21 of the Hottest Beach Reads for Summer 2023

21 of the Hottest Beach Reads for Summer 2023

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Summer is finally upon us and, I don’t know about you, but my favourite thing to do at this time of year is to stretch out in the sun with a fun, light-hearted new read. Whether you need books to read on vacation, books to read on the beach, books to read when camping, or just books to read in your back garden as the sun sets – I’ve got you covered, with this list of the 21 ultimate hottest easy beach reads to help you relax and unwind in the summer of 2023!

Happy Place by Emily Henry

21 of the Hottest Beach Reads for 2023. Happy Place by Emily Henry.

 Release: 27th April 2023

Harriet and Wyn are the perfect couple - they go together like bread and butter, gin and tonic, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds. Every year, they take a holiday from their lives to drink far too much wine with their favourite people in the world.
Except this year, they are lying through their teeth, because Harriet and Wyn broke up six months ago. And they still haven't told anyone. But the cottage is for sale so this is the last time they'll all be here together. They can't bear to break their best friends' hearts so they'll fake it for one more week.
But how can you pretend to be in love - and get away with it - in front of the people who know you best?
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Meet Me at the Lake by Carley Fortune

21 of the Hottest Beach Reads for Summer 2023. Meet me at the Lake by Carley Fortune.
Release: 2nd May 2023

Fern Brookbanks has wasted far too much of her adult life thinking about Will Baxter. She spent twenty-four hours in her early twenties with the aggravatingly attractive, idealistic artist - a chance encounter that spiralled into a daylong city adventure. The timing was wrong, but their connection was undeniable: they shared every secret, every dream, and made a pact to meet one year later. Fern showed up. Will didn't.

At thirty-two, Fern's life hasn't turned out how she imagined it. She's back home, running her mother's lakeside resort, which is in disarray - and her ex-boyfriend is the manager. She needs a lifeline.

To Fern's surprise, it comes in the form of Will, who arrives - nine years too late - with an offer to help. Will may be the only person who understands what Fern's going through. Yet how can she possibly trust this expensive suit-wearing mirage who seems nothing like the young man she met all those years ago.

But ten years ago, Will Baxter rescued Fern. Can she do the same for him?

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The True Love Experiment by Christina Lauren 

21 of the Hottest Beach Reads for Summer 2023. The True Love Experiment by Christina Lauren

Release: 16th May 2023

They're crafting the perfect Hollywood romance for the screen.

But the chemistry behind the camera might be the real story.

Felicity 'Fizzy' Chen is lost. Sure, she has an incredible career as a beloved romance novelist with numerous bestsellers to her name, but when she's asked to give a commencement address, it hits her: she hasn't been practising what she's preached.

She hasn't been in love. In lust? Sure. But that swoon-worthy, can't-stop-thinking-about-him, all-encompassing feeling? Nope. And suddenly the optimism she's encouraged in her readers starts to feel like a lie.

Connor Prince, documentary filmmaker and single father, loves that his work allows him to live near his daughter. Then his profit-minded boss orders him to create a reality TV show, putting it all in jeopardy. Desperate to find his romantic lead, a chance run-in with an exasperated Fizzy offers Connor the perfect solution. What if he could show the queen of romance herself falling head-over-heels? But when production on The True Love Experiment begins, Connor wonders if that perfect match will ever be in the cue cards for him too.

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Love Theoretically by Ali Hazelwood

21 of the Hottest Beach Reads for Summer 2023. Love Theoretically

Release: 13th June 2023

The many lives of theoretical physicist Elsie Hannaway have finally caught up with her. By day, she's an adjunct professor, toiling away at grading labs and teaching thermodynamics in the hopes of landing tenure. By other day, Elsie makes up for her non-existent paycheck by offering her services as a fake girlfriend, tapping into her expertly honed people-pleasing skills to embody whichever version of herself the client needs.

Honestly, it's a pretty sweet gig - until her carefully constructed Elsie-verse comes crashing down. Because Jack Smith, the annoyingly attractive and arrogant older brother of her favourite client, turns out to be the cold-hearted experimental physicist who ruined her mentor's career and undermined the reputation of theorists everywhere. And he's the same Jack Smith who rules over the physics department at MIT, standing right between Elsie and her dream job.

