Around the World in 13 Romances

Around the World in 13 Romances

Annabeth Albert

This summer Annabeth Albert takes readers on an adventure through the Alaskan wilderness in Arctic Wild. Attorney Reuben Graham is taking a long overdue vacation when his plane crashes. Suddenly he finds himself stranded in the woods with the injured pilot, Tobias Kooly. Bookish loves traveling to new places through fiction and Albert does too! Here, she shares a list of some of her favorite romances set across the globe. Pull up a chair and get ready to travel—no passport needed!

It’s summer vacation time, and for many, that means the season of travel is upon us! Whether heading to the beach, a quaint small town, a bustling big city, another country, or somewhere closer to home, travel is fun. And for many people it’s also romantic—sparkling pools, pristine white hotel linens, leisurely meals, moonlit walks, and uninterrupted time with that special someone. But what if travel is out of your reach? The answer, of course, is books. Books have all the romance of travel with none of the long lines, cramped quarters, or expenses. And no special someone required either! I’ve rounded up some swoon-worthy book boyfriends and girlfriends for your reading pleasure. All these contemporary romances are set in unique locales, most outside the continental United States, many with a travel/vacation flavor to them.

The Princess Trap by Talia Hibbert

As an American, I love all things British, including UK-set romances. While historicals dominate the subgenre, contemporaries can be harder to find. I love all things Talia Hibbert, especially this one with her cheery British voice, a taste of royal intrigue, a fabulously strong heroine, and a literal prince of a hero.

A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole

The only thing better than a literary trip to England is one to Scotland, and I do enjoy an American fish-out-of-water trying to navigate the UK. This award-winning romance was one of my top reads of 2018 and made me want to visit Scotland.

Three Months to Forever by Hudson Lin

This Hong Kong-set romance is just delightful with its descriptions of modern Hong Kong and the burgeoning romance between the heroes. Bonus recommendation: Lin’s Fly With Me, a flight attendant romance, has the backdrop of many locales. The chemistry between the hero and heroine leads to some of my favorite banter and the bi-rep is fabulous.

Warrior by Zoe Archer

This is one of my all-time favorite series, with each book featuring a different locale. I especially enjoyed book one, which takes place in part in Mongolia. I love this heroine so much, and she is perfectly matched by her rugged hero and the sweeping scenery.

Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali

I adored every word of this YA romance set on a trip to Doha, Qatar. This story is nuanced and will appeal to adults who may not read a ton of YA, and is filled with all the first-time falling in love feels that make it an awesome ride. I loved the setting, but loved the characters even more, especially the feisty heroine and her angsty hero.

The Ultimate Pi Day Party by Jackie Lau

Toronto is one of the world’s great cities, and to a small-town girl, it’s always been a bucket list destination. Lau does an amazing job bringing a Toronto neighborhood to life with its smells, tastes, sounds, residents, and bustling life. You’ll find yourself craving the heroine’s pies and all the other foods in this series.

Private Charter by N.R. Walker

I have a major thing for Australian romances, especially those written by Aussies themselves. This delightful escape focuses on a workaholic who books a private yacht cruise and the sexy boat captain who proves more than just a distraction.

Honeymoon for One by Keira Andrews

As much as I love Australian romances written by Australians, it can be fun to follow along as an author and their character both fall in love with a new place. Andrews has traveled extensively throughout Australia, and her love of the place really shows as her Canadian hero discovers a fresh start with a tour bus driver.

Crossing the Touchline by Jay Hogan

My thing for Australian romances led me to this New Zealand romance by a New Zealand author as well-versed in rugby as her well-developed heroes in this long and angsty sports romance tale that is absolutely brimming with local flavor.

When She Thaws by Lily Craig

An American in search of European adventure is a trope I never get tired of, and these heroines are a delightful spin on the trope. It’s also a nanny/boss romance with an Austria setting and plenty of banter between the heroines.

Paper Love by Jae

Another romance with a European flavor, this one set in a small German town in a stationery store with two strong-willed heroines. Jae’s romances never disappoint, but the setting in this one makes it one of my favorites.

August Ice by Dev Bentham

It’s hard to get much more remote than Antarctica, and it’s a testament to Bentham’s wonderful storytelling that I was cold the entire time I read this gripping tale of two men finding love at the ends of the earth under the most unlikely of circumstances.

Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer. Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two children.

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