Summer Reads We Can’t Wait For
by Donna Soluri
Things are heating up in my part of the world, summer is definitely in the air (or maybe that’s just the yellow haze of pollen!) Many places are beginning to open back up here in the US, and that means it’s time to start planning out your beach reads! Here are ten books that are destined to get you from Memorial Day Weekend through Independence Day!
HOW TO FIND A PRINCESS by Alyssa Cole
May 25, 2021
The second book in Cole’s Runaway Royals series is a queer Anastasia retelling featuring a long-lost princess who finds love with the female investigator tasked with tracking her down. Makeda Hicks, the missing Ibaranian heir is having a no good, rotten day. She lost her job and her girlfriend in one fell swoop. Beznaria Chetchevaliere is the sleek, sexy investigator sent by the World Federation of Monarchies to find her. To protect her grandmother, Makeda agrees to return to Ibarania with Bez and whoa boy, let the wild, fake marriage, only one bed sapphic hijinks on the high seas ensue!
ONE LAST STOP by Casey McQuiston
June 01, 2021
Oh Casey McQuiston, you had me with time travel! August moves to NYC to prove her theory right. Magic and love stories do not exist. August was wholly unprepared to meet gorgeous, charming, mysterious and impossible Jane on the train. Jane becomes August’s subway crush and rather quickly August realizes her impossible Jane doesn’t just look like an old school punk rocker, she’s actually from the 1970s. Now August will have to use everything she tried to leave in her past to help Jane and maybe she’ll start believing in some things, after all.
NEON GODS by Katee Robert
June 01, 2021
You might not know this about me, but mythology is my jam. Also, if you don’t follow Katee Robert on social media, are you even living? The first book in Robert’s Dark Olympus series is a retelling of Hades and Persephone! HADES AND PERSEPHONE – YES! SHOUTY CAPS! If you’re unfamiliar with Katee Robert just know, she writes the sinful exquisitely and you can bet your patootie anything Robert writes about Hades and Persephone tangling in the sheets is going to be spectacular!
PACK UP THE MOON by Kristan Higgins
June 08, 2021
When Lauren finds out she’s dying, she starts writing her husband letters. A letter a month to help him navigate his first year without her. They are each other’s first love and the idea of him not being able to move forward once she’s gone is almost too much for her to bear. Lauren’s letters help Joshua through his grief and lead him to a path of happiness that doesn’t follow a straight line. You know Higgins will rip your heart out but she always pieces it back together for you in the end.
REEL by Kennedy Ryan
June 08, 2021
Fresh off of the announcement of her production deals, Ryan launches a brand-new series about ambition, obsession, and love. One magical night moves actress Neevah Saint from backstage on Broadway to the glaring spotlight of Hollywood. It’s her dream come true and possibly the love of her life all rolled up in one. Of course, trouble awaits!
THE HELLIONS WALTZ by Olivia Waite
June 15, 2021
The third book in Waite’s Feminine Pursuits series centers on the idea that it’s not a crime to steal a heart. Sophie hates a swindler and after her family’s run-in with a con man, she’s wary of everyone in their new town. Sophie is especially wary of silk-weaver Madeline, and rightly so! Maddie decides to seduce Sohpie to keep her quiet but will Maddie lose her heart along the way?
THE BEST MARQUESS by Nicola Davidson
June 23, 2021
The second book in Davidson’s Wickedly Wed series focuses on spinster Lady Pippa, a proud spectacle-wearing bluestocking. As a fellow glasses’ wearer, you had me at hello! Pippa enlists the help of her long-suffering friend, Lord Finlay when her scheming grandmother arranges a much unwanted betrothal. Fake relationship, friends to lovers with gossipy ton ladies and bitter family secrets. Yes please!
FINDING RONAN’S HEART by Melanie Moreland
June 24, 2021
In my humble opinion, Melanie Moreland is a fabulous author you should read without question. There, I said it. She tends to write heroes you love to hate and eventually just plain love but with Ronan Callaghan, one of the boys, the Callaghan triplets, you only ever just love him. Ronan has always wanted to make it on his own merits so when he meets a waitress, Beth, who only sees him for himself, not the trappings of his wealth or family, he knows he’s met the one. But, there’s a fine line when you hold back the truth of who you really are, how will Beth react when she learns Ronan hasn’t been completely honest? This is the second book in Moreland’s Vested Interest: ABC Corp #2 series – it’ll make you cry but trust her, Moreland will make everything okay in the end.
OUT OF CHARACTER by Annabeth Albert
July 06, 2021
Keywords to look out for with this book are #FriendsToEnemies #EnemiesToFriends #FriendsToLovers #LGBTQIA+Romance, oh, and #Gamers! Milo isn’t a gamer but he loses his brother’s prized cards in a stupid bet and must enlist the help of the best gamer he knows, Jasper to help him win them back. Jasper just happens to hate Milo because helping Milo dredges up old feelings he’d rather keep forgetting about! Oh, I almost forgot to mention one more keyword, #ForcedProximity. What’s not to love?
INCENSE AND SENSIBILITY by Sonali Dev
July 06, 2021
It’s the summer of retellings my friends and I am here for it! In Dev’s third book in her Rajes series, we get an Indian American twist on Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. Yash Raje is California’s first serious Indian gubernatorial candidate, and he isn’t afraid to use his privileged background to stay ahead of the pack. A hate-fueled incident at a rally critically injures his friend and makes Yash feel like his life is a lie he can’t control. It’s so bad, he starts having serious panic attacks when he tries to rejoin the campaign trail. His family enlists the help of California’s foremost stress management coach, India Dashwood. India is also his #SistersBestFriend and did I mention they had a magical night together ten years ago so #SecondChance gets some play here, too! Sonali Dev writes books that are a literary feast for your senses, you cannot walk away from one of her stories unfazed by her stunning storytelling prowess.
Donna should be an empty nester, but she’s not, thanks COVID-19. She’s a voracious reader of all books; she can’t pick just one sub-genre. A staunch supporter of seasoned romance and a lover of cupcakes, you’ll often find her with a cup of tea and a mountainous TBR pile close at hand. Follow her @DonnaSoluri on B+M Bites.
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