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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)!