The 10 July Releases I’m Most Excited About

There are SO MANY exciting new romances releasing in July, but there are ten that stand out from the pack for me. With intriguing premises and enticing covers, they’ve got me ready to start reading as soon as possible. It seems like nearly all of my favorite authors released new books in June, so July is much more about those authors whose work I’ve been itching to read more of. I always love it when I find a new-to-me author whose writing style just WORKS for me, and that’s the case with several of July’s releases.

The following ten books are at the top of my TBR for July. I’ve included the cover, blurb, and the reason for my excitement for each book, as well as a preorder link if it’s available. Get ready for some great new releases!

Did you miss my July Release Calendar? I’ve got the anticipated release date, blurb, and preorder links when available for each of the July Releases that have caught my eye so far here.

July 27: Our Way by T L Swan

I mean… look at that cover! That’s not the reason why I’m so excited for Our Way, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. I was introduced to Swan’s work last year with The Stopover, and that book ended up in my Top 19 of 2019, so I am definitely looking forward to this one. The premise sounds great and that cover is smoking hot, so I can’t wait to get reading!

Nathan Mercer, the only man in my life.

Falling for him was never an option.

We met ten years ago, when we started at the same company on the same day.

With being new in town and nobody else to rely on, we quickly became friends.

And while Nathan went on to rule San Francisco, I’m still doing the same job with the same people.

We finish each other’s sentences, we spend Christmas together and he sleeps at my house more than his.

He’s beautiful…. beyond belief.

In another life, he’s probably my soul mate.

However, lately things have changed. He’s started looking at me differently.

His eyes drop to my lips as I speak.

His hugs are tighter…. longer.

Our fights are more passionate, his jealousy insane.

I know it’s all in my head….it has to be.

They say to never love someone who treats you like you’re ordinary.

I don’t, to him I’m a queen.

But our story is complicated.

And as much as I love Nathan Mercer with all of my heart.

He’s the one man I can never have.

July 30: Trillion by Winter Renshaw

Renshaw writes books with unpredictable, original storylines, so I never know what I’m going to get from her – and I love that! I’ve read enough of her work at this point that I can trust that she’s going to provide me with a great love story, so it’s all about sitting back and enjoying the ride. This one sounds sexy and tension-filled, which is perfect for me!

Trey Westcott—devastatingly gorgeous. Intimidatingly brilliant. Powerful beyond belief.

A man with all the money in the world—literally.

As the first trillionaire in existence, my boss lives a life most people can only dream of. Anything he wants—anything at all—is a snap-of-the-fingers away.

But when the coldhearted magnate snaps his fingers and requests me for a six month stint on his arm playing the role of his devoted fiancée, he makes an offer I can’t refuse.

And so I don’t.

But I make it clear that for the next 180 days, he’ll have my time, my body, my attention, my discreet professionalism—everything except my heart.

It’s not for sale.

Because all the money in the world can’t change the secret I’ve kept the last ten years. A secret that complicates the very business deal I’m to help him secure. A secret that makes the undeniable tension between us all the more forbidden.

Trey Westcott can have anything he wants … but he can never have me.

Even if he’s all I’ve ever wanted.

July 23: Liar Liar by Donna Alam

Alam is another author whose work I was introduced to last year – and that book also made my Top 19 of 2019! Her writing is steamy and engrossing, drawing me in immediately and keeping me invested. Liar Liar sounds like it’s going to crackle with tension, and I’m loving the sound of the storyline. And have you seen that cover?!

My first mistake?

Causing the sexy Frenchman a concussion.

My second?

Telling the hospital staff that I was his girlfriend.

In my defence, he didn’t speak English.

My third?

Taking him home, letting him sleep in my bed. Naked.

I never said I was Florence Nightingale . . .

LIAR LIAR is an all new standalone featuring

✓ a sinful Frenchman with secrets

✓ a case of mistaken identity

✓lovers who turn to enemies and back again

✓ a billionaire’s playground

✓ secrets, lies, lust, and love—oh-la-la!

July 16: The Proposal by Maya Hughes

Fake relationships and enemies to lovers are my catnip, so that combination – from an author whose work I’ve started to love – makes this book move right up my TBR. I’m definitely gonna intrigued by the blurb, and I know Hughes can deliver on that promise.

