Sunday, April 1, 2018

Royal Anticipations: April 2018




I'm going to try something new: the first Sunday of every month, I will list some upcoming releases that I'm excited to read, curious to try, or have already read and cannot wait for YOU to read.


Let's start out with twenty April 2018 releases that are on my radar!


Listed in order of release week.


April 2nd/3rd:



Blood Veil by Megan Erickson
Paranormal Romance
     Vampires
1st POV



Why?

✦ I'm a long-time fan of Erickson and enjoyed book 1 last year.
✦ ENEMIES TO LOVERS catnip! She's the daughter of his enemy -- but doesn't know about her bloodline.











Never Been Good by Christi Barth
Contemporary Romance



Why?

✦ Again, I read book 1 and really liked it, so I'm curious to read about the rest of the brothers.
✦ He's ex-mob (kinda) now in Witness Protection in a small town and working as a bartender.
✦ She's running from her own past and trying to start over in nowhere USA.
✦ Coworkers to lovers









April 9th/10th



Syncopation by Anna Zabo
Contemporary Romance
     M/M



Why?

✦ I'm a broken record, I know, but I do really enjoy Zabo's books.
✦ Singer/songwriter + new drummer
✦ From Anna's tweet: "Ray is gay, Zavier is pansexual, aromantic, and kinky"
✦ Also, tour bus sex. 'Nuff said.









Pretending He's Mine by Mia Sosa
Contemporary Romance
1st POV



Why?

✦ I really enjoyed Mia's debut, book 1.
✦ Hollywood agent hero -- British, if I recall correctly?
✦ Best friend's younger sister trope!
✦ That cover tho!










The Love Coupon by Ainslie Paton
Contemporary Romance



Why?

✦ Forced proximity via temporary roommates!
✦ She's all energy and spunk, he's a "repressed anti-social ogre"
✦ Also, they use coupons for "one guilt and obligation free activity" which just sounds like the start of SO MUCH FUN POTENTIAL.











Magic Runs Deep by Alex Whitehall
Fantasy Romance
     M/M



Why?

✦ Bear shifter + mage
✦ I rarely read non-contemporary M/M romances, but I want to change that. This one caught my eye.
✦ Novella length, I think? Only 40K words or so.
Note: Kindle link won't be up until the day of release.





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April 16th/17th



Chaser by Kylie Scott
Contemporary Romance
1st POV



Why?

✦ Again: I'm usually a fan of Scott's books; loved book 1 and really liked 2.
✦ She's new to town -- oh, and she's pregnant.
✦ He owns the bar, has the bad boy/playboy reputation.
✦ He's the only one around when she goes into labor during a snow storm.








Fallen Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan
Contemporary Romance



Why?

✦ I'm so behind on Ryan's books, but I do enjoy them. This is the start to a new series, though it spins-off from another series.
✦ Friends to lovers catnip!
✦ She's opening her own tattoo parlor
✦ He's also a tattoo artist there.
✦ And a single dad.









On the Line by Liz Lincoln
Contemporary Romance



Why?

✦ Single dad, NFL star
✦ They first meet at the grocery store and start sexting.
✦ Oops, he's the same guy who is looking for a live-in nanny -- the job she just applied for.












Squared Away by Annabeth Albert
Contemporary Romance
     M/M
April Royal Pick (4 1/2 Stars!)



Why?

✦ I've already read and loved this one. I'm a fan of Albert, period.
✦ Navy SEAL medic
     ✦ Demisexual, possibly gray ace (bi?)
✦ His love interest is a few years younger and a MOC
     ✦ Dream job: owning his own landscaping business
✦ The two are left in charge of the kids (they were each related to the parents)






Unmasked by the Marquess by Cat Sebastian
Historical Romance
     Queer (Male + nonbinary)



Why?

✦ Stuffy aristocrat
✦ Nonbinary love interest (who, I believe, uses she/her pronouns, per the blurb)
     ✦ She's been playing a servant for years
✦ I've only read one other book from Sebastian but I'm definitely looking forward to this one!







The Coyote's Cowboy by Holley Trent
Paranormal Romance



Why?

✦ Surly ranch hand (human)
✦ He mistakes heroine (shifter) for a stay dog
✦ I've not read Trent before but I'm looking forward to trying her
     ✦ Author of color
Only $0.99 for a limited time!










April 23rd/24th



Love at Last by Claudia Connor
Contemporary Romance
April Royal Pick (5 Stars -- Pat)


Why?

✦ Pat's a big fan of Connor, and this book was also a win for her!
✦ She's dumped at the altar, goes on the honeymoon by herself and runs into the hero.
✦ He's a veterinarian and a single dad of twin daughters.







Kindle | NOOK | Kobo





Luck of the Draw by Kate Clayborn
Contemporary Romance



Why?

✦ I enjoyed Kate's debut
✦ She's his family's enemy -- but he needs her to be his fake fiancee to win the bid on a campground
✦ She was a corporate attorney (her and her friends recently won the lottery, which is part of the overall series story)











Strategic Seduction by Cheris Hodges
Contemporary Romance



Why?

✦ Heroine starting over
     ✦ PR rep
✦ Teams up with wealthy "staid businessman"
✦ That cover is hot as hell
✦ Author of color / new (to me) author










After the Wedding by Courtney Milan
Historical Romance



Why?

✦ Finally, a new Milan!
     ✦ Okay, I'm actually way behind on reading her historicals, but I loved her contemporaries and the one historical novella I read and I know sooooo many adore her books. So I'm happy she's got a new one coming out!
✦ He's posing as a valet to get information
✦ The two are forced to wed -- at gun point, that kind of forced



Kindle | NOOK | Kobo





Reckless Honor by Tonya Burrows
Romantic Suspense



Why?

✦ Pat's a fan of Burrows and I know she's looking forward to this one
✦ He's the party/playboy member of the ops team
✦ She's a doctor -- virologist
     ✦ The bad guys are after her research to use as bioweapons
Note: Buy links not yet up!




Kindle | NOOK | Kobo





Lady Rogue by Theresa Romain
Historical Romance



Why?

✦ That cover is lovely -- her dress especially!
✦ Second chance -- they had a previous fling
✦ She's a widow (the fling was after her husband died, btw!)
✦ Now she needs the hero's help; it appears her late husband was involved in forgery art.










Midnight Wolf by Jennifer Ashley
Paranormal Romance



Why?

✦ This is book 11 in the series; I'm WAY behind, so IDK if it'll be okay as a standalone.
✦ He's the bouncer at a shifter bar
✦ She's causing trouble for the Shifter Bureau and has info they need
✦ So he's tasked with bringing her in -- but she's not going to come easy








April 30th:


Now this one will have a new cover when the time the buy links go up; the author pulled it from Riptide, and is now publishing it herself, a few weeks later than originally planned.



Life of Bliss by Erin McLellan
Contemporary Romance
     M/M



Why?

✦ Enemies who end up in bed after their arguments. OOPS
✦ "Oh hey, I need a date for this wedding!" AKA, fake relationship catnip
     ✦ Wrapped up with "Shit, what happened last night and why do we have wedding bands on our fingers?!" tropey fun





Kindle | NOOK | Kobo








Remember, every Tuesday I do a New Release post, with all the romances out that week. Or if Twitter is more your thing, I do the same new release thread there every Tuesday morning. :)



So what April releases are YOU most excited about? Let us know in the comments below!





Enjoy!




Until Next Time,

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