June Horoscope & Romance Reads Paired To Get Your Summer Started
By Alyssa Cole
Happy (belated!) June, Frolickers! Check out this month’s romance recommendation by Zodiac sign below!
GEMINI (May 21 - June 20)
Cinnamon Blade by Shira Glassman
Fun-loving Geminis will enjoy this short, spicy, and sweet F/F superhero romance. Crime fighter Cinnamon Blade keeps rescuing plagued-by-bad-guys nerd Soledad Castillo, and finally asks her out when they meet in a non-crime related context. The chemistry between them is off the charts, but they’ll have to navigate life and love in a city where villains can strike at any moment.
CANCER (June 21 - July 22)
Luck of the Draw by Kate Clayborn
Nurturing, family-oriented Cancers will enjoy this witty and emotional enemies to lovers/fake engagement romance about guilt, forgiveness, and starting over. After winning the lottery with her two best friends, Zoe Ferris quits her high-powered attorney job and tries to make amends for a case she’d never forgiven herself for, and falls for the brother of the victim in the process.
LEO (July 23 - August 22)
What Kind of Day by Mina V. Esguerra
Artsy Leos will love this charming romance centered around Ben, a recently fired speechwriter in the middle of a political scandal who accidentally gets on a tour bus focusing on the Manilla art scene, and Naya, the freelance tour guide—who happens to be his former colleague. Ben can’t resist being drawn into the tour, and their accidental encounter leads to more.
VIRGO (August 23 - September 22)
Unmasked by the Marquess by Cat Sebastian
Virgos can appreciate a character with a strong sense of duty, and they’ll fall for Robert/Robin/Charity, the gender nonbinary protagonist, who strikes out on a scheme to win a husband for their sister Louise. Alistair, Marquess of Pembroke, is determined to repair his family’s ruined estate and name, but when he is drawn to Charity, they’ll both have to figure out their duty to themselves, their families, and their hearts.
LIBRA (September 23 - October 22)
Peter Darling by Austin Chant
Libras are said to have a certain investment in balance and beauty, and this breathtaking retelling of the Peter Pan story is right up their alley. Peter Pan returns neverland, brash and wild, reigniting his feud with his nemesis Captain Hook. But as Peter fights the memories of his past and deals with the consequences of his actions in Neverland, he and Hook learn that they have more in common than they think, and maybe something stronger than fairy magic between them.
SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21)
Shatterproof by Xen
“There are worse ways to die than by falling in love.” Intense, passionate Scorpio will adore this story of Grey Jean-Marcelin, an artist plagued by mental health issues who enters into a Faustian bargain Saint, a cursed fae who lives off the vitality of others. Saint doesn’t expect to fall for a human, but can either come away from their bargain unscathed when one of them must die for the other to live?
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 21)
Road to Love by Nicole Falls
Sagittarian wanderlust will be quenched by the always laugh out loud funny Falls’ latest. Emerson Parker is on the run from the woes of life, embarking on a road trip to her hometown in Michigan. Roosevelt Ashe is trying to start over after losing his grandmother. A chance meeting and undeniable chemistry could lead to the new start they’re both looking for—and the new love they both need.
CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 19)
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Structure-seeking and planning-obsessed Capricorns will appreciate Stella Lane, a heroine who loves math and hates kissing, and is also under family pressure to find a partner. When Stella decides she needs to practice dating, she hires escort Michael Phan, and soon they’re both breaking their own rules because love is the most unpredictable equation of all.
AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18)
The Bashful Bride by Vanessa Riley
Aquarians are known for their humanitarianism and bold stances on social justice, so they’ll love the latest in Riley’s Advertisements for Love series, The Bashful Bride. When shy heiress, Ester Croome, who has long nurtured a crush on famous actor Arthur Bex, faces an arranged marriage to a loathsome man, she agrees to elope with a stranger looking for a wife. That man, of course, turns out to be Arthur, who is also trying to make amends for the sins of his family. Gretna Greene elopements, fighting for abolition, and mutual love of Shakespeare make this a must read!
PISCES (February 19 - March 20)
Treasure by Rebekah Weatherspoon
In this F/F NA romance, Alexis Chambers has been dealing with a rough transition to college life/adulthood. When she meets Trisha “Treasure” Hamilton stripping at her sister’s bachelorette party, and then as a fellow student in her Computer Science class, she can’t hide her attraction, or her past. Sensitive Pisces will love this romance about healing old wounds and finding friendship and lasting love.
ARIES (March 21 - April 19)
Resort to Love by Priscilla Oliveras
Trailblazing Aries will appreciate Oliveras’s second chance romance about a working-class girl, Sofia Vargas, who returns home with a big dream—to go from resort manager to resort owner by buying the Paradise Key resort. But when wealthy former flame Nathanial Patrick Hamilton III, who was taught to put family duty before anything—even love—has his eye on the resort as well. As the two compete for the resort, Nathan is also bidding to win back Sofia’s love.
TAURUS (April 20 - May 20)
The Coyote’s Cowboy by Holley Trent
Persistent Taurus will appreciate this book about a surly human cowboy and the coyote shifter he’s set on keeping by his side. Austin Stewart first thinks Sheena Esposito is a bothersome stray dog, but she’s the daughter of a repressive Coyote pack leader. Sheena’s trying to change the shifter world for the better, but she’s used to falling in line with her father’s wishes. Can she overcome the family ties that bind and find love in the process?
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About the Author
Alyssa Cole is an award-winning author of historical, contemporary, and SFF romance. Her Civil War-set espionage romance An Extraordinary Union is the winner of the American Library Association’s RUSA Best Romance for 2018. She’s contributed to publications including Shondaland, The Toast, Vulture, RT Book Reviews, and Heroes and Heartbreakers, and her books have received critical acclaim from The New York Times, Library Journal, Kirkus, Booklist, Jezebel, Vulture, Book Riot, Entertainment Weekly, and various other outlets. When she’s not working, she can often be found watching anime with her husband or wrangling their menagerie of animals.
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