Angela– Looking at my review list and all the arcs I still have to read and then I took a peek at all the books I have on my TBR list and upcoming releases I am excited for. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL. Sob. So many books, so little time.
The A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske 11/2 LGBT Historical Fantasy– I actually just finished this historical fantasy and enjoyed very much. A historical fantasy set in England with magic and mystery, and a lovely romance. I’m very excited for the next book in this series. Review to come.
Red White & Royal Blue meets Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell in debut author Freya Marske’s A Marvellous Light, featuring an Edwardian England full of magic, contracts, and conspiracies.
Robin Blyth has more than enough bother in his life. He’s struggling to be a good older brother, a responsible employer, and the harried baronet of a seat gutted by his late parents’ excesses. When an administrative mistake sees him named the civil service liaison to a hidden magical society, he discovers what’s been operating beneath the unextraordinary reality he’s always known.
Now Robin must contend with the beauty and danger of magic, an excruciating deadly curse, and the alarming visions of the future that come with it—not to mention Edwin Courcey, his cold and prickly counterpart in the magical bureaucracy, who clearly wishes Robin were anyone and anywhere else.
Robin’s predecessor has disappeared, and the mystery of what happened to him reveals unsettling truths about the very oldest stories they’ve been told about the land they live on and what binds it. Thrown together and facing unexpected dangers, Robin and Edwin discover a plot that threatens every magician in the British Isles—and a secret that more than one person has already died to keep.
The Fastest Way to Fall by Denise Williams 11/2 Contemporary Romance– I loved this author’s debut, it appeared on my best-of list last year, and I was thrilled to get an early copy of her follow-up. Set in the world of lifestyle websites and fitness apps, I’ve heard great things about this romance. Review to come.
Britta didn’t plan on falling for her personal trainer, and Wes didn’t plan on Britta. Plans change and it’s unclear if love, career, or both will meet them at the finish line.
Britta Colby works for a lifestyle website, and when tasked to write about her experience with a hot new body-positive fitness app that includes personal coaching, she knows it’s a major opportunity to prove she should write for the site full-time.
As CEO of the FitMe app, Wes Lawson finally has the financial security he grew up without, but despite his success, his floundering love life and complicated family situation leaves him feeling isolated and unfulfilled. He decides to get back to what he loves—coaching. Britta’s his first new client and they click immediately.
As weeks pass, she’s surprised at how much she enjoys experimenting with her exercise routine. He’s surprised at how much he looks forward to talking to her every day. They convince themselves their attraction is harmless, but when they start working out in person, Wes and Britta find it increasingly challenging to deny their chemistry and maintain a professional distance.
Wes isn’t supposed to be training clients, much less meeting with them, and Britta’s credibility will be sunk if the lifestyle site finds out she’s practically dating the fitness coach she’s reviewing. Walking away from each other is the smartest thing to do, but running side by side feels like the start of something big.
House on Fire (Ashes & Dust #2) by Jenn Burke 11/16 LGBT PNR– This is the second book in the series and I’m excited to finally get to see Evan and Colin’s bond progress more into full-blown relationship status. If you haven’t read this author or the series where you first meet Evan (Not Dead Yet) I highly recommend for fans of PNR. Review to come.
He’s done fighting his attraction to the sexy vampire…
To say former firefighter Colin Zhang is struggling to accept his new life would be a vast understatement. He’s bound to a vampire he didn’t choose, living in a house filled with creatures better left to the imagination—there’s a lot to resent. As much as he tries, he doesn’t resent Evan—far from it. But he needs to know that what he feels is real and that requires breaking their bond. No matter the cost.
Vampire private investigator Evan Fournier is more than willing to explore his connection with Colin, but the crisis at hand keeps getting in the way. Their bond makes it dangerous for them to be apart, so he’s forced to put the other man at risk while he investigates the latest in a series of murders. If he doesn’t find the killer soon, the paranormal community will seek retribution on all humans, not just the guilty ones.
As the tensions escalate, Evan and Colin find solace in each other and their growing attraction. But if their bond is broken, attraction—even love—might not be enough to keep them safe.
Rescued by the Alien Outlaw (Mates of the Kaluma #4) by Ella Maven 11/19 Science Fiction Romance– Yes, I’m still on the sci-fi romance, alien hero binge and I don’t regret it one bit. This author is on my read on release day list and I can not wait to finally read the finale of this spin-off series.
Instead of a white knight, I got a bronze alien…
Rain: My life has never been my own, and that’s never been more true than in the Rinian Galaxy. I’ve always had dreams that led me to believe my life is bigger than being the servant to some snake alien queen, but as each year goes by, I’m beginning to think my subconscious is lying to me. Until he shows up… the Kaluma with one blue eye who I’ve never forgotten. But he’s not who I remember, and it seems this galaxy has broken another soul.
Kazel: I will rescue Rain, and I refuse to die trying. She’s the reason I’m alive, and I always repay my debts, even if it means pretending to be someone I’m not to infiltrate the enemy’s stronghold.
But this won’t be easy. As I embark on the mission of my life, I know it will take all of my wits to rescue the beautiful, strong human and then convince her I’m her future… as her fated mate.
