The Best Romances of June: 6 Top Picks

Best romance novels of June 2017Romance readers consume love stories all year round, but the marvelous thing about summer is that non-romance readers often decide that relaxing by the pool or in their backyard is the perfect time to give this fantastic genre a chance by picking up an author they've never read before.

Whether you're a longtime reader, a newbie, or someone just dipping their toes in the water to see if it's worth the plunge, one of these romances publishing in June will grab your heart.


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Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren - The romantic geniuses behind the Beautiful and the Wild Seasons series deliver a standalone and standup-comic-funny contemporary tale of an office romance gone wrong. Really, really wrong. The accelerating romantic relationship of two talent agents in Hollywood hits the skids when a new boss tells them they have to compete for the same job. As Carter and Evie bounce between courtship and combat, this hilarious, sexy novel will make you gasp and giggle.

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Toughest Cowboy in Texas by Carolyn Brown - Brown's second addition to her new Happy, Texas, series hinges on a youthful romance that ended almost before it got started. Brody's family is well respected in town; Lila's...not so much. Twelve years after Brody refuses to publicly acknowledge Lila as his girlfriend, they are reunited, but many of the things that kept them apart in the first place still remain—and now Lila doesn't trust Brody to man up with her. Brown's warm and wise contemporary western romance shows that being tough means letting your heart, not your head, lead the way.

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The Drowned Girls by Loreth Anne White - White's In the Barren Ground was our #1 romance pick for all of 2016, and she adds an extra layer of grit, darkness, and damage to her new romantic thriller, The Drowned Girls. Police detective Angie Pallorino works in sex crimes and sees horrific things daily, and the sporadic hallucinations she has of a young girl speaking in another language makes her worry that her mind is buckling under the pressure. But when Pallorino gets assigned to assist the homicide squad after a serial rapist turns into a serial killer, she refuses to let her visions or her attraction to the investigation leader get in the way of her chance to permanently join Homicide. Tense and mesmerizing, and not for the faint of heart.

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The Wedding Date Bargain by Mira Lyn Kelly - In Chicago for a few months as a temporary loan to the local branch office before moving to New York and taking a big step up in her career, Sarah is worried about only one thing—losing her virginity. Or, more precisely, not losing her virginity. Reuniting with her college crush, Max, at a mutual friend's wedding seems like the perfect opportunity to get the deed done, but Max doesn't want to be just a convenient penis. I'm not usually a fan of placing a lot of importance on virginity or lack thereof in contemporary romances, but Kelly does an excellent job of using it as a plot point rather than a social statement, and the result is a joyful and fun light romance perfect for the beach or pool.

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White Hot (Hidden Legacy) by Ilona Andrews - More than two years after publishing Burn for Me, about Truthseeker Nevada Baylor and powerful magic user Conner "Mad" Rogan, the Andrews writing team finally follows up with White Hot, and it is a doozy. Like Andrews' Kate Daniels books, this series is best started at the beginning, as the build up in romantic tension between Rogan and Nevada is half the fun, and the other half is delving into the paranormal world Andrews has created. High-octane action gives this series a kick, and the best news of all is that the final book in the trilogy, Wildfire, releases in July. So now you have three great paranormal romances to read, not just one!

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Shacking Up by Helena Hunting - Beloved for her hilariously hot contemporary romances, Hunting puts an actress who can't make her rent into a catastrophic lip-lock with a former rugby player at their first encounter. When Bane passes his cold onto Ruby right before a life-changing audition, her life changes...for the worse. At least, until he tries to make it up to her by offering her the job of pet-sitting his unusual pets. Slow-burn sexual chemistry and conversational zingers wrap Bane and Ruby in a net they can't—and ultimately don't want to—escape in this charming, sizzling urban-set romance.

Also check out our other picks for June: Nora Roberts' western-set romantic thriller, Come Sundown; Nalini Singh's new Psi-Changeling novel, Silver Silence; Julia Quinn's latest Bridgerton prequel, The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband; Beach House for Rent from Mary Alice Monroe; Brenda Novak's return to Silver Springs with No One but You; and Kat Martin's new trilogy-starter, Beyond Reason.

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