As of this moment, eight of these titles are sitting on my Kindle, silently battling it out to be the August release that I am MOST excited to read. It’s an embarrassment of ARC riches that’s got me conflicted. And if that doesn’t tell you just how awesome August is shaping up to be, I don’t know what will!
This was the first month where narrowing my list down to ten was next to impossible. Several of these were easy, easy picks for me, and there are a few that I wish had made the list. I’m sure there will be plenty of other book announcements throughout the month, but as it stands now, theses are the ten August releases that have got me ready to start reading ASAP.
Want to know more about the releases that are coming in August? You can check out my August release calendar here.
August 6: Trillion by Winter Renshaw
Originally scheduled for a July release, this made my list last month and I’ve only gotten more excited to read it since then. Renshaw always writes unpredictable, original stories so you never know quite what you’re going to get, and I love that about her work.
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.
August 6: That Swoony Feeling by Meghan Quinn
Quinn is one of my favorite rom com authors, hands down, and this series has been great so far. The last book in a series of interconnected standalones, That Swoony Feeling features the brother whose story I’ve been looking forward to the most. It promises to have humor and heart in equal measures.
USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn brings more humor and heart with the fourth novel of her Getting Lucky series: a story about breaking curses and finally finding that swoony feeling.
I’m single . . . so single it’s painful. Yup, ladies, Brig Knightly–that’s me–is still a lonely bachelor, stumbling through the streets of Port Snow, looking for the girl he’s supposed to end up with.
That is until my brother, Rogan, presents me with the opportunity of a lifetime. The Summer of Love, a secret pen pal program in Port Snow is looking for applicants and I’m the perfect fit.
I couldn’t sign up fast enough. I found myself quickly falling in love with a pair of red lips at the bottom of a letter. Just like in the movies . . .
Life could not have been better, that was until I started hanging out with Ruth Barber. Starting a new business right next to my shop, I found myself gravitating toward her. Her smile, her humor . . . her tea sandwiches.
My attraction for Ruth came in full force, leaving me dazed, confused, and *ahem* excited.
As new feelings for two women come to a screeching halt, I have to figure out who to choose. But when I discover my pen pal is Ruth, it might be too late.
All I want in life is to experience that swoony feeling . . . but I think I might have just missed my chance.
August 6: The Trouble with Quarterbacks by R.S. Grey
Another one of my favorite rom com authors, Grey’s light and sexy romances are always a fun time. This storyline sounds right up my alley and I’ve been leaning towards lighter books recently (the world is heavy enough right now), so it sounds great to me. I don’t have an ARC for this one so there probably won’t be a review from me, but I’ll definitely sneak it onto my TBR for when I’ve got some free time.
CANDACE: KAT & YASMINE! DO NOT DALLY! Come straight home after work. Kat, don’t take the long route from the subway station just so you can pass by Cute Hot Dog Guy. This is important!
I’ve had THE BEST DAY. You won’t believe it. There I was in my preschool classroom, washing a bit of poo out of some soggy trousers, when this absolute babe came to collect his nephew from my class.
Truthfully, I thought I’d blacked out for a moment when I first saw him. He was a proper hunk with glorious brown hair, quite tall, and he had these arms. Are muscly arms supposed to turn me on? I’m panting just thinking about them.
Anyway, he told me he’s a professional foosball player. At least, I think that’s what he said. The tots can get quite loud near pick-up time.
YASMINE: Foosball? What are you on about? Have you gone mad?
KAT: Oh sod off. So what if I like to have a good look at Hot Dog Guy’s arse on my trek home after a hard day’s work? It’s called self-care.
CANDACE: Kat, you’re hopeless. Yasmine, yes—foosball! I suppose it’s a big thing over here in the States? We must investigate and learn everything we can.
By the way, he’s called Logan.
Logan + Candace. I think that sounds quite nice! I can hear the wedding bells now. Dum dum da-dum.
YASMINE: Oh good grief. I suppose we can do some snooping when I get home. I’ll grab wine on my way.
KAT: I’ll grab hot dogs.
THE TROUBLE WITH QUARTERBACKS is a hilarious romance about unlikely love found between a British preschool teacher and the professional quarterback who sweeps her off her feet.
