A study by Mills & Boon, the UK's most successful publisher of romantic fiction, reveals that one quarter of bookworm Britons read at least two books whilst on a week-long holiday, with 56% declaring that romance (romantic comedy, bonkbuster, erotica) was top of their reading list. Whether you're taking a break from trekking in the Himalayas or sipping rosé in a French café after sightseeing, a romance makes your holiday all the more carefree!
And what's better than match-making your destination to your book? Mills &Boon have selected some perfect partners below or you could always add your own choices to suggest last minute airport buys.
BARCELONA plays host to The Perfect Cazorla Wife by Michelle Smart. When Charley Cazorla strides uninvited into an exclusive Barcelona party, she is steeling herself to face Raul, her soon-to-be ex-husband. Raul is Charley's last hope to save her children's centre, but back in her husband's imposing world, she finds their all-consuming lust rekindled.
If PORTUGAL is your destination of choice, a Tycoon's Delicious Debt by Susanna Carr is the title for you. Serena Dominguez has spent her life planning the downfall of Cooper Brock. But when she yields to his challenge, Serena is stripped bare by Cooper's raw passion. As he holds her in his arms and whispers her name, Serena realises she may have just fallen in love with her enemy.
The ancient city of ROME is the perfect backdrop to His Sicilian Cinderella by Carol Marinelli. When millionaire Matteo Santini rescues Bella Gatti from a dangerous set of circumstances, he never expects to be undone by their fierce attractionâ€•nor by her disappearance the next day.
Heading to GREECE? Then make sure you pack Her Greek Doctor's Proposal by Robin Gianna. Finally archaeologist Laurel Evans is close to achieving her career goals - and she won't let anything distract her! Not even delectable Greek doctor, Andros Drakoulias.
Famous for love and romance, FRANCE is also the setting for Lord Gawain's Forbidden Mistress by Carol Townend. Elise plays her cards close to her chest. Few people know that she is celebrated singer, Blanchefleur le Fay. Yet Elise has an even greater secret.
Holidaying further afield? Distant destinations offer the perfect setting for adventure and romance.
Taming Her Navy Doc by Amy Ruttan is set on a military base in Okinawa, JAPAN. When surgeon Erica Griffin falls for her new commanding officer, Captain Thorne Wilder, fighting temptation will be her biggest battle!
A Dance with Danger by Jeannie Lin shines a new light on the mysteries of CHINA. After a failed assassination attempt on a corrupt general, Bao Yang is a wanted man. Taking refuge with an ally, Yang accidentally compromises his situation when he is discovered alone with the man's daughter.
INDIA will never look the same after you've finished reading the Forbidden Jewel of India by Louise Allen. Anusha Laurens is in danger. The daughter of an English peer and an Indian princess, she's the perfect pawn in the opulent courts of Rajasthan. Arrogant Major Nicholas Herriard is charged with safely bringing the Princess to a new life in Calcutta but under the searing Indian sun, an initial attraction unfurls into a forbidden temptation.
NEW YORK is one of the most exciting cities in the world and this summer it's set to get even steamier. If you're on your way to the big apple then pack Hot Doc from Her Past by Tina Beckett. Dr Tessa Camara is stunned to discover that the hospital's new orthopaedic surgeon is Dr Clay Matthews - her ex! Four years apart has done nothing to extinguish the fire between them, but she has never forgiven Clay for his betrayal.
Leaving your sunbed in BARBADOS is not an option if you're reading Playing the Rake's Game by Bronwyn Scott. Emma Ward is in trouble when the new, devilishly handsome part-owner of her beloved Caribbean sugar plantation arrives. Although Ren Dryden clearly doesn't trust her, his eyes promise pleasures she can only imagine. Maybe there's a way to get him on-side?
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