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Welcome back to another entry into the #BroodyBFF Challenge. It’s a series of challenges being held for #BroodyBFFs (aka the Broody street team) in in honor of the swoon-worthy Brooding YA Hero getting his own book, Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me, out October 3rd.

This week’s written challenge theme is summer. Today, I will be sharing two books, one Young Adult & one New Adult, that put me in a summery mood.

I am a big fan of summer-y books. As a Southern Californian, it’s basically summer year round here so I can particularly relate to summer themed books. The first book that puts me in a summery mood actually takes place in a fictional Costal town in Central California called Coronado Cove….


Screen Shot 2017-08-10 at 7.13.05 PMTitle: Alex, Approximately
Author: Jenn Bennett
Publication Date: April 4th 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Category: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Why it Puts Me in a Summery Mood:

I absolutely adore the setting in Alex, Approximately. One of the fastest ways to my heart is having your book take place in California. While Coronado Cove is a fictional town, Alex, Approximately actually does feature real places in California like the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I used to go there all the time in the Summer, which is why it reminds me of Summer so much.

Also, Alex, Approximately actually takes places during the summer. The heroine, Bailey, moves to California to live with her dad. It also happens to be the same town where the guy she’s been chatting with online about films lives. Then, she clashes with a security guard named Porter at the museum she has a summer job at. Porter also happens to be a former surfer coming from a family of famous, local surfers.


Title: Feels Like Summer (Summer Storm #2)feels like summer cover only
Author: Six de los Reyes
Publication Date: April 12th 2017
Category: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 251

Why it Puts Me in a Summery Mood:

Feels Like Summer is probably the ultimate Summer Romance. And it literally has Summer in the title.

The heroine, Jett, meets the hero at a Summer Music Festival called Summer Storm where his band is preforming. She pretends to be his girlfriend, and then they start hooking up.

While I originally read Feels Like Summer in April in the middle of my Spring Semester at college, it always takes me back to all the summer concerts. There’s just something about it……. And it’s totally not cause Summer is in the title. I don’t know what you’re talking about.

If you’re looking for New Adult Romance that doesn’t come with all the terrible tropes like girls hating girls, then I would totally recommend this book.


And, of course, Don’t forget to add Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me to Your TBR!!!!!

brooding-ya-hero-1.jpgTitleBrooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me
Author: Carrie Ann DiRisio
Release Date: October 3rd 2017
Category: Young Adult
Genre: Humor
Pages: 288


Have you ever wished you could receive a little guidance from your favorite book boyfriend? Ever dreamed of being the Chosen One in a YA novel? Want to know all the secrets of surviving the dreaded plot twist?

Or maybe you’re just really confused about what “opal-tinted, luminous cerulean orbs” actually are?

Well, popular Twitter personality @broodingYAhero is here to help as he tackles the final frontier in his media dominance: writing a book. Join Broody McHottiepants as he attempts to pen Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me, a “self-help” guide (with activities–you always need activities) that lovingly pokes fun at the YA tropes that we roll our eyes at, but secretly love.

As his nefarious ex, Blondie DeMeani, attempts to thwart him at every turn, Broody overcomes to detail, among other topics, how to choose your genre, how to keep your love interest engaged (while maintaining lead character status), his secret formula for guaranteed love triangle success, and how to make sure you secure that sequel, all while keeping his hair perfectly coiffed and never breaking a sweat.

What are your favorite Summery Books?


2 thoughts on “Two Books That Put Me in a Summery Mood — #BroodyBFF Challenge 8

  1. Oooh I really want to pick up Alex, Approximately!! It sounds super cute and summery, I’m glad you liked it! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. lacyliteracy says:

      Thanks. Yes, it was a fun read!

      Liked by 1 person

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