Spoilt for choice this summer?

Spoilt for choice this summer?

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Don't worry if you can't decide which books to take on holiday with you this summer, Piatkus has done all the hard work for you! Check out our fantastic selection of the very best of our fiction and non-fiction titles:

The Search by Nora Roberts

It's been a few years since Fiona Bristow has moved to Orcas Island. Other than her work, Fiona doesn’t ask for much: the peace of the landscape, the companionship of her dogs, the safe haven of friends and family. Romantic entanglements are very far down on her list – and certainly not with Simon Doyle, an artist newly arrived from the mainland. Impossibly rude, and impossibly handsome, he suddenly seems to be around an awful lot. But he doesn’t know that Fiona harbours a terrible secret, and as her past unexpectedly catches up with her, she has to decide whether past grief will keep her from ever loving again …

Praise for Nora Roberts: 'Sheer entertainment' – Guardian

The End of My Addiction by Dr Olivier Ameisen

The End of My Addiction is the amazing story of Dr Olivier Ameisen – a brilliant cardiologist who developed a profound addiction to alcohol. Fearing for his life, he immersed himself in Alcoholics Anonymous, rehab, therapy and a variety of medications. Nothing worked. Then, he happened upon baclofen – a  muscle relaxant that had shown promising results in studies with laboratory animals. Dr Ameisen experimented with the drug until he finally reached a level high enough to leave him free of any craving for alcohol. That was more than six years ago.

'Olivier Ameisen has discovered the treatment of addiction' Jean Dausset, MD, winner of the 1980 Nobel Prize in Medicine

Tattoo by Bryan Boswell

Two years ago, Simon Tabor got away with murder – revenge for the brutal rape and killing of his younger sister in a brothel in Spain. Now he’s been drafted in by the police to help with a new enquiry – a young girl has washed up on an English beach with an intricate orchid tattooed on her groin – a similar design to one discovered on his dead sister. As Romanian brothel owners are ritually massacred around Britain, while in Spain millionaire orchid expert Dr Felix Blake nears the end of a sinister experiment in bioengineering, Tabor begins to see a pattern emerging in the victims’ tattoos – marking the death of mankind as we know it …

7 Days to Amazing Sex by Sarah Hedley

Sex and lifestyle expert Sarah Hedley explains how to completely revitalise your sex life in just seven days. Packed with Q & A sessions, real-life case studies, practical exercises and essential tips, 7 Days to Amazing Sex is the perfect book for everyone who cares about their health, sex life and well-being, and wants to change them for the better.

'Sarah Hedley delivers a plan designed to turn comfort zone sex into a mind-blowing adventure' – COSMOPOLITAN

Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg

Recently widowed Helen Ames is drowning in loss and grief, and her problems are compounded when she discovers that her seemingly mild-mannered husband was leading a double life. But at least he’s left her financially secure… Or has he? Coming to terms with the fact that her retirement fund has been withdrawn without her knowing, Helen finds herself sinking deeper. But with the help of her daughter Tessa and her host of straight-talking friends, she is forced to reassess what she knew about herself, being a mother, and what it really takes to make a home and a family.

'An insightful, graceful, and romantic novel of one charmingly contradictory woman's path through grief' – BOOKLIST

Lover Mine by J.R. Ward

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other – vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Vampire John Matthew has made a promise to honour the Brotherhood and their fight with the slayers at all costs, until the love of his life is kidnapped and he is forced to make a choice that could change his life and the Brotherhood’s forever …

Praise for J.R. Ward and the Blackdagger Brotherhood series: 'J. R. Ward’s unique band of brothers is to die for. I love this series!' Suzanne Brockmann

Loving Peter by Judy Cook

Judy Huxtable, a beautiful Swinging Sixties model and actress, met and fell in love with Peter Cook in 1967. In Loving Peter, Judy gives a perceptive and poignant account of the Peter Cook that only she knew. She describes what Peter was like as a husband, performer, friend, father and man, and gives an inside view of what really made him tick; why he seemed to want to destory those he loved most; how he succumbed to the destructive forces of drink and drugs; and how he and Dudley really got on.

'A valuable contribution to the history of great British comedy' – Sir Tim Rice

Machete by Nick Brownlee

It's Christmas and a machete-wielding predator with links to Kenya's most feared crime organisation is handing out severed heads as gifts. As the Headhunter's gruesome spree spreads to Mombasa, Inspector Daniel Jouma finds himself drawn into the island’s toxic heart. Meanwhile, when an old friend becomes the killer’s latest victim, fishing boat skipper Jake Moore decides it’s personal. Two men. One target. Both set on a collision course with a conspiracy that threatens to turn Kenya into a tribal bloodbath. Can Jake and Jouma keep their heads – while all about them are losing theirs?

