Spring is upon us — which means that summer is right around the corner! It’s time to grab your beach towels, head to the pool, steal some glances at the cute lifeguards on duty and use a steamy (or fluffy!) romance novel as a makeshift sun-guard. Here are some highly rated, pine worthy books you can use this summer to satiate the love bug we all catch this time of year.
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Love love-hate novels? Enjoy slow-burn romance and banter that makes your eyes crinkle and heart beat pound? Want to experience a story of mutual pining and equality in wits and and power? Look no further than The Hating Game. It’s a beautiful combination of light fun and gritty passion — just listen to this blurb:
“Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.“
In Paris With You by Clémentine Beauvais
What could be better than a forbidden summer romance story, set in Paris, translated from the language of love itself? Perhaps an all expenses paid trip to the city of romance with your choice of beau, but alas, this is the next best thing. Self-proclaimed funny and bittersweet, this novel (written entirely in poetic verse) showcases the yearning, excitement, and anguish that comes with first love and wraps it up in a beautiful little bow.
“Eugene and Tatiana had fallen in love that summer ten years ago. But certain events stopped them from getting to truly know each other and they separated never knowing what could have been. But one busy morning on the Paris metro, Eugene and Tatiana meet again, no longer the same teenagers they once were. What happened during that summer? Does meeting again now change everything? With their lives ahead of them, can Eugene and Tatiana find a way to be together after everything?”
Again, but Better by Christine Riccio
All the best love stories take place on a fleeting summer abroad — characterized by the scent of white musk, the feel of airy cotton sheets, and the patter of hundreds of feet towards Big Ben or the River Thames. But the best combination is not only romance abroad, but a magical element to the story — time travel, anyone? This is a light read that makes you question yourself… if you had a do-over, for anytime in your life, would you take it?
“Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents…sounds ideal—but Shane’s made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance…what’s that? Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time’s a ticking, and she needs a change—there’s nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She’s going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure!”
You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn
Music? Love? Denying your true feelings just because of what society would think? All that and more in this sweet story about what happens when you let your heart — and the rhythms of a few beautiful melodies — lead instead of your fear. And what happens when, inevitably, love overcomes a sour note.
“Annie Mathers is America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy full of all the things her Gran warned her about. Superstar Clay Coolidge is most definitely going to end up one of those things. Swayed by Clay’s undeniable charm and good looks, Annie and her band agree to join the tour. From the start fans want them to be more than just tour mates, and Annie and Clay can’t help but wonder if the fans are right.
If only she could convince her heart that Clay, with his painful past and head over heels inducing tenor, isn’t worth the risk.”
One Day in December by Josie Silver
Lots of drama and complex relationships characterize this novel about what happens when you miss the opportunity of a lifetime — and the consequences of what happens next. Even though this isn’t actually a summer-y novel, it does infuse the reader with the excitement, and possibility, and sometime disappointment of flurry-ridden, endless winters.
“Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic… and then her bus drives away.Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus.”
Whether you want to read about forbidden love or love triangles, there’s the perfect summer romance novel for you out there — you’ve just got to take off your sunglasses and dive in!