The fact that we are barreling toward Spring (in the Northern Hemisphere) is really important to me right now. And there are some really exciting books coming out in the next three months! I’m so excited to share with you the ten that I am most anticipating!
Hook, Line, and Sinker by Tessa Bailey (ARC Review)
Goodreads Synopsis: King crab fisherman Fox Thornton has a reputation as a sexy, carefree flirt. Everyone knows he’s a guaranteed good time–in bed and out–and that’s exactly how he prefers it. Until he meets Hannah Bellinger. She’s immune to his charm and looks, but she seems to enjoy his… personality? And wants to be friends? Bizarre. But he likes her too much to risk a fling, so platonic pals it is.
Now, Hannah’s in town for work, crashing in Fox’s spare bedroom. She knows he’s a notorious ladies’ man, but they’re definitely just friends. In fact, she’s nursing a hopeless crush on a colleague and Fox is just the person to help with her lackluster love life. Armed with a few tips from Westport’s resident Casanova, Hannah sets out to catch her coworker’s eye… yet the more time she spends with Fox, the more she wants him instead. As the line between friendship and flirtation begins to blur, Hannah can’t deny she loves everything about Fox, but she refuses to be another notch on his bedpost.
Living with his best friend should have been easy. Except now she’s walking around in a towel, sleeping right across the hall, and Fox is fantasizing about waking up next to her for the rest of his life and… and… man overboard! He’s fallen for her, hook, line, and sinker. Helping her flirt with another guy is pure torture, but maybe if Fox can tackle his inner demons and show Hannah he’s all in, she’ll choose him instead?
Why I’m Excited: I loved the dynamic between Hannah and Fox in It Happened One Summer and I will say, I continued to like that dynamic in this one. I may have actually already read it!
Release Date: March 1, 2022
A Brush with Love by Mazey Eddings (ARC Review)
Goodreads Synopsis: Harper is anxiously awaiting placement into a top oral surgery residency program when she crashes (literally) into Dan. Harper would rather endure a Novocaine-free root canal than face any distractions, even one this adorable.
A first-year dental student with a family legacy to contend with, Dan doesn’t have the same passion for pulling teeth that Harper does. Though he finds himself falling for her, he is willing to play by Harper’s rules.
So with the greatest of intentions and the poorest of follow-throughs, the two set out to be “just friends.” But as they get to know each other better, Harper fears that trading fillings for feelings may make her lose control and can’t risk her carefully ordered life coming undone, no matter how drool-worthy Dan is.
Blood, gore, and extra-long roots? No problem. The idea of falling in love? Torture.
Why I’m Excited: Well, for one thing, I follow Mazey on Instagram and I think she seems really lovely. But more importantly in terms of actively looking forward to reading this book, Nick loved it!
Release Date: March 1, 2022
Overall Series Plot: Mara, Sadie, and Hannah are friends first, scientists always. Though their fields of study might take them to different corners of the world, they can all agree on this universal truth: when it comes to love and science, opposites attract and rivals make you burn…
Stuck with You is Sadie’s story and appears to be a second chance romance. Below Zero is Hannah’s story and appears to be a survival sort of romance, so color me especially intrigued!
Why I’m Excited: The amount that I loved The Love Hypothesis caught me off guard but pretty much meant that I am a fan for life and can’t wait to read these novellas!
Release Date: Stuck with You – March 8 (audio); Below Zero – April 5 (audio)
Crowbones by Anne Bishop
Goodreads Synopsis: Deep in the territory controlled by the Others-shape-shifters, vampires, and even deadlier paranormal beings-Vicki DeVine has made a new life for herself running The Jumble, a rustic resort. When she decides to host a gathering of friends and guests for Trickster Night, at first everything is going well between the humans and the Others.
But then someone arrives dressed as Crowbones, the Crowgard bogeyman. When the impostor is killed along with a shape-shifting Crow, and the deaths are clearly connected, everyone fears that the real Crowbones may have come to The Jumble-and that could mean serious trouble.
To “encourage” humans to help them find some answers, the Elders and Elementals close all the roads, locking in suspects and victims alike. Now Vicki, human police chief Grimshaw, vampire lawyer Ilya Sanguinati, and the rest of their friends have to figure out who is manipulating events designed to pit humans against Others-and who may have put Vicki DeVine in the crosshairs of a powerful hunter.
Why I’m Excited: I really like the world of the Others and I like Ilya and his weirdness. I’m excited to see what is next in this world.
Release Date: March 8, 2022
Fevered Star by Rebecca Roanhorse
I’m not going to even provide the Goodreads Synopsis here because spoilers, but I will link you to my ARC Review of Black Sun so you can see me flail about Serapio and Xiala and attempt to explain the plot of this epic fantasy series!
