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Rom-Com Novels To Add To Your Beach Bag This Summer

Nothing gives us maximum summer vibes like stretching out on a lounge chair with a cool drink and a heartwarming rom-com. Give us all the fun, lighthearted love stories as we sip lemonade and bask in the sunshine, please! Bonus points for escapist reads that whisk us away to exotic locales or thoughtful stories that explore family dynamics alongside a happily ever after. Here are a few of the books we are tucking in our beach bag this summer. Enjoy with sunscreen, the beverage of your choice, and a hefty helping of starry-eyed delight.

The Crush by Karla Sorensen

You know that girl from your past that you can’t quite stop thinking about? The one that you pushed away because you had a goal that seemed so much bigger, so much more important than any crush you might have had? That’s Adaline Wilder for me. Nothing came before football. Not in college, and not in my five years in the pros. All I wanted was to win games, win a championship, carve my own path out of the illustrious Ward family football legacy. And I’ve done all that. But something is missing. I’ve never been wrong about what I want. Except with her. She moved on to someone else, but that baseball playing moron just broke her heart. I don’t blame her for not trusting me, but even Adaline can’t deny the heat when we’re together. I have one shot at winning her over. And I intend to take it. Amazon Goodreads

Wild at Heart by Leesa Bow We never know our true strength until tested in the heart of the jungle… The adventure continues. Pregnant, and facing never ending challenges to remain in Ulara, Eden navigates tricky relationships within the village, while braving the dangers of the jungle every day. Determined not to leave Samuel and travel alone to Australia to have their child, she second guesses her decision, and sanity, when a rival community known to practice cannibalism compromise her safety in the village. Their concern grows when men known for illegal mining edge closer to Ulara seeking the mineral rich soil beneath the jungle undergrowth. Without a thought for the rainforest and ecosystem, they will hurt anyone who gets in their way. In a race against time to deliver her child safely, and to protect the Ularans from the outside world, Eden and Samuel are faced with decisions on love, and loyalty. Amazon Goodreads

Summer Magic by C.L. Collier

Life never goes as planned … Two years ago, I lost my dream job. Then, to make matters worse, I caught my boyfriend cheating on me. Not knowing where else to turn, I escaped to my aunt’s house in Seaside, Oregon. Now, I’m helping run her bed & breakfast, the Sandy Shore Inn. Life may not be what I’d planned, but I’m finally getting back on track. That is until I meet Stone Ryder. He’s famous for both his best selling novels and sexy good looks. When he walks into the B&B, I’m caught off guard by how kind and humble he is. But what really shocks me is the unexpected spark of attraction between us. Our chemistry is real, but Stone’s life is all about fiction. Can we sustain the magic we feel when we’re together, or will it fizzle out as quickly as it started? Amazon Goodreads

The Godparent Trap by Rachel Van Dyken

Colby's living her best life: as a popular food blogger, she gets to fulfill her dreams of exploring the globe. But her world comes crashing down when a tragic accident leaves her co-guardian of her best friend's two adorable children. Not only does she need to put down roots—fast—but she'll be sharing custody with the one man she can't stand sharing a continent with, let alone a house. Accountant-extraordinaire Rip values rules and plans. But when he loses his sister and his best friend and becomes an insta-guardian all in one night, Rip sees his organized life imploding. What he really doesn't need is his sister's irresponsible, flighty—albeit kind and gorgeous—best friend making it worse. Rip doesn't trust Colby to take their new responsibilities seriously, while Colby can't believe Rip thinks children will thrive under his rigid control. Yet soon Rip and Colby discover they need each other more than they hate each other. Could it be possible that following their hearts is just what their new little family needs? Amazon Goodreads

Run For Your Honey by Staci Hart Twelve years ago, my first and only love left town and never came back. How dare he show up now, looking like that. And he’s running against me for mayor. It’s unfair, him standing there, too tall and handsome for his own good. It’s audacious that his clothes accentuate every lean, strong curve of his body. It’s universal BS that his smile makes my heart flipflop, and it’s patently un-freaking-believable that my body would betray me when he turns that gorgeous smile on me. I’ll do whatever it takes to win, and he knows it. But when he kisses me, all bets are off. If I win, he leaves. If he wins, I lose. And either way, he breaks my heart. Amazon Goodreads

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