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New Releases and Authors You Should Read Before 2023

Hello and welcome (back) to the Kissing Books newsletter. It’s me, PN, back on this lovely Monday morning. I hope that your weekend was wonderful and, if you were like me and had a four-day one, you got plenty of rest and reading done.

I know I enjoyed my extra time off, if for no other reason than a mental break, because it has been hectic. One thing I know I need to work on next year is making sure to take more time off for that reason, even if all I am doing is staying at home. Breaks are important, y’all. This is something I tell everyone in my life and it’s time for me to apply it to myself. You heard it here first; that is one of my resolutions for next year.

In reading news, I finished The Kiss Curse and loved it as much as The Ex Hex. I cannot wait to see what the next book has in store for us. I also started Calling the Shots, which I am adoring as I have Kelly Farmer’s other books.

Bookish Goods

picture of Book Rescuer T-shirt

Book Rescuer T-Shirt by IkersonLTD

I need this shirt so I can point empathically to it every time I walk in from any bookstore with a huge bag of books and get the “What the heck” look from my partner. It comes in 12 colors and prices range from $13-24.

New Releases

cover of A Valentine for Christmas

A Valentine for Christmas by Reese Ryan

After he saves her life not once, but twice, Chandra agrees to act as Julian’s fake girlfriend. She’s determined to keep it just pretend though, believing that the doctor is too young for her. But he is equally as determined to show her that the differences in their ages don’t matter, especially when it comes to affairs of the heart.

cover of Unlikely Match

Unlikely Match by Alexa Woods

When Poppy is matched with social coach Odessa through the TwinSoul app, the date starts off promising but ends in disaster. After Odessa reaches out, Poppy decides to hire her and Odessa reluctantly agrees, knowing that she would never cross that line with a client, no matter how tempting it is. However, as they work together, Poppy gains the confidence to tell Odessa how she feels, and Odessa wonders if she may end up breaking that rule for all the right reasons.

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.

Riot Recommendations

I mentioned last week that we’re going to start seeing a lot of the “Best of 2022” lists floating around because of the time of the year. It is equally as true that we will start seeing the most anticipated books of 2023. I have quite a few myself because, well, of course I do!

Which leads to today’s recommendations: books that you should read before the authors release another book in 2023. Not only just to support them, but to get all caught up in case there is a continuing storyline. With that said, on to the books.

cover of Savvy Sheldon Feels Good as Hell by Taj McCoy; illustration of a plus-sized Black woman in a yellow dress and sunglasses in front of a Black man in jeans and a white t-shirt walking a small brown dog

Savvy Sheldon Feels Good as Hell by Taj McCoy

2023 release: Zora Books Her Happily Ever After

After the fissures that Savvy has been ignoring in her life begin to fully crack open, she decides it is time for a change and starts by renovating the kitchen in the house she inherited from her grandma. This life change starts off rough when the handsome contractor she hires is also someone that she recently offended, which she has to make amends for. As she moves through her new lifestyle, she realizes that she also has to work on improving her self confidence as well so she can feel as good as she looks.

cover of From Bad to Cursed

From Bad to Cursed by Lana Harper

2023 release: Back in a Spell

When it appears that this year’s Beltane Festival will be threatened by sinister dark forces, rivals Isidora and Rowan team up to find out who is behind it. Despite their animosity, there is also an intense attraction between the two and as they work together, it becomes harder to ignore. As a heads up, I highly recommend reading Payback’s a Witch first since a plot element from that one plays heavily in this one.

Check out The Ripped Bodice’s new display!!!

If you’re looking for some Hanukkah romances, this list has you covered.

More holiday reading!

Also, more romance cover art. Seeing these always brightens up my timeline.

Here’s another round-up of some of the romances that were released this year.

And that is all I have for y’all today. I’ll be back on Thursday with another fresh edition and in the meantime I can be found posting over on Twitter under @PScribe801. Until then, happy reading and stay warm and hydrated!