Rescued by the Alien Outlaw features a strong heroine who will do anything to survive and an alien hero who’s seen it all and is ready to finally return home with his mate.
Love, Lists, and Fancy Ships by Sarah Grunder Ruiz 11/23 Contemporary Romance– Gimme.
Sometimes a yacht, a bold bucket list, and a kiss with a handsome stranger are all a person needs to dive into the deep end of life.
For the last year, yacht stewardess Jo Walker has been attempting to complete a bucket list of thirty things she wants to accomplish by her thirtieth birthday. Jo has almost everything she’s ever wanted, including a condo on the beach (though she’s the youngest resident by several decades) and an exciting job (albeit below deck) that lets her travel the world.
Jo is on track until the death of her nephew turns her life upside down, and the list falls by the wayside. But when her two nieces show up unannounced with plans to stay the summer, they discover her list and insist on helping Jo finish it. Though the remaining eight items (which include running a marathon, visiting ten countries, and sleeping in a castle) seem impossible to complete in twelve weeks, Jo takes on the challenge.
When she summons the courage to complete item number five–kiss a stranger–and meets Alex Hayes, all bets are off. As her feelings for Alex intensify and Jo’s inability to confront difficult emotions about her family complicates her relationships, she must learn to quit playing it safe with her heart before she loses what matters most.
Fated Blades (Kinsmen #3) by Ilona Andrews 11/23 Fantasy– I mean it’s Ilona Andrews. That alone should tell you something. This is one of their lesser-known series, but trust me, the world-building is top-notch.
An uneasy alliance between warring families gets heated in this otherworldly novella from bestselling author Ilona Andrews.
At first glance, the planet Rada seems like a lush paradise. But the ruling families, all boasting genetically enhanced abilities, are in constant competition for power—and none more so than the Adlers and the Baenas. For generations, the powerful families have pushed and pulled each other in a dance for dominance.
Until a catastrophic betrayal from within changes everything.
Now, deadly, disciplined, and solitary leaders Ramona Adler and Matias Baena must put aside their enmity and work together in secret to prevent sinister forces from exploiting universe-altering technology. Expecting to suffer through their uneasy alliance, Ramona and Matias instead discover that they understand each other as no one in their families can—and that their combined skills may eclipse the risks of their forbidden alliance.
As the two warriors risk their lives to save their families, they must decide whether to resist or embrace the passion simmering between them. For now, the dance between their families continues—but just one misstep could spell the end of them both.
A Swift and Savage Tide (Kit Brightling #2) by Chloe Neill– 11/30 Fantasy– Enjoyed the first book in this new series so much, and really looking forward to diving into book two.
Chloe Neill’s bold, seafaring heroine Captain Kit Brightling sets sail for the high seas and high sorcery in this swashbuckling fantasy series.
Captain Kit Brightling is Aligned to the magic of the sea, which makes her an invaluable asset to the Saxon Isles and its monarch, Queen Charlotte. The Isles and its allies will need every advantage they can get: Gerard Rousseau, the former Gallic emperor and scourge of the Continent, has escaped his island prison to renew his quest for control of the Continent.
Gerard has no qualms about using dangerous magic to support his ambitions, so Kit and the crew of her ship, the Diana, are the natural choice to find him—and help stop him. But then Kit’s path unexpectedly crosses with that of the dashing and handsome Rian Grant, Viscount Queenscliffe, who’s working undercover on the Continent in his own efforts to stop Gerard. And he’s not the only person Kit is surprised to see. An old enemy has arisen, and the power he’ll wield on Gerard’s behalf is beautiful and terrible. Sparks will fly and sails will flutter as Kit and crew are cast into the seas of adventure to fight for queen and country.
I’ve already read several of the books on my November tbr:
November 1 brings Caitlin Crews’s latest HP, THE BRIDE HE STOLE FOR CHRISTMAS. This one features the second-chance trope: a woman (about to walk down the aisle in an arranged marriage) reconnects with the man with whom she once had a passionate affair.
Once again this season, Molly O’Keefe has joined forces with S. Doyle and Julie Kriss to write a trilogy of Christmas novellas, this time called the Kringle Family Christmas. S. Doyle’s contribution, THE GRUMP WHO STOLE CHRISTMAS, drops November 1. Molly O’Keefe’s VERY MERRY MARRIED (couple who got drunk Vegas married negotiate a divorce) arrives November 3, and Julie Kriss’s JINGLE BELL BEARD (second-chance for former teenage sweethearts) arrives November 5.
Amelia Wilde’s DARK REIGN arrives November 9. It’s part of the multi-author Midnight Dynasty series and I’m assuming this will be the first book in a duet or trilogy. The heroine is a young artist, the hero is a reclusive billionaire art collector who wants the heroine’s art…and her.
Sybil Bartel’s VICTOR, the latest book in her Alpha Elite romantic-suspense series, was originally scheduled for October but has now been moved to November 24. In this one, the hero falls for the woman he has been hired to keep under surveillance.
You have some enticing choices on your list, Angela. Happy reading!
Fated Blades will be released 3 days before my birthday and I keep lying to myself that I will manage to hold of reading it until then (I have that day of). Also waiting for Ruby Dixon’s Wed to the Wild God that should be out at the end of the month.