Can you believe it? I can’t believe it, are we really in the second half of 2017? In my mind it still feels like Christmas 2016 was just a few short weeks ago. But that could just be because of the English weather. To gear us up for the second half of the year, we’ve had a look at our calendars and come up with our top ten releases for the next six months. It was a hard task, we all had at least 10 books that we couldn’t wait to get our hands on, but after much wrangling, bribery and a few threats, this is our Top 10 of what is still to come in 2017.
BEARD IN MIND by Penny Reid
Beards are a thing in modern culture at the moment. Beards attached to “hillbillies” not so much. Unless Penny Reid is writing it. In which case you may find yourself suddenly fighting the desire to grab the nearest banjo and travel to the deep south to find a man who can rock the beard and dungarees combo and start making lots of babies. This is what Reid does to me, sends me searching my local town for a banjo. My town is sadly lacking any hint of banjos so I’m stuck here for now. But, once I’ve read BEARD IN MIND I feel certain that the Great Banjo Search will recommence.
Released: August 1st 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Winston Brothers #4
Published by Self Published
Keep it simple.
That’s Beau Winston’s motto.
Another favorite, There’s plenty of fish in the sea, because Beau loves everything about fishing. Keeping it simple has worked well for him. He is everyone’s favorite Winston Brother, and that’s a fact.
Well… it used to be a fact.
Before his brother hired this human-porcupine hybrid to work at their auto shop. Shelly Sullivan would rather converse with her foul-mouthed parrot and cuddle dogs than interact with an actual human being. It doesn't take long before Beau wants her antagonistic bird and her prickly personality gone, simple as that.
The only problem is, learning why this porcupine wears her spikes opens a Pandora’s box of complexity—exquisite, tempting, heartbreaking complexity—and Beau Winston soon discovers keeping it simple might mean missing out on what matters most.
ILLEGAL CONTACT by Santino Hassell
I’ve recently discovered my love for Santino Hassell and his writing. I love how gritty and raw his books are, and quite frankly they are super hot! So when I saw that he had a new series coming out, and it was a sports romance series… I was fangirling all over the place. Add to that when the cover was revealed there was a lot of drooling going on and my excitement was at the bursting point. So to say I’m highly anticipating this one is an understatement. I want to devour it.
Released: August 15, 2017
Series: The Barons #1
Published by InterMix
The rules of the game don’t apply off the field in this first Barons novel.
New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he’s been successful professionally, he’s never been lucky when it comes to love.
Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job—any job—to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin’s personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money. But Noah isn’t prepared for the electrifying tension between him and the football player. He’s not sure if he’d rather argue with Gavin or tackle him to the floor. But both men know the score, and neither is sure what will happen once Gavin's timeout is over…
THE CHASE by Elle Kennedy
It is not secret that the Off Campus series by Elle Kennedy is one of my favorite new adult series. When it finished, there might’ve been a little tear in my eye. But YAASSSSSS there’s a spin off. I cannot wait for THE CHASE to come out so I can jump back into this world and continue my obsession with this author. It’s an addiction and I don’t want to stop!
***No cover, or official release date has been announced for this title. It’ll be first in the Briar Hockey series and Fitzy & Summer’s story! Releasing Falll 2017***
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BEAUTIFUL MISTAKE by Vi Keeland
Another one of those authors I’ve been seriously obsessing over in the past year or two. Vi Keeland has slowly crept up my list of auto-buy authors, whether she’s writing alone or as part of the Ward/Keeland team. I will read it all! And EGOMANIAC was my first book boyfriend of this year, so I have high expectations for this one and cannot wait to get my greedy paws all over it. Plus, have you seen that beautiful cover? *drools* I need to be reading that by the pool this summer.
A sexy new standalone from #1 New York Times bestselling author, Vi Keeland
The first time I met Caine West was in a bar.
He noticed me looking his way and mistakenly read my scowling as checking him out.
When he attempted to talk to me, I set him straight—telling him what I thought of his lying, cheating, egomaniacal ass.
You see, the gorgeous jerk had wined and dined my best friend–smooth talking her into his bed, all along failing to mention that he was married.
He deserved every bit of my tongue-lashing and more for what he’d done.
Especially when that lazy smile graced his perfect face in response to my rant.
Only it turned out, the man I’d just told off wasn’t the right guy.
Oops. My mistake.
Embarrassed, I slunk out without an apology.
I was never going to see the handsome stranger again anyway, right?
That’s what I thought…until I walked into class the next morning.
Well, hello Professor West, I’m your new teaching assistant.
I’ll be working under you…figuratively speaking.
Although the literal interpretation might not be such a bad thing—working under Professor West.
This was going to be interesting…
DEVIL’S CUT by J.R. Ward
Not a surprise that this release would be here, right? Well, after the last book, I really fell in love with this series and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what scandalous thing Ward comes up with next! If you like your books with a heady dose of Southern charm and scandal, then you definitely need to pick up this series!
