Summer is in the rearview, and we’re looking at longer days, darker nights, and less time outside. What better excuse to make a list of 12 romances for the next 12 weeks? Read on for bodice ripper recs, quirky rom-coms, and paranormal fantasies galore from end of August through early November.
The Duchess in His Bed, by Lorraine Heath
A passionless widow meets a man whose business is his passion in the next “Sins for All Seasons” novel by Lorraine Heath. When Aiden, the owner of an illicit club designed to arouse women meets Selena Sheffield, the Duchess of Lushing, he has no choice but to consider breaking one of his most steadfast values: never getting involved with a client. But Selena has her own motives for venturing into the dangerous world of the Elysium Club, and they may not be as innocent as Aiden thinks they are.
Already Gone, by Kristen Proby and K.L. Grayson
Scarlett came home for one reason: to take care of her Dad. She doesn’t need any distractions, or reminders that she left New Hope behind for a successful life in country music. Who shows up with both? Tucker Andrews, one of the people she thought she’d left in New Hope, for good. Well, he’s still here, hotter than ever, and once they reconnect, he’ll be harder to leave behind.
Butterfly in Frost, by Sylvia Day
A new Sylvia Day romance to keep your bookshelf sizzling! Teagan is a survivor, but she’s definitely a bit more fragile— who wouldn’t be after seeing what she’s seen? Which is why when Garrett Frost bullies—and buys—his way into being her next door neighbor, she is ruffled and on guard. Garrett is not the kind of man she should be with, but there’s something appealing about his strength when she herself feels so weak. But why is Garrett the way he is? Well, fans of the Crossfire series will know that Day loves a good third act twist, so they’ll hae to wait with bated breath until she chooses to reveal his reasons.
Bringing Down the Duke, by Evie Dunmore
This cover totally stole my heart. I can’t WAIT to have it on my TBR! The first in a series stamped “extraordinary women”, this romance is set in 1879 when Annabelle Archer, the daughter of a vicar without a penny to her name, is given a challenge she cannot refuse. In exchange for a much-needed scholarship to Oxford, she must gather influential men to the side of the suffrage movement. Unstoppable force, meet immovable object: Sebastian, a man who is looking for a woman that can live up to the title she would be bequeathed, not a penniless girl fighting for the vote, no matter how much his heart burns to have her. She wants a voice, and he wants her—together, they may very well topple the Magna Carta.
The Wonder of Now, by Jamie Beck (On Sale 9.10.19)
Peyton didn’t want to write a memoir about her battle with breast cancer, but here she is promoting it. At least she has a European leg to the tour coming up, if only her workaholic publicist would let her enjoy some of the scenery. But Mitch has a history with giving in, where beautiful women are concerned, and with his career on the line, he can’t budge an inch. On a trip where business and pleasure collide, will Peyton and Mitch find a way to get along—and maybe fall in love?
Captivating in Love, by Bella Andre and Jennifer Skully (On Sale 9.12.19)
The premise of this series is a group of men who struggled when they were young have now come out on top, calling themselves the Maverick Billionaires. But of course, each maverick is destined to meet his match in each of these books, and in this one, a war veteran and former foster kid fall in love despite their differences. Gideon feels unworthy after the war—of his wealth, his friendships, and of course, of Rosie Diaz, the woman he’s head over heels for. Rosie, a single mother and former foster kid, will do anything to have a stable life. Which is why when an innocent babysitting arrangement turns dangerous, she must find the strength to rely on Gideon to save the day. Alpha dudes, money, and quick-witted banter make this standalone a fun summer fling.
Royal Holiday, by Jasmine Guillory (On Sale 10.1.19)
All I want in the world are for Jasmine Guillory’s books to be made into movies. Until then, though, I’ll settle for the next one: Royal Holiday, in which a woman makes the most of an unexpected trip to England by falling for the Queen’s private secretary, Malcom. But all trips must eventually come to an end. While at first they’re fine with just being a fling, New Year’s Day is approaching fast and something tells me they won’t want to say goodbye. Can a mother who barely leaves the country and a royal servant who barely leaves the Queen find a way out of (or into) this royally-long-distance romance?
Faker, by Sarah Smith (On Sale 10.8.19)
This cover totally drew me in! What woman hasn’t felt like Emmie Echavarre at some point in her career—like a total fake, surrounded by men she has to pretend to be tougher than when all she wants to do is wilt like a stomped-on flower petal. But when it comes to Tate, she’s anything but fake: he’s hostile and rude, only answers her with single word responses, and he’s hot. That’s the most annoying part. But in this diverse romance, Tate and Emmie are paired together for a work project, and as time goes on she begins to realize that the only thing that’s fake is her hatred for Tate.
Twice in a Blue Moon, by Christina Lauren (On Sale 10.22.19)
Who doesn’t love a good second chance romance with a Hollywood twist? When she was a teen, Tate fell for Sam. Hard. It didn’t help that they were in Europe at the time, either. But when Tate tells Sam her secret—that she’s secretly the daughter of a famous actor—and he betrays her to the paparazzi, she never imagines she’ll see him again. But of course, she does—over a decade later, this time as a famous actress, while he’s a screenwriter on the set of her new film. Sparks still fly between them, but how can Tate ever forgive Sam for the events of the past? A new Christina Lauren is always a welcome addition to our bookshelf, but this one in particular is full of their crackling, spitfire prose and swoony moments that are sweeter than chocolate.
Angel in a Devil’s Arms, by Julie Anne Long (On Sale 10.29.19)
“He has devil’s blood in his veins.” Well, sign me up with that teaser alone. The legend behind Lucien Durrand—allegedly drowned in the Thames, but now returned from the dead—is improbably dark and full of deception. Ten years have gone by, but now he has returned with a thirst for vengeance…and one woman, who is afraid that the only legacy he will leave her with is a broken heart. This new release from a USA Today Bestselling author has autumn weekend with hot cider and a comfy blanket written all over it!
The Bromance Book Club, by Lyssa Kay Adams (On Sale 11.5.19)
And last but certainly not least, a book that continues the romcomissance we’ve been seeing lately, but with a twist: this time, it’s the dude that relies on romance novels to guide him towards a better love life! When a former MLB player learns that his wife has always “faked it” in bed with him, he goes a bit…well…caveman on her. It’s no surprise that his reaction is what spurs her on towards a divorce. What is a surprise? That Gavin, having nowhere else to turn, decides to join a secret book club full of alpha dudes like him. But can the lessons he learns from bodice rippers and romance novels help him save his marriage?
Not the Girl You Marry, by Andie J. Christopher (On Sale 11.12.19)
This book is like How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and that’s all you need to know about it. Just kidding! Jack wants to be a real journalist, but instead he’s writing fluff pieces. The next piece he’s assigned: How to Lose a Girl. The girl is Hannah, an event planner who is as driven as she is beautiful. But with a reputation as a bit of an ice queen, how can she prove to her boss she’s invested enough in love to plan the white whale of events: weddings? Jack is the perfect ruse for Hannah to prove she has what it takes…if he doesn’t succeed at losing her, first.
What new and upcoming romance novels are you excited about?