Elsie is prepared for an all-out war of scholarly sabotage but... those long, penetrating looks? Not having to be anything other than her true self when she's with him? Will falling into an experimentalist's orbit finally tempt her to put her most guarded theories on love into practice?

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Queen Charlotte by Julia Quinn & Shonda Rhimes

21 of the Hottest Beach Reads for Summer 2023. Queen Charlotte

Release: 9th May 2023

In 1761, on a sunny day in September, a King and Queen met for the very first time. They were married within hours. Born a German Princess, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz was beautiful, headstrong, and fiercely intelligent . . . not precisely the attributes the British Court had been seeking in a spouse for the young King George III. But her fire and independence were exactly what she needed, because George had secrets . . . secrets with the potential to shake the very foundations of the monarchy.

Thrust into her new role as a royal, Charlotte must learn to navigate the intricate politics of the court . . . all the while guarding her heart, because she is falling in love with the King, even as he pushes her away. Above all she must learn to rule, and to understand that she has been given the power to remake society. She must fight - for herself, for her husband, and for all her new subjects who look to her for guidance and grace. For she will never be just Charlotte again. She must instead fulfil her destiny . . . as Queen.

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Best Men by Sidney Karger

21 of the Hottest Beach Reads for Summer 2023. Best Men

Release: 25th May 2023

First comes lust. An hour after meeting a hot stranger at a bar, Max is with him on the rooftop of his Manhattan apartment, making out.

Then comes hate. Just five minutes later, Max is bolting back down twelve flights of stairs, hoping never to see him again.

Then comes your best friend’s wedding. So the last person Max wants to turn up at his best friend’s wedding – where he is official Gay of Honour to the bride – is that very same hot stranger. Or for him to be a Best Man too – for the groom.

Now the co-Best Men are in a fight to the death over who will be the actual best. But although Max wants to keep his friend close, he discovers he wants to keep his enemy even closer

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Runaway Love by Melanie Harlow

21 of the Hottest Beach Reads for Summer 2023. Runaway Love

Release: 3rd April 2023

Yes, I’m a single dad who needs a nanny for the summer.

But hire the stranded runaway bride who shows up on my doorstep in a wedding gown with no references, no skills, and no experience? No one is that desperate.

Except within twenty-four hours, down-on-her-luck Veronica Sutton manages to charm my kids, my family, and half the population of Cherry Tree Harbor into believing she’s perfect for the job. And for me.

It’s not that I can’t see the appeal–those baby blue eyes? The endless legs? That mouth made for trouble? But I’ve got enough on my plate, raising two kids on my own and keeping the family business alive. I don’t have the time or the inclination to fall for an outspoken city girl. So I should have kept my hands to myself.

Holding her in my arms was a big mistake. Even worse? Spending the night together. She ignites a possessive fire in me that I’m finding hard to snuff out. But the most unforgivable? Growing attached to the sound of her laugh, the scent of her skin, and the way her body wraps around mine in the dark.

At the end of the summer, she’ll be gone. And if I’m not careful, she might run away with my heart.

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Summer Reading by Jenn McKinley

21 of the Hottest Beach Reads for Summer 2023. Summer Reading

Release: 20th July 2023

Sam set out to spend the summer resurrecting her career as a chef but instead, has to chaperone her half-brother to a robotics competition at the local library.

And naturally, because the universe hates her, the library's interim director, Ben, turns out to be the Hot Reader Guy whose book she accidentally destroyed on the ferry to the island.

Sam doesn't do reading. Ben doesn't do romantic relationships.

But when Ben inspires Sam to create the cookbook she's always dreamed about, they discover there might be more than just a creative spark between them.

Will this summer be a recipe for disaster... Or love?

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Once More With Feeling by Elissa Sussman

21 of the Hottest Beach Reads for Summer 2023. Once More With Feeling.

Release: 30th May 2023

Then.