August 3: Restraint by Adriana Locke
I always read Locke’s romances as soon as they hit my Kindle, so I’ve been looking forward to reading Restraint for awhile now. This one is definitely on the sexier side for her, with a relationship that progresses in reverse order. It promises to be a light and sexy read, and kicks off a brand new series from the author.
Blaire Gibson knows better than to have one-night stands.
She prides herself on her decision-making skills. It’s the one asset that has never let her down. But even the best thinkers have weaknesses.
Hers is a delicious business mogul with a quick tongue.
Unfortunately for her, that tongue is good for more than just talking.
Holt Mason doesn’t need to justify anything to anyone.
He wants Blaire. He pursues Blaire. And he gets Blaire because that’s how his life works.
Until it doesn’t.
What begins as a single night in a hotel room spirals into an unusual agreement. As late nights provide the space to trade secrets and walls come tumbling down, more is shared than just pillow talk.
They both should’ve known better. They should’ve shown restraint. Because when guards are dropped, hearts get shattered.
A one-night stand turns into something more in this heart-filled, steamy romance from USA Today bestselling author Adriana Locke.
August 11: Kiss My Cupcake by Helena Hunting
Hunting has some serious writing skills, and everything about this plot sounds so fun and playfully tension-filled. I love an opposites attract romance, I love a lighter enemies to lovers romance, and I love Hunting’s writing, so I’ve got high hopes for this.
As two neighborhood shop owners battle for business, they prove opposites attract in this “deliciously sweet and savory new romantic comedy” (USA Today bestselling author Abby Jimenez).
Blaire Calloway has planned every Instagram-worthy moment of her cupcake and cocktails shop launch down to the tiniest detail. What she didn’t plan on? Ronan Knight and his old-school sports bar next door opening on the very same day. He may be super swoony, but Blaire hasn’t spent years obsessing over buttercream and bourbon to have him ruin her chance at success.
From axe throwing (his place) to frosting contests (hers), Blaire and Ronan are constantly trying to one-up each other in a battle to win new customers. But with every clash, there’s also an undeniable chemistry. When an even bigger threat to their business comes to town, they’re forced to call a temporary time-out on their own war and work together. And the more time Blaire spends getting to know the real Ronan, the more she wonders if it’s possible to have her cupcake and eat it too.
August 13: Troublemaker by Kayley Loring
This series of standalones has been outstanding – definitely Loring’s best work, and I’ve been loving her books for awhile now. Troublemaker sounds like it’s going to be light, sexy, playful, and just straight up smile-inducing, so I cannot wait to get reading.
TO: Alex Vega
FROM: Emilia Stiles
Dear Mr. Vega,
I felt it necessary to follow up on today’s meeting, since we weren’t able to speak candidly in front of your son.
I was shocked to discover that you are Ryder’s dad. Given that your ex-wife will be out of the country for a while and you are currently his primary caregiver, I’m sure you understand why we need to establish boundaries and etiquette. I think it would be best if we just pretend that we met in person for the first time today.
Your son is a very bright (flirtatious and talkative) student and since his education is a top priority for both of us, I hope I can count on you to respectfully refrain from grinning at me, using that sexy tone of voice, and undressing me with your annoyingly beautiful brown eyes if we should happen to interact with each other again in the future.
Thanks so much,
TO: Emilia Stiles
FROM: Alex Vega
SUBJECT: Re: Well, hello again…
Dear Miss Stiles,
Great to hear from you. My son’s education is indeed a top priority. As such, I respectfully agree to refrain from doing all of the aforementioned things.
However, I can’t promise to stop thinking about that kiss at the bar this summer. I’ve been thinking about it for the past month. It’s interesting how humorless and uptight you are about my son’s totally awesome personality, given that I have personally witnessed just how flirtatious and talkative you yourself can be when mildly intoxicated.
You’re so welcome,
P.S. I volunteered to be a chaperone for your next field trip. See you then.
August 18: Not My Romeo by Ilsa Madden-Mills
Madden-Mills kicked off her 2020 with a bang by bringing all of the emotion with Dear Ava (still one of my favorite reads of the year so far), so I cannot wait to see where she goes with Not My Romeo. I’m not sure that the storyline is a perfect fit for me, but I felt that way about Dear Ava too and it was fantastic. We’ll see how this one plays out!
Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills delivers a smart and sexy contemporary romance about a smoking-hot professional football player and the small-town girl he can’t resist.
We start off with a lie on Valentine’s Day.
