September is traditionally the time of year when publishers start bringing out the Big Guns, the high-profile, highly-anticipated releases we’ve anxiously been waiting to get our hands on.  Despite that this is a year like no other in many respects, there’s still plenty of wonderful reading material awaiting us as we head into the months of Autumn. Here is just a selection of the goodies in store for us over coming weeks:

When No One Is Watching  by Alyssa Cole (1 Sep)

I’ve been curious about this once since I first saw the promotional blurb.  Cole’s erotica and romance have been stellar, and I sense she’ll conquer mysteries with similar ease. – Lisa

I’m excited to see what the author does with her first mystery – Maggie

Alyssa Cole is releasing a thriller, and I couldn’t be more excited to get my hands on a copy. I’m sometimes a little skeptical of authors branching out in new directions, but if anyone can make it work, it’s got to be Ms. Cole! – Shannon

Buy it at: Amazon/Indiebound

A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore (1 Sep)

A dedicated suffragist’s ambitions of running her own publishing company are thwarted by the the most debauched lord in London… sounds like the set up for something delicious! – Caz

Evie Dunmore’s first historical was charming and funny, and I’m hoping her second book follows the pattern she’s established – Lisa

I’ve heard such fabulous things about Evie Dunmore’s writing, and the synopsis for A Rogue of One’s Own looks right up my alley. Needless to say, I’ll be scooping it up on release day. – Shannon

Buy it at: Amazon/Indiebound

A Forbidden Liaison with Miss Grant by Marguerite Kaye (1 Sep)

Set against the backdrop of King George IV’s visit to Edinburgh in 1822, this first book in Marguerite Kaye’s new series focuses on a romance between a widower and a lady’s companion, both of whom are past the first blush of youth!  Many of us are always on the lookout for romances featuring more mature heroes and heroines, and I’ll be reporting back on this one! – Caz

Kaye’s put out a lot of winners during her time with Harlequin, and her ideas are usually inventive and charming.  I have an eye on this one! – Lisa

Buy it at: Amazon/Indiebound

Big City Neighbor by Jackie Lau (8 Sep)

Engineer heroine falls for the grump next door. Both of these things please me. – Caroline

Jackie Lau is one of my go-to, never disappoint authors.  Can’t wait to read her next one! – Lisa

I’ve cheated and already read my advance copy of this delightful romance so I can assure you that it has the trademarks of her recent stories, including delicious foodie experiences and a sweet romance with two very likable characters! – Maria Rose

Buy it at: Amazon

The Ippos King by Grace Draven (15 Sep)

Draven is one of my favorite fantasy authors, and I’ve been anticipating this latest book for quite a while. I loved how she handled the dynamic of two very different cultures in the first book in the series, Radiance, and I look forward to more of that in this story. – Alexandra

I adore this series and can’t wait to see how Draven handles the romance between Anhuset and Serovek – Maggie

Buy it at: Amazon 

Common Goal by Rachel Reid (21 Sep)

While she’s yet to top the fabulous Heated Rivalry, Rachel Reid’s Game Changers series has nonethless been entertaning.  Book four, this story features a May/December romance between a grad student nursing a broken heart and a silver-fox veteran goalie trying to work out what comes after hockey. (TBH, she had me at “silver fox”). – Caz

Heated Rivalry is in my top five hockey romances of all time.  Based on the strength of that novel alone, Rachel Reid is one of my auto-buy, drop everything else and read it first, favorite authors.  I like the tropes in this one – May/December, friends with benefits – and the promise of cameos from Ilya and Shane.  I’ve already cast an NHL goalie in the role of Eric Bennett (a top goalie nearing retirement), and love trying to guess who this author (and fellow hockey fan) really imagines in this role.  This is my drop-everything September release.  – Em

Reid’s m/m hockey romances are usually very hot and charming, so I’ll be trying this one.-Lisa.

I’ve had mixed feelings about this series but am willing to give it another go with this one – Maria Rose

Buy it at: Amazon

Tools of Engagement by Tessa Bailey (22 Sep)

This is the third book in Tessa Bailey’s Hot and Hammered series. I loved the first and DNF’d the second, so who knows with this one, but I’m more than game to try. – Charlotte

Tessa Bailey is hit or miss for me, but her hits are such outstanding, sexy fun that I always give her a shot. Here’s hoping for another hit! – Caroline

Buy it at: Amazon/Indiebound

Well Played by Jen DeLuca (22 Sep)

According to the blurb, Well Played has one of my favorite tropes: the Cyrano plot, where the true author of love letters is concealed from the recipient. I’m excited to see it play out. – Caroline

The series’ first novel, Well Met, was wonderful – hoping the second matches up to DeLuca’s growing reputation! – Lisa

Well Met ended up on my top ten list of of 2019, and any book that does that ensures that the author will be on my radar for new stories! I’m really looking forward to reading the next in the series. – Maria Rose

Buy it at: Amazon/Indiebound

The Same Breath by Gregory Ashe (25 Sep)

How on earth Gregory Ashe manages to publish so many amazing books every year is beyond me, but I’m not going to complain!  This is the first in his new The Lamb and the Lion series featuring a wildlife vet and a con-man.  That’s all I know, and all I need to know – *one-click!* – Caz

TBH I can’t see how I could possibly love a new Ashe couple any more than Hazard and Somers (reader: I can’t), but if Ashe writes it, I want to read it.  Ditto on the one-click.  And again, if you aren’t reading this author, you should remedy that right away! – Em

Buy it at: Amazon

We’re also looking forward to…


Lies and Lullabies by Sarina Bowen (22 Sep)

I don’t know that I’ve ever met a book by Sarina Bowen that I didn’t like–which is saying something, since at this point I’ve read almost her entire backlist. This latest involves a rockstar, summer romance, and unplanned pregnancy, which should make for a good read!

