Kissing Books

Some Questions About That BRIDGERTON Trailer

It’s Thursday and I haven’t yet started a new K-Drama. I did potentially find another Ultimate LDR story to consume, but I’m not sure if I’m right yet. 

Let’s talk about some books!

Over On Book Riot

Margaret might thank Nora Roberts in the title, but let’s thank Nana as well!

Alison has some questions about that Bridgerton trailer. (Though if the chatter on Twitter is true, the answer to number five is VERY.) 

Laura takes us on a deep dive of a romance series about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and I gotta say, while I knew about this series before now, I have never been as interested as I currently am. 

And Trisha and I had our last convo of 2020, where we talked about Romancing the Runoff and The KFC Romance Movie.


Mangos & Mistletoe by Adriana Herrera

If you haven’t yet checked out Adriana’s queer holiday novella set in the world of a holiday cooking competition, now’s a good time! This year, it’s got a new cover (look at it! Fire!). Oh, and did I mention there’s only one bed? So yeah, 2.99 for all kinds of tropey rivals to lovers goodness! 

(Transparency note: I am working with Adriana on a nonfiction project in the distant future.)

New Books

I can’t tell if publishing is slowing down for the holiday or if I just didn’t add any new romances to my want to read list twelve years ahead of time like I usually do! Perhaps that’s to my benefit, though, because pulling together this week’s list of new books is like digging into a goldmine and discovering diamonds!

The majority of this week’s notable releases are self-published (with a couple exceptions from independent publishers). If you tend to wander more towards tradpub romance, maybe try something from this list!

The Unbroken Rose by Christina C. Jones (HELLO WHERE DID YOU COME FROM)

Nothing But the Wolf In Me by Nikki Clarke

Love and Other Moods by Crystal Z. Lee

The Naughty List by Ellie Mae McGregor (Hot Santa, okay?)

The Christmas Arrangement by AJ Morrow

Sizzle by Aja

Forever Your Duke by Erica Ridley

If You Dare by Sandy Lowe

Her Marine Next Door by Aliyah Burke

Door of Bruises by Sierra Simone (Apparently some of y’all have been waiting for this one with Bated Breath — and I guess now that the series is done I should read the first one, huh?)

The Marquis, the Minx, and the Mistletoe by Ava Devlin

Millennial Struggle by Dhara Shah

Truth, Lies, and Second Dates by MaryJanice Davidson

Cash in Hand by TA Moore

Mine to Keep by Rhenna Morgan

My True Love Gave to Me by Dahlia Rose

Love at the Library by Amanda Kai (Gotta love a library romance!) 

Make the Yuletide Gay by Ivy L. James

Wanton by Jaci Burton

Beastly Beauty by Romy Lockhart (I don’t often pick up books labeled reverse harem, but I am v dot curious)

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