10 Summer Reads You'll Love, Laugh at and Learn From

What can you learn from this summer's newest novels? Plenty! From hilarious high jinks to unlikely love affairs, you're sure to find lots to laugh at, learn from and certainly fantasize about in the 10 books below. After all, how can you head into the hottest season of all without a sizzling summer reading list? Take a look:

Her by Laura Zigman

What's it's about: Elise's embarrassing -- but hilarious -- transformation from happy-go-lucky fiancée to neurotic-yet-harmless stalker, obsessed with finding out about her intended's old flame.
Why you'll like it: Ever found yourself trying to find out too much about an innocent boyfriend's past? This novel proves that you're not alone (or nutty).
What you'll learn: Even if she is French, brilliant, beautiful (or fill in your own image of perfect), never let another woman cloud your confidence.
Steamy summer rating (1 to 10): 9

Angels by Marian Keyes

What's it's about: One cheating husband, one job in crisis and one best friend. Rachel's husband is cheating on her and she's about to be fired. To escape, she runs toward sunshine and support from her best friend, Emily, in LA. Here, the best kind of change ensues.
Why you'll like it: It's a gal-pal adventure set in the land of sunshine, full of movie stars, glamour and the nice girls who finish first.
What you'll learn: No matter how bad it gets, life always goes on. And in some cases, it turns out better than you ever expected.
Steamy summer rating (1 to 10): 8

Bookends by Jane Green

What's it's about:
Similar to the colorful characters in Mr. Maybe, Jane Green's new book is about four lifelong friends living in London. Life is going along with the usual (and sometimes hilarious) ups and downs until the stunningly beautiful Portia (a college friend known for breaking hearts) suddenly resurfaces. That's when the real story begins.
Why you'll like it Single or spoken for, you'll find a character you can relate to in this page-turner about dating, marriage, parenthood, career goals, jealousy and of course, love.
What you'll learn: Among friends, sticky situations are bound to arise, but that is what makes life truly interesting.
Steamy summer rating (1 to 10): 6

One Hot Summer by Caroline Garcia Aguilera

What's it's about: One summer, Margarita has to choose between staying home to raise her two-year-old or going back to a lucrative legal career.
Why you'll like it: When a suave ex-boyfriend enters the scene, her decision heats up.
What you'll learn: Life is full of choices, but some are more fun to make than others ...
Steamy summer rating (1 to 10): 10

Househusband by Ad Hudler

What's it's about: Remember Mr. Mom? This is the oh-so entertaining story of a real stay-at-home dad.
Why you'll like it: He'll win your heart and make you wish you had a househusband of your own! Plus, the dad-tested recipes he includes are sure to impress your summer guests!
What you'll learn: Traditional rules and roles are made to be broken.
Steamy summer rating (1 to 10): 7



The Dominant Blonde by Alisa Kwitney

What it's about: After her boyfriend disappears with three million dollars of her family's money, the newly blonde Lydia Gold is distressed, depressed and dumped. But she's about to embark on a steamy island adventure!
Why you'll like it: An ex-cop scuba instructor not only helps Lydia get her money back, but her pride as well.
What you'll learn: Changing your hair color can be a great pick-me-up, but changing your life is an experience.
Steamy summer rating (1 to 10): 8

My Legendary Girlfriend by Mike Gayle

What it's about: Will Kelly, the male version of Bridget Jones who appeared in Gayle's first novel Mr. Commitment, is trying to forget the "one that got away."
Why you'll like it: Isn't it nice to be reminded that men face the breakup blues too? This book delivers all the testosterone-laden details with enough humor to keep you turning pages.
What you'll learn: Heartbreak is universal, whether you have a Y chromosome or not.
Steamy summer rating (1 to 10): 6

Come Up and See Me Sometime by Erika Krouse

What it's about: A collection of short stories depicts 13 sassy young singles each with a shocking tale to tell. And in the telling they learn to understand themselves.
Why you'll like it: It's got shock value. "I like to sleep with other women's husbands," begins the narrator of one of the stories. Need you hear more?
What you'll learn: As each of these fictional women seek out self-knowledge, you may discover how to hear your own heart too.
Steamy summer rating (1 to 10): 9

An Italian Affair by Laura Fraser

What it's about: The author's true account of a transatlantic love affair that took place after her husband's infidelity.
Why you'll like it: For the sights, the foods, the romance and the sex.
What you'll learn: Although this sort of fairy-tale romance is rare, Laura's experience will remind you that heartbreaks heal. Plus, you never know when the love of your life will show up.
Steamy summer rating (1 to 10): 10

Fourplay
by Jane Moore

What it's about: Suddenly Josephine Miles is a single mom (her husband cheated with the secretary!), but she breaks through her busy schedule and lines up four eligible bachelors for herself, who are all vying for her time and attention.
Why you'll like it: Situations that would be sticky in real-life always make for fun fiction.
What you'll learn: Are you too busy for love? The solution may be more simple than you think: Open your eyes to more possibilities. Like Josephine, you might be very surprised ...
Steamy summer rating (1 to 10): 10


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