As the sun begins to shine brighter and the days grow longer, the promise of summer brings with it a wave of new romance novels that are sure to captivate your heart. This summer of 2023 is no exception, with a plethora of much-anticipated releases from best-selling authors like Christina Lauren and Ali Hazelwood.
Whether you’re lounging by the pool or curled up in a cozy corner at home, these upcoming romance novels are the perfect companions for your summer escapades. On top of that, for some quick book summaries for those days when you feel like reading but lack the time, check out makeheadway.com.
1. The True Love Experiment by Christina Lauren
The first book on our list is “The True Love Experiment” by Christina Lauren. This novel introduces us to Felicity “Fizzy” Chen, a romance novelist who isn’t practicing what she preaches, and Connor Prince, a documentary filmmaker who’s been told to switch gears to reality TV. When their paths cross, they create a dating show, “The True Love Experiment”, sparking a modern-day romance that’s perfect for your Memorial Day vacation. Released on May 16, 2023, this book is already available for purchase.
2. Once More with Feeling by Elissa Sussman
Next up is “Once More With Feeling” by Elissa Sussman. This tale of second-chance romance follows Katee Rose, once America’s favorite pop star, who’s now living a normal life as Kathleen Rosenberg. A call from Cal Kirby, a former bandmate and the reason behind her career’s downfall, could bring her back into the spotlight—if she’s willing to take the risk. This book was released on May 30, 2023.
3. All the Right Notes by Dominic Lim
“All the Right Notes” by Dominic Lim is a must-read for this summer. This debut novel tells the story of Quito Cruz, a composer, and musician who’s been in a rut since a tryst with hunky Emmett Aoki. When Quito’s dad asks him to bring in Emmett, now a big-time celebrity, for a charity concert, the stage is set for a captivating story. This book was released on June 6, 2023.
4. Love, Theoretically by Ali Hazelwood
Ali Hazelwood, the author of “The Love Hypothesis” and “Love on the Brain”, is back with “Love, Theoretically”. This novel introduces us to Elise Hannaway, an adjunct professor by day and a fake girlfriend by night. When she discovers that her favorite client’s older brother is Jack Smith, her nemesis, her world gets knocked off its axis. This story of STEM feuds and fake dating is already available for purchase.
5. Talking at Night by Claire Daverley
Claire Daverley’s debut novel, “Talking at Night”, is a heart-wrenching romance about polar opposites Will and Rosie. Despite their differences, their budding love binds them together even when tragedy strikes. As the years go on, Will and Rosie are always drawn back to each other, in this story of romance, grief, and family. This book is available to purchase now.
6. Will They or Won’t They by Ava Wilder
“Will They or Won’t They” by Ava Wilder is a tale of Lilah Hunter and Shane McCarthy, former stars of the hit-show “Intangible”. After a failed fling, Lilah and Shane fell apart. Now, with the final season of the show looming, Lilah returns from her hiatus and must face Shane. This sexy, enemies-to-lovers story is available now.
7. Play to Win by Jodie Slaughter
Jodie Slaughter’s latest novel, “Play to Win”, is a story of second chances and unexpected fortune. Miriam Butler’s life takes a turn when she wins the lottery, but her estranged husband, Leo Vaughn, is entitled to half her winnings. This second-chance romance is available now.
8. Sammy Espinoza’s Last Review by Tehlor Kay Mejia
“Sammy Espinoza’s Last Review” by Tehlor Kay Mejia is a story of Sammy Espinoza, a music columnist facing career woes. When she hears about former rockstar Max Ryan’s comeback, she sees an opportunity for a career boost and a chance at revenge. This book was released on July 18, 2023.
9. To Have and to Heist by Sara Desai
“To Have and to Heist” by Sara Desai is a story of romance, action, and mystery. Simi Chopra, out of work and burdened with student loans, sets out to steal back a multi-million dollar necklace to clear her friend’s name. As she gathers her team, she grows closer to the handsome, yet mysterious, Jack. This romantic comedy meets “Ocean’s Eleven” story debuted on July 18, 2023.
10. New Adult by Timothy Janovsky
Last but not least, “New Adult” by Timothy Janovsky is a story of Nolan Baker, a struggling comedian who wishes to “skip to the good part of life”—and it works. He wakes up seven years later at the age of 30. This book, exploring what we’ll sacrifice for success, is set to be released on August 15, 2023.
11. Shattered Truths by H. Hunting
“Shattered Truths” is the third installment in the “Lies, Hearts, and Truths” series by H. Hunting. This novel, set to hit the shelves at the end of July 2023, is already creating a buzz among romance novel enthusiasts. The series is known for its intricate plotlines, layered characters, and the emotional rollercoaster it takes its readers on. The anticipation for “Shattered Truths” is palpable, with an impressive average rating of 4.40 based on 15 ratings on Goodreads. The book promises to delve deeper into the tangled web of lies, love, and truths that the series is known for.
12. The Brood by Devney Perry
“The Brood” is the sixth book in the “Calamity Montana” series by Devney Perry. Set for release in August 2023, this novel is already garnering attention from fans of the series and new readers alike. The “Calamity Montana” series is beloved for its engaging storylines, memorable characters, and the heartwarming romance that unfolds in the picturesque setting of Calamity, Montana. “The Brood” has an impressive average rating of 4.38 based on 40 ratings on Goodreads, indicating high expectations from readers.
The summer of 2023 promises a diverse range of romance novels that cater to all tastes. Whether you’re a fan of second-chance romances, enemies-to-lovers stories, or tales of unexpected fortune, there’s a book for you. So, get ready to dive into these captivating stories and let them transport you to worlds of love, heartbreak, and hope.