Most Anticipated Books: Second Half of 2016

Posted July 25, 2016 by Under the Covers Book Blog in Top Ten, Under the Covers / 15 Comments

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We are now in that second half of the year and we are starting to look forward to the books that seemed too far away in January!  Here’s a list of the ones we here at UTC are dying to get our hands on and we think you should too.  So let’s get started, shall we?

Most Anticipated Books: Second Half of 2016
Blood Vow
by J.R. Ward

BOOK INFO


Released: May 23, 2017
Series: Black Dagger Legacy #2
Published by Ballantine Books
Pages: 480
 

#1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward returns with an all-new tale of paranormal passion in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

The Black Dagger Brotherhood continues to train the best of the best to join them in the deadly battle against the Lessening Society. Among the new recruits, Axe proves to be a cunning and vicious fighter—and also a loner isolated because of personal tragedy. When an aristocratic female needs a bodyguard, Axe takes the job, though he’s unprepared for the animal attraction that flares between him and the one he is sworn to protect.

For Elise, who lost her first cousin to a grisly murder, Axe’s dangerous appeal is enticing—and possibly a distraction from her grief. But as they delve deeper into her cousin’s death, and their physical connection grows into so much more, Axe fears that the secrets he keeps and his tortured conscience will tear them apart.

Rhage, the Brother with the biggest heart, knows all about self-punishing, and he wants to help Axe reach his full potential. But when an unexpected arrival threatens Rhage and Mary’s new family, he finds himself back in the trenches again, fighting against a destiny that will destroy all he holds most dear.

As Axe’s past becomes known, and fate seems to be turning against Rhage, both males must reach deep—and pray that love, rather than anger, will be their lantern in the darkness.

Dying for it because…

This will come has no surprise to anyone here but of course the next Black Dagger Legacy book was going to be at the top of the list. Not only am I excited to get back to the training centre and learn more about Axe, but I think there’s also going to be a sidestory with Rhage, Mary and Bitty!!!! WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN? I’m already dying to know!

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Most Anticipated Books: Second Half of 2016
Apprentice in Death
by J.D. Robb

BOOK INFO


Released: September 6th 2016
Series: In Death #43
Published by Berkley
Pages: 384
 

Lieutenant Eve Dallas returns in a fast-paced new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author J. D. Robb.

Nature versus nurture...

The shots came quickly, silently, and with deadly accuracy. Within seconds, three people were dead at Central Park’s ice skating rink. The victims: a talented young skater, a doctor, and a teacher. As random as random can be.

Eve Dallas has seen a lot of killers during her time with the NYPSD, but never one like this. After reviewing security videos, it becomes clear that the victims were killed by a sniper firing a tactical laser rifle, who could have been miles away when the trigger was pulled. And though the locations where the shooter could have set up seem endless, the list of people with that particular skill set is finite: police, military, professional killer.

Eve’s husband, Roarke, has unlimited resources—and genius—at his disposal. And when his computer program leads Eve to the location of the sniper, she learns a shocking fact: There were two—one older, one younger. Someone is being trained by an expert in the science of killing, and they have an agenda. Central Park was just a warm-up. And as another sniper attack shakes the city to its core, Eve realizes that though we’re all shaped by the people around us, there are those who are just born evil...

Dying for it because…

Again, not a surprise since everyone knows that Eve Dallas is hands down my favorite heroine of all time. I’m curious to see what crazy situation Robb is going to put her characters in next! You know it will be intense every time with her.

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Most Anticipated Books: Second Half of 2016
Dragonmark
by Sherrilyn Kenyon

BOOK INFO


Released: August 2nd 2016
Series: Dark Hunter #26
Published by St. Martin's Press
Pages: 352
 

Centuries ago, Illarion was betrayed– a dragon made human against his will, then forced to serve humanity as a dragonmount in their army, and to fight for them in barbaric wars, even while he hated everything about them. Enslaved and separated from everyone he knew and from his own dragon brothers, he was forced into exile in a fey realm where he lost the only thing he ever really loved.

Now he has a chance to regain what’s been lost— to have the one thing he covets most. But only if he gives up his brothers and forsakes the oaths he holds most dear. Yet what terrifies him most isn’t the cost his happiness might incur, it’s the fact that there is just enough human in his dragon’s heart that he might actually be willing to pay it and betray everything and everyone– to see the entire world burn...

Dying for it because…

Kenyon is going to write about dragons! How exciting! Now don’t get me started on where this book fits into the Dark Hunters universe. The reading series order utterly confuses me, but I have no doubt that I will be picking up this book once it releases. I always need my PNR fix.

