Summer Reading Guide | 2017

Posted July 7, 2017 by Under the Covers Book Blog in Reading on the Dark Side, Under the Covers / 4 Comments

To misquote from Game of Thrones…Summer is Coming! In fact, I believe it might already be here, if the borderline sunstroke I’m suffering from right now is anything to judge by. And it should be, I’m in the UK, normally I’m drowning in rain not suffering in sunshine. But, as the sun is shining, it makes it perfect for us to get a cool glass of your favourite beverage, choose a good spot to settle in and start reading. We thought we would share some of our favourite summer reads, as well as a guide to how scorching hot they are, just in case you want to bring some extra extra ice to cool yourself down!

These are just as it says on the tin…too hot to handle! If you like your books like you like your weather, scorching hot, then these are the books for you.

Summer Reading Guide | 2017
Just the Thing
by Marie Harte


Released: July 4th 2017
Series: The Donnigans #2
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genres: Contemporary Romance
 

A FLING MIGHT BE JUST THE THING...
Gavin Donnigan left the Marine Corps a shell of a man, hounded by guilt for deaths he couldn't prevent. But teaching a self-defense class at the local gym brings some stability to his life--along with a gorgeous leggy blonde who won't give him the time of day.

Zoe York lost her twin sister to a freak car accident a few months ago. She's been struggling to bury her grief, but it isn't until she signs up for a self-defense class with its distractingly hot instructor that she begins to come out of her shell again. With the memory of her sister telling her to live a little, Zoe decides a fling with buns-of-steel Gavin Donnigan might be just the thing.

Soon they're sparring both in and out of the gym. And for the first time in a long time, each is looking forward to tomorrow.

As the second book in the Donnigans series, this book by Marie Harte is the perfect summer read. Not only does it feature a hotter than hell hero, but the heroine is fiery as well. Expect some scorching sex scenes and wicked banter as these two like to show their claws in and out of bed.

Summer Reading Guide | 2017
Barbarian's Rescue
by Ruby Dixon


Released: June 11 2017
Series: Ice Planet Barbarians #15
Genres: Sci Fi
 

Bad day? Try mine on for size.

Rogue slavers have landed on the ice planet and captured the tribe. The only ones not snatched? Me, a walking human motormouth with no skill except that of incoherent babbling, and Warrek, who's as silent as he is attractive. Two more unlikely people have never been paired together.

And now we're supposed to form a rescue team.

Saving the others is either going to bring us closer together - or drive us completely apart. I'm pretty sure the feelings I'm having for my alien companion are as unrequited as they are inappropriate, but since we aren't going to make it out alive, what harm is one teeny, tiny kiss?

Who knew that one kiss could change everything?

These Ice Planet Barbarians may be living in ice and snow, but they certainly know how to keep themselves warm, and us readers warm. If you want to spice up your summer reading with some hot blue horned aliens (and who doesn’t?) then you NEED to try this series. It’s sexy as hell with a dash of humour and a bit of action thrown in.

 

Is it me of is it getting warm in here? These books are going to get you hot under the collar, but it’s nothing you can’t handle! As long as you have a nice cool drink.

Summer Reading Guide | 2017
Deadmen Walking
by Sherrilyn Kenyon


Released: May 9th 2017
Series: Deadman's Cross Trilogy #1
Published by Tor
Genres: Paranormal Romance
 

#1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon debuts a sweeping new epic saga sure to appeal to her millions of fans!

Deadmen tell their tales . . .

To catch evil, it takes evil. Enter Devyl Bane– an ancient dark warlord returned to the human realm as one of the most notorious pirates in the New World. A man of many secrets, Bane makes a pact with Thorn– an immortal charged with securing the worst creations the ancient gods ever released into our world. Those powers have been imprisoned for eons behind enchanted gates . . . gates that are beginning to buckle. At Thorn’s behest, Bane takes command of a crew of Deadmen and, together, they are humanity’s last hope to restore the gates and return the damned to their hell realms.

