I love making a most anticipated post so much! There’s a reason I do them quarterly because it just brings me so much joy.
Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Goodreads Synopsis: Ari Abrams has always been fascinated by the weather, and she loves almost everything about her job as a TV meteorologist. Her boss, legendary Seattle weatherwoman Torrance Hale, is too distracted by her tempestuous relationship with her ex-husband, the station’s news director, to give Ari the mentorship she wants. Ari, who runs on sunshine and optimism, is at her wits’ end. The only person who seems to understand how she feels is sweet but reserved sports reporter Russell Barringer.
In the aftermath of a disastrous holiday party, Ari and Russell decide to team up to solve their bosses’ relationship issues. Between secret gifts and double dates, they start nudging their bosses back together. But their well-meaning meddling backfires when the real chemistry builds between Ari and Russell.
Working closely with Russell means allowing him to get to know parts of herself that Ari keeps hidden from everyone. Will he be able to embrace her dark clouds as well as her clear skies?
Why I’m Excited: Honestly, mostly because of my deep and intense love of The Ex Talk. I’m really looking forward to seeing what Solomon’s sophomore adult romance has in store for me.
Release Date: January 11, 2022
Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead by Elle Cosiamo
Goodreads Synopsis: Finlay Donovan is—once again—struggling to finish her next novel and keep her head above water as a single mother of two. On the bright side, she has her live-in nanny and confidant Vero to rely on, and the only dead body she’s dealt with lately is that of her daughter’s pet goldfish.
On the not-so-bright side, someone out there wants her ex-husband, Steven, out of the picture. Permanently. Whatever else Steven may be, he’s a good father, but saving him will send her down a rabbit hole of soccer moms disguised as hit-women, and a little bit more involvement with the Russian mob than she’d like.
Meanwhile, Vero’s keeping secrets, and Detective Nick Anthony seems determined to get back into her life. He may be a hot cop, but Finlay’s first priority is preventing her family from sleeping with the fishes… and if that means bending a few laws then so be it.
With her next book’s deadline looming and an ex-husband to keep alive, Finlay is quickly coming to the end of her rope. She can only hope there isn’t a noose at the end of it…
Why I’m Looking Forward to This: So, honestly, I’ve already read and loved this one. But, I’m mostly so excited for this to come out because (a) I’m definitely going to re-read it and (b) because I need this series to continue, which means I need y’all to be reading it so for that to happen, the sequel has to come out.
Release Date: February 1, 2022
House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas
Goodreads Synopsis: Bryce Quinlan and Hunt Athalar are trying to get back to normal―they may have saved Crescent City, but with so much upheaval in their lives lately, they mostly want a chance to relax. Slow down. Figure out what the future holds.
The Asteri have kept their word so far, leaving Bryce and Hunt alone. But with the rebels chipping away at the Asteri’s power, the threat the rulers pose is growing. As Bryce, Hunt, and their friends get pulled into the rebels’ plans, the choice becomes clear: stay silent while others are oppressed, or fight for what’s right. And they’ve never been very good at staying silent.
Why I’m Excited: I loved the first book in this series more than even I was expecting and I cannot wait for this continuation. I need this book and I need it now, but unfortunately, I still have to wait another month and a half.
Release Date: February 15, 2022
Quick Interruption for Two Honorable Mentions I’ve Already Read and Loved so I didn’t include them on this list because they’re both wrapping up a series/and probably don’t need my hype:
Count Your Lucky Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur out on February 1, 2022
Quick Synopsis: Two women who used to be best friends, but haven’t seen each other in more than a decade are suddenly back in one another’s lives and then they become ROOMMATES and love ensues.
Hook, Line, and Sinker by Tessa Bailey out on March 1, 2022
Quick Synopsis: Hannah says she’s in love with her boss and Fox says he doesn’t know how to be friends with women because women are basically just for one night stands. They’re both wrong, but also Fox actually is real good at being more than friends with Hannah.
Back to the list…
Fevered Star by Rebecca Roanhorse
Goodreads Synopsis (Do not read if you haven’t read Black Sun, although I did redact a certain part for you): The great city of Tova is shattered. The sun is held within the smothering grip of the Crow God’s eclipse, but a comet that marks the death of a ruler and heralds the rise of a new order is imminent.
The Meridian: a land where magic has been codified and the worship of gods suppressed. How do you live when legends come to life, and the faith you had is rewarded?
As sea captain Xiala is swept up in the chaos and currents of change, she finds an unexpected ally in the former Priest of Knives. For the Clan Matriarchs of Tova, tense alliances form as far-flung enemies gather and the war in the heavens is reflected upon the earth.
