If you’re longing to escape the pandemic into a world of witty, sexy stories, I have the perfect romances for you! I start with a couple of historicals, jump to the present, and then finish with four books that you should preorder to ensure happy hours this summer. Check out Eloisa James’s latest historical romance, Wilde Child, which features a scandalous runaway who’s joined a theater troupe and the viscount who’s determined to save her reputation… without getting too attached, of course.
An Earl, the Girl, and a Toddler
Vanessa Riley writes witty, smart historical romances with multicultural casts, so if you’re in Bridgerton withdrawal, grab her books! I found An Earl, the Girl, and a Toddler even better than A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby — and that’s saying a lot since Julia Quinn, author of Bridgerton, called the book “the perfect historical read”!Save to WishlistBuy From…
The Duke Heist
As I’m writing this, Erica Ridley’s The Duke Heist has almost 400 reviews on Amazon, skimming five stars. Her heroine, Chloe, considers herself to be “completely forgettable” — but that’s before she kidnaps a duke. Read Erica’s books to laugh and cry as you’ll fall in love with her characters.Save to WishlistBuy From…
The Greek’s Unknown Bride
I survived the ferocity of high school with the help of Harlequin Presents. I still love the alpha men and the sassy women who have them on their knees (physically and emotionally) by the last chapter. In Abby Green’s The Greek’s Unknown Bride, a woman wakes up with amnesia to find herself married to a Greek billionaire who hates her. In fact, everyone in his family hates her, even though she’s …Show More ›Save to WishlistBuy From…
Alexis Hall describes himself as the “genrequeer author of kissing books” like Boyfriend Material, which had me in stitches. If you fancy self-deprecating British humor, jump at this. (And you might also want to pick up Glitterland, which is fantastic.)Save to WishlistBuy From…
Strange Love (Galactic Love, #1)
Ready for something different — seriously different? I adored Strange Love. We all know how much fun alien romances can be. Here, a beta insect-like guy who’s been rejected four times is on the way to pick up his last chance from a dating agency, when he kidnaps a cheerful human and her talking dog instead.Save to WishlistBuy From…
You Had Me at Hola
You Had Me at Hola is a sexy, soapy delight: Alexis Daria’s novel follows two telenovela stars both working on a new TV series. Jasmine’s latest humiliating breakup was detailed in every tabloid, and Ashton has secrets that mean he cannot attract media attention — which is just what would happen if they got together…Save to WishlistBuy From…
When Stars CollideSusan
Let’s turn to a few books coming out this summer. Susan Elizabeth Phillips has written a gloriously funny Chicago Stars romance, When Stars Collide. A football player and an opera singer are stuck together for a month. (“Diva! Vermin!”) I laughed aloud as Mozart met Monday Night Football!
Release date: June 29Save to WishlistBuy From…
The Runaway Heiress
Meg Tilly writes a perfect blend of scary and sweet romantic suspense novels, and though The Runaway Heiress sounds like a historical, it’s actually a bone-chilling story about a woman who goes on the run from a violent cop — her husband — and gets a job as the assistant to a bad-boy movie director. As a Golden Globe winner herself, Tilly knows Hollywood, and her authenticity makes the danger …Show More ›Save to WishlistBuy From…
Devil in Disguise
A new Lisa Kleypas romance is always a reason to celebrate, but Devil in Disguise is classic, fabulous Kleypas. A strong-willed young widow meets a brusque Scotsman — it’s got everything we love: great sex, a touch of amnesia, a hint of convenient marriage… Pure delight!
Release date: July 27 Save to WishlistBuy From…
And finally, Sarah MacLean is launching a new series this summer with Bombshell, the story of a scandalous lady whose late-night feminist escapades
— think sexy, historical Ocean’s Eight — endanger not just her reputation, but her life. If you haven’t read Sarah’s historicals, you have a huge treat ahead of you!