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Enter for a chance to win $1,000 to help you find your poolside paradise, plus a stack of summer must-reads and a giant pool float for ultimate lounging!

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Whether you’re traveling solo, with a group of friends, or with your family, there’s a book for you. We’re giving away bundles of both children’s and adult’s books, so be sure to specify which books you’re interested in winning when entering below. Read on for a full list of prizes!

The Prizes:
ONE Grand Prize Winner:
$1,000 for a poolside retreat
a dual chaise pool float
a stack of 10 books!

FIFTY Winners:
A 3-book bundle of summer must-reads!

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Celebrate Pride year-round with Penguin Random House! Enter for a chance to win a collection of 25 new LGBTQ+ books!

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Here’s a bit more from our sponsor: Check out the Pride in Your Words website for hundreds of queer book recommendations. Books offer community, even when we’re alone. And seeing yourself represented in the pages of a book is something everyone should be able to experience. Find your next read at prh.com/pridereads, this month and every month.

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We’re teaming up with Bookperk to give away $100 gift card to Bookshop.org to one lucky winner!

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Here’s a bit more from our sponsor: Bookperk is the place for readers! Fantastic deals, exclusive giveaways, bookish finds & more – delivered daily for free.

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We’re teaming up with Early Bird Books to give away a Kobo Libra 2 to one lucky winner!

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We’re teaming up with Crime & Chocolate to give away a pair of Beats Fit Pros to one lucky winner!

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Here’s a bit more from our sponsor: Immerse yourself in the gripping world of mystery, crime, and unexpected sweetness with our exclusive newsletter, Crime & Chocolate. Tailored for the discerning aficionado of intrigue and supense, this newsletter is your monthly gateway to the latest and greatest in crime, mystery, and thriller novels. Join us on a journey through the shadows, where every page turned is a step deeper into the unknown.

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Enter for a chance to win $1,000 to help you find your poolside paradise, plus a stack of summer must-reads and a giant pool float for ultimate lounging!

Enter here for a chance to win, or click the image below!

Whether you’re traveling solo, with a group of friends, or with your family, there’s a book for you. We’re giving away bundles of both children’s and adult’s books, so be sure to specify which books you’re interested in winning when entering below. Read on for a full list of prizes!

The Prizes:
ONE Grand Prize Winner:
$1,000 for a poolside retreat
a dual chaise pool float
a stack of 10 books!

FIFTY Winners:
A 3-book bundle of summer must-reads!

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We’re teaming up with Early Bird Books to give away a Kobo Libra 2 to one lucky winner!

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Here’s a bit more from our sponsor:  Sign up for Early Bird Books Daily Newsletter, with Free and Discounted Deals on Bestselling eBooks.

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8 of the Best New Romance Audiobooks to Listen to This Summer

This post is written by Nikki DeMarco.

During the full swing of summer, there’s nothing quite like listening to an audiobook to fully embrace the essence of the season. It’s the time of year for escape, whether you’re escaping out of town on vacation, escaping the heat with a staycation, or escaping reality by starting a new book. Put on your earbuds and sunscreen, because these steamy romances are guaranteed to transport you to a world of beachside flirtations, unforgettable adventures, and love stories that sizzle hotter than the summer sun. Think heartwarming reunions under a starlit sky and unforgettable characters embarking on journeys of love and self-discovery: everything romance readers love. From rivals-to-lovers tropes to heartwarming second-chance romances, this list offers something for every romance audiobook lover.

This curated selection highlights some of the swooniest books of 2024. Even more than that, they are narrated by talented voices that bring the characters and their love stories to life. So, if you’re searching for an audiobook that promises an emotional journey and a happily ever after, look no further. It’s time to grab your headphones, pack a beach bag (or staycation essentials!), and get ready to crush on the hottest romance audiobooks of 2024. Let’s get into it!

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Curvy Girl Summer by Danielle Allen, Narrated by Wesleigh Siobhan

Aaliyah is on the cusp of her 30th birthday and wants a date to her birthday party so her family can shut up about her being single already. Her first attempt went awry, so her friends and the local bartender, Ahmad, help her set up an online dating profile. The apps aren’t easy for a big, confident, Black woman to navigate, especially with fetishizing, catfishing, and all the lying going on. Aaliyah is determined not to settle on her dreams for herself or her standards. All she really needs to do is open her eyes to what’s right in front of her.