But things are never so simple. And one of Bane’s biggest problems is the ship they sail upon. For the Sea Witch isn’t just a vessel, she’s also a woman born of an ancient people he wronged and who in turn wronged him during a centuries long war between their two races― a woman who is also sister to their primary target. Now Marcelina, the Sea Witch, must choose. Either she remains loyal to her evil sister and almost extinct race against Bane and his cause, and watches humanity fall, or she puts faith in an enemy who has already betrayed her. Her people over the totality of humanity― let’s hope Bane can sway her favor.

As the Queen of world building, there was no question that this book was going to be heavy on the details and history of this new paranormal world. This series is a cross between Pirates of the Caribbean and her original Dark Hunters series so fans of both would definitely fall in love with this series. Not only is there an excellent romance, but there’s plenty of adventure as well. So it’s really perfect for a playful summer read on the beach!

Summer Reading Guide | 2017
Hearts on Air
by L.H. Cosway


Released: June 8, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
 

3 weeks. 5 cities. 15 impossible stunts. One reality show.

Trevor Cross came into Reya Cabrera’s world with a bang and faded out with a whimper. They vowed to make it work, but life had other plans. After chasing his TV dreams for years, Trev finally became the UK’s next big reality star, but he alienated his family and friends in the process. Now he finally has everything he ever wanted. Women. Money. Fame. But none of it means anything when he doesn’t have the one thing that matters most: love.

Money leaves a gaping hole. Fame surrounds him with loneliness. And no woman makes him feel like Reya used to before the whirlwind of success pulled them apart.

He has a plan to get her back. However, with a hectic filming schedule looming, the only way to do that is to convince her to come on the road with him. Reya has been stuck in a rut for a while, and the opportunity to travel across Europe and play her music for new audiences seems like heaven. The only catch? She has to do it with the one boy who ever got close enough to break her heart. But he’s not a boy anymore, and as she gets to know him again she can’t deny her respect for the man he’s become.

Every time she’s around him her heart feels full of air, like a balloon about to pop. Little does she know, Trev’s feelings are just as tumultuous as hers. One thing’s for sure, these three weeks on the road together will either make them whole again or break them irrevocably.

**Hearts on Air is a contemporary romance and book #6 in the Hearts series, however it can also be read as a complete standalone.**

Cosway is a UTC favourite for a good reason and she proves it once again with Hearts on Air. We follow Trevor Cross, the last single Cross brother, across Europe as he films his reality TV show about parkour. Only this time, he’s also persuaded Reya, former best friend and lost love to come with him as their PA. He’s determined to prove to Reya that he’s changed and he’s not the flighty and unreliable man he used to be. This is the perfect summer read, romantic and a lot of fun as we see watch the charismatic Trevor and the shy Reya finally, FINALLY have their day. It’s done with Cosway’s signature thoughtful and unusual style and I highly recommend you give it a try.

Summer Reading Guide | 2017
Buns
by Alice Clayton


Released: May 23 2017
Series: Hudson Valley #3
Published by Gallery Books
Genres: Contemporary Romance
 

Clara Morgan is living the dream, if you can call rebranding hotels that are desperate for a new life and running any kind of marathon a dream. Which she does. But the career she loves and the endurance races that keep her adrenaline pumping have kept her too busy to put down any roots. Growing up in foster care, she’s never been able to establish traditions of her own, which may be why she’s fascinated by the rituals that generations-old family resorts are known for. She’s especially interested in the Bryant Mountain House, and not just for their secret recipe for the yummy, gooey, can’t-get-enough-of Hot Cross Buns….

Archie Bryant, the man with the Buns, is fifth generation and one-day-owner of the charming yet run-down Bryant Mountain House in Bailey Falls, New York. He’s determined to save his family’s legacy from the wrecking ball the old-fashioned way—by gritting his teeth and doing what needs to be done. There’s no way Archie will be influenced by the new hotel branding expert his father brought in to turn one hundred and fifty years of tradition on its head just to attract a faster, younger, slicker crowd. But when some of Clara’s ideas start bringing in new, paying customers, Archie can’t deny that she may have just given him a shot at keeping his resort open.

It’s sticky, it’s messy, it’s sweet, it’s Buns.

