Is the weather finally feeling like summer in your area? If not, these romances will put you in a beach mood.
|Terry McMillan’s How Stella Got Her Groove Back On always makes me want to head to the beach. When Stella realizes that her life as a forty-two year old high powered investment banker is not satisfying anymore, a trip to Jamaica shows her what –and who – she is missing. The movie is fun too.|
|In the collection Summer Days, Lisa Jackson, Elizabeth Bass, Mary Carter, and Holly Chamberlin travel to find love in unlikely places, from Peru to Hampton Beach. Enjoy a classic reprint story from Lisa Jackson, “His Bride to Be,” while discovering three other fun stories and authors.|
|Christie Ridgway begins a series featuring Beach House #9 with the romance of Jane Pearson, ghost writer, and the reclusive Afghanistan war journalist Griffin Lowell. Griffin wants nothing to do with Jane or her proposed memoir of his career, but circumstances lead to her having to move in to his beach cottage where they begin to fall for each other.|
|Breast cancer survivor Hannah travels to the Florida Keys to encourage her ailing grandmother to sell Seaview Inn, the family resort, only to have her twenty year old turn up pregnant. Luke, returned from Iraq, is facing an ex wife who fell in love with his medical practice partner while he was gone, and resentful kids. The beach setting helps these two overcome their families and find a new start together in Sherryl Woods’ series.|
|Roxanne St. Clair’s steamy Barefoot Bay series begins with Barefoot in the Sand. After a hurricane levels her house, Lacey is determined that she and her teenaged daughter will make a positive fresh start. The attractive young architect is not going to distract her from her new plans, right? Heat, sand and a teenage child make for an eventful romantic adventure.|
|Della Sloane wants to escape the memories of her mother’s illness with a road trip that leads her to Rosemary Beach in Twisted Perfection. The seaside location is the setting for a series by Abbi Glines, beginning with this hot and emotional story of two young lovers. A one night stand with Woods Kerrington changes everything for both when they can’t forget each other. Glines is gaining momentum especially in the New Adult genre.|
|In their collection He’s the One, Linda Lael Miller, Jill Shalvis, Lucy Monroe, Kate Angell and Cat Johnson show heroines who find love in some hilarious and very unlikely situations. Shalvis’ beach story shows readers what can happen when you find your ex-wife handcuffed to your towel rack while on vacation in Mexico.|
Grab your tote and book or e-reader and get ready for romance.
Bio:Amy Alessio has enjoyed the advice of teens for over seventeen years in her work as a librarian at the Schaumburg Twp. Library in Illinois. Her first young adult mystery, Taking the High Ground , was published by 4RV Publishing. She wrote Mind Bending Mysterious Services for Teens (ALA Editions, 2013) and co-authored A Year of Programs for Teens 2 with Kim Patton. She is the 2013 Illinois Library Association Young Adult Librarian Award Winner and the Northern Illinois RWA 2013 Librarian of the Year. Information on her blog and presentations on vintage crafts and cookbooks as well as readers advisory topics can be found at http://www.amyalessio.com/ .
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