Sunday, May 27, 2018

Royal Anticipations: June 2018




It's that time aagain! Damn it, where did May go?!



This time I've got 28 romances hitting shelves in June -- a combination of ones that I'm dying to read, some that Jen has her eye on, and some that sound really interesting. Get those pre-order fingers ready!



June 4th/5th:


The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Contemporary Romance




Why?
✦ Heroine has Asperger's
✦ She's all about that data life (creates algorithms for sites)
✦ She wants to learn how to be better at sex -- so she hires an escort (the hero)
✦ He's biracial (Vietnamese and Swedish)










The One You Can't Forget by Roni Loren
Contemporary Romance


Why?
✦ TW: This series is set around survivors of a high school shooting (now adults)
✦ She's an attorney
✦ In fact, the same one who helped his ex screw him over in the divorce
✦ He saves her from a mugging and things get complicated from there
✦ Chef hero




Kindle | NOOK | Kobo





Real kind of Love by Sara Rider
Contemporary Romance



Why?
✦ Fake relationship catnip!
✦ She's an audiobook narrator
✦ He owns a brewpub
✦ Struggling to record an erotic book, she books a cabin to find her muse, tells her family she's on a romantic trip instead -- and when they show up to meet the imaginary guy, she has to find a real guy ASAP


Only $0.99!





Your Heart Will Grow by Chace Verity
Fantasy Romance -- Queer



Why? 
✦ Mermaid!
✦ Can I say it again, just because? MERMAID!
✦ When she's arrested for pissing off the Prince, she meets the hero -- a prison guard
✦ Hero is trans and dreams of becoming an Abosolute, one of the Kingdom's most elite guards
✦ This just sounds cute and interesting and different from most PNR/fantasy we're probably used to



Kindle | NOOK | Kobo




What Happens in Summer by Carmen Pineiro
Contemporary Romance



Why?
✦ Second chance
✦ Secret baby
✦ Meet up / fling at a wedding
✦ Heroine of color (Latinx)
✦ Okay, but that cover is cute!
✦ Book 1 is currently $0.99!








Threat of Danger by Dana Marton
Romantic Supense



Why?
✦ Second chance
✦ They were kidnapped by a serial killer, escaped and went their separate ways
✦ She's Hollywood's hottest stuntwoman now
✦ He's a former SEAL, now writing bestseling thrillers
✦ But it's not just their love getting a second chance -- so is the killer








Scandal with a Sinful Scot by Karyn Gerrard
Historical Romance




Why?
✦ Second chance
✦ Secret baby
✦ She's a widow now
✦ He left her years ago b/c of his fear of the "family curse", still worries about it now









Seduced by the Badge by Deborah Mello
Romantic Suspense




Why?
✦ Chicago detective (hero)
✦ Atlantic detective (heroine)
✦ They're assigned as partners to a case
✦ He's all about control and rules
✦ She's focused on revenge for her sister, has a temper











In Bed with the Beast by Tara Sivec
Contemporary Romance





Why?
✦ Beauty and the Beast theme! My favorite
✦ She's a shy librarian trying to save her town's library
✦ When she's kicked out of her dad's place and has no where to go, the hero offers to let her stay with him
✦ Grumpy, mysterious hero









June 11th/12th:



Ocean Light by Nalini Singh
Paranormal Romance


Why?
✦ First off -- it's Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling world. 'NUFF SAID
✦ He's a security specialist
✦ Time's running out for him (experimental program involving a chip in his brain)
✦ She was a scientist, now a chef
✦ Seriously though, just read this series. I know, I know, so many books at this point, it's daunting. But check your library, I'm sure they'll have them and they are SO GOOD.









Whiskey Reveals by Carrie Ann Ryan
Contemporary Romance


Why?
✦ Shit! His 1NS is now moving to town permanently. Can you say "complicated"?
✦ He's a writer
✦ She's a former dancer, looking to open her own dance studio
✦ I haven't read book 1 yet but overall I really do enjoy CAR's books -- and she's got a lot so you can do some serious backlist dives! :)









Inside Darkness by Hudson Lin
Contemporary Romance -- M/M




Why?
✦ Aid worker, returns home with PTSD and turns to alcohol
✦ Journalist 
✦ The two first met while in Kenya, but nothing happened (beyond tension and teasing)
✦ Now they're both in the same city again (NYC)






Kindle | NOOK | Kobo [Kindle goes up day of release]





After the Gold by Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese
Contemporary Romance

Why?
✦ Long-time ice skating partners finally turn into lovers!!
✦ Olympic winners (gold) set to retire
✦ Now they're on a tour of America with fellow Olympic winners
✦ And the tension and chemistry that's always been there is becoming too much to ignore
✦ She wants to go back to her hometown, he planned on staying in the city -- can they finally make this work off the ice?
✦ Okay, the cover is fucking GORGEOUS.
✦ And I'm so excited for this because it's basically going to give me romance for Tessa and Scott (the infamous Canadian skating couple from the 2018 Winter Olympics) YES PLEASE



Kindle | NOOK | Kobo





Room Service by Fiona Riley
Contemporary Romance -- F/F




Why?
✦ Coworkers to lovers (kinda)
✦ One does interior designs
✦ The other is the new liaison for the company
✦ Jen has read one previous Fiona Riley book -- Strike a Match -- which she really enjoyed! You can find her review HERE or buy that book HERE





