In part 1 of our 2-part post, romance author Barbara Freethy gives us her list of must-reads for the rest of the hot summer season. Her latest novel, That Summer Night, is on sale now.
Summer is my favorite time of year. I'm a California girl, so we have a lot of days that feel like summer, but there's nothing like those few months when the light lasts until nine o'clock and a warm breeze swirls around you late into the night. I love to set books in the summer and my latest, That Summer Night, stars a young doctor and an ex-soldier who discover that saving the world first means saving themselves and falling in love.
If you're looking for some good books to read this summer, I hope you'll check out That Summer Night, but here are some of my favorite summer reads by other authors. Some of the books are brand new and others have been out awhile, but I think you'll enjoy them all:
Christie Ridgway is one of my favorite contemporary romance writers. Her stories are always fun, sexy and a little bit sassy. I really enjoyed the first book in her new Cabin Fever Series called Take My Breath Away where a single mom meets a former teen idol and sparks quickly begin to fly.
This book intrigued me just by the title alone. Have you ever dreamed of finding a hero in real life like you read about in romance novels? Who hasn't? Well, a new contemporary romance writer Ava Miles gives us just that kind of story in her novel, Nora Roberts Land. Her heroine, a newly divorced journalist, returns to her small town to debunk the Nora Roberts romance novels her ex-husband blamed for their divorce only to discover happy endings do exist--with a hero who could have starred in a Nora Roberts novel. With Nora Roberts' blessing for the use of her name, Ava's story is witty and charming, making it one of my favorite summer reads. This book kicks off Ava's Dare Valley Series.
Nora Roberts' latest romantic suspense, The Collector, was also one of my favorite reads this summer. I love books that mix romance, suspense and even a little adventure, and The Collector does all three. A house-sitter witnesses what looks like a murder in the building across the street and is soon thrust into a dangerous mystery. The hero, a sexy painter, becomes her ally and together they risk it all to find the truth and fall in love. Don't miss this one.
First of all, I love this title. It immediately made me hit the buy button, but I also love Barbara O'Neal's books. She writes beautiful women's fiction stories that are charming, poignant, filled with emotion and charm. In this book, she ties together food and friendship as a popular blogger and foodie queen invites three of her closest online friends to the Oregon wine country. She wants to find an heir to sustain her life's work, and hopes that one of these women will fit the bill. If you enjoy women's fiction, this is the book for you.
Bella Andre is my go-to author for sexy romance and her latest title, Just To Be With You, part of the Seattle Sullivan Series is the perfect mix of sexy fun and charming romance. Ian Sullivan, a wealthy and powerful CEO, falls for Tatiana London, a hot Hollywood actress, and the passion between them sizzles. This one will steam up your summer sunglasses.
This series starter has everything I look for in a sweet romance: a hunky alpha hero, a sassy heroine who's easy to root for, a touch of humor - and just enough quirky twists to make it stand out from the pack. A glimpse into the country music business and a fresh new setting--the North Dakota oil fields--add up to a real page turner.
I hope you'll enjoy checking out some of my favorite summer stories. Don't forget to check out my newest book, aptly titled That Summer Night.
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