Kissing Books

A New Sarah MacLean Series in 2021

Howdy, Folks. It’s Thursday, and the first full Kissing Books of the week. What did you think of that cover on Monday? The design corps at Harlequin is just. Chef’s kiss. Let’s talk about stuff!

News and Useful Links

There was a conversation that started from a comment that wasn’t meant with malice, but still made a harmful impact on people who saw it. There is a bigger conversation that romancelandia needs to have regarding the use of genitalia to denote gender, when they are not the same. I don’t even know where to start, so just go read the entire Twitter of May Peterson. Respectfully, please.

And then, just when I was about to wrap up this section, I saw that we were talking about illustrated covers again. I’m not going to link to anything, but let’s just remember that whether or not you like illustrated covers, or whether or not you think they are overly prolific and not good indicators of what type of book you’re about to read, they are wildly important in producing imagery for romance protagonists that might not appear in stock footage. I mean, I would love to see every romance have its own photo shoot like they are apparently doing at Harlequin, but that’s not always the case.

With the conclusion of her Bareknuckle Bastards series coming this summer, it’s no surprise that Sarah MacLean has a new series lined up to start next year. Victorian-era girl gang? Sign. Me. The. Eff. Up.

Sourcebooks Casablanca hosted a virtual chat called “So you want to write a romcom,” and you can watch it on YouTube.

I’ll tell you, I love newsletters. If you want one that tells you what’s happening in the world of  #romanceclass, you can subscribe!

I might have dropped a little too much at this shop, including this read black romance notebook.

And don’t forget about #rombklove.

Over on Book Riot

While the obvious answer to “where do I start with Cat Sebastian?” is to just read all of them, Laura broke down a reading pathway for anyone looking for it.

And we all want some feel-good romances right now. What’s your go-to?

I might have decided to go on a break, Ross-style, with Kindle Unlimited, but you should definitely enter to win a free, yearlong subscription!

Or, maybe you’d rather get an e-gift card to your favorite indie bookstore! (Why not both.)


If you haven’t yet read Intercepted by Alexa Martin, now is the time! It was a When In Romance book club pick a while ago and has been picked up by Starz to someday, eventually, grace our television screens (or whatever you currently use to watch Outlander), so you know it’s worth checking out. And at 1.99, you might as well, right?

New Books

Oh man, what a week. Such books. So reading. (I have done none; I’m sorry.)

He’s Come Undone: A Romance Anthology
Adriana Herrera, Emma Barry, Olivia Dade, Ruby Lang, and Cat Sebastian

I know very little about the individual novellas in this anthology, but I know about all of the authors, and twitter has been talking about it for weeks. I would have liked to read it before the release date, but alas, alack, that wasn’t in the cards for me. If you haven’t read it in the two days since its release, you should definitely make weekend plans (or if you’re like me, the rest of May, since we’re apparently all either going to latch on and read a million books through quarantine or hardly read at all). Each author has brought their A-game, and I can’t wait until I’m in the mindset to enjoy it again.

And then of course:

The Trouble With Hating You by Sajni Patel

Slippery Creatures by KJ Charles

By the Book by Amanda Sellet

Embracing Ever After by Sheryl Lister

The Duchess and the Dreamer by Jenny Frame

Scandalous Passions by Nicola Davidson

Beyond Ever After by Elle Wright

Prince of Shadow and Ash by Selina R. Gonzalez

Love on the Night Shift by Radclyffe

The Cupid Guild by L. Penelope

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