Beach Reads Guide (2022): 30+ Must-Read Contemporary Romances

Beach Reads Guide: Island Time, Thank you for Listening, A Proposal They Can't Refuse, Weather Girl and The Roughest Draft

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Summertime is the best time to escape with contemporary romance novels.  If you are you looking for fun, escape reads?  Today, we are sharing 30 books that you can add to your TBR and take with you to the pool.

These books are all contemporary romance with a few romcoms sprinkled in the list. They can be read in one or two sittings which are the perfect addictive escape.  

if you prefer listening to books, check out the What to Read Next Beach Reads Guide playlist.

If you love to read RomComs…

Dating Dr. Dil by Nisha Sharma

Nisha Sharma’s new romantic comedy features enemies to lovers, a cast of best friends, and a gaggle of aunties determined to make a match. This book is a Taming of the Shrew retelling with a heart doctor that doesn’t believe in love and a heroine who wants to find her one true love. They fake dates and in the process, they discover that they have feelings for each other. 

Spice Level: 🔥🔥🔥

Trope; Enemies to Lovers, Fake Dating 

Why you should read this book? 

If you love 10 Things I Hate About You, then Dating Dr. Dil is a must-read. The angst and the disastrous second meet-cute make this book a laugh-out-loud comedy.  I love the South Asian representation with a group of meddling aunties who would do anything to pair this couple for marriage. 

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Author Interview with Nisha Sharma

Tune in to my interview with Nisha Sharma as we chat about Dating Dr. Dil, and book recommendations including a must-read Mafia Romance.

Just weeks away from ditching DC for greener pastures, Solange Perreira is roped into helping her wedding planner cousin on a random couple’s big day. It’s an easy gig… until she stumbles upon a situation that convinces her the pair isn’t meant to be. What’s a true-blue romantic to do? Crash the wedding, of course. And ensure the unsuspecting groom doesn’t make the biggest mistake of his life. 

Dean was planning to have a marriage of convenience when Solange crashes. Well, he tells Solange she owes him one and proposed to “fake date” to save his job. Solange agrees and over time they develop feelings. Their entire romance is a sham… there’s no way these polar opposites could fall in love for real, right?

Spice Level 🔥🔥

Tropes: Fake Dating 

Why you should read this book? 

If you read The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa a few years ago, you will need to read this book ASAP. In this book, Mia blesses us with her big Brazilian family, strong DC setting, and outrageous fake dates.  This book is a delight and it is a must-read. 

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Author Interview: Mia Sosa

Tune in to my podcast interview with Mia Sosa. In this interview, we chat about writing stand-alone romances, The Wedding Crashers. Mia also shares a few must-read books to add to your TBR.

Imagine taking the bus from Boston to NYC and being on a time crunch seated across the bathroom. 

“I have exactly 5 hours and 10 minutes to get from Boston to New York City or the professional opportunity of a lifetime disappears. My only travel option? The second to last seat on a discount bus. Across from the bathroom. Wearing last night’s clothes (don’t ask). All worth it if I can make it in time.” 

Throughout the 5 hour ride, Gwen and Sam connect and they discover things in common. Their trip is full of hijinks but in the end, they live a happily ever after. 

Spice: N/A 

Trope: Strangers to Friends to Potential Lovers 

Note about this book: It is best to listen to this book as opposed to reading it. The audio is excellent with full cast audio and it has sound effects. 

Why you should read this book?

This is a short book that just has the Cara Bastone magic. It is a slow burn, it is full of hijinks with kittens, and intrusive bus riders. Listening to this book felt like I too was taking this bus ride and it was perfection. 

Imagine yourself being stranded on a tropical island in Australia with all of your family.  This queer ensemble rom-com by Georgia Clark takes you to paradise in a comedy of error.

“Island Time is a sumptuous summer read that dives deep into queer romance, family secrets, ambition, parenthood, and a bird-chasing bromance. This sexy, sun-soaked paradise of white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and lush rainforest will show you it’s never too late to change your destiny.”

Spice Level🔥🔥

Trope: Strangers to Lovers, Marriage in Trouble

Why you should read this book?

This was such a fun escape. This book was written during the pandemic as a way to escape from what we were going on and to be honest it was such a breath of fresh air. I loved being transported to Australia, getting to know this part of the world, and seeing how two seemingly different families come together and get through this adventure.  I really did not want it to end. 

