It’s summertime up here in the Great White North and when you live in a wintry climate, you learn to embrace summer and enjoy every precious moment of warmth and sunshine. I never complain when it’s hot and humid – I head out to my outdoor deck, lemonade (or glass of wine) in hand, and my Kobo in the other. Here’s some of my picks for a light summer read:
Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton
Series: Hudson Valley #2 (can be read as a standalone book)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, humor
Release date: July 12, 2016
All I have to say is that never would I have thought of a dairy farmer being sexy. Hunky, dreamy, McCreamy? And thank you Alice Clayton for writing a curvy and sexy and confident plus size protagonist with an affinity for cheese. Tune in tomorrow for Wendy’s review and a giveaway of Nuts – the first book in the series.
AH’s rating – 5 stars – perfect summer read that will have you giggling and laughing out loud and possibly craving some brie.
Forevermore by Kristen Callihan
Series: Darkest London #7 (Series best read in order starting with Firelight)
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Steampunk, Historical
Release Date: July 5, 2016
So sad to see this series end. The series takes place in Victorian London, except this London has a whole lot of paranormal creatures running about. Ihere’s also a bunch of intriguing and original steampunk contraptions. The author really knows how to build up the sexual tension and the it makes you want to cheer on the lead couples. This book focuses on Layla Starling and her love interest St. John Evernight, or Sin as everyone calls him. I loved how the characters are all related in some way or another and that you do get to see characters from previous books in this book. It does tie up loose ends rather well.
AH’s rating – 4 stars for the book, 5 stars for the series. Well worth it!
Paper Princess and Broken Prince by Erin Watt
Series: The Royals #1 and #2
Genre: Young Adult, New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Guilty Pleasures
Release Dates: April 4, 2016 and July 25, 2016
First of all, I must admit that this series is my Guilty Pleasures read. It’s a rags to riches story with a bit of teenage angst. (So if angst is not your thing, you were warned). It’s not perfect, but it is a light read well suited for a beach vacation or just reading on your balcony or back deck. Erin Watt is no other than the writing team of Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick, so expect something fun to read. Also remember to suspend belief because some of the things that go on in these books are a little unrealistic.Personally, I liked Paper Princess more than Broken Prince. Once I got over the initial “I just need to suspend belief and read” moment because seriously, taking or kidnapping a teen that is to be your ward from a strip club was a little unbelievable, I did enjoy the book. I liked Ella’s character and how strong she was. I found Broken Prince a little slower, perhaps because I was missing Ella.
AH’s rating – 4 stars for Paper Princess and 3.5 stars for Broken Prince
The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Series: The Fixer #2
Release date: June 7, 2016
Genre: Young Adult
I picked this book up because I loved The Fixer. It reminded me a little of one of my favorite TV series Scandal
. Imagine Olivia Pope doing her fixing job at an exclusive Washington, D.C.private school. Tess Kendrick is the fixer over at the Hardwicke school. Rich kids need someone to fix their mistakes. Enter Tess who is really clever and a whiz at fixing stuff. She even gets a deadbeat dad to pay his son’s tuition. But whoa, the stuff that goes on in this book will keep you on the edge of your seat.
AH’s rating – 4 stars
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for review copies of these books.