Putting together this list has never been more complicated! I do this each month, and normally my problem is limiting the number of books that I choose. This month… well, this month is so WEIRD. Between the election and Thanksgiving, plus the holiday season, the releases are a very eclectic bunch. And while there are some books that easily made this list, it seems like the books that I’m most excited about are also the ones that I’m most apprehensive about.
The books on this list are the ones that I can’t wait to get my hands on. I’ve included the five November releases that I’m most excited about – and the reasons they made the list – and then there is a little cluster of wild cards at the end that could go either way.
November’s release calendar is here if you missed it. There have been several announcements since it went up, so there are a couple of books missing, but it will give you a good idea of what’s coming soon!
Make Me Yours by Melanie Harlow – Nov. 23rd
The first book in this series of standalones made my Best of the Month list over the summer, so I am definitely looking forward to this. I love a good brother’s best friend romance and accidental texts are my catnip (I think we’ve talked about how much that type of meet cute entices me, for no apparent reason!). Harlow’s a great writer, and I’m looking forward to seeing where this one leads. One thing I know for sure – it’s gonna be steamy!
He’s my brother’s best friend.
The hot single dad next door.
And one accidental sext later, my massive crush on him is no longer a secret.
It’s my own damn fault. I’m thirty years old, for heaven’s sake. I’m a kindergarten teacher and a (reasonably) responsible adult. I should know better than to get tipsy and draft a fake text listing all the dirty things I wish Officer Cole Mitchell would do to me.
I wasn’t supposed to hit send.
He wasn’t supposed to see it.
And he definitely wasn’t supposed to text back telling me to go on . . .
Because after that, things escalate quickly.
Cole is everything I’ve ever wanted. He’s sexy and protective. A devoted father to his little girl. A dedicated cop the whole town adores. The kind of guy you can trust to keep his hands to himself, even when you’re desperately hoping he won’t.
I’m not the girl he thought he’d end up with, but after all this time, I might finally get the chance to say the words I’ve always dreamed of . . . make me yours.
Amazon: Live Release
Hard Love by Sara Ney – Nov. 19th
This series of standalones has been so much fun, and we’ve gotten some hints about this hero, so I am really excited about it. My love of Ney’s writing goes back to her Douchebag days, and it sounds like this hero is going to bring back some fond memories for me. I love a moody hero, I love a fun rom com, and I love a low angst read, so bring it on!
“HARD TO LOVE.”
Hard head. Bad attitude. Terrible boyfriend. That’s what my exes have said about me—but I wasn’t serious about any of them, so what do I care what rumors they spread? What I need is to be left alone; by the press, by the paparazzi, and by women.
Too bad I’m about to be surrounded by them for the weekend. My obnoxious, matchmaking brother is getting married, and he’s doing his damndest find me a wedding date…
“HARD TO FIND.”
That’s what they say about good men—they’re hard to find. Not that when I find one, I’ll be the type he’s looking for; too nice, too ordinary, too boring.
My cousin is getting married, and her fiancé insists on throwing me at his brother. Cold, uncaring professional football player Tripp Wallace would never look twice at a woman like me. Too bad for both of us, I was wrong…
Amazon: Live Release
Just One Kiss by J. Saman – Nov. 12th
Here’s a fun fact for you: there are THREE romances by Saman still in contention for my Top 20 of 2020 list. I seriously cannot decide which one I liked best… and I haven’t even read this sexy little Christmas novella yet. It promises to be just the kind of holiday romance I love to read, and will surely have a mix of light moments, angst, and sex appeal.
The heart wants what it wants and mine has never stopped wanting her.
London Canterbury and I were never meant to be.
Her family was rich. She was cheer captain. The most popular girl in our school while I was the opposite. Poor, nerdy, and invisible.
Eight years ago, I kissed the hell out of her, knowing I was never going to see her again.
Or so I thought.
Because here I am, rescuing none other than London who crashed her car into a tree in the middle of a blizzard.
