“Fluff”, what we affectionately call the romance novel, is what I am drawn to during the summer… whatever books on the shelf appeal to me I add to my bag so that I have a good pile of romance reads at home. If I don’t care for one, I have another 5 or 6 to choose from. One will be sure to fit my mood, whether it’s a rainy evening at home or a day out on the beach.
One thing I do sometimes get tired of is the perfect knight-in-shining-armor male character who always says the right thing at the right time (yawn!). Of all the romance authors I’ve read I appreciate Barbara Delinsky’s and Mary Balogh’s male characters who are a little more rough around the edges. These guys are more like real men in my opinion!
If you haven’t discovered our Romance Reader link on OWL’s website, check it out! I’m consulting it constantly to check out how many ♥s they have given the latest romances. I usually only pick 4♥ or 5♥ books. Another neat feature they have is a rating system (G, PG, etc.) so you can see what level of content you are comfortable with reading.
Here are some fun romances I’ve enjoyed so far this summer…
Commitments by Barbara Delinsky: I’ve found that Delinsky is kind of a cross between Nora Roberts and Jodi Picoult. She seems to touch on somewhat heavy issues but also keep it light and fun. In Commitments Sabrina meets Derek through the complicated situation of having a handicapped son. Derek ends up in jail but Sabrina is drawn to visit him and their romance begins to blossom. (Romance Reader ♥♥♥♥)
Rekindled: Flip Side of Yesterday & Lilac Awakening by Barbara Delinsky: Rekindled is two books in one. Flip Side of Yesterday is about professional colleagues who had a romantic relationship eleven years ago and now have to work together again. Lilac Awakening is about two enemies who are drawn to the same beautiful vacation spot and eventually fall in love.
Irish Trilogy, including Jewels of the Sun, Tears of the Moon & Heart of the Sea by Nora Roberts: The common theme in all three is a curse (blessing?) on an Irish country house which requires three different couples to fall in love in order to break the spell. A little bit of magic, a lot of pub singing and plenty of beautiful Irish countryside. (Romance Reader ♥♥♥♥)
A Matter of Class by Mary Balogh: A bit of a mystery/romance with flashbacks about two young people being forced into an arranged marriage. Just who is doing the arranging is the question! (Romance Reader ♥♥♥♥♥)
The Ideal Wife by Mary Balogh: Miles, the Earl of Severn, offers marriage to Abigail on their first meeting and she surprisingly agrees. They each have ulterior motives but of course, they fall in love for real as they overcome some emotional baggage.
The First Man You Meet & The Man You’ll Marry by Debbie Macomber: Another two books-in-one about a family curse/blessing about a wedding dress with unusual powers. Shelly & Jill are best friends and each has a story to tell about how they met their soul mate.
Summer Magic by Rochelle Alers: Caryn anticipates a quiet summer of solitude at her friends’ beach house only to find out that they also offered the place to Logan. Both help each other heal from their past hurts. (Romance Reader ♥♥♥♥♥)
Jesse Lee Harmon is the bookkeeper & library assistant at OWL and is currently humming Aretha Franklin’s version of I never loved a man (the way that I love you)