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    28 Romance Novels To Read This Summer

    You'll fall in love with these books.

    1. The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez

    Forever

    Two years after her fiancé died, Sloane is still drowning in her grief. But a run-in with a dog, who happens to be the pet of her favorite singer, brings her back to life. Much to her surprise, Sloane falls in love with both the pup and his owner, Jason. Their whirlwind romance comes to an abrupt halt when their pasts get in the way, and only a risk in the right direction can put their relationship back on track.

    Get it from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Bookshop.

    2. The Trouble with Hating You by Sajni Patel

    Forever

    Liya Thakkar is a biochemical engineer who is very happily single, so when her parents ambush her with a lawyer — albeit a handsome one — as a prospective husband, she bolts out the back door. However, a week later, that same lawyer shows up to start working at her company. As they start developing feelings for each other, Liya must give up her stubborn ways and give love a chance.

    Get it from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Bookshop.

    3. Take A Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

    Avon

    When rugby-player-turned-security-guard Zafir Ansari rescues Danika Brown from a workplace fire, his heroic actions go viral and people start shipping #DrRugbae. He convinces Danika to fake a relationship with him to get publicity for the children's charity he works with, but when he develops feelings for her, he works to turn their fake relationship into a real one.

    Get it on June 23 from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Bookshop.

    4. Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai

    Avon

    When an innocent conversation with a stranger is live-tweeted and misconstrued by the entire world, Katina King goes into hiding. Her bodyguard, Jas, takes her to his family's cabin to protect her from the #CafeBae drama, as well as anyone from her past who might discover her. But he isn't prepared to protect himself from the feelings he starts to have for her.

    Get it from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Bookshop.

    5. The Devil of Downtown by Joanna Shupe

    Avon

    In Manhattan's Gilded Age, Jack Mulligan runs a criminal enterprise and Justine Greene is a sheltered do-gooder out to right society's wrongs. When their paths cross, they decide to team up. But their partnership quickly turns from professional to romantic.

    Get it June 30 from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Bookshop.

    6. The Rakess by Scarlett Peckham

    Avon

    In the 19th century, Seraphina Arden's reputation for promiscuity and progressive thoughts on women has made her a societal pariah. So it's not out of character when she seduces a local widower, Adam, and begins an affair. But when she finds out that Adam is in business with the man who ruined her life way back when, Seraphina must decide if she's willing to let her past dictate her future.

    Get it from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Bookshop.

    7. You Had Me At Hola by Alexis Daria

    Avon

    Jasmine Lin Rodriguez and Ashton Suárez are two telenovela stars that need a career win. After Jasmine's messy breakup makes the tabloids and Ashton's TV character is killed off, neither of them can do anything to jeopardize the new movie they've been cast in...including starting a steamy romance behind-the-scenes.

    Get it August 4 from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Bookshop.

    8. Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev

    William Morrow

    When reality series Cooking with the Stars recruits chef Ashna Raje, she thinks it's the perfect opportunity to get some publicity for her restaurant and save it from closing. The last thing she expects is to be paired with celebrity soccer star Rico Silva, who also happens to be her first love who broke her heart years ago. Before long, things start to get steamy...and not just in the kitchen. But Ashna needs to protect herself so she doesn't get burned.

    Get it from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Bookshop.

    9. No Offense by Meg Cabot

    William Morrow

    Molly Montgomery moved to a small town in the Florida Keys to pursue her dream job as the head of children's services at the public library...and also to put some distance between herself and her broken engagement. The last thing she expects of her new quiet life is to find a baby abandoned in the library restroom...or to develop feelings for the recently divorced sheriff who's on the case.

    Get it August 11 from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Bookshop.

    10. Not That Kind of Guy by Andie J. Christopher

    Berkley

    After breaking up with her long-term boyfriend, state attorney Bridget Nolan decides to focus all her attention on work, which would be a full-proof plan if not for the attractive new intern crushing on her. The pair become friendly, and when his internship is over, Bridget asks her new "friend" to accompany her to Vegas for her brother's bachelor party. But what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas, because the two wake up married. And to piss off his parents and her ex, they decide to stay that way. What could go wrong?

