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New Romances for a New Year

It’s Thursday, which means New Books! Let’s pretend we’re not in The Bad Place right now and talk about romance.

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cover of radio silence by alyssa coleI don’t know if now is the best time for a book set in the early days of a post-apocalyptic United States, but if you want to read about people falling in love even when the phones have stopped and there are no answers, Radio Silence is 1.99 right now. It’s the first in a series, but you’ll want the rest immediately when you’re done (though they’re not on sale at the moment). The protagonists of this introduction to the Off the Grid series don’t get along immediately, which you all know is my tropetonite. But the family interactions are what really make this book great. I will include a content warning for an attempted assault early on, so read with caution.

New Releases

The first Tuesday of the year was this week. Publishing is amping up again after the holidays, and we’ve got the first small batch of new releases.

cover of Jeremiah by Jayce EllisJeremiah by Jayce Ellis

In Jayce Ellis’s debut novel, Jeremiah is a paramedic in DC who isn’t particularly in the closet, but he’s not out there telling everyone about his sexuality. After he and Collin have an…encounter…they don’t seem to be able to get rid of each other. But can something casual become “take home to mom” material?

The Vanishing by Jayne Ann Krentz

This haunting romantic suspense novel is the first in a new series, and while many have said it’s reminiscent of previous series, I am fascinated by the setup. In a previous generation, there was a gas that put all the residents to sleep for two days. Now, Cat’s friend has gone missing, and the only person who takes her seriously is Slater, an agent with a secret organization. Since this is a setup for a new series, I’m looking forward to the norms Krentz will establish here, and can’t wait to see if there’s something supernatural happening.

Cover of A Fake Girlfriend for Chinese New Year by Jackie LauA Fake Girlfriend for Chinese New Year by Jackie Lau

This is the third Holidays With the Wongs book, and I am so excited to pick it up. This one centers the younger Wong brother, Zach. He’s been set up with potential life partners at previous family holiday gatherings, so in order to avoid potentially being set up again, he makes an arrangement with a local dentist to keep his parents off his back. But there’s always a problem with faking a relationship, especially when there’s kissing involved…

Royal Playboy by Nana Malone

Nana Malone has found her corner of the world, and it’s bad boy royals and their friends. The covers are just the tip of the iceberg on how sexy these books are. Just so you know, Royal Playboy is the first in a duet, so it doesn’t end in an HEA.

There are other books out this week, but these are the ones I’m planning to check out. What are you reading this weekend?

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