6 Great Summer Reads

Summer is almost here and it’s time to stock up on those great poolside reads! I have read so many amazing books it’s hard to only list six, but this list will not only get you started, it will get you geared up for some fun in the sun.

#1 The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins.

TBOSAS iPadThis is out now and I am squealing to finally get this book in my hands! The prequel to The Hunger Games is one of my most anticipated summer reads.

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#2  Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner.

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I am a HUGE fan of this author and this book is just what I need when relaxing by the pool. This book is about a second chance at friendship between a plus-size Instagram influencer and her ex best friend.

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#3  Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan.

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This is a hilarious book you won’t want to put down. Girl meets boy and falls in love. Boy wants girl to meet his family. His crazy rich family that is not so keen on letting outsiders in their inner circle. Get ready to laugh out loud at this crazy summer read. 

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#4  The Bride Test by Helen Hoang.

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If you’ve read The Kiss Quotient you will fall in love with this sequel where Khai meets his match! 

Khai Diep thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. His mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.

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#5  The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides.

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This is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman’s act of violence against her husband—and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive.

This book intrigued me and is right up my alley and I can’t wait to dive in!

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#6  The Guest List by Lucy Foley.

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What’s more fun than being invited to an island wedding, right? Wrong. Get ready for mischief and mayhem of epic proportions. In this drama filled book you will get more than you bargained for, including death.

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BONUS SIX! Now, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t also list my 6 summer read for indie reads.

#1  Hard to Handle by K. Bromberg.

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I cannot wait for this! I was honored to work with Kristy on the book trailer for this crazy anticipated read and it just got me even more excited!

This is the start to a brand new series staring four sisters set out to try to save their family business. In Book 1, Hard to Handle, by-the-book, Dekker Kincade, sets out to win back the reining bad boy of hockey, Hunter Maddox. Getting him to sign with the agency is one thing but resisting the urge to slide between the sheets with him is a whole other matter.

Release Date: June 30
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#2  Hooking Him by Aurora Rose Reynolds.

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It goes without saying that I am a huge AAR fan. I own all her books on kindle and audio and am slowly working on grading all the paperbacks!

Hooking Him, book 3 in the How to Catch an Alpha series, is at the top of my list to read this summer. A woman on a mission of self-discovery finds it hard to resist a persistent detective. Get ready for some insta-love, drama and murder in this quest to find their happily-ever-after.

Release Date: June 16
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#3  Ruthless Princess by Rachel Van Dyken.

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RVD is the queen of mafia reads! Ruthless Princess is a mafia romance about best friends turned enemies and a spin off of her Eagle Elite series featuring the second generation Elites.

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#4  Queen Move by Kennedy Ryan.

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Kimba is a strong independent woman who has everything except the one thing she truly wants, Ezra Stern. Best friends from a young age, everyone knew there was something special between these two, right up until Ezra and his family moved away. Years later, these two will find their way back to each other and learn to master the turbulence.

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#5  Little Hoodlum by K. Webster.

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Get ready for all the angst in book 2 of the Hood River Hoodlum series. This is a high school friends to lovers read involving falling for your best friend’s sister. This is a four book series that will need to be read in order. Book 1, Hood River Rat, is an M/M story.

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#6  We Were Once by S.L. Scott.

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I adore everything this woman has written and I can’t wait to get my hands on this second change romance.

Her plan is to graduate from Ivy League university and get into med school to follow in her father’s footsteps. Then she meets Joshua, the bad boy with a sexy smirk and a good heart. They had it all and were madly in love until one tragic night changed everything.

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So there you have it! My recommended summer reading list. I hope you found some great reads to add to your list. Drop me a comment to let me know what’s on your list!

Review: Risky Play by Rachel Van Dyken

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Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Publication: March 19, 2019
Genre: Sports Romance
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This author is a 1-click for me. Every single book is enthralling.

Mackenzie DuPont and Slade Rodriguez had amazing chemistry, even if Slade was doing everything to push her away. I get it, kind of. He was hurting before he met her, then started falling for her, because let’s face it, Mack is ah-mah-zing. Then when tragedy strikes, he blames her because he needs to place blame somewhere.

Poor Mack. Mackenzie didn’t plan on meeting this amazing while on her way to her honeymoon destination alone after being left at the alter. One fake name and several adventures later, she was heartbroken for a second time when the amazing man she was getting to know disappeared without a word. Taking what was left of her heart and her virginity with him.

Slade needed to get away and in the process started falling for the innocent woman who made him feel alive again after a public scandal rocked his world.

“I realized I would do anything to make this stranger smile at me like that again. One. Day. In.”

But one bad phone call and he took off without a backward glance siting she was to blame. Color them both surprised when she becomes his new assistant!

I can’t get enough of these characters. There were a couple of times I gasped thinking I had figured it all out only to be completely surprised by the events unfolding. And others that had me giggling like a fifteen year old boy.

“Damn, you need a keeper.”
“Just sent the flowers, alright?”
“And the note? What should that say, ‘Please don’t press charges, my dick knows not what it does?'”

