13 Upcoming Romance Books Releasing In June

The heat of summer is coming! Let’s make it hotter with these 13 romance book releases! Resident Romance Redneck approved!

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Hey y’all, it’s your resident romance redneck back again with another set of romance books coming out this June! I’ve recently done this for LGBTQIA+ romance coming out this June (pun intended)! Now I’m going to be keeping you up-to-date on upcoming romance releases! Please be aware that the majority of these books are going to be heteronormative, but we’ve got lots of articles for you to check out if you’re wanting something a little fruitier.

Thank You, Next

Andie J. Christopher

Cover of "Thank You, Next" a novel from USA Today bestselling author of "Not Under His Collar" Andie J. Christopher.

Cover Comment: "Always the fling, never the ring."

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Release Date: June 14

Thank You, Next by Andie J. Christopher features a few staple tropes that we romance lovers enjoy: forced proximity, second chance romance, and slight enemies to lovers. Readers follow single divorce attorney, Alex Turner through her tulmultous relationship with herself. As the cover says, Alex is always the fling and hasn’t quite made it to the ring. All of that seems to change when the emotionally unavailable Alex collides with Will, a chef and divorcee… and a childhood friend of Alex’s. Tension? Definitely there. This is a classic case of one partner encouraging the other to love themselves and then both admitting feelings in the end, or at least we hope.

Flying Solo

Linda Holmes

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Release Date: June 14

Flying Solo by Linda Holmes is romance with a side of mystery (two of my favorite genres). Laurie Sassalyn has called off her wedding and abruptly returns to the small town in Maine she grew up in. Thankfully, she’ll have something to do to keep her mind off the recently cancelled wedding… and her upcoming birthday. See Laurie is handling her great-aunt, Dot’s estate. Much like Alex from Thank You, Next, Laurie goes on a journey of self-searching that is launched by circumstances completely out of her control (those circumstances appearing in the form of her first love). So Laurie takes chances, negotiates with con artists, goes on after-hours library dates and much more all because of a mysterious wooden duck in Dot’s estate.

Island Time

Georgia Clark

Cover of "Island Time" by Georgia Clark, author of "It Had to Be You"

Cover Blurb: "Clark is the queen of rom-coms with humor, heart, and ex appeal! -Hannah Orenstein, author of 'Meant to Be Mine'"

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Release Date: June 14

Let me just get this one out in the open, Island Time by Georgia Clark has nine POVs. Nine! Chaotic? Maybe, but I’m interested to see how it will work! The story is set off the coast of Queensland, two families are related by the marriage of their daughters. (Yeah, y’all remember when I said this was a heteronormative list?) While there is great LGBTQIA+ representation, it’s not the main focal point of the story. Island Time is an ensemble book, so just be warned. Anyway, these two families and two workers get stuck on this secluded island because of a volcano eruption! Growth is a central theme for this one!

How To Fake It In Hollywood

Ava Wilder

Cover of "How To Fake It In Hollywood" a novel by Ava Wilder.

Cover Blurb: "A raw, character-driven, and heart-touching read... I absolutely loved it. -Elena Armas, New York Times bestselling author of 'The Spanish Love Deception'"

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Release Date: June 14

How To Fake It In Hollywood by Ava Wilder has everything that I look for in a cute romance book. Fake dating? Relatable characters? De-glamourizing fame and fortune? Check, check, and double check. Grey Brooks, former child TV star, is steadily dropping in fame. In a last ditch effort, she finally gives into he publicists latest PR stunt: “a fake love affair with a disgraced Hollywood heartthrob.” Count me in! That disgraced Hollywood heartthrob, Ethan Atkins, went through a divorce, drinks like a fish, and close family death, so he really just want to be left alone. Unfortunately (but really fortunately), the only way he’ll get to produce his next film is if he cleans up his act and Grey is the way to do it. Soon though, all that goes up must come down, so will the ends justify the means when it comes to Grey and Ethan’s fake relationship… especially when it feels more real than not?

Scotsman in the Stocks

Alana Oxford

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Cover Blurb: "A delightfully sweet, cozy romance for book lovers. -Kiley Dunbar, author of 'The Borrow a Bookshop Holiday'"

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Release Date: June 14

Scotsman in the Stacks by Alana Oxford follows 29-year-old Paige who is two things: 1) single and 2) working part-time at a Michigan library. And 29-year-old Paige only wants two things: 1) to be married and 2) a full-time librarian position. Our leading man? James from Glasgow, Scotland who is in Michigan for the summer on an art residency. The pair meets just after Paige breaks it off with her commitment fearing ex of six years and just eight weeks before James has to return to Scotland. Despite this, the pair can’t seem to stay away from each other. This is a sickly-sweet, vanilla romance book with little to no angst, and a happy ending (because I suggest nothing else).

Betrayed Love

Brynne Asher

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Release Date: June 14

I’m just going to casually drop this age gap billionaire romance book for you to read in the form of Betrayed Love by Brynne Asher. Brynne Asher specializes in romance and Betrayed Love is no excpetion. It’s the final book in the Montgomery Series and it’s juicy! Quinn Montgomery and Henry Ward III are neighbors, but their families are most definitely not friendly. The Montgomery Series books are slightly interconnected, so this isn’t the first readers have heard of Quinn, but her story runs deeper than previously mentioned. I’m always going to read a forbidden love story, and they synopsis of this one reads as if I’m going to devour this within a day.

