My husband and I were walking around our neighborhood yesterday, admiring the cool, sunny day and an abundance of blooming hydrangeas. September is right around the corner, and while I expect the heat will come blazing back before fall settles in for good this year, we had a small taste of it yesterday.

My kids are older now, so we don’t need to deal with the mixed bag of stress and anticipation that comes with Back To School preparations, but there’s still something in the air.

It’s a great time to think fondly of summer love and sultry romance, and what better way than with a nice summer romance or two?

I’m really enjoying Caridad Pineiro’s At The Shore series, and book 2, WHAT HAPPENS IN SUMMER (review), came out in June.

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She knows the kind of man he is: The kind who breaks hearts. 

But a hot summer at the Jersey Shore might be just what they need to light up their lives...

As the only daughter of a single mom, Connie Reyes swore she would never put herself in a similar position. But when she runs into oh-so-tempting Jonathan Pierce at a wedding, she knows she must stay away. She'll fall for him―hard. And he's not the type to stick around. So far the only loyalty he's shown is to his rescued puppy.

Ever since he left town after their teenage fling, Jonathan hasn't been able to forget about Connie. He can't wait to show her the man he's become. And when the night finally comes, their mutual desire will lead to unexpected consequences…

Jonathan comes from money but never graduated from college, becoming a wildly successful entrepreneur instead. Connie has worked her way up the ranks of her prestigious law firm, but may be blocked from becoming partner by a bigoted power player who stands in her way. When the two run into each other years after a summer fling that went awry when the ambitious Connie chose to interpret Jonathan’s decision not to return to college as lazy and feckless, she can appreciate his professional success, but still has a hard time believing he’s a good bet for a relationship.

One Summer Night Like the first book, ONE SUMMER NIGHT (review here)WHAT HAPPENS IN SUMMER lightly visits the summer when Connie met Jonathan, and Maggie met Owen. Then, when Maggie and Owen’s rekindled relationship throws Connie and Jonathan together again and again, attraction is still high, but Connie never expects how much spending time with Jonathan will make her question her priorities, especially as she navigates a career hindered by a hostile partner who refuses to see her. Following her passions—both for Jonathan and for other people and things she cares about—leads to professional and personal breakthroughs she never expected.

I loved both of these titles, and recommend them if you’re looking for a fun, sexy summer read.  

Save a Truck Ride a Redneck I also listened to Molly Harper’s Southern Eclectic novella, Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck.

I haven’t read much (enough!) by Molly Harper, but everything I have read is just so bright, smart and funny.

Carl and Marianne were high school sweethearts, loving the way only teenagers can — with no thought to logic or pride, just a bone-headed, optimistic frenzy of unicorns and hormones. That was all they needed. Or so Carl thought.

Scared of being stuck in Lake Sackett, Georgia, like so many of her friends — without a real shot at a future or achieving her own dreams — Marianne panicked and bolted to college after stomping Carl's heart into the high grass. But when she returns to Lake Sackett for the summer with her family after years away, she and Carl are drawn together like moths to a flame. As they rekindle their old romance and remember what it was like to be in love, they have to wonder: is this, finally, their real chance at happiness?

Everything about this is delightful. The setting and characters are quirky yet perfectly rendered, and the tension between angst and humor is perfectly balanced. 

I’m fast becoming a huge Molly Harper fan, and this one—a second chance at love story set during a long, hot summer in one of the most eclectic places in the South—is so fun and funny you’ll feel all the best parts of summer coming to bright, sunny life.

Enjoy!