Alice Clayton serves us up something tasty in Buns, the latest (and last – I think!) in her Hudson Valley series. Read as our heroine transforms not only an out of date hotel but also our slightly uptight hero. It’s sexy, it’s funny and it’s the perfect read to chill out with around the pool.

Summer Reading Guide | 2017
When It's Real
by Erin Watt


Released: May 30th 2017
Published by Harlequin Teen
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 416
 

From #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Erin Watt comes the addictive contemporary tale of a teen rock star in need of an image makeover and the teen girl hired to be his fake girlfriend.

Meet Oakley Ford-teen celebrity, renowned pop star, child of famous movie stars, hottie with millions of fangirls… and restless troublemaker. On the surface he has it all, but with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry, and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley's team decides it's time for an intervention. The result: an image overhaul, complete with a fake girlfriend meant to show the world he's settled down.

Enter seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett-devoted sister, part-time waitress, the definition of "normal." Under ordinary circumstances she'd never have taken this gig, but with her family strapped for cash, she doesn't have much of a choice. And for the money Oakley's team is paying her, she figures she can put up with outlandish Hollywood parties and a team of publicists watching her every move. So what if she thinks Oakley's a shallow, self-centered jerk? It's not like they're going to fall for each other in real life…right?

Who would’ve thought I’d be here recommending a book about basically a teenager rockstar with a bad image?  But there it is!  This book is such a perfect, light summer read.  The story and the writing will suck you in and have you turning the pages.  And the hero will actually make you fall for him, kicking and screaming, maybe, like I did.  You will go from thinking he’s an entitled and spoiled celebrity to seeing deeper into who he wants to be.

Summer Reading Guide | 2017
Until It Fades: A Novel
by K.A. Tucker


Released: June 27th 2017
Published by Atria Books
Genres: New Adult
Pages: 320
 

A sexy new romance about a small-town woman who saves the life of a mysterious man, and finds herself unexpectedly thrown into a whirlwind love affair, featuring bestselling author K. A. Tucker’s signature “well-constructed, pulse-pounding suspense” (USA TODAY).

Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season.

And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works.

For a time.

But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust.

Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?

If a sweet, slow burn romance is more your thing, then look no further than K.A. Tucker’s latest release.  This is such a change of pace from what I’m used to reading from her but she did this story justice.  I loved everything about the plot, all the characters, and the progression of the relationship.  It was one of my fave reads of the month and a must read for your summer!

 

The summer sun is enough! What you need is something sweet and just a lil sexy to chill out with. Or maybe you fancy something with a little more action, either way these are the books for you.

Summer Reading Guide | 2017
Lost and Found Sisters
by Jill Shalvis


Released: June 20th 2017
Series: Wildstone #1
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks
Genres: Womens Fiction
Pages: 400
 

From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes her first women's fiction novel—an unforgettable story of friendship, love, family, and sisterhood—perfect for fans of Colleen Hoover, Susan Mallery, and Kristan Higgins.

They say life can change in an instant…

After losing her sister in a devastating car accident, chef Quinn Weller is finally getting her life back on track. She appears to have it all: a loving family, a dream job in one of L.A.'s hottest eateries, and a gorgeous boyfriend dying to slip an engagement ring on her finger. So why does she feel so empty, like she's looking for a missing piece she can't find?

The answer comes when a lawyer tracks down Quinn and reveals a bombshell secret and a mysterious inheritance that only she can claim. This shocking revelation washes over Quinn like a tidal wave. Her whole life has been a lie.

On impulse, Quinn gives up her job, home, and boyfriend. She heads up the coast to the small hometown of Wildstone, California, which is just a few hours north, but feels worlds apart from Los Angeles. Though she doesn't quite fit in right away, she can't help but be drawn to the town’s simple pleasures…and the handsome, dark-haired stranger who offers friendship with no questions asked.

As Quinn settles into Wildstone, she discovers there's another surprise in store for her. The inheritance isn't a house or money, but rather something earthshattering, something that will make her question everything she thought she knew about herself, about her family. Now with a world of possibilities opening up to Quinn, she must decide if this new life is the one she was always meant to have—and the one that could finally give her the fulfillment she's searched so long for.

