My top four contemporary book recommendations for the summer

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I love reading books that has a beach in them or the ocean in them. Those kind of books makes a great summer read. It is perfect time to read them and get you in mood for summer or anytime in summer. For some reason, if you haven’t gotten to the beach of the river, the lake or the ocean, here is some books that can transport you there in your mind.

Goodreads links will be included if you want to put these on your TBR list. 

1. Meant to Be by Melody Grace

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This book will make a great summer read. The setting is in a beach town. It was the cover that caught my attention. The MC, Poppy is having a writer block and just broke up with her fiance. She left New York and went to her Aunt June’s house. After she arrived, she met her childhood friend. The setting of the small towns near the ocean made me feel like I am near the ocean. It has all the feels to make you feel like you are at the ocean. The season in the book is in early to mid-spring. But it still can make a great summer read!

2. Love like You’ve Never Been Hurt (Summer Lake #1) by S.J. McCoy

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Blurb:

Emma Douglas came to Summer Lake as an orphan twenty three years ago. After losing her parents so young and later suffering a disastrous marriage, she believes that love only ever leads to pain and loss.

When she meets Jack Benson, the business partner of her childhood friend Pete, she sees everything she used to long for in a man; tall, dark, and drop dead gorgeous! Despite their undeniable attraction, Emma is too scared to risk her heart, especially on a man so much like her ex – sexy, smart, funny, successful and no doubt the same kind of cheat!

When events lead them both to Summer Lake for the summer, will Jack be able to persuade her that he’s nothing like her ex in all the ways that really matter? That the love she used to dream of isn’t a little girl’s fantasy, but a reality they can share if she can get past her fear and learn to trust?

This book is intended for adult readers 18+

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3. My Lemon Grove Summer: Escape to Sicily and reveal its secrets in this perfect summer read by Jo Thomas

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Blurb:

When life hands you lemons … is it ever too late for a second chance?

Zelda’s impulsive nature has got her precisely nowhere up until now. A fresh start in a beautiful hilltop town in Sicily looking for new residents, together with her best friend Lennie, could be just what she needs. And who better to settle down with than the person who knows her best?

But the sun-filled skies and sparkling seas can’t hide the shadow hanging over Citta d’Ora, which means not everyone is pleased to see their arrival. The dreams Zelda and her fellow new residents had of setting up a new life might be slipping away. But a friendship with restauranteur Luca could be about to unlock the possibilities that lie in the local lemon groves. And there’s a wedding on the horizon that might be just what the town needs to turn it around…

Could a summer in Sicily help Zelda learn to trust her instinct and follow her heart?

4. Second Chance Summer: An emotional, uplifting summer read, a story of love, hope, friendship, and taking chances, set on the island of Majorca. by Michelle Betham

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Blurb:

Dario

When Adelina Gray turned up at my café that day, sad and alone, I had no idea she’d become such a big part of my life. Two years later, that’s exactly what she is – my best friend.
The woman I’ve fallen in love with.
But I’ve never told her how I really feel, I can’t do that. I can’t tell her, BECAUSE I love her. Because I want to protect her…

Adelina

I came to Majorca to escape. To remember. To get over Nathan’s death. I was lost and confused and Dario Moreno, he saved me. He made me smile again, made me realise my world hadn’t ended, it had changed, yes, but I still had a life to live. He gave me a home on this beautiful island, a job; a chance to make a new start, he’s my best friend. I’m starting to live again, because of Dario. But loving another man? I don’t know. It wasn’t something I could even think about, not for a long time. Until the day I met Jonas Hofmann. Arrogant. Aloof. Sexy-as-hell. He’s everything I’ve never wanted in a man, everything I should steer clear of, but, I don’t know if I can…

Jonas

Running one of Europe’s biggest hotel groups takes up all of my time, and it’s a job I love. The family business. And yet, I’d been willing to take a step back, settle down, try and stay in one place for more than a fortnight. Because I loved her. But she hurt me. She made me cold. Cynical. She made me wary of ever letting myself feel anything for anyone, I didn’t want to go there again. Until Adelina Gray crashed into my life. Or did I crash into hers? It doesn’t matter, all I know is, things are changing. And now I’m starting to fight every emotion I never wanted to feel…

Three people.
Three second chances.
One summer…

All Dario wants is for Addie to be happy again.
All Addie wants is for Dario to find that special someone.
He’s already found her. She just doesn’t know it, yet.
All Jonas wants is to be able to trust again. To find a woman who wants him for who he is, not what he has.
They’re all about to have that second chance.
But just as Dario is ready to tell Addie how he really feels; to reveal the heart-breaking secret he’s kept from her for so long – too long – everything changes. Is someone’s second chance about to come just a little too late…?

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