Well, it is technically my Autumn list (with me being here in the Southern Hemisphere), but as the lovely bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish are northern hemisphere dwellers, I will stick to their directive. Plus, any excuse to show a cute little spring lamb:
As you know, I am currently madly weaving my way through my TBR backlog, trying to clear some space. Why? Because there are so many books coming out in the next three months that I just cannot wait to read.
Now, on to the list. These are in order of release:
1. Waiting on You by Kristan Higgins – March 25
I am thoroughly enjoying the Blue Heron series so far, and I am looking forward to seeing how Colleen’s story goes. I love first love-returned stories.
Colleen O’Rourke is in love with love…just not when it comes to herself. Most nights, she can be found behind the bar at the Manningsport, New York, tavern she owns with her twin brother, doling out romantic advice to the lovelorn, mixing martinis and staying more or less happily single. See, ten years ago, Lucas Campbell broke her heart…an experience Colleen doesn’t want to have again, thanks. Since then, she’s been happy with a fling here and there, some professional-level flirting and playing matchmaker to her friends.
But a family emergency has brought Lucas back to town, handsome as ever and still the only man who’s ever been able to crack her defenses. Seems like maybe they’ve got some unfinished business waiting for them— but to find out, Colleen has to let her guard down, or risk losing a second chance with the only man she’s ever loved.
2. Safe Harbour by Helene Young – March 26
I don’t read nearly enough romantic suspense, and from the advance buzz I have heard in regards to Safe Harbour, this should be fantastic!
When Darcy Fletcher drags a handsome sailor from a stricken yacht, she finds herself drawn into his mysterious world. Having saved his life can she now rescue him from his dark past? Or will that endanger all she holds most dear?
Noah, keeper of the peace and guardian of the Banskia Cove secrets, knows he can’t he tell Darcy the real reason this man has washed up on their shores. If she knew the links between the stranger and her own dysfunctional family, she’d flee the Cove and he’d lose her love forever.
As they take refuge in an old whaling station, only one thing is certain – by morning, no one will be the same again. Lies will surface. Hearts will break, and not all will find safe harbour.
A heart-stopping novel of high drama and desire by Australia’s award-winning master of romantic suspense.
3. Beached by Ros Baxter – April 1
Ros Baxter writes the most delightfully different heroines. I loved Rania from the first book in the series, Fish Out of Water, and I have a feeling Lecanora will be just as wonderful.
When the clerk at a burger joint is assaulted for trying sell a filet-o-fish to a mysterious blonde, it’s just the beginning of the clash between Land and Sea that’s either going to end in Armageddon or salvation.
The world is going mad – on the land and under the sea – and the mermaid princess Lecanora is an envoy on a special mission.
There are just a few problems.
For a start, she didn’t reckon on how hard it would be to leave her home behind and adjust to life on The Land, with its confusing obsession with wearing clothes and its penchant for pointless but highly desirable calories.
Nor did she realise the most evil magician the world has ever seen wanted to take her for his very own.
And who would have thought a gun-toting mercenary could rock the world of a Pacifist Princess from a place where passion is a four letter word?
As the forces of darkness gather, Lecanora must come to terms with exactly what she would do to save the home she has always known, and the Land she has come to love.
4. Losing Kate by Kylie Kaden – April 1
I was approached by the lovely people at Random House to see if I wanted to take a look at Losing Kate. After reading the back cover copy, I was hooked. Looks suspenseful and mysterious.
Then everything changed.
Beautiful Kate, my best friend, disappeared on a moonlit beach after Jack dumped her for me. Jack was a suspect and, sure of his innocence, I lied to protect him. I know Jack didn’t kill her. Our betrayal did.
Thirteen years later, I am thirty, childless and single, attempting to renovate my life rescuing a rundown worker’s cottage. All is as it should be in my safe little world – until Jack buys the vacant lot behind my house… and the feelings that we buried all those years ago – the guilt, the love and the pain – resurface.
We can’t keep running away from the past – and to move forward we have to know what really happened to Kate.
5. Taken With You by Shannon Stacey – April 1
Oooh, Hailey’s story. While part of the Kowalski Family series, this is not about a Kowalski. I’ve been looking forward to this story – this is going to be a real opposites-attract romance, and I love those.
Hailey Genest has seen most of her friends marry and have babies, and she’s happy for them, but it was a lot easier before she hit forty. She’s spent her entire life in Whitford, Maine, and if she hasn’t found her Prince Charming by now, she has to accept she’s probably not going to. When a new friend suggests they go on an adventure and embrace being single, Hailey agrees.
Surviving in the woods is game warden Matt Barnett’s idea of a relaxing vacation. But when he meets two women in need of help, he leads them back to safety—a task that proves more fun than expected, thanks to a certain hot blonde. He can’t resist pushing her buttons, even though she’s made it clear that the rugged, outdoorsy type just isn’t for her.
Hailey is glad to see the back of her tempting-tour-guide-slash-pain-in-the-ass. When he shows up in her life again, she’s determined to avoid him, no matter how good he looks in his uniform. But that’s easier said than done in Whitford, especially when he’s renting the house right next door…
6. Dare to Desire by Carly Phillips – April 10
The second in Carly Phillips’ Dare series (which she is self-publishing), this promises to bring the heat and the sexy that Dare to Love – book one in the series – has in spades.