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A Novel Love Story by Ashley Poston, Narrated by Dorothy Dillingham Blue & Ashley Poston

Eileen Merriweather loves a good romance novel where there are HEAs and not women jilted at the alter, like she was. Having hidden out at home long enough, she decides to go on her book club’s annual retreat. On the way, her car breaks down in Eloraton, the picturesque small town setting from her favorite romance novel series. The town is stuck in the late author’s last unfinished story. Elsy decides to write the town’s happy ending herself, because it just might be intertwined with her own HEA.

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The Kiss Countdown by Etta Easton, Narrated by Angel Pean

Event planner Amerie is jobless, boyfriendless, and about to be apartmentless. When she runs into a sexy astronaut at her favorite coffee shop at the same time she sees her ex there with his new partner, she pretends that astronaut Vincent is her new boyfriend. Vincent is totally down with this, and they strike up a deal. Amerie will live rent-free in his spare room while she gets her start-up off the ground, and Vincent will have a “girlfriend” to take to all the events leading up to his launch in three months.

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The Prospects by KT Hoffman, Narrated by Shaan Dasani & KT Hoffman

In this minor league sports romance, Gene Ionescu has his dream job playing for the Beaverton Beavers as the first openly trans athlete in pro baseball. He’s happy with the life he’s worked hard for, until Luis Estrada, his former teammate and current rival, gets traded to the Beavers. As the two learn to play on the same team, the tension between them turns magnetic. Gene must decide if he’s happy with his minor league life or if he needs some major league changes.

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How to End a Love Story by Yulin Kuang, Narrated by Katharine Chin & Andrew Eiden

Helen Zhang never thought she’d see her high school classmate Grant Shepard again, and that suited her just fine. When her YA novel series is optioned for the screen, Grant is one of the lead writers on the screenplay, forcing them to work together. They decide not to tell the other writers about the tragic accident from their past. The more time they spend together, the more they realize that their high school ideas of each other aren’t representative of who they have become…and what might become between them.

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A Shore Thing by Joanna Lowell, Narrated by Ros Watt

Kit Griffith is starting new in Cornwall with an identity that finally fits him. He knew that leaving his all-women artist community would be difficult, but didn’t think he’d lose painting altogether. Instead, he pursues another interest: selling and riding bicycles. Botanist Muriel Pendrake seeks Kit out to commission him to illustrate British seaweed for her before leaving for New York. He knows he shouldn’t, but this could be his opportunity to show an all-male cycling league that women can ride just as well, if not better, than men. The two agree to help each other. Practice beachside rides turn into Muriel and Kit growing closer. This is a slow burn that you won’t be able to put down.

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Isabel and the Rogue by Liana De la Rosa, Narrated by Ruby Hunt

Isabel Luna Valdés feels like the forgotten Luna sister and is determined not to let that stop her from helping Mexico gather information that could aid it during the French Occupation. She’s able to easily slip away from the ton during the season and into libraries and offices to find secrets. Meanwhile, Captain Sirius Dawson is a spy for the British Home Office. He gains politicians’ trust and trysts with knowledgeable ladies. His keen instincts help him identify what Isabel is doing, but she escapes his every attempt to catch her. The attraction between them is strong, and when secrets are revealed, Isabel has to decide if she is loyal to her country or to her heart.

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Four Eids and a Funeral by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé & Adiba Jaigirdar, Narrated by Farah Kidwai, Sandra Okuboyejo & Shahjehan Khan

Tiwa and Said used to be best friends, and when Said goes to a boarding school out of town, it all but seals their ex-bestie fate. Unexpectedly, Said returns home for the summer so he can attend the funeral of his favorite librarian. Since Tiwa and Said go to the same Islamic Center, avoiding each other isn’t so easy. When the center accidentally catches fire, the mayor decides to bulldoze the whole thing. Tiwa is devastated, then determined to save it with Said’s help. Their attempt to save the building is the last chance they have to save their relationship as well.

If you want to get more audiobook recommendations, but sure to check out Audible’s best audiobooks of 2024 so far.

