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It’s time turn up the heat a little bit as we move in August with some of the steamiest reads you can get your hands on. Here at The Social Chapter, we believe that your summer reading should reflect the season—fun, relaxing, and of course, hot. This meticulously hand-picked group of literature with a range of focuses like young love, passionate romance, and, y’know, steamy sex, is practically calling for you to sit back and relax on the patio, glass of wine in hand. And maybe something to fan yourself with?
Check out our picks below, and happy reading! Is it getting hot in here or what?
Is There Still Sex In The City: by Candace Bushnell
Anansi International, 2019
A short, sharp, satirical commentary on the love and dating habits of middle aged men and women as they continue to navigate the ever-modernizing world of relationships, Is There Still Sex In The City looks at love and life from all angles: marriage and children, divorce and bereavement, as well as the very real pressures on women to maintain their youth and have it all. This is a pull-no-punches social commentary and an indispensable companion to one of the most revolutionary dating books of the twentieth century.
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The Wedding Party: by Jasmine Guillory
After an “oops, we made a mistake” night together, neither one can stop thinking about the other. With Alexa’s wedding rapidly approaching, Maddie and Theo both share bridal party responsibilities that require more interaction with each other than they’re comfortable with. Underneath the sharp barbs they toss at each other is a simmering attraction that won’t fade. Two people this different can’t possibly have a connection other than the purely physical, right?
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The Mister: by E L James
The writer (and mastermind) behind the mega-successful 50 Shades of Grey series is back with yet another erotic novel that needs to make its way onto your nightstand. Set in London, this time we’re following Maxim Trevelyan – a good looking, wealthy and connected man who’s never had to work. Life’s been pretty easy for him – that is, until he encounters an unexpected, enigmatic young woman who he finds an alluring mystery. Can he protect her the malevolence that threatens her? What will she do when she finds out about about the secrets he’s been hiding? Described as a roller-coaster of desire and danger that leaves the reader breathless to the last page, we’re almost positive you’re not going to be able to put this one down.
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Kens: Raziel Reid
PRH Canada Young Readers, 2018
Heterosexuality is so last season: Kens is the gay Heathers meets Mean Girls, a shocking parody for a whole new generation. Tommy Rawlins can’t help but compare himself to the shimmering images of perfection that glide through the halls of his high school. He’s desperate to fit in, but in a school where the Kens – the queens who are treated like Queens, Tommy is the uncool gay kid. A once-in-a-lifetime chance at becoming a Ken changes everything for Tommy, just as his eye is caught by the tall, dark, handsome new boy, Blaine.
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The Kiss Quotient: by Helen Hoang
If you’re a regular with The Social Chapter, you have seen our recommendation for this one before – we absolutely can’t get enough of it. The Kiss Quotient is about a woman named Stella living with Asperger syndrome – she’s great at math but terrible at dating so she hires an escort, Michael, to teach her how to kiss… and other things. Before long, their relationship goes from professional to something more.
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Everything, Everything: Nicola Yoon
PRH Canada Young Readers, 2017
Everything, Everything tells the unlikely love story of Maddy, a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly, the boy next door who won’t let that stop them. This story is a super cute one about young love – a perfect weekend read.
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The Break: Marian Keyes
Michael Joseph, 2017
A story about the choices we make and how those choices help to make us, The Break is internationally bestselling Marian Keyes at her funniest, wisest and brilliant best. When Amy’s husband Hugh decides that he wants to ‘take a break’ from their marriage and travel for six months to South East Asia, it sends her – along with her extended family of misfits and gossipers – over the edge. When Hugh returns, will he be the same man? Will Amy be the same woman?
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I’m With the Band: by Pamela Des Barres
Chicago Review Press, 2005
Have you ever dreamed about dating a rock star, and wondered what it would be like? Author Pamela Des Barres can tell you all about it, because she’s dated some of the biggest names in rock and roll history – Jim Morrison, Jimmy Page, and Mick Jagger just to name a few. While the original was published in 1987, the stylish, exuberant, and remarkably sweet confession of one of the most famous groupies of the 1960s and 70s is back in print in this new edition that includes an afterword on the author’s last 15 years of adventures.
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