A month before graduation, Shara kisses Chloe and vanishes.

On a furious hunt for answers, Chloe discovers she’s not the only one Shara kissed. There’s also Smith, Shara’s longtime quarterback sweetheart, and Rory, Shara’s bad-boy neighbor with a crush. The three have nothing in common except Shara and the annoyingly cryptic notes she left behind, but together they must untangle Shara’s trail of clues and find her. It’ll be worth it if Chloe can drag Shara back before graduation to beat her fair and square.

Thrown into an unlikely alliance, chasing a ghost through parties, break-ins, puzzles, and secrets revealed on monogrammed stationery, Chloe starts to suspect there might be more to this small town than she thought. And maybe—probably not, but maybe—more to Shara, too.

Spice: N/A

Trope: Frenemies to Lovers, Scavenger Hunt 

Why you should read this book?

Casey McQuiston is at it again. The first half of the book is a scavenger hunt chasing Shara Wheeler. Yes, there is a romance but it is a slow-burn romance. 

Franny Doyle is having the worst day. She’s been laid off from her (admittedly mediocre) job, the subway doors ripped her favorite silk dress to ruins, and now she’s flashed her unmentionables to half of lower Manhattan. On the plus side, a dashing stranger came to her rescue with his (Gucci!) suit jacket. On the not-so-plus side, he can’t get away from her fast enough.

Worse yet? Someone posted their (entirely not) meet-cute online. Suddenly Franny and her knight-in-couture, Hayes Montgomery III, are the newest social media sensation, and all of New York is shipping #SubwayQTs.

Even though they are total opposites, Franny and Hayes kept meeting each other and well over time sparks do fly.

Spice: N/A

Trope: Opposites Attract

Why you should read this book?

If you love books set in NYC, then this rom-com is for you. This book is a love letter to NYC. This book is a slow-burn rom-com with a cute meet-cute, disastrous second meet-cute, and constant run-ins after they decide that they are not a good match. 


Author Interview: Kate Spencer

Tune in to my podcast interview with Kate Spencer. In this interview, we chat about her romance book journey, writing In a New York Minute, and her current comfort read which features your favorite aliens. 

Bad luck has always followed Olivia Marshall…or maybe she’s just the screw-up her family thinks she is. But when a “What are you wearing?” text from a random wrong number turns into the hottest, most entertaining—albeit anonymous—the relationship of her life, she thinks things might be on the upswing…

Colin Beck has always considered Olivia his best friend’s annoying little sister, but when she moves in with them after one of her worst runs of luck, he realizes she’s turned into an altogether different and sexier distraction. He’s sure he can keep his distance, until the moment he discovers she’s the irresistible Miss Misdial he’s been sort of sexting for weeks—and now he has to decide whether to turn the heat up or ghost her before things get messy.

Spice Level: 🔥🔥

Trope: You Got Mail, Brother’s Best Friend, Roommates to Lovers 

Why you should read this book? 

If you are looking for a laugh-out-loud romantic comedy then Mr. Wrong Number is for you. This book features one of my favorite tropes which is the hidden identity and it is told through text messages.

Weather GIrl by Rachel Lynn Solomon

A TV meteorologist and a sports reporter scheme to reunite their divorced bosses with unforecasted results in this electrifying romance from the author of The Ex Talk. Think of a Bosses Parent Trap who also happens to Parent Trap the couple. 

Spice Level: 🔥🔥

Trope:  Friends to Lovers, Single Parent

Why you should read this book?

If you love spicy romance with depth then this book is for you. Ari has depression and in this relationship, she shows up for herself. Russell is a young single parent and we get to see his relationship with his daughter who is a tween. The romance was A+ and I loved the Jewish representation.

Harper is anxiously awaiting placement into a top oral surgery residency program when she crashes (literally) into Dan. Harper would rather endure a Novocaine-free root canal than face any distractions, even one this adorable. A first-year dental student with a family legacy to contend with, Dan doesn’t have the same passion for pulling teeth that Harper does. Though he finds himself falling for her, he is willing to play by Harper’s rules. So with the greatest of intentions and the poorest of follow-throughs, the two set out to be “just friends.” But as they get to know each other better, Harper fears that trading fillings for feelings may make her lose control and can’t risk her carefully ordered life coming undone, no matter how drool-worthy Dan is.

Blood, gore, and extra-long roots? No problem. The idea of falling in love? Torture.