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Most Anticipated Books: Second Half of 2016
Heartless
by Marissa Meyer

BOOK INFO


Released: November 8th 2016
Published by Feiwel and Friends
Pages: 416
 

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king's marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Dying for it because…

Meyer was an author I fell in love with last year with the Lunar Chronicles so I am definitely looking forward to seeing what she’ll do with this standalone story inspired by the Queen of Hearts. She does fairy tale retellings very well!

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Most Anticipated Books: Second Half of 2016
Loving You Easy
by Roni Loren

BOOK INFO


Released: September 6th 2016
Series: Loving on the Edge #9
Published by Berkley
Pages: 368
 

Three lovers really click in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Call on Me—

Cora has an amazing sex life. She’s beautiful, daring, and the most popular submissive in Hayven. Too bad none of it’s real...

IT specialist Cora Benning has figured out the key to her formerly disastrous love life—make it virtual. In the online world of Hayven, she’s free of her geek girl image and can indulge her most private fantasies with a sexy, mysterious master without anyone in her life discovering her secrets. Until her information is hacked and she finds herself working to fix the breach under two very powerful men—one who seems all too familiar...

Best friends and business partners Ren Muroya and Hayes Fox were once revered dominants. Then Hayes was wrongfully sent to prison and everything changed. Ren wants to get back to who they were. Hayes can’t risk it. But when they discover the new IT specialist is their online fascination, and that she’s never felt a dominant’s touch, the temptation to turn virtual into reality becomes all too great…

Dying for it because…

I’m always excited when a new book in the Loving on the Edge series comes out, so much that I don’t even read the blurbs anymore!  Whatever Roni Loren gives us, I’ll be excited to read.  So I’m going in blind to this one and I don’t even know who this book will be about.  I just know I can’t wait to dive in.

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Most Anticipated Books: Second Half of 2016
Do You Want to Start a Scandal
by Tessa Dare

BOOK INFO


Released: September 27th 2016
Series: Spindle Cove #5
Published by Avon Books
 

On the night of the Parkhurst ball, someone had a scandalous tryst in the library.
•Was it Lord Canby, with the maid, on the divan?
•Or Miss Fairchild, with a rake, against the wall?
•Perhaps the butler did it.

All Charlotte Highwood knows is this: it wasn’t her. But rumors to the contrary are buzzing. Unless she can discover the lovers’ true identity, she’ll be forced to marry Piers Brandon, Lord Granville—the coldest, most arrogantly handsome gentleman she’s ever had the misfortune to embrace. When it comes to emotion, the man hasn’t got a clue.

But as they set about finding the mystery lovers, Piers reveals a few secrets of his own. The oh-so-proper marquess can pick locks, land punches, tease with sly wit … and melt a woman’s knees with a single kiss. The only thing he guards more fiercely than Charlotte’s safety is the truth about his dark past.

Their passion is intense. The danger is real. Soon Charlotte’s feeling torn. Will she risk all to prove her innocence? Or surrender it to a man who’s sworn to never love?

Dying for it because…

I’m so ready for a good historical romance and not many can do that better than Tessa Dare.  Her writing always transports me to another time and place and makes me part of the story.  I fall in love right along with the heroine and I’ve been missing that.

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Most Anticipated Books: Second Half of 2016
The Sight
by Chloe Neill

BOOK INFO


Released: August 16th 2016
Series: Devil's Isle #2
Published by NAL Trade
Pages: 352
 

The paranormal war that engulfed New Orleans seven years ago is over. But the battle for the city is just beginning . . .

Claire Connolly is a Sensitive, infected with magic when the Veil that divides humanity from the world beyond fell. Magic can easily consume and destroy a Sensitive, and if Claire’s secret is discovered she’ll be locked into the walled district of Devil’s Isle along with every other Paranormal left in the city.

Bounty hunter Liam Quinn discovered Claire’s secret, but refused to turn her in. Together they saved New Orleans from the resurgence of magic that nearly destroyed it. But now a dangerous cult is on the rise, and it will take both Claire and Liam—and magical allies within Devil’s Isle’s towering walls—to defeat the occult threat before magic corrupts them both...

Dying for it because…

The first book in this series was one of my favorite paranormal stories of last year and I can’t wait to go back in for more.  I think there’s a lack of good, original new urban fantasy stories and this one hit all my buttons.  I’m dying to know what happens next!

