Picks and Pans Review: Steamy Summer Beach Reads

updated 08/18/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/18/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Anyone looking to add a little spice to their vacations should pick up one of these sexy new novels:

A Love Noire by Erica Simone: Turnipseed Grad student Noire falls for an investment banker from Côte d'Ivoire in an intelligent romance that explores issues of black identity. (Amistad, $19.95)

Some Girls Do by Leanne Banks: Uptight personal assistant Katie Collins is told to find a mate for her boss's daughter, but luckily, macho bodyguard Michael Wingate is there to help her relax. Banks has a nice touch with characters. (Warner Forever, $5.99)

Coffee & Kung Fu by Karen Brichoux: Hip Jackie Chan fan Nicci puts away her videos and goes on the attack when she spots a cute guy in a coffee shop in this light comedy. (New American Library, $12.95)

The Heart-breaker by Carly Phillips: She's a senator's daughter. He's a womanizing news-paperman. Will she tame him? Phillips is an expert with soapy situations, even using classic daytime TV names like Sloane and Chase. (Warner, $16.95)

Hot Pink by Susan Johnson: Why wait for a good thing? Chloe Chisholm and Rocco Vinelli spot each other on the elevator on page 4. From then on, they struggle mightily but without much success to keep their clothes on. This one lives up to its title. (Berkley, $15)

Say No to Joe? by Lori Foster: While raising her late cousin's two kids, Luna Clark needs a tough guy like Joe Winston in this lustfest with a core of reality. (Zebra, $6.99)

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