Don’t even think about leaving for vacation without a good beach read.
It’s that time of year when you’ll be planning to use your time off and get away to enjoy sunshine, beach days – or whatever vacation bliss you prefer. Vacation is a great time to get lost in a good book, and these romance novels will make even the most skeptical reader swoon.
Here are some of the best romance books to pack for your next trip.
The romance novel centers on socialite and wild child Piper Bellinger, who gets in her own trouble at a rooftop party. When her stepfather finds out about her dangerous endeavors, he sends Piper to a small town to humble her and during her trip, she finds unexpected love. “It Happened One Summer” details the love story between a fun-loving socialite and the gruff fisherman.
Maya Jackson is the head designer of a renowned New York City bridal gown brand, but working for brides as a career has left her own wedding dreams in the back seat. When Maya’s father fractures his hip, the designer hops on a flight to South Carolina to take care of him. She ends up finding work at a local bridal boutique where she falls for the shop owner, a military veteran and widowed father, Derek Sullivan.
English professor Ellen Tolliver has been through the ringer in the past two years, according to the premise of “The Summer I Found Myself.” From an unexpected divorce to the loss of her parents, Ellen struggles to find her happiness and her way. She invites her best friend, Lara, to spend the summer with her at the Delaware beach house she inherited from her parents. That summer, Ellen joins a book club, starts to go on dates and works on finding herself once again.
“Bridgerton” fans, this is the romance novel for you. “A Lady’s Formula for Love” tells the story of Lady Violet, who is notorious for keeping secrets. It started as her keeping quiet about founding a sanctuary for England’s smartest female scientists and it continued when she was given a confidential mission “for the Crown.” Her next mission is to hide her feelings for protection officer Arthur Kneland.
This read is perfect for summer travels, as “Meet Me in Paradise” takes place during a pivotal summer vacation. Marin has always played it safe and was afraid to venture outside of the lines of the town she lives in because her mother was a journalist who died while on an assignment. Stuck in her own personal bubble, Marin reunites with her younger sister Sadie who is not afraid of adventure. Despite her own feelings, Marin joins Sadie on a spa weekend on the tropical island of Saba. Sadie misses the flight and an episode of turbulence sends her hurtling into the lap of Lucas Tsai, the handsome stranger who stole her sister’s seat. “Meet Me in Paradise” details the island adventures Lucas and Marin go on and the spontaneous romance that arises.
This is definitely a beach read that will keep you enthralled your entire vacation. “It Ends with Us” is the story about Lilly Bloom, a 20-something from Boston who meets a neurosurgeon, Ryle Kincaid. The story begins with one night on a rooftop when the couple meet while Ryle is visibly upset over something. Lilly and Ryle end up talking that night and with that comes feelings and in the duration of the book, they begin to date. Confident in her relationship with Ryle, Lilly thinks nothing could break them. Suddenly, her world is altered when Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind – returns to her life. She is put at a crossroads and the book delves into the decision she needs to make. Related, “It Starts with Us” releases in October 2022 and is currently available for pre-order.
This LGBTQ+ romance novel centers around Alex Claremont-Diaz, the First Son of the United States, and his relationship with Prince Henry, a British prince. The story follows the pair as they have to suppress their feelings for one another while also going through a journey to discover their undeniable romance.
This story surrounds Yash Raje, California’s first Indian-American gubernatorial candidate, who has a mantra he lives his life through: “Control your feelings and you can control the world.” His belief is shaken when a hate crime at a rally critically injures his friend. Yash loses control of himself and his surroundings and when he tries to get back on the campaign trail, he blacks out with panic. This is when he meets his sister’s best friend, India Dashwood, California’s foremost stress management coach who helps him get his condition under control. Their romance, and self discovery journey is the crux of “Incense and Sensibility.”
The title holds nothing back when it comes to this romance novel. This summer love story puts social media influencer Sara Vance in the center of its plot as she recovers from an eating disorder, comes into her own and has a potential career expansion on the horizon. All aspects of her life seem to be on the rise, except for her relationship. When her boyfriend opts out of a Key West vacation, Sara recruits Luis Navarro – a firefighter paramedic and dive captain willing to play the part of her smitten fiancé. The “couple” have nailed down their “how we met “story and are ready to recount fictitious memories that will impress her family. As the vacation goes on, though, the pair get closer and a romance begins to blossom.
Alexander Woodroe and Lauren Clegg are the characters at the center of “All the Feels,” who have a working relationship that is the center of this book’s plot. Alexander plays the starring role of Cupid on TV’s biggest show, “Gods of the Gates” and Lauren is a former ER therapist hired to keep him in line. Alexander has his own demons to face, so the network hired Lauren to watch over him and keep him ready to work. According to the book’s official description, “When another scandal lands Alex in major hot water and costs Lauren her job, she’ll have to choose between protecting him and offering him what he really wants – her.”