March brings another lot of exciting new releases, and as usual, AAR staffers have chosen the books they’re most looking forward to reading over the next few weeks.  We’ve a fairly broad range of titles for your consideration – mysteries, contemporaries, historicals, sports, paranormals, suspense – and would love to hear from YOU about what you think of our choices and which books you’re most looking forward to getting stuck into in the coming weeks!


A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn (12 Mar)

I’ve been enjoying this series about intrepid lady lepidopterist Veronica Speedwell and her natural scientist sidekick, Stoker… How will he react when his brother asks Veronica to pose as his fiancée? (Not well, I’m guessing!). The UST in this series has been turned up to the max and I’m not sure I can take much more of it! Stoker and Veronica are MADE for each other – now they just need to own up to it 😉 – Caz

I’ve listened to the first books in the series and while I’m not crazy about the narrator – I am crazy about the story. I NEED for the two to admit they want each other and go for it… but I also love the torturous slow burn. Ms. Raybourn knows how to ratchet up the tension in all the best ways and I’m excited for the latest installment of this marvelously entertaining (and clever) series. – Em

I co-sign my colleagues – I need Veronica and Stoker to face facts and get on with it! This can’t get on my Kindle fast enough. – Kristen

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Desire Lines by Elizabeth Kingston (21 Mar)

Elizabeth Kingston has become on of my go-to authors for historical romance in recent years, and as someone who particularly loves the “historical” part of that label, I’m eager to read this latest instalment of her Welsh Blades series, set in turbulent medieval Wales. – Caz

Desire Lines revisits Nan, a minor character who briefly appeared in Fair, Bright, and Terrible.  Nan was once a servant girl in the court of King Edward I; Desire Lines picks up after the events detailed in Nan, and finds her searching for a beloved sister.  On her journey, she saves a stranger from certain death and then gets to know him as they travel together.  The author has promised us falcons, and a hero we’ve never met before.  I’m expecting a slow burn love story that challenges reader expectations.  Either way, I’m excited for it! – Em

Elizabeth Kingston’s Welsh Blades series is a fascinating look at a period of medieval history that has inspired me to learn more about the real figures and events of that time. I’ve listened to the first two books on audio and loved them both. I’m excited to continue the series! – Maria Rose

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The Cinderella Countess by Sophia James (1 Mar)

I love rags-to-riches stories, especially one where one character lifts the other one up to the ton with care, respect, and trust. – Keira

I’m intrigued by this one and I like Ms. James’ work. Definitely looking forward to it. – Kristen

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A Chip and a Chair by Cordelia Kingsbridge (12 Mar)

Given the number of times I’ve raved about the Seven of Spades series, and that the previous book, One-Eyed Royals was my pick for the Best of 2018, the appearance of A Chip and a Chair on this list will, I’m sure, surprise no-one! This has been one of the most gripping series I’ve read in recent months, and although I’ll be sad to say goodbye to Levi, Dom and their world, I can’t wait to read what is sure to be a mindblowing, explosive finale. – Caz

I will be reading this on the 12th. Caz loves it and I trust her. I simply have to find time to squeeze in the first four (OMG) books in advance. #ICANDOIT #GLOMSAREMYJAM – Em

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Moonlight & Whiskey by Tricia Lynn (12 Mar)

This debut from Lynn is set in New Orleans, which I love, and has a curvy heroine, which is fantastic. I’m so ready to read this sassy plus sized lady meets rocker romance! – Haley

New Orleans is a setting we don’t often get and I am ALWAYS down for other-sized heroines so this one sounds like catnip. – Kristen

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Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole (19 Mar)

A novella in the Reluctant Royals world, this story features two nerds, ASMR undertones, and a guy who knows nothing about the romance genre and ASKS THE HEROINE TO TEACH HIM. Woooo! – Caroline

I don’t care what this story is about. I am dying to read another book in Cole’s Reluctant Royals series. – Keira

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Team Player by Julianna Keyes (26 Mar)

Ms. Keyes has written several novels that come to mind when I’m asked to name a favorite contemporary romance.  When I heard she had a new release coming in March AND it features an athlete as it’s principal character, it instantly rocketed right to the top of my March list.- Em

I’m so glad I heard about this new contemporary romance by Julianna Keyes in time for our March coming soon post! I haven’t read too many baseball romances but I’m a fan of sportsball in general and really, I’m just excited to have something new from this author as she is on my auto-read list! – Maria Rose

Buy it at: Amazon/Apple Books/Barnes & Noble/Kobo


We’re also looking forward to…

Anne:

You Owe Me a Murder by Eileen Cook (5 Mar)

You had me when I realized this was a YA version of Strangers on a Train!

