Let’s talk romance. a genre that in late 2018 I found myself reading more & more of and I see that becoming a theme that runs into 2019. So here are 9 adult romance/contemporary books that i’m excited about being released this year!
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
release date: 29th January
Pretty sure you’ve seen this on many other blogger lists. After reading Thorne’s debut novel The Hating Game early last year, it fast became one of my favourite adult romance novels, that I’d ever read. In fact, I’d go as far to say that it put romance books back on my radar, and since then I’ve been reading so much more from the genre than before. (yay!)
Anywho, I’m sure excited for this one, the friends to lovers theme is one of my favourite tropes to read about, that along with sally’s addictive and angst-ridden writing, what could possibly go wrong?
description: Darcy Barrett has undertaken a global survey of men. She’s travelled the world, and can categorically say that no one measures up to Tom Valeska, whose only flaw is that Darcy’s twin brother Jamie saw him first and claimed him forever as his best friend. Despite Darcy’s best efforts, Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99%. That’s the problem with finding her dream man at age eight and peaking in her photography career at age twenty—ever since, she’s had to learn to settle for good enough.
When Darcy and Jamie inherit a tumble-down cottage from their grandmother, they’re left with strict instructions to bring it back to its former glory and sell the property. Darcy plans to be in an aisle seat halfway across the ocean as soon as the renovations start, but before she can cut and run, she finds a familiar face on her porch: house-flipper extraordinaire Tom’s arrived, he’s bearing power tools, and he’s single for the first time in almost a decade.
Suddenly Darcy’s considering sticking around to make sure her twin doesn’t ruin the cottage’s inherent magic with his penchant for grey and chrome. She’s definitely not staying because of her new business partner’s tight t-shirts, or that perfect face that’s inspiring her to pick up her camera again. Soon sparks are flying—and it’s not the faulty wiring. It turns out one percent of Tom’s heart might not be enough for Darcy anymore. This time around, she’s switching things up. She’s going to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers.
I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella
release date: 7th February
An auto-buy author for me. I love all of Sophie’s books. Her writing and characters never fail to make me laugh, I always finish Sophies novels with a smile on my face. When I found out that this one is a meet-cute in a coffee shop my first thoughts were ‘YES PLEASE SIGN ME UP’. That’s all I can really say. can’t wait!!
description: Fixie Farr can’t help herself. Straightening a crooked object, removing a barely-there stain, helping out a friend . . . she just has to put things right. It’s how she got her nickname, after all.
So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, Fixie not only agrees, she ends up saving it from certain disaster. To thank her, the computer’s owner, Sebastian, scribbles her an IOU – but of course Fixie never intends to call in the favour.
That is, until her teenage crush, Ryan, comes back into her life and needs her help – and Fixie turns to Seb. But things don’t go according to plan, and now Fixie owes Seb: big time.
Soon the pair are caught up in a series of IOUs – from small favours to life-changing debts – and Fixie is torn between the past she’s used to and the future she deserves.
Does she have the courage to fix things for herself and fight for the life, and love, she really wants?
Meet Cute by Helena Hunting
release date: April 9th
I started reading Helena’s hockey romance companion series Pucked in late 2018 and have really enjoyed what I’ve read from that as far. When I heard about Meet Cute I was instantly sold. This looks to be another super cute angsty contemporary from Helena. Plus how ridiculously gorgeous is this cover?!
description: Talk about an embarrassing introduction. On her first day of law school, Kailyn ran – quite literally – into the actor she crushed on as a teenager, ending with him sprawled on top of her. Mortified to discover the Daxton Hughes was also a student in her class, her embarrassment over their meet-cute quickly turned into a friendship she never expected. Of course, she never saw his betrayal coming either…
Now, eight years later, Dax is in her office asking for legal advice. Despite her anger, Kailyn can’t help feeling sorry for the devastated man who just became sole guardian to his thirteen-year-old sister. But when her boss gets wind of Kailyn’s new celebrity client, there’s even more at stake than Dax’s custody issues: if she gets Dax to work at their firm, she’ll be promoted to partner.
The more time Kailyn spends with Dax and his sister, the more she starts to feel like a family, and the more she realizes the chemistry they had all those years ago is as fresh as ever. But will they be able to forgive the mistakes of the past, or will one betrayal lead to another?
Passion On Park Avenue by Lauren Layne
release date: 28th May
An author I discovered late last year when I randomly decided to pick up her book Blurred Lines and was shocked by how much fun I had reading it. One of my goals this year is to read more from Lauren’s backlist titles. But of course her new releases too, this one caught my attention. The description gives me Gossip Girl-ish vibes.
description: For as long as she can remember, Bronx-born Naomi Powell has had one goal: to prove her worth among the Upper East Side elite—the same people for which her mom worked as a housekeeper. Now, as the strongminded, sassy CEO of one of the biggest jewelry empires in the country, Naomi finally has exactly what she wants—but it’s going to take more than just the right address to make Manhattan’s upper class stop treating her like an outsider.
The worst offender is her new neighbor, Oliver Cunningham—the grown son of the very family Naomi’s mother used to work for. Oliver used to torment Naomi when they were children, and as a ridiculously attractive adult, he’s tormenting her in entirely different ways. Now they find themselves engaged in a battle-of-wills that will either consume or destroy them…
The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
release date: april 18th
A book that I’ve seen proofs floating around for, this sounds right up my street and super adorable.
description: Tiffy Moore and Leon Twomey each have a problem and need a quick fix.
Tiffy’s been dumped by her cheating boyfriend and urgently needs a new flat. But earning minimum wage at a quirky publishing house means that her choices are limited in London.
Leon, a palliative care nurse, is more concerned with other people’s welfare than his own. Along with working night shifts looking after the terminally ill, his sole focus is on raising money to fight his brother’s unfair imprisonment.
Leon has a flat that he only uses 9 to 5. Tiffy works 9 to 5 and needs a place to sleep. The solution to their problems? To share a bed of course…
As Leon and Tiffy’s unusual arrangement becomes a reality, they start to connect through Post-It notes left for each other around the flat.
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
release date: April 20th
Another book you’ve probably seen on many most anticipated lists for this year, after the success of The Kiss Quotient. I fell in love with Helens’ writing last year and can’t wait to read this one & more from her in the future.
description: Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.
As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.
With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
What would a most anticipated list from me be without a Christina Lauren release? auto buy authors for me. This one has me especially intrigued, all I needed to know was that its a ‘enemies to lovers, who pretend to be newlyweds’ and I was like yep, I’m all in. I have a feeling this book is going to have me in hysterics.
Motel by Penelope Douglas
This book doesn’t even have a full description or concrete release date yet and I’m buzzing for this. Set in the same world as one of her previous novels Birthday Girl, one of my favourite books of last year. I’ve been following her Pinterest board for this novel and those two things alone have me excited for this one, hopefully, we’ll get more info soon.
Look out the posts coming soon, for more of my most anticipated books of the year.