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#FiveOnFriday: Most Anticipated New Romance Releases | June 2017

 

#FiveOnFriday is an original, weekly feature on NightOwlReader.com.  Each week I talk about favorite books, anticipated reads, and other bookish topics.  Enjoy!

Summer is almost upon us here in the US, and I am sure I’m not the only one who can’t wait for warmer temperatures and lazy days. I’m hoping life will slow down a bit without a crazy schedule keeping us running. Bring on reading the day away, road trips, and beach vacations!

Curiously, this month’s list only has one indie on it. I love to support independent writers, so most months the exact opposite is true.  However, every book I chose is by an author on my running list of ‘top favorites’!


Here are my most anticipated new romances for June!

 

One

#FiveOnFriday: Most Anticipated New Romance Releases | June 2017Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren
Published by Gallery Books on June
Number of Pages: 368

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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.


Christina Lauren is one of my favorite writing duos and I have devoured most of their books.  Dating You/Hating You sounds right up my alley, with the office enemies turned more premise.  After reading The Hating Game by Sally Thorne last year, I want to read as many office romances as possible!

 

Two

#FiveOnFriday: Most Anticipated New Romance Releases | June 2017The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Published by Atria on June 13th, 2017
Genres: Fiction
Number of Pages: 400

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Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

Filled with emotional insight and written with Reid’s signature talent, this is a fascinating journey through the splendor of Old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means—and what it takes—to face the truth.


I read my first book by Taylor Jenkins Reid, One True Loves, last year and I loved it.  Her writing is fresh but engaging, heartfelt, and sometimes raw.  Seven Husbands has such an interesting blurb, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.  Even though I have only read one book of hers, I have a feeling she is the type of author who can write just about anything and it will be wonderful.

 

Three

#FiveOnFriday: Most Anticipated New Romance Releases | June 2017Stay by Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy
Series: Wags #2
Published by Self-Published on June 20th, 2017
Number of Pages: 278

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Can you fall in love with someone you've never even met?

Hailey Taylor Emery has a hunch that her favorite client at Fetch—an anonymous virtual assistant service—is actually hockey star Matt Eriksson.

Although it's against the rules for her to check his file, she's 95% sure she spends at least part of each day texting with her lifelong crush and catering to his every need. Still nursing a wounded heart thanks to her recent breakup, Hailey is perfectly content with some harmless online flirting... until she has to meet her client. Face to face. Cue: utter panic.

Matt Eriksson is no stranger to heartbreak. He's still not over the destruction of his marriage, and it sucks to be the only guy on the team who knows the truth—that hockey and long-term relationships are a toxic mix. He barely sees his kids, and dealing with his ex makes him feel insane. The only person in his life who seems to understand is someone who won't show her pretty face.

But it's nothing that a pair of fourth-row hockey seats can't fix. Hailey can't resist the offer. Matt can't resist Hailey. Good thing he doesn't have to. Fire up the kiss cam!

Warning: Contains rabid hockey fans, misunderstood dick pics, hockey players at the opera and exploding ovaries.


Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy are another one of my favorite writing duos.  The first book in the Wags series, Good Boy, was fantastic, so Stay has been on my radar since I finished it.  Sports romance with a side of mysterious personal assistants sounds like the perfect setup for the second book to me.

 

Four

#FiveOnFriday: Most Anticipated New Romance Releases | June 2017Salvaged by Jay Crownover
Series: Saints of Denver #4
Also in this series: Charged, Riveted, Salvaged
Published by William Morrow on June 20th, 2017
Number of Pages: 368

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Hudson Wheeler is a nice guy. Everyone knows it, including his fiancée who left him with a canceled wedding and a baby on the way. He’s tired of finishing last and is ready to start living in the moment with nights soaked in whiskey, fast cars, and even faster girls. He’s set to start living on the edge, but when he meets Poppy Cruz, her sad eyes in the most gorgeous face he’s ever seen hook him in right away. Wheeler can see Poppy’s pain and all he wants to do is take care of her and make her smile, whatever it takes.

Poppy can’t remember a time when she didn’t see strangers as the enemy. After a lifetime of being hurt from the men who swore to protect her, Poppy’s determined to keep herself safe by keeping everyone else at arm’s length. Wheeler’s sexy grin and rough hands from hours restoring classic cars shouldn’t captivate her, but every time she’s with him, she can’t help being pulled closer to him. Though she’s terrified to trust again, Poppy soon realizes it might hurt even more to shut Wheeler out—and the intense feelings pulsing through her are making it near impossible to resist him.

The only thing Poppy is sure of is that her heart is in need of some serious repair, and the more time she spends with Wheeler, the more she’s convinced he’s the only man with the tools to fix it.


Salvaged by Jay Crownover is the fourth book in the Saints of Denver series and with each book, I find myself drawn more to her writing and her characters.  Each story is unique and her characters are so interesting and real, with Poppy being one that I have been most curious about.  Over the years, Jay has become an auto-buy author for me, so I will read pretty much anything she writes at this point.

 

Five

#FiveOnFriday: Most Anticipated New Romance Releases | June 2017Until It Fades Published by Atria on June 27th, 2017

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A sexy new romance about a small-town woman who saves the life of a mysterious man, and finds herself unexpectedly thrown into a whirlwind love affair, featuring bestselling author K. A. Tucker’s signature “well-constructed, pulse-pounding suspense” (USA TODAY).

Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season.

And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works.

For a time.

But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust.

Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?


I love small-town romances, especially when the main character is a celebrity who falls for an unknown local.  I love KA Tucker’s style, versatility, and skillfulness, and her books always have a fantastic depth to them.  Put it all together and this one has high potential to be a favorite.


Here are a few more notable new releases in June!

[ezcol_1quarter]The Foxe & the Hound by RS Grey

The Foxe & the Hound by RS Grey

June 1st

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[/ezcol_1quarter] [ezcol_1quarter]My Best Friend's Ex by Meghan Quinn

My Best Friend’s Ex by Meghan Quinn

June 1st

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[/ezcol_1quarter] [ezcol_1quarter]Hearts on Air by LH Cosway

Hearts on Air by LH Cosway

June 6th

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[/ezcol_1quarter] [ezcol_1quarter_end]Deklan by Shay Savage

Deklan by Shay Savage

June 20th

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What books are you looking forward to reading this month?  Anything I need to add to my list?

Let me know in the comments below!

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