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Most Anticipated Books: Second Half of 2016
The Operator
by Kim Harrison

BOOK INFO


Released: November 22nd 2016
Series: The Peri Reed Chronicles #2
Published by Piatkus
Pages: 384
 

On-the-run ex-agent Peri Reed returns bigger and bolder than ever in this second highly-anticipated installment in #1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison's new suspense trilogy, The Peri Reed Chronicles.

Peri Reed’s job eats her mind, but for a special task agent in hiding, forgetting the past can be a blessing.

Betrayed by the man she thought she loved and the agency who turned her into the very thing she fought against, Peri abandoned the wealth and privilege of Opti for anonymity riddled with memory gaps and self-doubt. But when a highly addictive drug promises to end her dependency on those who’d use her as a tool for their own success, she must choose to remain broken and vulnerable, or return to the above-the-law power and prestige she once left: strong but without will—for whoever holds her next fix, will hold her loyalty.

Yet even now as then, a love based on lies of omission might still save her life.

Dying for it because…

I was so excited last year to read about this new world created by the talented Kim Harrison, and it did not disappoint.  I enjoyed THE DRAFTER sooooo much (highly recommend you start!) and I cannot wait to go back and see what happens.  I’m jumping up and down with excitement for this to get in my greedy paws.

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Most Anticipated Books: Second Half of 2016
Thief of Hearts
by L.H. Cosway

BOOK INFO


Released: October 4 2016
Series: Hearts #5
Published by Self Published
 

Seduce the teacher.
Meet the cousin.
Make a deal.
Steal the painting.

Andrea Anderson has no clue of the thoughts churning around in the dark and dangerous ex-con’s head as he enters her classroom. In fact, she’s momentarily lost for words. Not in her entire teaching career has she had a student who looked quite like Stu Cross.

A widow at just twenty-eight, love is something Andie hasn’t considered a part of her life for a very long time. However, when lingering touches turn to whispered words and hot, searching stares, she begins to wonder if maybe she should take a leap of faith.

But Stu is in her class for a reason, and it has nothing to do with love. He’s there to burrow his way into her life and repay a debt, otherwise his family will suffer. Andie is the first person to show him true kindness since he left prison, and though he doesn’t want to mislead her, he doesn’t have another choice.

Before long, Stu can’t tell whether or not he’s acting anymore, and his feelings for Andie could throw all of his carefully crafted plans into complete and utter disarray.

Dying for it because…

Well, do you really need a reason why this book is on my list?  It’s L.H. Cosway.  Auto buy, auto read, auto everything.  AND it’s part of the Hearts series and in particular, it’s Stu’s story.  We know him as the not so bright (or so he seems) brother of our last hero in HEARTS OF BLUE.  I have been so curious about his story for the past few books, I just can’t contain myself.  I need this now!

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Most Anticipated Books: Second Half of 2016
The Beauty of Darkness
by Mary E. Pearson

BOOK INFO


Released: August 2nd 2016
Series: The Remnant Chronicles #3
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Pages: 688
 

Lia and Rafe have escaped Venda and the path before them is winding and dangerous - what will happen now? This third and final book in The Remnant Chronicles is not to be missed.

Bestselling author Mary E. Pearson's combination of intrigue, suspense, romance and action make this a riveting page turner for teens.

Dying for it because…

THE BEAUTY OF DARKNESS, the third and final installment of The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson is an anticipated read for me.  After an exciting and dangerous adventure and Lia, Rafe and Kaden will decide where their paths will end.  This series has captured my heart since going on a binge read in the YA/fantasy genre.

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Most Anticipated Books: Second Half of 2016
Shadow Falling
by Rebecca Zanetti

BOOK INFO


Released: August 30th 2016
Series: The Scorpius Syndrome #2
Published by Zebra
Pages: 400
 

Before the Scorpius Syndrome tore through North America and nearly wiped out the population, Vivienne Kennedy was the FBI’s best profiler. The bacteria got her anyway. But she survived. She recovered. And when she woke up from a drug-nightmare of captivity, her skills as a hunter of men had gone from merely brilliant to full-on uncanny. Her mysterious rescuer wants her to put them to the test. But no matter how tempting he is, with his angel’s eyes and devil’s tongue, Vinnie knows she shouldn’t trust him.

If the FBI were still around they would rate Raze Shadow as one of the bad guys. His military training can’t wipe out his association with the Mercenaries, the most feared gang in a thousand miles. His loyalties are compromised. He won’t even tell Vinnie his real name. But there’s no FBI in the new America of fear and firepower, only instinct and risk. And the way his arms wrap around her tells its own story. Whatever else Raze is concealing, he can’t hide his desire . . .

