The holiday weekend throws off the release schedule a bit, with a definite lull in new books before things kick into high gear on June 1st. I’m okay with that, because April and May were so busy that I’m still catching up on my anticipated releases. Enjoy the weekend and the time to tackle your TBR, then get ready for a great June! Take a peek at some of the books releasing in the next week below.
May 30: String Me Along by Lilian T. James
This is a standalone, rivals to lovers, slowburn romance in the Learning to Love Series. Although it is not necessary, it is recommended to read Meet Me Halfway first.
Between moving across the country to help her best friend and building her music career from scratch, Layla is pretty dang proud of what she’s accomplished.
She’s booked every weekend, and her name is quickly becoming well known in the area.
So it comes as a shock when her booking agent slowly stops calling her. That is, until she runs into the musician who’s been stealing her gigs.
She can’t deny he has a voice to die for and the body of a god, but neither helps the fact that his personality is pure poison.
Their exchanges never fail to boil her blood, but it’s a game she starts to look forward to, and she’s determined not to back down first.
She always thought she wanted the sweet love she sings about. But with every quick-tongued remark and heated glance, she realizes sweet might not burn the way she needs.
And what better way to stoke a fire than with a little bit of hate.
May 30: Once More with Feeling by Elissa Sussman
A former pop star finds herself back in the spotlight—along with an old flame from her past—in this friends-to-lovers meets enemies-to-lovers story from the bestselling author of Funny You Should Ask, the sensational TikTok romance!
Then. Katee Rose is living the dream as America’s number one pop star, caught in a whirlwind of sold-out concerts, screaming fans, and constant tabloid coverage. Everyone wants to know everything about her and her boyfriend, Ryan LaNeve, the hottest member of adored boy band CrushZone. Katee loves to perform but hates the impossible demands of stardom. Maybe that’s why she finds herself in the arms of another CrushZone member, Cal Kirby. Quiet, serious Cal, who’s always been a good friend to Katee, is suddenly Cal with the smoldering eyes and very good hands. One unforgettable night is all it takes to blow up Katee’s relationship with Ryan, her career, her whole life.
Now. Kathleen Rosenberg is okay with her ordinary existence and leaving her pop star image in the past. That is, until Cal Kirby shows up with the opportunity of her dreams—a starring role in the Broadway show he’s directing and a chance to perform, the way she’s always wanted. The two haven’t spoken since the joint destruction of their careers, and each of them blames the other, making their reunion a tense battle of wits and egos. Kathleen reluctantly agrees to the musical, as long as she keeps her guard up around Cal. But rehearsals are long, those eyes still smolder, and those hands are still very good. Despite everything, Kathleen can’t deny the chemistry between them. Is it ever a good idea to reignite old flames? Especially if you’ve been burned in the past?
May 30: Even if the Sky is Falling
Includes a special introduction by USA TODAY bestselling author, Mia Sosa, author of The Worst Best Man and The Wedding Crasher!
It’s the end of the world as they know it—or so they think…
When an international warning siren accidentally goes off, convincing everyone that a meteor shower may just be the end of life as they know it, six couples—friends, exes, crushes and rivals—must take shelter. Inhibitions are abandoned, confessions are made and love blossoms, but what happens when the world doesn’t end?
Filled with humor, heat and hope, this riveting collection of interconnected multicultural stories by acclaimed authors Lane Clarke, Farah Heron, Taj McCoy, Charish Reid, Sarah Smith and Denise Williams beautifully explores the secrets we carry with us—and the joy we discover when we let go and reach for the stars.
- Two NASA specialist exes forced to reunite under pressure.
- Competing food stall owners face no escape—from each other or their shared past.
- Two law students learn just how strongly opposites attract between the library stacks.
- A pair of literature lovers confront long-held feelings under the covers of a bookstore bunker.
- A songwriter discovers her newly hired contractor hits all the right notes.
- Trapped on campus, former college rivals entertain their reignited spark.
June 1: A Very Grumpy Father’s Day by Kayley Loring
What’s the actual last thing you’d ever want your spouse to see you doing when you’ve been trying to get it on for weeks? Dancing around your baby’s room to “Come and Get Your Love” like Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy—in an Elmo costume? Yeah. Me too.
And yet, here we are.
This isn’t even the most humiliating thing I’ve done lately.
The first was leaving drunk messages when I was out partying with my cousins.
The second was trying to seduce her on the Staten Island Ferry.
The third was so terrible, I’m not even going to tell you about it.
I need to pull it together before the hot, busy, suddenly grumpy mother of my child forgets why she married her sexy, brilliant, occasionally infuriating former boss in the first place.
