We’re back with our regular Coming Soon feature, in which AAR staffers take a look ahead at which books we’re most looking forward to reading in September. The last quarter of the year (and where did the rest of it go?!) usually sees masses of new releases flooding the bookstores, and we’re here to help you sift through the vast numbers of titles likely to be on offer over the next few months.

This is just a small selection of the books being released in September; what are YOU looking forward to that we’ve missed? Drop by and tell us what you’re dying to read next month in the comments!


Last Night with The Earl by Kelly Bowen (25 Sep)

A new book from Kelly Bowen?  I don’t even care what it’s about, count me in! – Caz

A Waterloo-scarred ex-rogue is hiding from his past, and when he meets a miss with a personal axe to grind with him, sparks fly.  Bowen always brings fun to the table, and this sounds interesting! – Lisa

Back to the English countryside  we go with this second story in the Devils of Dover series! I loved meeting the Hayward sisters in A Duke in the Night and this is Rose, the painter’s story. She does not have a fondness for the Earl of Rivers, a scarred Waterloo war veteran returning home, due to past history between them. Naturally that will lead to some delicious sexual tension as they inconveniently fall for each other. – Maria Rose

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A Sinner Without a Saint by Bliss Bennet (15 Sep)

I’ve been awaiting this book since I finished the author’s last (A Lady Without a Lord)  That was my first book by Bliss Bennett, but I was very impressed by her storytelling and ability to craft flawed, relatable and engaging characters, so I’m hoping for more of the same in this story that matches an intense artist and a sinful viscount – Caz

A vain earl figures that quelling gossip about his sexuality by stealing a painter’s apparent love interest will be easy.  He sits for the artist, only to discover a powerful attraction forming between them.  This sounds wonderful! – Lisa

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A Notorious Vow by Joanna Shupe (25 Sep)

I’ve been enjoying Joanna Shupe’s gilded age romances, and am looking forward to this next instalment of her Four Hundred series, which sees a group of English ladies finding true love on the other side of the pond (well, the other side from me!).  This story of a marriage of convenience between an inventor and a young woman trying to escape an unwanted suitor sounds right up my alley! – Caz

I’ve enjoyed several of Joanna Shupe’s previous releases, and I’m especially excited to get my hands on A Notorious Vow, the third installment in her Four Hundred series. I love stories set in Gilded Age New York, and this tale of a marriage of convenience is sure to deliver the sizzling romance and witty banter readers have come to expect from Ms. Shupe.

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The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White (4 Sep)
I love dual timeline stories and I love Williams and Willig’s works, so I was intrigued at the outset. Then I read the premise and saw a mystery involving World War I, an ocean voyage, romantic shenanigans on board a storied ship, and three women’s lives linked across a century, and I was hooked. – Keira

Each of these three authors is amazing in her own right, so it’s hard to imagine what they’ll come up with when they put their heads together to write a book. The synopsis looks intriguing, so my hopes for The Glass Ocean are quite high. – Shannon

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We’re also looking forward to…

Caz:

The Wolf at Bay by Charlie Adhara (24 Sep)

I’m really not into werewolves/shifters, but Em convinced me to read the author’s début, Wolf at the Door, and I’m glad I did because it was fabulous, and I’m excited for the second in this series featuring two FBI agents who work for a special unit that investigates… well, weird stuff!  Human Cooper Dayton and werewolf Oliver Park are still adjusting to being partners – in more ways than one – when what should have been a quick weekend visit home turns deadly.

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Treacherous is the Night by Anna Lee Huber (25 Sep)

I enjoyed the first book in this series set just after the First World War, and the heroine, the intrepid Verity Kent, whose situation has changed somewhat since we met her in This Side of Murder.  A murdered medium, a dead former colleague and a newly returned husband are bound to keep me glued to this one!

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Haley:

Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis (25 Sep)

I’m not one for Christmas books, but I have followed the Heartbreaker Bay series for five books, so how could I pass up book six? Shalvis is one of those authors that you can depend on to deliver a lighthearted read without too much heavy angst and with plenty of friendship to go around. Her books are always good for escapism and I’m sure Hot Winter Nights will be no different!