Released: August 1st 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: The Bourbon Kings #3
Published by Ballantine Books
In #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward’s thrilling finale of the Bourbon Kings series, the Bradford family dynasty teeters on the edge of collapse after the murder of their patriarch—and a shocking arrest.
At first, the death of William Baldwine, the head of the Bradford family, was ruled a suicide. But then his eldest son and sworn enemy, Edward, came forward and confessed to what was, in fact, a murder. Now in police custody, Edward mourns not the disintegration of his family or his loss of freedom . . . but the woman he left behind. His love, Sutton Smythe, is the only person he has ever truly cared about, but as she is the CEO of the Bradford Bourbon Company’s biggest competitor, any relationship between them is impossible. And then there’s the reality of the jail time that Edward is facing.
Lane Baldwine was supposed to remain in his role of playboy, forever in his big brother Edward’s shadow. Instead he has become the new head of the family and the company. Convinced that Edward is covering for someone else, Lane and his true love, Lizzie King, go on the trail of a killer—only to discover a secret that is as devastating as it is game-changing.
As Lane rushes to discover the truth, and Sutton finds herself irresistibly drawn to Edward in spite of his circumstances, the lives of everyone at Easterly will never be the same again. For some, this is good; for others, it could be a tragedy beyond imagining. Only one thing’s for certain: Love survives all things. Even murder.
THE DUCHESS DEAL by Tessa Dare
Tessa Dare has a new series coming! Yup, you read that right. Now you can jump for joy like I am! Basically any book by Tessa Dare is a guaranteed good read but I have a feeling that this book will embody everything I love about Tessa’s writing. She has great characters that are full of charisma and charm. It’s definitely one to look forward to.
Released: August 22, 2017
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Girl Meets Duke #1
Published by Avon
When girl meets Duke, their marriage breaks all the rules…
Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury’s to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne’er-do-wells by night. Now there’s a new item on the list. He needs an heir—which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she’ll do.
His terms are simple:
- They will be husband and wife by night only.
- No lights, no kissing.
- No questions about his battle scars.
- Last, and most importantly… Once she’s pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.
But Emma is no pushover. She has a few rules of her own:
- They will have dinner together every evening.
- With conversation.
- And unlimited teasing.
- Last, and most importantly… Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love…
THE TROUBLE WITH TWELFTH GRAVE by Darynda Jones
I get excited when Darynda has a book coming out. It’s so automatic as if it was a JR Ward, or Sherrilyn Kenyon book release. Charley Davidson series has a charm unlike any other books out there. Charley is super funny, kick ass and her darling husband Reyes is just to die for. If you haven’t pick up this series yet, you’re missing out.
Released: October 31st 2017
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Charley Davidson #12
Published by St. Martin's Press
Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the twelfth installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series.
Ever since Reyes escaped from a hell dimension in which Charley accidently trapped him, the son of Satan has been brimstone-bent on destroying the world his heavenly Brother created. His volatile tendencies have put Charley in a bit of a pickle. But that’s not the only briny vegetable on her plate. While trying to domesticate the feral being that used to be her husband, she also has to deal with her everyday life of annoying all manner of beings—some corporeal, some not so much—as she struggles to right the wrongs of society. Only this time she’s not uncovering a murder. This time she’s covering one up.
Add to that her new occupation of keeping a startup PI venture—the indomitable mystery-solving team of Amber Kowalski and Quentin Rutherford—out of trouble and dealing with the Vatican’s inquiries into her beloved daughter, and Charley is on the brink of throwing in the towel and becoming a professional shopper. Or possibly a live mannequin. But when someone starts attacking humans who are sensitive to the supernatural world, Charley knows it’s time to let loose her razor sharp claws. Then again, her number one suspect is the dark entity she’s loved for centuries. So the question becomes, can she tame the unruly beast before it destroys everything she’s worked so hard to protect?
WILDFIRE by Ilona Andrews
No matter how many times I threatened for some crazy reason they wouldn’t make WILDFIRE number one on the list. But it deserves it darn it! This is the conclusion in Ilona Andrews amazing Hidden Legacy trilogy. So, I’m here making my case to you in the number 3 spot. It deserves to be number 1, what other book has this amazing combination of humour, romance and adventure? All mixed in with some characters that somehow over the last two books, Andrews has made you fall in love with. We have the insightful and resourceful heroine, the smoulderingly hot and dangerous hero, the quirky family of the heroine, all of whom deserve a book of their own *hint hint Ilona Andrews*. All these elements combined make WILDFIRE the most anticipated book for the remainder of 2017.
