October brings so many exciting releases, with new books by some of my favorite authors as well as a few whose work I’m just getting acquainted with. There are plenty of books that I’m looking forward to reading, but these are the ten that I want to devour as soon as possible. Whether they’re written by an author whose past work makes any new releases one-click worthy or feature a blurb that sounds particularly enticing, these are my most anticipated October releases.
Want to know more about the books that are releasing in October? You can check out my complete October release calendar here.
Oct. 26th: A Very Bossy Christmas by Kayley Loring
I love me some Kayley Loring, so I am definitely looking forward to this sexy office romance with holiday spirit! She writes such great low angst romances that bring the steam but focus on the emotion. This one promises to get you ready for Christmas, with a sexy boss and his infuriating new assistant. I’m loving the sounds of it so far and can’t wait to get reading.
What’s the actual last thing you’d ever want your executive assistant to see you doing the morning after you had hot, drunk, angry sex with her in a terrible hotel room? Dancing around your terrible hotel room to “Come and Get Your Love” like Star-Lord in 𝐺𝑢𝑎𝑟𝑑𝑖𝑎𝑛𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝐺𝑎𝑙𝑎𝑥𝑦—naked? Yeah. Me too.
And yet, here we are.
This isn’t even the most unprofessional thing that’s happened between us in the past couple of weeks.
The first was when I agreed to let her have Christmas Day off, but only if she goes with me to three family gatherings as my fake girlfriend.
The second was when she caught me belting out a Christmas song on stage in the awful hotel bar.
The third was the hot, drunk, angry sex that followed, but I do not regret it.
And she hasn’t even found out the real reason I need her by my side this holiday season.
I need to pull it together before I do the dumbest, most unprofessional thing of all—fall head over heels in love with the only assistant who’s lasted more than a month at the job and claims to hate me and my moods more than she hates eggnog.
𝐴𝑛𝑑 𝐼’𝑣𝑒 𝑠𝑒𝑒𝑛 ℎ𝑜𝑤 𝑚𝑢𝑐ℎ 𝑠ℎ𝑒 ℎ𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑠 𝑒𝑔𝑔𝑛𝑜𝑔.
Oct. 25th: I Just Need You by J. Nathan
A bodyguard romance written by this author? Yes, please! Nathan always writes such unique romances, mixing light and angsty moments for the full emotional experience. This one’s got me all kinds of intrigued, and I can’t wait to get reading!
Studying abroad was my chance to gain independence away from my privileged life in California. But, when there’s a kidnapping attempt on my life, I’m forced to return home to finish college. I just never expected to get stuck with a pompous, know-it-all bodyguard who watches my every move with nothing but disdain. One whose good looks don’t soften the cold, impenetrable wall he wears like armor.
I pride myself on being a professional and taking my job as a bodyguard seriously. But, nothing could prepare me for the high maintenance, rich girl I’m hired to protect. She’s got a smart mouth, is hell bent on pushing my buttons, and doesn’t take the threats against her seriously. And despite the nightmares that plague her dreams, or the fact that I’m the only one who knows about them, I’m not there to befriend her. I’m there to protect her…no matter how much she intrigues me.
Jabs will be exchanged, glares will become the norm, jealousy will rear its ugly head, and sparks…well those damn things will inevitably fly. But will it all come with a dangerous price?
Oct. 13th: Single Dad Seeks Juliet
I always look forward to Max Monroe’s low angst rom coms, and this one is no exception. I’m all for a sexy single dad, and the dating competition storyline will give this one a different feel. I still hate the cover (that’s not changing anytime soon), but I’m definitely looking forward to it.
Dear Internet: Am I a horrible person for wanting to sabotage my work assignment—completely wreck a dating contest—because I hate the idea of love?
I know it sounds bad, but just hear me out, okay?
I (33F) work at a local paper, and two months ago, my editor assigned me a huge project—run the upcoming, highly anticipated Bachelor Anonymous contest.
In essence, I’m supposed to help a reader-nominated bachelor find his special someone, and while I should be excited to handle something of this magnitude solo, I can’t help but get queasy over how gross it feels.