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Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith (5 Mar)

This is a retelling of Brothers Grimm tale The Goose Girl set on a fantasy world, and it sounds suitably grim. There are betrayals, assassination attempts, executions, and more. Danger comes when the princess Aurelia must use forbidden magic. To survive, she switches places with Lisette, her conniving lady-in-waiting. Will Aurelia be able to reclaim her identity? Will Lisette marry the prince in her place? And what is the role of the mysterious poisonous plant, bloodleaf?

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Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young (19 Mar)

Suzanne Young has already proven herself capable in the near future dystopia setting of The Program (portraying a future where suicide is a plague and teens are forced into horrific treatment centers). This story of a group of friends who attend an elite school where they are trained to the perfect wives, caregivers, and daughters, uncovering dark secrets sounds chilling.

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Caz:

The Disgraceful Lord Grey by Virginia Heath (19 Mar)

Ms. Heath’s King’s Elite series about a group of English spies hot on the trail of an organisation looking to fund Napoleon’s campaign in Europe continues apace with this story of an heiress who refuses to settle for a man who only wants her fortune. Although I wasn’t wowed by the last book in this series, I’m still a big fan of the author’s and am crossing fingers for a return to form.

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Em:

Bitten by Fate by Annabelle Jacobs (5 Mar)

I love a sexy werewolf shifter book. Ms. Jacobs series is light on the angst, heavy on the sexy and just the thing for a casual lover of all things ‘pack.’ It’s the end of a fun and enjoyable series; I’m sad to see it go – but looking forward to the grand finale. Em

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Keira:

A Lord Apart by Jane Ashford (26 Mar)
A newly-minted viscount with an estate in shambles on his hands. A whiz at estate management and a beauty living on his estate grounds. Yes, please. I’m reading it.

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Lisa:

Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi (5 Mar)

An exploration of the importance of gingerbread in fairytale and legend, Oyeyemi’s tale of a British family who makes locally famous gingerbread and is surrounded by magic sounds charming.

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American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt  by Stephanie Marie Thornton (12 Mar):

I LOVE Alice Roosevelt, the devil-may-care first daughter who lived her life on her terms.  This sounds like a delight.

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My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing (26 Mar)

Billed as the story of two married people whose marriage is held together by wanton murder and covering it up, this sounds pretty interesting.

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Logan’s Lady by Rosanne Bittner (26 Mar)

The story of a woman longing for adventure escaping into the American west, Bittner does great westerns and this sound like it’ll join her ranks of great books.

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Maggie:

The American Agent by Jacqueline Winspear (26 Mar)

In this latest novel, Maisie Dobbs investigates the mysterious death of a war correspondent. While the series went through a brief slump, it has been back on point recently and I’m really looking forward to this latest installment.

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Maria Rose:

Day of the Dragon by Katie MacAllister (5 Mar)

I love Katie MacAlister’s dragons! Her stories are imbued with lots of humor and action and make great escape reading.

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Writing Her In by Holley Trent (11 Mar)

I’ve enjoyed some of Holley Trent’s ménage romances in the past and this one looks really intriguing! It’s got a married couple who are friends but not lovers and a female acquaintance who shakes things up for them, but in a good way.

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Down and Dirty by Rhenna Morgan (11 Mar)

The Men of Haven series by Rhenna Morgan stars alpha male heroes and heroines who are just as strong and fierce as their partners. A power player in the music business and an up and coming female star are the main characters here, and I expect a hot and sexy romance and some cameos from favorite secondary characters!

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Forever Wolf by Maria Vale (26 Mar)

The Legend of All Wolves series is visceral, intense and absorbing. There are no sweet wolf shifters here, just men and women for whom being part wolf and part human comes with life and death responsibilities. The world building in this series is unlike any other I’ve read and I’m looking forward to diving into it again.

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Shannon:

The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer (19 Mar)

I love stories that take place during World War II, so this one really piqued my interest. I’ve not read anything by this author before, but the synopsis makes me think this will be a great place to start.

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What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon (1 Mar)

I love almost everything Amy Harmon writes, and I’m super intrigued to read her latest offering. It’s a time-travel romance involving Ireland, completely different from the other stuff she’s written. It has a lot of potential for greatness.

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The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton (5 Mar)

I’ve heard so many great things about Ms. Clayton’s 2018 release The Bells, but I haven’t had a chance to dive into it yet. When I saw that the sequel was coming out in March, I figured that was exactly the inspiration I needed to get started, and I’m so incredibly excited!

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Wild Country by Anne Bishop (5 Mar)

I fell in love with The Others series by Anne Bishop way back in 2013, and a new release in this dark and magical world is the high point of every spring. In Wild Country, Ms. Bishop takes readers to the town of Bennett, allowing us to get to know an all-new cast of characters. While I really do miss the inhabitants of the Lakeside Courtyard, I’m sure the residents of Bennett will win my heart without too much trouble.

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PLEASE NOTE: This is not a comprehensive list of available titles, just a selection made by AAR reviewers according to their personal tastes.  Purchase links are given where available at time of writing.

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