Most Anticipated Books of Winter (Dec. – Feb.)

Can you believe it’s already time to make a list of books to look forward to that goes into 2021? On the one hand, I’m already staring at a few 2021 ARCs on my kindle app, but on the other hand, while I’m relieved we’ll soon have survived 2020, it’s weird to think this year has been decades long and also doesn’t feel like it should already be nearly over. Anyway, enough maudlin musings, let’s talk about some really exciting books coming out soon!

Most Anticipated Books of Winter

How to Catch a Queen by Alyssa Cole

Funnily enough, this is actually the only remaining 2020 book to make this list and hopefully my ARC review is already posted. Relationship in trouble books have really been my jam lately, so this book is bound to be a hit for me. Shanti and King Sonyu had an arranged marriage and things are going well at night, but not so much during the day, where they lead totally separate lives. Alyssa Cole is always a genius and I can’t wait for this book to be in everyone’s hands.

Release Date: December 1, 2020

Flirting with Forever by Cara Bastone

You may have noticed I’ve fallen completely in love with Bastone’s writing this year and I’m so incredibly excited for Mary’s book! Mary is in her 30s and has put herself back into the dating pool. She agrees to a set up with a regular customer’s son and meets John, who makes some off-color remark about Mary’s age. Rude. Then there’s eventual fake dating!! Also, John is a public defender and I usually enjoy lawyer leads (because I like seeing–and maybe critiquing–how it’s depicted).

Release Date: January 26, 2021

The Devil Comes Courting by Courtney Milan

Y’all, can I just say how stoked I am that I’m giving you a Courtney Milan book with a title as an anticipated book for next year? I’ve been just living in eternal hope that we’ll get another book from Courtney every year and I’ve been so very blessed, but this time, I know what book we’re getting! The preview of The Devil Comes Courting that was in The Duke Who Didn’t has all of my attention and I’m very excited. This is the third book in The Worth Saga and is following Captain Hunter and reclusive genius, Amelia. I’m high key excited and am very ready for February.

Release Date: February 9, 2021

The Bride Bet by Tessa Dare

It was really sad when The Bride Bet was pushed back a year, but I’m really looking forward to it when we ultimately get to read it. This particular installment in the Girl Meets Duke series follows Nicola and the Duke of Westleigh who made a pact ten years ago that if they were both still single ten years from then, they would get married. And guess who has come to collect? I’m utterly delighted by this premise and can’t wait to finally read it!

Release Date: February 9, 2021

Wild Rain by Beverly Jenkins

Tempest by Ms. Bev introduced us to Spring, who was, for me, the absolute shining star and I cannot wait to read Spring’s own book! A reporter comes to town, looking to do a story on Spring’s brother, Colton, but suddenly finds that Spring is actually the most interesting person around. Spring has a scandalous past that I presume will get in the way of their relationship somehow, but I cannot wait to see Spring get her happily ever after!

Release Date: February 9, 2021

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

I mean, honestly, I know this is Nesta and Cassian’s book and there is going to be a lot of sexy times because of course there is, and that’s about it… They have an extremely hate to love dynamic and I’m very excited about it. I’ve read the blurb now and I’m still just like, “Okay, so this is the book where Cassian and Nesta get together.” So… Listen, idk. Here’s the goodreads link so you can read the blurb if you want.

Release Date: February 16, 2021

First Comes Like by Alisha Rai

Jia is an influencer who has big dreams for her career and one day an international superstar slides into her DMs. But maybe it’s not actually him? And then there’s fake dating! So basically a perfect book for me. Also, it’s by Alisha Rai so I have little doubt I’ll love it.

Release Date: February 16, 2020

Love at First by Kate Clayborn

Sixteen years ago, Will Sterling was captivated by a young woman’s voice and he’s never forgotten it. In the present, he’s back in Chicago after inheriting the same property he encountered the voice and he wants to rid himself this property promptly so he can return to his real life. Unfortunately for him, Nora Clarke has a very different idea of what Will should be doing with this property. I love Kate Clayborn’s writing and I am so excited to dive into this. My self-restraint is really admirable, I’m just saying because I have an ARC and I’ve not dived head first into it yet!

Release Date: February 23, 2021

Quiet in Her Bones by Nalini Singh

I am not much of a thriller person, but I loved Nalini’s first thriller, A Madness in Sunshine, and I can’t wait to return to New Zealand in this next thriller. It’s about a woman whom everyone thought ran away with a lot of money, but then a decade later, her body turns up in the same neighborhood. It sounds creepy and like just what I want to try.

Release Date: February 23, 2021

Best Laid Plans by Roan Parrish

This is the second book in the Garnet Runs series and follows Charlie, Jack’s older brother, and Rye Jansson. Where Charlie has always been steady and dependable, Rye’s life is a little messier. Literally this synopsis includes the line, “Is this what it feels like to have a home—and someone to share it with?” so you know I’m about to LOVE this so much.

Release Date: February 23, 2021

Honorable Mentions

Are there any books you think I’ve missed that you know I would want to be on this list? If so, definitely let me know! What books are you most looking forward to in the next three months?


8 responses to “Most Anticipated Books of Winter (Dec. – Feb.)”

    • I hope you do wind up liking How to Catch a Queen! I loved parts of it, but didn’t love it as a romance and I’m still so sad about it.

      I think she’s been working on this one for a bit, but I’m SO thankful we’re getting it! She can write as fast or slow as she wants. 🙂


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