Spice Level:🔥🔥

Trope: Insta-lust, friends to lovers

Why you should read this book?

I really love Mazey Edding’s writing. She writes about anxiety in a way I can identify. This book describes the stress of being in grad school and it even showcases what happens when you go out of obligation. I remember reading this book in one sitting and it was a delight. You can tune into the audio but personally I preferred reading the book.


Author Interview: Mazey Eddings 

In this interview, we chat about how Mazey managed to write books while attending Dental School. Mazey also shares some great book recommendations to add to your TBR. 

In the follow-up to It Happened One Summer, Tessa Bailey delivers another deliciously fun rom-com about a former player who accidentally falls for his best friend while trying to help her land a different man…

This story starts with Fox and Hannah exchanging daily texts and we see their relationship develop. Hannah has to travel to Westport for work and ends up shacking up with Fox. For unfathomable reasons, they don’t act on their feelings because they don’t want to mess up their relationship. But thank goodness they end up acting up and hooking up and they lived happily ever after.

Spice Level:🔥🔥🔥

Tropes: Friends to Lovers, Roommates to Lovers 

Why you should read this book?

This book has an epic epilogue and for that alone, you should read it. This book is sweet and spicy which is a signature of Tessa Bailey’s writing. I really love Fox’s and Hannah’s journey to falling in love. They each have to face their fears but in the end, they have each other to rely upon. 

Thank You, Next

By Christopher, Andie J.

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Single divorce attorney Alex Turner is watching reality TV when she sees her latest ex’s new fiancée picking out her wedding dress. Yet again, the guy she dumped went on to marry (or at least seriously commit to) the next person he dates after her. Fed up with being the precursor to happily ever after, she decides to interview all her exes to find out why.

Her love interest is up-and-coming chef Will. They have been connected over time through Alex’s grandmother. Will and Alex have history and they have been attracted to each over years but they have not acted upon it because they acted as enemies.

Spice Level: 🔥🔥

Trope: Enemies to Lovers, Forced Proximity 

Why you should read this book?

If you love prickly heroine then Alex is for you. Alex’s journey is to connect with her feelings and learn to open up within a relationship. There is a strong friendship, loved the journey of going back to your exes and figuring out the scene of the crime. This book is a fun escape. 

If you want to read Contemporary Romance with a touch of Women’s Fiction… 

The No-Show by Beth O’Leary

The No-Show

By O’Leary, Beth

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Three women who seemingly have nothing in common find that they’re involved with the same man. The book starts with all three women who seem to be stood up on Valentine’s day by the same man. We will then follow each woman’s storyline to see how they are connected. 

Spice Level: N/A

Trope; Women’s Fiction with a Romantic Subplot.

Why you should read this book?

This book is best to go without any expectation other than it is not a romcom but a strong women’s fiction with a romantic subplot. This book plays with time and it has some major twists. This is reminiscent of an old Liane Moriarty book.


Author Interview: Beth O’Leary 

In this interview, we chat about  The No-Show, and how she developed each of the women’s storylines and professions. Beth also shares some great women’s fiction with strong romantic subplot recommendations.

Two former best friends are torn apart by a life-altering secret. One summer to set the record straight. After 15 years of not talking to each other, they inherit a dilapidated beach house that they set to renovate, and in the process, they healed their relationship.

Spice Level: 🔥🔥

Trope: Friendship,  Strangers to Lovers,  Childhood  friends to lovers, Single Parent

Why you should read this book?

If you love books about estranged families who are “stuck” working on a project together then this book is for you. This book is set in a beach house which is the perfect vacation read. Both friends have a separate storyline with a romantic interest. The book is a quick read. 

What if you knew exactly when you’d meet the love of your life? Edie Meyer knows. When her Grandma Gloria was a young woman, she had a vision of the exact day she would meet her soul mate—and then Grandpa Ray showed up.

Since then, Gloria has accurately predicted the day every single member of the family has met their match. Edie’s day arrives on June 24, 2022, when she’s twenty-nine years old. She has been waiting for it for half her life. That morning, she boards an airplane to her twin sister’s surprise engagement, and when a handsome musician sits beside her, she knows it’s meant to be.

But fate comes with more complications than Edie expected and she can’t fight the nagging suspicion that her perfect guy doesn’t have perfect timing. After a tragedy and a shocking revelation rock Edie’s carefully constructed world, she’s forced to consider whether love chooses us, as simple as destiny, or if we choose it ourselves.

