Angela– Remember last month when I said I had a gazillion books to read this month? I was totally serious. For some reason a crap ton of great books release every March (which also happens to be my birthday month) and every March I overload myself on ARCs I simply must have. Here are just a few of the books I’m most anticipating this month.
House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J Mass 3/3 Fantasy– As soon as I found out this author was releasing a book in a new series I had to add it to my want list. (Also the cover is gorgeous.) I’m right in the middle of reading it right now and so far I’m in love. Review will post on 3/4.
Smoke Bitten (Mercy Thompson #12) by Patricia Briggs 3/10 Urban Fantasy– I’ve actually already read this newest Mercy Thompson installment and once again I fell right into the story and didn’t come up for air until I was finished. This time Mercy and the Pack must face a mysterious foe that escaped Underhill and at the same time Mercy and Adam deal with some major challenges in their relationship. Good stuff. Review will post 3/11.
Love Hard (Hard Play #3) by Nalini Singh 3/10 Contemporary Romance– This is a mix of tropes. Good boy/bad girl, sports ball, single dad, ex’s best friend (the ex in this case passed away after giving birth), and from reading the blurb possibly a light enemies to lovers. Also, it’s Nalini Singh so it’s a must read.
Undercover Bromance (Bromance Book Club #2) by Lyssa Kay Adams 3/10 Contemporary Romance– The first book in this series was so fun. This installment features Liv and Braden Mack and I’m looking forward to some snarky flirting and laugh out loud moments.
Crush the King (Crown of Shards #3) by Jennifer Estep 3/17 Fantasy– The final book in the Crown of Shards series is finally almost here! Evie is finally going to face down her enemies and at her side is Sullivan. Also, there are gladiator like games and I AM HERE FOR IT.
The House on the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune 3/17 LGBT Contemporary Fantasy– This is the first book by this author at Tor books and it sounds amazing.
Linus Baker is a by-the-book case worker in the Department in Charge of Magical Youth. He’s tasked with determining whether six dangerous magical children are likely to bring about the end of the world.
Arthur Parnassus is the master of the orphanage. He would do anything to keep the children safe, even if it means the world will burn. And his secrets will come to light.
The House in the Cerulean Sea is an enchanting love story, masterfully told, about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours.
I was positively ecstatic to get an early copy.
If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane 3/24 Contemporary Romance/WF– I went to Amazon to get a link for this book and it already has 108 ratings and an average of 4.5 stars, but doesn’t release until 3/24… Hmmmm. Anyway, this is a story with the fake dating trope and it sounds fabulous. I can’t wait to read.
The Earl Takes a Fancy (A Sin for all Seasons #5) by Lorraine Heath 3/31 Historical Romance– Lorraine Heath is one of the few historical romance authors on my auto-buy list. I love her. This series has been hit or miss for me so far but, this is Fancy’s story and she is paired with an Earl who is trying to escape his life and expectations. Sounds good right?
Badger to the Bone (The Honey Badger Chronicles #3) by Shelly Laurenston 3/31 PNR– March always brings my Laurenston/Aiken fix and the MacKilligan sisters are my favorites. This is Max’s story and I can’t wait to find out what crazy goodness she brings to her love story and HEA.
Dear Enemy by Kristen Callihan 3/31 Contemporary Romance – I didn’t even know this author had a book coming out this month until I spied it on Netgalley. This is enemies to lovers, which I don’t always love, but I trust this author.
Kini– I looked back at my February TBR and to date I have read 3 out of the 6. I am currently reading one of them. Those are pretty good numbers for me. I hope to read the other two Feb releases that I have soon.
Here are just a few of the books I am really excited about this month.
On the Corner of Hope and Main by Beverly Jenkins 3/3, contemporary/women’s fiction. I’ve only ever read Ms. Bev’s historicals so I am interested to see what a contemporary is like from her.
Matzah Ball Surprise by Laura Brown 3/16, contemporary. This Passover holiday romance features a deaf hero and a fake relationship. Brown is a new to me author so I am looking forward to reading a new voice.
All I Ask by Corinne Michaels 3/17, contemporary. Recommended to me by Estelle from Forever Romance (that’s her job but also she’s learned what I like). And I definitely like to read about two single parents falling in love.
Perfect Distraction by Allison Ashley 3/23, contemporary. I saw someone I follow on the Twitter talking about this book, but please don’t ask me who because I have forgotten and didn’t bookmark it. Anyway, whatever they said piqued my interest enough that I requested the ARC from Netgalley. Blurb mentions the heroine feeling like the hero is out of her league. This is something that doesn’t always work for me. I sure do wish I could find that tweet that sparked my interest. LOL
The Honey Don’t List by Christina Lauren 3/24, contemporary/women’s fiction. I had some trouble with their most recent release, but I’m not ready to quit them. This one sounds like fun! Assistants for a feuding married couple get together.