My blind date isn’t the studious guy I expected: he’s a drop-dead gorgeous player with sinful amber eyes. Somehow we end up at his penthouse. I blame the gin and tonic.
The next day I learn he’s Jack Hawke—bad-boy professional quarterback with a murky past. The NDA he has me sign should be a warning that he isn’t a regular person. Please. I sign it Juliet Capulet, so goodbye, famous football player with abs of steel, and good luck tracking down this small-town librarian.
But Jack keeps showing up in places I least expect him. Just when I’m sure he’s gone, he waltzes into my community theater and wins the part of Romeo to my Juliet. How’s a plain, mostly innocent girl like me supposed to resist a man like him?
Is Jack my real Romeo…or will this gorgeous football player only break my heart?
August 27: The Takeover by T L Swan
Swan doesn’t pull any punches, so I know this is going to be an intense read. The followup to the steamy, angsty The Stopover (one of my Top 19 of 2019), The Takeover promises to have the same kind of vibe. I’m fresh off reading Our Way, which had me feeling just about every emotion possible, so as long as Swan keeps the drama to an acceptable level, this promises to be so good.
In bestselling author T L Swan’s second hot installment to the Miles High Club series, he’s sexy, rich, and her mortal enemy. Hate never felt so good.
I first met Tristan Miles at a meeting where he was trying to take over my late husband’s company.
He was powerful, arrogant, and infuriatingly gorgeous, and I hated him with every cell in my body. In the shock of the century, he called me three days later and asked me on a date.
I would rather die than date a man like him—though I do have to admit it was good for the ego. Turning him down was the highlight of my year.
Six months later, he was the guest speaker at a conference I attended in France.
Still arrogant and infuriating—but this time, surprisingly charming and witty.
When he looked at me, I got butterflies.
But I can’t go there.
He’s just a player in a hot suit, and I’m just a widow with three unruly sons.
I just need this conference to be over.
Because everybody knows that Tristan Miles always gets what he wants…and what he wants is me.
August 11: King of Souls by L.A. Cotton
The second half of a new adult mafia duet with serious Romeo and Juliet vibes, King of Souls is most definitely going to be dark and intense. In the first installment, the darkness didn’t go full force until the back half, but I have to believe that this is going to get darker before our couple finds their happy ever after. It will undoubtedly be a wild ride, and I can’t wait to dive in.
From bestselling author L A Cotton comes the highly anticipated conclusion to Nicco and Arianne’s duet
Arianne Capizola is living a lie.
Angry. Abandoned. Afraid.
She’d rather spend her days locked away on her father’s estate than with the guy who stole her innocence: her fiancé.
Niccolò Marchetti is living a nightmare.
Broken. Banished. Betrayed.
He’d do anything to save the girl he loves, even if it means paying the ultimate price.
As the truth surrounding their legacies begins to unravel, everything they thought they knew shatters. But Nicco will do anything to protect the girl who taught him how to love, and she will risk it all to save the guy who stole her heart.
The clock is ticking as old and new enemies close in.
Only this time, their love might not be enough to save them.
*King of Souls in the second book in Nicco and Ari’s duet. Due to mature content that some readers may find distressing, this book is recommended for readers 18+
August 4: This is So Happening by Amelia Kingston
This author got me hooked with So, That Got Weird (another of my Top 19 of 2019). I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the followup, and I’ll tell you this: it was my first 5-star rating of August. That’s right, I’ve already read this playful opposites attract romance. If you love a light story with a grumbly hero and a feisty heroine, this is a book that’s easily devourable.
A torturously tempting love story.
Jessica “Jessie” Allen is sugary sweet and perpetually perky. Running on an endless supply of enthusiasm, she’s in constant motion. The people pleaser is running herself ragged to make other people happy, anything to avoid having to figure out what would make her happy.
Devin Bennett is her complete opposite, the immovable object to Jessie’s unstoppable force. Jessie is drawn to him like a valley girl to an outlet mall, but Devin dodges her advances better than a UFC fighter. The tall, dark, tattooed and brooding mechanic hates change and the perky blond co-ed shoving it down his throat. The longer she’s around, the harder it is to keep his hands off her perfect body and his lips away from her sassy mouth.
For the first time in her life Jessie knows what she wants. Devin Bennett. And she’s not above torturing him with temptation to make it happen.