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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

24 Romance Novels I Am Anticipating in 2019

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2019 might truly be the year of romance novels because there are SO MANY GOOD ones coming out, I can barely keep track. I thought I’d share some of my most anticipated romance books of the year because they all deserve love.

1. A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole

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Okay, so this might be cheating because I just started A Prince on Paper last night BUT ITS SO GOOD AND I LOVE IT SO MUCH.

2. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang 

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After falling in love with The Kiss Quotient last year, it is hardly a surprise I am anticipating Hoang’s sophomore novel.

3. Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

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Is it possible to already love a book before you’ve read it??? IDK BUT I LOVE Red, White and Royal Blue and cannot wait to get sucked up in this rom com involving actual and political royalty. 

4. Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev

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I am here for all and any desi P&P retellings. 

5. The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo

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Sisterhood and wedding planning businesses?? Count me the fuck in. 

6. I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn

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I still haven’t been able to read The Heroine Complex by Kuhn but I Love You So Mochi sounds so absolutely adorable, I cannot. 

7. Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne

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Lauren Layne writes banter like no one else and I am so excited to meet her newest characters!!!

8. Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

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Desi P&P, SEE ABOVE. 

9. Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim

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THERE IS A RESTAURANT AND FOOD PORN. MUST I SAY ANYTHING ELSE?

10. Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey

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I feel somewhat attacked by the premise (a girl who has high expectations from romance after a lifetime of watching rom coms) BUT I AM HERE FOR THE CUTENESS.

11. Some Like it Scandalous by Maya Rodale

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ahbsdhajsd ENEMIES TO LOVERS. I AM HERE. 

12. The Devil Comes Courting by Courtney Milan

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We still don’t have an official release date but I am going to die if this doesn’t come out this year. 

13. The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

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After falling in love with her Forbidden Hearts series, I am here for anything Rai writes. ESPECIALLY A SPINOFF. 

14. The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez 

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I’ve seen all of 0 books dealing with infertility and I am here for a romcom that does that. 

15. One Fine Duke by Lenora Bell

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Nick introduced me to this series last year and I am very much a fan. 

16. Brazen and The Beast by Sarah MacLean

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While I didn’t love the first book in this series, I fell in love with the secondary characters and I cannot wait for their stories. ESPECIALLY ONE SPECIFIC ONE. 

17. The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare

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Yet another sequel I am anticipating after loving previous books in the series. 

18. Well Met by Jen DeLuca

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ENEMIES TO LOVERS, YET AGAIN. Honestly, I’ve been missing this trope a lot so I am here for here for any and all enemies to lovers books. 

19. Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

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Suffragist meets a cold, calculating Duke??? yussss. 

20. No Judgments by Meg Cabot

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ITS MEG CABOT. BACK WITH A BRAND NEW ADULT ROMANCE SERIES. 

21. 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

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Omg it’s been a while since I’ve read a book that does the multiple blind dates trope but I am excited and here for it. 

22. Faker by Sarah Smith

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Yet another hate-to-love book. *dances*

23. The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

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Second chance romance??? (hopefully) Told from the POV of a husband trying to patch up his marriage? BY JOINING A ROMANCE BOOK CLUB? PLEASE. I AM HERE.

24. Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher

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How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days?? GENDER SWAPPED???? HELL YEAH

Are you just as excited about any of these? Any other romance novels you’re super excited about? Let me know!

Soft but Important: Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali

Soft but Important: Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali

Posted by on 04/19/2019 • 3 Comments

I am almost 22 and can safely say I am not the intended audience for YA novels these days but, reading Love From A To Z made me feel like a teen again and soothed my soul in a way a contemporary novel hasn’t in a while. I was transported back to 2010 when I read Does My Head Look Big in This and felt seen by the MC who was struggling with her identity in a world that hated her.

Zayneb is not a nice girl. She is angry. She is angry at the injustice in the world and she is angry at the injustice she experiences every day in her classroom. She is tired of always feeling like she needs to be ashamed of who she is….