When I envisioned Zara Logan dropping to her knees in front of me, this wasn’t what I had in mind…

I was expecting a lot less glaring and a lot more moaning.

Instead, she’s proposing an enticing deal that I can’t bear to walk away from.

To land one of the city’s biggest clients, she wants us to put our differences aside and play fake fiancés for the next thirty days.

So, I slip the diamond ring onto her finger and agree to play the perfect fiancé. How hard can this be? 

A hell of a lot harder than I thought… 

She’s infuriatingly stubborn and she thinks I’m a cocky jerk with an enormous ego. (She’s right, but I can definitely back it up…)

As our long days stretch into even later nights, it’s getting harder to remember we’re only playing pretend, which means one thing. 

She won’t be faking it for long…

July 27: Smitten by Lauren Rowe

I’ve been meaning to check out Rowe’s work (I’ve heard great things!) and this premise is the absolute perfect one to make me do it. Paired with that playful cover, I can already tell it’s going to be right up my alley!

From USA Today Bestselling Author Lauren Rowe comes an all new, Standalone Friends to Lovers Romance

I met Alessandra at a party. Tried to impress her. Was almost positive I was going to fail.

I think I said something along the lines of, “I’m a Goat called Fish who’s hung like a bull—but not really. I’m actually pretty average.” Smooth. I know. Try not to be jealous.

When she laughed—and I mean, really laughed—I knew she wasn’t like the other girls I’d been meeting on tour. Hell, she wasn’t even in the same stratosphere as those fangirls and gold-diggers.

At one point during the party, Alessandra said, “There’s nothing like a girl’s first love.” I knew she was talking about the first smash hit by my band, 22 Goats. Alessandra said it was the first song she’d heard by us and it “hit her like a ton of bricks.” Ironic, seeing as how I was having the same reaction from being in her presence.

I made it my mission to impress her. Give her the kiss of a lifetime that night. But since I’ve always been the dude with zero game, nothing went according to plan.

I’m not giving up, though. I’m going to win this girl over. I’m done sitting on the sidelines, watching the bad boy getting the girl. This time, the nice guy will finish first. Even if it’s the last thing he’ll do.

July 24: The What If Guy by Lauren Blakely

I have no idea how Blakely writes so quickly and still delivers consistently entertaining reads, but that’s exactly what she does! I can depend on her for light, sexy romances and this one promises to be just that. I might just need to listen to the audio version because she produces books that are perfect to make your workday fly by.

It should be an easy rule to follow – don’t bang your boss…

But I didn’t know who he was when I met him.

And the first time I saw him, our connection sounded like the stuff of romantic legends — that whole “their eyes locked across a crowded room” moment that turned into more.I didn’t believe it. . . . until it happened to me.

Fine, the charming, clever, sexy-as-sin guy in the tailored suit was only trying to buy the same Snoopy lunchbox (as a gift!), but still, our eyes totally locked, and my lady parts definitely tingled as we vied for the prize.

Naturally, I did what any badass business woman would do. Negotiated for the lunchbox, then found my what-if guy online and made plans to see him the next night.

One night only — that was the deal we made.

But one fantastic night had us both changing our minds in the morning. And making plans for another.

Until I walked into the office to learn he just bought my company.

And here’s the biggest rule of romantic legends — no matter what, don’t bang your boss.

Especially if you’re already falling for him.

THE WHAT IF GUY is a sexy standalone you can escape into! The other standalone romances in The Guys Who Got Away series include The What If Guy!


July 30: When the Time is Right by M. Mabie and Aly Martinez

This duo’s first teamup released last month and it was GREAT, so I cannot wait to see what they come up with next! The premise sounds so good and I can already picture the vibe, so it’s got me ready to start reading.

Fate doesn’t always happen overnight.

Hudson Bradley is the cockiest, most stubborn, hard-headed man I’ve ever known. And for fifteen years, he’s been my brother’s best friend.

But lately, what I’m feeling for him isn’t friendship at all.

Why is my heart racing every time his blue eyes lock on mine?

Why does every word he rumbles in my ear make my body come alive?