Right before Christmas.
Now she’s stuck in my house. In my head. Back in my heart before I ever have a chance to stop it.
As the storm intensifies outside so does the fire between us.
Despite all that, I know this is too good to last. That eventually the storm will end and she’ll leave.
But losing her is no longer an option.
I’m hoping that sometimes all it takes to fall in love is just one kiss…
JUST ONE KISS is a funny and steamy, second chance, snowed in, holiday romance that will make you swoon! It’s a complete standalone.
See Me After Class by Meghan Quinn – Nov. 12th
Another author who has multiple books in contention for my Best of the Year list, Quinn is a one-click author for me. This one kicks off something new from her, and I am definitely looking forward to seeing what the vibe is like. We’ve gotten a peek at this hero and he seems like an intriguing guy, so we’ll see how this all plays out. It’s sure to have her signature humor and a steamy storyline.
And as a side note: I must’ve hated The Setup more than I realized, because even looking at this cover brings back my ragey feelings about that story. Its got no impact on my interest in this one, but will definitely be on my mind while reading.
“Did you have relations with my brother . . .”
I’d like to preface this by saying it was never my intention to ever get involved in a workplace romance, let alone get involved with the most surly, agitating, and pompous man I’ve ever met who just so happens to be my new friend’s brother.
My intentions were to show students how English and reading books could actually be fun and make a new life for myself in the suburbs of Chicago.
But so far, I’ve managed to be called into the principal’s office.
Coerced into participating in the teacher’s badminton league.
And instigated into passionate fights with Arlo Turner over education and decorum while losing my underwear at the same time.
Known as Mr. Turns Me On, he’s the reason I might get fired from my first ever teaching job.
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/31KGUEM
Dashing Through the No by Tara Sivec – Thanksgiving week
I’ve been loving this series of standalones, and while I probably wouldn’t want a full-length book featuring this eccentric couple, a holiday novella sounds just right. I’m guessing it’s going to be laugh out loud funny, a little zaney, and a fast, fun read.
‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through Summersweet, Tess Powell was annoyed and wanted to retreat.
With a BIC in her hand and a frown on her face, everyone knew she needed a break from this place.
Wanting the holiday to be nothing but the best, Bodhi took his girlfriend to the mountains to rest.
While visions of fire happily danced in Tess’s head, soon she would see she had everything to dread.
Crying kids, singing hippos, and a stalker with a van, definitely wasn’t part of Bodhi’s evacuation plan.
But all he wanted for Christmas was for her to say yes, to the question he kept asking with zero finesse.
With some help from new friends and their holiday cheer, Tess and Bodhi get much more than they asked Santa for this year.
Amazon: Live Release
Both of these books would’ve made this list… except I’m worried that I might hate them. That’s such a strange thing to say, lol! Let me explain.
Little Lies is a departure from what Hunting has been writing recently, and while it’s been getting VERY strong early reviews, they all refer to how angsty it is, as well as the type of steam. She’s a great writer, but one of the things that I enjoy most about her books is the humor, and I don’t think we’ll find that here. So, I’m not sure how I’m going to feel about this one. I DO like angst if it’s done a certain way, so this could still be a 5-star read for me. We shall see.
One Last Time is the next installment of a series that I’ve loved so far. Each one has been funny and steamy and smile-inducing. HOWEVER, we’ve also gotten to know this hero and have heard snippets about his relationship with his ex – as in, the heroine in this second chance romance. That’s got me worried, big time. I’m really, really not a second chance romance girl, and if I do read that kind of story, then I’ve got certain expectations… which have not been met (so far). So, this is another book that I’m excited to read, but also very worried about.
There are a couple of other wild cards this month (Reclaim by Aly Martinez and Mafia Casanova by Rachel Van Dyken & M. Robinson) that I’m going to need to hear more about before reading. Both books are written by extremely talented authors, so they have the potential to be great.