I Read and Loved With Summer Settings #BeachReads2015

Posted May 31, 2015 by Sophia Rose in Beach Reads / 28 Comments


As we continue to fill your summer tote with goodies to keep you occupied, I wanted to slip a few in from off my ‘already read’ shelf that have that summery setting.

Ten Good Reasons by Lauren Christopher

Ten Good Reasons by Lauren Christopher
#2 Sandy Cove
Contemporary Romance


Small seaside town and whale watching tours backdrop this romance.

Remember When by T. Torrest

Remember When by T. Torrest
#1 Remember When Trilogy
YA Contemporary Romance


Actually only toward the end do they hit the beach and summer life, but the whole enchilada is nostalgic and it was fun. So, counts, yes!

The Season Between by Anna Thorne

The Season Between by Anna Thorne
NA Contemporary Romance


Some might remember this Sabrina retelling that took place on Cape Cod, but worth the reminder.

Return to Me by Kelly Moran

Return to Me by Kelly Moran
#1 Covington Cove
Contemporary Romance


Second Chance Romance at a home on the beach.

Road to Absolution by Piper DavenportRoad to Absolution by Piper Davenport
#3 Dogs of Fire MC
Contemporary Romance


Second Chance biker Romance with several summery settings- boating, bbqing, etc.

The Importance of Being Alice by Katie MacAlisterThe Importance of Being Alice by Katie MacAlister
#1 Ainslie Brothers
Contemporary Romance


Because nothing says summer like traveling to see some sights and all sorts of fun ensuing.

I could list so many more that say summer to me. What elements in a story make you think of summer?


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • RO

    Can’t wait to check out “No One Like You” and “Something to Prove”. Not only do I love the covers, but these are my type of books for fun in the sun. Thanks for the recs. Hugs…

    • Oh yes, those definitely scream fun in the sun, Ro!

  • Oh I can’t wait for Outlaw Hearts and Wolf Trouble!! Perfect summer reads…I am not near a beach or anything…but I do have a big grass area next to a creek where I live…perfect for a picnic and some summer reading.

    • Oh good shade and a babbling creek are a perfect ‘getaway’ place. No beach here, either, but I have a screened in porch where its cooler in the evenings.

  • Oh these sure look like great summer reads. I like the cover for No One Like You with the matchmaking Great Dane, looks fun! And I’ve heard great things about KA Tucker her Burying water series, might have to check it eventually. Something to Prove sounds good as well. I am usually more in the mood for contemporary romances when the weather is warmer.

    • Oh, the Great Dane, totally sold me on that one even before I saw the blurb. I love KA Tucker books so she’s a given. Something to Prove just sounded good. I must be the same way about warm weather bringing out my need for Contemporary.

  • Lindy Gomez

    Chasing River has caught me eye! I love K.A. Tucker! What a great feature! I love a good beach read!!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    • I love KA Tucker books and this new series is really good so this one was an auto-grab.

  • Love K.A. Tucker.

  • love the cover for all of them 🙂 Great picks Sophia!

    • Oh yes, me too! Even if I hadn’t already scoped out the blurbs, these covers would have snagged my attention, Sharonda!

  • omg Sophia. I just woke up and am still a little groggy and did NOT read snow and pressies as snow and pressies. lol

    I love Behre and have that one up to read as soon as I get through my June books. Kate is one I want to read more of. I really liked the novella I read of hers a bit back. Looks like a great summer reading list 🙂

    • LOL! Yeah, my eyes do wonky things when I first get going in the morning or even last thing before bed. Got me in plenty of trouble in the past. 🙂

      I can’t wait for the 3rd sister’s story in Behre’s series and I heard there’s a novella too. The Kate book will be a first for me. It was the Great Dane, I confess. Haha!

  • oh I have been wanting to read The Importance Of Being Alice…I used to read MacAlister all of the time, And this book sounds like the perfect summer read.

    • It’s a hoot! It took me a bit to get in with the heroine, but they are fun light reads.

  • RO

    Wow! You found plenty of books with the beach theme that’s making want to hang out at the coast to relax with a good one. All of those covers are totally awesome! Importance of Being Alice looks like a good one, so I’m in agreement with Lover of Romance. Hugs and hope you’re having a soothing and stress-free Sunday! Hugs…

    • Oh, there are so many fun in the sun books. I think Beach reads is one of the easiest to find books to match. 😉 Thanks for the well wishes, Ro!

  • Tsk, this is not helping me. At all! I want to go to the beach now!!! sadly it’s not in my immediate future 🙁

    • I hear you! But I love the mountains, too, and I get to be there camping by a lake-sorta beachy- in about a month.

  • Nice list! Often contemporary romances make me think of summer or books where they have summer vacation or go swimming. At the start of warmer weather I usually go through a lot of contemporary romances and then i am back to reading a wide variety of genres. So mostly I just read whatever I am in the mood for when it’s summer, although I associate contemporary romances more with them. Those summery and light covers also help.

    • Oh these covers definitely scream summer (well except the biker one). I tend to gravitate toward a few more contemporaries this time of the year, too. Although…I love reading western historicals in the summer for some reason.

  • Ya know, oddly enough I dont really associate books with seasons even specialty books designed for a holiday. I’m not sure why, maybe because its always just fun to dive into them. If I were to think about summer books pretty much anything by Sarah Dessen would fit the bill because they normally take place during school breaks.

    • I’m a little of both in that I do associate books with a season, but I’ll read them at any time of the year like winter books in July. Oh yes, Sarah Dressen’s books are good choices for Summer associated reads.

  • Lindy Gomez

    Yay! Summer reads our so fun! Thanks for the recommendations Sophia 🙂 The Importance of Being Alice has a book cover that makes me think of summer, and I love it! I need to check out Road to Absolution, because I enjoy a good MC Romance!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    • These are light and fun for the most part (Return to Me has a lot of feels to it). I have a good time with summer themed books.

  • Oh my gosh. So many I need to check out. I’ve only read MacAlister and love her 😀

    • It was fun pulling the lists together. And the funny part is I didn’t read any of these as summer reads. 😉