Most Anticipated Reads of Winter ’22 – ’23

There are, as always, some really amazing books coming out in the next three months (okay, December has already started, but we’re ignoring that) that I’m so excited about! Here is a quick look at my top ten most anticipated books releasing from December through February 2023!

Most Anticipated Books of Wintera

Well Traveled by Jen DeLuca

Goodreads Synopsis: A high-powered attorney from a success-oriented family, Louisa “Lulu” Malone lives to work, and everything seems to be going right, until the day she realizes it’s all wrong. Lulu’s cousin Mitch introduced her to the world of Renaissance Faires, and when she spies one at a time just when she needs an escape, she leaps into the welcoming environment of turkey legs, taverns, and tarot readers. The only drawback? Dex MacLean: a guitarist with a killer smile, the Casanova of the Faire… and her traveling companion for the summer.

Dex has never had to work for much in his life, and why should he? Touring with his brothers as The Dueling Kilts is going great, and he always finds a woman at every Faire. But when Lulu proves indifferent to his many plaid charms and a shake-up threatens the fate of the band, Dex must confront something he never has before: his future.

Forced to spend days and nights together on the road, Lulu’s interest in the kilted bad boy grows as he shows her a side of himself no one else has seen. The stresses of her old lifestyle fade away as she learns to trust her intuition and follow her heart instead of her head. But when her time on the road is over, will Lulu go with her gut, or are she and Dex destined for separate paths?

Why I’m Interested: I really enjoy this series overall and Lulu was a really interesting character we got to meet in Well Matched, which I really, really enjoyed.

Release Date: December 6, 2022

Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert

Goodreads Synopsis: Bradley Graeme is pretty much perfect. He’s a star football player, manages his OCD well (enough), and comes out on top in all his classes . . . except the ones he shares with his ex-best friend, Celine.

Celine Bangura is conspiracy-theory-obsessed. Social media followers eat up her takes on everything from UFOs to holiday overconsumption–yet, she’s still not cool enough for the popular kids’ table. Which is why Brad abandoned her for the in-crowd years ago. (At least, that’s how Celine sees it.)

These days, there’s nothing between them other than petty insults and academic rivalry. So when Celine signs up for a survival course in the woods, she’s surprised to find Brad right beside her.

Forced to work as a team for the chance to win a grand prize, these two teens must trudge through not just mud and dirt but their messy past. And as this adventure brings them closer together, they begin to remember the good bits of their history. But has too much time passed . . . or just enough to spark a whole new kind of relationship?

Why I’m Interested: Um, it’s Talia Hibbert. I’m a little nervous just because I don’t read much YA, but I’m still so excited because Talia is everything.

Release Date: January 3, 2023

The Duke Gets Even by Joanna Shupe

Goodreads Synopsis: To escape the shackles of marriage, Nellie Young purposely ruined her reputation a long time ago. Now she dedicates herself to hedonistic pleasures only, like kissing a handsome stranger in the ocean under the moonlight…

To save his estate, the proper Duke of Lockwood must marry the perfect bride–wealthy, with an unblemished reputation. While in New York he’s the perfect gentleman, and no one knows he’s suppressing his darkest desires. The last thing he needs is another scandal.

Except Nellie sees through Lockwood’s charade, straight to the real man underneath. This uptight duke is far more than he lets on, and she can’t resist him. Their secret affair turns scorching, far more than either expected. And when his beautiful rebel finds an unconventional cause, Lockwood has to decide if he’s willing to sacrifice everything to keep her.

Why I’m Excited: This is the romance I’ve been waiting for since the literal beginning of the series, tbh. I am so excited. I hope she puts him through hell because of the fact that he didn’t just choose her first from the get go. We’ll see!

Release Date: January 24, 2023

Do I Know You? by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

Goodreads Synopsis: Eliza and Graham are anticipating an anything-but-sexy, weeklong getaway to celebrate their five-year anniversary. Nestled on the Northern California coastline, the resort prides itself on being a destination for those in love and those looking to find it. For Eliza and Graham, it might as well be a vacation with a roommate.

