Bring on the bounteous romances and fill up your beach bag or Kindle! Whether you like sizzling encounters, romantic suspense, small-town romances, or guys in (football) uniforms, you'll find a series to dive headlong into among our recommendations.
Susan Mallery’s Fool's Gold – I had a lovely conversation recently with Susan Mallery in which she confirmed that (wah!) Best of My Love is the last of her Fool's Gold novels. But don’t let that stop you from reading all 22 of them, because she’s planning cameo appearances for some Fool's Gold characters in her next series. Mallery captures the best of small-town life in her Fool's Gold series, and the relationships she builds between her characters—romantic and otherwise—are powerful and heartfelt. Plus, she has a wicked sense of humor.
Julie Kenner’s Stark and Stark International series –Do you have a weakness for reading about bad boys and their wicked ways? Look no further than J. Kenner aka Julie Kenner, whose Stark books swirl together sex and suspense. The first Stark trilogy centers on Damien Stark, while the Stark International trilogy stars Jackson Steele. Dirtiest Secret is the start of a new Stark International series that spotlights Dallas Sykes. Load up your Kindle and settle in for a series of scorching stories.
Jo Beverly’s Company of Rogues – Sadly, Jo Beverly passed away this month, but she’s left behind a historical romance legacy that sets a high bar indeed. Her marvelous Company of Rogues series has some appalling ebook covers, but it is what’s inside that counts, as many of her heroes and heroines learn as they look beyond their first impressions and find their soul mates. If you like wicked word-play and witty wooing, Jo Beverly can’t be beat. Plus there are rogues. And smugglers. And spies!
Heather Graham’s Krewe of Hunters – Graham has been dominating bestseller lists for years, and her paranormal Krewe of Hunters thrillers are a big reason why. The series is long—20+ books—but they are split into smaller story arcs so that you can jump in almost anywhere to follow the FBI team that is in charge of solving the most mysterious crimes. Launch your newest obsession with the first Krewe of Hunters book, Phantom Evil.
Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Chicago Stars – Did you know that Susan Elizabeth Phillips started the sports romance genre? Her Chicago Stars has had, as she admits, more quarterbacks than any real NFL team, but hey, who wants reality? Hardheaded football players meet their match off the field with plucky women who won’t take their BS, and the fireworks are hilarious. Start with It Had to Be You, in which Phoebe Somerville—who knows absolutely nothing about football—inherits the Chicago Stars and has to show the head coach who’s the boss. Get caught up on the series in time for Phillips' next Chicago Stars book, First Star I See Tonight, which hits shelves in August.
Young adult/new adult
Tijan’s Fallen Crest – Starting with high school and continuing into college, Tijan’s stories unravel the emotions and bind together the loyalties of young adults Samantha, Logan, and Mason. Self-involved hellraisers, brothers Logan and Mason learn to respect their soon-to-be-stepsister Samantha. And…then things get complicated. Dark, sexy, and often on the emotional knife-edge, Tijan’s series launches with Fallen Crest High and will keep you enthralled. Angst has never been so exquisite.
What are your favorite binge-read romances?
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