The best thing about the long, dark, cold evenings is being able to curl up with a good book! Every month, AAR staffers comb through the lists of upcoming releases to find the ones we think we – and our readers – are most likely to enjoy, and now it’s time to look ahead to the books coming out in February 2020 we’re looking forward to reading. As always, this isn’t a comprehensive list – if you’re eagerly awaiting a book that isn’t listed here, leave us a comment and make sure we know about it!


Lilian and the Irresistible Duke by Virginia Heath (1 Feb)

Virginia Heath has been putting out good historicals pretty consistently over the last couple of years and has earned a fair few DIKs, so I’m keen to read her latest, featuring a mature couple who reconnect in Rome – Caz

As Caz says, Heath has been a credit to Harlequin’s stable, and I’m excited for her latest – Lisa

Buy it at: Amazon/Indiebound

Blame it on the Billionaire by Naima Simone (1 Feb)

Simone is always a good bet. – Caroline

I’ve been enjoying Naima Simone’s foray into Harlequin Desire romances with her Blackout Billionaire series and am excited to see what she has in store for us this year! – Maria Rose

Buy it at: Amazon/Indiebound

A Heart of Blood and Ashes by Milla Vane (1 Feb)

I’m a big fan of Meljean Brook, and particularly the worldbuilding she’s done in her other series. I can’t wait to explore this whole new world she’s created! – Alex

Milla Vane is another author identity for the amazing Meljean Brook. I read the Milla Vane novella The Beast of Blackmoor in the anthology Night Shift and not only DIK’d it, but explicitly mourned the fact that it was a stand-alone because I loved the world (full of magic, goddesses, barbarians, and warrior women) so much. When I learned Vane was setting a new book in this world, I immediately grabbed it for review – and, spoiler alert, it is TOTALLY EVERYTHING I HOPED FOR. – Caroline

Buy it at: Amazon/Indiebound

Hearts on Hold by Charish Reid (3 Feb)

Reid writes some of my favorite bookIsh heroines. Hope this is as good as her last! – Lisa

I’m very intrigued by this new-to-me author and the partnership of a male (and tattoed) children’s librarian and a female romance reading university professor!  – Maria Rose

Buy it at: Amazon

House Rules by Ruby Lang (10 Feb)

Ruby Lang’s shown herself to be an excellent contemporary romance writer -thrilled for her latest! – Lisa

I’ve been enjoying this unique series by Ruby Lang where uptown living and careers set the stage for happy ever afters. This second chance story with a couple who agree to share living space again is ripe for romance. – Maria Rose

Buy it at: Amazon

 

Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas (18 Feb)

The Ravenel series has been a mixed bag of good and great, and as a fan of Lisa Kleypas, I’ve eagerly awaited each new release.  Now that all the other Ravenel girls are wed, it’s Cassandra’s turn.  She apparently meets her match in Tom Severin, the railway magnate who nearly derailed (ha!  see what I did there?) the series before it had a chance to begin.  I’m not sure I see these two together, or why they haven’t found themselves in each others path much sooner than this, but I’m willing to be convinced they deserve a HEA.  Fingers crossed this will be a highlight in the series. – Em

She has done something different in each of the Ravenel books so I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in Cassandra’s book. And I’m looking forward to visiting with the rest of the Ravenels and hopefully some of the characters from the Wallflowers series. – Evelyn

Kleypas does exciting things every time she publishes a new book. – Lisa

Buy it at: Amazon/Indiebound

Temporary Wife Temptation by Jayci Lee (20 Feb)

OH MY GOD THIS COVER HAVE YOU EVER SEEN ANYTHING SO GLAMOROUS?! – Caroline

I’m looking forward to trying this modern marriage of convenience romance by a new to me author. – Maria Rose

Buy it at: Amazon/Indiebound

 


We’re also looking forward to…

Caroline:

Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertelli and Aisha Saeed (4 Feb)

A cross-cultural romance about two young people taking up activism in local politics – this is the book Americans need for 2020!

Buy it at: Amazon/Indiebound

Malice by Pintip Dunn (4 Feb)

The heroine lerrns that a classmate will create a virus that kills two-thirds of the world’s population. In her Forget Tomorrow trilogy, Pintip Dunn showed a deft and sophisticated handling of YA dystopia, romance, and the complexities of a time-travel narrative, so she’s got all the skills she needs to make this one a knockout.