When a well-meaning guest mistakes Eliza and Graham for being single and introduces them at the hotel bar, they don’t correct him. Suddenly, they’re pretending to be perfect strangers and it’s unexpectedly…fun? Eliza and Graham find themselves flirting like it’s their first date, and waiting with butterflies in their stomach for the other to text back.

Everyone at the retreat can sense the electric chemistry between Eliza and Graham’s alter egos. But when their scintillating game of roleplaying ends, will they still feel the heat?

Why I’m Excited: I really love marriage in trouble romances so I can’t wait for this one. I enjoyed their last book, but didn’t fall in love with it, however, this synopsis sounds right up my alley.

Release Date: January 24, 2023

Finlay Donovan Jumps the Gun by Elle Cosimano

Goodreads Synopsis (of Book One): Finlay Donovan is killing it…except, she’s really not. A stressed-out single mom of two and struggling novelist, Finlay’s life is in chaos: The new book she promised her literary agent isn’t written; her ex-husband fired the nanny without telling her; and this morning she had to send her four-year-old to school with hair duct-taped to her head after an incident with scissors.

When Finlay is overheard discussing the plot of her new suspense novel with her agent over lunch, she’s mistaken for a contract killer and inadvertently accepts an offer to dispose of a problem husband in order to make ends meet. She soon discovers that crime in real life is a lot more difficult than its fictional counterpart, as she becomes tangled in a real-life murder investigation.

Why I’m Excited: I’m obsessed with this series. Obsessed.

Release Date: January 31, 2023

Georgie, All Along by Kate Clayborn

Goodreads Synopsis: Longtime personal assistant Georgie Mulcahy has made a career out of putting others before herself. When an unexpected upheaval sends her away from her hectic job in L.A. and back to her hometown, Georgie must confront an uncomfortable truth: her own wants and needs have always been a disconcertingly blank page. 

But then Georgie comes across a forgotten artifact—a “friendfic” diary she wrote as a teenager, filled with possibilities she once imagined. To an overwhelmed Georgie, the diary’s simple, small-scale ideas are a lifeline—a guidebook for getting started on a new path. 

Georgie’s plans hit a snag when she comes face to face with an unexpected roommate—Levi Fanning, onetime town troublemaker and current town hermit. But this quiet, grouchy man is more than just his reputation, and he offers to help Georgie with her quest. As the two make their way through her wishlist, Georgie begins to realize that what she truly wants might not be in the pages of her diary after all, but right by her side—if only they can both find a way to let go of the pasts that hold them back. 

Why I’m Excited: I love Kate Clayborn’s writing so much. I cannot wait to dive into this new book!!

Release Date: January 31, 2023

Final Offer by Lauren Asher

Goodreads Synopsis:

Callahan
I’m the Kane brother everyone gossips about behind closed doors. 
Trust fund brat. Washed-up athlete. High-functioning alcoholic.
No one knows the real me but her. 
Lana Castillo—my childhood best friend and the only woman I ever loved. 
When I broke her heart six years ago, I promised to never return to Lake Wisteria. 
I kept my word until my grandfather’s will changed everything. 
To receive my inheritance, I was tasked with spending a summer at the family lake house before selling it. 
The request was simple in theory until my entire plan blew up on the very first day. 
Turns out Lana doesn’t just live at the house, but she claims to own it, too. 

Alana
Falling in love with Callahan Kane was a mistake. 
He told me so before destroying my heart and our friendship six summers ago. 
When he promised never to come back, I foolishly believed him. 
But then Cal showed up again, intending to sell his grandfather’s lake house. 
The biggest flaw in his plan? 
My name is on the deed.

Why I’m Excited: Honestly, if I had written this post even two days ago, this book would not have even been on my radar. But I read Terms & Conditions two days ago and absolutely loved it. And I cannot wait for Cal to fall in love again. I’m here for it.

