14 Sweet and Spicy Beach Reads for your TBR Pile

If you like your love a little sweet, a little spicy, or both, you'll find at least one title (or maybe 14) to add to your beach reads TBR pile this summer. Read on lovers!


Love Story

SWEET READ. From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes a new book featuring everyone’s favorite family—the Baxters. Love Story will stir your heart and remind you of the generational impact of love and the eternal bond of family.

Hardcover List Price: $22.99

My Last Continent

SWEET READ. It is only among the glacial mountains, cleaving icebergs, and frigid waters of Antarctica that Deb Gardener and Keller Sullivan feel at home. For a few blissful weeks each year they study the habits of Emperor and Adelie penguins and find solace in their work and in one another. But Antarctica, like their fleeting romance, is a fragile place, imperiled by the world to the north.  Deb and Keller’s troubled histories collide when Keller fails to appear one year because he is stuck on board a sinking ship, and Deb must go from researcher to rescuer.

Trade Paperback List Price: $16.00

Slightly South of Simple

SWEET READ. “Heartfelt and warm... Kristy Woodson Harvey’s cast of characters—and the charming beach town of Peachtree Bluff— will crawl into your soul and stay there.”—Colleen Oakley, author of Close Enough to Touch

Trade Paperback List Price: $16.00

All or Nothing at All

SWEET READ. Tristan Pierce left the family business to carve out a life of his own, but never forgot his passionate affair with the much younger, inexperienced Sydney Greene, or the hurtful breakup that tore him apart. Sydney Greene loved Tristan her entire life but when he left, he took her heart and her trust along with him. When he's forced to return home, they are able to come back together. Will they be able to carve out a future, or will lies ruin his second chance at love? 

Trade Paperback List Price: $16.00

Hold Back the Stars

SWEET READ. Trapped in the vast void of space, Carys and Max have only ninety minutes of oxygen left to live. None of this was supposed to happen. After a freak accident, Carys and Max are left adrift in space with nothing to hold onto but each other. As they fall, they can’t help but look back at the world they left behind. A world whose rules they couldn’t submit to, a place where they never really belonged; a home they’re determined to get back to because they’ve come too far to lose each other now. While their air ticks dangerously low, one is offered the chance of salvation—but who will take it?

Hardcover List Price: $26.00

The Darkest Corner

SWEET READ. Deacon Tucker is a Gravedigger—an elite fighter, dead to his country, military, and family. His mission is simple: save the world or die trying. And for God’s sake, don’t ever fall in love. When Tess Sherman meets Deacon Tucker, she knows two things: that he is dangerous, deadly, and gorgeous, and that her attraction to him can only end in heartache. When Deacon discovers Tess has skills that can help with his latest mission, he has to decide if he can trust her with secrets worth dying for. And, most important, he has to decide if he can trust her with his heart. 

Mass Market Paperback List Price: $7.99

Wish You Were Here

SWEET READ. When Charlotte collides—literally—with Adam, an intriguing, handsome, and mysterious painter, their serendipitous meeting on the street turns into a whirlwind one-night stand. But when Adam's tune changes, Charlotte wonders if her notorious bad luck with men is really just her own bad judgment. Months later, a new relationship is turning into something more meaningful, but Charlotte’s still having trouble moving past her one enthralling night with Adam. Why? When she searches for answers, she finds the situation with Adam is far more complicated than she ever imagined. 

Trade Paperback List Price: $16.00

The Young Wives Club

SWEET READ. In Toulouse, Louisiana finding your one true love happens sometime around high school. If you’re lucky, he might be the man you thought he was. But as four friends are about to find out, not every girl has luck on her side in this charming debut novel.

Trade Paperback List Price: $16.00


SPICY READ. Clara Morgan loves her job rebranding hotels that are desperate for a new life. She’s fascinated by generations-old family resorts, especially the Bryant Mountain House, and not just for their secret recipe for yummy, gooey, can’t-get-enough-of Hot Cross Buns…. Enter Archie Bryant, the man with the Buns, and one-day-owner of the charming yet run-down Bryant Mountain House. He’s determined to save his family’s legacy, but he won't be influenced by the new hotel branding expert his father brought in to turn tradition on its head just to attract a faster, younger, slicker crowd. But when some of Clara’s ideas start bringing in new, paying customers, Archie can’t deny that she may have just given him a shot at keeping his resort open.

Trade Paperback List Price: $16.00

Dating You / Hating You

SPICY READ. The first standalone romance by New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren (Beautiful Bastard) is a sexy, compulsively readable romantic comedy that dives headlong into the thrill and doubt of modern love.

Trade Paperback List Price: $16.00

Lost Rider

SPICY READ. After a ten-year career, Maverick Austin Davis is forced to return home to run the family business, something he’s never taken much of a shine to. How will Maverick find his way after the only dream he ever had is over? Enter Leighton Elizabeth James, an ugly duckling turned beauty from Maverick’s childhood—his younger sister’s best friend, to be exact, and someone whose heart he stomped all over ten years back. Now Leighton is back in Maverick’s life, no longer the insecure, love-stricken teen—and Maverick can’t help but take notice. Sparks fly between them, but will Leighton be able to open her heart to the one man who broke it all those years ago?

Mass Market Paperback List Price: $7.99

The Lady of Royale Street

SPICY READ. From the New York Times bestselling author of the NOLA Nights series comes a rollicking, sexy tale of opposites attracting in the midst of wedding planning. Alex DuMont is regimented, serious, and devout, and the absolute worst choice for best man. Theresa Ivarson, the maid of honor, is a decorated photojournalist who is beautiful, witty, and unafraid to speak her mind. So when she is faced with working with the best man from Hell, a Viking who doesn’t know how to smile, is bossy, and about as pleasant as a cactus, the sparks are bound to fly—and not in the good way.

eBook List Price: $4.99

Babe Walker: Thirsty

SPICY READ. On what should have been a romantic trip to California wine country, Babe Walker runs into her old high school nemesis Tina, whose life is at rock bottom. Babe’s frozen heart is warmed by Tina's plight as a struggling winemaker and she decides to bring her no-apologies approach and street-smarts to Tina’svineyard to help her revitalize her business. The always hilarious, upfront, and basic yet delusional Babe Walker is everything you hate to love and love to hate. Just don't call her

eBook List Price: $3.99

Beautiful Tempest

SPICY READ. #1 New York Times bestselling author Johanna Lindsey now reveals the tempestuous story of Jacqueline Malory whose furious desire for revenge leads to a confrontation with the handsome pirate who abducted her— and sparks a much steamier kind of desire.

Hardcover List Price: $26.00