Sunday, July 29, 2018

Royal Anticipations: August 2018




It's that time again! Damn it, where did June go?!



This time I've got BLANK romances hitting shelves in August that I'm excited about. Get those pre-order fingers ready!





August 6th/7th:



It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time by Kylie Scott
Contemporary Romance




Why?
✦ Age gap -- older hero (40 to 25)
He's her father's friend / business partner
✦ She's back for her father's latest wedding . . . she didn't expect to see Pete again
✦ I truly enjoy Scott's books so I'm excited to see how this one turns out









One Perfect Moment by A.C. Arthur
Contemporary Romance




Why?
One night stand
✦  She's a TV producer
✦  He's a doctor
     ✦  He's also a famous sextuplet but now he shuns the spotlight
✦  . . . which is a problem since she's kinda IN the spotlight
✦  Okay but that dress / cover is GORGEOUS









Surprise Baby, Second Chance by Therese Beharrie
Contemporary Romance -- Category




Why?
✦ Marriage in trouble / reunited story
While on his island home for a family party, they become stranded during a storm
Naturally, things heat up again . . .
Oops, their stormed-in shenanigans resulted in a baby! Can they make this work?
✦ This cover is so cute









The Chase by Elle Kennedy
Contemporary Romance -- New Adult




Why?
✦ Opposites attract
✦ Brother's friend trope
✦ He's a tattooed, gaming, nerdy hockey player
Oh, and they're suddenly roommates
✦ College age
✦ I do love Kennedy's books, excited for this one (start of a new series)





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Unconditionally Mine by Nadine Gonzalez
Contemporary Romance




Why?
✦ Event planner heroine
✦ Rich hero
She's trying to hide her recent break-up
He offers to let her stay with him and lie low
You know how it is: things get complicated when you're roommates . . . 
✦ Another lovely cover!









August 13th/14th:



Untouchable by Talia Hibbert
Contemporary Romance



Why?
✦ Widower / single dad
     ✦ Returns home
She's got a bad girl rep for her run-in with the law before
     ✦ She's also: fat, queer and black
He hires her as a nanny
She had a crush on him in HS, but now she's getting to know the real man
✦ Listen: IT IS TALIA FUCKING HIBBERT. I cannot say this often enough
✦ Also, I love this cover so damn much




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Boy Toy by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby
Contemporary Romance / Romantic Comedy
Dual 1st POV




Why?
✦ Age gap -- older heroine!
He had a crush on her years ago
     ✦  But she just saw him as the kid she was babysitting
Now she's divorced and a single mom to twin toddlers
✦  And not only is he still interested, he's ready to take care of the twins, too









Worth Fighting For by Wendy Qualls
Contemporary Romance -- M/M





Why?
✦ Widower / single dad (Sterling)
     ✦ Trans daughter
✦ Teacher (Jericho)
Sterling hires Jericho to be a bit of a nanny to help him out while he's battling custody with the transphobic in-laws










You Only Love Twice by Bec McMaster
Steampunk Romance w/ PNR



Why?
✦ Second chance
✦ Some amnesia -- hero
✦ She's a spy, assigned to take down a deadly assassin after the Queen
✦ He's the "double agent who once stole her heart" [he thinks she's the one who betrayed him though]
✦ Described as "James Bond meets Dracula"
✦ I have enjoyed McMaster's books








To See the Sun by Kelly Jensen
Science Fiction Romance -- M/M




Why?
Set in the outer colonies of this galaxy world
✦ Miner-turned-farmer (Abraham)
A man who has always lived underground desperately wants to escape -- anywhere (Gael)
Even when it means becoming a mail-order husband
✦ I don't read much SciFi rom, but this sounds good!





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August 20th/21st:



If I Loved You Less by Tamsen Parker
Contemporary Romance -- F/F




Why?
✦ Queer, modern retelling of "Emma"
Set in Hawaii
✦ Owner of her family's surf shop (Theo)
     ✦ Loves matchmaking everyone else
✦ Baker (Kini)
"Let me match you up -- oops, I actually want to keep you for myself instead, shit"





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All the Way by Kristen Proby
Contemporary Romance




Why?
✦ Neighbors to lovers
✦ Manhattan lawyer
     Spends his summer at his vacation home, this time with his trouble niece in tow
✦ Award-winning Broadway actress
     Currently hiding out in Martha's Vineyard after a tragedy
✦ I've only read one from Proby before but I did like it









