It’s June and time to stock up on some good books for the summer! It’s a lighter month than usual. For me, a majority of my releases come out at the beginning of the month, which feels really overwhelming. And, I think this is the first time where three of us were excited about the same book.
But, this is not an exhaustive list. Here are a few other books that are hitting shelves this June:
- The Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab ( A | BN | K | iB ) comes out!
- Roxane Gay’s Hunger ( A | BN | K | iB ) is finally here after getting pushed back.
- Kiersten White continues her Conquerer’s Saga with Now I Rise ( A | BN | K | iB ).
- For all paranormal romance fans, The Sweetest Burn by Jeaniene Frost ( A | BN | K | iB ) releases this month.
- I know many people are excited for The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean ( A | BN | K | iB ).
- Book four of Sabrina Jeffries’ Sinful Suitors series is out – The Pleasures of Passion ( A | BN | K | iB ).
- Looking for librarian romances? Check out Olivia Dade’s Hidden Hearts ( A | BN | K | iB )!
- KJ Charles’ Sins of the Cities series continues with An Unnatural Vice ( A | BN | K | iB ).
Will she risk it all for a priceless desire?
A rising star in one of London’s top art investigation firms, Zara Leighton’s talent for seeing deep into paintings is in her blood. She’s chosen to help track down Icon, an enigmatic international art thief whose heists are methodical, daring, baffling. To Zara the case is maddening—bordering on an obsession.
She finds distraction in the chiseled form of top-shelf client Tobias Wilder, a magnetic American billionaire who demands her expertise, her discretion—and her secrecy. Wilder doesn’t ask questions. He gives orders. His gaze alone ignites her deepest fantasies. And his touch…
The sudden whirl of exclusive exhibitions and decadent parties that Wilder introduces her to is a potent aphrodisiac. But surrender soon becomes tinged with suspicion. Is Zara’s tryst with Wilder the real thing…or just a convincing forgery?
Amanda says: An enigmatic art collector and an art investigator!
Elyse says: A romantic suspense where the heroine is chasing an art thief.
Sarah says: ART ART ART ART and also I have no shame!
Crown of Stars
Author: Sophie Jaff
Released: June 6, 2017 by Harper Paperbacks
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Series: Nightsong Trilogy #2
Two women, separated by centuries but bound together by an ancient prophecy, drive the spellbinding sequel to Love is Red: a dark story of obsession, betrayal, and revenge that threatens to destroy everything they love
Whispers of witchcraft have haunted Margaret ever since she was born. A strange, dark-haired and dark-eyed child, she was an outcast in her medieval English village—and then her mother was brutally murdered. When her father remarries, Margaret realizes that she must leave the village for good.
Hundreds of years later, as fall descends on the streets of Manhattan, Katherine Emerson prays her horrific summer is over. She survived a confrontation with a killer, but the price she paid was high. The man she loves has left her. She’s pregnant with his child, but resigned to raising the baby on her own—until he insists on doing “the right thing”, which means taking her with him to London, where he’s about to start a new job.
But starting over doesn’t mean the strange, disturbing encounters shadowing Katherine will stop. As Katherine begins to fall apart, Margaret’s fight to survive on her own reveals she has inherited her mother’s extraordinary gifts—but will she use them for good, or for evil? Can she alone change Katherine’s destiny, and that of her child? And what will happen if she succeeds?
Amanda says: The sequel to one of my favorite mind-bending books and the first book might still be on sale.
Dating You/Hating You
All’s fair in love and work. The first standalone romance by New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren (Beautiful Bastard) is a sexy, compulsively readable romantic comedy that dives headlong into the thrill and doubt of modern love.
Despite the odds against them from an embarrassing meet-awkward at a mutual friend’s Halloween party, Carter and Evie immediately hit it off. Even the realization that they’re both high-powered agents at competing firms in Hollywood isn’t enough to squash the fire.
But when their two agencies merge—causing the pair to vie for the same position—all bets are off. What could have been a beautiful, blossoming romance turns into an all-out war of sabotage. Carter and Evie are both thirtysomething professionals—so why can’t they act like it?
Can Carter stop trying to please everyone and see how their mutual boss is really playing the game? Can Evie put aside her competitive nature long enough to figure out what she really wants in life? Can their actor clients just be something close to human? Whether these two Hollywood love/hatebirds get the storybook Hollywood ending or just a dramedy of epic proportions, you will get to enjoy Christina Lauren’s heartfelt, raucous, and hilarious romance style at its finest.
Amanda says: This is by far my favorite CLo book. It’s soooo good.