Like, how cheesy could this thing get?
Not to mention, I’m the last person who should be involved in this—my dating and relationship history is a cluster. Generally, the person in charge of these things shouldn’t fantasize about lighting the whole three-ring dating circus on fire.
Anyway, men from all over Southern California, vying for the coveted bachelor role, submitted their personal ads to my paper. The readers voted, and Single Dad Seeks Juliet won by a landslide.
Enter Mr. Bachelor Anonymous (40M), the single dad Romeo seeking his Juliet.
Blah, blah, blah, right? Wrong.
You guys—and I cannot stress this enough—this guy is the ultimate man in a six-foot-three, chiseled-muscle, freaking Adonis package with aquamarine eyes that would haunt the dreams of an insomniac.
He’s a former Navy SEAL, successful business owner, motocross-riding, charming, supportive, funny-as-heck single dad, and the more time I spend with him, the more I want to bring this contest thing crumbling to the ground for an entirely different reason.
Real talk: I think I’m falling for him.
Me, the woman who despises love, might be falling for the completely off-limits Bachelor who I’m ironically assigned to help find love, while five other women think they’re the only contestants competing for his heart.
So, Internet. Am I scum? Or is all fair in love and war?
Oct. 22nd: Left for Wild by Harloe Rae
We still don’t know a lot of details about this one, but what I know so far has me pretty intrigued. Rae writes great protective heroes, and the stranded aspect of this one makes it stand out from the pack.
Strangers to lovers
Ultra protective hero (cue the swoon!)
Set in a winter climate
A bit of suspense
Oct. 15th: Take a Number by Amy Daws
I’ve been loving light, low angst rom coms recently, and this sounds like it’s going to be just the kind of book I need in my life right now. With a sexy storyline and some fake relationship antics, it’s got the right recipe for a great rom com.
A brand new standalone romantic comedy from Amazon Top 13 bestseller, Amy Daws!
Norah Donahue wants bakeries not babies, but her meddling mother has other plans. So when Nate, a blast from her past, moves back into town, Norah’s mother goes into full-blown Cupid mode.
Dean Moser is Boulder’s infamous mountain manwhore. He’s a stock market savant who thinks investing in a local bakery franchise famous for croinuts is his next big business move. The fact that the bakery owner is easy on the eyes is just icing on the donut.
When Norah needs a date for her parent’s anniversary party and Dean needs a date for his best friend’s wedding, the two decide to turn their business deal into something that can help them both out of a bind: Fake Dating.
The only problem? Highly flammable chemistry.
Dean doesn’t do serious and Norah only wants a bakery empire, but maybe they can have their croinut and eat it too.
Oct. 15th: Twisted Love by Piper Lawson
I’ve been loving this series of standalones from Lawson. She knows how to put her readers through a whole range of emotions, mixing angst with great sexual tension for a vibe that’s light yet intense at the same time.
When your rich, handsome best friend asks you to be his fake girlfriend… Say no.
One of the wealthiest self-made men in New York needs a woman to help secure his spot at the helm of his venture firm.
Problem is, Ben doesn’t want any girlfriend…
He wants me.
It will never work.
First, we’d have to lie to our families and our friends.
Second, I have my own problems in the boardroom.
Third, he’s incapable of a healthy relationship, while I’ve been in love with him for ten years.
It’s an impossible choice: Bail on the friend who got me through the hardest times of my life…
…Or pretend to fall for the man who already owns my heart.
If this fake love turns real, we risk losing everything. But the chance to touch him might be too much to resist.
TWISTED LOVE is a steamy, emotional friends-to-lovers, fake relationship romance from USA Today bestseller Piper Lawson! A standalone in the MODERN ROMANCE series.
Oct. 13th: Tarnished Empire by Ava Harrison
This series from Harrison has been just the right level of dark for me – so far. Her antiheroes will infuriate you while keeping you compelled, and I’m sure this one will be no different. With a unique storyline and intriguing characters, this should make for an interesting read.
My plan was simple.
Get invited onto his yacht.
Find information to destroy him.
But I wasn’t prepared for Alaric Prince.
Dangerous and seductive, he trapped me in his gilded cage.