American Sweethearts by Adriana Herrera 3/30, contemporary . I have a few of the previous books in this series on my TBR and I just haven’t read them [insert sad face emoji here]. I figured if I wrote it down, I would have a better chance of reading it. The blurb mentions the hero has loved the heroine since childhood. This is a trope I LOVE.
Dear Enemy by Kristan Callihan 3/31, contemporary. Childhood enemies turned lovers. Sure, why not. I love Callihan’s voice and trust that she won’t lead me astray with this.
Bench Player by Julianna Keyes 3/30 contemporary. Y’all know I’m a Keyes fan girl, right? Well when I saw the blurb for this, I got super excited. Enemies to lovers- PR manager and ex-con sports star. Keyes has another book where the hero is an ex-con (Time Served) and I really liked it.
Tell us what you’re excited to read this month!
DiscoDollyDeb, has that Kati Wilde book ever released?
Kate @ Cover to Cover Book Blog says
So many books I’m looking forward to are on this list!! Already pre-ordered LOVE HARD (Singh is one of my favorites!) and House of Blood and Earth is on its way Have a lovely week!
@Angela: Kati Wilde has still not released LOSING IT ALL. She pulled it from September release and we’re still waiting. Her website says she’s continuing with it—and she also has contractual obligations for some other books, plus a non-writing job, and some issues in her personal life. I’ve been waiting four years for Stone & Cherry’s Story (which is set up beautifully in BREAKING IT ALL). One day it will be released—and I’ll take a sick day from work to read it! Lol
I have the following books on my March list:
Molly O’Keefe’s HOME TO RIVERVIEW INN, the third and final book in an angsty (and soooo good) trilogy about three brothers (one just reunited with his brothers after 30 years) and their lives and loves at the title inn.
Like you, I’m looking forward toJulianna Keyes’s BENCH PLAYER, sequel to her TEAM PLAYER. It focuses on a baseball player who has been in prison and a woman who works in the team’s PR Department.
Sybil Bartel’s HARD SIN—another third and final book in a trilogy about a former Army Ranger out for revenge against the man who led the religious cult in which he was raised and the man who was the father of his late wife.
Clare Connelly’s LOVING THE ENEMY—the next in her Montebellos series about a family of Italian-Greek siblings and cousins. This one is a second-chance romance between a couple whose relationship crumbled years before because of misunderstandings. I love Connelly’s angsty style (she writes for Harlequin Presents and Dare, but I don’t think the Montebello books are published through Harlequin).
Skye Warren, one of my “dark romance” favorites, has a new book scheduled for March: MATING THEORY. The hero is the man the heroine didn’t choose in the Trust Fund duet, so it will be interesting to see how he gets over his heartbreak.
Then I’m really intrigued by MINE, the first book in a new series by Natasha Knight and A. Zavarelli. Knight is another of my favorite “dark romance” writers and I’ve liked some of Zavarelli’s books (especially TAP LEFT and her Boston Underworld series). This appears to be a secret baby romance involving a crime/mafia family.
Rachael Horan says
If I never met you by Mhairi McFarlane came out in the UK on January 1st which is where the reviews might have come from. I bought it back in February and really enjoyed it!
I’m currently enjoying Keyes’ Team Player; I’ll be looking at the follow on book with interest. Thank you both for sharing your lists.
I really liked The Honey Don’t List! My expectations were low after the last release and other people’s lukewarm reviews, but I feel like my HGTV loving heart just really got it’s time in the spotlight here because it spoke to me on that level. Lol. But if Chip and Joanna are like that in real life, I hope it never gets made public!
I adored Love Hard so, so much. One of my favorites of the year for sure!
March releases I haven’t read yet that I’m really looking forward to are House of Earth and Blood, American Sweethearts, Undercover Bromance, and Dear Enemy. So lots and lots of overlap here. :)
Kristen H says
I am so in need of some new books so I was so happy to come across this fantastic list! Thank you so much or sharing. I’ve got enough contemporary romance to last me until the summer now (lol!). I recently finished a super fun and sexy read from Lori Matthews called “Break and Enter” (Book #1 in the Callahan Security Series) and the author’s debut novel. It was SO GOOD and I thought it was a really clever and unique twist on the whole “will they won’t they?” focus. Alex is a modern day Robin Hood ( An Asset Repossession Specialist Extraordinaire), she “steals” from people who kept something that rightfully belongs to her clients. Her most recent target is her ex who kept a painting that belongs to her. Little does she know that he’s hired a private security firm with a very charming and handsome team leader, Mitch. Their initial interactions are full of humor and sarcasm and I couldn’t put the book down because I had to see their relationship develop. I cannot recommend this enough and I can’t wait to read book 2! (https://lorimatthewsbooks.com/)
Hope you and your readers will check it out