Most of us remember when we first started reading romance, who introduced us to it or how we discovered it ourselves, and – perhaps even – which book we first read. […]
Heading into April, AAR staffers are taking a look at the books they’re most looking forward to reading over the next few weeks. By the looks of it, there’s a bumper crop of historicals coming up – there are new titles coming from Anne Gracie, Theresa Romain, Joanna Shupe and Cat Sebastian – plus a couple of long-awaited sequels to books by Kate Claybourn and Ainslie Paton which were chosen as among the Best of 2017. Claybourn’s The Luck of the Draw and Paton’s The Love Coupon are among our most anticipated reads this month; and we’ve got an eclectic mix of mysteries, contemporaries, inspies and YA for you to browse through.
Marry in Scandal by Anne Gracie (3 Apr)
It’s no secret that the marriage of convenience is pretty much my favourite trope in historical romance, so […]
2018 has already started, but there is a whole year of great books ahead of us. I asked my fellow AAR staffers what books they are most looking forward to for the rest of the year and got back a big variety of books. However, several titles were mentioned over and over. Check out what our staff had to say about their most anticipated reads for 2018, and be sure to let us know in the comments if you’re looking forward to these as well, or if we missed something you can’t wait to get your hands on.
~ Haley Kral
Links to bookstores for pre-ordering are given where currently available.
Our Most Anticipated
The Sins of Lord Lockwood by Meredith Duran (Feb 27)
I am an unabashed Meredith Duran fangirl and have loved everything of hers I’ve read. Her writing […]
We are excited about March! There are new releases from Alisha Rai, Simone St. James, Penny Reid, Anna Lee Huber and Patricia Briggs, to name but a few. The AAR staff has picked the contemporary romance, mysteries, thrillers, paranormals, YA, women’s fiction and historicals we are most looking forward to. Here’s hoping our “Coming Soon” choices make your TBR pile grow! (And, as always, let us know any we missed.)
Counting on a Countess by Eva Leigh (27 Mar)
Eva Leigh is a must-read author for me. I loved From Duke Till Dawn , book one in her London Underground series, and given marriage of convenience plotlines are my catnip, this story of the impoverished earl and the lady smuggler promises to be another great read. – […]
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In the late 60s, a UNC […]
I enjoyed reading in 2017. I read widely and much of what I read was good. So that’s a win.
Of the couple hundred books I read last year, these are the ones, in no particular order, that stood out.
Edge of Power by Megan Crane. (You can read Em’s B+ review here.)
Edge of Obsession, Crane’s first book in this series, was my pick for best book of 2016. The series came to a conclusion with Edge of Power, book four, and Crane ends it well. Wulf, King of the Raiders, is one of the series’ most interesting characters and the woman Crane pairs him with, Princess Kathlyn is his match. Their story would have been rewarding in and of itself. Edge of Power, however, also offers a compelling resolution to the political conflict between the Raiders and the truly […]
Dabney: AAR staffers love Kristan Higgins’ forays into women’s fiction. So I was excited to read her upcoming book Good Luck with That. I liked it. A lot. It made me think hard about how America, a nation where the vast majority of us are overweight, treats “fat” people. But it quickly became clear some advance readers, very vocally on Twitter, were furious about Kristan’s book. I decided to ask her about it. Kristan, who is as lovely a person as you’ll meet in Romlandia, was happy to answer.
Dabney: Kristan, I have to ask: What were you thinking? And by that I mean, when you started to write Good Luck with That, what did you want the book to be?
Kristan: In all the books I’ve read about plus-sized heroines, two things happen—either the women lose weight […]
Historicals dominate AAR staffers’ lists of which books we’re most looking forward to in February, with new releases from Meredith Duran, Kelly Bowen, Lisa Kleypas and Caroline Linden all scoring high with our reviewers. And alongside those goodies, we’ve got a mix of romance, women’s fiction, mystery and suspense titles for you to consider for your reading delectation next month. Drop by and let us know in the comments whether you agree with our choices or whether you think we’re missing out on something good!
A Duke in the Night by Kelly Bowen
The small glimpse I got of the Haverhall School for Young Ladies in Ms. Bowen’s last novella was extremely intriguing, so I’m excited to begin this new series. – Alex
The underpaid educator in me has a weakness for teacher heroines, so I’m ready for a […]
Caroline: My resolution is to reread books that have been on my keeper shelf without a reread for four years (that’s the easiest time for me to calculate since it’s when I moved). I find a lot of books I’ve had for that long aren’t holding up, and I need to get rid of them to free up space. I also resolve to get rid of my pile of Regency Christmas anthologies that I’m keeping just for the one Carla Kelly story and replace it with the Kelly collection that has all of those stories in it.
Keira: I resolve to continue my detailed Spreadsheet of Joy, wherein I maintain all kinds of data about every book I read. I have been spreadsheeting my reading since […]
Caz: One of the things that made the books that make up Lilah Pace’s His Royal Secret/His Royal Favorite duology such great reads is that the author chose to set her story in a Britain I was able to easily recognise as the one in which I live while at the same time creating a very believable ‘alternate’ Royal Family. (There’s none of that carving off bits of Scotland and giving them names that sound like supermarket chains or making the Isle of Man into a […]