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There’s a reason summer is the perfect season for a fling. With long sunny days, warm starry nights, and romance novels that you can’t put down, it’s certainly the time of year for love. And this summer, some of the year’s most anticipated romances will add even more heat to your warm summer days. From courtships with royalty to budding love between best friends to surprising revelations of love between enemies, these novels tell every kind of story.
By the Book by Jasmine Guillory (May 3, 2022)
Isabelle’s career at her publishing company turns out to be a lot less exciting than she’d hoped. She’s underpaid, overworked and still living at home at twenty-five. When a high-profile author with a beastly reputation fails to send in his manuscript, Isabelle sees this as an opportunity to earn a promotion. If she can motivate the author to write his manuscript and turn it in by next deadline, she’ll be a hero at the company. Isabelle makes her way to the author’s mansion and soon realizes helping the author out of his slump will not be easy. But as the two become closer, the words start coming out. And there is also something else forming between the two; a feeling growing with each day that blooms into love.
Starry-Eyed Love by Helena Hunting (May 10, 2022)
When an attractive man buys London a drink and sends her a note while she’s spending a night out with her sisters, she turns him down. She’s just broken up with her boyfriend and her focus is on the family business where she is the business administrator of an event hotel. A few months later, London lands a deal with a multi-million-dollar company and she hopes to prove to her sisters that she is leading the business in the right direction. When the CEO of the company, Jackson Holt, suddenly enters the meeting, she realizes it is the same man she turned down at the bar. Now, as Jackson and London work together to finalize the deal, sparks begin to fly and their professional relationship begins to blossom into something more.
From Bad to Cursed by Lana Harper (May 17, 2022)
Isidora is a witch who can summon demons and who loves adventure. She designs costumes for her family’s haunted house, but she dreams of leaving the family business and becoming a fashion designer in her own right. But when a member of the Thorn family is injured, Isidora must help clear her family’s name with the help of Rowan, who is a member of the rival family and someone Isidora despises. However, as the two begin to connect clues and unravel startling secrets, they realize there’s an undeniable chemistry between them that’s becoming more and more difficult to ignore.
The Emma Project by Sonali Dev (May 17, 2022)
Vansh Raje has the perfect life. Rich and committed to non-profit work, he has recently been declared California’s most eligible bachelor. His family adores him and his charming disposition allows him to get through life without a hitch. Naina Kohli has just gotten out of a fake ten-year relationship with Vansh’s brother, and she wants nothing to do with the Raje family ever again. Naine wants to focus on her non-profit work helping South Asian women gain financial independence. But when the success of Naine’s foundation is suddenly threatened by Vansh’s ill-conceived Emma Project, Naine must fight Vansh for funding. Making things even more complicated, an unexpected friends-with-benefits relationship strikes up between them that might be leading to something more.
Meant to Be Mine by Hannah Orenstein (June 7, 2022)
Edie Meyer’s grandmother has accurately predicted when each of her family members would meet the love of their lives. Edie knows she’ll meet her special someone on June 24, 2022 when she’s twenty-nine years old, and she’s been waiting all this time for the day to come. When the day finally arrives, she meets a handsome musician that she’s undeniably attracted too. However, something seems off and she’s not quite sure that he is her Mr. Right. When tragedy strikes and Edie discovers a shocking truth, she is left wondering if love is a matter of destiny after all.
Birds of California by Katie Cotugno (June 14, 2022)
Former child actor Fiona St. James left the acting world behind after a public breakdown. Now in her late twenties, she formed a new life for herself and enjoys the privacy of being out of the spotlight. Sam Fox, her childhood co-star and now-famous actor, loves his life of glamour, wealth and fame. When Sam’s show is cancelled and his career suddenly spirals, he agrees to do a reboot of the show that he and Fiona starred on as children. In order for this to work, however, he’ll need to convince Fiona to return to acting. As Sam and Fiona begin spending time together, they become attracted to each other despite—and perhaps, because of—their differences. But Fiona has a secret that she hasn’t told Sam yet about why she had a breakdown and chose to leave the acting world; a secret that may be too much for Sam.
American Royalty by Tracey Livesay (June 28, 2022)
Danielle “Duchess” Nelson is a famous American rapper who is desperately in need of positive publicity. She is on the verge of making a deal that will change her life and finally grant her control. Prince Jameson is a reclusive British royal who spends his days teaching and avoiding the spotlight. When the Queen puts Prince Jameson in charge of a tribute concert to help improve the royal family’s popularity, Prince Jameson hires Duchess to perform at the recommendation of one of his students, and she is not at all what the Queen had in mind. Prince Jameson, however, is inexplicably drawn to Duchess and they start an explosive love affair. But can their relationship withstand the pressure from the press, the royal family, and demands of Duchess’ career?