Dying for it because…

Zanetti brings an exciting story about the survivors of Scorpius Syndrome that nearly wiped out the population.  Just like the first book, I’m expecting this post apocalyptic romantic suspense will keep you at the edge of your seat.

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Most Anticipated Books: Second Half of 2016
The Emperor's Arrow
by Lauren D.M. Smith

BOOK INFO


Released: July 18th 2016
Published by Carina Press
 

Grand Prize Winner of Harlequin's 2015 So You Think You Can Write contest

Debut author Lauren D.M. Smith delivers an epic fantasy romance in this soaring tale of a kickass warrior and the emperor she's honor-bound to defend

The bride candidates have been summoned. Their numbers are many, yet only one is an Amazzi warrior. Only one would give her life to protect him.

Evony of Aureline, warrior of her people, has no intention of becoming a hideous old man's bride. Though her people have sworn their loyalty to the legendary emperor Galen, Evony knows little of courts and intrigue. It's simply not her world.

Yet it's on the palace training grounds where Evony's archery skills gain her the respect of soldiers and legates alike. The emperor himself takes notice of the beautiful, ruthless warrior. In turn, the young, steely eyed Galen is nothing at all what Evony expected.

This man could very well conquer her heart. But does he feel the same?

As the rivalry among the remaining bride candidates intensifies and the plot for the throne unfolds, Evony must make a grave choice: fulfill her destiny and protect her people or follow her heart and pursue true love.

Either way, the honor of the Amazzi people and the future of the empire now rests with Evony of Aureline. For she is the Emperor's Arrow.

This book is approximately 74,000 words

Edited by Angela James

Dying for it because…

This one actually comes out this month.  Saw this on NG and fell in love with its cover.  Thank God the author has a good story to back it up with.  Supposedly stand alone but I hope that changes soon.  It’s a and Emperor-warrior bride story but not a typical trope. Lots of imperial politics, unconventional pairing and good action to boot.  This author is one to watch for.

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Most Anticipated Books: Second Half of 2016
A Scot in the Dark
by Sarah MacLean

BOOK INFO


Released: August 30th 2016
Series: Scandal and Scoundrel #2
Published by Avon
Pages: 384
 

Lonesome Lily turned Scandalous Siren

Miss Lillian Harwood has lived much of her life alone in a gilded cage, longing for love and companionship. When an artist offers her pretty promises and begs her to pose for a scandalous portrait, Lily doesn’t hesitate . . . until the lying libertine leaves her in disgrace. With the painting now public, Lily has no choice but to turn to the one man who might save her from ruin.

Highland Devil turned Halfhearted Duke

The Duke of Warnick loathes all things English, none more so than the aristocracy. It does not matter that the imposing Scotsman has inherited one of the most venerable dukedoms in Britain—he wants nothing to do with it, especially when he discovers that the unwanted title comes with a troublesome ward, one who is far too old and far too beautiful to be his problem.

Tartan Comes to Town

Warnick arrives in London with a single goal: get the chit married and see her become someone else’s problem, then return to a normal, quiet life in Scotland. It’s the perfect plan, until Lily declares she’ll only marry for love . . . and the Scot finds that there is one thing in England he likes far too much . . .

Dying for it because…

It has a sexy scottish guy in it…need I say more? Fine fine, I will say more. Sarah Maclean is one of my favourite historical romance authors, and not just because of the sexy heroes she creates. It’s the heroines as well, I love them, they tend to unusual and interesting, so I can’t wait to see what she has in store for me next.

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Most Anticipated Books: Second Half of 2016
Beard Science
by Penny Reid

BOOK INFO


Released: October 11 2016
Series: Winston Brothers #3
Published by Self Published
 

Make a deal with the devil and you might get what you want, but will it be what you need?

Jennifer Sylvester wants one thing, and that one thing is NOT to be Tennessee’s reigning Banana Cake Queen. Ever the perpetual good girl and obedient daughter, Jennifer is buckling under the weight of her social media celebrity, her mother’s ambitions, and her father’s puritanical mandates. Jennifer is officially desperate.

And desperate times call for Cletus Winston.

Cletus Winston is a puzzle wrapped in a mystery covered in conundrum sauce, and now he’s in a pickle. Despite being convinced of his own omniscience, extortion by the exalted Banana Cake Queen of Green Valley has taken him completely by surprise. So... what’s a maniacal mastermind to do?

