Do you ever have a list of so many books that are on your radar that when you start making a list of books to keep on your radar you get overwhelmed? That was a little bit me as I sat down to work on this post! Summer is admittedly not full of months like May when like a hundred books come out, but some of my most anticipated releases are coming out in the next three months! So let’s talk about some of them!
The Devil You Know by Elizabeth O’Roark
Goodreads Synopsis: There’s a devil on my shoulder, and every Monday morning she announces herself. She’s this delicious flame in my chest, a flurry of whispered suggestions in my ear. Suggestions I ignore…because every single one of them is about Ben Tate.
Ben—Stealer of Clients, Evicter of Homeless Women, Nemesis. Sitting across from me every damn Monday with his lovely, smug smile and his too-perfect teeth, the living symbol of everything I hate.
It’s been my policy to avoid him, but when a case comes into the firm—one that could change his career and mine—I make an exception. It means weekends and evenings by his side. It means enduring his smirk and his smart mouth and never taking the bait.
Until the night Ben says, “Beg.”
And that devil on my shoulder decides to make a few demands of her own.
Why I’m Excited: I have five starred both of the first two books in this series and A Deal with the Devil is maybe, probably, my favorite book of the year so far. So I am so excited for this third installment in the series!
Release Date: June 23, 2022
Eclipse the Moon by Jessie Mihalik
Goodreads Synopsis: Kee Ildez has been many things: hacker, soldier, bounty hunter. She never expected to be a hero, but when a shadowy group of traitors starts trying to goad the galaxy’s two superpowers into instigating an interstellar war, Kee throws herself into the search to find out who is responsible—and stop them.
Digging up hidden information is her job, so hunting traitors should be a piece of cake, but the primary suspect spent years in the military, and someone powerful is still covering his tracks. Disrupting their plans will require the help of her entire team, including Varro Runkow, a Valovian weapons expert who makes her pulse race.
Quiet, grumpy, and incredibly handsome, Varro watches her with hot eyes but ignores all of her flirting, so Kee silently vows to keep her feelings strictly platonic. But that vow will be put to the test when she and Varro are forced to leave the safety of their ship and venture into enemy territory alone.
Cut off from the rest of their team, they must figure out how to work together—and fast—because a single misstep will cost thousands of lives.
Why I’m Excited: I’ve already read this one, but it’s a very solid installment in Mihalik’s sci-fi romance works. I really appreciated the unique pacing of the romantic plot-line and the actual trying to prevent a war plot-line was equally fascinating. Plus, when this one drops, we’ll be closer to the announcement of book three, which I am very eagerly anticipating!
Release Date: July 12, 2022
Storm Echo by Nalini Singh
Goodreads Synopsis: Silence has fallen. The Psy are free to feel emotion. Free to love. But Silence was never a prison for Ivan Mercant. The biggest threat to his future lies dormant in his brain—a psychic monster that wants only to feed. And now, the brutal leash he’s kept on that monster is slipping. He prepared for this day, for the end of Ivan Mercant . . . but that was before he met Lei.
As primal as she is human, this wild changeling brings color into his life, laughter to his soul. Then the dream shatters in a rain of blood, in silent bodies in the snow. Lei is gone. Vanished without a trace . . . until he meets strangely familiar eyes across a busy San Francisco street.
Soleil Bijoux Garcia is a healer who has lost everything. She exists in a world of desolate aloneness . . . till the day she finds herself face-to-face with a lethal stranger. The animal who is her other half knows this man, but her memories are tattered fragments. Sorrow and a need for vengeance are all that drive her. Her mission? To kill the alpha of the DarkRiver leopard pack.
But fate has other plans. Soon, a deadly soldier who believes himself a monster and a broken healer might be all that stand between life and death for the entire Psy race. . .
Why I’m Excited: Um, it’s the next Psy-Changeling book so obviously??
Release Date: July 26, 2022
Return of the Duke by Lorraine Heath
Goodreads Synopsis: When his father, the Duke of Wolfford, is hanged for an assassination attempt on Queen Victoria, Marcus Stanwick is stripped of everything. Vowing to return honor to his family, he seeks to expose the others involved in the treasonous plot and bring them to justice. His search forces him to turn to a woman he despises for her unforgiveable betrayal–a woman known as the heartless harlot.
Harboring secrets, Esme Lancaster has her own reasons for wanting to discover who’s behind the conspiracy that’s still afoot. She doesn’t trust Marcus but can’t deny the handsome devil makes her wonder if she does indeed possess a heart, one he could very easily steal.
As their hunt for the truth leads them into danger, Marcus finds Esme isn’t cold and calculating as he’d assumed but fire and brimstone, with courage and determination to match his own. Soon, they’re unable to deny their growing desire for each other. But giving into temptation comes at a cost, and they must decide if love is worth the risk of losing their one chance for redemption.
Why I’m Excited: I have loved the first two books in this series so much and I’m really looking forward to Marcus’s book. I’m genuinely so excited about this one!!
Release Date: July 26, 2022
Relentless by Katie Golding
Goodreads Synopsis: Mason King has spent his life making the wrong choices. Not that anyone notices―the Moto Grand Prix racer and bull-riding bad boy lives forever in the shadow of his World Champion big brother. But anonymity has its perks when he’s invited to dinner by Chiara Martes―an off-limits ex-girlfriend of a rival motorcycle racer.