Spice Level: N/A

Trope: Do Fated Mates exist?  

Why you should read this book?

This is a fun exploration of fated mates? Do you believe in a soul mate that you connect with on a predicted day? 

To be honest, this book is a love letter to NYC. Like island Time, this book was written in 2020 and at the time it was a dream of old NYC where we attended music events and restaurants. Where we met people and hung out. This is a reminder of what we missed for two years. 

There is great Jewish representation and I love the role of family, especially matriarchal grandmother who are the glue to the family. 

If you want to read books about books…

Book Lovers by Emily Henry

One summer. Two rivals. A plot twist they didn’t see coming…

Nora Stephens’ life is books—she’s read them all—and she is not that type of heroine. Not the plucky one, not the laidback dream girl, and especially not the sweetheart. In fact, the only people Nora is a heroine for are her clients, for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her beloved little sister Libby.

This is why she agrees to go to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina for the month of August when Libby begs her for a sister’s trip away—with visions of a small town transformation for Nora, who she’s convinced needs to become the heroine in her own story. But instead of picnics in meadows or run-ins with a handsome country doctor or bulging-forearmed bartender, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a bookish brooding editor from back in the city. It would be a meet-cute if not for the fact that they’ve met many times and it’s never been cute.

If Nora knows she’s not an ideal heroine, Charlie knows he’s nobody’s hero, but as they are thrown together again and again—in a series of coincidences no editor worth their salt would allow—what they discover might just unravel the carefully crafted stories they’ve written about themselves.

Spice Level: 🔥

Trope: Rivals to Lovers, Small Town Romance, Sisters

Why you should read this book?

Out of the thirty books on this list, this is probably the one that you know the most. Emily Henry’s career is about writing beach reads rom-coms that are not like others. 

This book is a meta exploration of the book writing process It is about a fish out of water in a small town where your enemies currently reside and they are forced to work together on a common goal.

The Roughest Draft

By Wibberley, Emily, Siegemund-Broka, Austin

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They were cowriting literary darlings until they hit a plot hole that turned their lives upside down.

These cowriting duo stopped talking after finishing their greatest hit. Due to publishing pressure, they are asked to work together one last time to finish the contract that they signed years ago.

Spice: 🔥🔥

Trope:  Second Chance, Cheating, Love Triangle, Enemies to Lovers 

Why you should read this book?

This book is angsty. If you love an exploration of the past and present then this book is for you. There are a few love triangles and this book has cheating. It may not work for everyone but it worked for me. 

A disillusioned millennial ghostwriter who, quite literally, has some ghosts of her own, has to find her way back home. 

Florence is the ghostwriter for one of romance’s most prolific authors (think Nora Roberts) but after a devastating breakup, she thinks romance is dead.

Due to a death in her family, Florence goes back to her small town where she encounters a ghost that she needs to work stuff out. 

Spice Level: 🔥

Trope: Grief, Opposites Attract, Paranormal 

Why you should read this book?

This is an all-time favorite book of mine. This book is a love letter to romance. It is about working through your grief and breaking up to open yourself up for love again. I really loved the town, the family, the whacky funeral, and the straight-laced editor who just wants to romance to work out. 

Thank You for Listening tells the story of a former actress turned successful audiobook narrator—who has lost sight of her dreams after a tragic accident—and her journey of self-discovery, love, and acceptance when she agrees to narrate one last romance novel.

Spice Level: 🔥

Trope: Audiobook narrators, Secret Identity

Why you should read this book?

If you are an avid audiobook listener of romance novels then you will find this to be a love letter to the genre. We get insider knowledge about the process, the fandom, and the sense of community.

This book can be best described as Women’s Fiction with a strong romantic subplot. We get to see Sewanee’s and Nicks’s journey as they make sense when it comes to recording a romance novel and finding each other as they heal old wounds.

If you want to read books about celebrities…

Funny You Should Ask by Elissa Sussman

A restless young journalist with big dreams interviews a Hollywood heartthrob—and reunites with him ten years later to discover exactly how he feels about her in this sexy and engrossing novel.

Spice Level: 🔥🔥🔥

Trope: Second Chance Romance 

Why you should read this book?

This book is the ultimate brain celebrity candy. This book is an addictive read where you see what happens to two characters who were not ready to get together the first time. This book is perfect if you love celebrity gossip.  