Kindle | NOOK | Kobo [Links not yet live]





Her Super Secret Rebound Boyfriend by Kerri Carpenter
Contemporary Romance


Why?
✦ Shy librarian
✦ Architect
✦ As the title says: he's supposed to be her rebound (thanks to her friend's suggestion)
✦ Oops, she crashed someone else's HS reunion -- also thanks to the BFF's suggestion
✦ He won't tell on her if she agrees to be his fake girlfriend at an upcoming family reunion









Scotland or Bust by Kira Archer
Contemporary Romance



Why?
✦ She takes off to Europe, ends up playing tour guide at a castle
✦ One night she ends up in the wrong bed -- her boss's
✦ His family assumes they're together, especially since he's known to go through women/employees like crazy
✦ So he decides to go with the assumption, to get his family off his back





Kindle | NOOK | Kobo [Links not yet live]





Sparks Like Ours by Melissa Brayden
Contemporary Romance -- F/F



Why?
✦ Rivals to lovers!
✦ They're both professional surfers
✦ Set on out-doing the other, even though at least one is actually ready to step down from the pro life
✦ This one sounds cute. Plus surfers? That's new (for any gender pairing, really).




Kindle | NOOK | Kobo [Links not yet live]





A Beverly Jenkins Romance Collection by Beverly Jenkins
Contemporary Romance


Why?
✦ 5 short stories/novellas
✦ Music producer + aspiring singer
✦ 1NS at a holiday masquerade ball
✦ Second chance: Broadway star + chef
✦ Workaholic attorney + pilot meet in Hawaii
✦ General manager of a sports team + the owner's daughter









June 18th/19th:


Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean
Historical Romance


Why? 
✦ He's the bastard son of a duke, king of London's underbelly
✦ He's after revenge, and needs the perfect temptress to set the trap
✦ Ends up in the heroine's bedchamber with a proposition
✦ Which she agrees to because this wallflower is mighty intrigued by the idea of passion . . .
✦ It's Sarah MacLean -- 'NUFF SAID!
✦ Jen and I are both excited about this one








Bed of Flowers by Erin Satie
Historical Romance


Why?
✦ She's set to marry the town's bachelor and bring security to her family
✦ Until the hero, who ruined her family once before, shows up and tells her not to
✦ She must choose between doing what's expected of her and possibly believing -- and loving -- a man everyone is telling her to hate
✦ Enemies to lovers
✦ The cover is gorgeous
✦ And it's only $0.99!








Vampire's Faith by Rebecca Zanetti
Paranormal Romance



Why? 
✦ Vampire King ✦ She's a doctor
✦ He wasn't supposed to have survived (sacrificed himself for the good of the world) -- yet here he is
✦ And more importantly, he woke up only to finally find his mate
✦ Book 1 is currently $2.99, if you're interested!










Untamed Cowboy by Maisey Yates
Contemporary Romance



Why? 
✦ Friends to lovers alert!
✦ She's had a crush on him for years
✦ They work together at the town's vet clinic
✦ Suddenly he finds out he has a son
✦ Yates has such cute, happy covers
✦ I've enjoyed her books, though I've only read a couple so far










June 25th/26th:



It Takes Two by Jenny Holiday
Contemporary Romance



Why?
✦ Heroine of color (Asian)
✦ Best friend's brother trope
✦ She's the maid of honor, he's a groomsman
✦ Tension is high between them . . .
✦ . . . so of course they throw in a little competition into the mix: who can throw the best bachelor/bachelorette party in Vegas?
I really enjoyed book 1 so I'm excited









Getting Schooled by Emma Chase
Contemporary Romance



Why? 
✦ Second chance (highschool sweethearts)
✦ Former star quarterback is now the school's football coach / teacher
✦ She returns home to help with her family and to be a substitute teacher at the school
✦ He offers to show her the ropes at the school
✦ I really enjoy Chase's books










One for the Rogue by Manda Collins
Historical Romance





Why?
✦ Geologist heroine who has no interest in romance
✦ Lord and fossil hunter who is always trying to steal her thunder, if you will
✦ But when she's in danger during a trip, she may need his protection -- and a little fake relationship -- to keep her safe










On the Move by Aislinn Kearns
Romantic Suspense




Why?
✦ He's hired to rescue a kidnapped socialite from the Amazon rainforest
✦ She's more than he expected -- she's not just a high-maintenance socialite, she's been using her privilege to help others










Moonlight Seduction by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Contemporary Romance (w/ suspense)


Why?
✦ CW: Cancer Treatment of Parent, Violent physical assault and attempted sexual assault (on page) 
✦ Second chance
✦ He's filthy rich, has a family curse
✦ Set in New Orleans
✦ She's the daughter of his family's housekeeper and butler 
✦ Jen will have a review up in a few weeks -- she liked it (3 1/2 Stars)







The Darkest Warrior by Gena Showalter
Paranormal Romance



Why? 
✦ He's a "beastly prince" (houses a demon)
✦ She's human, but fated to be his mate and warrior queen (will transition into an immortal)
✦ I'm so behind on Gena's books, but I used to freakin' love all of her paranormals in the past and I really would like to get back into them. Though maybe not with this one yet, since this is quite far into the series lol













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 June releases are YOU most excited about? Let us know in the comments below!




Enjoy!



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