We handpicked the hottest and most buzz-worthy releases coming out just in time to kick off your聽summer. So throw on your sunnies, find a hammock, and dive into these thrilling stories. Just like long days spent in the sun, you鈥檒l never want these amazing聽books聽to end.

1.聽The Darkest Promise by Gena Showalter ($23): One of 2017鈥檚 most sizzling books, The Darkest Promise is the must-read romance of summer. New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter delivers聽an epic paranormal love story that鈥檚 sure to captivate your聽imagination and heart. From demons and kingdoms to wars and kisses, there isn鈥檛 a single dull sentence in this sweeping story.

2.聽Into the Water by Paula Hawkins ($28): Leave it to Paula Hawkins 鈥 of The Girl on the Train聽fame 鈥 to make a summer splash. Her book is definitely the hottest of the season. This chilling suspense novel will take you聽on a harrowing journey as聽the horrifying truth behind a string of dead women found at the bottom of a lake is revealed.

3.Proof聽by C.E. Tobisman ($16): Chances are you鈥檝e already fallen in love with Tobisman鈥檚 magical ways of storytelling in the prequel Doubt 鈥 luckily, the sequel is here. Attorney Caroline Auden鈥檚 adventures continue when her family鈥檚 heirloom charity Oasis conjures storms of secrets, paranoia, and sinister plots. Will she escape from danger鈥檚 grip again, or will it truly destroy her this time? One of this summer鈥檚 most suspenseful treats, Proof is a must-read by all means.

4.Startup by Doree Shafrir ($26): Our favorite Buzzfeed editor brings her storytelling prowess to the next level in this dazzling debut about the adventures (and misadventures) of one startup. Brimming with unforgettably relatable characters who will聽be your pretend BFFs forever, Startup belongs on your summer聽TRL.

5.聽American Family by Catherine Marshall-Smith ($17): A tale that鈥檒l break your heart and put it back together again, American Family is the most engrossing family聽drama coming out this summer. Richard and Michael have decided to celebrate their love and sobriety by moving in together, but Richard still pines for his estranged 10-year-old daughter, who now lives with her grandparents. A dramatic trifecta of custody battles, tragedy, and undeniable love, this one is a tear-jerker.

6.Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan ($28): If you think American soap operas are聽dramatic, just wait until you experience this聽uproarious fortune-hungry family in Singapore. A delicious literary cocktail of great fortunes, long-buried secrets, jealousy, and likely the most dysfunctional family in Asia EVER, Rich People Problems is a roller coaster of laughs.

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7.聽The Leavers by Lisa Ko ($26): This breathtaking read isn鈥檛 only recommended; it鈥檚 mandatory for understanding the human experience. When an undocumented Chinese immigrant goes missing and her son is left behind, a captivating story unfolds about familial bonds, growing pains, and the unstoppable forces of fate.

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8.Blinded by Hope by Meg McGuire ($17):聽Every parent needs this story聽on their bookshelf this summer. When a mother鈥檚 son enters a tragic spiral of mental illness, addiction, legal troubles, and broken relationships, it tests her love to the extreme. This touching tale of a mother鈥檚 eternal love for her child paints a vibrant portrait of what hope looks like in the face of despair and disappointment.

9.聽The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah ($17): Easily the most anticipated historical fiction paperback release聽of spring, there鈥檚 no excuse to not have TheNightingale on your nightstand. You鈥檒l be聽moved to your聽core by the final page of this breathtaking portrait of World War II, two sisters, and the path to survival.

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10.聽The Lioness of Morocco by Julia Drosten ($15): Originally published in Germany, this bestseller is now being translated for the masses to enjoy 鈥 and we couldn鈥檛 be more thrilled. A modern international love story about independent-minded Sibylla Spencer and the ambitious man she falls in love with, this stunning tale celebrates how love can transcend cultures, borders, and gender adversity鈥 even in the face of grave danger.

Which summer reads are you throwing聽in your beach bag? Tell us @BritandCo!

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