Cool Down with These Summer Reads ⛱
This month’s freebies have been handpicked by our editorial staff just for you. We’ve got a little bit of everything – from fast-paced thrillers, to heart-warming romances, to family-friendly reads for the pickiest of bookworms. Happy reading!
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The St. Valentine’s Day Cookie Massacre (Hatter’s Cove Mystery Series Book 1) by Elisabeth Crabtree: It’s Valentine’s Day in quiet, cozy Hatter’s Cove, Florida and food columnist, Kat Archer, has been assigned the event of the year, the grand opening of Miss Dolly’s Cookie Jar and Sweets Emporium. What begins as a run-of-the-mill, albeit tasty, assignment turns into something much more dangerous when one of the Cookie Jar’s employees is poisoned.
Endless Evil (Pruitt County Mysteries Book 1) by Amanda Feyerbend: Everyone wanted to believe that the first attack was just a random act of violence. Then a second victim is found. The two women share similar wounds, and Detective Alex Gray can’t deny the connection. Someone is hunting down young women to fulfill their macabre fantasies. Then they make a mistake and leave a witness behind.
Cold Press (Anna Burgin Book 1) by David Bradwell: London, 1993. Trainee investigative journalist Danny Churchill would do anything for his boss. And teaming up with her on what she promises will be the ultimate exposé has Danny’s pulse racing. But his excitement turns to dread when she vanishes and the detectives suspect murder.
Freedom Square (The Last Line Book 5) by Solomon Carter: Ex-elite agent Jenna Royal will stop at nothing to track down the sister who betrayed her. She will risk her mission… she will risk her life… but will she risk the lives of her team-mates to get justice? Freedom Square is a thrilling short read series with cliff-hangers and a memorably explosive ending that can be enjoyed as a standalone adventure.
Steamy Contemporary Romance
Protecting Diana Box Set (Protecting Diana Series Books 1-3) by Lexy Timms: You’ve got to do whatever it takes to protect the ones you love… Ethan Stark’s security company is the hottest on the market, but that doesn’t mean his job is easy. His Special Forces background has made him successful, but it didn’t prepare him for the politician’s daughter with a body that could make grown men weep, and an attitude that puts his teeth on edge.
Lust, Money & Murder Box Set (Lust, Money & Murder Series Books 1-3) by Mike Wells: Born in the worst suburb in Pittsburgh, Elaine Brogan is bright, beautiful and bold. When her father is falsely arrested for passing counterfeit $100 bills, Elaine vows to become a Secret Service agent and track down the man responsible. But things do not go as planned, and Elaine soon finds herself betrayed and thrown into an adventure that takes her halfway around the world.
Sweet Contemporary Romance
Colton (Kentucky Green Book 1) by Olivia Sands: Colton Green knows exactly what he’s going to do with his life. He’ll run the Red Widow Bourbon factory — a business that’s been in his family for generations — build a beautiful home, marry a nice country girl, and start a family.
Then he meets Grace Baker, and all his plans go out the window.
Heaven (Black Heart Romance presents Heaven & Hell) by Darcy Rose: I’ve had a crush on my stepbrother since I can remember… He came home for my 18th birthday. All I wanted to do was show him I’m not a little girl anymore. I didn’t know that would be the worst decision of my life.
The Highland Bride’s Choice (Campbell Sisters Book 1) by Amanda Forester: Practical Elyne Campbell is pleased to marry whomever her brother has chosen for her. Unfortunately, she is more attracted to Tavish Grant, the cousin of her intended, than the prospective groom himself. When she is caught outside the castle gates during a siege and is forced to spend time hiding with Grant, the attraction grows beyond all hope of practicality.
Wolf Nights Box Set: Werewolves, Kick*ss Heroines, & Sizzling Romance by Aimee Easterling, Anna Lowe, Becca Andre, Ellis Leigh, and Steffanie Holmes: Dive into tales of alpha males, swashbuckling adventures, and fated mates in this box set of paranormal romance and urban fantasy novels. Team up with wolf, fox, and coyote shifters, hellhounds, necromancers, cowboys, and kickass heroines as they face down danger, dig up the past, and fall in love.
Fantasy / Paranormal
A Hint of Magic: Bewitched by Magic (The Demon Diaries Book 1) by Claire Chilton: Dora Carridine is fed up with her life as a preacher’s daughter. If she can find some magic in the world, then maybe she will find a place she belongs. When she comes across a coven of witches, she takes on their trials to try and join them. But the witches aren’t all they appear to be, and Dora finds herself slipping into a darker world than she imagined.