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Bookish Good of the Week: July 7, 2024

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Resin Ocean Lover Bookmark by MelHonickDesigns

Now’s the perfect time to have the beach between your pages while you’re on the beach with this gorgeous resin bookmark. $18

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“Vamp” It Up

Welcome, or welcome back, to the Kissing Books newsletter. I’m PN Hinton, your guide to all things romance-related. Thanks for taking time from your day to give this a read! I hope this newsletter helps to brighten up your day just a little bit more.

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Happy Summmerween! This is the annual combination celebration of summer and Halloween. This word first entered my vernacular a couple of years ago when I was marathoning Gravity Falls with my son. It is something that is also fairly popular in BookTube since there are a handful of related reading challenges going on this month. Either way, it’s a fun holiday and we all definitely could use a lot more of that in our lives, especially at this particular moment.

Before we dive further, this is too important to not give a shout-out. This year marks 30 years since Beverly Jenkins made her debut and published Night Song. Congratulations Ms. Bev!

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Spooky Romance Sticker by FatedFiction

This sticker is the perfect way to kick off Summerween. Plus, it’s sparkly, and who doesn’t like to sparkle every now and again? $4.00

New Releases

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The Next Best Fling by Gabriella Gamez

After Marcela’s best friend and long-time crush gets engaged to another woman, she resolves to do everything to keep his happily ever after safe. Her first act is preventing his older brother Theo from confessing his love for his soon-to-be sister-in-law at the engagement party, and getting him to sleep off his drunken state at her place. When they show up together the next day, everyone incorrectly assumes they hooked up. Needing a cover for both of their feelings of unrequited love, they roll with it. But, when a shared hidden attraction rises to the surface, they soon find themselves exploring it together and wondering if this rebound is the real thing.

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A Wallflower Never Surrenders by Courtney McCaskill

After Eleanor’s eccentric father sells the family home, she focuses on securing a new house for her three younger sisters and herself. While an invitation to the Countess of Millthrope’s house party will see them housed for two weeks, it is still a temporary solution. When the youngest sister, Pippa, catches the eye of Felix, younger brother of Jasper, the Duke of Norwood, this appears to be the change in luck their family needs. However, Jasper believes Pippa is a fortune hunter and vows to stop the match. What he didn’t expect was that Eleanor would be equally determined to see it through, or that he would soon begin to look at the eldest sister as an option for his wife.

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.

Riot Recommendations

I mentioned last send that the recommendations this month would be primarily divided between Summerween and Christmas In July themes. As such, today’s theme is vampires. No matter what other types of monsters, cryptids, or other supernatural sweeties we may read about, I’m betting most of us have a special place in our reading hearts for those particular creatures of the night.

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Vampires of El Norte by Isabel Cañas

From childhood, Néstor has always loved Nena, the daughter of the ranch owner where his family stays. When an innocent night out leads to violence, Nestor erroneously believes Nena has died and runs away in fear and shame. Years later, their paths cross again with Nena working as a curandera to prove her worth to her father and avoid being married off. But with Nena believing that Néstor had abandoned her all those years ago, their reunion is anything but sweet. Soon, they discover that they will have to put aside their differences to fight not only the colonizers encroaching on their territory but also the unknown creatures that drain the blood out of their victims before leaving them for dead. Only then will they be able to resolve the issues from their past and look toward a possible future together.

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Time Without End by Linda Lael Miller

Known as an enigmatic master of illusion with a successful magic show in Vegas, the vampire Valerian seems to have it all. However, beneath his external facade, he’s brokenhearted, having lost his one true love back when he was turned. And even though they’ve always united whenever she gets reincarnated, her violent death at the hands of an unknown enemy always parts them. When Valerian is found to be a person of interest in a series of murders and is approached by homicide detective Daisy, he is shocked to discover Brenna’s current form. He vows to help the detective solve the case and ensure that they will not be tragically parted this time.

While not every witchy book listed here is a romance, enough are for it to merit a call out.

Pick your favorite rom-com and get your go-to coffee order.

And that’s all she wrote for today. If you’re ever interested in what I do between the sends, you can always give me a follow over on Instagram under @pns_bookish_world. Until then, happy reading and stay hydrated!