This book was sweet and full of emotion. These two characters couldn’t be better matched, only if they would both forgive and forget. If something is worth having, it’s worth fighting for. I can’t wait for the next book in this engrossing series!

“Name one thing you would have done differently.”
“One thing,”
“Just one.”
“I already did it-I kissed you. And then I jumped.”

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Even one-night stands deserve a second chance in New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken’s novel of sporting desire.

What else can a virgin do when she’s ditched at the altar? Seattle heiress Mackenzie Dupont is treating herself to a single-girl honeymoon in Mexico and a desire to relinquish her innocence to a gorgeous one-night stand. Fake names. True pleasure. But when she wakes up alone, Mackenzie realizes just how much anger is left in her broken heart.

Suffering a tragic personal loss, pro soccer player Slade Rodriguez has his reasons for vanishing without a goodbye. Right or wrong, he’s blaming the beautiful and infuriating stranger he never wants to see again. They’re both in for a shock when Mackenzie shows up as his new personal assistant. And they both have a lot to learn about each other. Because they share more than they could possibly know, including a common enemy who’s playing his own games. And he’s not afraid to get dirty.

Now there’s only one way Mackenzie and Slade can win: to trust in each other and to stop hiding from the lies they’ve told, the secrets they’ve kept, the mistakes they’ve made, and the attraction that still burns between them.

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Review: Risky Play by Rachel Van Dyken

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This author is a 1-click for me. Every single book is enthralling. Mackenzie DuPont and Slade Rodriguez had amazing chemistry, even if Slade was doing everything to push her away. I get it, kind of. He was hurting before he met her, then started falling for her, because let’s face it, Mack is ah-mah-zing. Then when tragedy strikes, he blames her because he needs to place blame somewhere.

Poor Mack. Mackenzie didn’t plan on meeting this amazing man while on her way to her honeymoon destination alone after being left at the alter. One fake name and several adventures later, she was heartbroken for a second time when the amazing man she was getting to know disappeared without a word. Taking what was left of her heart and her virginity with him.

Slade needed to get away and in the process started falling for the innocent woman who made him feel alive again after a public scandal rocked his world.

“I realized I would do anything to make this stranger smile at me like that again. One. Day. In.”

But one bad phone call and he took off without a backward glance siting she was to blame. Color them both surprised when she becomes his new assistant!

I can’t get enough of these characters. There were a couple of times I gasped thinking I had figured it all out only to be completely surprised by the events unfolding. And others that had me giggling like a fifteen year old boy.

“Damn, you need a keeper.”
“Just sent the flowers, alright?”
“And the note? What should that say, ‘Please don’t press charges, my dick knows not what it does?'”

This book was sweet and full of emotion. These two characters couldn’t be better matched, only if they would both forgive and forget. If something is worth having, it’s worth fighting for. I can’t wait for the next book in this engrossing series!

“Name one thing you would have done differently.”
“One thing,”
“Just one.”
“I already did it-I kissed you. And then I jumped.”

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Even one-night stands deserve a second chance in New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken’s novel of sporting desire.

What else can a virgin do when she’s ditched at the altar? Seattle heiress Mackenzie Dupont is treating herself to a single-girl honeymoon in Mexico and a desire to relinquish her innocence to a gorgeous one-night stand. Fake names. True pleasure. But when she wakes up alone, Mackenzie realizes just how much anger is left in her broken heart.

Suffering a tragic personal loss, pro soccer player Slade Rodriguez has his reasons for vanishing without a goodbye. Right or wrong, he’s blaming the beautiful and infuriating stranger he never wants to see again. They’re both in for a shock when Mackenzie shows up as his new personal assistant. And they both have a lot to learn about each other. Because they share more than they could possibly know, including a common enemy who’s playing his own games. And he’s not afraid to get dirty.

Now there’s only one way Mackenzie and Slade can win: to trust in each other and to stop hiding from the lies they’ve told, the secrets they’ve kept, the mistakes they’ve made, and the attraction that still burns between them.

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Review of Dark Surrender by Rachel Van Dyken

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“He tasted like rain, like water–life. I couldn’t kiss him hard enough, or get close enough.”

OMG YAAAAAASSS! Dark Surrender by Rachel Van Dyken is the third book in The Dark Ones Saga. It can be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend that you start with the first book to get the full story. There is a was coming and will enjoy the books more when read as a whole.

This is Alex’s story and I was so excited to read it! Alex is the sexy Siren in the group and it’s his turn to find a mate in order to reach his full power potential. I loved his witty banter with Mason, but in this book, we got to see another side of him.

Hope is not what she seems. As the story progresses,

Alex and Hope are perfect for each other! Their chemistry is off the charts

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I devoured this book in one day! I absolutely love the banter between everyone in he house. They bicker and love like family, because that’s what they are to each other. This book took me on a rollercoaster of ups and downs and I loved every second of it! Hope and Alex were perfect for each other. I can’t wait for Mason’s story. That man needs a HEA!

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Complete Stand Alone/No Cliffhanger

Never met a male siren before?
You’re about to….