Maggie Moves On

Lucy Score

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Release Date: June 21

Maggie Moves On by Lucy Score features a male love interest that falls first, and falls hard! This is a small town romance and Maggie is a big time YouTube star who’s renovating an old Victorian house. Silas is the landscaper that she hired and he is instantly smitten with Maggie. You can expect there to be some spicier scenes because this is a Lucy Score book. Maggie just plans on fixing up the place and then heading out, onto the next adventure to continue growing her YouTube following. Silas is dead set on encouraging her to grow some roots in the town and with him.

Fake It Till You Bake It

Jamie Wesley

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Release Date: June 21

Fake It Till You Bake It by Jamie Wesley is a romance novel that checks the fake dating box. Much like Grey and Ethan in How To Fake It In Hollywood, this is a mutually beneficial relationship. Jada is currently on the outs with her family and with the majority of society because she recently just denied a proposal on a reality TV show. Her parents have cut off her credit cards, so she’s in need of a job. Donovan is cool, calm and collected and he happens to own a semi-struggling bakery. So when someone starts asking if Jada and Donovan are dating because Jada has started working at Donovan’s bakery… they say yes. I’m such a sucker for these fake dating romances where the fake dating becomes more, so I’m all in for this one.

On Rotation

Shirlene Obuobi

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Release Date: June 21

On Rotation by Shirlene Obuobi is a medical romance with a female minority lead, what more can you ask for? Grey’s Anatomy meets The Love Hypothesis. This is Shirlene Obuobi’s debut novel and it’s going to be a good one. Ghanaian-American Angela Appiah’s life is slightly falling apart at the moment. Her boyfriend just dumped her, she just bombed a really important test, and her best friend has been pulling away from her. And to top it all off, the approval of her parents rests solely on the idea that she’s the perfect immigrant child. The icing on the cake comes in the form of Ricky Gutierrez, someone who sees that Angie is struggling and doesn’t judge her for it. And the fact that Shirlene Obuobi is a doctor as well as author, just proves to me that this story is going to be a homerun.

A Thousand Miles

Bridget Morrissey

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Release Date: June 21

A Thousand Miles by Bridget Morrissey is a childhood friends to strangers to so much more. Dee Matthews runs a popular podcast where she interviews anyone and everyone from her past about anything and everything. It’s a tell-all of Dee’s life, except for Name Redacted, a man that she refuses to acknowledge on the podcast. Name Redacted has been living a boringly normal life ever since his friendship with Dee has fallen apart. Ben (otherwise known as Name Redacted) and Dee buried a time capsule in Ben’s grandmother’s backyard ten years ago with the promise to open it eventually, but since their falling out, it’s been radio silence between those two. Now these two reuinte after ten years and their friendship sparks back up and they’re on the way to uncover that time capsule. But what else are they digging up along the way?

Cookout Carnage

Kelly Kay and Evie Alexander

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Release Date: June 23

Cookout Carnage features two novellas in one package. We’ve got Up in Smoke by Kelly Kay and Off With a Bang by Evie Alexander, after both stories are told they both come together like woven fabric at the end. Up in Smoke opens with engaged Jonathan, but he doesn’t want to be engaged to his cheating fiancé anymore. In truth, Jonathan has always been in love with his childhood best friend Juliet. Wouldn’t you know it, guess who just so happens to show up the day before Jonathan’s wedding? I’m excited to see how Jonathan gets out of that pickle! Off With a Bang is a coworker romance, but those coworkers have only ever spoken over Zoom. So when Sherilyn invites Tristan to her family’s Fourth of July celebration and he accepts, she kind of panics. To her family she’s Sherrie-Lynn, and they’re a bunch of uncivilized rednecks, what is posh Brit Tristin going to think of them? This is the second book in Kelly and Evie’s Holiday Disasters series, so my hopes are definitely on the high end.

American Royalty

Tracey Livesay

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Release Date: June 28

American Royalty by Tracey Livesay is said to be based on the love story of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Good start, in my personal opinion. Dani Nelson is a rapper with the stage name “Duchess,” and she’s on the verge of signing a major record deal. Prince Jameson is a reclusive royal and professor who prefers to step away from the spotlight any chance he can get. But when the Queen becomes frustrated with her children, she asks Jameson to take charge of a tribute concert in her late husband’s honor. Begrudingly, Jameson takes the challenge and hires Duchess to perform. Much to his surprise, Duchess is an American rapper who’s only going to cause issues for him from then on out. Dani isn’t backing down though, contracts have been signed and things are in motion. Things only get more complicated when Jameson and Dani become emersed in the sparks that flare between them. How will this fairy tale end?

The Sizzle Paradox

Lily Menon

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Release Date: June 28

The Sizzle Paradox by Lily Menon is a STEM, friends to lovers, kind of teacher/student vibes in the way a friend will teach another friend (definitely no influential power dynamics) and has queer representation. Btoh of our main characters, Lyric and Kian, are grad students. Lyric has been studying what she calls The Sizzle Paradox, which is the sexual chemistry between romantic partners and what makes a successful relationship. Her science backs the research, but she just hasn’t conducted a successful experiment yet because of her inexperience in the dating sphere. Lucky for her, Kian specializes in the dating sphere. I’m always down for a best friend romance that is esclated and that’s exactly what The Sizzle Paradox is.

That’s it for my list on romance releases coming out this June! I hope that if you pick one of these up you enjoy them, I know I will! Everyone’s taste is different and I’m just happy y’all are trusting my judgment enough to let a complete stranger recommend you books!

And if you’ve got a hankering for a fruit cocktail, check out my article on 13 LGBTQIA+ Romance Books Coming Out This June here!

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