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If you’re dreaming of traveling somewhere warm, why not cozy up with these books about hot romance? Everyone enjoys a love story about meeting someone special on vacation, so we’ve rounded up ten titles to binge read. Let this booklist take you on a trip filled with love and adventure.
The Secret Love Letters of Olivia Moretti by Jennifer Probst
The reader goes on a quest for healing and hope with three sisters who reunite after the unexpected passing of their mother. As the sisters work quickly to settle their mother’s affairs and go back to their separate lives, they find a hidden chest, containing the deed to house in Positano, Italy, and multiple love letters written by a man who is not their father. The women, shocked at their mother’s secret love affair, travel to Positano to discover who their mother really was, and find the man she seemed so madly in love with years ago. Situated along the dazzling Amalfi coast, the story is told in alternating timelines and from the perspectives of the sisters and their mom. As secrets are revealed, the estranged sisters must find their way back to the sisterly bond they once shared, navigating grief, mental health issues, heartbreak and love.
Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella
Ava wants to find love the old-fashioned way; she doesn’t want to deal with websites or filters. So, after a messy breakup and a dating app disaster, she decides to put romance on the backburner and book a trip to Italy for a writing retreat. Even though she’s there to focus on her upcoming novel, she can’t help but be distracted by a handsome fellow retreater. With no influence from the outside world, the two embark on a whirlwind romance, enjoying the sites of the coast together. But when it’s time to head back to the real world, they quickly learn there’s a lot of baggage to deal with, beyond just their luggage.
The Summer House in Santorini by Samantha Parks
Anna feels like her life is at a dead-end. With a slew of failed relationships, an unfulfilling career, and complex family dynamics, she’s ready to travel a different road. Anna decides to spend the summer in Greece on the beautiful island of Santorini to gain some clarity. However, the house she’s staying in needs a lot of work—but she’s in no position to complain since it’s an inheritance from her estranged father. As she throws herself into repairing the house, she starts to settle in and, along the way, develop feelings for a local named Nikos. Maybe this was just the fresh start that she needed.
Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory
From the author of the bestseller The Proposal, this novel is basically a book version of a Netflix Christmas movie. Follow characters as they find romance in a royal castle. Vivian tags along with her daughter as she is tasked with styling a member of the British royal family. While taking in the beauty of England and the castle, Vivian is drawn to private secretary Malcolm Hudson. Find out if this relationship is merely a quick fling, or if it can last the holidays.
One Way Ticket by Tricia O’Malley
When Paige learns that her boyfriend, who also happens to be the owner of Yoga Soulone, thinks it’s time to turn their monogamous partnership into an open relationship, she decides to leave the relationship and her job. Upon calling the Caribbean Tranquila Inn to cancel their upcoming retreat, she’s shocked when they offer her a job. Thinking this is just what she needs, she hightails it out of town to start fresh. But when she gets there, the retreat center is a mess, and the only bright spot is the good-looking manager, Jack Byron. She knows dating the boss is a bad idea, but what could go wrong?
The Secret Seaside Escape by Heidi Swain
Tess has reached a breaking point, and something has got to give. She has no time for self-care between dealing with her father’s demands and her stressful job. But when a shocking turn of events sends her into a tailspin, Tess decides to escape reality for a while. She chooses Wynmouth, the quaint beach community with many pleasant childhood memories, and indulges in some much-needed decompression. During her trip, she meets a local named Sam and contemplates staying for good. However, she realizes sooner than later that you can’t keep running from the past.
The Summer Hideaway by Jenny Hale
Alice and Sasha have decided to swap out city living for beach life in the Outer Banks. After all, this is where Alice spent summers with her grandfather and now wants to make new memories by turning his old house into a new ice cream shop. Everything is going exactly as planned, and to make things even better, Alice meets a man that sweeps her off of her feet. The only issue is that he’s just here for the season. While contemplating the future of her relationship, she stumbles across an old letter that shakes her to the core. This will be a summer to remember, but will it also end in heartbreak?
Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score
Although Naomi was running away from her wedding, she was also heading out to help her estranged twin sister Tina in the rough-and-tumble town of Knockemout, Virginia. Tina’s behavior has gone from bad to worse throughout the years, and she’s really done it this time. Although she took Naomi’s car and money, she left her with one thing – a niece that she didn’t even know existed. Finding herself stranded with a pre-teen was not part of the plan. The only saving grace is Knox, who typically doesn’t get involved in chaotic situations, but there’s just something about Naomi that he finds irresistible.
Conventionally Yours by Annabeth Albert
Charming, charismatic and effortlessly popular, Conrad Stewart seems to have it all. But he’s scrambling to keep his life from tumbling out of control. Alden Roth is brilliant and endlessly driven, but he’s guarded and can’t help but feel a little broken inside. When these mortal enemies are stuck together on a cross-country road trip to the biggest fan convention of their lives, their rivalry seems to take a back seat. Each of them wants to win the Odyssey gaming tournament, and they aren’t willing to let their feelings get in the way. Does that mean they’re giving up their chance at something truly magical?
A Secret in the Keys by Hope Holloway
When Beck’s husband of over thirty years surprised her with a divorce, her whole world came crashing down. Now faced with the overwhelming tasks of selling her home and finding a job, the last thing she wants to do is attend her estranged aunt’s party in Coconut Key. However, her adult daughter has been craving a vacation and convinces her mom that they could both use a break. She reluctantly agrees, then ends up reminiscing on days of childhood and toys with the idea of striking up a new relationship. Just when things are looking up, a sinister secret is revealed that leaves her questioning everything.
Meet Me in Paradise by Libby Hubscher
Marin and her sister are as different as night and day. While Sadie likes adventure and travel, Marin prefers to stay in one place. After applying some peer pressure, Sadie convinces Marin to travel to the tropical island of Saba for a spa weekend. As bad luck would have it, Sadie misses her flight, the plane ride is full of turbulence, and Marin’s luggage gets lost. Fortunately, a cute single stranger named Lucas offers to be a tour guide in her sister’s absence. It doesn’t take long for Marin to realize that she’s been missing out on so much throughout the years, including falling head over heels in love.
The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent
Birdy Finch never planned on stealing someone’s identity – it just happened. Wanting desperately to escape her current situation, she jumps at the chance to take a summer job at a beautiful hotel in Scotland. However, the job was meant for her friend Heather, an experienced sommelier. Nonetheless, Birdy arrives full of confidence but realizes quickly that she’s in way over her head. On top of that, she’s starting to fall in love with the chef, all while pretending to be someone else. Sooner or later, Birdy will have to come clean, but will she risk losing love, and her best friend, in the process?
Vacations Like This by Carina Taylor
Kimber’s job as a reporter has her staying on location in a small Colorado town where she can dive deep into the details of the questionable resort being built. She wasn’t expecting to be booked in the same cabin as Mack Boone, but he makes her feel safe, so she lets him stay. Besides that, they have history, and he’s a great kisser. But when Kimber finds out the real reason he’s in town, she realizes that the romance needs to stop. Even though she tries to pump the brakes, there’s just something about him that makes her want to keep going, even if the relationship is about to crash and burn.
How to Find a Princess by Alyssa Cole
The second book of the Runaway Royals Series by Alyssa Cole is a romance that follows Madeka Hicks clawing her way back up from a major breakup and losing her job all at once. In a nutshell, it’s a contemporary Anastasia retelling with Black Lesbians. If that doesn’t sell you, you might be dead. The author throws in an ‘only one-bed’ trope for anyone lurking reluctantly on the one-click button.
Perfect Timing by Brenda Jackson
A fifteen-year class reunion has Maxine Chandler and Maya Rivers excited to possibly renew their bond that they once held. These old best friends might just need it as their cruise to the Caribbean sets off. Maxi is disheveled by heartbreak and tragedy, but when her romance with a former high school rebel starts to become more than a distraction, she finds herself with an offer that she can’t refuse. Mya, on the other hand, seems to be blessed with her perfect marriage and family but as work is taking over her life, another woman might be taking her husband. They will struggle with the boundaries of love and loyalty as Mya and Maxi reclaim their deep and abiding friendship, on that will inspire them to face the future, no matter what it may bring.