Chiara may be a bit flaky, but she’s always supported her moto racing best friend, and watching him fall in love with another woman wasn’t exactly the highlight of her timeline. After being left (secretly) heartbroken, a one-night stand with infamous Mason King seems just the ticket to a successful rebound.
The two hit it off far too well, their sexual chemistry explosive, and soon Mason and Chiara’s single hot date expands into a stream of circuit rendezvous and covert vacations until they’re falling for each other at warp speed. But Chiara fears her strained childhood friendship will crumble apart if her romance with a rival is discovered. Still, she may not have a choice when a high-profile rodeo dares Mason back into the arena―eight seconds forever defining three couples, and revealing one very big secret between them.
Why I’m Excited: Well, tbh, I had this book on my Most Anticipated Books of Winter list and then it got moved and a new cover? I’m honestly confused about why, but I don’t even care because I love Golding’s writing and I’m really looking forward to Mason’s book!
Release Date: August 2, 2022
Husband Material by Alexis Hall
Goodreads Synopsis: In BOYFRIEND MATERIAL, Luc and Oliver met, pretended to fall in love, fell in love for real, dealt with heartbreak and disappointment and family and friends…and somehow figured out a way to make it work. Now it seems like everyone around them is getting married, and Luc’s feeling the social pressure to propose. But it’ll take more than four weddings, a funeral, and a bowl full of special curry to get these two from I don’t know what I’m doing to I do.
Good thing Oliver is such perfect HUSBAND MATERIAL.
Why I’m Excited: I really loved Boyfriend Material and felt like I needed more at the end. So I’m delighted we’re getting the more that I was wanting!
Release Date: August 2, 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: I’ve already read my ARC of this one and loved it, but I’m so excited for this to be officially released because I can’t wait to re-read it as an audiobook!
Release Date: August 23, 2022
Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood
Goodreads Synopsis: Like an avenging, purple-haired Jedi bringing balance to the mansplained universe, Bee Königswasser lives by a simple code: What would Marie Curie do? If NASA offered her the lead on a neuroengineering project–a literal dream come true after years scraping by on the crumbs of academia–Marie would accept without hesitation. Duh. But the mother of modern physics never had to co-lead with Levi Ward.
Sure, Levi is attractive in a tall, dark, and piercing-eyes kind of way. And sure, he caught her in his powerfully corded arms like a romance novel hero when she accidentally damseled in distress on her first day in the lab. But Levi made his feelings toward Bee very clear in grad school–archenemies work best employed in their own galaxies far, far away.
Now, her equipment is missing, the staff is ignoring her, and Bee finds her floundering career in somewhat of a pickle. Perhaps it’s her occipital cortex playing tricks on her, but Bee could swear she can see Levi softening into an ally, backing her plays, seconding her ideas…devouring her with those eyes. And the possibilities have all her neurons firing. But when it comes time to actually make a move and put her heart on the line, there’s only one question that matters: What will Bee do?
Why I’m Excited: I really love Hazelwood’s writing and after the three novellas, I’m looking forward to reading the next full novel from Hazelwood. Here’s hoping we maybe get a wee bit different characters though, you know?
Release Date: August 23, 2022
Heartbreaker by Sarah MacLean
Goodreads Synopsis: Raised among London’s most notorious criminals, a twist of fate landed Adelaide Frampton in the bright ballrooms of Mayfair, where she masquerades as a quiet wallflower—so plain and unassuming that no one realizes she’s the Matchbreaker…using her superior skills as a thief to help brides avoid the altar.
Henry, Duke of Clayborn, has spent a lifetime living in perfection. He has no time for the salacious gossip that arises every time the Matchbreaker ends another groom. His own reputation is impeccable—and the last thing he needs is a frustrating, fascinating woman discovering the truth of his past, or the secrets he holds close.
When the two find themselves on a breakneck journey across Britain to stop a wedding, it’s impossible for Clayborn to resist this woman who both frustrates and fascinates him. But late-night carriage rides make for delicious danger…and soon Adelaide is uncovering Clayborn’s truths, throwing his well-laid plans into chaos…and threatening to steal his heavily guarded heart.
Why I’m Excited: I generally love Sarah MacLean’s historical romances and I really loved the first installment in this series! So I’m quite looking forward to Adelaide’s book!
Release Date: August 23, 2022
Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Goodreads Synopsis: By the time Carrie retires from tennis, she is the best player the world has ever seen. She has shattered every record and claimed twenty Slam titles. And if you ask her, she is entitled to every one. She sacrificed nearly everything to become the best, with her father as her coach.
But six years after her retirement, Carrie finds herself sitting in the stands of the 1994 US Open, watching her record be taken from her by a brutal, stunning, British player named Nicki Chan.
At thirty-seven years old, Carrie makes the monumental decision to come out of retirement and be coached by her father for one last year in an attempt to reclaim her record. Even if the sports media says that they never liked the ‘Battle-Axe’ anyway. Even if her body doesn’t move as fast as it did. And even if it means swallowing her pride to train with a man she once almost opened her heart to: Bowe Huntley. Like her, he has something to prove before he gives up the game forever.
In spite of it all: Carrie Soto is back, for one epic final season. In this riveting and unforgettable novel, Taylor Jenkins Reid tells a story about the cost of greatness and a legendary athlete attempting a comeback.
Why I’m Excited: I love TJR’s writing.
Release Date: August 30, 2022
And there you have some of the (too) many books I’m looking forward to in the next three months! Are there any books that you think I should have on my list? Any books you got to read in advance and you think I will not like? Please feel free to help me prioritize, is what I’m saying.