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Not Your Momma's Romance Novel - Summer Love Edition

couple embracing on the beach

Hello again, romance readers!

I have some good news for you: SUMMER IS COMING. You know what that means? Pool reads. Beach reads. Lounge-chair-with-lemonade reads. Romance is one of my favorite genres year-round, but it especially lends itself to warm weather and sunshine (and long plane rides... or while waiting in epic lines… or snow days… well, I digress).

Let’s discuss the benefits, shall we?

  1. With romance novels, you can generally fall asleep and pick back up easily. These books are fast-paced, easy reads, so if you get drowsy in the Oklahoma summer sun, there’s no pressure to finish your chapter and take notes on the plot. Nope, this genre is straight-up naptime-friendly.
  2. Prefer to keep your eyes closed altogether? Grab some earbuds and download an e-audiobook to your mobile device, no matter where you are. Then grab your beach towel, sit back, relax and listen!
  3. Taking a road trip alone? This is your opportunity to ditch the soundtracks, decades radio, and binge-worthy podcasts. Seize the moment and treat yourself to an audiobook romance novel! It’s the literary equivalent of a beverage with an umbrella in it, or maybe a bowl of guacamole. And it’s summertime, so #TREATYOSELF.


Take Me Back by Meghan March

We fell in love on a beach, got married in paradise, and I carried her off into the sunset. It should have been perfect, but saying “I do” doesn’t guarantee a happily-ever-after.

Two years later, I barely recognize either of us behind the walls we’ve built.

It’s time to bring it full circle. Back to a tropical paradise. Back to find out if we can still make this work.

I’m not willing to give her up, but to save us, I have to risk everything. 

Two damaged people. 

Countless secrets. 

The fight of our lives.

We might be broken, but we’re not done.


Arranged by Catherine McKenzie
(also available as an ebook)

Anne Blythe has a great life: a good job, good friends, and a potential book deal for her first novel. When it comes to finding someone to share it with, however, she just can't seem to get it right.

After yet another relationship ends, Anne comes across a business card for what she thinks is a dating service, and she pockets it just in case. When her best friend, Sarah, announces she's engaged, Anne can't help feeling envious. On an impulse, she decides to give the service a try because maybe she could use a little assistance in finding the right man. But Anne soon discovers the company isn't a dating service; it's an exclusive, and pricey, arranged marriage service. She initially rejects the idea, but the more she thinks about it -- and the company's success rate -- the more it appeals to her. After all, arranged marriages are the norm for millions of women around the world, so why wouldn't it work for her?

A few months later, Anne is travelling to a Mexican resort, where in one short weekend she will meet and marry Jack. And against all odds, it seems to be working out -- until Anne learns that Jack, and the company that arranged their marriage, are not what they seem at all.


Hot Summer Nights by Jaci Burton, Jessica Claire, Erin McCarthy, and Carly Phillips/p>

Passions ignite in these all-new stories from four bestselling masters of contemporary romance...

In Jaci Burton's "Hope Smolders," struggling divorcee Jane has put her personal life on hold to raise her kids—until she runs into Luke, her ex's former best friend, who convinces her it's time to start having fun again.

Carly Phillips takes you back to the town of Serendipity, where overworked Alexa has an instant connection with a sinfully sexy football star on the dance floor. A one-night stand evolves into multiple nights when Luke decides to teach the good doctor about his own brand of fun. But when it's time for him to leave town, will these "Perfect Strangers" be able to say goodbye for good?

In Jessica Clare's "Legend of Jane," an intrepid Bloggess catches the eye of local law enforcement when she gets caught trespassing. Luckily, Luanne wouldn't mind getting handcuffed by Officer Hotness...

Single girl Chelsea is tired of feeling like the fifth wheel on her weekend jaunt to Lake Placid, until she gets stuck out in the cold and finds a muscular knight in shining armor to warm her up—in Erin McCarthy's "Ice Princess."

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