Rae Wallace would rather drown in a vat of pinot greezh and be eaten by her own beagle than make another trip down the aisle–even if it is her best friend’s wedding. She’s too busy molding the minds of first graders and polishing that ol’ novel in the drawer to waste time on any man, unless it’s Jason Segel.
But when her best friends stage an intervention, Rae is forced to give in. After all, they’ve hatched a plan to help her find love the 21st century way: online. She’s skeptical of this electronic chlamydia catcher, but she’s out to prove she hasn’t been too picky with men.
However, when a familiar fella’s profile pops up–the dangerously hot substitute teacher from work (Nick)–Rae swipes herself right into a new problem…
Amanda says: I’m always interested in romances that throw in modern dating methods.
The attraction was undeniable.
I couldn’t escape him.
I didn’t want to.
I was his.
He was mine.
But he wasn’t my husband.
My once treasured marriage was now flawed and imperfect.
By the time the guilt set in, it was too late.
Reality was trying to keep me away from my obsession.
My husband was that reality.
My obsession was West.
But West was forbidden. Taken. Married.
We were swingers.
It was the perfect arrangement.
Until I fell in love…
Amanda says: A romance about swingers. I’m extremely interested to see how this turns out.
New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh introduces a bold new chapter in her extraordinary paranormal romance saga with the Psy-Changeling Trinity series. Wild passion will encounter the darkest of betrayal…
Control. Precision. Family. These are the principles that drive Silver Mercant. At a time when the fledgling Trinity Accord seeks to unite a divided world, with Silver playing a crucial role as director of a worldwide emergency response network, wildness and chaos are the last things she needs in her life. But that’s exactly what Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater Bears, brings with him.
Valentin has never met a more fascinating woman. Though Silver is ruled by Silence—her mind clear of all emotion—Valentin senses a whisper of fire around her. That’s what keeps him climbing apartment buildings to be near her. But when a shadow assassin almost succeeds in poisoning Silver, the stakes become deadly serious…and Silver finds herself in the heart of a powerful bear clan.
Her would-be assassin has no idea what their poison has unleashed…
Elyse says: The first in Singh’s “season 2” of her Psy-Changling series. It has Russian bear shifters!
Sugar & Gold
Nikolai Alexei Young was born with a special gift…one he’d do anything to lose. The heart and soul of every person he comes into contact with is an open book to his heightened senses. Colorful emotions, whispers of thoughts, the sour tastes of old memories…He feels them all. The sci-fi books would call him an empath. For Nikolai, his ability has made him an exile. He roams the U.S. alone, avoiding the glut of life in big cities, and using his innate talents to win money in underground poker games. Just enough to keep going, one town to the next. He has no hope that his life can be anything else, until he meets her…
At nineteen, Fiona Starling was trapped in an ugly, desperate situation until she freed herself the only way she knew how. Now three years later, living outside Savannah, Georgia, she is rebuilding her life on her own terms; seizing every moment and saving every penny so that she might fulfill her dream of moving to the raw wilderness of Costa Rica. But behind her carefree smile beats the heart of a lonely young woman haunted by her past, until a chance encounter with a tattooed stranger changes everything…
Fiona takes Nikolai under her roof for three sultry nights, waiting out the rain of a summer storm. She grows more and more fascinated by this brooding stranger with whom she shares an intense physical connection—a connection so strong, she wonders if there is something between them beyond lust and passion. Nikolai is shocked to discover that Fiona calms the raging turmoil in his heart. She alone silences the din of other people’s lives, and envelops him in the sweet beauty of her inner self. Every moment he’s with her—every touch of her skin—brings him closer to the peace that’s been eluding him his entire life.
But Fiona harbors secrets that she is too terrified to reveal. After Nikolai confesses his unique ability, she is caught between wanting to believe him and fearing he’ll eventually unearth her own dark past. When the unthinkable happens, Fiona’s plans come crashing down, and Nikolai discovers his hated ability might be the only thing that can save the woman he loves.
Amanda says: The plot seems really interesting, as does the two main characters.
Caught in the Act
Three heist-romance novellas that will steal your heart and make your pulse race…
Hoodwinked Hearts by Ainslie Paton
Ten years ago, master thief Cleve Jones risked his freedom to fall in love with a dangerously sexy professor’s daughter only to watch her disappear. Now Vegas hustler Aria Harp is back—and she’s snatched the famous diamond Cleve’s been casing. Aria’s too smart to let Cleve break her heart, but he’ll do anything to keep her safe. Even if it means a dirty double cross and losing the only woman he’s ever loved—all over again.
