Oh hey, it’s Jenny and Rae. In case you didn’t know, we love talking about books, and shopping for books, and recommending books…did we mention we love books?
Anyway, it’s August and that means it’s hot! And we thought, hey, instead of being hot because of the summer heat, why don’t we recommend some spicy romances to heat things up in a different way, ya know what we mean? 😉
So we have compiled a list of our favorite steamy summer reads to share with you!
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1. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Why Rae thinks you should read this book: The Unhoneymooners was ridiculous amounts of fun. I laughed out loud on a number of occasions and even convinced my husband to listen to the book on audio. If you’re looking for a beach read, look no further than this delightful rom com.
Why Jenny thinks you should read this book: It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that’s literally made me laugh out loud. The Unhoneymooners is an amazing read and the romance is top notch. This is without a doubt one of my top reads in 2019.
Pair this book with: a tropical beverage and a long walk on the beach, but do be sure to avoid any and all buffet food!
2. Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
Why Jenny thinks you should read this book: Evvie Drake’s romance is so realistic. This slow burn romance keeps you hoping they’ll be together in the end. If you’re looking for a romance that also focuses on how two people need to work on themselves before being together, Evvie Drake Starts Over is the book for you.
Pair this book with: Some crackerjacks and an ice cold drink, while watching a baseball game.
3. Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker
Why Rae thinks you should read this book: I love books that cover perspectives from both the past and present. In Say You Still Love Me, the focus shifts back and forth between the present time and several years in the past when the main characters were at summer camp. I loved getting to know the characters and how they evolved over the years. If you enjoy sweet romances that bridge socioeconomic gaps, this book is the perfect pick!
Why Jenny thinks should you read this book: Who doesn’t love a summer camp romance with a bad boy? I loved the back and forth between past and present because we really get to see the growth (and loss) of relationships throughout the course of the book. I loved this read and it’s the perfect summer romance book!
Pair this book with: your favorite summer camp t-shirt and a Manhattan–a little laid back, a little fancy.
4. Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke
Why Jenny thinks should you read this book: If you aren’t huge into your star sign, but secretly want to be, then Star-Crossed is your book. Justine tries to persuade her romantic interest by changing the horoscopes for the magazine she works for, only he isn’t getting the hint! This book kept me riveted until the end, hoping that one day Nick would see the signs.
Pair this book with: Any favorite magazine of your choosing, just make sure they feature the horoscope!
5. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Why Rae thinks you should read this book: The Kiss Quotient is downright spicy! I fell in love with Stella’s character, and Michael is the ultimate book beau. Need something steamy in your life? Look no further than The Kiss Quotient.
Pair this book with: a porch swing and homemade lemonade.
6. Midnight at the Wandering Vineyard by Jamie Raintree
Why Jenny thinks you should read this book: Love interests disappearing with no closure, could there be anything worse? Mallory is back home and dealing with a fallen out friendship and a guy who, after a steamy romance, disappears with no word. Set against a gorgeous backdrop of a vineyard, this book kept me glued to it until the very end.
Pair this book with: Your favorite glass of wine and a good friend! Gorgeous romantic interest optional.
7. How to Walk Away by Katherine Center
Why Rae thinks you should read this book: How to Walk Away isn’t just a love story. This book is about perseverance when faced with impossible odds, incredible strength, and being okay with a change that flips your world upside down. The romance in the book is really the cherry on top.
Pair this book with: a snuggly blanket and homemade chocolate chip cookies.
8. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
Why Jenny thinks you should read this book: Not only is there romance in this book, there’s a bit of magic too, and it makes this book all the more interesting. This was the first book I read by Sarah Addison Allen and it definitely wasn’t my last! This is an amazing read.
Pair this book with: One fresh out of the oven apple pie.
9. Well Met by Jen DeLuca
Why Rae thinks you should read this book: I recently read Well Met and just knew that it needed to go on this list! Everything about this book screams fun summer romance. From the Renaissance Faire setting, to the broody pirate, I was sold from the opening chapter. You should read Well Met because it’s cute, sweet, and positively charming.
Pair this book with: a turkey leg and a beer from a local Renaissance Faire. Men in kilts are optional, but a pirate with swagger is a must.
10. One Day in December by Josie Silver
Why Jenny thinks you should read this book: So, the word December in the title of this book led me to believe this was a Christmas-y book. Absolutely not true. I loved this book and I promise it can be read year round because it takes place year round over the course of ten years. They even travel to a beach! There’s so much going on in this book and given the long time span the book covers, we get to see friendships and relationships begin and end. It’s a romance book not to be missed!
Pair this book with: A spotify playlist, a glass of wine and a chicken sandwich (maybe with bleu cheese and mayo, or maybe not).