This book isn’t a Romance. However, we picked it because it’s a great summer read. Emotional without being too dark, this is actually Jill Shalvis’s first Women’s Fiction novel. It is set in beautiful California so if you have no plans on flying to an exotic location for this summer, fear not! You can still escape reality with this book!

Summer Reading Guide | 2017
Wildfire
by Ilona Andrews


Released: July 25th 2017
Series: Hidden Legacy #3
Published by Avon
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 384
 

Just when Nevada Baylor has finally come to accept the depths of her magical powers, she also realizes she’s fallen in love. Connor “Mad” Rogan is in many ways her equal when it comes to magic, but she’s completely out of her elements when it comes to her feelings for him. To make matters more complicated, an old flame comes back into Rogan’s life…

Rogan knows there’s nothing between him and his ex-fiance, Rynda Sherwood. But as Nevada begins to learn more about her past, her power, and her potential future, he knows she will be faced with choices she never dreamed of and the promise of a life spent without him.

As Nevada and Rogan race to discover the whereabouts of Rynda’s kidnapped husband and are forced to confront Nevada’s grandmother, who may or may not have evil motives, these two people must decide if they can trust in each other or allow everything to go up in smoke.

Sometimes you want a bit of action, adventure and magic mixed into your summer reading. Or, at least I certainly do. If you’re like me, than you need to start the Hidden Legacy trilogy, the last of which is out this summer. It’s perfect, you have a glorious hero and a kick ass heroine who will plunge you into a brand new world of magic and intrigue. All beautifully crafted by Ilona Andrews.

Summer Reading Guide | 2017
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
by Taylor Jenkins Reid


Released: June 13th 2017
Published by Atria Books
Genres: Womens Fiction
Pages: 352
 

From Taylor Jenkins Reid comes an unforgettable and sweeping novel about one classic film actress’s relentless rise to the top—the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

Filled with emotional insight and written with Reid’s signature talent, this is a fascinating journey through the splendor of Old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means—and what it takes—to face the truth.

There isn’t much left that I haven’t said about my love for all things TJR.  If you haven’t read this author, you have to!  This is a perfect beach read because it’s filled with all the gossipy drama that I love from a soap opera but told in a much classier way.  The writing is flawless and sucks you right into this story.  Evelyn Hugo herself is magnificent.  This is a must read, whether you fit it this summer or whenever.  But be warned…. there will be tears.  So you may not want to be in public for that.

Summer Reading Guide | 2017
The Forever Summer
by Jamie Brenner


Released: April 25th 2017
Published by Little
Genres: Chick Lit
Pages: 368
 

Named one of Coastal Living's 50 Best Books for the Beach, one of Fort Worth Magazine's 10 Must-Read Beach Books, and one of 11 Summer Reads for "maximum vacation enjoyment" by Bustle.com.

When a DNA test reveals long-buried secrets, three generations of women reunite on Cape Cod for the homecoming of a lifetime.

Marin Bishop has always played by the rules, and it's paid off: at twenty-eight she has a handsome fiancé, a prestigious Manhattan legal career, and the hard-won admiration of her father. But one moment of weakness leaves Marin unemployed and alone, all in a single day. Then a woman claiming to be Marin's half-sister shows up, and it's all Marin can do not to break down completely. Seeking escape, Marin agrees to a road trip to meet the grandmother she never knew she had. As the summer unfolds at her grandmother's quaint beachside B&B, it becomes clear that the truth of her half-sister is just the beginning of revelations that will change Marin's life forever. THE FOREVER SUMMER is a delicious page-turner and a provocative exploration of what happens when our notions of love, truth, and family are put to the ultimate test.

Full of delicious descriptions of coastal New England and richly imagined characters, THE FOREVER SUMMER is an emotional, hot-topic page-turner and a summer must-read

If you are looking for a book with that sweet, small beach town setting and packed with family drama and secrets, then this is the right one to pick up.  Jamie Brenner depicts a beautifully vivid setting and characters and truly makes you feel as if you’re living the story right along with them.  A light, poolside read that will take you away from reality for a while and leave you satisfied in the end.

 

 

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