Buy it at: Amazon/Indiebound


Fangs by Sarah Andersen (1 Sep)

I love the webcomic Sarah’s Scribbles. I didn’t know that the author had also produced a romance webcomic, now being released as a graphic novel called Fangs, about a vampire and a werewolf. I saw a page preview where the heroine is moving in with the hero and they’re lifting her coffin out of a U-Haul. Sold!

Buy it at: Amazon


The Return of the Disappearing Duke by Lara Temple (1 Sep)

A man running from his life and his past and a woman seeking protection meet in the deserts of Egypt… i’m not sure how much of this one is set outside the UK, but I’m always up for a change of locale.  Lara Temple is a reliably good author so I’ll be diving into this asap.

Buy it at: Amazon/Indiebound

See Her Die by Melinda Leigh (15 Sep)

Melinda Leigh is one of my go-to authors for romantic mysteries; this is book two in her latest series featuring city cop turned local sherriff, Bree Taggert.  I enjoyed the first book, Cross Her Heart, earlier this year and am looking forward to following Bree as she solves another mystery, and to some developments into her relationship with former K-9 handler, Matt.

Buy it at: Amazon/Indiebound

Crown of Darkness by Bec McMaster (15 Sep)

I’m a big fan of Bec McMaster’s and although she has yet to top her London Steampunk series, I did enjoy last year’s Promise of Darkness, a riff on the Persephone myth, and have been looking foward to reading more in the Dark Court Rising series. – Caz

Buy it at: Amazon

Murder at Queen’s Landing by Andrea Penrose (29 Sep)

I’ve really been enjoying this series of historical mysteries featuring logistical and scientifically-minded Earl of Wrexford and satirical cartoonist AJ Quill, aka Charlotte Sloane, and am looking forward to this latest instalment.  The mysteries are always well put-together, and the simmering chemistry between the leads is beautifully done.

Buy it at: Amazon/Indiebound


One by One by Ruth Ware (8 Sep)

My library is always encouraging me to read Ruth Ware, and so are my fellow reviewer friends on GoodReads!  It’s time!  In One by One, a corporate retreat becomes a game of survival when the group gets snowed in and cut-off in the French Alps.  Creepy, atmospheric, and likened to Agatha Christie’s memorable And Then There Were None, it sounds like a great time to try a new-to-me writer.

Buy it at: Amazon/Indiebound

The Roommate by Rosie Danan (15 Sep)

Clara Wheaton is a slightly repressed east coast socialite.  When a close friend convinces her to give up her comfortable life and move across the country to LA, she does it.  Things take a turn after he pulls a bait and switch and leaves her in his apartment with a total stranger for a roommate.  And then she finds out he’s famous!  But that’s not the only surprise in store for Clara.  Early reviewers are loving this debut from Rosie Danan, and I’m looking forward to it, too.

Buy it at: Amazon/Indiebound

Return Billionaire to Sender by Annika Martin (29 Sep)

The Billionaires of Manhattan series is easy, breezy, and mostly fun.  I liked the first three books in the series better than book four, and because of them, I’ll be back for this one too.  Martin does a nice job balancing angst and drama with romance and laughs, and this series is reliably entertaining.  Looking forward to Noelle’s (a shy mail carrier) story.

Buy it at: Amazon


The Librarian of Boone’s Hollow by Kim Vogel Sawyer (15 Sep)

I’m a librarian, so this is hitting all my buttons. Traveling librarian during the Great Depression faces culprit trying to sabotage a town’s library program. Can’t wait.

Buy it at: Amazon/Indiebound


The Highlander’s Excellent Adventure by Shana Galen (8 Sep)

A departure from Galen’s usual swashbucklers, this is a domestic dramady featuring two runaway couples and a lot of tension.  One of the heroines is plus sized!  It’s not my favorite Galen but well worth reading.

Buy it at: Amazon

All Scot and Bothered by Kerrigan Byrne (29 Sep)

The second book in Byrne’s The Devil You Know series is, judging from the reviews on Goodreads, a return to Byrne’s signature dark romances and Byronic heroes.

Buy it at: Amazon/Indiebound

Maria Rose:

Yours to Keep by Lauren Layne (1 Sep)

Though I’ve read and enjoyed several Lauren Layne romances, I’ve missed some of her recent books so I thought I’d dive back into her contemporary romances with Yours to Keep, a small town romance with a baseball hero.

Buy it at: Amazon/Indiebound


Blood and Honey by Shelby Mahurin (1 Sep)

Blood and Honey is the follow-up to last year’s Serpent and Dove, a young adult fantasy romance featuring witches. This series has been on my TBR pile for quite some time, and I think the release of book two will serve as the perfect impotus for me to actually pick it up and give it a try.

Buy it at: Amazon/Indiebound

Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson (15 Sep)

Tiffany D. Jackson’s books are among some of my favorite young adult literature out there today. Her characters are incredibly relatable, and her plots keep me spellbound from start to finish. Grown is her fourth novel, and I pre-ordered it months ago. September 15th can’t come soon enough for my liking!

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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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.