Summer Reading Recommendations

Summer reading and having a blast.

How has your summer been, thus far? My summer has been filled with hot days, housework, writing, and oral surgery (not my own, but stressful none the less). I’ve spent many hours indoors and have managed to squeeze in my favorite pastime — reading. My to-be-read (TBR) pile is huge and never ending. I read a book from the list and about 10 more take its place, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. 😉

No matter how many books I read, or look at longingly on my bookshelf, I still like to hear about books that others have enjoyed. You can never have too many book recommendations, am I right?

So here are some recommendations for summer reads to enjoy indoors or out. What better way for us bookworms to enjoy the warmer temps than finding new books and authors?

Romantic Suspense

Dani Pettrey – Submerged (Alaskan Courage Series)

Submerged by Dani Pettrey | Romance Readers' Cafe'

If you like romantic suspense, you cannot go wrong with Dani’s stories. They are suspenseful, intriguing, page-turning, and above all, romantic. I have not been able to read her most current series (they mock me from the bookshelves), but I know I’m in for a thrill ride when I pick those up.

Lynn Blackburn – Beneath the Surface (Dive Team Investigations series)

Beneath the Surface by Lynn H Blackburn | Romance Readers' Cafe'

One of my favorite romantic suspense authors is Lynette Eason so when I heard that she mentored Lynn, I was eager to check out this new to me author. I was not disappointed. The suspense and romance was woven together so beautifully that I could not put the book down until the end. Lots of great strong characters and the problem solving aspect made this book a winner for me. I’m so excited that the other characters are getting their own stories.

Rachel Dylan – Deadly Proof (Atlanta Justice series)

Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan | Romance Readers' Cafe'

One of my favorite things about romantic suspense, besides the romance, is the opportunity to solve a mystery. Either you don’t know who is after the hero and heroine, or you know who it is but you don’t know why. I had so much fun watching the characters fall in love while working out who the villain was. Rachel is able to take the reader into the courtroom without getting anyone lost in legal stuff. Since I’m not a lawyer, I really appreciated that and found the legal process very interesting.

Contemporary Romance

Deborah Raney – Close to Home (Chicory Inn series)

Close to Home by Deborah Raney | Romance Readers' Cafe'

The characters and storylines that Deborah writes are deeply moving because they reflect our own personalities and faults. More importantly, at least in my book (pun intended), romance rules the day. This romance took a young widow and found her just the right man to fill her heart once again. If you like multi-generational stories with romance, this series fit the bill nicely.

Rachel Hauck – Princess Ever After (Royal Wedding series)

Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck | Romance Readers' Cafe'

How can you not want to read love stories about royalty? Yes, I watched Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding on my DVR. 🙂 Rachel’s wedding series takes the reader to another country and romances them with royal dignity and honor. This book was my particular favorite of the series because I loved the strong (and so not royal) personality of the heroine. These stories are such a match for Hallmark, they made the first book in the series into one of their movies this year.

Becky Wade – Her One and Only (Porter Family series) / True To You (Bradford Sisters series)

Her One and Only by Becky Wade | Romance Readers' Cafe' True to You by Becky Wade | Romance Readers' Cafe'

I really cannot say enough about Becky’s stories. I’ve truly loved all of them. She has a way of integrating real and flawed characters with their equally flawed soul mates. And they all have such admirable personalities. These two books place together a female bodyguard with a football player, and a librarian with a former Navy Seal. Her story lines are deep, page turning, and romantic.

Historical Romance

Jen Turano – A Most Peculiar Circumstance (Ladies of Distinction series)

A Most Peculiar Circumstance by Jen Turano | Romance Readers' Cafe'

It is rare for me to find an author who makes me actually laugh out loud when I’m reading. I have found that to be the case in every book I’ve read by Jen Turano. The characters are so quirky and memorable. Then she puts them into the most amusing situations. Like setting fire accidentally to a famous restaurant in New York City. Of course, everyone finds love in the most amusing and sweet ways.

Susan Anne Mason – A Worthy Heart (Courage to Dream series)

A Worthy Heart by Susan Anne Mason | Romance Readers' Cafe'

This may sound strange, but the thing that strikes me the most about Susan’s stories are the themes. My favorite book, A Worthy Heart, spoke deeply to me about the love that God has for us even though we are completely undeserving. Her characters touch the readers emotions while finding romance in wonderful settings.

Sarah Sundin – In Perfect Time (Wings of the Nightingale series) / The Sea Before Us (Sunrise At Normandy series)

In Perfect Time by Sarah Sundin | Romance Readers' Cafe'The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin | Romance Readers' Cafe'

I have learned more about WWII from Sarah’s stories than I ever did in high school and what a wonderful way to learn. Her characters are so strong and dedicated. She throws them into one of history’s most transforming periods and they shine. They also fall in love in the midst of stressful circumstances.

Now I’m turning the conversation over to you.

Have you been able to get some reading time in this summer?

What books would you recommend for summer reads?

What ones have you added to your TBR list?


Loraine Nunley is an author and blogger who grew up near Detroit, Michigan and now lives just outside of Fort Worth, Texas. She is a member of ACFW and writes inspirational romance. In 2017, she was honored to be a finalist in the suspense category of the ACFW First Impressions contest.

Being a romantic at heart, Loraine often finds inspiration for her writing within her own marriage. She has been blessed to find her own real life romantic hero with her husband. Her writing career has included a self-help book about remarriage and a series of children’s books about military aircraft.

When not writing furiously and dreaming up stories, she can be found reading, adding books to her over flowing bookshelves, homeschooling her children, and enjoying time with her family.

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By |2018-08-18T21:42:00+00:00August 21st, 2018|Loraine Nunley|4 Comments

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  1. Mollie Rushmeyer August 21, 2018 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    Wow, you’ve been busy in more ways than one, Loraine! Great list! I have lots to add to my tbr pile. I love Becky Wade and Deborah Raney!

    • Loraine Nunley August 24, 2018 at 12:12 am - Reply

      I’m glad I could help you build your TBR pile Mollie. 😉

  2. Austin Ryan August 23, 2018 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    Wow, here’s a lot of authors I haven’t read! And I love romantic suspense. I’ll definitely check some of these out! 🙂
    I’ve gotten quite a lot of reading in this summer, at least for me! And….. I’ve added almost as many to my TBR list. Oh well. I’m not planning on quitting reading any time soon.

    • Loraine Nunley August 24, 2018 at 12:14 am - Reply

      There are sooo many good books out there right Austin? It’s a great problem to have. 🙂

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