Eight international romances to read as the rains change the mood after a scorching summer

The ex talkingRachel Lynn Solomon

Shay Goldstein has been a producer at her Seattle public radio station for nearly a decade and she wouldn’t trade her job for anything else. But lately, her new colleague, Dominic Yun, has been giving her a hard time at work. Freshly graduated from a master’s degree in journalism, Dominic is convinced that he knows everything about public radio.

When the struggling station needs a new concept, Shay comes up with a show that his boss enthusiastically greenlights. On The Ex Talk, two exes will give relationship advice live, on air. Their boss decides that Shay and Dominic are the perfect co-hosts, given how much they already despise each other. Their audience quickly engages, and it doesn’t take long before The Ex Talk becomes a staple and climbs the podcast charts.

As the show gets bigger, so does their deception, especially when Shay and Dominic begin to fall for each other. For the sake of their work and their listeners, is falling in love a wise thing to do?

Mister wrong numberLynn Painter

Bad luck and Olivia Marshall have always been best friends. Or at least that’s what his family believes. But when a steamy message from a random wrong number turns into the hottest and most exciting – albeit anonymous – relationship of her life, she’s convinced things are finally looking up for her.

Colin Beck always thought of Olivia as his best friend’s annoying little sister. After another encounter with bad luck, Olivia is forced to move in with them. She is no longer the boring girl he once knew, but a ravishing beauty. He’s sure he can keep his distance, until he finds out she’s the irresistible Miss Misdial he goes “textual” with. Will Colin decide to turn up the heat or ghost before things go wrong?

put on youAmy Lea

Fitness influencer Crystal Chen has built her career breaking gym stereotypes — she’s fat — and mostly ignoring trolls. After her recent breakup, she has run out of patience for men. The gym is her new place of comfort – one that fills her with power and positivity.

Firefighter Scott Ritchie is the smug new member of Crystal’s gym. He regularly steals his favorite squat rack. Sparks fly as the two ultra-competitive foes dominate the gym. Neither is ready to back down and the last thing they would have expected was to bump into each other at their grandparents’ engagement party.

Before their grandparents’ wedding, Crystal discovers that Scott has a soft side for him. They bond over family and fitness as they both wonder if the other person is their soulmate after all. But when a photo of them goes viral, vicious internet trolls put their budding romance to the test.

The fakeJustin Myers

Things are not going well in Dylan and Flo’s paradise. Of course, they are in love. Obviously they want it to work. But too many odds are stacked against them. Their house is in tatters, their friends keep getting in the way, and there are too many obstacles in the way of achieving their dreams. Maybe they’re just doomed together?

They separate unintentionally. As Flo cries in her mother’s kitchen, composing ballads about heartache, Dylan is forced to sleep on his best friend’s couch and focus on his acting career.

Unexpectedly, luck begins to favor them. Soon, Dylan and Flo are on the verge of achieving everything they’ve ever wanted. There’s only one problem – they’re still in love with each other, but their hard-earned future hinges on their separation. Can they keep their relationship a secret from the world and their destiny?

funny you should askElissa Susman

Twenty-something writer Chani Horowitz is stuck. While her former MFA classmates sign book deals, she has to settle for writing puff plays. Next, she is hired to write a portrayal of movie star Gabe Parker. The Gabe Parker – his celebrity crush, the object of his fantasies, the background photo on his phone – who is also the new James Bond. It’s terrifying and exciting at the same time and if she can keep calm and nail the piece, it could be a huge win for her career. However, the universe has a different plan – the interview turns into a whirlwind weekend that has the tabloids buzzing.

Ten years later, after a brutal divorce, Chani is back in Los Angeles with a renewed interest in his work. But readers can’t get enough of his deeply personal profile of Gabe Parker at every turn. Whatever his job is, it always comes down to Gabe. So when her PR team asks that they get together for a second interview, she means no. But the truth is that the fateful weekend is etched in his memory. And she says yes.

Chani knows that facing Gabe again means facing feelings she’s tried so hard to push away. What will become of Gabe, the one who got away?

Go bewitch yourselfJessica Claire

When Reggie Johnson responds to a job posting in the newspaper, she’s surprised to find that she isn’t applying to work on her favorite card game, Spellcraft: The Magicking. Instead, she applies for a role as a real witch. The one who can do real magic!

The new job has a few perks – housing, a great salary, and she’s apprenticed to a powerful witch. Of course, the witch is a little eccentric, and there’s a little problem with black cat Reggie that she’d rather forget about. The biggest problem, however, is Ben Magnus, his employer’s nephew and the most arrogant, insufferable and infuriating man to ever cast a spell.

Reggie absolutely hates him. He may be handsome, but he’s also bossy and irritating. But when someone with a vendetta targets the household, she finds herself working with Ben to break a deadly curse. They are endlessly bored until things start to get downright… spellbinding.

The shipwreckedMary Kay Andrews

Hattie Kavanaugh went to work helping clean up restored homes for Kavanaugh & Son Restorations at age 18; married boss’s son at 20; and was only 25 when she lost her husband in a motorcycle accident.

Heartbroken, she is determined to pursue the business of their dreams. The house she is renovating is a disaster and a waste of money, and seriously jeopardizes her business. Then Hattie gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – to star in a beach house renovation reality show called The Homewreckers, against a main man who can be a love interest or can be the ultimate antagonist. Will Hattie tip or fail? And is this mysterious gentleman happily ever after?

wedding seasonKaty Birchal

Freya Scott is getting married to her longtime boyfriend, Matthew. She intends to make it a perfect day to remember. But when Matthew calls things off hours before they walk down the aisle, Freya’s entire life is turned upside down. Humiliated and heartbroken, the last thing she wants is to attend friends’ weddings she’s already catered to.

Fortunately, her friends have an idea – they’ve devised a series of outrageous challenges for Freya to complete at each event, to distract her from Matthew and the life she could have created with him. From being stuck in a toilet in an old church and needing to be rescued by the vicar to make out with a bartender in a French chateau, Freya realizes that might be just what she needed.

By the time the final marriage arrives, she’ll discover that the road to a happy ending is sometimes just an obstacle course and that “yes” is just the beginning – perhaps her own love affair n is not over yet.