And for [REDACTED] and [redacted], both now living avatars, the struggle for free will and personhood in the face of destiny rages.
Why I’m Excited: Because I need to know about REDACTED and whether REDACTED and my other favorite will be able to be together and happy and if the answer is no, I will sob endlessly.
Release Date: April 19, 2022
Book Lovers by Emily Henry
Goodreads Synopsis: Nora Stephens’ life is books—she’s read them all—and she is not that type of heroine. Not the plucky one, not the laidback dream girl, and especially not the sweetheart. In fact, the only people Nora is a heroine for are her clients, for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her beloved little sister Libby.
Which is why she agrees to go to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina for the month of August when Libby begs her for a sisters’ trip away—with visions of a small town transformation for Nora, who she’s convinced needs to become the heroine in her own story. But instead of picnics in meadows, or run-ins with a handsome country doctor or bulging-forearmed bartender, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a bookish brooding editor from back in the city. It would be a meet-cute if not for the fact that they’ve met many times and it’s never been cute.
If Nora knows she’s not an ideal heroine, Charlie knows he’s nobody’s hero, but as they are thrown together again and again—in a series of coincidences no editor worth their salt would allow—what they discover might just unravel the carefully crafted stories they’ve written about themselves.
Why I’m Excited: Both Beach Read and People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry have made it onto my favorites of the year list and that is a trend I would really love to see continue.
Storm Echo by Nalini Singh
We literally know nothing except that this is the next Psy-Changeling Trinity book and I am therefore extremely excited. I don’t really need to know anything else.
Projected Release Date: July 26, 2022
What is Currently on Goodreads: The story is about Bee, a neuroscientist who gets assigned to co-lead a NASA project with Levi, a grumpy engineer she has a bit of a past with. She’s convinced that he hates her and that he’s going to try to sabotage her. But not everything is as it seems, and not everything that seems is…
Why I’m Excited: I absolutely adored The Love Hypothesis and so I’m beyond excited for what’s next from Ali Hazelwood. I also thought I would take a moment to mention Hazelwood’s other short story projects that I am also extremely excited about: Under One Roof (5/3/22 in paperback/ebook), Stuck with You (6/7/22 in paperback/ebook), and Below Zero (7/5/22 in paperback/ebook). My understanding though is that each of those shorts will be first released in audio format.
Projected Release Date: August 23, 2022
Ruby Fever by Ilona Andrews
Goodreads Synopsis: An escaped spider, the unexpected arrival of an Imperial Russian Prince, the senseless assassination of a powerful figure, a shocking attack on the supposedly invincible Warden of Texas, Catalina’s boss… And it’s only Monday.
Within hours, the fate of Houston—not to mention the House of Baylor—now rests on Catalina, who will have to harness her powers as never before. But even with her fellow Prime and fiancé Alessandro Sagredo by her side, she may not be able to expose who’s responsible before all hell really breaks loose.
Why I’m Excited: First of all, THERE IS A SYNOPSIS!!! I really can’t wait for this book. Like, y’all don’t understand. I love the Baylors so much and Catalina and Alessandro are wonderful, but also THE ENDING OF EMERALD BLAZE HAS ME SCREAMING.
Projected Release Date: August 23, 2022
Guild Hunter Book 15 by Nalini Singh
What is Known: Literally nothing. But I do know that after I didn’t put Archangel’s Light on my list last year, Nalini dropped the Aodhan/Illium news and had me shook so I’m learning from my mistake and including this one. Plus, fingers crossed, this will continue the Aodhan/Illium storyline because we have a lot more to go with them, I think.
Danny’s Book by Nalini Singh from her Hard Play series
What is Known: Nalini said in her newsletter this one is coming and I love Nalini’s contemporaries, especially the Bishops, so I am definitely looking forward to this one!
I remain optimistic that Tessa Dare will surprise us with a firm release date for The Bride Bet, but I’m not holding my breath. I am also hopeful that one of the Ilona Andrews 2022 surprises will be the sequel to Iron and Magic or to Blood Heir. I’d say I’m not picky, but honestly, they have so many irons in the fire at House Andrews that I am picky only because I haven’t yet had the opportunity to catch up on all of the others! I’ll work on it. And finally, I feel like this year there are fewer books I’m wholeheartedly looking forward to and more I’m just curious about. Is that just a me thing? Am I missing some books that I should be super excited about? Definitely let me know if I missed anything!