There’s nothing like reading a good book in the summertime. It’s also the perfect indoor-activity when you want to avoid the Texas heat. This summer is the perfect time to dust off your “to read” list and visit a local bookstore like Half Priced Books or Barnes and Noble. Whether you’re an avid reader or you’re trying to get into reading, these romance recommendations are sure to keep you entertained.
Verity by Colleen Hoover
A break away from her usual feel-good romance novels, Colleen Hoover’s Verity is a suspenseful romance that will have you questioning every character. The story follows Lowen Ashleigh, a novelist facing financial ruin. With a stroke of luck, Lowen is hired by Jeremy Crawford, the husband of renowned author Verity Crawford, to complete a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish. Lowen moves to the Crawford home to sort through material for the series when she finds an unfinished autobiography Verity had hidden away. The manuscript thrusts Lowen into another side of the Crawfords, full of Verity’s frightening confessions including what really happened the day their daughter died.
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Christina Lauren’s The Unhoneymooners is the perfect light read for a lazy afternoon or laying out on vacation. This heartwarming summer romance is full of witty humor, and reads like a classic rom-com. Our protagonist, Olive, is perpetually unlucky. The same can’t be said for Olive’s identical twin sister, Ami, who manages to finance her entire wedding and win an exotic honeymoon package all by winning sweepstakes and internet contests. Olive supports her sister on her big day even though she has to spend the entire day with Ethan, Ami’s future brother-in-law and Olive’s least favorite person in the world. The wedding day takes a turn for the worst when everyone by Olive and Ethan fall sick from buffet-induced food poisoning. Ami begs Olive and Ethan to take the honeymoon vacation so the non-transferable, non-negotiable and all-inclusive package doesn’t go to waste. Will Olive and Ethan be able to avoid each other the entire trip, or will a new story start?
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
If you’re a fan of detailed, dramatic Old Hollywood romance, you won’t be able to put Taylor Jenkins Reid’s The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Reid’s masterful writing and emotion-stirring storytelling will make you forget you’re reading fiction. Evelyn Hugo, former Hollywood icon turned reclusive legend, chooses unknown reporter Monique Grant to ghost-write the biography that will finally reveal the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. Monique spends her days in Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, listening to stories of Evelyn’s start in Hollywood, her decision to eventually leave the business, and how she managed to find seven husbands on her journey. This is a story of relentless ambition, forbidden love and true friendship.