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Summer Reading 2021 Romance Recommendations

See the full list of great reading recommendations for Summer 2021 here.

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

Poppy should be immensely unlikeable. She has a dream job writing about traveling for a fancy magazine in New York City, but she’s also incredibly sarcastic, charming, and spontaneous. Alex…well, he wears khakis and teaches high school English. Poppy and he have been friends for 12 years, and as they jet-set on their yearly summer trips, the possibilities start to rise. Come for the vicarious vacation, stay for the chemistry that burns off the page. — Celeste

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ISBN: 9781984806758
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Published: Berkley - May 11th, 2021

Wild Rain: Women Who Dare by Beverly Jenkins

In her latest historical novel, Beverly Jenkins writes a love story that is as satisfying as it is rebellious, giving us Spring Lee, a fiery rancher in Wyoming, and the thoughtful reporter who travels from DC for a story only to be captivated by the landscape, the rural living, and the independent Lee. Centering Black experiences in the post-Civil War American West, Wild Rain does not shy away from issues of race and class, even as it propels forward with the refreshing, sensuous storytelling one expects from a Jenkins novel. — Melinda

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ISBN: 9780062861719
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Published: Avon - February 9th, 2021

Playing the Palace by Paul Rudnick

In this lively debut by Paul Rudnick, hilarity and romance ensue after New York event planner Carter and the dreamy, openly gay Prince Edgar cross paths. And when their relationship goes public unexpectedly, Carter is called before the disapproving queen and tasked to prove himself a suitable partner for a prince in just three weeks. Filled with bright characters, laugh-out-loud moments, and musical references, this book is the perfect summer beach read. — Brooks

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ISBN: 9780593099414
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Published: Berkley Books - May 25th, 2021

The Duke Heist by Erica Ridley

This regency romance romp is so fun, sexy, and satisfying. A heist to readdress a wrong turns into an alliance under false pretenses, where tension crackles amidst London’s tea parties and balls. A buttoned-up duke trying to make up for his father’s failings, a woman so much more than she appears to be, and a diverse and wild family defying the prejudices and failings of the ton—I loved every moment and can’t wait for the next in the series! — Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781538719527
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Published: Forever - February 9th, 2021

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

This love story between a 23-year-old waitress and a girl from the 1970s who is lost in time is truly charming. At first, cynical August thinks living in New York City is going to make her even more pessimistic. But then she meets Jane on the subway and very quickly realizes Jane’s look isn’t vintage at all, and she knows she has to help this punk rock time traveller, and at the same time confront her own past. For fans of Red, White & Royal Blue. — MJ

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ISBN: 9781250244499
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - June 1st, 2021

The Duke Undone by Joanna Lowell

The Duke Undone is infused with a passion for art, feminism, and social justice around class inequity, adding welcome depth to an already high-spirited “duke meets commoner” historical romance. Lowell dishes up an engaging plot, quick-witted banter, and plenty of heat between aspiring art student Lucy Coover and her apparent muse, the troubled duke of Weston, as she struggles to keep her tenement home and he works to repair his family’s reputation. There is much to get lost in here, and Lowell’s lively prose and fresh approach to the genre makes it all the more worthwhile. — Melinda

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ISBN: 9780593198285
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Published: Berkley - April 6th, 2021

The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels by India Holton

For those who love historical fiction and fantasy, we have this: high society women—the vision of Victorian ladyhood—who also happen to be pirates and witches. There’s a Gothic abbey, there’s romance, there are cannons. It’s a wild ride, with assassination attempts and a bunch of badass ladies. The tone of Wisteria Society reminded me a lot of The Princess Bride. It’s fun from start to finish. — MJ

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ISBN: 9780593200162
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Published: Berkley - June 15th, 2021

The Queer Principles of Kit Webb by Cat Sebastian

I’m so glad this was my first romance novel. I’ll be honest, I was hooked in by the adorable cover art, but I’m so happy that I dug deeper than the surface. This is a classic “city mouse falls in love with country mouse” sort of tale, filled with swashbuckling, intrigue, and sauciness. I hope it someday gets the Bridgerton treatment so I can see pretty boys flouncing about in period costumes, falling in love with each other. — Jae

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ISBN: 9780063026216
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Published: Avon - June 8th, 2021

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