I think we’ve all been ready for 2020 to be over since about May – and here we are (at last), looking ahead to December and the books we’re most eager to read to see out what has been a year like no other. It’s been tough on all of us, but one of the good things to have emerged is that many of us have had more time to read; various studies have suggested a boom in reading this year, so basically, it seems a lot more people have discovered something we and our readers already know, namely that there’s nothing quite like escaping into a good book!

Here, then, is AAR’s final Coming Soon of 2020 – thanks to all for your company throughout this bumpy ride and here’s looking forward to many more great books in 2021!

A Marquis In Want of a Wife by Louise Allen (1 Dec)

I enjoy Louise Allen’s books as a rule; she’s reliably good and I’m always pleased to see a new one from her.  – Caz

I read book one of this series and loved the idea of these independently-minded friends finding love. Can’t wait to see how this one plays out. – Evelyn

Allen’s historical tales are such delights, and this sounds like no exception to the rule! – Lisa

Buy it at: Amazon

The Princess and the Rogue by Kate Bateman (29 Dec)

I’m excited to see where Bateman’s latest goes – this is Seb’s story, and he falls in love with a Russian princess – Lisa

Bow Street agent, gaming hell and princess in disguise? Yes please! – Maria Rose

Buy it at: Amazon

Ten Things I Hate About the Duke by Loretta Chase (1 Dec)

It’s been too long since I got my hands on a new Loretta Chase book. This looks like another fun historical romance from one of my favorite authors. – Alexandra

I’ve read this one for review and am happy to say it’s classic Chase.  I don’t think I can give higher praise than that! – Caz

I’m planning on dropping my other reading as soon as I get my hands on this. She always pleases! – Evelyn

A fresh Loretta Chase means an instabuy for me. – Lisa

Buy it at: Amazon

How to Catch a Queen by Alyssa Cole (2 Dec)

I remember this queen from a previous book, and it’s one of the rare occasions when a secondary character made me curious about their story. I’m really looking forward to another Cole. – Caroline

Cole’s terrific spin-off of her Relcutant Royals series features a reluctant king and a woman who yearns to become a queen who both have to learn to love each other and accept their new duties. – Lisa

I loved Cole’s A Princess In Theory, and the heroine of her latest royals romance was briefly mentioned there. Royalty has always intrigued me, and there’s something special about the spin this author puts on so many familiar romance tropes.- Shannon

Buy it at: Amazon

His Pretend Christmas Date by Jackie Lau (8 Dec)

Jackie Lau is a one-click writer for me, so I’m excited for her latest! – Lisa

I’m a big fan of Jackie Lau and her contemporary romances with real characters who face everyday challenges, so this is definitely on my reading list. – Maria Rose

Buy it at: Amazon

A Curse of Roses by Diana Pinguicha (1 Dec)

A starving heroine cursed to have all food turn to flowers when it touches her lips, and the girl who can set her free from the curse – by committing treason and kissing the king’s betrothed. – Caroline

An F/F twist on a Portugese fairytale? I’m so here for that. – Lisa

Buy it at: Amazon

We’re also looking forward to:


Loverboy by Sarina Bowen (1 Dec)

Sarina Bowen is one of my favorite auto-buy authors. This is the second book in her “The Company” series, which has a bit more suspense and industrial espionage going on, compared to her sports series. I’m excited to see where this one goes!

Buy it at: Amazon

Fate Actually by Elizabeth Hunter (15 Dec)

I’ve loved Hunter’s books about women in their 40s developing psychic powers–full of great female friendships, some paranormal activity, suspense, and a touch of romance, they’ve been a bright spot in my year. I can’t wait for this latest!

Buy it at: Amazon


Merry Measure by Lily Morton (2 Dec)’

There’s sure to be plenty of festive fun and seasonal snark on offer in this standalone Christmas story from Lily Morton.  – Caz

Buy it at: Amazon

Angels in the City by Garrett Leigh (3 Dec)

I really like the sound of this fake-relationship office romance that begins when two guys meet when the lift in their office breaks down and a conversation leads to their attending a swanky function as ‘boyfriends’ – and then to more.  I’ve enjoyed all the books by this author I’ve read so far – they’ve got interesting characters, great stories and just the right amount of angst, so I’m looking forward to this one.