Praise for Bait: 'Fast-moving and thought provoking, with a nail-biting climax, Bait is a vivid and intense read' – Guardian

Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield

Rob and Renee were married only five years when Renee died suddenly on Mother's Day, 1997. In this stunning memoir, veteran rock and pop culture critic Rob Sheffield, tells the story of their marriage through the window of the mix tapes they obsessively compiled. There are mixes to court each other, for road trips, for doing the dishes, for sleeping – and, eventually, mixes to mourn Rob's greatest loss.   Mixing the skilful, tragic punch of Dave Eggers and the romantic honesty of Nick Hornby, Love Is a Mix Tape is a story of lost love and the kick-you-in-the-gut energy of great pop music.

'Sheffield's self-depreciating memoir of his late wife Renee is remarkable … You'll leave feeling uplifted' Q magazine

Savour the Moment by Nora Roberts

Childhood friends Mackensie, Parker, Laurel and Emmaline have formed a very successful wedding-planning business together but, despite helping thousands of happy couples organise the biggest day of their lives, all four women are unlucky in love. Chef Laurel McBane has worked hard all her life to secure her dream – to be an award-winning baker. Her cakes are stunning creations that complement Mac’s beautiful photographs and Emmaline’s floral bouquets. Laurel has worked so hard to overcome her tough upbringing and she is wary about letting anything, or anyone, get in the way of her work. But a simmering chemistry with Parker’s brother Del has suddenly become too hot to ignore …

Praise for Nora Roberts: 'Exciting, romantic, great fun' Cosmopolitan

What French Women Know by Debra Ollivier

It's not the shoes, scarves, or lipstick that gives French women their allure. It’s their unique approach to life, their defiant sensuality. Debra Ollivier goes beyond familiar ooh-la-la stereotypes about French women, challenging cherished notions about sex, love, marriage, motherhood, body politics and seduction. Filled with provocative thinking from French sexperts, mistresses and maidens alike, What French Women Know offers a refreshing counterpoint to the stale love dogma of our times and a more realistic, life-affirming alternative from the land that knows how to love.

'Try it out for Gallic girl attitude' Grazia

Temptation Street by Shari Low

Suze has a niggling feeling that her husband Karl’s marital sat-nav has taken a wrong turn and led him down the road to temptation.  What's a suspicious wife to do? Mel on the other hand knows that her sweet, docile husband Joe would never, ever cheat. But when Suze, her sister-in-law, hires a honeytrap to test Karl, the results blow Mel’s world apart.  Mel, Joe, Suze, Karl. They’re family. They’re friends. And they’re about to discover whether or not they can navigate those other f-words – fidelity and forgiveness.

'More fun than a girls' night out' OK!

Michael Bublé, The Biography by Juliet Peel

Michael Bublé is an international singing sensation.  Of Italian origin, and born into a family of fishermen in Canada, Michael was heavily influenced by his grandfather, whom he credited with introduction him to the kind of music he would make his own – Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Dean Martin and Elvis, to name but a few. His popularity continues to grow, and this comprehensive and definitive biography charts his fascinating and phenomenal success story.

Ten Things I Love About You by Julia Quinn

Sebastian Grey is in limbo. He is the heir presumptive to the Earl of Newbury, unless the current earl, a widower in his sixties, can find a bride who will bear him a son. Country girl Annabel Winslow has received an offer to go to London for the season. She knows that a good marriage might be the only thing that will save her family from ruin and after a few weeks in town, Annabel attracts the attention of the Earl of Newbury. The thought of submitting to him makes her skin crawl, but she is practical and determined to do her duty. Even when Sebastian Grey comes on the scene …

Praise for Julia Quinn: 'Julia Quinn's witty Regency-set romantic comdeies are the next best thing to Georgette Heyer' Gloss

Water Bound by Christine Feehan

For Lev Prakenskii, the last thing he remembers is being lost in the swirling currents of the ocean. Pulled ashore by a beautiful stranger, Lev has no memory of who he was – or why he seems to possess the violent instincts of a trained killer. All he knows is that he fears for his life, and the life of his unexpected saviour. Her name is Rikki, a sea-urchin diver in the small town of Sea Haven. But soon they will be bound by something even stronger – each other’s tantalising secrets that will engulf them both in a whirlpool of dizzying passion and inescapable danger.

Praise for the Drake Sisters series: 'Pure magic!' Romantic Times

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