But as summer officially begins this week — with a heat dome creating triple digit temperatures in much of the American West — one could be forgiven for extending the definition of “beach” to include any strip of sand by any body of water, be it lake or pond or creek.
Summer heat can drive folks either inside to frosty movie theaters or outside to water, and the latter leaves readers hungering for the escape to be found in a clever beach read under a big shade umbrella … even if, in my case, the shore is only a bit of brown sand on the shores of Lake Carl Blackwell (Oklahoma being a landlocked state).
So as you pack that beach bag here are two suggestions of books to tuck inside, staring with the reissue of #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Sylvia Day’s Passion for the Game, Book 2 in her Georgian Series. It takes a criminal to catch a criminal, and both Christopher Saint John and Lady Winter are infamous in high society for their misdeeds and charm. The ruthless pirate and the widow of two husbands who met untimely deaths are of especial interest to the local authorities, the latter of which decide to pit the two wickedly renowned figures against each other in a battle of wits that promises to deliver quite the spectator sport.
In another wicked read, New York Times Bestselling Author Madeline Hunter brings readers The Wicked Duke, Book 3 in her Wicked Trilogy. Suspected of murdering his brother, Lancelot Hemingford, Duke of Aylesbury, has been forced to give up his hell-raising ways for the anonymity of quiet country living. So when the opportunity to clear his name arises in exchange for proposing to the niece of a neighbor, he sees no choice but to accept the offer. It never once occurred to him that Marianne Radley might have accepted his proposal not to please her parents but to get close to the duke so she can expose his secrets to the world.
Have you ever been involved with someone with a secret no one would have ever guessed? If so, please share — we could all use a distraction from the heat.