He calls me Dove.
Easily preyed on.
A man that ruthless only wants to crush me.
I must resist the temptation to let him.
He’s my father’s enemy.
At war with my family.
A danger to me.
Falling for him would be my demise.
But if my plan works, it will be his.
Oct. 12th: I Promise You by Ilsa Madden-Mills
Madden-Mills’ college romance series is back, and I’m ready for it. It’s been awhile since I’ve read one of these (and they do all stand alone), so I’m ready to get reading. The others were light and sexy with touches of angst, so the vibe should be right up my alley – and I love a hero who pursues his girl.
WSJ bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills returns with an all-new swoony romance between the football hottie and the mystery girl he kissed years before.
Dillon McQueen: Babe. I promise. You want me.
Serena Jensen: Um, who are you?
There’s a legend at Waylon University: the first girl you kiss freshman year at the bonfire party is the one you’ll never forget. She’ll crawl under your skin and never leave. She’ll spark a passion so fierce you’ll burn the world down to possess her.
You might even put a ring on it.
As in all things with fate, timing is everything. That kiss can go horribly wrong. She might run in the opposite direction. And boy, did Serena run.
Dillon is Waylon’s hotshot quarterback with something to prove. All he wants is to graduate and make it to the NFL. What he doesn’t need is to finally meet the mystery girl he kissed at the bonfire freshman year. Isn’t it enough that she’s haunted his dreams for more than a thousand nights?
Fate laughs in his face when he runs into the quirky girl at the Piggly Wiggly. Surrounded by his entourage, he’s got all the Oreos in his cart; she gets revenge by buying every six-pack of his favorite beer.
Obviously, that legend is a curse. She’s not his type. She hates him. Worst of all, how can she not remember him when she left a Serena-shaped hole in his heart for the past three years?
So why can’t he stop trying to win her?
Will this quarterback score the girl or make the biggest fumble of his life?
Oct. 13th: Pride & Papercuts by Staci Hart
I love a good hate to love romance, and this play on Pride and Prejudice by skilled author Staci Hart sounds like just my kind of read. Mixing the familiar with the fresh, it should be a modern take on the classic. And it’s a classic for a reason.
Hate is a strong word.
Depending on the company, loathe is a good substitute. Abhor might be a little fancy, but it gets the job done. But the word that really sums up how I feel about Liam Darcy is, without question, hate.
He doesn’t seem to think much of me either. The second he lays his fault-seeking eyes on me, he sets out to oppose me. Everything about him is imposing, as if he consumes the nearby air to power the rise and fall of his broad chest, and it’s clear he resents my presence on his advertising team. Every idea I have is shot down. Every olive branch I offer is set on fire by nothing more than the blistering coals he calls eyes.
In return, I light him up with my words.
It’s not as if he can dismiss me, since I work for his client, Wasted Words. Instead, he’s forced to tolerate me, which seems the closest we’ll ever be to friends. Fine by me.
I can be civil and still hate Liam Darcy.
But if there’s more to him than his exterior shows, I won’t be able to hate him at all.
I might stumble over that line between love and hate and fall right into his arms.
Oct. 1st: Cruel Paradise by J.T. Geissinger
It’d be a shame if I left this one off my list, even though the book just released. It was such a great read, so engrossing and sexy. I’ve got my full review out now if you haven’t read it yet (check it out here). This antihero falls hard and it’s a bumpy road to happily ever after with plenty of tension.
1) A powerful and charismatic man lacking moral character
2) A magnificent bastard
3) Killian Black
You don’t know me. You think you do, but you don’t. The only thing you know is my name, and even that’s a lie.
I’m king of Boston, lord of criminals, ruler of an underworld empire.
Or am I?
Only one thing’s for sure: I operate alone.
Until I cross paths with a brazen little thief who sets my whole kingdom on fire.
Just as two wrongs don’t make a right, two villains don’t belong together. Especially since she’s the daughter of my most deadly enemy.
Taking her would start a war.
Keeping her would be suicide.
Making her mine would break every code of honor and defy all common sense.
Then again, where’s the fun in following the rules?