Rough Edges by Emma Sinclair
The Staffordshire diamond: sixty carats of pure perfection, a priceless keepsake that’s been in Anastasia Staffordshire’s family for generations. But sentimentality means nothing to her corrupt cousin Leonard. He plans to sell the jewel. Anastasia plans to take it back. But first she’ll have to get around delicious bodyguard Jake Hoffman…
Strange Tango by Michelle Dayton
Diamonds are a thief’s best friend, and Adam Patrick Henry, professional jewel thief, knows diamonds. When he sees an amateur thief with impressive sleight-of-hand skills trying to work a con, he figures he could use a partner. And if that partner is irresistible, all the better. But Jessica Hughes is no thief, not really, and teaming up with Adam to work one big job could be more dangerous than it’s worth.
Sarah says: Jewel heists go with Art. Also, I am so excited to read these stories.
The Red Lily
The Black Lily resistance needs a larger army if they are to defeat the vampire monarchy. In order to do so, former lieutenant and traitor to the vampire Crown, Nikolai must seek help from the red-hooded temptress he needs to avoid at all costs. The secret he carries could prove dangerous for her if she gets too close…even though keeping her close—very close—is the only thing on his mind.
Sienna will do anything for the Black Lily, and when Nikolai asks for her assistance to gain the trust of the commonwealth, it’s the last thing she wants to do. The thought of leaving her woods and her wolves behind is terrifying…not to mention the danger being with Nikolai poses.
Amanda says: I’m so excited for the continuation of this series. The heroine lives in the woods and commands a pack of wolves. The hero a vampire lieutenant!
Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud
Author: Anne Helen Petersen
Released: June 20, 2017 by Plume
From celebrity gossip expert and BuzzFeed culture writer Anne Helen Petersen comes an accessible, analytical look at how female celebrities are pushing boundaries of what it means to be an “acceptable” woman.
You know the type: the woman who won’t shut up, who’s too brazen, too opinionated—too much. She’s the unruly woman, and she embodies one of the most provocative and powerful forms of womanhood today. In Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud, Anne Helen Petersen uses the lens of “unruliness” to explore the ascension of pop culture powerhouses like Lena Dunham, Nicki Minaj, and Kim Kardashian, exploring why the public loves to love (and hate) these controversial figures. With its brisk, incisive analysis, Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud will be a conversation-starting book on what makes and breaks celebrity today.
Sarah says: I will read anything Anne Helen writes. She’s brilliant and this is going to be awesome.
The author of the stunning New York Times bestseller The Widow returns with a brand-new novel of twisting psychological suspense.
As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it’s a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby?
As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. Her heartbroken parents were left devastated by the loss.
But there is more to the story, and Kate is drawn—house by house—into the pasts of the people who once lived in this neighborhood that has given up its greatest mystery. And she soon finds herself the keeper of unexpected secrets that erupt in the lives of three women—and torn between what she can and cannot tell…
Elyse says: I really like Barton’s earlier book, The Widow.
The New York Times bestselling author of A Certain Age transports readers to sunny Florida in this lush and enthralling historical novel—an enchanting blend of love, suspense, betrayal, and redemption set among the rumrunners and scoundrels of Prohibition-era Cocoa Beach.
Burdened by a dark family secret, Virginia Fortescue flees her oppressive home in New York City for the battlefields of World War I France. While an ambulance driver for the Red Cross, she meets a charismatic British army surgeon whose persistent charm opens her heart to the possibility of love. As the war rages, Virginia falls into a passionate affair with the dashing Captain Simon Fitzwilliam, only to discover that his past has its own dark secrets—secrets that will damage their eventual marriage and propel her back across the Atlantic to the sister and father she left behind.
Five years later, in the early days of Prohibition, the newly widowed Virginia Fitzwilliam arrives in the tropical boomtown of Cocoa Beach, Florida, to settle her husband’s estate. Despite the evidence, Virginia does not believe Simon perished in the fire that destroyed the seaside home he built for her and their young daughter. Separated from her husband since the early days of their marriage, the headstrong Virginia plans to uncover the truth, for the sake of the daughter Simon never met.
Simon’s brother and sister welcome her with open arms and introduce her to a dazzling new world of citrus groves, white beaches, bootleggers, and Prohibition agents. But Virginia senses a predatory presence lurking beneath the irresistible, hedonistic surface of this coastal oasis. The more she learns about Simon and his mysterious business interests, the more she fears that the dangers that surrounded Simon now threaten her and their daughter’s life as well.
Elyse says: A retelling of Rebecca set in Prohibition-era Florida.
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