Likely, the last thing you expect.

'Beard Science' is the third book in the Winston Brothers series, is a full-length romantic comedy novel, and can be read as a standalone.

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Dying for it because…

I love Penny Reid, and one of the reasons I love her, is that she has to be the only author who has ever gotten me excited about a book where the hero’s name is Cletus. And he plays the banjo. Flash backs of Deliverance anyone? That takes some mad skillz. I can’t wait to get my hands on this and finally read about my crazy intelligent and just plain damn crazy Cletus.

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Most Anticipated Books: Second Half of 2016
Never Better
by Charlotte Stein

BOOK INFO


Released: February 14, 2017
Published by Self Published
 

What if your worst nightmare was the only thing you wanted?

Lydia worries she'll never recover from a violent assault at the hands of an intruder. Therapy isn't working and her friends aren't a comfort. All she can think about is how helpless and afraid she was.

Then she meets Isaac.

He's everything she wants to be: cool, calm and controlled. Trauma doesn't seem to affect him. Emotions don't bother him. And best of all, he's prepared to teach her. He shows her how to fight. How to defend herself. How to guard her heart.

But Isaac soon finds he can't guard his heart from her. She's starting to make him see all the things he's been missing, in his closed off and far too brutal life. The only problem is:

He has a terrible secret.

And if he lets himself give in to the desire that's building between them, her world may well be torn apart again.

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Dying for it because…

The blurb for this one isn’t out yet (as far as I know) and I already know that I want it. This has to be the only New Adult series that I actually enjoy. The reason being Stein has such a fantastic way with words, I lap up everything she writes. So far the books in this series have been, funny, odd and erotic, it’s a strange combination but she makes it work wonderfully well.

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Most Anticipated Books: Second Half of 2016
Magic Binds
by Ilona Andrews

BOOK INFO


Released: September 20th 2016
Series: Kate Daniels #9
Published by Ace
Pages: 384
 

Mercenary Kate Daniels knows all too well that magic in post-Shift Atlanta is a dangerous business. But nothing she’s faced could have prepared her for this…

Kate and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are finally making their relationship official. But there are some steep obstacles standing in the way of their walk to the altar…

Kate’s father, Roland, has kidnapped the demigod Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry in his never-ending bid for power. A Witch Oracle has predicted that if Kate marries the man she loves, Atlanta will burn and she will lose him forever. And the only person Kate can ask for help is long dead.

The odds are impossible. The future is grim. But Kate Daniels has never been one to play by the rules…

Dying for it because…

And by obsession continues onto book 9 in this series. If I had to pick a series to take to a desert island with me, this would be in the short list (it would be a tie between this series and Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward) I love it that much.

 

So how did we do?  Any on this list that you are dying to read?
Let us know in the comments what are your
most anticipated books of the rest of the year!

 

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Not a bad list…Loving you easy, do you want to start a scandal, the sight, magic binds are on my list

Kathleen Bylsma
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Kathleen Bylsma

Great!

Tammy V
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Tammy V

I’ve added Stein to my TBR list. Ward is a must read for me but I need to catch up on hers. The Sight caught my attention as soon as I saw it on the blogs. Loving you Easy has me curious, I hope it is well done.

Amy R
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Amy R

Beard Science, Magic Binds, Reapers Fire, Twist, Beyond Surrender and Midnight Soul are some of my most anticipated. I also just checked out The Emperor’s Arrow from my library.

Andrea ( aka rokinrev)
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Andrea ( aka rokinrev)

Heartless is my most anticipated although at that cost, it had better be via our library portal. I loved Lunar Chronicles

Heather Fowler
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Heather Fowler

I love these articles–I just open up Goodreads in the other tab, and make my TBR even more monstrous! 🙂

Thank you for all your hard work!

Timitra
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Timitra

Shadow Falling, Twisted Palace by Erin Watt…I still need to read The Veil

kathy valentine
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kathy valentine

so many great books so little time!!!

Sharlene Wegner
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Oh, yes, Tessa Dare’s book! Can’t wait! Also, Just Kiss Me by Rachel Gibson – it seems like a long time between books! And SEP has a new book coming out, First Star I See Tonight.

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I think I’ve read only TWO authors from this list, lol! But, they sound good and the covers are amazing on a lot of them 🙂

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The list has some anticipated books that correlates with my TBR list. Nice job, UTC! 🙂

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So many loves! And so many preorders!

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