Good Time Cowboy by Maisey Yates
Contemporary Romance




Why?
✦ Divorcee, vineyard owner
✦ Rancher
Oh, and he's her ex's friend
      So he's always had a thing for her, but she wasn't available and he doesn't do relationships anyway
Now they must team up to help keep her vineyard going










When a Duke Loves a Woman by Lorraine Heath
Historical Romance




Why?
✦ Tavern owner
✦ Duke
He was left at the altar then attack by thugs
She finds him on her tavern doorstep, takes him in to heal
She agrees to help him find his missing bride -- but what if he no longer wants to marry the lady? Can this class difference work instead?
✦ God, those colors for her dress are gorgeous!









Blood Cure by K.A. Linde
Paranormal Romance




Why?
This is book 3 for this couple so you'll need to start in order!
To care for her brothers, she becomes a live-in blood escort
✦ He's the rich vampire she's supposed to be feeding -- but he refuses
✦ This book concludes the series and involves a rebellion against the vampires









Hold on Tight by Cynthia Eden
Romantic Suspense w/ some paranormal





Why?
✦  Second chance
✦ He's a super soldier, brought back from the dead
She doesn't like him after he broke her heart
But he'll stop at nothing to gain that trust and love back -- all while protecting her and their baby






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August 27th/28th:



The Governess Game by Tessa Dare
Historical Romance



Why?
✦ Playboy Duke -- "duke's heir in the streets, devil in the sheets"
     ✦  Guardian to a pair of wild orphans
✦ She's a governess
     Agrees to turn the wild orphans into proper young ladies
But she's also trying to reform him -- and he'll have none of that! In fact, he'll happily teach HER how to sin instead . . .
✦ Tessa Dare! End of story
✦ And that cover!








Stripped by Zoey Castile
Contemporary Romance





Why?
It's like Magic Mike fanfic (yes please!)
✦ Meet-cute: she ends up with his dry-cleaning and has to return it
✦ He's a stripper, working her friend's bachelorhood party
She's a teacher
✦ I have heard nothing but GREAT things about this one









Cowboy, Cross My Heart by Donna Grant
Genre




Why?
✦ Heroine returns to town
✦ She's a photographer
     Home to photograph her best friend (Rodeo Queen)
✦ He's a cowboy, does rodeo
Sounds like a little bit of suspense as someone is stalking her friend
✦ I think I read book 1 -- or was it another series? -- and liked it









The Breakup by Erin McCarthy
Contemporary Romance




Why?
✦ I think it's 1st POV
✦ She's about to wed -- finds out he's a cheater
 She figures she'll get revenge -- enter the hero
✦ He's a bartender
 They hook up
✦ "Oh, right, I don't give a shit about the fiance anymore. Now what?"
✦ Also, her sister is seeing his brother (book 1)









Under Control by Shannon Stacey
Contemporary Romance




Why?
✦ Opposites attract
✦ Firefighter
     ✦ Divorced, single dad
✦ Wealthy, successful businesswoman
✦ Meet-cute: she's stuck in an elevator, he rescues her
They meet up again during a charity event and the rest is history









An Earl Like You by Caroline Linden
Historical Romance




Why?
✦ New Earl finds out the estate is bankrupt, tries to save it at the card table
✦ Instead he's offered a deal he can't refuse: marry a rich man's spinster daughter -- and never tell her about the arrangement -- and all his money problems will be solved
✦ Of course she finds out after she starts to fall for him, breaking her trust -- can he earn it back?
Again, LOVE this dress/cover









Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews
Urban Fantasy / PNR




Why?
✦ 1st POV, heroine only
✦ Series must be read in order!
Set in a post-Shift Atlanta
✦ Magical mercenary
✦ At this point, she's with the hero (lion shifter/beast) and has a son
To save her family and her city, she may have to team up with her ancient enemy
✦ That's a pretty kickass cover









Don't Look Back by Dawn Ryder
Romantic Suspense





Why?
✦ She's a Shadow Ops Agent
She's set to shadow him -- and he could be the one to bring their entire operation down
He's the illegitimate son of a Southern debutante











Through the Fire by Katie Ruggle
Romantic Suspense





Why?
She's new to the K-9 unit
He's a fire spotter (tower and all)
She knows who the killer is attacking her new team/city -- but no one believes her. Except for him.
✦ Okay but can I just say I wish they had the heroine on the cover since SHE is the one with the K-9 unit?
















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




Enjoy!



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