Looking for a summer fling? These ten romance novels are sure to sweep you off your feet. Whether you’re on the hunt for a shape-shifting hero or star-obsessed heroine, a historical tale or a modern retelling, we’ve got a book here for you. So pour a glass of prosecco and toast to a season of happily ever afters.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that the Bookish team cannot resist a Pride and Prejudice retelling—especially one with a cover this stunning. Uzma Jalaluddin’s reimagining introduces readers to Ayesha Shamsi, a Canadian Muslim teacher. Ayesha’s heart lies in poetry, but her dreams have been put on hold while she repays a debt to her uncle. While working at a youth conference, she meets Khalid Mirza and quickly decides that, though he’s cute, they aren’t compatible. But as their paths continue to cross, Ayesha learns more about Khalid and realizes she may have judged him too quickly. Jane Austen fans will ardently love this modern update.
On shelves: June 4
Kick off your summer with the third installment in Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling Trinity. Taking place in a world where humans, shape-shifters (known as Changelings), and psychics (called Psy) coexist, this installment introduces readers to Memory and Alexei. At the age of eight, Memory was kidnapped by a serial killer who wanted to use her powerful empath abilities. When she’s rescued years later by Alexei, she isn’t certain she can trust him but as he introduces her to fellow empaths who help her to understand her gift, she starts to open up. Alexei, a wolf Changeling, finds himself drawn to Memory but he’s wary of growing too close. Series fans will love getting glimpses of familiar characters, while newbies can choose to start with book one or dive right into this installment.
On shelves: June 4
Kristen Petersen is shocked when the cute fireman she had a fender bender with turns out to be a groomsman in her best friend’s wedding. Josh Copeland is funny, charming, and way too perfect. Kristen isn’t single and she tries to keep her distance, even as the world seems to be conspiring to bring them together. When Kristen and her boyfriend break up, she enters a friends-with-benefits situation with Josh, who is determined to win her heart. What Josh doesn’t know is that Kristen is coming to terms with the fact that she’s about to undergo a necessary procedure that will result in the inability to have children. As Kristen privately grapples with what the operation means for her health and her future, she finds herself falling hard and fast for Josh.
On shelves: June 11
Author Cat Sebastian is a Bookish favorite and we slammed the pre-order button the moment we saw her refer to this new release as “Agatha Christie but make it gay!” This historical romantic mystery transports readers to a sleepy English town in the aftermath of a violent murder. Intelligence agent Leo Page is sent to the quiet village of Wychcomb St. Mary to cover up the crime, and instead finds himself enchanted by James Sommers, a war doctor who recently moved in hopes of living out the rest of his days in peace and quiet. Despite his instant attraction to Leo, James isn’t sure he can trust this newcomer who seems to be mysteriously connected to the recent death in town. Both men carry scars from their pasts but together they begin to find a way forward. This read is sure to capture your heart, and Sebastian fans will be excited to hear it isn’t the only new book she’s releasing this summer. On August 6 A Little Light Mischief, a historical novella about two women falling in love, hits shelves!
On shelves: June 18
After watching the woman she loves marry a man, Lucy Muchelney vows to dedicate herself to her other passion: astronomy. For years she assisted her late father with his work and when she learns that the Countess of Moth is searching for someone to translate a French astronomy text, she immediately packs up and heads off to the Countess’ home. Widow Catherine St. Day is surprised, to say the least, when Lucy turns up on her doorstep ready to work. Intrigued by the other woman, Catherine lets Lucy into her home and, soon thereafter, into her heart. The first in a new historical series from Olivia Waite, this book has our geeky hearts all aflutter.
On shelves: June 25
Jasmine Guillory returns this summer with a new volume in the Wedding Date series. To say Maddie Forest and Theo Stephens don’t get along is an understatement. They’re both surprised when their sniping turns into a passionate one-night stand after Theo’s birthday party, but neither believes they’d be well suited as a couple. When their mutual best friend, Alexa Monroe, asks them both to be in her wedding party, Maddie and Theo agree to end their secret affair by the time the big day rolls around.
On shelves: July 16
Sarah MacLean’s next Bareknuckle Bastards book doesn’t arrive on shelves until late July, but we’ve already been raving about it. After years of being dismissed for her gender, Lady Henrietta Sedley is taking destiny into her own hands. She’s determined to prove to her father that she can manage his shipping business, but in order to do that she first has to fix her idiot brother’s mistake. He’s made enemies with a man known as Beast, one of Covent Garden’s notorious Bareknuckle Bastards. But Hattie isn’t afraid of Beast—in fact, she’s brazen enough to meet him on his own turf. MacLean’s penned a knockout romance featuring a hero masking a vulnerable heart and a bold heroine readers will not soon forget.
On shelves: July 30
The Bookish team is full of Alisha Rai fangirls and we’ve been counting down the days until her newest book hits shelves. The first in the Modern Love series, The Right Swipe follows entrepreneur Rhiannon Hunter in her journey to expand her popular dating app and find love herself along the way. Rhiannon is looking to acquire a dating service called Matchmaker to grow her brand until she discovers that a man who ghosted her, former pro football player Samson Lima, is their new spokesman. Rhiannon wants nothing to do with Samson, but he’s determined to make amends and win her over. As the two grow closer, Rhiannon learns more about why Samson stopped playing football and he discovers how hard she’s fought to make a name for herself as a black woman in the world of tech startups. You and this book are a match made in heaven, so swipe right and pre-order it now!
On shelves: August 6
Historical romance fans, are you ready for another delightful installment in Tessa Dare’s Girl Meets Duke series? Two neighbors find themselves feuding over stray animals in The Wallflower Wager. Lady Penelope Campion opens her doors for any animal in need—where it’s a particularly rude parrot or a two-legged dog or a goat. Unfortunately her new neighbor Gabriel Duke isn’t as easily charmed by her furry friends and wants her to get rid of them. Penny agrees with one condition: Gabriel must find each and every animal a safe and loving home. Gabriel soon finds himself in over his head, covered in animal hair, and smitten with Penny. Dare’s trademark humor and banter are on full display in this enchanting tale.
On shelves: August 13
Zoey Castile’s Happy Endings series continues with a tale inspired by “Beauty and the Beast.” Patrick Halloran’s been a soccer player, a model, and a stripper, and after starring in a blockbuster hit he thought he’d finally made it as an actor. But that was before the accident that turned him into a recluse. Now he’s in hiding, cut off from the world on his Montana ranch. The only person he has contact with is Lena Martel, an artist from Queens and his new housekeeper. Lena needs the job to help pay for college. She knows she should keep her focus on the work, but she finds herself intrigued by Patrick, who speaks to her from behind a closed door and refuses to let them meet face-to-face. New readers can dive right into this standalone, but we’d highly recommend starting from the beginning and savoring every moment of this sizzling series.
On shelves: August 27