December 2020 Preview

This is the time of the month when I would normally put together my list of the 10 December Releases That I’m Most Excited About, but… this month is a little different. Why? Because November was such a quiet release month that I’ve actually already read about ten of the December romances that I was looking forward to. So we’re doing things a little differently this time around.

Below, I’ve got the details on five December releases that I’ve already read and enjoyed, and another five that I’m really looking forward to reading. There’s a little note about each book, explaining why they made this list. I can already tell that December is going to be an AWESOME month for romance, because I’ve got a LOT of other books I’m looking forward to reading, and there will surely be more announcements made throughout the month. That equates to tons of new reviews in the coming weeks, ESPECIALLY on the 1st and the 8th.

And Happy Thanksgiving to all of the American romance readers out there! Hopefully, you’re able to spend time with your loved ones in some way this year, even if things work a little differently than normal.


ALREADY READ & ENJOYED:

Dec 1: Hard to Hold by K. Bromberg ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I’m LOVING this series so far, and this one was no exception. Bromberg’s writing shines here, showcasing a love story that starts with lust before slowly simmering into love. Both characters are emotionally unavailable, so their love story is angsty, steamy, and frustrating at times – but SO worth it in the end.

New York Times bestselling author, K. Bromberg, is back with a heartfelt, standalone romance and a new hero to steal your heart . . . 

The contract with Major League Soccer was supposed to help repair my damaged reputation.

Then I discovered that I’d made a deal with the devil: the player I’m supposed to recruit is none other than the bad boy, star Premier League footballer, Rush McKenzie. 

British. Tattooed. Sexy. A man currently at the center of a huge scandal.

The goal? To convince him to stay in the States.

But what’s wrong with a little fun in the meantime? No strings. No sweet nothings. Just a way to pass the time while we’re both struggling to prove our true selves to the world. 

If someone found out our relationship was anything more than professional, it would only serve to prove all our critics right. 

***
I never should have agreed to take the fall. 

But I did and I’m a man of my word. 

Even if it means risking everything I’ve worked for.

The only bright side is Lennox Kincade. 

Gorgeous. Defiant. Rumor-tainted. Totally off-limits.

Sharing a house with the gorgeous sports agent should have been a fun distraction from the turmoil. Someone to help pass the time while the tensions back home die down. 

But what started as nothing, ends up as something I never saw coming.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2KsYIi1


Dec 1: Trusting Skylar by Susan Stoker ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I don’t read a lot of true suspense these days, but I gravitate towards Stoker’s books when I’m in the mood for one. This one kicks off a brand new series, and I loved that the focus was almost fully on the relationship. There’s some action, but it comes AFTER these two connect, making this very successful as both a romance AND an action-packed story.

From bestselling author Susan Stoker comes a sizzling new series about four former military operatives who rid the world of the worst of humanity while fighting to protect the best part of their lives: the women they love.

Former military operative Carson “Bull” Rhodes hasn’t dated seriously since he and his teammates left the army. Since then he’s opened Silverstone Towing—which is a front for his other job: hired killer. When kindergarten teacher Skylar Reid calls for help while stranded on the side of the interstate, the attraction is instant. The problem is Bull’s career has jaded him. Skylar’s innocent, and he wants to keep her that way.

Cautious by nature, Skylar never expected to fall in love with her tow truck driver. Even so, once Bull reveals what he really does for a living, she’s not sure she can handle it. When Skylar faces threats that have nothing to do with Bull’s job but are just as deadly, the stakes are higher than ever.

With the help of the Silverstone team, Bull will use everything he’s learned over the years to bring the woman he loves home—because the alternative is unthinkable.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/334GOZe


Dec 8: You Had Me at Hockey by Kelly Jamieson ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

My review calls this one an “almost 5-star read.” I really enjoyed it, read the whole thing in one sitting, but would also love a few tweaks to the storyline. It’s sweet, mellow, laidback, but still steamy.

Can a spirited, down-to-earth influencer get an uptight hockey player out of his shell?

