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Summer Reads That Are “Shore” To Make Waves

The books on this list are so intriguing they’re the perfect page-turners to bring on trips to the beach, park, or wherever summer takes you!

Soldier On by Kara Kendrick

After my last Army Special Ops operation implodes, I find myself medically discharged and alone. The fun bonus? Divorce papers from my ex. All I own in this world is a boat anchored in small-town Starlight Bay. I figure I’ll hole up for the summer while I plan my next move. The last thing I expect is to fall for my customer on the first day of my new construction job. She’s a curvy ray of sunshine and I have no business being with her—she’s too young, too sweet, too innocent. But the more time I spend with her, the harder I fall. I should definitely walk away before we both end up getting hurt. Only problem? I’m in too deep and she just might be the one who can heal me. The Heart of the Wounded Hero series was created to pay tribute to and raise awareness of our wounded heroes. Each of the authors involved have contributed time, money, and stories to the cause. These love stories are inspiring and uplifting, showing the sacrifice of our veterans but also giving them the happily ever after they deserve. Amazon Goodreads

Paint Me Perfect by Kay Cove Chase is ready to turn over a new leaf and leave his Hollywood playboy antics behind. He asked the universe for a chance at real love and is confident that Noa is his swift delivery. The only problem? It's near impossible to move forward when there is still a spotlight on the skeletons of his past. Noa's focused on one thing and one thing only—and it does not involve a whirlwind summer romance with megastar actor Chase Ford. Armed with a paintbrush and a new blank canvas, she's determined to paint the perfect family picture for her and her four-year-old son. It only takes one chance encounter. One tabloid picture. One publicity scheme to set the record straight. Their ruse turns real. Knowing he found the girl of his dreams, Chase is ready to fight for their chance at forever, but he's about to face the cruel reality Noa already knows too well—not all loves are created equal, and sometimes perfect isn't enough.

The Lie That Binds by Amy Argent I am a liar. I lie to protect myself. I lie because I’m terrified. I lie to keep a secret that would destroy everything in my life if everyone knew. Holly is the new girl at school and my unwilling lab partner. She hates me because I’m one of the popular guys—one of the bullies who terrorize the unfortunate and the unpopular. For me, it’s who I’ve had to become to keep anyone from getting too close—close enough to see right through me. When Holly finds out my secret, I have to do whatever it takes to keep her quiet—even if it means telling the most damaging lie of all—the one I tell myself.

Vikings from Mars by Jamie Begley Earth was never going back to normal. All that was left in the post-apocalyptic destruction were humans trying to find enough food to survive … and running from the aliens who had come to scavenge what was left. Raine had never been a particularly brave woman. She preferred staying at home, sipping on a latte while reading a good romance book, rather than making an effort to become hurt by a real relationship. She only managed to survive the nuclear war by being at the right place at the right time. Now, as if having to contend with lack of food and dodging different species of aliens wanting to make her their next meals wasn’t bad enough, the other survivors in her group blame her for being a jinx for every catastrophe that has happened to them. How was she supposed to know the feral man who she had saved was an alien Viking from Mars? How could it be her fault that, when she snuck out to check on him, two other women from her group followed and got themselves kidnapped? And, how could she be blamed for finding herself married to an alien by the simple act of saving his life? She wasn’t a jinx; she was simply at the wrong place at the wrong time. Still, it hurt that her new husband was beginning to think the same way as the group of survivors and wanted to give her back to the humans. While she wasn’t crazy about the Martian side of Skars, the Viking part of her husband was hot and, like any heroine from the stories she had read, she was determined to prove her worth to him. Well, if she wasn’t barbecued first.

The Hoyden and the Rake by Victoria Price

Strong-willed, and independent debutante Fiona, flees home to avoid the unwanted advances of her suitor. Her attempt to escape is foiled when an accident forces her to take shelter in the home of her brother’s sworn enemy and notorious rake, Phillip, the Earl of Sheffield. Shunned by the ton for his dark past, Phillip is a reluctant host to the impetuous young lady who turns his orderly world upside down. Sparks fly despite their resolve, but the norms of regency society and Phillip’s reputation forces them apart. Will Fiona and Phillip defeat the odds and find each other?

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