Katee Rose is living the dream as America's number one pop star, caught in a whirlwind of sold-out concerts, screaming fans and constant tabloid coverage. Everyone wants to know everything about her and her boyfriend, Ryan LaNeve, the hottest member of adored boy band CrushZone. Katee loves to perform but hates the impossible demands of stardom. Maybe that's why she finds herself in the arms of another CrushZone member, Cal Kirby. Quiet, serious Cal, who's always been a good friend to Katee, is suddenly Cal with the smouldering eyes and very good hands. One unforgettable night is all it takes to blow up Katee's relationship with Ryan, her career, her whole life . . .

Now.

Kathleen Rosenberg is okay with her ordinary existence and leaving her pop star image in the past. That is, until Cal shows up with the opportunity of her dreams - a starring role in the Broadway show he's directing and a chance to perform the way she's always wanted. The two haven't spoken since the joint destruction of their careers, and each of them blames the other. But rehearsals are long, those eyes still smoulder and those hands are still very good. Despite everything, Katee can't deny the chemistry between them. Is it ever a good idea to reignite old flames? Especially if you've been burned in the past?

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Same Time Next Summer by Annabel Monaghan

21 of the Hottest Beach Reads for Summer 2023. Same Time Next Summer

Release: June 6th 2023

On paper, Sam's life is on track.

She has the perfect fiancé, a stable job, and has returned home to pick out a wedding venue near her family's Long Island beach house.

The last person she expects to see is Wyatt: her first love, and the man who broke her heart. As their irresistible spark comes rushing back, so do the memories of long nights spent in the treehouse - and of the summer that changed everything.

As Sam starts to remember the girl she used to be, she must decide: is the life she's created the one she wants?

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Kiss the Girl by Zoraida Cordova

21 of the Hottest Beach Reads for Summer 2023. Kiss the Girl

Release: 1st August 2023

Ariel del Mar is one of the most famous singers in the world. She and her sisters--together, known as the band Siren Seven--have been a pop culture phenomenon since they were kids. On stage, wearing her iconic red wig and sequined costumes, staring out at a sea of fans, is where she shines. Anyone would think she's the girl who has everything.

But lately, she wants more. Siren Seven is wrapping up their farewell tour, and Ariel can't wait to spend the summer just living a normal life--part of a world she's only ever seen from the outside. But her father, the head of Atlantica Records, has other plans: begin her breakout solo career immediately, starting with a splashy announcement on a morning talk show.

The night before, Ariel and her sisters sneak out of their Manhattan penthouse for a night of incognito fun at a rock concert in Brooklyn. It's there that Ariel crosses paths with Eric Reyes, dreamy lead singer of an up-and-coming band. Unaware of her true identity, Eric spontaneously invites her on the road for the summer. And for the first time in her life, Ariel disobeys her father--and goes with him.

Caught between the world she longs for and the one she's left behind, can Ariel follow her dreams, fall in love, and, somehow, find her own voice?

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The Sweetheart List by Jill Shalvis

21 of the Hottest Beach Reads for Summer 2023. The Sweetheart List

Release: June 13th 2023

When Harper Shaw's life falls apart, she ditches everything that doesn't spark joy - from her soul-sucking job to eating kale to making lists - and sets off for Lake Tahoe, to fulfil her dreams of opening her own bakery.

Settled in between a tavern, owned by sexy, grumpy Bodie Campbell, and a bookstore, run by her new BFF, Harper feels a peace she's not experienced since . . . well, forever.

Then she meets teenage runaway Ivy, who barrels into her heart. She sees a lot of herself in Ivy and takes her under her wing, but the teenager has secrets . . .

When those secrets explode, it changes Harper's new world. She'll learn it's never too late to start over, it's never too late to figure out your life, and best of all, it's never too late to let yourself believe in love.

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The Book Lover's Retreat by Heidi Swain

21 of the Hottest Beach Reads for Summer 2023. The Book Lover's Retreat

Release: 13th April 2023

Sometimes a book grabs you by the heart and grows to mean everything to you. That’s what Hope Falls is to friends Emily, Rachel and Tori. So, when they get the chance to spend a whole summer at the cottage in Lakeside where the film adaptation was located, they know it is going to be the holiday of a lifetime.

