16 of the Hottest Romance Books of Summer

Posted by Hayley on June 19, 2018
If you can't stand the heat, get out of the bookstore. This season's crop of highly anticipated books has something for every reader with love and lust on the mind.

To find our list of must-reads, we took a look at books published from June to August—focusing on anticipation and early reviews, taking into account how many times a book has been added to members' Want to Read shelves and then only selecting books that earned at least a four-star rating. (If you're curious about how to read and rate prepublished books, check out our book giveaways.)

Are you ready for it? Here are the buzziest romances of the season.

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What romance books are you most excited to read this season? Let us know in the comments!

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message 1: by Bea (last edited Jun 19, 2018 11:12AM) (new)

Bea Turvey #3 in Jackie May's Nora Roberts series
#3 in Raye Wagner's Darkest Drae series
Erin Watt's One Small Thing
Penny Reid's Laws of Physics series (although not technically this season)


message 2: by Barbara (new)

Barbara I can't wait for Colleen Hoover's All your Perfects! I have loved EVERYTHING she has written so far so I'm super excited.


message 3: by Anna (new)

Anna Barbara wrote: "I can't wait for Colleen Hoover's All your Perfects! I have loved EVERYTHING she has written so far so I'm super excited."

I agree, I'm so excited!


message 4: by Sheena (new)

Sheena Corona Anna wrote: "Barbara wrote: "I can't wait for Colleen Hoover's All your Perfects! I have loved EVERYTHING she has written so far so I'm super excited."

I agree, I'm so excited!"


Completely agree. I actually pre-ordered this book. First time for everything.


message 5: by Amber (new)

Amber I'm def ready for Born of Blood and Stygian to come out cuz I'm def borrowing them from the local library. I want to read the second Deadman walking book by Sherrilyn Kenyon too.


message 6: by Monica (new)

Monica Harding Kristen Ashley's Wild Like the Wind, part of the Chaos series.
The last installment in Callie Hart's Dirty Nasty Freaks series, which I imagine will be titled "Freaks".


message 7: by Trish (new)

Trish OK - so why did I finally unsubscribe from goodreads? Because I live in Melbourne, Australia and it's winter and cold. NOT SIUMMER and I get a newsletter about summer.


message 8: by Monica (new)

Monica Harding Trish wrote: "OK - so why did I finally unsubscribe from goodreads? Because I live in Melbourne, Australia and it's winter and cold. NOT SIUMMER and I get a newsletter about summer."

Trish, I'm sorry that you are frustrated to the point where you felt the need to unsubscribe. I'm pretty sure all of these books can be read anytime of the year without losing any of the qualities that make them a good read. I would hate to think that you missed out on hearing about some great books, reading thoughtful reviews, and learning about author events coming your way. This site has a great deal to recommend it and that is in no way diminished by
them celebrating a season that the majority of the world experiences at a different time of year than you do. I admit that I'm confused as to why this is a sticking point for you.


message 9: by Bea (new)

Bea Turvey Trish wrote: "OK - so why did I finally unsubscribe from goodreads? Because I live in Melbourne, Australia and it's winter and cold. NOT SIUMMER and I get a newsletter about summer."

That's a real shame. Reconsider, please, because the only person losing out is you.
Summer is just a word to encapsulate June, July and August and, as Goodreads is a site created in the Northern Hemisphere, it is technically correct. I've just looked at the weather forecast for Melbourne and it is very close to where I am in Oxfordshire (14 deg). It's not all sun, sea and sandals in the Shetlands, either.
You could always create your own Goodreads community and offer us the Southern Hemisphere perspective.
I subscribe to an eplatform in New Zealand and am always grateful for their recommendations, irrespective of the seasons or author's country of origin.


message 10: by Katsuro (new)

Katsuro Bea wrote: "Summer is just a word to encapsulate June, July and August "

Not correct. It encapsulate the warmest months of the year. Those are not June, July and August everywhere on Earth.


message 11: by Bea (new)

Bea Turvey Katsuro wrote: "Bea wrote: "Summer is just a word to encapsulate June, July and August "

Not correct. It encapsulate the warmest months of the year. Those are not June, July and August everywhere on Earth."


That's true. I stand corrected.


message 12: by whatsapp (new)

whatsapp Status All Your Perfects And Cooper's Charm.


message 13: by AGMaynard (new)

AGMaynard Monica wrote: "Trish wrote: "OK - so why did I finally unsubscribe from goodreads? Because I live in Melbourne, Australia and it's winter and cold. NOT SIUMMER and I get a newsletter about summer."

Trish, I'm so..."


So...you could read about summer reads WHEN it is summer in your part of the world and look into WINTER reads now. The web (and GR) offers the ability to explore or wallow in themes WHENEVER YOU WANT! And if you post here or ANYWHERE that you want a cozy, winter read, somebody will help you out!


message 14: by Kat (new)

Kat I actually keep a running list of winter and summer reads since I never finish my lists during that season and don't want to read a blizzard book when it's 90 degrees, lol. I just save the books I don't get to for the next year. (Though I do sympathize with friends in the southern hemisphere that it would be sad to always be out of season with new books coming out...)