Buy it at: Amazon/Indiebound

Lisa:

The Winter Companion by Mimi Matthews (11 Feb)

The Parish Orphans of Devon series continues apace!  This one is Neville’s story, and none of these boys deserves true love more than Neville!

Buy it at: Amazon/Indiebound

Of Curses And Kisses by Sandhya Menon (18 Feb)

Having read this one for the site I can assure readers that while it doesn’t quite reach the heights of her previous book and is a bit more soapy than they are, Menon’s spin on fairytale tropes is a lot of fun.

Buy it at: Amazon/Indiebound

For the Sake of a Scottish Rake by Anna Bradley (18 Feb)

An English miss determined to escape an odious suitor and her uncle’s plan to steal her fortune sets up a fake flirtation with her Scottish chum. Ah, friends to lovers, my one true weakness.

Buy it at: Amazon/Indiebound

How the Lady was Won by Shana Galen (20 Feb)

A married couple whose relationship crumbled when he shipped off for the army is reignited when trouble comes for the heroine. Galen’s description of the supporting characters already has me laughing, and she’s good at swashbuckly romantic derring do that this kind of plot requires.

Buy it at: Amazon

We Unleash the Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia  (25 Feb)

I fell in love with We Set the Dark On Fire, with its unexpected twists and thrilling plotline, last year. This book’s from Carmen’s PoV, and I need to know what happens next!

Buy it at: Amazon/Indiebound

 

Liz:

Loud Mouth by Avery Flynn (17 Feb)

A blogger pisses off a well-known hockey player by blabbing a family secret. When the couple is stuck in a remote cabin after a blizzard, sparks fly. I am ALWAYS down to read an enemies-to-lovers, forced proximity romantic comedy set in the sexy world of hockey. 💋 Liz

Buy it at: Amazon

Maria Rose:

My Viral Valentine by Melanie Ting (1 Feb)

Melanie Ting has written some wonderfully engaging hockey romances and I’m so excited to see that she has a new rom-com series (with average guys who play hockey for fun) coming out this year.

Buy it at: Amazon/Indiebound

The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa (4 Feb)

I really enjoyed Mia Sosa’s Love on Cue series and I love the plot idea of this new romance  by her – plus enemies to lovers is my favorite! – Maria Rose

Buy it at: Amazon/Indiebound

Shannon:

Last Day by Luanne Rice (1 Feb)

I’ve been reading Luanne Rice’s work since the early 2000s, and I’m almost always enchanted by her characters and their stories. Her latest novel is a thriller, and I can’t wait to see how she handles this genre which is so different from the stories she usually writes.

Buy it at: Amazon/Indiebound

Alone In the Wild by Kelley Armstrong (4 Feb)

The release of a new Kelley Armstrong novel is always something to celebrate, especially if it happens to be set in Rockton, a mysterious, dangerous town set in the wilderness. This series gets better and better with every installment, and I’m hoping this fifth book continues that trend.

Buy it at: Amazon/Indiebound

The King of Crows by Libba Bray (4 Feb)

Libba Bray’s The Diviners series is a marvelous mix of fantasy and historical detail. It’s set in New York in the 1920’s, and follows a group of teenagers, each of whom possesses a secret supernatural ability. The King of Crows looks to be the last book in the series, and I’m eager to see how the author wraps things up for these characters.

Buy it at: Amazon/Indiebound

Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland (4 Feb)

I was lucky enough to read an early copy of this sequel to Dread Nation, and it proved to be everything I was hoping for and then some. I’m so excited for this book to be released out into the world so all of you can fall under its spell just like I did.

Buy it at: Amazon/Indiebound

Heart of Flames by Nicki Pau Preto (11 Feb)

Nicki Pau Preto’s Crown of Feathers was one of my favorite young adult novels of 2019, and I’ve been eagerly anticipating the release of its sequel ever since I turned the final page. I love everything about this world, especially the bonds between humans and magical creatures, namely the mythical, fiery phoenix.

Buy it at: Amazon/Indiebound

Stormsong by C.L. Polk (11 Feb)

I was so excited when I first saw the blurb for Stormsong. It’s a fantasy romance between two women, something we don’t see nearly enough of these days. I was intrigued by book one in this series, and I’ll be reading this one as soon as I possibly can.

Buy it at: Amazon/Indiebound

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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