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    Summer Romance Reading
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  • Published: Jun 15th, 2009


Summer is for reading. That’s my philosophy. I’ve finally taken out my tank tops and shorts and I’m getting ready to relax. On weekends you can most likely find me sitting by the lake with a cool drink in one hand and a book in the other. I just can’t think of a better way to spend a summer day. In honor of my favorite season – here are a few books I plan on getting hot and bothered with during the coming weeks –


Bulls Island
by Dorothea Benton Frank

Why: The heroine is strong, she’s a professional and she’s got a dilemma. In order to keep her high powered job she must return to her childhood home and handle a business deal with the very man she fled from years ago.  I like contemporaries and having read the first few pages of this book  it starts out strong and it’s peaked my interest.

The Buzz: It’s a perfect beach read

Kissing Midnight
by Emma Holly

Why: Edmund Fitz Clare has been keeping secrets he can’t afford to expose. Not to the orphans he’s adopted. Not to the lovely young woman he’s been yearning after for years. This seeming professor of history has another life. He’s an upyr—a shapeshifting vampire—determined to redeem past misdeeds. This is the first in a series – and I love series.

The Buzz: It’s an unusual setting with a spectacular ending.

Taste of Passion
by Brenda Jackson

Why: An attorney who has sworn off love spends time alone with a recuperating rodeo star. High powered woman, injured jock, confronting each other and their not so hidden passion – really do I need to elaborate? I’m there.

The Buzz: Part of Ms. Jackson’s beloved Madaris family and friends stories – and readers are raving about it.

storm_visions_paranormal_romanceStorm of Visions: The Chosen One
Christina Dodd

Why: This is the first in a new back-to-back series. A paranormal romance that introduces The Seven, a secret society created to combat evil in all its deadly forms. The fact that it’s back-to-back and I don’t have to wait for the next in a series is already a plus point. Personally, the author had me at secret society.
The Buzz: Hot, and you won’t be able to put it down.

the_memorist_mysteryThe Memorist
M.J. Rose

Why: Some say it’s a mystery combined with the supernatural. David Pitt from Booklist says:  “Meer Logan is still haunted by the memories she experienced as a child, memories that seemed to reveal a past life. Now, spurred on by a letter ostensibly written by Beethoven and a picture that resembles a vision that appeared to her many years ago, she travels to Vienna to try to find out who she is—and who she was.”   Past lives and mystery – a perfect combination.

The Buzz:Read it!

The Fire King
Marjorie M. Liu

Why: Long ago, shape-shifters were plentiful, soaring through the sky as crows, racing across African veldts as cheetahs, raging furious as dragons atop the Himalayas. Like gods, they reigned supreme. But even gods have laws, and those laws, when broken, destroy.

The Buzz: If you’re a fan of Ms. Liu’s Dirk & Steele series you’ll definitely want to see how she’s expanded the world. If you haven’t read the series, the author has created a fabulous world with very interesting characters and satisfying plots.

silent_on_the_moor_romance_novelSilent on the Moor
Deanna Raybourn

Why: ”In Grimsgrave Hall, enigmatic Nicholas Brisbane has inherited a ruined estate, replete with uncanny tenants and one unwanted houseguest – Lady Julia Grey.” The third book in the Lady Grey Novels.

The Buzz: A witty romantic mystery and lots of people are talking about it.

So, what’s on your reading list for this summer?

12 Responses to “Summer Romance Reading”

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  1. KatiDancy
    on Jun 15th, 2009
    @ 8:59 am

    Mornin’ Maria! Wow, that’s some list! I’m also looking forward to the Christina Dodd para series. I’d have to say that having read both books, I should tell fans of Nora Roberts and Nalini Singh that BOTH of their summer releases are a ton of fun!

    Branded by Fire is hot, hot, hot, and so emotional. No one will be let down by the coming together of Riley and Mercy.

    I also loved Black Hills. I’ve never been to South Dakota, but Nora Roberts certainly whetted my appetite to go.

    I’m headed to the beach in a week or so, and I’ll be taking about 20 books with me, I think.

  2. Lisa From Temple
    on Jun 15th, 2009
    @ 10:38 am

    On my summer reading list:
    Nora Roberts’ Black Hills

    Julia Quinn’s What Happens In London,

    Eloisa James’ Desperate Duchesses series, A Duke of Her Own. 🙂

  3. azteclady
    on Jun 15th, 2009
    @ 12:19 pm

    Oh man, my list is looooooooooooong…

    I’m going to RWA for the first time, so I’m saving my pennies for then, but there’s Nora Roberts, Linday Howard, Nalini Singh, Alyssa Day … …

    Too many to list, really.

  4. azteclady
    on Jun 15th, 2009
    @ 12:20 pm

    Oh from the ones you list? I’m dying to read the Emma Holly.

  5. Marisa
    on Jun 15th, 2009
    @ 12:34 pm

    Can’t wait for Suzanne Brockmann’s Hot Pursuit, Jessica Andersen’s SkyKeepers, Marjoire Liu’s Darkness Calls and Emma Holly’s Kissing Midnight to name a very few on my very long, long list!

  6. Donna
    on Jun 15th, 2009
    @ 1:21 pm

    I read BULLS ISLAND and that was very good. I really like her books. want to read some books by Patti Callahan Henry saw her newest at Border and picked it up. she seems a lot like Anne Rivers Siddons and I really like her a lot.
    also want to try christine Feehan’s Sister series

  7. Kim
    on Jun 15th, 2009
    @ 1:45 pm

    Silent on the Moor was very good. You’ll have to move that up in your TBR pile. I’m looking forward to JQ’s While in London and NR’s Black Hills. Most of the other books I’m waiting for are Fall releases.

  8. Jessa Slade
    on Jun 15th, 2009
    @ 3:45 pm

    Azteclady, you can also load up on books at the RWA conference. I know, I know, I could just buy them now and not lug them across the entire country, but there’s something so lovely about having giggled ninnily at my fave author then reading her book 🙂

  9. orannia
    on Jun 15th, 2009
    @ 5:57 pm

    That is one amazing list! I loved Silent on the Moor – I hope you enjoy it 🙂

    And The Chosen One….is this linked to the Wilder series?

    And I’m so hanging out for Branded By Fire!!! Not long to go now!

  10. Teresa
    on Jun 15th, 2009
    @ 7:01 pm

    I already read Emma Holly’s new book, loved the ending. Can’t wait for book 2 thank god it’s back to back.

  11. azteclady
    on Jun 15th, 2009
    @ 8:14 pm

    Ms Slade, thank you–I’m hoping to control myself until then, but I fear that the book thing is an out of control addiction for me 🙁


  12. heidenkind
    on Jun 15th, 2009
    @ 9:23 pm

    I am definitely looking forward to reading Christina Dodd’s new paranormal, and the new releases by Gaelen Foley and Meredith Duran.

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