as beautiful – as Paige. When it’s Alistair’s time to leave, will his brief visit turn into a lifetime stay?
The Summer Retreat by Sheila Roberts
Celeste Jones has plans for a perfect summer with her boyfriend (and hopefully soon-to-be fiancé)—until he dumps her to be with the woman he’s had on the side for months. Heartbroken and furious, Celeste resolves to move on. When the going gets tough, the tough…okay, the not-so-tough go to the beach.
As soon as school lets out for the summer, she waves goodbye to her first-graders, packs up her bikini and heads for Moonlight Harbor, where she knows her big sister, Jenna, will receive her with open arms. Jenna could probably use some help at the Driftwood Inn, and Celeste is happy to do chores around the place in exchange for a relaxing summer escape. She just needs something—or someone—to distract her from her troubles.
Finding The One can be tricky, and Jenna is determined to make sure Celeste gets it right this time around. Not that Jenna’s an expert. She’s still trying to sort out her own love life. But if both sisters listen to their hearts, eventually they’re bound to discover that life—and love—is good at the beach.
The One Who Stays by Toni Blake
Summer Island has always been home to Meg Sloan. She runs the Summerbrook Inn, like her grandmother did, and she loves the laid-back pace of life and the close-knit community the island offers. Meg also loves Zack Sheppard, but what she doesn’t love is Zack’s refusal to commit to an exclusive relationship.
Seth Darden arrives on Summer Island in search of summer work, but also in search of something else—his past. There are secrets buried at the Summerbrook Inn, secrets that forged the path of Seth’s life. But he wasn’t counting on falling for the lovely innkeeper, Meg.
When Meg meets Seth, she can’t ignore the sparks that fly between them, even though she feels like her heart has been torn in half. But if Zack won’t commit, should she take the leap with Seth? And can she even have a future with him if he can’t reckon with his past?
Luring A Lady by Nora Roberts
Nothing in Sydney Hayward’s background of wealth and privilege had prepared her to take the helm of her grandfather’s business. Her new responsibilities leave no time for complications. Sydney has learned the hard way that she could never trust anyone, but her tenant Mikhail is hard to resist. Down-to-earth, yet stubborn, he comes from a world utterly different from her own. She doesn’t have room in her life for romance—but Mikhail seems to know exactly how to win her over…one smoldering kiss at a time.
Rainy Day Kisses by Debbie Macomber
Nate Townsend is undeniably attractive, but he seems to lack ambition. He stays home baking cookies and flying kites while Susannah struggles up the corporate ladder.
She resents the way he questions her values—and makes her question them, too. Is he right? Has she given up too much in pursuit of her career goals? Has she given up family, fun…and Nate’s love?
Slow Dancing at Sunrise by Jo McNally
When accountant Whitney Foster’s carefully calculated life blows up, she escapes to the one place that’s always felt like home. But Rendezvous Falls has changed since she’s been away. Her aunt Helen’s winery is in trouble. And she doesn’t trust the sexy, surly stranger working the vineyard as far as she can throw him.
Luke Rutledge would do anything for Helen, who’s been like a mother to him. Revive the winery? Sure. Repair her property? No problem. Tolerate Helen’s infuriating, big-shot niece? Well…maybe. But as he and Whitney are forced to work together to rebuild the business, her chilly facade reveals a woman as complex and intoxicating as a fine merlot. Throw in a matchmaking book club hell-bent on happily-ever-after and it’s a potent cocktail.
Love should never be calculated. But it doesn’t take Whitney’s math skills to see that this is adding to up to one tantalizing adventure…
Falling for Her Bodyguard Amy Vastine
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One Night in Provence by Barbara Wallace
The Summer Retreat by Sheila Roberts
Falling for Her Bodyguard by Amy Vastine
Open to residents of the US and Canada, excluding Quebec. Contest closes June 10, at 11:59 p.m. ET. One (1) winner will be randomly selected from all entries on or around June 11. For full official rules, click here.
Update this contest is now closed.
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