by Georgia McBride)
While some readers across the country may still be experiencing winter weather, summer is right around the corner. Most of my friends use this time of year for vacation or at the pool with the kids. But I get most of my non-work-related reading done from June through August. There is something special about kicking back in a lawn chair, lying in a hammock, or sitting under a beach umbrella and getting lost in a story. So if you're looking for me this summer, I'm the one with the wide-brim hat, fruity drink, and face buried in a Kindle.
For those of you who have yet to fill their e-reader, I've put together a list of some New Adult romance e-books to jump-start your summer reading experience. Enjoy!
For a humorous and fun read, The Accidental Socialite by Stephanie Wahlstrom tells the story of a 22-year-old's arrival in London. In it, Paige Crawford trips and falls into the arms of a mysterious man on a drunken night out. Their pic is snapped by paparazzi, and the next day's headlines claim she's having an affair with a married footballer. Instantly elevated to tabloid celebrity status, Paige struggles to conquer her new city while longing for the simpler life she left behind. In what has been called Notting Hill meets Bridget Jones's Diary, The Accidental Socialite is a hilarious and often irreverent romantic comedy available in e-book and paperback.
Missing high school? Class Of '98 is She's All That meets Back to the Future. Back in high school, Jackie Dunn and Matt Stewart would never have hung out, sat at the same lunch table, or God forbid, dated. But when a weird storm transports them from their reunion back to senior year, Jackie and Matt are trapped with seemingly no way to get back to 2008. Soon, they come to rely on one another, even become friends. Just when Jackie's starting to get used to curfews and term papers again, Matt drops a bomb on Jackie that has them rethinking the past and contemplating a new future. Class of '98 released in December 2013 in e-book.
Looking for a contemporary fantasy romance? Cait Hayden's life is all about college exams until she draws the attention of a dragon whose passion she ignites for the first time, and a vampire who plans to marry her as a means to solidify his position as ruler. But when the two suitors force Cait to choose, she finds the consequences are eternal, the love undying, and the bond timeless. Fire of Stars and Dragons by Melissa A. Petreshock is a moving contemporary fantasy that will make you believe in the impossibility of love. And it has dragons!
For those seeking a fun college romance, try Heather Young-Nichols' Up For Grabs. When Flannery Tate learns she will have to drop out of college because her scholarship is no more, she makes a drastic and life-altering decision. She decides to pay for college the only way she can, by selling her virginity to the highest bidder. But perhaps Flannery hasn't thought this all the way through. Her boyfriend and mother just might have an opinion. Up For Grabs is a laugh-out-loud novel about the things we do when our backs are against the wall.
Love to read dark romantic fantasy? Chained to a brotherhood of men with the supernatural ability to invade dreams, Lydon v'al Endrian hunts dreamcasters to be harvested for their dreams and then killed. His newest target is Kalila Montgomery, who awakens a dark desire and a longing for a freedom long-lost. To gain everything he craves, Lydon must seduce Kalila before his plot is discovered and they both end up dead. Wonderfully Wicked by C.J. Burright is a rich and dark New Adult romance, perfect for lazy summer afternoons.
Looking for something a bit more hard-hitting and emotional? Coming this summer from Swoon Romance is Goodbye To You by A.J. Matthews about a girl who decides to have a preventive double mastectomy after her sister is diagnosed with breast cancer. On her last vacation with boobs, she meets "the one" who has the power to change everything. With the surgery only a few weeks away, will she have the strength to tell him the truth? Will he have the desire to stick by her? Goodbye To You celebrates the inner strength of women battling breast cancer and the men who love them through it.
For those who love a true beach read, Had To Be You by Juliet Chatham chronicles the journey one young lady makes back to the town she grew up in for one last-ditch effort to revive the love she had in the one who got away. She wants to stop his impending wedding, but does he still love her "in that way?" And does she love him enough to let him go and be happy? Had To Be You will release in e-book in August.
Readers may visit www.myswoonromance.com for more Swoon Romance titles! Read, Swoon, Repeat!