There are lots of great books due to be released in June, and as usual the AAR team has selected the ones we’re most looking forward to reading. As usual, we’ve got a fairly eclectic list, so hopefully there’s something here for everyone! And don’t forget to drop by to tell is what YOU’RE most looking forward to reading over the next few weeks.

Conventionally Yours by Annabeth Albert (2 June)

Quite honestly, I’m at the stage where I’ll pick up anything Annabeth Albert writes without reading the blurb!  I know two things about it: 1) It’s set at a gaming convention. 2) I’ll be reading it asap! – Caz

Nerd romances are my catnip and this sounds like fun! – Lisa

I’m in the same boat as Caz, I see the author’s name and I want the story LOL – Maria Rose

Buy it at: AmazonIndiebound

The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton (16 June)

Cleeton has 100% DIKs at AAR – four of them! – for both romances and historical fiction, which typically explores the Cuban diaspora. This is set in 1935 Florida and follows two women as they ride out a devastating hurricane. – Caroline

I love Cleeton’s work, so I’m looking forward to her next novel! – Lisa

Cleeton’s latest novel takes place between the two world wars, and it looks absolutely amazing! I love her focus on Cuban-American history, a slice of the past we don’t hear nearly enough about these days. – Shannon

Buy it at: AmazonIndiebound

Dragon Unleashed by Grace Draven (9 June)

Draven’s Phoenix Unbound is one of my favorite books, and was immediately recognized as a DIK when it came out. Ever since, I’ve been eagerly waiting for the next book in the fantasy world Draven has built, full of dragons and witches and adventure. This is likely to be the highlight of my month! – Alexandra

Draven has a great track record in fantasy romance, and I loved the first in this series a lot. – Caroline

I don’t hear too many readers gushing about the greatness of Grace Draven’s writing, even though she’s one of my favorite authors of fantasy romance. Dragon Unleashed is the second installment in her Fallen Empire series, and I can’t wait to set foot in that world again. – Shannon

Buy it at: AmazonIndiebound

Always the Last to Know by Kristan Higgins (9 June)

Kristan Higgins does such a good job writing family dynamics. I’ve really loved her last few books for exactly that reason, and this looks to be another good one, with plenty of heartache and sweet moments. – Alexandra

In Always the Last To Know, powerhouse author Kristan Higgins digs deep into the secrets of a marriage. It’s a book that hits home in all the best ways, one I was lucky enough to review for AAr, and a book I want you all to fall in love with. – Shannon

Buy it at: AmazonIndiebound

About a Rogue by Caroline Linden (30 June)

I’m a big fan of Caroline Linden’s and am looking forward to her new series. – Caz

Linden never disapoints, and this one sounds like a delight – Lisa

I’ve read a few of Caroline Linden’s historical romances and they’ve always been really enjoyable so I’m looking forward to reading this one. – Maria Rose

Buy it at: AmazonIndiebound

Dance Away With Me by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (9 June)

Like Lisa says, SEP doesn’t always work, but when she works, she’s gold. – Caroline

My relationship with SEP’s books is all over the map, but I’ll always give her next one another chance – Lisa

Buy it at: AmazonIndiebound

Engagement and Espionage by Penny Reid (16 June)

It was a struggle for me to say goodbye to the Winston family when Reid wrapped up their series last fall. Cletus has always been one of my favorite characters in the series, with all of his hijinks as he tries to manage everyone in his life. So I’m thrilled to see more of him! – Alexandra

Cletus and Jenn, of Reid’s Winston Brothers series (book 3, Beard Science) get their own sequel series of cozy mysteries! – Charlotte

Cozy mysteries plus Penny Reid?!  Sign me up! – Lisa

Buy it at: AmazonIndiebound

Two Rogues Make a Right by Cat Sebastian (23 June)

The previous books in the Seducing the Sedwick series have hinted at a connection between middle brother Will and Martin Easterbrook, who appeared to be something of a villain in the earlier books – and that sort of thing is like catnip, so I was instantly on alert!  I’ve read (and reviewed – watch this space!) this, and loved it; it’s a charmingly sweet story that made me laugh, made me cry and gave me just the right sort of feels. Plus – THAT LOVELY COVER! – Caz

Sebastian never, ever fails and I’m excited to see what she does with her latest Sedgwick book! – Lisa

Buy it at: AmazonIndiebound

The Devil of Downtown by Joanna Shupe (30 June)

Shupe’s Uptown Girls series has been delightful so far.  In this one, a social welfare activist meets a gangster! – Lisa

The Prince of Broadway was one of my top ten reads of 2019 so I’m really looking forward to continuing the series! – Maria Rose

Buy it at: AmazonIndiebound

Alpha Night by Nalini Singh (9 June)

I loved Silver Silence, the last book she had set against the backdrop of Russian Changeling packs, so I’m excited for follow up in this book. Really, you can never go wrong with Nalini Singh. – Alexandra

I mean, either you’re going to auto-buy every Nalini Singh Psy-Changeling book, or you’re not. If you’re not, you’re missing out. – Caroline

