There are some incredible books coming out in March-May, which is why this list of ten has an honorable mentions list of eleven. I can’t help myself, okay? And the most ridiculous part is that I tried to make a rule that I would only include books I want to pre-order and well… That’s basically all of them. Stupid book budget. Anyway, let’s give this a shot. My top ten most anticipated books releasing this Spring (and an additional list of eleven immediately following).
1. Can’t Escape Loveby Alyssa Cole
Alyssa Cole has truly decided to bless us in early 2019 and I for one am beyond thankful. This particular book has me super excited because it stars Reggie! Reggie, in case you’ve forgotten, is Portia’s super smart, website running sister and as the cover makes clear, Reggie does all this from the comfort of her wheelchair. I love this representation and I cannot wait to read this book, which is guaranteed to be amazing because did you see the author? Yeah. Alyssa Cole is such a gem. I love her so much. Anyway…
Release Date: March 5, 2019!
2. Mrs. Martin’s Incomparable Adventureby Courtney Milan
HALLELUJAH, BLESS, Courtney Milan is gifting us with this beauty at the end of March and I cannot wait for this older heroine who hates men to show her nephew what’s what and run off with a younger heroine. Like, get it, Mrs. Martin!! She was such a great secondary character in After the Wedding, so this novella is sure to be great fun.
Release Date: March 26, 2019
3. The Takeover Effect by Nisha Sharma
First of all, look at this beautiful cover. Isn’t it gorgeous? I’m not super clear what this is about, but it’s got lawyers, a corporate takeover, maybe an arranged marriage, family drama, and probably some really great sexy times based on this cover so ya girl is ready for it! I’ve already got this one pre-ordered in print so you know I’m excited!
Release Date: April 2, 2019
4. When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton
I’ve got this book preordered in audio and physical because I’m not making the same mistake I did last year where I wanted to make everyone read Next Year in Havana and I couldn’t literally shove it into their hands. Anyway, this installment is following badass Beatriz and she’s a spy for the CIA!!! I literally cannot wait to be reading this book! This book is historical fiction, not romance, but it does have a love story woven in. From what I’ve heard there are elements of cheating and given that we know Beatriz is single in present day in Next Year in Havana, I don’t think there’s going to be an HEA. I’m still super excited though!
Release Date: April 9, 2019
5. Fumbled by Alexa Martin
I had this on my list anyway, but was wavering back and forth between leaving this on the main list or swapping it for something in my honorable mentions, but then I listened to the Wicked Wallflowers Club podcast’s most recent What We’re Reading episode and Jenny talks about Fumbled and I was basically like, “I have to read that right now.” Which is weird because this is both second chance and secret baby and I like neither of those things, but my excitement about a football sports romance discussing CTEs is like… So high. So yeah, I can’t wait for this one!
Release Date: April 23, 2019
6. Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse
Omg, just let me have this book right now!!! I want to be the audiobook narrator for this series just so they have to give me a copy of the book early. I’m in love with this series already and I need to know what happens next!! I can’t tell you much, but basically, if you haven’t already read Trial of Lightning, you need to go do that immediately.
Release Date: April 23, 2019
7. A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole
Y’all, that preview at the back of Once Ghosted, Twice Shy about murdered me. I cannot freaking wait for A Prince on Paper!!! My excitement levels in general right now are so high. There are so many good books coming out! So much to read!! It’s a good time. Anyway, this book is about Nya and Johan and they have to fake an engagement!!! Bless us, y’all. Fake relationships are everything!
Release Date: April 30, 2019
8. The Bride Testby Helen Hoang
I wasn’t quite as in love with The Kiss Quotient as everyone else, but that hasn’t prevented me from being very, very excited for Hoang’s sophomore novel, The Bride Test. I love the autism rep we get in this series and I appreciate Hoang so much for including this aspect of her own life in her writing. Anyway, this installment follows Michael’s cousin, Khai, whose mother decides to take matters into her own hands and she brings a woman, Esme, over from Vietnam to be Khai’s wife. Esme sets out to seduce her hopeful future husband, but finds that her seduction is really working on herself and not having the effect she wanted on Khai. But when her time in the States is running out… Thank God it’s a romance novel, is all I have to say.
