I am a huge fan of light-hearted, reads for the summer months. I don’t know what it is, but I feel like my summer reads shouldn’t all be heavy, crush your soul, super dramatic reads. I wanted to share some of my favorite go-to summer reads with you all and stick with me… because I’m giving some of my absolute favorites away down at the bottom.
I knew without a shadow of a doubt that this book would be a favorite. Noelle August is actually Veronica Rossi and Lorin Oberweger and while I hadn’t read anything by Lorin previous to this, Rossi is one of my all-time favorites. If you want something fun and sexy… something light on the drama and heavy on the laughs and cute then you need to read this. The first two books are out with the third on it’s way in the next few months. Also Ethan Vance… *fans self*. I promise you’ll fall for him just as much as I did. Please note: These are all companion books so they could be read as stand-alone’s but don’t even try to resist – read them all!
Mia Galliano is an aspiring filmmaker. Ethan Vance has just played his last game as a collegiate soccer star. They’re sharp, hungry for success, and they share a secret.
Last night, Ethan and Mia met at a bar, and, well . . . one thing led to another, which led to them waking up the next morning—together. Things turned awkward in a hurry when they found themselves sharing a post hookup taxi . . . to the same place: Boomerang headquarters.
What began as a powerful connection between them is treated to a cold shower courtesy of two major complications. First, Boomerang has a strict policy against co-worker dating. And second, they’re now competitors for only one job at the end of summer.
As their internships come to an end, will they manage to keep their eyes on the future and their hands off each other, or will the pull of attraction put them right back where they started?
Make sure to check out the Rebound which is already out, and the upcoming Bounce!
This is the Jill Shalvis book that changed it all for me… After some nudging from my BFF that I had to grab some of these Lucky Harbor books I finally caved and I was immediately hooked. Jill does romance just perfectly in my eyes, and I love reading these when I need something light and fluffy because while there is always a bit of drama, it’s nothing over the top, and her heroes… *drools* It’s almost too hard to decide which one I’d want for myself… if only Lucky Harbor was an actual place, I feel like it would be overrun by single women looking for a good man!
Maddie Moore’s whole life needs a makeover.
In one fell swoop, Maddie loses her boyfriend (her decision) and her job (sonot her decision). But rather than drowning her sorrows in bags of potato chips, Maddie leaves L.A. to claim the inheritance left by her free-spirited mother—a ramshackle inn nestled in the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington.
Starting over won’t be easy. Yet Maddie sees the potential for a new home and a new career—if only she can convince her two half-sisters to join her in the adventure. But convincing Tara and Chloe will be difficult because the inn needs a big makeover too.
The contractor Maddie hires is a tall, dark-haired hottie whose eyes—and mouth—are making it hard for her to remember that she’s sworn off men. Even harder will be Maddie’s struggles to overcome the past, though she’s about to discover that there’s no better place to call home than Lucky Harbor.
Make sure you check out all the companions in this series because it’s complete now (SOBS)
I still remember reading Pivot Point… it was the first book I read in 2013 and I was immediately hooked on Kasie West. She gets teens and she writes characters that are memorable and stories that are fun and unique and interesting and while Pivot Point will always be a favorite, it’s her contemporary stuff that has me begging for more. I loved loved loved both Caymen and Xander in The Distance Between Us and I adored Charlie and Braden in On The Fence and I swooned hard over FIB and Gia in The Fill-In Boyfriend and I’m so excited for all the characters she has for us in the future.
When Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she’d been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend—two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.
The problem is that days after prom, it’s not the real Bradley she’s thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn’t even know. But tracking him down doesn’t mean they’re done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend’s graduation party—three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.
Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.
Make sure you grab her other titles too!
Sliding Doors Meets Sixteen Candles – This was how my first Liz Czukas book was pitched and it was spot on and absolutely wonderful. If you’re looking for a fun contemporary then this is the author for you! While she’s also now written some fun NA that you definitely need to check out under the penname Ellie Cahill, I think that her YA stuff is super fun and sweet and the perfect summertime read!
Despite what her name might suggest, Heart has zero interest in complicated romance. So when her brilliant plan to go to prom with a group of friends is disrupted by two surprise invites, Heart knows there’s only one drama-free solution: flip a coin.
Heads: The jock. He might spend all night staring at his ex or throw up in the limo, but how bad can her brother’s best friend really be?
Tails: The theater geek…with a secret. What could be better than a guy who shares all Heart’s interests–even if he wants to share all his feelings?
Heart’s simple coin flip has somehow given her the chance to live out both dates. But where her prom night ends up might be the most surprising thing of all…
Check out her other titles!!
You guys … this book came out of nowhere for me. I grabbed it on a whim and couldn’t put it down. It was funny. It was cute. It was a little bit crazy… and it would make the perfect summer teen movie, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! If you haven’t seen this one around you need to find it and get it and read it. I hope this writing duo does something together again very soon!
MAX: It started with Kylie’s laptop and a truck full of stolen electronics and it ended in Ensenada. It was hot, the way she broke us out like some chick in an action movie. But now we’re stranded here, with less than twenty-four hours before graduation.
WILL: Saving Kylie Flores from herself is kind of a full-time occupation. Luckily, I, Will Bixby, was born for the job. And when I found out she was stuck in Mexico with dreamy Max Langston, sure, I agreed to bring their passports across the border but there’s no reason to rush back home right away. This party is just getting started.
LILY: This cannot be happening. It’s like some cruel joke. Or a bad dream. I close my eyes and when I reopen them, they’re still there. Max and Kylie Flores, freak of the century. In bed together. If Kylie thinks I’m giving him up without a fight, she’s dead wrong.
I adore this book so much you guys. I absolutely loved every thing about it, and while you may think that it would be over flowing with drama, it actually isn’t and that’s a testament to Becky Albertalli. She gets her message across without being heavy handed and Simon is a guy anyone and everyone can’t help but feel a connection to. He’s funny, he’s sensitive, he’s an amazing friend and the romance is completely and utterly adorable.
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
No summer list for me would be complete without Huntley Fitzpatrick on it. This of course is no surprise to any of you followers, but I am in love with her stories… with her words, with her settings, with her families and characters, with her …boys. I mean, Jase is the ultimate book boyfriend ever. Final. No fighting with me on this. He’s sweet, he’s sensitive, he loves his family and friends and he’s so damn swoony I feel cheated that I never knew a boy like him in my life. But MLND isn’t Huntley’s only book (thank the lord) and I absolutely connected to What I Thought Was True in a completely different way but the story there is just as amazing. And I won’t tell you much about The Boy Most Likely To, but know this. IT’S SO EFFING AMAZING. Tim is just… *sigh* and his story will blow you away! And yes, these are all a little bit heavier than some typical summer fare, but I had to include them because they are absolutely amazing.
The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.
As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase’s family embraces Samantha – even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha’s world. She’s suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?
A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.
Make sure you grab her other titles!! What I Thought Was True is already out and The Boy Most Likely To arrives in August!!
If your summer reading list wasn’t already full, then these should change that! Definitely let me know in the comments if you check any of these titles out or if you have any fun suggestions for me! I’m always looking for some new light on drama heavy on romance titles!
Now as promised!!
I’ve got a stack of Contemporary Kasie West titles that I’ve been collecting to give to one lucky person! Good Luck!
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