I’m so glad that Nalini Singh started this spin-off series of the Psy-Changeling books as it’s given me a great entry into the new series without having to go through such a daunting backlist (though I am picking up the earlier books one by one). Still, Silver Silence got me hooked on her worldbuilding and Alpha Night looks equally exciting! – Maria Rose

Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling books are some of the best paranormal romances out there. Whenever I start one, I know I’m in for a real treat, so it should come as no surprise to hear I’m looking forward to Alpha Night. I’m not familiar with either of the lead characters, but that’s okay. I’m sure I’ll love them just as much as her previous couples, and that, to me, is the mark of a great author.- Shannon

Buy it at: AmazonIndiebound

Jo & Laurie by Margaret Stohl and Melissa de la Cruz (2 June)

A YA revisitation of Jo March and Laurie from Little Women. Will the authors switch up the ending of this classic? – Caroline

I’ve read just about every single revision of Little Women that’s been put out there in recent years, from a werewolf AU to an erotic reinamgining.  Will be reading this one for sure! – Lisa

Buy it at: AmazonIndiebound

We’re also looking forward to…


Marrying his Runaway Heiress by Therese Beharrie (1 June)

A journalist travels to Italy to interview a tycoon, who surprises her with a marriage proposal. Beharrie has had several strong reviews in a row here and I haven’t tried her yet, so this seems like a good time to start.

Buy it at: AmazonIndiebound

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (30 June)

Gothic/suspense novel set in Mexican high society in the 1950s. I love something that sounds like nothing I’ve read before!

Buy it at: AmazonIndiebound


Head Over Heels by Hannah Orenstein (23 June)

A book that appears to take at least a hint of its inspiration from the real-life abuse revelations in US gymnastics and calls itself a rom-com is going to have to be written incredibly deftly to work – I hope it’s done well and comes off as a joyous romance and a thoughtful, considerate addressing of the real-life events. We’ll see.

Buy it at: AmazonIndiebound


The Crushing Depths by Dani Pettrey (30 June)

North Carolina and the US Coast Guard. I don’t need much more. Add in a suspected murder on an oil rig, the investigators growing attraction and a whisper of ancient curses. Just the way I like it!

Buy it at: Amazon Indiebound

Line by Line by Jennifer Delamere (30 June)

Can’t wait for this new Inspy historical from Delamere, one of my favorite authors. Alice is a seasoned telegrapher in a coveted position. Douglas plans to marry up in society. Their paths are set – just not together. But this is a romance. Happily-ever-after awaits… I hope!

Buy it at: AmazonIndiebound


Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert (23 June)

Talia Hibbert has rapidly become one of my favorite authors.  After a PhD student is rescued from a fire drill gone wrong by a university security guard, their “romance” goes viral.  He begs her to follow along with the ruse to help out his children’s soccer charity.  One problem with that – Dani Brown has given up on love.

Buy it at: AmazonIndiebound

Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory (23 June)

Guillory’s Wedding Date series continues, and this one is Max and Olivia’s story!

Buy it at: AmazonIndiebound

Daring and the Duke by Sarah Maclean (30 June)

Maclean’s Bareknuckle Bastards series continues apace, with a hero searching for his lost love – who has become someone quite different with time.

Buy it at: Amazon Indiebound


Blaze by Chelle Bliss (2 June)

A respectable, straight-laced bookworm and a disreputable, tattooed ‘bad boy’ enter into a platonic arrangement that tests their desire for each other. The book description doesn’t give much away, but this line sold me: “…will he peel back her pages, exposing the wildcat hidden underneath?” Sounds intriguing and super hot!

Buy it at: AmazonIndiebound

A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby by Vanessa Riley (30 June)

A widowed West Indian heiress is hired to be her own son’s nanny after she is falsely imprisoned. She and her son’s guardian, a wounded military hero, develop a romantic relationship. An interracial historical romance, A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby, which is book one in Vanessa Riley’s Rogues and Remarkable Women series. Stay tuned for my review!

Buy it at: AmazonIndiebound

Maria Rose:

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon (9 June)

The plot of this new romantic comedy by Farrah Rochon, about three women who discover they’ve been catfished by the same man and vow to put themselves first for a while (only to meet their perfect partners, of course) sounds really fun!

Buy it at: AmazonIndiebound

40-Love by Olivia Dade (18 Jun)

A tennis romance! That’s all I needed to know, but throw in Olivia Dade and her deligthful witty romantic comedy voice and it’s game, set, match for me!

Buy it at: AmazonIndiebound

One Wicked Lick from the Drummer by Ainslie Paton (18 Jun)

This looks like a fun, sexy, rock star romance with a second chance theme by Ainslie Paton. She has a writing style that really works for me.

Buy it at: Amazon 


Rage and Ruin by Jennifer L. Armentrout (9  Jun)

I loved 2019’s Storm and Fury, so I’m super excited for the sequel to come out. Jennifer L. Armentrout has a gift for creating immersive worlds I have a hard time stepping out of once I reach the end of the book, and I especially enjoy her take on gargoyles.

Buy it at: AmazonIndiebound


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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