Not Bennett’s Best: Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

Not Bennett’s Best: Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

Posted by on 04/16/2019 • 0 Comments

I didn’t think I’d ever read a Jenn Bennett book I didn’t love but… unfortunately… Serious Moonlight just didn’t do it for me. It isn’t that it isn’t enjoyable but over the past five years, I’ve come to expect a lot from a Jenn Bennett book and Serious Moonlight just didn’t live up to those expectations for me.

I think, a big part of the problem was that I didn’t love the characters as much and therefore wasn’t as invested in their relationship. While Birdie’s personality and trust issues make sense given her extremely sheltered upbringing, it really started getting on my nerves when we were almost 400 pages in and still dealing with her trust issues. I also thought it was super weird that Birdie didn’t have a single…

Gritty Characters: Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

Gritty Characters: Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

Posted by on 04/09/2019 • 1 Comment

CW: Self-harm and manipulative romantic relationship

I was told Wicked Saints would destroy me but I still didn’t realize what that would mean until I read the last couple pages of this book. If you enjoy happiness at all, you will stay far away from this book. If you love gritty characters, none of whom are particularly good (and some who might just be PLAIN EVIL), you will love Wicked Saints.

Right off the bat, we are pushed into the middle of a war with an opening scene where one of our MCs has to watch as many people important to her are murdered. So no, there are no rainbows and puppies in this book. Honestly though, having such a powerful scene was helpful to me because I’ve been struggling…

Atmospheric With Well-Written Characters: The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

Atmospheric With Well-Written Characters: The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

Posted by on 04/04/2019 • 1 Comment

The Devouring Gray is a book that requires patience. There is no getting around it. It’s slow, and for the first quarter of the book I could not tell you what the fuck was going on except that the kids were sad, felt betrayed, maybe were trying to take each other down, it was a mess. I stuck with it though because my friends loved it and it turned out to be absolutely worth it.

Violet is new in town, Justin and Harper used to be bffs but Justin betrayed Harper, Issac is a soft boy with a world of hurt inside him. Together, the four of them make up the new generation of the founding families of the Four Paths and are sworn to protect the town from the…

Entertaining but not Memorable: Field Notes in Love by Jennifer E. Smith

Entertaining but not Memorable: Field Notes in Love by Jennifer E. Smith

Posted by on 03/12/2019 • 1 Comment

Field Notes on Love is exactly what you would expect. It’s cute. It’s fluffy. It’s a quick read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is the kind of book you seek out on a cold, winter day when you need some good vibes and miss the summer sun.

Hugo just broke up with his long-time girlfriend and is stuck with a non-transferable trip to the US of A. He needs to find someone with the exact same name as his ex so he can go on a trip of a lifetime and get away from his big, bustling family for the first time. So he does what anyone would do, he puts an ad on the internet. YAY.

Mae is an aspiring filmmaker. Unfortunately she didn’t get into the…

Read It So You Can Read the Sequel: Dark of the West by Joanna Hathaway

Read It So You Can Read the Sequel: Dark of the West by Joanna Hathaway

Posted by on 02/13/2019 • 2 Comments

I think it was the comp to The Winner’s Curse that drew me to Dark of the West (which is funny because I still haven’t read that series) but I dove into this book with not many expectations. The only one I remember having was that Dark of the West was a fantasy but it became abundantly clear very early on that it was not. The main reason I bring this up is because it very much felt like false advertising. There are no fantastical elements to this book. In fact, calling it a historical novel would be way more accurate since it seems to draw inspiration from the World Wars of the early 20th century. A lot of the technology we have exists in this world too: planes,…

Entertaining: Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller

Entertaining: Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller

Posted by on 02/07/2019 • 0 Comments

I really enjoyed Tricia Levenseller’s Daughter of the Pirate King duology and I had no doubt that I would at least like Warrior of the Wild. And I did! But overall Warrior of the Wild doesn’t hold a candle to the Daughter of the Pirate King books. It’s a fast, entertaining read but it is the kind of book that if you looked at it too closely, it kind of just falls apart. Everything about the plot line almost feels too easy. I love a fast paced book but this might have just been a LITTLE too fast.

Warrior of the Wild follows a privileged village leader’s daughter as she is exiled from her village and has to embark on a quest that involves killing an oppressive, abusive God…