After practically no snow for the whole holiday/winter season, Wisconsin finally had a real storm! My husband even had to pull out the snowblower. Since I love snow, I’ve rather missed it this year, but even I must admit it’s harder to be excited about snow in February than in December. Even without the white stuff, we’re already a little weary of the cold.

So this is usually the time I seek out a beach read or two, and I found some great ones recently I thought I’d share.

Have you discovebarefoot pearlsred Kelly Moran yet? She’s an up-and-coming author whose Sept. 2014 release, The Dysfunctional Test, was named a 2014 Best Book on the HEA blog. Kelly’s starting a new series set in North Carolina, and the first one, Return To Me, is an emotionally layered romance with a wounded soldier/second chance at love theme. Moran’s skill with high stakes romantic tension shines in this title. (Comes out March 3.)

Lauren Christopher’s The Red Bikini was a very well-received debut in 2014, and her follow-up, Ten Good Reasons (releases April 7) will maintain positive momentum. An ambitious, workaholic heroine and a hero who has retreated from life after a dreadful tragedy seem like an unlikely pair, but sparks fly when they meet, and as they spend time trying to salvage his brother’s whale-watching business, they realize they might just find happiness together. It’s sexy and smart.

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Roxanne St. Claire continues her Barefoot Brides series with Barefoot in Pearls (released Jan. 30). I recently read the first book, Barefoot in White, and loved it. Destination wedding planner Willow Ambrose has overcome past weight struggles, a monster of a mother and rock-star father, and has decided that cutting ties to her past is the easiest way to move forward. Then she reconnects with the one man she never forgot, who is a wounded Navy Seal with his own issues to navigate. The story is both poignant and romantic. Now I have to rYou're So fine Krameread the next two!

Three more quick Beach Read title recommendations:

Kieran Kramer’s You’re So Fine. A perfect beach read, complete with Hollywood glamour and a warm Southern tone.

Beth Kendrick’s New Uses For Old Boyfriends. Sweet and sexy with intriguing character arcs and bright, engaging storytelling.

Jill Mansell’s Unexpected Consequences of Love. British author Mansell has a slower-paced voice than most American romance writers, but her charming love stories build with subtlety and pack a satisfying, unexpected punch in the end.

How about you? Are you enjoying balmy temperatures or enduring foot-high snowdrifts? Any favorite beach reads you’d recommend, or master authors that simply should not be missed?

Bobbi Dumas is a freelance writer, book reviewer, romance advocate and founder of ReadARomanceMonth.comShe mostly writes about books and romance for NPRThe Huffington Post and Kirkus.