This is just how it goes for the men in my family… We get knocked down…but we get up again.
And nothing’s ever going to keep me down when it comes to my wife.
* PLEASE NOTE: This 35,000-word novella is a follow-up to A VERY BOSSY CHRISTMAS by Kayley Loring! You will probably enjoy it more if you’ve already read A VERY BOSSY CHRISTMAS. Or you might enjoy it even less, who knows?! Kayley doesn’t know anything, she just writes stuff.
June 1: Shutout by Avery Keelan
After a tryst with “Hades” in the bathroom of a nightclub on Halloween, I figure I’ll never see the tall, tattooed stranger again. Which is a pity, because our encounter was more than a little mind-blowing. I mean, I still think back on it sometimes and… nevermind.
Then my life goes sideways and I’m forced to move in with my older brother and two of his hockey teammates. I’m less than thrilled at the idea of living with three athletes and their stinky gear, their silly video games, and their tendency to inhale every snack in the house. But when I walk in the front door holding an armload of boxes, I’m faced with another problem entirely.
Hades is one of my new roommates.
June 1: Good as Gold by Sarina Bowen
A swoony, heart-wrenching small-town romance from USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller Sarina Bowen!
What I meant to do: quietly divorce my lout of a husband and then have a child all on my own.
What happens instead: my crush comes back to town when I’m at my most vulnerable. After too many cocktails, I ask him to be my baby’s father.
In my defense, it’s been a rough couple of months. Seeing Matteo Rossi again after fourteen years has done a number on my emotions. And my libido.
In the morning, I’m hoping he’s forgotten the whole thing. But no such luck. In fact, Matteo has a few clarifying questions. And a few naughty ideas, too…
What I meant to do: visit Vermont for my brother’s wedding. Make amends to my family, and mourn the loss of a friend.
What happens instead: a hot affair with the one who got away. But it can’t last. My life is two thousand miles away, and Leila deserves everything. She’s as good as gold.
June 1: Sweet Regret by K. Bromberg
From New York Times Bestselling author, K. Bromberg comes a second chance, rockstar romance that will stick with you long after you’ve turned the last page . . .
Vince Jennings has had two loves in his life. Music and Bristol Matthews.
His guitar skills catapult him to stardom with the most popular rock band on earth.
But it takes walking away from Bristol—his first love—to make this happen.
Despite the groupies, the success, the fun, life under the bright glare of fame and fortune isn’t enough.
Deep, dark pain threatens to derail all he’s worked for, until fate brings her back into his life.
Bristol Matthews has found and lost love earlier in life than most, but she is determined to keep moving forward and not look backwards.
Even though she is reminded of him every day.
Now, her long-held dream of becoming a lawyer is finally within her grasp. Until her boss assigns her a new client. The famous rock star Vince Jennings.
A man who can never know her truth.
A man who can see through her as if he still knows her.
The man who still loves her.
Something is different when their paths cross this time. Both are holding tightly to secrets that threaten to tear them apart. Isn’t that always how their story has gone?
Will this time around be different or no matter how true their love, is it just not meant to be?
*You met rock star Vince Jennings as Hawkin Play’s best friend and band mate in the book Sweet Ache. Now get ready to fall head over heels in love with him in his own standalone, second chance, rock star, secret baby romance.
June 1: Babymoon or Bust by Ava Hunter
One bump. Two strangers. Three days to fall in love.
Tessie Truelove has spent her entire life avoiding. . .well, true love. And why wouldn’t she? Her dog ran off, her father left to go get cigarettes and never came back, and her mother passed away years ago. Instead, Tessie, a celebrity interior designer, clings to her to-do lists and her Pantone colors and her toxic job to avoid more heartbreak.
But after too much whiskey and a wild night with a rugged stranger has her seeing two little pink lines, she vows to do motherhood all by herself. After all, it might be her one shot at true love.
Nothing will interrupt her plans. Not even Solomon Wilder—her muscled, bearded, brooding baby daddy—who stomps his way into her perfectly planned babymoon after learning about her pregnancy.
Stuck together in paradise, the two strike a deal: spend three days together to figure out how to raise their son.
Complete opposites, they have nothing in common except the bump between them. Tessie has her glamorous career in LA, and Solomon has his wild life in Alaska. Yet as the babymoon takes a turn for the steamy and Solomon breaks through the emotional walls Tessie’s spent years guarding, she starts to wonder if she and this gruff, flannel-wearing mountain man might be meant to do more than just share a baby—they might be meant to share a heart.
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