I grew up as a prince…
And lead the life of a King.
There isn’t anyone or anything that doesn’t want me, that isn’t attracted to me. They can’t help it. And I sure as hell don’t want them to. I live for their lust, I crave touch like an addiction, I make them beg on their knees for one, simple, caress.
As a male siren it’s my job to feed off emotion.
And I was happy to do it.
I am happy to do it.
What I’m not happy about? Being told I have to mate with some withering human and stay loyal to that one person for the next few centuries. There’s a war coming and being the idiot I am–I offered to take one for the team in order to help a friend.
Now my sexual appetite is taking a freaking kick in the nuts.
And I’m left wondering if it’s worth it.
If she’s worth it, with messy hair and dirty human hands.
But I have a world to save.
A job to do.
Now, if only, she would just let me do it rather than fighting me at every turn. I’ve lived lifetimes as the most irresistible being on the planet.
Only to meet my match.
With one.
Measly.
Human.
They say hells hot. They’re wrong.
Because Hope, my little human, is way hotter.
And before this is over–she may just singe me alive.

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Fraternize, an all-new sexy standalone from #1 New York Times Bestseller Rachel Van Dyken is LIVE!!

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Fraternize by Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: September 12th

Genre: Contemporary Romance

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken kicks off a brand-new series in which romance is a game and love is a touchdown.

Emerson just made her dream come true as a professional cheerleader for her favorite pro football team. But even though the plus-size athlete is breaking down boundaries, she still has to contend with the massive rulebook. Carbs? Nope. Chocolate? Definitely not. Still, Emerson loves her curves, and she’ll rock the hell out of this job even if it kills her. Except for one mandate that is easier read than done…

No fraternizing with the players.

Problem one is Miller Quinton: Emerson’s first love, first sex, and the guy who still ignites her daydreams and R-rated fantasies. Thrown back together, Miller and Emerson feel the undeniable pull of passion again, even if the conflict that tore them apart seems insurmountable. Then there’s way-too-sexy Grant Sanchez. He has a serious reputation with the ladies, and when it comes to winning someone he wants, he doesn’t let anyone stand in his way.

Now Emerson is breaking every rule in the manual. But what she doesn’t know is that she’s part of a wicked little game—one that could steal both her dream and her heart.

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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

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Fraternize (Players Game, #1)Fraternize by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Keep your hands inside the ride at all times…

I’m having trouble putting into word what this book did to me. First off, I love this author. Everything she puts out I devour and when I’m done reading, I’m always wishing there was more of the book to read. I hate that it has to end.

Ms. Van Dyken wields a sword of words and slices me open exposing all the feels. This book was no different. I cried…God, I cried so much. This was not your typical love triangle. The characters were layered and had so much heart.

I was littered with feelings throughout this wonderful love story. The thoughts of the heroine were some of the same thoughts that I’ve had pinging around in my head regarding body image. I loved that the hero(s) loved her body just the way it was.

There was a twist I didn’t see it coming. The wild ride this book took me on was stunning and I not only didn’t want to put it down, I never wanted it to end.

If you are looking for a book that gives you the feels and also makes you think, this is the book to read.

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Fraternize, an all-new sexy standalone from #1 New York Times Bestseller Rachel Van Dyken is coming September 12th!

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken kicks off a brand-new series in which romance is a game and love is a touchdown.

Emerson just made her dream come true as a professional cheerleader for her favorite pro football team. But even though the plus-size athlete is breaking down boundaries, she still has to contend with the massive rulebook. Carbs? Nope. Chocolate? Definitely not. Still, Emerson loves her curves, and she’ll rock the hell out of this job even if it kills her. Except for one mandate that is easier read than done…

No fraternizing with the players.

Problem one is Miller Quinton: Emerson’s first love, first sex, and the guy who still ignites her daydreams and R-rated fantasies. Thrown back together, Miller and Emerson feel the undeniable pull of passion again, even if the conflict that tore them apart seems insurmountable. Then there’s way-too-sexy Grant Sanchez. He has a serious reputation with the ladies, and when it comes to winning someone he wants, he doesn’t let anyone stand in his way.

Now Emerson is breaking every rule in the manual. But what she doesn’t know is that she’s part of a wicked little game—one that could steal both her dream and her heart.

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ARC REVIEW ~ The Playboy Batchlor by Rachel Van Dyken

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have never read a book by this author that I didn’t absolutely LOVE and this book was no exception. Although, this one was unique in its story-line, I would still recommend it to everyone I come across.

The Playboy Bachelor is the second book in The Bachelors of Arizona series. Just so you know, this is a true standalone. I did not read book one and usually even when authors say it’s a standalone, I end up wishing I had read the first book to completely understand what is going on. Not with this one! I jumped right in and couldn’t put it down!

Both Brantley and Margot carry the scars of their past around like a scarf dousing them in misery. Both lost and needing each other to find their way home.

This was an emotional read. I loved the sweet elements of it and that sometimes what you need to heel is a second chance on life and love.

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