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Hollis:

Sadie by Courtney Summers (4 Sep)

I’m including this on my most anticipated list despite already having read it because I felt so much during the experience that is Sadie. This is not a romance. But it is, however, a love story of sorts. A story of the love between two siblings and the lengths one will go for family. It’s dark, it’s tough, but it is so gripping. In fact it was one of my few five star/top reads of the summer even if it’s hard to classify such a read as a “favourite.”  As a bonus this is told in a really interesting way as half of it is recounted in podcast/interview format a la Serial. This won’t be for everyone (please check reviews for possible triggers) but anyone familiar with this author’s work will know it will leave its mark. And boy did it ever.

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Fall by Kristen Callihan (18 Sep)

Have I read everything this author has written? Yes. Are most of them my top all time faves? Also yes. I love the VIP series, I love this author, and I am so excited to finally get Jax’s story.

Buy it at: Amazon/Barnes & Noble/iBooks/Kobo (no links yet available)

Phoenix Unbound by Grace Draven (25 Sep)

This is another book I was lucky enough to get my hands on early and it, too, deserves mention for the sheer amount of excitement I had in anticipation to its release. Draven has written some of my favourite fantasy romance and given me some of my all-time OTPs. This new world, flavoured with a Rome-esque society and gladiator elements, plus magic, is one I definitely hope we get more of. And in the meantime I highly recommend investigating her backlist if you haven’t already done so!

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Keira:

The Matrimonial Advertisement by Mimi Mathews (4 Sep)

I find the premise of this book very interesting: two wounded souls with dark, dangerous pasts finding love, respect, and support with each other. Matthews is new to me, so what better place to start than at the beginning of her Parish Orphans of Devon series?

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Cowboy Charm School by Margaret Brownley (4 Sep)

I enjoy historical westerns very much, but there is a dearth of authors writing it, so I’m constantly looking for new writers. I haven’t read Brownley before, but who doesn’t like a ranger breaking up a wedding to end up with the bride?

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Lisa:

The Summer of Scandal by Syrie James (11 Sep)

A hero and heroine, both being pressured into marrying people they’re not in love with, fall for each other while staying at a mysterious chateau.  This sounds quite epic and fun!

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One Perfect Kiss by Jaci Burton (4 Sep)

A coach and a teacher collide in what sounds like a charming addition to Ms. Burton’s canon.

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Maggie:

Hidden Among the Stars by Melanie Dobson

A dual time novel which has book store owner Callie discovering the notes Anika left behind regarding her experiences in Austria after the Nazi takeover. Ms. Dobson has won multiple awards for her lyrical, atmospheric writing and  the subject matter and time period covered make this a must read for me.

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A Forgotten Place by Charles Todd

Nurse Crawford mysteries have been my favorite historical suspense stories. WWI has just ended and I’m anxious to see what the authors have in store as Bess heads into civilian life.

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Intercepted by Alexa Martin

A football romance written by an author whose husband was actually an NFL player? Sign me up.

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Maria Rose:

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren (4 Sep)

Ever since reading my first Christina Lauren book (Beautiful Bastard, the one that started off their writing career), I’ve been a fan. This is a ‘college friends become more’ romance, and I’m hoping for a lot of laughs along the way.

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Swagger by Liz Lincoln (18 Sep)

Swagger is the second story in the author’s Milwaukee Dragons footballs series. I really enjoyed the first in the series On the Line, about a single parent who falls for the nanny. In this one, an injury leads to a football player going back to school while healing to finish his degree and falling for the grad student teaching his physics course. It looks like a fun, sexy, sports romance!

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Make Me Fall by Sara Rider (24 Sep)

This is the second story in the author’s Books and Brews series, set in a small Washington town. It’s an enemies to lovers, opposites attract romance between two neighbours with the theme of starting over in your thirties and all the challenges that entails.  I enjoyed Real Kind of Love which introduced the series and look forward to this one too.

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Shannon:

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker (9 Sep)

I love Greek mythology, so I was thrilled to learn that Pat Barker was coming out with a novel set during the Trojan war. It’s from the point of view of the women living in the Greek camp during the final weeks of the fighting. It sounds utterly amazing, and I plan to ignore the world for how ever long it takes me to read this.

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Wildcard by Marie Lu (18 Sep)

Marie Lu’s Warcross was one of my favorite young adult novels of 2017, and I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of its sequel. The 18th of September can’t come soon enough for my liking.

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