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June's Hot New Books Make Perfect Beach Reads

Jun 27 2014 - 2:00pm

June is here, so hello, Summer reading! Poolside tanning, park picnics, and long flights are made even better with a book in hand — and we have 21 new ones to check out. Saucy historical novels, a Bachelor tell-all, YA love stories, and romantic novels about friendship, affairs, and second chances have all made the cut in our best bets for the month's new releases. Dive into our top picks now, and be sure to check out more great new books on POPSUGAR Entertainment [1].

The Lemon Grove

Helen Walsh's steamy novel The Lemon Grove [2] is about sex and obsession on a Summer vacation to Spain.

Out June 3


Katherine Longshore's historical fiction Brazen [3] is described by the Los Angeles Times as "a more literary version of Gossip Girl overlaid onto 16th-century England."

Out June 12

The Hurricane Sisters

Set on the Southern coast, Dorothea Benton Frank's witty, charming novel The Hurricane Sisters [4] is about three generations of women dealing with family drama, expectations, friendship, and the general complexities of their relationships.

Out June 3

Scared Scriptless

From The Biggest Loser host Alison Sweeney comes a rom-com novel about a TV-show script supervisor who might break her no-actors dating rule in Scared Scriptless [5].

Out June 3

I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain

From the model we loved to hate, Courtney Robertson, is her fittingly titled memoir I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain [6]. Courtney won Ben Flajnik's heart in his season of The Bachelor, but their engagement was short-lived — and now she's back with juicy details from her experience as "one of the most controversial contestants" to ever be on the reality show.

Out June 24

Written in My Own Heart's Blood

Written in My Own Heart's Blood [7] is the highly anticipated eighth book of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, a collection of historical romance novels about a 20th-century nurse who travels back in time to 18th-century Scotland.

Out June 10

Say What You Will

Cammie McGovern's Say What You Will [8] is described as "John Green's The Fault in Our Stars meets Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park," so naturally it must be a cry-your-eyes-out story of young love. This novel is about two teens, a girl with cerebral palsy and a boy with OCD, who forge an unlikely friendship that becomes something more.

Out June 3

The Matchmaker

Elin Hilderbrand's heartbreaking novel The Matchmaker [9] is about a Nantucket "woman setting out to find love for those closest to her — before it's too late."

Out June 10

Save the Date

Mary Kay Andrews's funny and romantic novel Save the Date [10] follows a cynical Savannah, GA, florist whose belief in love is tested when she gets hired for a wedding [11].

Out June 3

I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You

Courtney Maum's I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You [12] is described as "Where'd You Go, Bernadette meets Beautiful Ruins in this reverse love story set in Paris and London about a failed monogamist's attempts to answer the question: is it really possible to fall back in love?"

Out June 10

The Appetites of Girls

The Appetites of Girls [13] is Pamela Moses's debut novel about four girls who meet at Brown University and how the complications of their own lives intersect with their friendship.

Out June 26

The Unexpected Waltz

Kim Wright's moving novel The Unexpected Waltz [14] focuses on "a middle-aged widow who finds her feet by embracing a new hobby: ballroom dancing."

Out June 3

Fan Art

Sarah Tregay's Fan Art [15] (illustrated by Melissa DeJesus) is "a sweet contemporary romance about a boy who falls in love with his best friend, and the girls who help them get together."

Out June 17

The Sea Garden

"Romance, suspense, and World War II mystery are woven together in the three artfully linked novellas" that make up Deborah Lawrenson's The Sea Garden [16].

Out June 24

The Art of Arranging Flowers

Lynne Branard's heartfelt novel The Art of Arranging Flowers [17] is about a florist struggling to follow her heart's desires after the death of her sister. It's described as "a moving and eloquent novel about love, grief, renewal — and the powerful language of flowers."

Out June 3

That Summer

According to Goodreads [18], Lauren Willig's London-set novel That Summer [19] "takes readers on an un-put-downable journey through a mysterious old house, a hidden love affair, and one woman’s search for the truth about her past — and herself."

Out June 3

Lies My Girlfriend Told Me

Julie Anne Peters's Lies My Girlfriend Told Me [20] is a modern YA "queer lit" love story about a girl who discovers her dead girlfriend was secretly dating someone else at the same time.

Out June 10

A Long Time Gone

Karen White's A Long Time Gone [21] is about generations of women and family secrets. Moultrie News writes, "White . . . weaves together themes of Southern culture, the powerful bond of family, and the courage to rebuild in the face of destruction to create an incredibly moving story her dedicated fans are sure to embrace."

Out June 3

Nantucket Sisters

Set on the beaches of Nantucket, Nancy Thayer's Nantucket Sisters [22] is about a friendship challenged by love.

Out June 17

The Quick

Lauren Owen's seductive Victorian London-set novel The Quick [23] is a historical mystery mixed with a fantastic paranormal edge. Perfect for fans of Anne Rice, The Historian, and The Night Circus.

Out June 17

The Truth About Alice

The Truth About Alice [24] by Jennifer Mathieu is a YA coming-of-age romance about the horrible realities of bullying in high school.

Out June 3

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