Released: July 25th 2017
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Hidden Legacy #3
Published by Avon
Just when Nevada Baylor has finally come to accept the depths of her magical powers, she also realizes she’s fallen in love. Connor “Mad” Rogan is in many ways her equal when it comes to magic, but she’s completely out of her elements when it comes to her feelings for him. To make matters more complicated, an old flame comes back into Rogan’s life…
Rogan knows there’s nothing between him and his ex-fiance, Rynda Sherwood. But as Nevada begins to learn more about her past, her power, and her potential future, he knows she will be faced with choices she never dreamed of and the promise of a life spent without him.
As Nevada and Rogan race to discover the whereabouts of Rynda’s kidnapped husband and are forced to confront Nevada’s grandmother, who may or may not have evil motives, these two people must decide if they can trust in each other or allow everything to go up in smoke.
NOW I RISE by Kiersten White
Oh man, I am really dying for this book. After falling in love with the characters and the world in the first book, I have been on the edge of my seat waiting for this book. This series is a Young Adult Fantasy set in the Ottoman Empire. It’s a very unique series that feels very larger than life. I think adult readers would really enjoy this series as well.
Released: June 27th 2017
Genre: Young Adult
Series: And I Darken #2
Published by Delacorte Press
Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.
What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?
As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.
DRAGONSWORN by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Super excited for this book. It’s been so long since I last read a dragon book. This is the second book of the Dragons Rising Trilogy and from the blurb on GR, looks like there will be a good dose of Greek mythology. Of Course, also part of the Dark Hunter series and I’ll take any DH sightings any day. Love, love Kenyon books.
Released: August 1st 2017
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Dark Hunter #34
Published by St. Martin's Press
There is nothing in the universe the cursed dragon, Falcyn, hates more than humanity . . . and in particular, Greek humans. In a war he wanted no part of, they systematically destroyed everything he’d ever cared for. Now he lies in seclusion, away from the world and waits for the day when evolution will finally rid him of the human vermin.
Medea was born the granddaughter of the Greek god Apollo, and among the first of his people that he cursed to die. But she will not let anyone rule her life. Not even her notorious grandfather. And when Apollo sends a new plague to destroy what remains of her people, she refuses to standby and watch him take everything she loves from her again.
This time, she knows of a secret weapon that can stop the ancient god and his army of demons. Once and for all. However, said device is in the hands of a dragon who wants nothing to do with politics, the gods, humanity, demons or Greek Apollites. And especially not her. He is the immovable object.
My enemy’s enemy . . .
When Apollo makes a strategic move that backfires, he forces Falcyn back into play. Now Medea either has the weapon she needs to save her people, or she’s unleashed total Armageddon. If she can’t find some way to control the dragon before it’s too late, Falcyn will be an even worse plague on the world than the one Apollo has set loose. But how can anyone control a demonic dragon whose sole birthright is total destruction?
Her Last Goodbye by Melinda Leigh
Melinda Leigh is a new discovery of mine! I read the first book in this series and now I am desperate to read the second, HER LAST GOODBYE. It’s a thriller/mystery with a hint of romance and for someone, like me, who has an obsession with both true crime and romance books, it’s perfect.
Released: September 26th 2017
Series: Morgan Dane #2
Published by Montlake Romance
Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh’s Morgan Dane series continues as the fearless attorney and her partner, investigator Lance Kruger, take on a disturbing disappearance…
Young mother Chelsea Clark leaves the house for a girls’ night out…and vanishes. Her family knows she would never voluntarily leave her two small children. Her desperate husband—also the prime suspect—hires Morgan to find his wife and prove his innocence.
As a single mother, Morgan sympathizes with Chelsea’s family and is determined to find her. She teams up with private investigator Lance Kruger. But the deeper they dig, the deadlier their investigation gets. When Morgan is stalked by a violent predator, everything—and everyone—she holds dear is in grave danger.
Now, Morgan must track down a deranged criminal to protect her own family…but she won’t need to leave home to find him. She’s his next target.
Ride the Storm by Karen Chance
Karen Chances’ Cassie Palmer series is an action packed urban fantasy, which sees our poor heroine crash from disaster to catastrophe, with barely a pause for breath. But, I love it, it’s a fast paced, exciting series which you can’t help but race through alongside Cassie. But it’s also why I need to limber up and properly prepare before opening up RIDE THE STORM, I might strain something if I don’t.
Released: August 1st 2017
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Cassandra Palmer #8
Published by Signet
Ever since getting appointed the chief seer of the supernatural world, Cassie Palmer has been playing catch up. Catch up on the training she missed being raised by a psychotic vampire instead of at the pythian court. Catch up on the dangerous world of supernatural politics. Catch up on the powerful, and sometimes seductive, forces trying to mold her to their will. It’s been a trial by fire that has left her burned.
But now she realizes all that was just the warm up.
Ancient forces that once terrorized the world want to return, and Cassie is the only one who can stop them.
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What book are you dying to read that’s still to come in 2017?