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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.