Summer is here! While some people may take this time to tend to their gardens, we readers must tend to our TBR stacks. Just as the perennial plant requires pruning, so to does your summer reading lineup. If you’re looking for the reader’s almanac on which books grow best in the summer, we’ve got your list here.
Luke's Touch by Lisa Renee Jones
The second book in the Walker Security: Lucifer Trilogy... Lucifer finally has a second chance with the one who got away, but their secrets may be too much to overcome.
HOT Courage by Lynn Raye Harris
Sometimes you have to fight for what you want. Or risk losing everything you love… For elite Strike Team 2 soldier Noah Cross, everything is easy. Hell, that’s his call sign. Easy. But when he inherits a two-year-old baby girl, nothing is easy anymore. He can’t care for a toddler while going on dangerous missions to protect his country - and quitting isn’t an option for a man who lives and breathes the military. What Easy needs is a nanny. And he knows just who to ask. Jenna Lane’s luck is running out. She witnessed something she shouldn’t, and she’s been running since. She keeps moving, keeps working odd jobs and trying to survive. After she’s fired from her current job, her situation is desperate. Until the man she’s secretly drawn to offers her a lifeline. She can’t say no, even if saying yes puts him and his little girl at risk. But as the feelings between them grow, Jenna knows she needs the courage to tell Noah the truth. Before a killer strikes again….
To Keep You by Bella J.
I wasn’t supposed to kiss a stranger. But I did. And now I’m all caught up in the excitement of it. The thrill and the anticipation of experiencing it again…with him. Noah Alexander. But there’s a whole list of reasons I should stay away from him, One - he works for my father. Two - he’s much older than I am. Three - he told me to. Yet there’s only one reason I shouldn’t… because I don’t want to. I’m addicted to the fire that burns between us whenever we’re close. I’m addicted to the way he looks at me as if he desires and hates me at the same time. Call me a masochist, but the sound of his voice when he tells me all the things he wants to do to me right before he asks me to leave—it’s thrilling. No matter how many times he warns that he’ll hurt me, I can’t stay away. I won't.
Malum Discordiae by Rayvn Salvador
When knowledge and temptation collide, the fall only needs a forbidden fruit. Skilled forensics scientist Schuyler Liu never expected her job working for a ghost-hunting show to bring so much peace. Until a grand locale in the Garden District uncovers way more than just rattling pipes and drafty entryways, and she walks away with more than she ever imagined. When chaos morphs to terror, she turns to the one man she knows may be able to help her. They may not see eye-to-eye, given their vastly differing beliefs, but Pax is her touchstone in the maelstrom, and she plans to grab hold with both hands until they find the answers they seek. Excommunicated priest Paxton “Padre” Chase has felt a pull to the beautiful skeptic since she joined the Haunted New Orleans team. When a sinister presence from a routine investigation follows her home, and the oppression becomes real, Pax vows that he will do everything in his power to help her. But while digging into the house’s history to unlock the mysteries of the spirits wreaking havoc, he uncovers more than he ever bargained for. He and Sky have more in common than they ever knew, and the dark forces want to sever those ties—permanently.
Heated by Naima Simone
Zora - I’m Denver’s unmatchmaker. Every city needs one. Why? Because people break up—and sometimes they should. But when I learn that entertainment attorney Cyrus Hart is someone else’s mistake, I can’t believe it. He’s smart, successful, and sexy as hell. When a chance encounter with Cyrus turns into something more, I can’t help but fall for him. Our chemistry is undeniable. But his ex used my company to send him that letter—and that’s a problem. Especially since he doesn’t know I own the company. How can this possibly work? I know from experience that the riskiest ventures are the worthiest ones…but falling for Cyrus Hart may be my biggest gamble yet. Cyrus - I’m a man with a plan—college, law school, a great career. So far, so good. Until a stranger shows up on my doorstep and reads me a breakup letter from my girlfriend. My carefully laid plans unravel. But then I meet someone new. It’s spontaneous. It’s electric. And it’s not according to plan.