Hot Stuff: The summer’s 8 best romance novels are thrilling, fun, and resonant romps

By Maureen Lee Lenker August 30, 2022 at 03:00 PM EDT

Summer 2022 brought a veritable smorgasbord of scintillating romance choices, from unique historicals to engrossing contemporary rom-coms. [check your library first!]

  • For the Love of the Bard, by Jessica Martin
  • Always Be My Duchess, by Amalie Howard
  • The Accidental Pinup, by Danielle Jackson
  • The Hookup Plan, by Farrah Rochon


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The Birdcatcher by Gayl Jones. “After Jones’s 1975 debut novel, Corregidora, came out, Toni Morrison, Jones’s editor, declared: “No novel about any Black woman could ever be the same after this.” Jones became a literary darling, until disappearing from the scene for 21 years. She reemerged last year with the epic Palmares, a Pulitzer finalist, and this fall released The…

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Sex Pillows and Sex Blankets Are a Thing: 5 Ways They Can Help Boost Pleasure After 40

By Sisters From AARP According to Hilda Hutcherson, M.D., a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Colombia University, bringing pillows into play during sexy times can help lovers get out of a rut and explore new ways to pleasure one another. The right pillow can support achy muscles and joints, and help partners discover angles that hit…

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