Quarterback Alex Dare, had it all — an all-star football career with the Tampa Breakers and his choice of willing women — until a severe injury forces him into early retirement. When he is offered a ground-breaking position with a rival team, he’s intrigued, but there’s a catch. He’ll be working alongside the same woman he hasn’t been able to get out of his head for too long.
Social worker Madison Evans grew up in foster homes and knows first hand what it means to have-not. She isn’t impressed by Alex Dare’s wealth or charm. Not since she fell hard for him once before, only to discover she was just one of his too-easy conquests. This time around Madison refuses to succumb to Alex so easily.
But Alex wants Madison. And if there is one thing Alex does well, it’s to get what he wants. The playboy athlete must prove he’s got game in more places than on the field. He means to prove that he’s a changed man but no sooner does he begin to break through Madison’s defenses when a new opportunity comes knocking and threatens her new-found trust. Can he make Madison take a risk and dare to love?
7. Rocking Horse Hill by Cathryn Hein – April 23
Rural romance is one of my absolute favourite subgenres of romance, and I am thrilled to bits to get a look at Cathryn Hein’s latest. There’s something inherently romantic about life on the land, however hard things may be, and that’s what I love about Cathryn’s books.
Ever since she was a little girl, Emily Wallace-Jones has loved Rocking Horse Hill. The beautiful family property is steeped in history. Everything important in Em’s life has happened there. And even though Em’s brother Digby has inherited the property, he has promised Em it will be her home for as long as she wishes.
When Digby falls in love with sweet Felicity Townsend, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, Em worries about the future. But she is determined not to treat Felicity with the same teenage snobbery that tore apart her relationship with her first love, Josh Sinclair. A man who has now sauntered sexily back into Em’s life and given her a chance for redemption.
But as Felicity settles in, the once tightly knitted Wallace-Jones family begins to fray. Suspicions are raised, Josh voices his distrust, and even Em’s closest friends question where Felicity’s motives lie. Conflicted but determined to make up for the damage caused by her past prejudices, Em sides with her brother and his fiancée until a near tragedy sets in motion a chain of events that will change the family forever.
8. When We Met by Susan Mallery – April 29
I’m an unabashed fan of the Fool’s Gold series. It is wonderfully positive and every visit there is like going to see old friends. This is Angel’s story – can’t wait to see the fireworks between the tough ex-soldier and the feisty Taryn.
Angel Whittaker earned his scars the hard way, but the scars that can’t be seen are the ones that haunt him the most. Since he moved to Fool’s Gold, California he’s cobbled together a life for himself as a bodyguard trainer. If he’s not exactly happy, at least his heart is safe.
Working with pro-football superstars taught tough-talking PR woman Taryn Crawford one thing – she can go toe-to-toe with any man. But then dark, dangerous former Special Ops soldier Angel targets her for seduction . . . and challenges her to resist his tempting kisses.
Even in 4-inch heels, Taryn never backs down. Unless, somehow, Angel can convince her that surrender might feel even better than victory.
9. Someone Else’s Wedding by Tamar Cohen – May 22
While not strictly a romance, I am totally intrigued by the concept of this book. Someone Else’s Wedding takes place over just 36 hours, so it promises to be full of delicious drama.
Mr & Mrs Max Irving request the company of:
Mrs Fran Friedman, mourning her empty nest, her lost baby, the galloping years, and a disastrous haircut.
Mr Saul Friedman, runner of marathons, avoider of conflicts and increasingly distant husband
The two Misses Friedman, Pip and Katy, one pining over the man she can’t have, the other trying to shake off the man she no longer wants
At the marriage of their son James Irving, forbidden object of inappropriate and troubling desire
For thirty-six hours of secrets and lies, painted-on-smiles and potential ruin. And drinks, plenty of drinks.
There’s nothing like a wedding for stirring up the past. As Fran negotiates her way from Saturday morning to Sunday evening she is forced to confront things she’s long thought buried, sending shockwaves through her family, and to make decisions about the future that will have far-reaching consequences for them all.
10. Before We Kiss by Susan Mallery – May 27
As I said earlier, I read all three Fool’s Gold romances each year, and they’re always my sunshine reads for when I need a pick-me-up. Dellina and Sam’s story looks totally charming.
Former pro-football kicker Sam Ridge has notoriously bad luck with women – from cheaters to fame chasers. Still, the gorgeous brunette at a bar in Fool’s Gold looks harmless – until she takes him home and he discovers a room devoted to securing a man, for life.
Dellina Hopkins never guessed that storing gowns from a friend’s bridal boutique would chase away her first and only fling. After her parents died, she skipped “wild youth” to raise her sisters. She doesn’t want forever from Sam, but all night would’ve been nice.
His clean getaway gets messy when his firm hires her to plan an event. As long hours lead to late nights, the two succumb to temptation again. Has Sam’s luck finally changed? Or this time, will Dellina be the one to run?
I am absolutely certain there are more than just these ten that I want to and will read over the Northern Spring.
Comment below with the book you are most looking forward to reading this Spring (or Autumn). I can’t wait to see what is on everyone else’s wish list.
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