Sera ~ Catty Reader Trish wrote: "OK - so why did I finally unsubscribe from goodreads? Because I live in Melbourne, Australia and it's winter and cold. NOT SIUMMER and I get a newsletter about summer."

Lol. That's just funny and very dramaqueen-y. It's an American website, what do you expect? Like it's such a big deal to begin with.


message 16: by AGMaynard (new)

AGMaynard That's another thought. Some folks like to chill with a winter read in the summer or warm up with a beach read in the winter. And you can never read ALL the new books. I'm reading the well-regarded title from several years past all the time! Break out of the boxes and soar freely!


message 17: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Martin I've just discovered the Mated to then Alien series by Kate Rudolph. I'm liking this one alot.


message 18: by Amy (new)

Amy Rhoads Colleen Hoover


message 19: by Nancy (last edited Jun 22, 2018 03:53PM) (new)

Nancy Brooks Have been counting the months until Penny Reid's Dr. Strange Beard comes out! Bought Cocktales just to get another story about Cletus..LOVE this series.


message 20: by Kelley (new)

Kelley O'Brien Oh look, not one lesbian romance was included. Like always.


message 21: by Jackie (last edited Jun 22, 2018 07:23PM) (new)

Jackie Kelley wrote: "Oh look, not one lesbian romance was included. Like always."

do you have any recommendations, kelley? i need to read more lesbian/wlw books. :)


Kate (Feathered Turtle Press) Kelley wrote: "Oh look, not one lesbian romance was included. Like always."

I understand these are chosen through a system, so it's not surprising. But still, they could include an LGBT+ section. A proper one, not just m/m porn.


message 23: by Tonni (new)

Tonni Callan I have Maddie Dawson’s book and looking forward to Tess Thompson’s Jaded coming out July 9th.


message 24: by Me Like Reading (new)

Me Like Reading Definitely want to check out Tessa Dare’s ‘The Governess Game’.
As a side note...I get the season thing when reading books; I’m really interested in trying out the ‘Darkest London’ series by Kristen Callihan but am waiting until autumn to do so because, well, I feel that I would enjoy it better then, based on the general setting of the books perhaps? I know, sounds crazy, right?
*shrug*


message 25: by Dorothy (new)

Dorothy Moir True North by Jill Ker Conway is a must


message 26: by Brantly (new)

Brantly Dangerous Amazing new author - could not put the book down.


message 27: by Jaideep Khanduja (new)

Jaideep Khanduja AGMaynard wrote: "Monica wrote: "Trish wrote: "OK - so why did I finally unsubscribe from goodreads? Because I live in Melbourne, Australia and it's winter and cold. NOT SIUMMER and I get a newsletter about summer."..."

+1


message 28: by Jaideep Khanduja (new)

Jaideep Khanduja Trish wrote: "OK - so why did I finally unsubscribe from goodreads? Because I live in Melbourne, Australia and it's winter and cold. NOT SIUMMER and I get a newsletter about summer."

Not a big deal. Discard 'of Summer' in the title of the newsletter '16 of the Hottest Romance Books of Summer' if that gives you a way ahead.


message 29: by Roberta (last edited Jul 27, 2018 01:59PM) (new)

Roberta Bea wrote: "You could always create your own Goodreads community and offer us the Southern Hemisphere perspective."

Now THAT'S a good idea!


Monica wrote: "This site has a great deal to recommend it and that is in no way diminished by them celebrating a season that the majority of the world experiences at a different time of year than you do."

Yes, the majority of the population of the world lives in the Northern Hemisphere but, the world is a sphere and the Northern hemisphere is still only 1/2 of the whole world.


message 30: by Monica (new)

Monica Harding Roberta wrote: "Bea wrote: "You could always create your own Goodreads community and offer us the Southern Hemisphere perspective."

Now THAT'S a good idea!


Monica wrote: "This site has a great deal to recomme..."


Roberta, I appreciate that we live on a sphere but I'm not sure what that has to do with Goodreads summer reading suggestions. It doesn't change the validity of my comments.
I'm not going to pick nits about this with you.


message 31: by FRANCENE LaShomb (new)

FRANCENE LaShomb Bea wrote: "#3 in Jackie May's Nora Roberts series
#3 in Raye Wagner's Darkest Drae series
Erin Watt's One Small Thing
Penny Reid's Laws of Physics series (although not technically this season)"


It's Nora Jacob's not Nora Roberts series lol by Jackie May.


message 32: by Bea (new)

Bea Turvey FRANCENE LaShomb wrote: "Bea wrote: "#3 in Jackie May's Nora Roberts series
#3 in Raye Wagner's Darkest Drae series
Erin Watt's One Small Thing
Penny Reid's Laws of Physics series (although not technically this season)"

I..."


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