Summer is arguably my favorite time of year to read. There’s usually more time to do so, and there’s A TON of new releases – most from authors that I already know and love. It’s hard to keep up with it all – especially when the hold list at the library is months-long – but I’m trying to snatch any new books where and when I can! June brought some stellar summer reading hits, so that’s what I’m sharing today.
I’ve noticed lately that several of us have subscriptions to Kindle Unlimited, which makes sense since it’s kind of great. Anyway, I’m going to make an effort going forward to note if any of my books are from/available on K.U. so you can hop to it and not have to wait in line at the library.
Couldn’t Put ‘Em Down …
The Royal Delivery (Crown Jewels Romance #3) by Melanie Summers (K.U.)
Arthur and Tessa’s love story concludes with double the surprise
How I didn’t know that there was a third and final book for one of my favorite series’ EVER is beyond me. I raved about the first two books last summer, and this was the perfect funny/cute/all-over-the-place ending to Tessa’s and Arthur’s love story. Don’t read too deep into it because obviously it’s horribly flawed, but I love this series so whatever.
Big Sexy Love by Kirsty Greenwood (K.U.)
Girl carries out best friend’s dying wish and embarks on a fun, hilarious adventure
Thank you, Kindle Unlimited algorithm for recommending this one to me based on other books that I’ve read. OMG THIS WAS THE CUTEST BOOK. I mean, seriously cute and laugh-out-loud funny. There probably wasn’t more than a few pages that I didn’t find myself cracking up at Olive’s one-liners and general antics. If you read this please tell me that you, too envision Colin Jost from SNL as Seth. Can’t wait to read more from this author!
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Woman with Asperger’s hires an escort to teach her about relationships, and they form an unlikely bond
I knew the premise of this book going in, but it still surprised me a bit – talk about steamy! Beyond that, I thought that Hoang handled a sensitive subject with great care and humor. Stella was an interesting protagonist and pretty inspiring toward the end when she finally accepted that she was enough for herself and others. Her’s and Michael’s chemistry jumped off the pages, which is probably why I devoured this in less than 24 hours. I do wish there would’ve been more discussion about Michael’s past with his father since there was a lot of buildup to the “big secret” reveal, but ya know. It can’t be too perfect, I suppose. This is a must-read summer romance for sure!
Enjoyable Enough …
The Hardest Fall by Ella Maise (K.U.)
Shy college girl with a secret and star football quarterback forced to become roommates
This was a cute, sexy read despite the fact that I hate football. Lucky for me, it really wasn’t a huge component in the story line. The story and writing reminded me of something that Staci Hart and Mariana Zapata would write together. So if you like the gist of that, then this will be an enjoyable one for you. Plus, it has an epilogue that’s super cute so you have that to look forward to.
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
Family battles with father’s PTSD and moves to live off-the-grid in Alaska
I haven’t read a Hannah book since The Nightingale. That book pretty much changed my life (okay, dramatic, but it’s one of my favorites ever), so I was anxious to drown myself in another one of her stories. The writing was amazing, as you’d expect, but I fully admit that it took me a little while to get into this one. All the talk about the Alaskan landscape and off-the-grid lifestyle kind of lulled me to sleep … until shit got real with the family and then I was wide awake for the last half of the book. I wanted more from Leni’s and Matthew’s reunion at the end – it kind of wrapped up too perfectly in my opinion – but it was still so beautiful, thought-provoking and heartbreaking. It had been a while since a book made me cry several times.
Currently reading: When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger
Another month without any skips! (#winning) I’d love to know what’s currently on your summer reading list!