Release Date: January 31, 2023

Jasper Vale by Devney Perry

Goodreads Synopsis: Eloise Eden’s pride and joy is her family’s hotel in Quincy, Montana. Her lifelong dream is to own The Eloise Inn. All she has to do is prove to her parents that she’s the epitome of responsible. That her days of being duped and making reckless decisions are history. She’s so close she can taste it.

Until after one weekend in Las Vegas, she comes home married to a stranger.

Jasper must have put her under a spell with those soul-deep eyes because after a single night together, they woke up husband and wife. Her only hope is to keep this marriage a secret until it’s annulled. Then she’ll pretend it never happened.

Except Jasper begs her to stay married. To fake it for three months so she can accompany him to a wedding. Maybe she’s lost her mind to agree. But her brooding husband seems desperate. It’s only three months, right? Then she’ll say goodbye to Jasper Vale, and with any luck, hello to her new hotel.

Why I’m Excited: First of all, I have fallen madly in love with this series and Perry’s writing in the last couple of months. Secondly, I love this synopsis so much!

Release Date: February 7, 2023

Not Your Ex’s Hexes by April Asher

Goodreads Synopsis: For her entire life, Rose Maxwell trained to become the next Prima on the Supernatural Council. Now that she’s stepped down, it’s time for this witch to focus on herself. And not think about her impulsive one-night stand with Damian Adams, a half-Demon Veterinarian who she can’t get out of her head. Neither of them is looking for a relationship. But when Rose is sentenced to community service at Damian’s animal sanctuary it becomes impossible for them to ignore their sparking attraction. A friends-with-benefits, no feelings, no strings arrangement works perfectly for them both.

After a sequence of dead-end jobs, it’s not until Rose tangos with two snarly demons that she thinks she’s finally found her path. However, this puts Damian back on the periphery of a world he thought he left behind. He doesn’t approve of Rose becoming a Hunter, but if there’s one thing he’s learned about the stubborn witch, it was telling her not to do something was one sure-fire way to make sure she did.

Working—and sleeping—together awakens feelings Damian never knew he had…and shouldn’t have. Because thanks to his ex’s hex, if he falls in love, he’ll not only lose his heart—but his humanity.

Why I’m Excited: The first book in the series has been my favorite of all of these semi-contemporary paranomral witchy books that’s released. Or maybe it’s tied with Payback’s a Witch, but either way, I really loved book one and I’m excited for book two!

Release Date: February 7, 2023

The Neighbor Favor by Kristina Forest

Goodreads Synopsis: Shy, bookish, and admittedly awkward, Lily Greene has always felt inadequate compared to the rest of her accomplished family, who strive for Black excellence. She dreams of becoming an editor of children’s books but has been frustratingly stuck in the nonfiction division for years without a promotion in sight. Lily finds escapism in her correspondences with her favorite fantasy author, and what begins as two lonely people connecting over e-mail turns into a tentative friendship and possibly something else Lily won’t let herself entertain–until he ghosts her.

Months later, still crushed but determined to take charge of her life, Lily seeks a date to her sister’s wedding. And the perfect person to help her is Nick Brown, her charming, attractive new neighbor, whom she feels drawn to for unexplainable reasons. Little does she know that Nick is an author–her favorite fantasy author.

Nick, who has his reasons for using a pen name and for pushing people away, soon realizes that the beautiful, quiet woman from down the hall is the same Lily he fell in love with over e-mail months ago. Unwilling to complicate things even more between them, he agrees to set her up with someone else, though this simple favor between two neighbors is anything but–not when he can’t get her off his mind.

Why I’m Excited: Aarya has really enjoyed this author’s YA books in the past and I kept saying I was going to read those, but didn’t. So now I’m excited to get to try out her adult work instead!

Release Date: February 28, 2023

Honorable Mentions

Closing Thoughts

I’m really excited for all of the upcoming releases because I just have a feeling 2023 is going to be a great year for reading! Please let me know what books you’re really looking forward to down below!

xx

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