Angela– It’s October! Yay! I’m so ready for fall weather and end-of-the-year releases. Also, I’m gearing up for all the best of and favorite lists. I have a few books I’m excited for this month (a couple I’ve already read, but want to make sure they are on your radar).
The Brightest Star in Paris by Diana Biller 10/12 Historical Romance– I’ve been looking forward to a new Diana Biller since the moment I finished The Widow of Rose House. I hear this one is quite emotional and I’m here for it.
Claimed by the Alien Chieftain (A SciFi Alien Warrior Romance) (Mates of the Kaluma Book 3) by Ella Maven 10/15 Sci/Fi Romance- I feel like I’ve inhaled more science fiction romance in the last year than I have in the decade previous. And Ella Maven’s Drixonians and Kalumas have been right on top of the TBR. This is Sherif’s story and I am pumped for him to meet his heroine.
Window Shopping by Tessa Bailey 10/19 Contemporary Holiday Romance– Tessa Bailey surprised her readers with a holiday romance announcement and I am so excited. So excited that I have already pre-ordered my copy and plan on reading it on release day.
Archangel’s Light (Guild Hunter #14) by Nalini Singh 10/26 Urban Fantasy Romance/PNR– It’s almost here! I’m so excited for y’all to finally get to read the beginning of Bluebell and Sparkle’s romance. The Smexy crew gobbled this book up as soon as it hit our kindles and then we gushed in a very, very long review. So prepared yourselves.
The Lady Gets Lucky (The Fifth Avenue Rebels #2) by Joanna Shupe 10/26 Historical Romance– Joanna Shupe and her Gilded Age romances are always on my TBR, especially when it’s a scoundrel vs wallflower love story.
Melanie – I’m fortunate that a lot of the books I’m super excited for this month, I was lucky enough to score as ARCs. However, there are a couple of titles I haven’t read yet, and am very excited to get my grabby hands on.
Knot My Type by Evie Mitchell 10/4 Contemporary – The cover and the blurb for this book just blew me away. I’m always on the lookout for great disability rep in romance and everything about this book really speaks to me. The second the cover came across my twitter feed, I was intrigued.
The Brightest Star in Paris by Diana Biller 10/12 Historical Romance – I don’t really read a whole lot of histrom these days but I adored Diana Biller’s debut, The Widow of Rose House, and especially loved Sam Moore, the MMC, and his eccentric and endearing family. Very eager to see how his brother, Benedict, finds his HEA in this one.
I Love You, I Hate You by Elizabeth Davis 10/12 Contemporary – Any book that involves the enemies to lovers trope is going to get my attention immediately. Throw in the fact that it’s a book about two lawyers who are opposing counsel, each falling in love with the other’s secret online persona, this book very much sounds like my jam.
All the Feels by Olivia Dade 10/26 Contemporary – You will see me mention this title again when I do my best reads of 2021 list in a couple of months. Yes, it’s THAT good. Even as I connected with my own Big Harpy Energy, it made me cry, snort, laugh, sigh, swoon, and well, it gave me all the feels.
A Thorn in the Saddle by Rebekah Weatherspoon 10/26 Contemporary – Ahh, that awkward moment when you confidently declare you don’t like cowboy romances and then you have to eat your words. I’ve been waiting for Jesse’s book since the first book in this trilogy came out and it DID. NOT. DISAPPOINT. Full review to come soon but trust me, you do not want to miss this book (or really, the whole series).
Archangel’s Light by Nalini Singh 10/26 Urban Fantasy Romance/PNR – Illium. Aodhan. Bluebell. Sparkle. When this ARC landed on my kindle, I don’t even have the words to properly describe my level of excitement. As Angela mentioned, we loved this book, we gushed our hearts out in the review, and we are so, SO excited for all you Guild Hunter fans to finally get your eyeballs on this long-awaited book. It is more than worth the wait.
Jen– I find myself lately catching up on books I’ve had forever and haven’t read. I keep seeing things pop up on TikTok or in my Facebook book club groups. I go to buy them…then, surprise, I have them already. I have just a few new books for October.
Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco 10/5 Young Adult Historical Fantasy– This is the sequel to one of my favorite reads of the year, Kingdom of the Wicked. It’s a very slow burn, barely a kiss so far, fantasy with the h traveling to hell to marry one of the princes. Not the one she craves. And the one she craves, she’s not sure she can trust.
A Shadow in the Ember by Jennifer L. Armentrout 10/19 Vampire Romance– I’m addicted to The Blood and Ash series and this is the first book in her spin-off series, Flesh, and Fire. It follows the back story on Nyktos. I’m excited! I need my fix from this world.
Well Played by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward 10/25 Contemporary– LOVE every book these ladies write together. There’s a historic inn, a single mom, and a famous quarterback who is the h’s ex’s older brother. This feels like the next big delicious new rom-com on Netflix.
Those are are the books on our TBR for this month? What are you looking forward to?
@Melanie: Have you read Karla Sorensen’s BAKING ME CRAZY? It’s part of the Penny Reid Winston Brothers universe (but only a couple of Winston cameo appearances). The heroine is in a wheelchair and the hero is the coach, iirc, of her wheelchair basketball team. I thought it had great disability representation.
I have not! I’ll definitely check it out. Thanks so much for the rec.
As for my October tbr:
This morning, I discovered that Ella James’s WRATH (which had been scheduled for October 14) was released early. It had been postponed several times since July, so when I saw it was available, I immediately downloaded it and started reading. It’s billed as a dark m/m stepbrother romance, but so far it strikes me more as a beautifully-written but incredibly sad book about how homophobia destroys the lives of young gay people.
Clare Connelly releases two new books during the first week of October: Her latest HP, CROWNED FOR HIS DESERT TWINS, an unplanned-pregnancy/sheikh romance, arrived October 1. Then on October 6, Connelly’s CHRISTMAS EVER AFTER, a second-chance/small-town romance, drops.
Ruth Cordello’s HE SAID NEVER, the second of her new Lost Corisis series, is scheduled for October 12. This one features a fake relationship.
Also arriving October 12 is CD Reiss’s MAFIA QUEEN, the third and final book in her DiLustro Arrangement dark mafia trilogy about a young Italian-American woman forced into an arranged marriage with an Italian mafia don. What I’ve liked about this series is how seriously it treats arranged marriages and their inherent power imbalances. The previous book (MAFIA KING) ended on a doozy of a cliffhanger, so I’m eager to see how things are resolved.
Sybil Bartel’s romantic-suspense, VICTOR, the second in her new Alpha Elite series, drops on October 25. In this one, the hero falls for the woman he has been hired to keep under surveillance.
Giana Darling’s DANGEROUS TEMPTATION arrives on October 26. This is the first book in either a duet or a trilogy (I’ve seen a reference to at least a second book) and is set in the multi-author Midnight Dynasty universe where two rival crime families love and hate each other in equal measure. DANGEROUS TEMPTATION features the guardian-ward trope, which I know isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I’m assuming the heroine will turn 18 before “anything” happens.
Some appealing choices above! Thank you all for the list.