What Our Authors Are Reading This Summer
Looking for book recommendations? Read like a Harlequin author and add these books to your summer TBR list!
Naima Simone, author of The Billionaire’s Bargain
Ah, summer. The days are longer. The weather is warmer. The kids are out of school. There’re constant queries of “Ma, what are we gonna eat for lunch?” And of course there are the “I’m bored” complaints… Wait, where was I going with this? Oh, right, right! Summer.
But aside from the return of the new 90 Day Fiancé season, my absolute favorite thing about summer are the new releases that make the best beach reads. Not that I’m going to the beach, ‘cause, y’know, sand…and heat…but still, I’ll watch Jason Momoa on a beach and pretend I’m there reading. The best of both worlds!
So, without further ado, let me share my anticipated summer reads!
Off Limits Lovers (Texas Cattleman’s Club: Houston, Book 6) by Reese Ryan
Oh my Lamb, I’m so looking forward to this August release and another awesome installment in the Texas Cattleman’s Club series! A forbidden romance is my catnip. Reese Ryan had me at jilted bride and daughter of hero’s nemesis. I’m getting giddy now just thinking about the drama! And helloooo. Look at this gorgeous cover!
Demanding His Hidden Heir (Secret Heirs of Billionaires) by Jackie Ashenden
First, Jackie Ashenden is an auto-buy for me. But throw in a hot Caribbean fling with an equally hot, rich and brooding Italian and a surprise baby? Oh, I have serious grabby hands! Is it any wonder I’ve been stalking this summer release for months?
A Cinderella Seduction (The Eden Empire) by Karen Booth
Disclaimer: I’m a complete sucker for any book that has Cinderella in the title. And with Karen Booth writing it? SOLD! So a rags-to-riches heiress meets a sexy, British stranger and she falls for him. But little does she know he has secret plans of revenge against her newfound family. Revenge, family vendettas and a sexy accent. Oh yeah. Gimme.
The Right Swipe (Modern Love) by Alisha Rai
Okay, no lie. I’ve been stalking this book—and maybe this author, but that stays here—for over a year. A romance-cynical dating app creator is ghosted by a former pro-football player (who, even though I haven’t read the book, already looks like Jason Momoa in my head) after one magical night. When he returns, looking for a second chance—did I mention he’s now in cahoots with a rival dating app?—she must decide if she’s willing to risk her heart. I neeeeed this in my liiiiiiife. And yes, I’m whining…
Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey
I can always count on Tessa Bailey to deliver fun, emotional and sizzling hot romance with the best characters. A town clown who’s looking to renovate herself so she’s not just the “little sister.” The hot ex-baseball player who’s looking to switch careers and be taken seriously in this new endeavor. And a fake relationship. I’m so in, I’ll probably sprain something snatching this book up when it releases this June!
Parental Guidance (Ice Knights) by Avery Flynn
I’m not going to lie—I can roll on the floor laughing just from reading an Avery Flynn blurb, let alone her books. Parent Guidance delivers with another dating app sitch and another fake relationship. What can I say? I’m a sucker for both. *shrug* A pro-hockey player’s dating app is taken over by his mother and his match is proving to be, well…more than his match. Rules, no feelings and five dates, then they can go their separate ways. Yeah, right. Get here fast, June!
So those are my anticipated summer beach-without-a-beach reads! You can thank me later for the romantic awesomeness! Your turn! What are your most anticipated summer reads?
Melissa Senate, author of A Promise for the Twins
My favorite place to read in the summertime? The beach. Give me warm sand, the Atlantic waves providing hushed music, the breezy fresh air scented by rosa rugosa (beach roses) lining the paths, a comfy lounge chair, sweet iced tea, and at least two books. I live on the coast of Maine where beaches are everywhere, but it takes a while to warm up enough for true beach reading, so my To Read pile is very high right now. There are a few novels I’ve been unable to resist and so can recommend some great summer reads:
His to Claim by Brenda Jackson
I absolutely loved HIS TO CLAIM by Brenda Jackson. First and foremost, this novel is about a marriage—a couple who has some differences and disagreements—and how love, long-standing history, commitment, willingness to compromise and hear each other, and yes, hot sex J work together to show the McRoys what they have. Mac McRoy is a Navy SEAL who returns home from overseas to discover his wife has retreated to a Wyoming dude ranch. He has no idea that Teri, mother of their four children, has a couple of secrets. Sexier than ever in his Stetson and cowboy boots, Mac arrives at the ranch and the two of them discover they still have a lot to learn about the other. With a big juicy plot, two wonderful lead characters, and great secondary characters, HIS TO CLAIM is one to savor.
Lone Witness by Shirlee McCoy
Next up is the incredibly gripping and deeply emotional LONE WITNESS by Shirlee McCoy. The opening chapter had me on the edge of my seat, hand to my mouth, and the story never lets up. A woman in hiding, Tessa Carlson, literally rescues a little girl from the arms of a kidnapper in Provincetown, Massachusetts. The child’s widowed father, special agent Henry Miller, owes Tessa everything—and now must protect her not only from a vengeful criminal, but Tessa’s own past, which may catch up with her. Unforgettable characters, great setting, and nail-biting suspense. I could not put this book down!
Colton 911: Cowboy’s Rescue by Marie Ferrarella
Another not-to-miss summer read is by one of my favorite authors, Marie Ferrarella. COLTON 911: COWBOY’S RESCUE. Working with a search and rescue team called Cowboy Heroes, tall, dark, and sexy Jonah Colton saves Maggie Reeves from a Texas ranch during a raging hurricane. But when he learns why she was out there with a strange map—and they come across a mummified body—they have to work together to find answers and stay alive, all the while trying not to fall in love. Good luck there, you two. J Action-packed, fun, and two irresistible main characters make this a must summer read.
Laura Scott, author of Blind Trust
Summer is my favorite time to read! Nothing like sitting beneath my pergola in the warm summer breeze with a good book. As a nurse, I’m always interested in books with a medical slant, so in June I’m planning to read Guarding the Amish Midwife by Dana Lynn. I’m also looking forward to reading Deep Undercover by Lenora Worth, this is the fourth book in the True Blue K-9 series and Lenora is one of my favorite authors.
What are you reading this summer? Let us know in the comments section below!