The Romance Recipe by Ruby Barrett (June 28, 2022)
When business at Amy’s restaurant reaches an all-time low, she does something she thought she’d never do: she hires TV-reality star Sophie as a chef to draw in new customers and publicity. However, Sophie resists media attention and just wants to focus on making good food. The two could not be more different: Amy is a micromanager and Sophie is a grump. When a new opportunity for exposure on a TV show materializes, Sophie and Amy may finally succeed in getting the restaurant new business. However, this may come at the cost of separating the two women, who suddenly realize that they need each other more than they knew.
The Bodyguard by Katherine Center (July 19, 2022)
Hannah Brooks, innocent as she may seem, is a highly trained bodyguard that could kill you with a wine bottle opener. When she’s hired to protect the objectively handsome and ripped Jack Stapleton from a dangerous stalker, she can hardly keep herself from swooning. Jack doesn’t want his family to know about his stalker so, when he has to visit the family ranch, he asks Hannah to pretend that she’s his girlfriend. Hannah reluctantly agrees. But on the ranch, she finds herself being swept away by the fantasy of being Jack’s girlfriend, and her attraction to him sparks into something more. But does Jack feel the same way?
For Butter or Worse by Erin La Rosa (July 26, 2022)
Chef Nina Lyon finally has an opportunity to make a name for herself when she joins a reality TV series as a co-host. Unfortunately, her fellow host Leo O’Donnell has a way of pushing her buttons and one day he takes it too far and Nina quits on live television. Not long after, the press catch Nina and Leo in a compromising position and rumors spread that the two are in a secret relationship. This is the best thing that could happen for the show as the public in entranced. Leo and Nina decide that the best thing for their careers is to keep up the facade. However, when real feelings start to emerge, things become all the more tricky for Nina and her career.
Booked on a Feeling by Jayci Lee (July 26, 2022)
Lizzy is on the path to becoming partner at her prestigious law firm when she suffers a panic attack at a crucial moment in her career. To stave off the burnout and get her life back on track, she takes a three-week break and returns to the small town of Weldon, where she would spent summers as a child with her best friend Jack. Jack never left Weldon and now works as a bookkeeper for his family’s brewery. He’s had a crush on Lizzy for all his life, but he would never risk their friendship to act on it. When Lizzy returns to Weldon and busies herself with revamping the local bookstore, Jack steps in to help. But as they work together on this ambitious project, romantic feelings begin to stir in both their hearts.
Husband Material by Alexis Hall (August 2, 2022)
Suddenly it seems that everyone around Luc and Oliver are getting married and Luc is feeling the pressure to propose. Oliver is certainly husband material. But is Luc ready? Through four weddings and a funeral Luc learns more about himself and what it will take to go from unsure to ready for married life.
Ben and Beatriz by Katalina Gamarra (August 2, 2022)
Beatriz Herrera is a queer biracial woman with a quick wit and fierce independence. When she is forced to spend a week with privileged Ben Montgomery, who is both white and wealthy, she and Ben clash almost immediately. Although Beatriz finds Ben insanely attractive and Ben finds Beatriz’s snarky comebacks and caustic quips alluring, Beatriz would never compromise her identity to be with Ben. When the two end up hooking up, they can’t seem to stop themselves from continuing to do so. Could it be that there is something more growing between them? Could this relationship ever work?
Mad About You by Mhairi McFarlane (August 9, 2022)
Being a wedding photographer, you would think Harriet Hatley would be all into romance. But Harriet is anything but romantic, and she never wants to get married. When her boyfriend proposes, Harriet finds herself newly single and moves into a new apartment where she meets her new roommate Cal. Cal has just had his own wedding end in catastrophe, but he is ever the hopeless romantic. As Cal and Harriet become close friends, Cal becomes the person she needs to finally face her past. By doing so, Harriet just might open herself up to the possibility that true love is real.
Not Your Basic Love Story by Lindsay Maple (August 23, 2022)
Becky likes being independent and isn’t looking to change her way of life. But when she meets a handsome man on a plane, she begins to rethink the way she’s been living and whether she needs to allow herself some spontaneity and romance. Back home, her new relationship with Dev becomes more complicated as they navigate differences in culture. Becky eats chicken nuggets and drinks wine, while Dev is vegetarian and doesn’t drink. As their differences continue to challenge Becky’s expectations about what true love should be, can Becky accept that true love doesn’t always adhere to expectations, or will she walk away from the only man that’s ever captured her heart?