Kissing Books

Working Together Towards Love

Greetings and salutations! Welcome, or welcome back, to the Kissing Books newsletter. I’m PN Hinton, here to give you the rundown on the world of romance, including new releases, recommendations, and other entertaining ways to pass your time.

How is it already the end of July? August starts tomorrow, and it’s hard for me to reconcile that school will be starting back up in a few short weeks. I’m feeling a bit of the guilt over not doing what I had planned to do with the Teenager this summer, but also, in my defense, it’s been too hot to really go out and do anything. I’m sure there were more than a few days where it was advised to not go out unless one absolutely had to. Still best-laid plans and all that. I’ll just have to try to him sometime come Thanksgiving and Winter Break when it should be slightly cooler.

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Bookish Goods

picture of book lover decal

Book Lover Decal by

I just love the the heart in the middle of the pages and will admit it’s the thing that first caught my eye. This decal can be put on your car, your laptop, reusable water bottle…anywhere really. It’s a great way to proclaim your love of reading and is priced at just $3.75

New Releases

cover of Tastes Like Shakkar by Nisha Sharma; illustration of a Desi couple, a man and a woman, standing in the center

Tastes Like Shakkar by Nisha Sharma

In this modern spin on Much Ado About Nothing, the spotlight is focused on event planner Bobbi and chef Bunty as they work together to ensure that Kareena and Prem’s wedding goes off without a hitch. Between the two of them butting heads and someone trying to sabotage the happy couple’s impending nuptials, this soon proves to be a complicated endeavor. There’s also the pesky spark of attraction between the two that seems to shine brighter each time they interact.

cover of with love from cold world

From Cold World, With Love by Alicia Thompson

One of the few things that Lauren and Asa have in common is that they both enjoy their job at Orlando resort Cold World. When their boss asks them to compete to come up with a plan to help drive more visitors, they eagerly take to it, wanting to outdo the other. They soon discover just how much trouble the beloved park may be in. Determined to save it from closure, they work together to save it, all the while becoming well aware of the attraction that is quickly developing between them.

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.

Riot Recommendations

With it being the last day of July, I decided to end the month with some “Christmas in July” recommendations. Even if I have conflicted feelings about that holiday, both mid-year and at its designated time of year, I also know it brings a lot of joy to many people. So, far be it for me to deny that type of happiness just because it’s not one I share.

‘Cause I will admit for all my posturing that I do love a good holiday romance since it helps to warm my cold little heart.

cover of My One Christmas Wish

My One Christmas Wish by D. Rose

Despite being more than willing to help celebrate her parent’s 35th wedding anniversary, Winter has no desire to find love. Her younger sister has different plans for her and sets her up on a date, and she goes, expecting, if nothing else, to get a few drinks out of the evening. Imagine her surprise when her best friend Gabriel walks in, eager to reconnect and perhaps make their friendship to more.

cover of Christmas in Mistletoe

Christmas in Mistletoe by Clare Lydon

Much to her parent’s neighbors’ shock, music exec Fran fully intends on working through her holiday stay in Mistletoe. When Fran discovers that Ruby, a singer that she had a less than pleasant previous encounter with, is a local, it’s her turn to be surprised. After the two women are thrown together to plan a Christmas festival, they both realize that they may need to let go of the past to prepare for a possible future together.

I took this quiz just for fun and, in a surprise to absolutely no one, I’m sure, got romance. For what it’s worth, I would have also accepted horror.

Here are some sexy summer romances for your consideration.

This tweet is entirely too loud.

Likely the number one reason I shouldn’t work in a bookstore.

And that’s all I have for y’all today. I’ll be back in your inboxes Thursday with a fresh newsletter. In the meantime, you can still find me posting over on the site formerly known as Twitter under @PScribe801. Until then happy reading and stay hydrated.