Who better to recommend must-read summer romance than some of the prolific authors churning out scintillating stories? We asked writers to select their picks for the season ahead, and they delivered a variety of books that run the gamut from sexy to sweet to a little bit murderous.

Alexis Daria, author of “You Had Me at Hola” and “A Lot Like Adios” (on sale Sept. 14), recommends “Anchored Hearts,” by Priscilla Oliveras.

This summer, let yourself be swept away to Key West with Anamaría and Alejandro (and their meddling Cuban familias) as these childhood sweethearts get a second chance at love in a story that’s sure to warm your heart.

Sara Desai, author of “The Dating Plan” and “The Singles Table” (on sale Nov. 16), recommends “Dial A for Aunties,” by Jesse Q. Sutanto.

A young wedding photographer from a cursed family accidentally kills her blind date and calls in her mom and aunties to help dispose of the body. Of course, things don’t go as planned! The twists and turns, upbeat humor and touching family moments kept me turning pages well into the night. Part murder-heist, part rom-com and all family drama, “Dial A for Aunties” is a roller-coaster ride of fun.

Talia Hibbert, author of “Get a Life, Chloe Brown” and “Act Your Age, Eve Brown,” recommends “The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes,” by Xio Axelrod.

This addictive rock-and-roll romance is a standout of the year for me. Toni and Seb go from childhood best friends in a dead-end town dealing with abusive parents to estranged adults with a grudge between them and the opportunity of a lifetime forcing them together. Read for an amazing cast of characters, lyrical prose and palpable chemistry.

Abby Jimenez, author of “The Friend Zone” and “Life’s Too Short,” recommends “People We Meet on Vacation,” by Emily Henry.

My No. 1 favorite read of 2021 is “People We Meet on Vacation,” and I can’t wait for readers to love it just as much all summer long. It’s a delicious slow burn friends-to-lovers romance full of witty banter and just the perfect amount of steam. This is a keeper for your bookshelf.

Vi Keeland, author of “The Rivals” and “The Invitation,” recommends “Bombshell,” by Sarah MacLean (on sale Aug. 24).

I love her intelligent dialogue, but the first sentence of the description sold me: Sarah MacLean returns with a blazingly sexy, unapologetically feminist new series.

Christina Lauren, the pen name of Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, authors of “The Unhoneymooners” and “The Soulmate Equation,” recommend “Dial A For Aunties,” by Jesse Q. Sutanto.

“Dial A for Aunties” is, hands down, this year’s most madcap, swoony and delightful read. With punchy voice, hilarity and the warmth of family bonds that go soul-deep, this sweet read screams summer and deserves a spot in every traveler’s beach bag.

Casey McQuiston, author of “Red, White & Royal Blue” and “One Last Stop” (on sale June 1) recommends “People We Meet on Vacation,” by Emily Henry.

I first heard Emily Henry’s voice in her witty, poignant smash hit “Beach Read” last year, and I slam-dunked her latest into my preorder queue as soon as I finished. “People We Meet On Vacation” reunites two halves of a longtime but now-shattered vacation fling with Henry’s trademark freshness, humor and heart.

Vanessa Riley, author of “An Earl, the Girl, and a Toddler” and “Island Queen” (on sale July 6), recommends “The Dating Playbook,” by Farrah Rochon (on sale Aug. 17).

This is the second book in Rochon’s Boyfriend Project series. She’s an accomplished contemporary romance author, and every time I hear she’s buying sticky notes to plot her next book, I get excited.

Nalini Singh, author of the Psy-Changeling Trinity series, including “Last Guard” (on sale July 6), recommends “Hana Khan Carries On,” by Uzma Jalaluddin.

This is a delightful book with an emotional heart. We have Hana, who is determined to be a radio star, while also trying to help save her family’s floundering halal restaurant. Add in a nemesis in the form of a competing restaurateur (a nemesis whom Hana finds far too attractive), throw in family secrets and a sprinkling of humor, and this is a book that — while it doesn’t shy away from serious topics — is joyous at heart.

Phil Stamper, author of “The Gravity of Us” and “As Far as You’ll Take Me,” recommends “Rise to the Sun,” by Leah Johnson (on sale July 6).

Leah Johnson’s “You Should See Me in a Crown” was one of my favorite books of 2020, so it’s no surprise her new YA romance novel “Rise to the Sun” is at the very top of my summer reading list. “Rise to the Sun,” a love story between two Black girls who meet at a music festival, brilliantly discusses grief, love and the remarkable power of music to heal and connect us all.

Tia Williams, author of “The Perfect Find” and “Seven Days in June” (on sale June 1) recommends “The View Was Exhausting,” by Mikaella Clements and Onjuli Datta (on sale July 6).

This upcoming summer romance combines two of my favorite things: A-list celeb couples and the “pretend lovers” trope. “The View Was Exhausting” follows a glamorous actress and a jet-setting playboy who stage a glitzy romance that may or may not become real. So fun (plus, the cover is phenomenal)!