As a mainly-sff reader, summer isn’t usually the most exciting month for me in terms of new releases… but over the last couple of years I’ve been getting more and more into romance (and learning more about what I like in romance novels), and summer is absolutely an exciting season for romance releases! 💕 So here’s what I’m most looking forward to in June, July & August:
[All dates are taken from Goodreads unless stated otherwise, and are correct as of 5/6/2022.]
For the Throne by Hannah Whitten (9th June)
First up is the sequel to For the Wolf, a Beauty & the Beast-esque fantasy that I read & loved last year, in which Red, the second princess of Valleyda, is sacrificed to the Wolf of the Wilderwood by her people, in hopes that he will return their gods to them. For the Throne carries on from For the Wolf‘s dramatic ending, but will, I presume, have more of a focus on Red’s sister Neve – who was my favourite character in the last book, so I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more of her! 😆 (Side-note: I pre-ordered this in the Orbit sale last month and my copy shipped early! I’m not going to have the chance to read it straight away, but it’s pretty cool to have it in my hands already!) Excitement level: 8/10
Infamous by Lex Croucher (21st July)
Croucher’s second novel – though unrelated to the first – is another Regency-era rom-com, from the sounds of it, and I’m absolutely dying to get my hands on it. Reputation was one of my favourite books of last year, and if Infamous has even half the charm and wit, I’m sure to love it, too! 💕 Featuring (as far as I can tell): childhood sweethearts who are growing apart, and an artists’ retreat at a gothic estate. Excitement level: 9/10
Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood (23rd August)
A new science-y romance from the author of The Love Hypothesis (which I only just read, and didn’t expect to love nearly as much as I did), featuring two college rivals who end up co-leading a project together at NASA. I’m not sure if its fandom history helped or hindered my enjoyment of The Love Hypothesis, but I’m looking forward to finding out! ☺️ … & Ali Hazelwood seems to be on a roll this summer, as two of her STEMinist novellas will also be getting physical releases soon: Stuck with You (7th June) and Below Zero (5th July)! Excitement level: 7/10
- The Martyr by Anthony Ryan (28th June) – the sequel to The Pariah, which I haven’t read but am very excited for.
- A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers (12th July) – the second in the Monk and Robot novella series.
- Husband Material by Alexis Hall (2nd August) – the sequel to Boyfriend Material.
- Vampire Hunter D: Omnibus 2 by Hideyuki Kikuchi (31st August) – a bind-up of books 4 to 6 in the futuristic horror series, Vampire Hunter D.