DJ's August Must-Reads

As July starts winding down - can you believe we’re already halfway through the month?! - I can’t help but think about all the drool-worthy books releasing in August. Today I’m sharing my picks for next month, which is a nice mix of contemporary romance, Young Adult and New Adult. Take a look:

Mr. Right Goes Wrong by Pamela Morsi

When: August 1, 2014

What It’s All About: Mazzy moves back home with her son in an attempt to rebuild her life, even if that means working for her ex. Mazzy’s not looking for love, but sweet and reliable Eli Latham still has his eyes — and heart — set on her, even after loving her for years and being burned more than once. He knows Mazzy has a thing for bad boys, so Eli decides it’s time to ditch Mr. Nice and channel his inner bad boy. Will his makeover finally win Mazzy over or is she the one who has to change in order to find happiness?

Why I Must Read It: I'll admit, the cute guy on the cover is what caught my eye first. But the refreshing premise of a nice guy going bad was what sealed the deal.

Between the Spark and the Burn by April Genevieve Tucholke

When: August 14, 2014

What It’s All About: This sequel and conclusion to last year’s Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, finds Violet and Neely setting out to track down River, a devil in disguise who changed Violet’s life when he blew into town and who has since moved on. But River is always one step ahead, leaving Violet and Neely to find the chaos he’s created. To make matters worse, Violet’s pretty sure Neely’s keeping a secret, one that may lead to even more danger.

Why I Must Read It: I loved the first book and can't wait to see how the story and unusal characters are both expanded in this sequel. It's not heavy on the romance, but it's such an intriguing story that I don't mind.

Takeover by Anna Zabo

When: August 19, 2014

What It’s All About: When Michael sees Sam walk into the bar, all tense and buttoned up in his suit, Michael knows the other man is in need of a little fun — in bed. But after their steamy encounter, they part ways. Sam, still in the closet, goes on to start his new job as CEO of a failing company. Things take an interesting turn when Michael turns out to be one of his new employees. Keeping things strictly professional is easier said than done, and it isn’t long before they give in to their desires.

Why I Must Read It: I always need more M/M romance in my life and I'm a sucker for a guy who looks good in a suit. So, this is a win-win overall.

The Best Kind of Trouble by Lauren Dane

When: August 26, 2014

What It’s All About: Small town librarian Natalie Clayton finally feels like her wild days are behind her and that her life is in control. That all changes when Paddy Hurley, an old fling, crashes back into her life, Natalie’s resolve wavers. Winding down from his rock-and-roll lifestyle, Paddy’s craving to spend more time with Natalie, and as they grow closer, lines are crossed as the heat intensifies.

Why I Must Read It: To be honest, I haven't read any of Ms. Dane's previous books, but there's just something about this one that particularly screams, "DJ! READ ME!". Maybe it's the librarian/bad boy coupling combo.

Irresistible Force by D.D. Ayers

When: August 26, 2014

What It’s All About: When a stray dog is brought into the animal shelter where she works, Shay Appleton knows it’s love at first sight and takes the stray home to act as a watch dog. With an abusive ex still hung up on her, Shay needs all the protection she can get. She gets more than she bargained for when the dog’s rightful owner shows up — Officer James Cannon, a man too sexy to ignore. And as they grow closer, James realizes Shay needs him as much as he needs her.

Why I Must Read It: Sexy cop? Cute dog? Sexy cop and cute dog on the cover? SOLD.

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

When: August 26, 2014

What It’s All About: Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class at their college and despite their respective reservations and issues, there’s an undeniable spark between them. It’s even obvious to everyone around them, including their professor, the pizza delivery guy and Lea and Gabe’s best friend. Told from fourteen outside perspectives, readers will get to experience Lea and Gabe’s growing relationship in a charming and unique manner.

Why I Must Read It: I'm really intrigued by the whole fourteen-perspectives concept. And it sounds like it's a sweeter, less sex-focused New Adult story. Count me in!

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