It’s almost June, which means only one thing: time to start dreaming about my summer reading list!
I love a great beach read, and ever since I was a kid (and kicked serious butt at our library reading challenges), I’ve made summertime my own personal bookfest. From tear-jerkers, to sexy romance, and even gripping thrillers, summer is when I kick back in a lounge chair with a cold drink and lose myself in another world. It’s a vacation without leaving my backyard!
I’m working hard on my next Oak Harbor book, Reckless Hearts, right now (coming July 11th!), but I wanted to share a few of my favorite summer reads with you. There are all-time favorites, and fun new releases – something for everyone. I hope you enjoy!
And if you’ve got a favorite beach read, let me know! I’d love some new recommendations. What has been your favorite recent summer read?
If you want something ROMANTIC…
I ADORE Julia Quinn’s laugh-out-loud Regency reads. They have all the historical romance, with a great modern, smart sensibility, so check out her latest for the gowns, the banter, and of course, the heroes 🙂
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(PS- If you haven’t discovered her Bridgerton series, GO NOW WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! These books are on my all-time favorite list, and are so smart and swoon-worthy. The Duke & I is a great place to start!
If you want something SASSY…
If you want something SWEET.
I love a quirky small-town romance for the summer, and Violet’s Cactus Creek series is the perfect fit. Each book follows a new couple, and I love seeing old friends return 🙂 (Book one is now FREE!)
If you want something EMOTIONAL.
This might just be my favorite book of all-time. I re-read it every year, and each time, it’s a true pleasure.
The writing is so beautiful, and I never fail to laugh, cry, and finish the final page with a huge smile on my face.
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If you want something THRILLING.
I’ll let you in on a little secret: I also write young adult fiction, and this is one of my books! But be warned: it’s a murder mystery, and so it’s pretty dark and twisty, (like a teen Gone Girl). A girl is found murdered on vacation in Aruba, and suspicion falls on her best friend… If you like Caroline Kepnes or Gillian Flynn, you might want to check it out!