    Get it from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Bookshop.

    11. Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson

    Berkley

    When Jesse Strong's mother dies unexpectedly, he pleads with his brothers to keep her knitting shop up and running. That's where his childhood frenemy comes in. Kerry has worked in Mama Joy's shop for years...which is nothing compared to how long she's had a secret crush on Jesse. The two grow close as they work to keep the shop open and Jesse starts to reciprocate Kerry's feelings, but she doesn't trust that his playboy tendencies are in the past — he vows to prove that they are.

    Get it from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Bookshop.

    12. Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory

    Berkley

    Shortly after moving to LA to start her own law firm, Olivia Monroe meets a handsome stranger at a hotel bar and sparks fly. However, she has no idea he's junior senator Max Powell. To keep their budding relationship out of the public eye, the two have dates in secret and even wear silly disguises. It's all fun and games until their coupledom is made public and really put to the test.

    Get it June 23 from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Bookshop.

    13. Not Like the Movies by Kerry Winfrey

    Berkley

    Chloe has been working side-by-side with her boss Nick at his local coffee shop for a while now. Though he has a gruff and grumpy exterior, their quick banter manages to get a smile out of him...sometimes. But there's never been any more to their relationship. Except Chloe's best friend thinks differently and she wrote an entire movie about them and their supposed chemistry, forcing her to reevaluate everything she thought she knew.

    Get it July 7 from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Bookshop.

    14. Mr. Malcolm's List by Suzanne Allain

    Berkley

    The Honorable Mr. Jeremy Malcolm is looking for a wife who meets his particular standards...a whole list of them, in fact. He thinks that no woman will ever be up to his standards, but then he meets Selina. Too bad she's actually in town to help her best friends seek revenge against him.

    Get it July 28 from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Bookshop.

    15. Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

    Sourcebooks Casablanca

    After 20 years, Luc O'Donnell's rock star dad is making a comeback — which means Luc's personal life is back in the public eye. He needs to clean up his image, so he enlists the help of Oliver, a vegetarian barrister who also happens to need a date for a big event. The two make a deal to be fake boyfriends in public and friends in private, but before long the lines get blurred.

    Get it July 7 from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Bookshop.

    16. A Rogue of One's Own by Evie Dunmore

    Berkley

    Lady Lucie and her fellow Oxford suffragists have finally raised enough money to buy one of London's publishing houses, a move that is essential to their plan of a coup against Parliament. The only thing standing in her way is her old nemesis, who's willing to give her what she wants in exchange for what he wants: a night with her. Now, not only does Lucie have to fight for women's rights, she also has to fight her feelings for the man who drives her crazy.

    Get it September 1 from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Bookshop.

    17. Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

    Berkley

    Liv Papandreas has a dream job working as a sous chef at Nashville's fanciest restaurant. But, when she catches the owner and head chef harassing a hostess, she's abruptly fired. Determined to see justice done, she enlists the help of frenemy and nightclub owner, Braden Mack. However, their plan to expose a predator requires a little help from Mack's Bromance Book Club, who also help him sort through his surprising feelings for Liv.

    Get it May 29 from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Bookshop.

    18. Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner

    Berkley

    Jo Jones is a Hollywood hotshot on track to make the summer's biggest blockbuster. But the new job comes also comes with some new scrutiny from the press. When Jo is photographed making her assistant, Emma, laugh on the red carpet, rumors begin flying that the two are a couple. Emma and Jo do their best to ignore the gossip while they work on the movie, but after long days and late nights together, it turns out there might be something to those rumors after all.

    Get it from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Bookshop.

    19. The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon

    Forever

    Samiah Brooks is a tech genius who has everything going for her: amazing job, killer apartment, and hot new boyfriend. Except it turns out that her boyfriend is also dating two other women. After confronting him for cheating, she and the other women become friends and make a pact to take a break from men to focus on their goals. So Samiah's flirtation with the new guy in her office is very inconvenient, especially when she finds out that he's not exactly who he says he is.

    Get it June 9 from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Bookshop.

