July Contemporary Romance Recommendations by E from The Bookpushers

Summer Lovin’ I Mean Reading

BookPushersLogo240x176Hi, I am E, from The Bookpushers, (waves) and I am going to tell you about what I did over summer vacation. Excuse me? Could you repeat that again please? You mean this is only July? I still have two whole months of summer stretching before me? I can still enjoy long days basking in the sun, listening to the birds chirping, glistening with sunscreen and bug spray, sipping on a tall cool beverage of choice and flipping pages, swiping, or pressing “next” depending on my reading method of choice. **Cue happy dance**

Well that is what I would be doing if I had the three months of vacation I remember fondly from school. Hopefully by the time you are reading this I will have moved, found a new place to live, a pet sitter and I am enjoying some of those lazy days with my family at the beach before I start my new job. I won’t be catching up on reading except when the next generation is napping but I will still grab every moment to read that I can. Summer is still my time to dust off my to be read (TBR) pile, take a serious look at those maybe listed books, and try to keep up with new releases.

One Sweet Ride by Jaci BurtonI have found that while I continue to have a steady diet of paranormal romance, fantasy romance, historical romance, science fiction, urban fantasy, fantasy and a variety of other subgenres; I find myself looking for contemporary romances more often in the summer. Maybe because I want to read about other people working or taking vacations while I am relaxing. Perhaps contemporary romances keep me more anchored in the here and now of the summer instead of traveling to a different world or time-period. Or possibly because I feel I have the time to take a chance, as I didn’t start really reading contemporary romances until about five or so years ago, so they are still more of an unknown to me. Regardless of why, I am currently anticipating about four new releases between June and the end of July.

Cover - Just What He WantedI am guessing that real life is going to interfere with some of my reading in June as I house hunt, but in-between and around realtor appointments, I plan to read ONE SWEET RIDE by Jaci Burton; who also happens to be renowned for some extremely lickable covers in her Play by Play series. ONE SWEET RIDE is the sixth of that series this time featuring a racecar driver. Burton might actually manage to turn this Southern California girl into a NASCAR fan by the time I finish it. When I leave the adrenaline and smell of burning asphalt behind I will pick up JUST WHAT HE WANTED by HelenKay Dimon. This is the fourth of her Holloway series and obviously not appearing in one of Carina Press’s holiday anthologies. I am very curious to see how Dimon pulls this off without including Christmas.

Coming up this month Dimon returns to my list with SIMPLE TWIST OF FATE, the second of her Hanover Brothers trilogy. These poor brothers are dealing with the aftermath of a bad reputation started by their father and in some cases perpetuated by their own behavior. One by one they are finding their Cover - Simple Twist of Fateredemption, but you and I know that bad boys don’t completely forget their bad ways **grins**. The second highly anticipated book I am looking forward to in July is by Dee Tenorio. TRUST IN ME is book five in her Rancho Del Cielo series. My introduction to Locke was in THE VIRGIN’S REVENGE, which had me searching for Tenorio’s backlist. Locke was the big brother who raised his siblings and I haven’t been able to wait for him to get his own happily ever after (HEA). Shhh…don’t tell anyone but I have a HUGE soft spot for big brothers who sacrifice their own dreams to raise their younger siblings.

I know that in June and July a lot more contemporary romances then the four I have on my wish-list will enter the wild so what did you read in June and what are you Cover - The Virgin's Revengelooking forward to reading in July? Any titles or authors you think I should add?

I would like to thank the members of Contemporary Romance Café for giving me this opportunity to talk about books and to hopefully add a few more to the never shrinking TBR pile. Here’s looking forward to mandatory summer reading list. Even though my stuffed kindle will not thank you for your recommendations I will so one commentator will win a $16 give card from either Amazon or Barnes and Noble winner’s choice. Just enter using the rafflecopter widget below.

Bio: I am E_bookpushers and I am addicted to books. I have to thank my mother for my addiction because one of my fondest memories involves bedtime stories. No, I am not talking about Dr. Seuss, Bernstein Bears or Madeline, those were daytime learn to read books, but I am talkingE from Bookpushers about Tolkien, Richard Adams and Asimov… She also encouraged me to get my own library card as soon as I could write. If I read something I didn’t understand she allowed me to ask her, and she explained without embarrassment, shock, horror or disgust.

Thanks to my mother’s open mindedness I did not grow up a genre snob. While I tend to read and enjoy SF/F in its various permutations, romance and its sub-genres I also read and enjoy westerns, murder mysteries etc. If a book can capture my attention, spark my imagination; carry me into a different world/reality than I am willing to give it a try. So bring on your recommendations so I can update my TBR list.

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July Contemporary Romance Recommendations by E from The Bookpushers — 15 Comments

  1. E, My favorite childhood memories involve my parents and books. My dad reading to me at night. My mom taking me to the library every week and coming home with a stack of books. And when I brought home the Scholastic book order forms from school, they never balked at all the books I ordered!

  2. Used to walk to library every weekend. Was over a mile and a half away. When I first started reading in second grade had trouble reading aloud so all summer I read a loud to my mother …in the kitchen …the living room …the dining room…..she always encouraged me. I read at least a book a day.

  3. I really shouldn’t have read this post. Now have MORE books I NEED to read and I’m so totally jealous of your summer. It is FREEZING down under atm. So cold I’m finding it hard to even type this :(

  4. I second Kelsey’s recommendation for Flirting with Disaster. Loved that book. I just finished Jennifer Bernard’s Sex and the Single Fireman and I really enjoyed it. Thanks for visiting with us. I’m off to update my TBR list. :)

  5. Hi E, welcome to the CRC! (Cool, that rhymes :D) I’ve been hearing some great things about HelenKay Dimon’s latest, and this rec just pushed me to one-click it. Thanks so much! (Though you ARE aiding and abetting my dangerous one-click habit…)

  6. I am looking forward to reading Rebecca Zanetti’s Forgotten Sins, Katie Ashley’s Search Me, Enthralled by Lora Leigh, the Marriage Merger by Jennifer Probst at the end of the month as well.

  7. Hi E! * waves* I’d recommend The Story Guy by Mary Ann Rivers or Making it Last by Ruthie Knox or The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley. All excellent books I have read/listened to recently.

  8. Hi, E! I’ve got Julie Anne Long’s It Happened One Midnight (Book #8 of the Pennyroyal Green series) at the top of my July new release list! :)

  9. I’m really looking forward to Gena Showalter’s Darkest Craving from the Lords of the Underworld and Carly Phillips’ Perfect Fling. Thanks for the chance to win! :-)

  10. Thanks everyone who commented and increased my wishlist. The winner was Mary Preston and she has been notified. Thank you again to the members of Contemporary Romance Cafe for letting me share my love of reading and some fond memories.

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