First, we asked Jessica Donaghy, the features editor of Goodreads, a social networking site for readers and book recommendations, to give us some of her top beach read picks. She says the following juicy reads are the books that Goodreads members are giving the highest ratings and sharing the most on Facebook:
1. Bared to You, by Sylvia Day: Originally self-published in April of 2012, Bared to You was recently picked up by Penguin’s Berkley Books and is one of the top rated books from Goodreads users on Facebook in 2012. “This erotic romance about a wealthy man and his young paramour is enjoying mainstream success, piggybacking on the 50 Shades of Grey juggernaut,” says Donaghy, who adds that Goodreads members are gushing about the book, calling it “addictive” and “intense.”
3. Gabriel’s Rapture, by Sylvain Reynard: The sexy “Gabriel’s Inferno” series stars a professor and his former student. Hot action in Italy and jealous ex-lovers abound. Pass the umbrella drinks!
Next, we checked in with the Amazon.com book editors. These two picks made Amazon’s “Best Books of The Year So Far List” and are guaranteed to spice up your pool time! “Both of these veteran romance authors specialize in writing about strong women for whom love doesn’t always come easy,” says Amazon.com Book Editor Chris Schleup. “Whether you’re at the beach or reading long after bedtime, they’ll keep you turning the pages.”
4. The Witness, by Nora Roberts : “Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever…” The perfect pick for a thriller lover.
5. A Night Like This, by Julia Quinn: A governess in disguise, a dashing nobleman and deadly enemies. Lay your beach towel out and let the intrigue begin!
Make sure you read all of them before summer’s sun sets down the horizon. Oh, and don’t forget to let us know how did you like them! We sure will keep you posted with our reviews. Finally, a big shout out to Jessica Donaghy and Chris Schleup for suggesting these amazing releases – god bless!