Why I’m Excited: I must know what happens after Black Sun and I need Serapio and Xiala to have an HEA. I need it.
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 were books that made my top ten list of their respective years of release so Emily Henry is now an autobuy for me!
Release Date: May 23, 2022
Everything for You by Chloe Liese
Quick Goodreads Synopsis: Everything for You is a grumpy-sunshine, enemies-to-lovers, age gap sports romance about an upbeat rising soccer star with anxiety and his curmudgeonly veteran teammate who lives with chronic pain. Complete with nosy senior citizens, nosier siblings, and a meddling coach, this standalone slow burn is the fifth in a series of novels about a Swedish-American family of five brothers, two sisters, and their wild adventures as they each find happily ever after.
Why I’m Excited: I love this series so much. And Oliver is a precious bean. Plus if curmudgeonly Gavin is anything like Roy from Ted Lasso, I will love this SO MUCH.
Release Date: May 10, 2022
From Bad to Cursed by Lana Harper
Goodreads Synopsis: Wild child Isidora Avramov is a thrill chaser, adept demon summoner, and—despite the whole sexy-evil-sorceress vibe—also a cuddly animal lover. When she’s not designing costumes and new storylines for the Arcane Emporium’s haunted house, Issa’s nursing a secret, conflicted dream of ditching her family’s witchy business to become an indie fashion designer in her own right.
But when someone starts sabotaging the celebrations leading up to this year’s Beltane festival with dark, dangerous magic, a member of the rival Thorn family gets badly hurt—throwing immediate suspicion on the Avramovs. To clear the Avramov name and step up for her family when they need her the most, Issa agrees to serve as a co-investigator, helping none other than Rowan Thorn get to the bottom of things.
Rowan is the very definition of lawful good, so tragically noble and by-the-book he makes Issa’s teeth hurt. In accordance with their families’ complicated history, he and Issa have been archenemies for years and have grown to heartily loathe each other. But as the unlikely duo follow a perplexing trail of clues to a stunning conclusion, Issa and Rowan discover how little they really know each other… and stumble upon a maddening attraction that becomes harder to ignore by the day.
Why I’m Excited: I really liked the first book in this series and I was very intrigued by the dynamic between Isidora and Rowan.
Release Date: May 17, 2022
The Bride Goes Rogue by Joanna Shupe
Goodreads Synopsis: The charismatic and vivacious Katherine Delafield should be married by now. Her father arranged an engagement to the much sought-after tycoon Preston Clarke ages ago. The only problem is Preston refuses to acknowledge it. But this isn’t going to stop Katherine from living life to the fullest as she ditches all silly notions of love and marriage and sets out to sample all the excitement New York City has to offer… the more scandalous the better. Because no matter what happens, she and Preston will never marry.
After a tormented childhood, Preston is done letting his father control his life—including choosing his bride. But when a mysterious lover at a masquerade turns out to be his would-be fiancée, Preston’s resolve begins to crumble. He hadn’t expected Katherine to be so charming. Or beautiful. Or passionate. And seeing her out on the town with other men is driving him crazy.
Why I’m Excited: I really enjoy Shupe’s writing and the previous installment in this series was absolutely brilliant. Plus, I am super intrigued by this synopsis.
Release Date: May 24, 2022
A Rip Through Time by Kelley Armstrong
Goodreads Synopsis: May 20, 2019: Homicide detective Mallory is in Edinburgh to be with her dying grandmother. While out on a jog one evening, Mallory hears a woman in distress. She’s drawn to an alley, where she is attacked and loses consciousness.
May 20, 1869: Housemaid Catriona Mitchell had been enjoying a half-day off, only to be discovered that night in a lane, where she’d been strangled and left for dead . . . exactly one-hundred-and-fifty years before Mallory was strangled in the same spot.
When Mallory wakes up in Catriona’s body in 1869, she must put aside her shock and adjust quickly to the reality: life as a housemaid to an undertaker in Victorian Scotland. She soon discovers that her boss, Dr. Gray, also moonlights as a medical examiner and has just taken on an intriguing case, the strangulation of a young man, similar to the attack on herself. Her only hope is that catching the murderer can lead her back to her modern life . . . before it’s too late.
Why I’m Excited: I mean, honestly, because I love Kelley Armstrong’s A Stitch in Time books and I figure more time twisty books from her has to also be good.
Release Date: May 31, 2022
To Marry and to Meddle by Martha Waters – April 5, 2022
The Wedding Crasher by Mia Sosa – April 5, 2022
Something Wilder by Christina Lauren – May 17, 2022
A Daring Pursuit by Kate Bateman – May 24, 2022
You Make a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi – May 24, 2022
I’m almost positive I’ve left off books that I’m really looking forward to, so please share with me the ones you’re looking forward to!