Release Date: May 7, 2019
9. The Rogue of Fifth Avenueby Joanna Shupe
If you’re wondering how I can put The Rogue of Fifth Avenue on this list when I literally have four of her novels hanging out unread on my shelves, I hear you, but I am still really excited for the start of this new series. We’ve got a female Robin Hood and our heroine’s father’s lawyer dogging her steps so like, what is there to not love about this? Also, the cover! Omg, I love this cover so much. Anyway, I need to actually read the rest of my Joanna Shupe’s, I KNOW.
Release Date: May 28, 2019
10. A Rogue by Night by Kelly Bowen
I’m never quite as excited for the brother’s story as I am for my ladies, but in this case, the preview for A Rogue by Night has me all kinds of excited. Our heroine has come home to find her stupid father and brother are in a mess of their own making and the Baron has come down to doctor up her brother. I’m still not totally sure what’s going on in the history of the time Kelly Bowen has us in, tbh, but for some reason we’re smuggling things past the soldiers and everyone is poor. And I think they just finished fighting the French. Maybe. How many times did they fight the French? Should I learn more world history? Probably. ANYWAY, Katherine has to step in for her injured father and brother to complete one last smuggling job (why is Harland involved? I have so many questions) and this leads her directly into Harland’s path. I’m really excited about this one because it sounds like it’s going to return to the edgy romantic suspense almost of Bowen’s last series.
Release Date: May 28, 2019
There are so many of these, I’m so sorry that I can’t talk more in depth about each of them.
American Dreamer by Adrianna Hererra (a foodie romance! m/m! Latinx #OwnVoices rep! written by the brilliant Adrianna Hererra!) out on March 4, 2019.
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (JANUARY LAVOY IS ONE OF THE AUDIOBOOK NARRATORS!!! Apparently inspired by The Civil Wars? JANUARY LAVOY!!!!!!) out March 5, 2019.
Internment by Samira Ahmed (YA #OwnVoices novel imagining a future where Muslim Americans are rounded up and placed in internment camps) out March 19, 2019.
Forward Me Back to Youby Mitali Perkins (Perkins is a beautiful writer and I adored her last book; this one is a YA following two characters who meet on a service trip to India helping victims of sex trafficking) out April 2, 2019.
Girls on the Verge by Sharon Biggs Waller (a YA contemporary about a group of girls trying to help one of them get an abortion in Texas; chelseadolling reads gave this one a rave review during ContemporaryAThon!) out April 9, 2019.
That Kind of Guyby Talia Hibbert (a romance novel in the Ravenswood world following Zach and demisexual Rae! I can’t wait!!) out May 2, 2019.
Love from A to Zby S.K. Ali (Ali’s follow up to the extremely hard hitting Saints and Misfits. This one promises to be a slightly more light hearted YA contemporary romance.) out on May 7, 2019.
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo (Acevedo’s sophomore novel and first not written in verse about a single mom in high school who is very talented in the kitchen. I can’t tell if there might be a magical realism element here?) out on May 7, 2019.
Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavorsby Sonali Dev (a Pride and Prejudice retelling that is gender bent and also proud Trisha is the only one who can save DJ’s sister’s life?? Hello, yes, sign me up, please!) out on May 7, 2019.
Again, but Betterby Christine Riccio (a dual timeline contemporary written by one of the biggest booktubers, aka polandbananas, about a woman who studied abroad in college and made a mistake) out on May 7, 2019.
I Wish You All the Bestby Mason Deaver (a YA contemporary about a non-binary teen who comes out and is thrown out of his home and has to move in with their sister and then Ben meets Nathan at school and maybe sparks fly? I hope!) out on May 14, 2019.
Alright, there you have it! Twenty one books I am way too excited about. My bank account is weeping. Is there anything I missed though? What are you most excited about?