Posted by Eric G.
I know what you’re thinking: aren’t most romance books good for the beach? Despite this embarrassment of riches, I handpicked some recent, particularly noteworthy novels to slip into your beach bag.
The Beekeeper’s Ball by Susan Wiggs
In this sunny sequel to one of my favorite romance books of 2013, The Apple Orchard, Wiggs returns to the idyllic California vineyard setting of Bella Vista. Introduced in the first book, chef Isabel gets her own story here as she struggles with her past and the future she wants. Haven’t read the first book? No worries, as this one stands well on its own. Expect more well-drawn characters, family history, and important matters of the heart.
Then Came You by Jill Shalvis
Contemporary romance doesn’t get much better than the consistently excellent Shalvis. Veterinarian-in-training Emily gets a lesson in how small the world can be when her one night stand in Reno ends up being her new supervisor in small town Idaho! One word: sizzle!
Mambo in Chinatown by Jean Kwok
Breaking away from working at her father’s renowned noodle shop and finding work at a dance studio opens up numerous doors for Charlie, both professional, and, thanks to two potential suitors, personal. Like her solid 2010 novel Girl in Translation, Kwok again deftly explores the push and pull of tradition on a daughter of Chinese immigrant parents.
Cure for the Common Breakup by Beth Kendrick
Sometimes you can judge a book by the cover! This story melts like a delicious cone of ice cream on a hot day. Take a trip with (aptly named) Summer to a charming beach town in Delaware as she mends her broken heart in the company of some colorful characters.
Some more to consider:
Five Ways to Fall by K.A. Tucker
Baby, it’s You by Jane Graves
Suddenly Last Summer by Sarah Morgan