The Circus Has Landed: Who Dares Enter? by Clint Lowe: Who dares enter? A mysterious circus tent floats down from the clouds and lands in Potatoville’s village square. Sixteen-year-old juggler, Rick, is intrigued by the tent of fantasy. A shady clown beckons Rick inside. Would you dare enter?
Lacuna (Lacuna Book 1) by David Adams: “Never again attempt to develop this kind of technology.” It is with these words that an unknown alien attacker destroys the Earth cities of Tehran, Sydney and Beijing. Fifty million people die… and nothing is ever the same again. Some call them Demons but to Chinese Naval Captain Melissa Liao, they are the enemy. Her task is simple: Find who attacked Earth and stop them.
Dark Matter (Hadron Book 1) by Stephen Arseneault: The infrastructure that enables our civilization, power, and communications, is nullified and life on Earth is shaken to its core. As altruistic as most of us believe ourselves to be, we would rapidly become our own worst enemies. In the event of a collapse, how far would you be willing to push your morals to survive? To feed and shelter your family?
Goblins & Vikings in America: Episode 1 by Norman Crane: Five hundred years before Columbus, the Vikings discovered North America. That much is known. What they found there was not – until now. Goblins & Vikings in America is the epic saga of Dvalinn the Riverraider and his quest to find his son, Framarr; a quest that will take him and his ragtag companions to the very edges of the known world, and beyond.
Official Girl by Charmanie Saquea: Reneice “Neicey” Peake is a hardworking 18 year old. Losing her mother at a young age and never knowing who her father was forced her to be raised by her older brother, but when he gets locked up, he leaves his sister to fend for herself. Neicey’s life changes forever when she is introduced to Mykell, but what she doesn’t know is he comes with some extra baggage.
The Secret Name (Kendra Temples: The Demonic Diaries Book 1) by Eve Harms: Working in a creepy mansion surrounded by old books is kind of my dream job, but this might be too creepy — even for me. They asked weird interview questions like “Have you ever seen a dead body”, I swear I heard a woman screaming last night, and I’m sure the owner is hiding something — like why he hired me as a librarian in the first place.
Scaly Tale (Ripley’s RBI Book 1) by Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!: Join the RBI — a group of teen agents with special gifts — on a series of action-packed adventures as they travel the world! The Florida swamplands are home to hungry gators, wild electrical storms, and a most unusual creature. Sightings of a strange lizard-like animal reach Ripley High and the RBI are sent to investigate.
The Genesis Game: Volume I (Pandemonium – Reborn – A Dark Dungeon Realm LitRPG Series Book 1) by Wolfe Locke: They called him the Black Seraph. The boy who would become known as the Angel of Death within the inner world of the dungeon. Surviving when all others failed, he completed the dungeon and found his victory hollow. He must find a new path forward and learn there’s more to power than being a tyrant if humanity is to survive the coming of Wormwood and the Genesis Game.
Stars (Wendy Darling Book 1) by Colleen Oakes: Wendy Darling has a perfectly agreeable life with her parents and brothers in wealthy London, as well as a budding romance with Booth, the neighborhood bookseller’s son. But one night, while their parents are at a ball, the charmingly beautiful Peter Pan comes to the Darling children’s nursery.
Orientation: A Story: And Other Stories by Daniel Orozco: “Orientation” is a story from Daniel Orozco’s critically acclaimed collection of the same name, which leads the reader through the hidden lives and moral philosophies of bridge painters, men housebound by obesity, and warehouse workers. “Orientation” introduces a writer at the height of his powers, whose work surely invites us to reassess the landscape of American fiction.
Cookbooks & Nutrition
Paleo Recipes: 50 Delicious Paleo Breakfast Recipes by Mathias Müller: Paleo is a healthy way to lose weight. It is also called the caveman diet because the ingredients that you will use are those that our ancestors also ate. Most of these ingredients are real and natural foods. The diet eliminates simple carbs from your diet. As a result, your body burns fat for energy.
Affordable Wedding Venues & Menus: How to Save Thousands on Your Two Biggest Expenses by Colleen C. McCarthy: Are you struggling to plan a wedding that fits your budget? If you need to save money, you can DIY a bunch of stuff, but that’ll only save a few dollars here and there. If you want to save thousands on your wedding, you need to start with the biggest expenses: your wedding venue and your menu. Follow along with the book to plan your own affordable wedding.
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