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Books That Play: Sizzling Summer Romances

When I say summer, you say romance! There’s good reason summer love has become such a trope (in books and beyond)–something about hazy, fleeting days of warmth makes crushes all the more intense. Whether you plan on making your own declaration of seasonal love, or are looking to keep things a little more fictional, we have all the swoonage your heart desires.

Don’t make it just a fling: listen to our romance recs even after the summer sun has set.

Ben Stephens has never bothered with serious relationships. When he lands a huge ad campaign featuring movie star Anna Gardiner, however, it’s hard to keep it purely professional. Listen in as Ben and Anna veer off-script in While We Were Dating by bestselling author Jasmine Guillory.

Author: Paul Rudnick
Read By: Michael Urie

When a lonely American event planner starts dating the gay Prince of Wales, a royal uproar ensues: is it true love or the ultimate meme? Find out in Playing the Palace, a comedy about a meant-to-be romance that sets off media fireworks on both sides of the Atlantic, narrated by the inimitable Michael Urie.

“Urie’s upbeat voice and quippy tone are a perfect fit for the indomitable New Yorker whose chance encounter with Prince Edgar sparks an unexpected romance.”–AudioFile

After ten years as a flight attendant, Ava Greene is ready to put down roots. But then former pilot Jack Stone is on her very last flight. And he has the nerve to flirt with her. When their plane encounters mechanical problems, what should have been a quick stop suddenly becomes a weekend layover. Find out what happens under the hot sun in The Layover.

Author: Emily Henry
Read By: Julia Whelan

Poppy and Alex have nothing in common, but every summer they take one glorious week of vacation together. Until two years ago, when they ruined everything. When someone asks Poppy when she was last happy, she knows it was on that final trip with Alex. And so, she decides to ask him to take one more vacation together. Miraculously, he agrees.

“Julia Whelan’s immersive narration and the author’s rich prose draw listeners into this slow-burn romance.”–AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner

Four years ago, Dylan and Addie fell in love. Two years ago, their relationship officially ended. Today, Dylan’s and Addie’s lives collide again. Literally, they crash cars at the start of the journey to a friend’s wedding. New levels of awkward are reached in The Road Trip, but what if the end of the road is just the beginning?

Meet-cute even more romance audiobooks in our full collection of Summer Rom-Coms on Audio