Spending six weeks away will give them a chance to re-evaluate their life choices. For Emily to decide which way her career will go – the safe route, or the more risky creative option? And for Rachel to decide whether to move in with her partner Jeremy. Then Tori has to drop out at the last moment, and her space is offered to another Hope Falls afficionado, Alex.

But when Alex turns out not to be who they expected, the holiday takes an unforeseen turn. And as the summer develops, so does their friendship. Could this be where they uncover their future selves, find love in all its forms and where their lives will change course forever…?

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These Tangled Vines by Julianne Maclean

21 of the Hottest Beach Reads for Summer 2023. These Tangled Vines

Release: 1st June 2023

If Fiona has learned anything in life, it’s how to keep a secret―even from the father who raised her. She is the only person who knows about her late mother’s affair in Tuscany thirty years earlier, and she intends to keep it that way…until a lawyer calls with shocking news: her biological father has died and left her an incredible inheritance―along with two half siblings.

Fiona travels to Italy, where the family is shocked to learn of her existence and desperate to contest her share of the will. While the mystery of her mother’s affair is slowly unraveled, Fiona must navigate through tricky family relationships and tense sibling rivalries. Fiona both fears and embraces her new destiny as she searches for the truth about the fateful summer her mother spent in Italy and the father she never knew.

Spilling over with the sumptuous flavors and romance of Tuscany, These Tangled Vines takes readers on a breathtaking journey of love, secrets, sacrifice, courage―and most importantly, the true meaning of family.

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Practice Makes Perfect by Sarah Adams

21 of the Hottest Beach Reads for Summer 2023. Practice Makes Perfect

Release: 2nd May 2023

Florist Annie Walker is determined to find someone who complements her life. But after overhearing her latest date describe her as 'so unbelievably boring', Annie wonders if the problem might be her. Is it too late to become flirtatious and fun like the leading ladies in her favourite romance movies? Maybe she only needs some practice . . . and Annie has the perfect tutor in mind.

Sexy and tattooed Will Griffin is temporarily back in Rome, Kentucky, providing security for pop-star Amelia Rose in the build-up to her wedding to Annie's brother. He also has his own agenda: stay away from Annie Walker and any attachments to this sleepy town, which becomes difficult when she enlists him to help fix her love life.

Amid steamy practice dates and strictly 'educational' tutoring lessons, the lines of their friendship blur and Annie reconsiders what her 'dream guy' might look like. Maybe her love life doesn't need to be perfect - it just needs to be real.

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A Perfect Vintage by Chelsea Fagan

21 of the Hottest Beach Reads for Summer 2023. The Perfect Vintage

Release: 6th June 2023

Lea Mortimer has everything under control. As a highly sought-after consultant specializing in transforming dilapidated French country estates into boutique hotels, she relishes her freedom as a single, childfree woman. And her life is full, occupied as much by her impeccable historic renovations as by the aristocratic -- and often exhausting -- French families she works for.

But after the heated divorce of her closest friend and cousin Stephanie Bryce, Lea finds herself taking Stephanie and her college-aged daughter to the Loire Valley in France for the summer. As they tag along for Lea's latest work assignment, despite their best intentions, they threaten to complicate the tightrope act of launching the hotel on time. And when Lea unexpectedly falls for the much-younger son of her boss, she quickly learns the beauty and danger of losing control.

As affairs bloom in the idyllic chateau, wars of inheritance play out between the family, and betrayals threaten even the most solid relationships. Lea realizes that it's not just a broken heart she's risking, but her entire, meticulously-constructed life blowing up in her face.