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Author Interview: Elissa Sussman

In this interview, we chat about Elissa’s writing journey, how she ended up ghostwriting KU romances and some fun book recommendations.

A talented Hollywood starlet and a reclusive A-lister enter into a fake relationship . . . and discover that their feelings might be more than a PR stunt. Perfect for fans of fake dating and celebrity culture.

Spice Level: 🔥🔥

Trope: Fake Relationship, Hollywood

Why you should read this book?

If you love celebrity culture, then this book is for you. This book deals with grief and what it’s like to have a PR relationship. This book was a delight to read. 

A one-night stand between two old childhood friends turns into something more, but when a scandal threatens to tear them apart, they must decide how hard to fight for love.

Spice Level: 🔥🔥🔥

Trope; One Night Stand, Siblings Best Friend 

Why you should read this book?

This is the perfect one-night stand, oh no I slept with a famous actor. This book is spicy and reminiscent of an early Christina Lauren book. I really loved the relationship, The investigative journalism subplot which was handled well. 

Former child actor Fiona St. James dropped out of the spotlight after a spectacularly public crash and burn. The tabloids called her crazy and self-destructive and said she’d lost her mind. Now in her late twenties, Fiona believes her humiliating past is firmly behind her. She’s finally regained a modicum of privacy, and she won’t let anything—or anyone—mess it up.

Unlike Fiona, Sam Fox, who played her older brother on the popular television show Birds of California, loves the perks that come with being a successful Hollywood actor: fame, women, parties, and money. When his current show gets canceled and his agent starts to avoid his calls, the desperate actor enthusiastically signs on for a Birds of California revival. But to make it happen, he needs Fiona St. James.

Against her better judgment, Fiona agrees to have lunch with Sam. What happens next takes them both by surprise. Sam is enthralled by Fiona’s take-no-prisoners attitude, and Fiona discovers a lovable goofball behind Sam’s close-up-ready face. Long drives to the beach, late nights at dive bars . . . theirs is the kind of kitschy romance Hollywood sells. But just like in the rom-coms Fiona despises, there’s a twist that threatens her new love. Sam doesn’t know the full story behind her breakdown. What happens when she reveals the truth?

Spice Level: 🔥🔥

Trope: Opposite Attracts, Hollywood

Why you should read this book?

This book reads as if it’s Lindsay Lohan fan fiction.  What happened to her after her big party days and she disappear. Why did she disappear from the tabloids? Will she ever make a comeback? This book is messy and so good. It is a #metoo book and it works. Yes, there is a romance but to be honest Fiona’s story makes it worthwhile. 

Beloved author Jackson Pearce brings her trademark humor and emotion to a compelling and hopelessly romantic story about how impossible fame and love can be on their own, much less together.

Remy is pulled to work as a drummer in the world tour of Vivi Swan. A bus mishap connects them both as they embark on working together on a song

Spice Level: N/A

Trope: Famous in Love, Rockstar Romance, Cheating

Why you should read this book?

This book reads like Taylor Swift fan fiction if she happens to fall in love with her drummer. The story is told from Remy’s point of view. The story deals with fame, family, celebrity culture, and what it’s like to go on tour. We do dive back into Remy’s past and see where he came from. I really loved the story but I will be honest I did not buy the HEA. I think this was a Happy For Now story. 

Heartwarming and hilarious novel about a divorced romance channel screenwriter whose script about her marriage’s collapse just might help her reclaim her life and find love. 

What would you do if an A List star decide to squat your life for a few weeks? In this story we see what happens to Nora as she goes back to writing, falls in love with the A-lister and they break up because of circumstances out of her control. In this story, Nora reclaims her life. 

Spice Level: N/A

Trope: Famous in Love

Why you should read this book?

This book is more Women’s Fiction than romance but it works. We see Nora pick up the pieces after her divorce, her falling in love again, and then what happens when the relationship breaks up without closure. I fell in love with Nora and her family. This book can be read in one sitting. 

In this dangerously sexy rom-com that evokes the real-life romance between Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle, a prince who wants to live out of the spotlight falls for a daring American rapper who turns his life, and the palace, upside down.

Spice Level: 🔥🔥

Trope;  Royal, Celebrities in Love, Enemies to Lovers, Forced Proximity.

Why you should read this book?

This book is a must-read if you love anything, Prince Harry/Meghan Markle. This book dives into the idea of a working royal, a rapper that wants to get out of the music business by launching her beauty line. This book is spicy and yes there is forced proximity.  This book is the perfect beach read! 