    20. The Honey-Don't List by Christina Lauren

    Gallery

    Melissa and Rusty Tripp have built a career on being America's favorite home remodeling and decorating power couple. Except that recently, they can't stand each other. That's where their long-time assistant, Carey, and genius engineer, James, come in: the two employees play matchmakers to keep their bosses together, not to mention to keep their jobs. Soon, Melissa and Rusty's romantic feelings aren't the only ones Carey and James have to worry about.

    Get it from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Bookshop.

    21. The Marriage Game by Sara Desai

    Berkley

    After her messy breakup goes viral and she loses her job, Layla Patel moves back home to start her own recruiting business out of the office above the family restaurant...except her father has already rented it out to a conceited A-type professional downsizer by the name of Sam Mehta. The two butt heads immediately, but when Layla decides to grant her father's wish and find a husband from a list of candidates, the two call a truce and Sam plays chaperone. To her surprise, Layla's perfect husband turns out not to be a guy on her list, but rather the man helping her follow it.

    Get it June 9 from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Bookshop.

    22. Beach Read by Emily Henry

    Berkley

    Gus is a literary fiction author known for killing off his characters. January is a bestselling romance novelist known for her happy endings. Not only do the two writers happen to live in neighboring beach houses, but they're both also suffering from a bad case of writer's block. To keep things fresh, they make a deal: Gus will write something happy and January will write something gritty. Over the summer, the two work to get outside of their comfort zones and do something unexpected...and not just with their writing.

    Get it from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Bookshop.

    23. A Taste of Sage by Yaffa S. Santos

    Harper

    Lumi Santana is a Dominican chef with synesthesia — she can perceive someone's emotions with just one taste of their cooking. So when she starts working alongside Julien Dax, a stuffy, sharp-tongued chef, she vows to never taste his cooking. But when she ultimately gives in, she learns that there's more to him than she originally thought, including his feelings toward her.

    Get it from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Bookshop.

    24. Ties That Tether by Jane Igharo

    Berkley

    At 12 years old, Azere promised her dying father that she'd marry a Nigerian man and preserve her culture. Years later, her mother has done everything in her power to ensure that Azere does just that. But one night at a bar, Azere meets Rafael, a handsome stranger who happens to be white. When their one night together turns into more, Azere must choose between her heart and the promise she made long ago.

    Get it September 29 from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Bookshop.

    25. Daring and the Duke by Sarah MacLean

    Avon

    Years ago, Grace Condry was betrayed by her first love. It was the worst thing to ever happen to her, but it made her tough — tough enough to become the uncrowned queen of the roughest parts of London. When the man who betrayed her returns, she's determined to have her revenge, which is made all the more complicated when she learns he's determined to win her back. Yes, Grace is tough...but maybe not tough enough to resist him.

    Get it June 30 from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Bookshop.

    26. Loathe at First Sight by Suzanne Park

    Avon

    Melody Joo's dream job as a video game producer isn't all it's cracked up to be — all of her male coworkers are insufferable, including the new intern. But, when Melody's male strippers/postapocalyptic fighting game takes off, that same intern is assigned to her project and she learns that he's not so bad after all. In fact, he's actually really smart and really cute...aka, the last thing she needs.

    Get it August 18 from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Bookshop.

    27. The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler

    Sourcebooks Casablanca

    After just two weeks of vacation, Zoey Caldwell has fallen completely in love with Moose Springs, Alaska. And if she's not careful, she'll fall in love with the grumpy local diner owner, too. As for Graham, he's never liked tourists. He feeds them at his diner and sends them on their way. But, after meeting Zoey, he might be willing to make an exception.

    Get it from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Bookshop.

    28. Conventionally Yours by Annabeth Albert

    Sourcebooks Casablanca

    Conrad and Alden are mortal enemies with only one thing in common: their love for gaming. When the two get stuck together on a cross-country road trip to a popular fan convention, they build an unexpected friendship...and possibly more. Yet they both want to win the upcoming gaming tournament, and it's never smart to fall for the competition.

    Get it June 2 from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Bookshop.

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