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The Five Star Weekend by Elin Hilderbrand

21 of the Hottest Beach Reads for Summer 2023. The Five Star Getaway

Release: 22nd June 2023

Hollis Shaw, creator of the popular food blog Hungry with Hollis, finds her life turned upside down when her heart-surgeon husband is killed in a car accident on a snowy February morning. As Hollis searches for comfort, she discovers the idea of the 'Five Star Weekend': a gathering of the best friends from each stage of your life. But when Hollis decides to host her own version on Nantucket, the weekend isn't exactly a Hallmark movie...First, there's Tatum, Hollis's best friend growing up on Nantucket - and her husband's best friend, Jack, who just happens to be Hollis's first love. Then there's Dru-ann, her best friend from college, now a prominent Black female sports agent in Chicago, whose Twitter comments have just landed her - and her marriage - in hot water.Brooke is the best friend who helped raise her kids with Hollis during their thirties, until she was ousted from the local mum's group by Electra, self-appointed queen bee. But Brooke and Electra are finally meeting up to make amends this weekend . . .And lastly, Gigi, who reached out to Hollis on her food blog to become 'internet besties', but has never met her in real life.All the weekend needs is Hollis's daughter Caroline, a documentary student, who wants to film the entire party... What could possibly go wrong?

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Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid

21 of the Hottest Beach Reads for Summer 2023. Carrie Soto is Back

Release: 6th July 2023

Carrie Soto is the greatest player the world has ever seen.

But six years after her last match, she watches a young British tennis player steal her world record - and Carrie knows she has to go back and reclaim her rightful place at the top. Even if the world doesn't believe in her. Even if it almost breaks her.

This is a story about the cost of greatness and the burden of fame.

The fight for a place in history is about to begin . . .

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The Bodyguard by Katherine Center

21 of the Hottest Beach Reads for Summer 2023. The Bodyguard

Release: 6th July 2023

Hannah might look like a kindergarten teacher, but the truth is she's an elite bodyguard who could kill you with her bare hands.

Jack is an impossibly handsome, world-famous actor who has everything ... including a corgi-breeding stalker.

When Jack's mom gets sick, he heads home to his family's Texas ranch to help out. Only one catch: He doesn't want his family to know about his stalker. Or about his new bodyguard. So Hannah - against her better judgement - finds herself pulling on her cowboy boots and pretending to be Jack's girlfriend as a cover.

Protecting Jack should be easy. But protecting her own heart? That's the hardest thing Hannah's ever done...

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The Fraud Squad by Kyla Zhao

21 of the Hottest Beach Reads for Summer 2023. The Fraud Squad

Release: June 15th 2023

Samantha Song has always dreamed of having her own by-line in a high-society magazine. But the death of her father and the constant struggle to help her mum make ends meet make it feel like a distant fantasy. Instead, she works at a drab PR firm and lives vicariously through her socialite co-worker Anya Chen. Then she meets Timothy Kingston: the disillusioned son of one of Singapore's elite families, and Sam's one chance at infiltrating the world to which she so desperately wants to belong. To Sam's surprise, Tim and Anya both agree to help her make a name for herself, but the borrowed designer clothes and plus-ones to every party and major event can only get her so far; the rest is on Sam. The deeper she goes though, the more she fears being exposed. And with an anonymous reporter on the prowl for high-society gossip, Sam must scramble to reconcile her pretence with who she really is before she loses it all.

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The Daydreams by Laura Hankin

21 of the Hottest Beach Reads for Summer 2023. The Daydreams

Release: 4th May 2023

Back in 2004, The Daydreams had it all: a cast of innocent-seeming teenagers acting and singing their hearts out, amazing ratings, and a will-they-or-won't-they romance that steamed up fan fiction forums. Then, during the live season two finale, it all imploded, leaving everyone scrambling to understand why. Afterward, the four stars went down very different paths. Kat is now a lawyer in Washington, DC. Liana is the bored wife of a famous athlete. Noah, the show's golden boy, emerged unscathed and is poised to become a household name. And Summer, the object of Noah's fictional (and maybe real-life) affections, is the cautionary tale. But now the fans are demanding reunion special. The stars all have private reasons to come back: forgiveness, revenge, a second chance with a first love. But as they tentatively rediscover the magic of the original show, old secrets threaten to resurface - including the real reason behind their downfall. Will this reunion be a chance to make things right? Or will it be the biggest mess the world has ever seen? No matter what, the ratings will be wild.

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And there you have it, my picks for this year’s hottest summer reads. Did you find any new ones from this list? What will you be reading this season?

 

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