Red-Hot Romance Reading for July

Posted by Sharon on July 1, 2021

Some people love books. Some people fall in love. And some people love books about falling in love. Every month our team sorts through the new romance books and sees how early readers are responding. We use this information to curate a list of soon-to-be-beloved favorites.
New in July: A dangerous Scotsman meets a wealthy young widow in Lisa Kleypas’ historical romance Devil in Disguise. An island resort offers rom-com dreams in Melonie Johnson’s Too Good to Be Real. And Lyssa Kay Adams Isn't It Bromantic? tells the odd story of a pro hockey player, a Russian expat, and an unlikely book club. Also: restless movie stars, horny ad executives, and telepathic intelligence officers. No, really.
Add what catches your fancy to your Want to Read shelf, and let us know what you're reading and recommending in the comments.

Hollywood party girl Piper Bellinger has been exiled to a small Pacific Northwest beach town, where she’s forced to work in her late father’s old dockside dive bar. Bearded sea captain Brendan has plenty of work to do and no time for flighty L.A. women. But summertime flings have a long and noble history in the beachfront communities of the world. Sure enough, events transpire, inhibitions crumble, and sexy things happen.

Jasmine Guillory’s popular The Wedding Date series continues with a new romantic comedy set in the world of high-end advertising. Playboy ad-man Ben Stephens has just landed a huge campaign featuring movie star Anna Gardiner. Both Ben and Anna know that mixing business with pleasure is usually trouble. It’s also usually fun. After crunching the numbers on various cost-benefit ratios, these two professionals decide to budget in a little flirting.

In author Lyssa Kay AdamsBromance Book Club series, a group of Nashville-area alpha males meets clandestinely to discuss their secret passion: romance novels. This latest tale finds pro hockey player Vladimir trying to put the spark into his marriage of convenience with endangered Russian expat Elena. When serious trouble from Elena’s past arrives in Tennessee, the Bromance Book Club rides to the rescue.  

Know a man who needs to be taken down a peg or two? Then contact Heartbreak for Hire, a confidential service that specializes in enacting romantic revenge on those who so richly deserve it. Brinkley Saunders, grad school dropout, mostly enjoys her work at Heartbreak, until the day the company hires a new male employee. The new guy, turns out, is a former target she was paid to take down. All’s fair in love and commerce.  

Veteran author Sonali Dev (Recipe for Persuasion) puts an Indian American spin on another one of Jane Austen’s classic novels. India Dashwood, stress-management coach, comes from a family of yoga teachers, and she’s an expert at calming down stressed-out executives. But can she bring serenity to her toughest client yet, the tightly wound gubernatorial candidate Yash Raje? She’s chill. He’s intense. She’s into letting things go. He’s into controlling his feelings. They’re going to have to figure something out.

Website writer Julia is assigned to do a story on a luxury resort that offers visitors the chance to live out their dreams in a fantasy rom-com world. When Julia meets cute with the adorably awkward Luke, her working vacation goes off the rails with incidents involving thieving seagulls, rowdy corgis, and karaoke. Julia hasn’t revealed her actual identity, and it’s entirely possible that Luke hasn’t either. What happens when the fantasy is over?

Regency romance specialist Lisa Kleypas returns with Devil in Disguise, featuring the further erotic adventures of Lady Merritt Sterling. A strong-willed young widow who has inherited her late husband’s shipping company, Lady Merritt cannot afford a scandal. Too bad she’s powerfully attracted to freewheeling whiskey distiller Keir MacRae, a rakish Scotsman in London for his own mysterious reasons. “Scandal” is Keir’s middle name. Well, not literally, although that would be funny.

This latest installment in the awesomely titled Psy-Changeling Trinity series returns readers to Nalini Singh’s tripped-out world of passionate shape-shifters, psychic assassins, and telekinetic power brokers. Telepath Canto Mercant is head of intelligence for the ruthless Canto family. To prevent the destruction of the unstable PsyNet, Canto must secure the help of Payal Rao, the one woman he has never been able to forget.

Which new releases are you looking forward to reading? Let's talk books in the comments!

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message 1: by Laila (last edited Jul 01, 2021 04:23AM) (new)

Laila I'm really looking forward to Heartbreak for Hire and Too good to be real
Can't wait.... Too Good to Be Real by Melonie Johnson Heartbreak for Hire by Sonia Hartl

message 2: by TMR (new)

TMR These are such exciting reads.

Dana Al-Basha |  دانة الباشا They all look good and very bright!

message 4: by Courtney (new)

Courtney I am looking forward to reading Jasmine's new book!🤗

message 5: by Archie (new)

Archie Isn't It Bromantic sounds ridiculously misogynistic :/// and kinda a queerbaiting title

message 6: by Tupelodan (new)

Tupelodan In looking through all the various categories Goodreads has put forth, I must ask: Do men not write books anymore?

message 7: by emily (new)

emily You know it’s going to be good when the covers are so bright !!

message 8: by FF (new)

FF I'm just loving the super great inclusion of LGBTQ+ romances in this article.

message 9: by Bill (new)

Bill FF wrote: "I'm just loving the super great inclusion of LGBTQ+ romances in this article."

Agreed! And unfortunately too typical of Goodreads. And while I am whining, why is the tired RWRB, a perfectly good book from 2019 (but not better than many other MM romances), still "trending?!"

message 10: by AnnE (new)

AnnE I’m looking forward to Isn’t It Bromantic and
While We Were Dating.
Too Good to Be Real looks really good, too.
Excellent Red-Hor Romances list!

message 11: by Patti (new)

Patti Bill wrote: "FF wrote: "I'm just loving the super great inclusion of LGBTQ+ romances in this article."

Agreed! And unfortunately too typical of Goodreads. And while I am whining, why is the tired RWRB, a perfe..."

Always interested in great MM books if you have any recommendations! RWRB was good, but I know there are others better.

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