And worst of all, why did I bet him that I could find a woman he and his son would both love?

If I hadn’t given up on love altogether, Hudson would have been perfect for me. After all, he was there the day my world fell apart. He’s spent the last six years piecing me back together.

There are a million reasons why we could never work, but after a single kiss, I can’t remember any of them.

Now that the time is right, I have to make him mine—before I lose him forever.


July 28: Man Down by Kate Meader

I love the originality of this premise, and I am a sucker for some sexy texting, so this checks all the boxes for me. While I’m not completely caught up on the series, I’ve read enough of Meader’s work to know that she can deliver something really profound from a story like this.

Gunnar Bond is broken.

Three years ago, he lived through the car crash that took his wife and twins away from him—though “lived” barely describes his current state. Giving up professional hockey, going off grid, and drinking himself into oblivion are his coping mechanisms. Another is texting his dead wife about his days without her. Therapeutic? Doubtful. Crazy? Definitely. But those messages into the ether are virtually the only thing stopping him from spiraling to even darker places.

Until someone texts back …

Sadie Yates is losing it.

Suddenly guardian to a little sister she doesn’t know and a misbehaving hound she’d rather not know at all, she’s had to upend her (sort of) glamorous life in LA and move back to Chicago. The nanny has quit, the money’s running out, and her job is on the line. The last thing she needs is her sister’s hockey camp counselor, a judgmental Viking type, telling her she sucks at this parenting lark. Thank the goddess for her sweet, sensitive, and—fingers crossed—sexy text buddy who always knows the right thing to say. In the same city at last, they can finally see if their online chemistry is mirrored in real life. She just needs to set up a meeting …

A ruined man who claims to have used up all his love is surely a bad bet, but Sadie’s never been afraid of a challenge … even if this one might shatter her heart into a million pieces.


July 14: Star Bright by Staci Hart

It’s been a while since I’ve read anything by Hart and I am ready to change that! This story kicks off a new series so it’s the perfect time to get pulled back in, and it’s got me all kinds of intrigued.

You are cordially invited to the party of the century.

There’s no greater thrill than in the moment a courier hands you the heavy invitation with those words etched on the front. Because you just joined the most exclusive group in New York.

The Bright Young Things.

Lavish parties. Irreverent treasure hunts. Every event is a spectacle, stalked not only by the media, but by the police commissioner, who’s declared himself the morality police, heading up a charge leading to raids and arrests and the constant threat of danger.

But that’s all part of the fun.

That, and the secrets.

Like, who sponsors these parties? The trail leads back to one mysterious name, an homage to the original Bright Young Things of a century ago: Cecelia Beaton.

And no one knows it’s me.

Everyone has secrets, and mine is safe. Until I meet him.

He comes out of nowhere, armed with ample charm and a tilted smile. Dark eyes promise to devour me—all I have to do is give him permission. And before I realize it, he finds his way into my heart, into my life, with dangerous ease.

Because he has secrets of his own, secrets that could bring down everything I’ve built.

Even the best kept secrets have a way of getting out.

And if mine does, I’ll lose more than my heart.


July 7: Mr. Knightsbridge by Louise Bay

I’ve been meaning to try out Bay’s work and early reviews of this are very good, so I can’t wait to get started. The storyline sounds familiar yet distinct and I love a hero whose world is turned upside down by the right woman.

Dexter Daniels prefers gems over women. Emeralds over girlfriends. Diamonds over marriage.

He might be the most successful jeweler of his generation, a loyal friend and some say the most handsome man in London, but his past means he doesn’t deal in love.

When Hollie Lumen enters the ballroom where exquisite royal jewels are on display, she brings Dexter’s world to a screeching halt. Despite her hand-me-down dress and borrowed shoes, Hollie is even more stunning than the jewelry. Feisty, funny and ferociously independent, she’s all Dexter can see.

Hollie Lumen can’t catch a break. She thought an internship in London was her chance to escape her responsibilities back in Oregon and for her dreams to come true. When she’s fired only a few weeks after touching down, she’s ready to give up and go home. Hollie never asks for help. She knows the only person she can rely on is herself.

So what’s she going to do about the tall, dark, handsome stranger who keeps rescuing her?

She’s going to rescue him right back.

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