Josh
I am a warrior. That’s been my motto since I recovered from a near-death accident when I was younger. Now I enjoy my nice, settled life in Dallas playing pro hockey—a boring life is better than being dead. I’m not a party guy or an adventurer; I like my routine and peace and quiet. So being traded to New York is the worst possible change that could happen. And meeting unfiltered and fascinating Sara Carrington throws my life into even more chaos.

Sara
I’ve been considered weird my whole life, which is why I’m still a virgin, but I’ve turned it into a career with my YouTube videos. Who knew people would love watching me talk about my zits, taste-test meatless burgers, and try to learn TikTok dances! Now I’m launching a podcast. Getting hockey star Josh Heller as a guest will help gain listeners for sure. I expect a bearded jock with no teeth and nothing to say, but I get a hot as H-E-double-hockey-sticks grouch with a surprisingly dirty mind. My mission to make him laugh is successful, but I want to know why he’s so uptight underneath that panty-dropping smile. Maybe I can teach Josh to have some fun . . . and maybe he can teach me a thing or two along the way. . . .

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3kXlTxC


Dec 8: Layla by Colleen Hoover ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️*

I’m calling this one 5 stars with an asterisk, because it was a WILD ride. It’s kind of/sort of a romance but not really, leaning much more into the psychological and paranormal elements. The romance reader in me struggled with a lot of the story, but the mystery lover in me was fascinated and hooked. Original and out there.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover comes a novel that explores life after tragedy and the enduring spirit of love.

When Leeds meets Layla, he’s convinced he’ll spend the rest of his life with her—until an unexpected attack leaves Layla fighting for her life. After weeks in the hospital, Layla recovers physically, but the emotional and mental scarring has altered the woman Leeds fell in love with. In order to put their relationship back on track, Leeds whisks Layla away to the bed-and-breakfast where they first met. Once they arrive, Layla’s behavior takes a bizarre turn. And that’s just one of many inexplicable occurrences.

Feeling distant from Layla, Leeds soon finds solace in Willow—another guest of the B&B with whom he forms a connection through their shared concerns. As his curiosity for Willow grows, his decision to help her find answers puts him in direct conflict with Layla’s well-being. Leeds soon realizes he has to make a choice because he can’t help both of them. But if he makes the wrong choice, it could be detrimental for all of them.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3kXm3VK


Dec 8: Steele by Sawyer Bennett ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I really wasn’t sure what to expect from this marriage in trouble romance, so I was a little hesitant to read it – but ended up really enjoying it. It’s sweet and heartfelt with a storyline that’s different from the norm. The hero is great and the depth of the relationship was fantastic – a very solid, quick read.

A second chance may be just what James Steele needs…

I might be one of the older players on the Arizona Vengeance, but I like to think that also makes me one of the wisest. Or at least I used to.

Turns out, I’ve been a bit selfish. I’ve been married to hockey and my team for years, which hasn’t left much time for my actual wife, Ella. Now I’m juggling a separation I never wanted, the pressure of being a single dad to our teenage daughter, and the career I sacrificed it all for. 

While my game on the ice might be on fire, the game in my personal life is clearly lacking, as evidenced by the fact I just saw my wife on a date with another man. If I have any hope of saving the family I love, I need to re-prioritize, and fast. So it’s time for me to get back to fundamentals, just like I did when I learned how to play hockey. I’ve never backed down from a challenge, and romancing my wife is a challenge I am very much looking forward to.  

Time to put on my game face, because I’m in it to win it.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3kZ13hn


CAN’T WAIT TO READ:

Dec 9: Not Your Average Vixen by Krista Sandor

I love Krista Sandor’s rom coms and I’m in the mood for some good holiday romances, so this one is the perfect combo of the two. The cover and blurb are both great, and I’m betting that I’m going to get all the Christmas feels from this one.

It’s Dasher versus Rudolph with a little Vixen thrown in!

A Christmas wedding is on the line in this steamy holiday romance from USA Today Bestselling Author Krista Sandor.

Maid of honor, Bridget Dasher, didn’t think anything could ruin her sister’s Christmas Eve wedding…until she met the best man.

Scratch that—the worst man.

Don’t be fooled by his name. Soren Christopher Traeger-Rudolph—yep, Rudolph—is the Grinch of all groomsmen, and his plans for this wedding will only land him on the Naughty List.