Buy it at: Amazon

Against the Grain by Jay Hogan (8 Dec)

Jay Hogan is very much an auto-read author for me these days, so I was pleased to see book four in her Auckland Med series on the schedule this month.  I don’t even need to know what it’s about to know I’ll be reading it asap!

Buy it at: Amazon

Yet a Stranger by Gregory Ashe (15 Dec)

This story is currently being serialised for members of the author’s mailing lists, so I’ve read most of it already. And I’ll say now that it goes to some really dark places, and is quite different in tone to the previous book; Theo and Auggie once again team up to solve a murder, but personally, they’re drifting further and further apart. But this is what Gregory Ashe does so well – breaks your heart into tiny little pieces, stomps on them, and then puts it all back together again. Eventually. The mystery is intriguing and the guys are at their best when they’re bantering and piecing the clues together, showing again and again how in-tune they are. But their personal lives are a mess, and there’s no happy ending in sight – yet. The next book can’t come soon enough!

Buy it at: Amazon


This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens (1 Dec)

So I got the ARC for this British rom com and it’s set partially in 2020. Looks like this book is going to be some accidental alt history and you know what–I’m completely up for a book that imagines 2020 as a year of health, happiness and romance.

Buy it at: Amazon


When a Rogue Meets His Match by Elizabeth Hoyt (1 Dec)

Actually this is the second book in this series. I’ve always loved Ms. Hoyt’s books. She excels at sexual tension and I’m looking forward to enjoying book two of this new series. – Evelyn

Buy it at: Amazon


The Italian’s Final Redemption by Jackie Ashenden (1 Dec)

Ashenden and old skool style Harlequin novels go together like peas and carrots!

Buy it at: Amazon

Best Women’s Erotica of the Year Rachel Kramer Bussel, ed.)(8 Dec)

Another volume of spicy erotic stories features everything from a vegan breaking a long meat-free drought with a sausage and masturbation to a couple trying lifestyle d/s in their golden years. – Lisa

Buy it at: Amazon

Maria Rose:

My Christmas Charade by Melanie Ting

I’ve been really enjoying this author’s Hat Trick series, featuring ordinary guys who play hockey on beer league teams and the women they meet. This one sounds particularly intriguing, an enemies to lovers/fake relationship trope story set during the Christmas holidays and I’m excited to read it!

Buy it at: Amazon

Taking on the Billionaire by Robin Covington (1 Dec)

I’m so happy to see Robin Covington writing for the Harlequin Desire line! This one sounds intriguing – a PI tasked to find a tech billionaire’s siblings all the while having her own plans to exact revenge. It’s the first of what I hope will be an enjoyable series.

Buy it at: Amazon

The Protector by Abigail Owen (7 Dec)

I like this author’s dragon shifter books and it’s always great to escape into a paranormal adventure, especially these days!

Buy it at: Amazon


The Vow by Dannika Dark (1 Dec)

Dannika Dark is a phenomenal author, so I was delighted to learn she’s starting a new series. It’s still set in the same universe as her previous books, but we’re shifting focus to a new set of characters. I’ve already preordered The Vow as an audiobook, and I’m counting down the days until it’s release.

Buy it at: Amazon

Every Last Secret by A.R. Torre (1 Dec)

A.R. Torre is a pseudonym of erotic-romance author Alessandra Torre, and I love her work no matter which name it’s written under. A sexy new release from this super talented power-house seems like the perfect way to end a stressful year.

Buy it at: Amazon

Starlight Web by Yasmine Galenorn (21 Dec)

Yasmine Galenorn is literally my very favorite author, so it’s no surprise I’m super excited for the first book in her new Moonshadow Bay series. It’s paranormal women’s fiction, her first foray into this newly emerging genre, and I can’t wait to see what I think.

Buy it at: Amazon

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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Queer romance, romantic suspense and historicals - romance, mysteries, fiction -  are my genres of choice these days, and when I haven't got my nose in a book, I’ve got my ears in one.  I’m a huge fan of audiobooks and am rarely to be found without my earbuds in.