Most Anticipated: Summer

The books coming out in the next three months are some of the ones I am most anticipating in the entire year. I absolutely cannot wait for so many of these so I apologize in advance for the multitude of exclamation points you’re about to see.

1. Wolf Rainby Nalini Singh

Y’all. A new Psy-Changeling book returning to SnowDancer?? Yes, please, this is absolutely everything. This particular installment features Alexei, the youngest (I think) SnowDancer lieutenant with his super model good looks, and Memory, an E-Psy, I think? Also, Aarya says this is her favorite Psy-Changeling novel since Kiss of Snow, so I am really, really excited to have it in my earholes. I just cannot wait. Seriously. Also, I think this might be my favorite cover of the series.

Release Date: June 4, 2019

2. The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen

I’ve been reading Sarah Dessen for over a decade at this point and even though I don’t think any of her books are going to top The Truth About Forever for me and I’ve mostly stopped reading contemporary YA, I’m still really looking forward to this installment. Emma Saylor is trying to figure out who she is and her summer with her mother’s family at North Lake is hopefully going to help her figure that out. She’s also reintroduced to her childhood best friend, Roo, who holds the key to some of her childhood memories and her family history. (Also in contrast to Wolf Rain, I think this is one of my least favorite covers Sarah’s ever had.)

Release Date: June 4, 2019

3. Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

I’m a little hesitant to include this on my most anticipated list because while I am super excited about this book, I also have so many Pride and Prejudice retellings waiting for me to pick up because I am so skeptical of them. But this Muslim retelling of Pride and Prejudice has received rave reviews since it came out in Canada last year so I’m crossing my fingers I’m going to absolutely adore it. One of the people I follow on Goodreads and trust her opinion, says that this is more of a loose retelling than a strict one so I’m actually very reassured by that and more excited to pick it up.

Release Date: June 4, 2019

4. The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

If the author’s Twitter account is anything to go by, this book is going to be absolutely hilarious. It’s also tackling infertility head on as Kristen, our heroine, is dealing with losing the ability to have children, which she’s keeping a secret from her best friend. She’s planning her best friend’s wedding, which is where we meet our hero, Josh, the best man. I’m optimistic I’m really going to love this one! The reviews I’ve seen so far have been positive so fingers crossed!

Release Date: June 11, 2019

5. Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner

It’s been what feels like forever since we had a new Jennifer Weiner book to devour so I’m extremely excited about this one. All I really know about it though is that it is going to deal with sisters and it’s set in the 1950s? So presumably we’ll get a great look at gender roles, which I’m admittedly assuming based on our brilliant author.

Release Date: June 25, 2019

6. The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

Yes, I’ve already read this one, but honestly that doesn’t lessen my excitement about this at all. I already have my copy pre-ordered and I’m absolutely going to re-read my finished copy and probably cry all over again. This book is (brilliant) about Rhiannon, a badass entrepreneur who created an extremely successful dating app that takes a slightly more feminist approach to a swiping app. She is at the equivalent of SXSW (I think) when she’s confronted with the guy who ghosted her after a great night a few months ago, and he’s working for the company she wants to buy. That guy is my sweet, precious Samson, who is still grieving the loss of his uncle and trying to figure out what he’s really doing with his life post-football and post-being his uncle’s caretaker.

CW: Grief, concussions/CTE talk, and #MeToo discussion/past experiences

Release Date: July 2, 2019

7. The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory

Hello, yes, sign me up for this hate to love, forced proximity because your mutual best friend is getting married romance. I love Guillory’s first two novels and I cannot wait to read this one. I love books with friend groups and I love hate to love more than a lot of other tropes, so I am high key excited. Plus, Alexa and Drew are getting married! What’s not to love?

Release Date: July 16, 2019

8. Brazen and the Beast by Sarah MacLean

So, I’m already high key excited for the third book in this series, but before we get that we have Hattie’s installment, which I loved. I love Sarah’s writing so much. She creates characters that feel so real, whether they’re the leads or if they’re side characters. In fact, this book includes a fantastic side character, Nora, who desperately needs at least a novella following her life in this book. I mean, seriously. (There’s a f/f side relationship in this book. Don’t you think it deserves at least a novella???) But, Whit is our silent, grumpy hero in this one and watching him be bowled over by Hattie is utterly delightful. So even though I’ve already read this, (Thank you, Avon!), I cannot wait for my preorder to arrive because I NEED the teaser for book three that will be at the end of this one. It’s going to be so good!!

Release Date: July 30, 2019

9. The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare

HELLO, NEW TESSA DARE. I am super pumped for this book because I’m absolutely adoring Tessa’s new series, but also, Lady Penelope gives me Beatrix from Lisa Kleypas’s The Hathaways series vibes and I adore Beatrix. Lady Penelope rescues animals of all kinds and when her new neighbor demands she get rid of them, she tells him only if he can find them loving homes. I really love watching “weary and ruthless” men melt when confronted with their heroine and I can’t wait to watch that happen in The Wallflower Wager.

Release Date: August 13, 2019

10. Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews

I would do just about anything to get my hands on a copy of this book early, but then I guess the wait for the next one would be maddening all over again so I guess I can wait. Maybe. BUT Y’ALL you can read the first three chapters in the iBooks sample and OH MY GOD. I cannot wait. I need it to be time for this book to be in my hands right now.

Oh, um. So this is the continuation in the Hidden Legacy world, but our first full length novel following Catalina, who has Siren magic, so she kind of avoids getting close to people. Only now she’s Head of House Baylor and Nevada is off in Italy with Rogan so Catalina is stuck making some hard choices when this woman’s mother and sister are apparently murdered. AND ALESSANDRO. Okay, sorry. Just know I have a lot of feelings.

Release Date: August 27, 2019

I have a plethora of Honorable Mentions coming up in the next three months so here’s a quick list:

Out June 4, 2019

If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann (YA contemporary)

The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite (f/f historical romance published by Avon)

Out June 11, 2019

Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi (YA f/f contemporary romance; hate to love)

The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante (YA debut, contemporary, I think)

The Chai Factor by Farah Heron (adult romance)

The Exact Opposite of Okayby Lauren Steven (YA contemporary)

Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim (adult romance and one of the best covers I’ve ever seen)

Out July 9, 2019

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman (adult romance)

Okay, I know that was a long list, but if there are any I’m missing, please let me know! What book(s) is/are you most anticipating in the next three months?


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