Or…

Her bed.

Naughty reindeer games like you’ve never seen ensue when Rudolph brings out the Vixen in this Dasher.

With witty banter and laugh-out-loud moments, prepare to experience Christmas bliss in Not Your Average Vixen, an enemies-to-lovers holiday romance.

Author note: No reindeer were harmed in the writing of this book.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2INmwNf


Dec 9: Floored by Karla Sorensen

Faked is one of my favorite books of the year, so I am absolutely looking forward to the followup. Plus, this blurb is so different than anything I’ve read recently, so it should be a little unpredictable.

If you’ve ever had a steamy one-night stand with a British football player and then find yourself pregnant with his baby, you know how Lia Ward feels. 

To be fair, Lia didn’t know who Jude McAllister was when they met. 

Studying abroad for her master’s program, all she knows is that she’s a little lonely and he’s very charming, even as they have an epically sexy argument about which type of football is superior. 

In Jude’s mind, shagging the feisty American girl is exactly what he needs. He’s been fighting the clock of his long-standing football career and the younger players primed to take his position. Proving that he can feel like his old self again—something he’s been trying to do with everyone in his life—should be easier after blowing off steam with Lia.  

But oh baby, when a plus sign pops up on Lia’s pregnancy test, that ‘one night’ becomes a whole lot more. 

Now Lia and Jude have to navigate their impossible-to-ignore chemistry, and prepare for the parenting game, something neither of them know how to play.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2UJBgir


Dec 17: The Relationship Pact by Adriana Locke

I’m looking forward to all three books in this multi-author collaboration, but The Relationship Pact is the one that’s got me the most interested (because of the blurb). Ilsa Madden-Mills, Meghan Quinn, and Adriana Locke are ALL one-click authors for me, so I can’t wait to get my hands on the series.

How hard can it be?

That was the question rolling around Larissa Mason’s mind just before she asked Hollis Hudson to be her fake boyfriend.
It was only supposed to be for five minutes, after all.

Granted, that was also before she felt his hand on the small of her back as he charmed the heck out of her family.
She hadn’t heard his laugh yet either.

And it was definitely before she saw the football god shirtless. Otherwise, she would’ve had an idea of just how hard some things could be.

It turns out that pretending to be in love with a crazily handsome, somewhat enigmatic, and absolutely unforgettable tight end (that has an amazing tight end) is easy.

Reminding herself that just because opposites attract doesn’t mean they’re forever is much harder.

What they have isn’t love—it’s a relationship pact. Right?

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3nK5iz6


Dec 10: Love Thy Neighbor by Teagan Hunter

I loved the first book in this series of rom coms and I love a good friends to lovers romance, so I am definitely looking forward to reading this one. It should be a low angst, steamy, fun read, and that sounds awesome to me at the moment.

Don’t fall for your roommate…especially when he’s your best friend.

Cooper Bennett is my best friend.
That’s all he is and all he ever will be.
Nothing will change that.

Accidentally seeing him naked? Please. So not a big deal.
Having less-than-tame thoughts? I mean, have you seen this guy? Who could blame me?
Kissing him? It was a one-time mistake, and it will not be repeated.
Falling into bed with him? Uh-oh…

It’s fine. We’re fine.

We’re Caroline and Cooper. Best friends until the end. Nothing has ever come our way that we couldn’t survive together.

Surely, we can handle this too…


Dec 1: The Not-Outcast by Tijan

Early reviews of this are looking GREAT, and have me much more intrigued than I was by the blurb itself. Sounds like this one is an exploration of mental health, addiction, and more. My ARC is sitting on my Kindle at the moment, so I’ll definitely be digging into it soon.

Cutler Ryder was everything I wasn’t.

He was the hockey star. I was an outcast.
He was best friends with my stepbrother, that same stepbrother who hated me.
His two parents loved him. My mom was a junkie. My dad barely knew me.

Years passed.
I got my life together.
Cut went onto NHL stardom.

Then there was a text.
I was drinking.
There was a party.
Cut was there…

I loved Cutler Ryder since the first moment I saw him.
The only problem? He never knew I existed.

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