Angela: Happy September everyone! One more month closer to cooler weather and a new year! I am ready. There are a ton of great books releasing in September and I’m excited.
The Deadly Hours by Susanna Kearsley, C.S. Harris, Anna Lee Huber, and Christine Trent 9/1, Historical Fiction/Historical Mystery: I grabbed an early copy of this as soon as I saw Susanna Kearsley and C.S. Harris were contributers, but I’m also looking forward to getting a taste of a couple of new to me authors as well.
The Roommate by Rosie Danan 9/15, Contemporary Romance– I know tons of people who have already read this one and given it a gazillion stars. I’ve held on and waited until closer to release date.
The Ippos King (Wraith Kings Book 3) by Grace Draven 9/15, Fantasy Romance– Ms. Draven has had this as a seriel novel on her blog, releasing it chapter by chapter. I’ve held off reading until the ebook release in order to read it all at once. It’s been hard keeping myself from diving in, I adore Anhuset and Serovek and I’m really looking forward to them as the main couple.
Tools of Engagement (Hot and Hammered #3) by Tessa Bailey 9/22, Contemporary Romance– This is the third book in the Hot and Hammered series and features Bethany and Wes. I’ve enjoyed both of the previous installments and look forward to watching these two trade barbs with the backdrop of a home renovation reality show.
Beauty Tempts the Beast: A Sins for All Season Novel (Sins for All Seasons Book 6) by Lorraine Heath 9/29, Historical Romance– This is the conclusion to the Sins for all Seasons series and we finally get to see Benedict, aka Beast, get his HEA.
All Scot and Bothered (Devil You Know Book 2) by Kerrigan Byrne 9/29 Historical Romance– A heroine who owns and runs a gaming hell by night and leads the life of a proper society lady by day and a hero determined to shut her business down, not knowing she is the same woman he is falling for. Yes, please.
August was a BAD reading month. Like the worst I think I have had this month. Of the 5 books I listed on my Smexy August TBR, I only read one (You Had Me at Hola, which was fantastic.) I have been reading another one for almost a week. Definitely me and not the book. I think I read 4 books this month. I haven’t been great at keeping track.
Anyway. Let’s hope September is a better reading month. Here are some of the books I am excited about this month.
Never Let Me Go by Kianna Alexander – Contemporary Romance 9/1. From the blurb-
“Hang on to your heartstrings: This multicultural romance features a single father, a sweet baby daughter, and the nanny who falls in love with them both.”
Oh hey, some of my favorite tropes, thank you.
The Roommate by Rosie Danan– Contemporary Romance 9/15. My one cheat for the month. I got this ARC a few months ago and immediately read it. I really, really liked it. I want to read it again before I write a review to make sure I wasn’t clouded by the hype. But the general theme here is straight laced, blue stocking woman falls for a man who works in the “adult entertainment” industry.
Well Played by Jen DeLuca– Contemporary Romance 9/22 I really enjoyed Stacey’s character in the first book so I am looking forward to seeing her get her love story and HEA.
Ties that Tether by Jane Igharo – Contemporary/ Women’s Fiction 9/15. The cover of this is so colorful and it captured my attention. Here is part of the blurb. I am intrigued and can’t wait to read this.
When their one-night stand unexpectedly evolves into something serious, Azere is caught between her feelings for Rafael and the compulsive need to please her mother. Soon, Azere can’t help wondering if loving Rafael makes her any less of a Nigerian. Can she be with him without compromising her identity? The answer will either cause Azere to be audacious and fight for her happiness or continue as the compliant daughter.
A Tail for Two by Mara Wells– Contemporary Romance 9/29. Single mom who is trying to date again, her ex-husband, and secret baby – thank you for writing this book for me. LOL
The Twelve Dogs of Christmas by Lizzie Shane– Contemporary Romance 9/29. I don’t read many Christmas books, especially not so early but my friend Estelle from Forever Romance, put this one on my radar. This one sounds like it might be a Hallmark movie but in book form. And I feel like that is something I need right now in my books.
I have quite a few books on my September list, but because several of them have been postponed from previous dates, I’m trying not to get my hopes up:
Of course, a new month brings new releases from my favorite Harlequin Presents and Dare authors. Clare Connelly’s HARDEN MY HART (from Dare) is the next in her series about the Hart siblings. The previous book in the series was really dull, so I’m hoping Connelly gets back on track with this one. Meanwhile, Jackie Ashenden has a new HP, THE MOST POWERFUL OF KINGS, obviously a royal romance. The hero here is the brother of the hero in her previous HP, PROMOTED TO HIS PRINCESS, which I liked very much, so I’m hoping she continues her streak. (Follow-up: I just downloaded THE MOST POWERFUL OF KINGS this morning and I’m over halfway through and am very much enjoying it. I think you have to like the Ashenden/HP template of dysfunctional upbringings and angsty heartache to get the most out of the book, but that’s catnip to me, so I’m tearing through the book.]
September 15 is going to drain my book budget if all of these books do make their publication date: Skye Warren’s GOLDMINE, the second of a three-book series that started with DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH; J. Kenner’s MY FALLEN SAINT, the start of a new trilogy (and pricey for an ebook, $6.99–that may have to go to the “wait for a sale” list); Ainsley Booth’s much-postponed FILTHY LIAR, the fifth and final of her Forbidden Bodyguards series; and Natasha Knight’s UNHOLY INTENT—the first book of the duet, UNHOLY UNION, is out now, but I prefer to wait and read both books together.
Rachel Reid’s COMMON GOAL, her next m/m hockey romance, is scheduled for September 21. One of the heroes is apparently a retired player and the book appears to include the age-gap trope.
At the end of the month, Annika Martin concludes her Billionaires of Manhattan series with the fifth and final installment, RETURN BILLIONAIRE TO SENDER. We saw a little of the book’s h&h as background characters in the previous book, THE BILLIONAIRE’S FAKE FIANCÉE. The heroine is a mail carrier—which seems very timely right now.
Also at the end of the month comes CD Reiss’s CROWNE RULES, the next in her series about the Crowne family. In this one, the family’s black sheep son is staying in a house in Tuscany when a family friend, fleeing scandal, lands on his doorstep. Based on its description, this one appears to involve a D/s relationship.
I’m looking forward to the new Annika Martin! I love her Billionaire series.
DiscoDollyDeb- I love hearing what is on your TBR. Common Goal is on my TBR too but I forgot to list it here. I absolutely LOVED Tough Guy. That was the first I read in the series. I recently read Heated Rivalry and it was good but there was a lot of sex in it. I heard that Reid got a new deal and will be writing a follow up for that couple.
I loved HEATED RIVALRY—it was my favorite book of 2019. I agree there was a lot of sex in it, but I didn’t think it was gratuitous. I thought each sex scene reinforced a change in Shane & Ilya’s relationship over the ten years of their relationship. I’m glad Reid plans to revisit the couple.