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Somehow, summer seems to be the perfect time to read romance novels, more so than any other season. While we are lounging at the sea or poolside, we love to read about characters who are falling in love. I get it. The witty banter puts us in a good mood, and the use of tropes and, therefore, the predictability of these books makes it a comfortable and relaxing experience.

There are plenty of articles out there listing this season's romantic reads, but here are two of my recent favorite books. Both are great recommendations in case you want to diversify your reading habits this year.

On the left, Just As You Are by Camille Kellogg, on the right  Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Just As You Are by Camille Kellogg. | Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston.

This is the queer version of Pride and Prejudice that you didn’t know you needed! Set in the modern day, Liz Baker and her three roommates work at the Nether Fields, a queer magazine in New York that’s on the verge of shutting down—until it’s bought by two wealthy lesbians. In true ‘enemies-to-lovers’ fashion Liz and her new employer Daria start off on the wrong foot. Daria, cutting budgets and fun from the office is met with a lot of prejudice, and Liz’s pride is hurt when she overhears Daria degrading her writing style. But as time goes on and the two spend more time together, Liz sees another side of Daria, one that is kind, funny, and hard to resist. I loved reading this book! Chosen family and enemies-to-lovers are two of my favorite tropes. Plus, the whole cast of characters is interesting, the banter is great, and it gets a little spicy. It was very hard to put down.

This book is already a couple of years old, but it is fun and, therefore, still worth mentioning. This book is all about Alex, the first son of the USA, and Prince Henry of England, who, after causing a scandal by having a public fight at a royal wedding, stage a fake friendship for the sake of American/British relations. However, this fake friendship quickly develops into a secret relationship with high stakes. Because if the truth about this relationship comes out, it could derail the president’s campaign and upend the two nations.

We know the book is better than any movie, but if your TBR list is already too long, you can now also catch this story on your TV, streaming exclusively on Prime from the 11th of August.


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