If you want to read foodie romances…

Sadie on Plate by Amanda Elliot

Sadie is a rising star in the trendy Seattle restaurant scene. Her dream is to create unique, modern, and mouthwatering takes on traditional Jewish recipes. But after a public breakup with her boss, a famous chef, she is sure her career is over—until she lands a coveted spot on the next season of her favorite TV show, Chef Supreme. 

On the plane to New York, Sadie has sizzling chemistry with her seatmate, Luke, but tells him that she won’t be able to contact him for the next six weeks. They prolong their time together with a spontaneous, magical dinner before parting ways. Or so she thinks. When she turns up to set the next day, she makes a shocking discovery about who Luke is…

If Sadie wants to save her career by winning Chef Supreme, she’s going to have to ignore the simmering heat between Luke and her. But how long can she do that before the pot boils over?

Spice Level: N/A

Trope: Forbidden Romance, Reality TV Show 

Why you should read this book?

This book is more Women’s Fiction rather than a rom-com. There is a romance plot-line but it is minor. This book is perfect if you love Top Chef. This book hits all of the benchmarks of your favorite foodie show such as restaurant wars, and last chance kitchen. I really love how Sadie showcases her culture by focusing on Jewish dishes by elevating them to the next level.

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Author Interview: Amanda Elliot

In this interview, we chat about cookbooks, favorite Top Chef seasons, and about writing Sadie on a Plate .

A high-strung pastry chef’s professional goals are interrupted by an unexpected career transition and the introduction of her wildly attractive nonbinary kitchen manager in this deliciously fresh and witty queer rom-com.

If you love to get insight what happens in a Test Kitchen that  wants to take things to the next level by adding video content then this workplace romcom is for you. 

Spice Level: 🔥🔥🔥

Trope: Grumpy Sunshine, Workplace romance

Why you should read this book?

This book is a delight. The food descriptions, and being immersed in the world of a test kitchen make any home cook want to learn more about cooking. I really loved how Ray became a viral sensation by doing everything that you are told should not do and boom it worked. Simone was my perfect uptight pastry chef who learned to open up to a found family and to see that her dream job may not be a dream. Warning, this book mostly focuses on workplace dynamics but there is a romance. The spice doesn’t happen until 90% but it is worthwhile.

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In this interview, we chat about writing Chef’s Kiss, their journey to publication, and some morally gray characters.

A fiery restaurant owner falls for her enigmatic head chef in this charming, emotional romance. 

A control freak falls for her chef who is a grump in the kitchen/sunshine in the streets, took thirty years to figure out she was queer.

Spice Level: 🔥🔥🔥

Trope: Grumpy Sunshine

Why you should read this book?

This book is angsty and spicy. I love the angst between Amy and Sophie as they both have been pining for ages but they have not acted upon it. I love learning more about the restaurant world. This book is spicy and it did not disappoint. 

This book is the story of a  Puerto Rican chef and an Irish American whiskey distiller forced into a fake engagement by their scheming octogenarian grandfathers.

Spice Level: TBD

Trope: Fake Dating, Meddling Family

Why you should read this book?

If you love fake dating and love food and whiskey then this book is for you. 

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Author Interview: Natalie Caña

In this interview, we chatted about Natalie’s journey to publication, about reading romance, and our gripe about the current state of telenovelas.

The first openly nonbinary contestant on America’s favorite cooking show falls for their clumsy competitor in this delicious romantic comedy.

This cooking show is more like Master Chef where home cooks compete each day to win the big prize.  

Spice Level: 🔥

Trope: Grumpy Sunshine, a Reality TV show

Why you should read this book?

The audio of this book is a delight. I really loved learning more about a nonbinary main character who falls in love with a queer divorcee. The odds are against them but you fall in love with their story. 

If you want to read some backlist series…

Virgin River series by Robyn Carr

This series has 22 books. If you have access to the audiobooks from your library I encourage you to binge listening while on a drive. You will be immersed in this small town and what happens as people come to heal in this small town.

If you love sports romance, then this baseball series by Meghan Quinn is for you. These books are spicy, fun, and addictive. You will can listen them on a long drive or binge read them by the beach. These books are available on Kindle Unlimited

Have you read any of these titles? If so what were your favorite books? Are you taking some time off to go on a vacation? If so, what books are you loading your Kindle with?

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