(Romance) Books I’m Excited About

Usually, I pick new releases that I’m interested in each month. But coming away from the Romance Writers of Australia conference, I thought I’d share some of the books that I heard about at the conference. They’re not necessarily new releases, but new to me.

The Typewriter Girl by J.L. Jarvis

From the author’s blog:

New York 1899. Emma Madding walks up to the door of a remote waterfront cliff house in upstate New York, and into the life of recluse Benjamin Stark. A typewriter girl, she is hired to transcribe his weathered journal and the memories his scarred hand can no longer write down. Stark is a rugged adventurer now back from the Klondike Gold Rush, where he found gold and tragedy, too.

With the public hungry for gold rush stories and guidebooks, he agrees to chronicle his adventures. But for Emma and Benjamin, working together draws emotions that neither can allow. Benjamin tries not to love Emma, for the truth of his past will drive her away. Emma longs for love, but she has her own secret. Love conquers, but cannot protect.

Forced apart, two lovers must battle a world fueled by money and power.

Why? Abby Zidle talked about this book in a breakout session and it sounded really good.

The (Playboy) Sheikh’s Virgin Stable Girl by Sharon Kendrick

From the publisher’s website:

Polo playing Sheikh Prince Kaliq Al’Farisi loves his women as much as his horses. They’re wild, willing and he’s their master!

Stable girl Eleni is a local Calistan girl. Raised by her brutal father on the horse racing circuit, she feels unlovable. When her precious horses are given to Sheikh Kaliq – she refuses to be parted from them.

The playboy sheikh is determined to bed Eleni – and when Kaliq realises she’s a virgin the challenge only becomes more interesting…

Why? Sarah Wendell at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books had the audience in hysterics talking about this one. Read her review here.

Untamed by Anna Cowan

From the publisher’s website:

Outspoken and opinionated, Katherine Sutherland is ill at ease amongst the fine ladies of Regency London. She is more familiar with farmers, and her blunt opinions and rough manners offend polite society. Yet when she hears the scandalous rumours involving her sister and the seductive Duke of Darlington, the fiercely loyal Katherine vows to save her sister’s marriage – whatever the cost.

Intrigued by Katherine’s interference in his affairs, the manipulative Duke is soon fascinated. He engages in a daring deception and follows her back to her country home. Here, their intense connection shocks them both. But the Duke’s games have dangerous consequences, and the potential to throw both their lives into chaos…

Wildly romantic, Untamed is a passionate and beautifully written debut novel. This decadent historical romance defies convention and will shock and delight in equal measure.

Why? Every day, I heard at least one conversation about this book!

Bound By Her Ring by Nicole Flockton

From the publisher’s website:

Luciano Morelli has perfected a plan to get revenge on his runaway wife; confronting her at the opening gala for her father’s hotel. What he didn’t plan on was the flaring of emotions the moment he sees her again.

Jasmine Anderson has no memories of her husband. Her only link to him is the wedding rings she wears. Luciano storms back into her life announcing he is her husband, demanding she join him on a business trip or see her father’s livelihood crumble.

Passion reignites as they rediscover what first drew them together. But more than just memories are lost. Can their bond be rebuilt or will secrets infect their already shattered trust?

Why? I love the cover, and Nicole is a fantastic writer.

I Dream of Johnny by Juliet Madison

From the publisher’s website:

From the author of Fast Forward comes a story about three wishes, a high-tech genie in a lamp, and one very unfortunate typo…

Getting three wishes isn’t all it’s cracked up to be when an unfortunate spelling error in Mandy’s high-tech magic lamp changes her wish for a Greek God to a Geek God. His fashion IQ is in the negatives, he’s clingier than cling wrap, and he has a penchant for breaking into song at inappropriate moments. Before Mandy can request a replacement wish, she has to put up with him for twenty four hours, and the timing couldn’t be worse — it’s her friend’s wedding day, her ex will be there, and the God of Geeks insists on coming along for the ride!

Why? The premise made me giggle, and this is of the ‘ro-magic’ subgenre which will be exciting to read.

Unforgettable by Elise K. Ackers

From the publisher’s website:

In hospital following a near-fatal accident, Connor has temporary retrograde amnesia, and there’s a blank slate where the last three years of his life should be. It’s a woman with haunted eyes and secrets who offers to help him rediscover his past.

Colleague, friend and ex-lover, Emma warns Connor they must be discreet. No one knows about their past relationship, and for the sake of their jobs, no one can. She reintroduces him to his life and the fascinating redevelopment project they are working on, and the more time Connor spends with her, the more he wants a future with her in it.

But Emma blames herself for Connor’s accident and she won’t confess to what broke their relationship in the past. Now Connor is fighting for love, for his job, and for another chance.

A story about second chances, a second look, and the futility of fighting fate, Unforgettable explores the concept of walking a path already travelled and learning from your mistakes.

Why? Well, the cover of course. Plus Elise is an awesome writer!

Picture Perfect Wedding by Fiona Lowe

From the author’s website:

Erin Davis will do whatever it takes to be the photographer for high-end brides. So what if capturing the moments of people’s lives means she has no time for her own. Nothing will get between her and the security she craves, not even the gorgeous farmer refusing to let her shoot in his sunflowers.

His family has always been tied to the land, but lately Luke Anderson feels more like he’s chained. While he ponders his future, he still has cows to milk and no time to deal with Erin or Bridezillas in his fields. Yet there’s something about the sexy city girl he can’t say no to. So he says yes: just this once.

With the town in need of a photographer, Erin agrees to spend wedding season in Whitetail. The sparks flying between her and Luke quickly ignite, but just as Erin starts to picture her own happy ending, Luke takes a gamble that could risk it all…

Why? It sounds fun and everyone loves a wedding!

Do any of these spark your interest? Which ones have you read already?


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  1. Thanks for the post! Looks like a great list to chose from. I love romance reads and some of these looks really interesting. I just read a great book called “Publics: Libertas Aut Mors” by Baltazar Bolado, http://baltazarbolado.net/ . There is romance, mystery and suspense; makes for a great read! Thanks again for the post and these suggestions!

    1. Jackie, my girlfriend loves those kinds of books as well, and since her birthday is coming up I’ll have to look in to the one you suggested. I was looking it up online and found it on Amazon but just wanted to let you know that the title is listed as “Publius: Libertas Aut Mors”, just as an FYI. Thanks for the article and suggestions from both of you, I think she’d like a lot of these books.

  2. “Unforgettable” sounds great! you have definitely piqued my interest 🙂 I am always looking for new romance novels to add to my reading list. My most recent (FANTASTIC) romance find is “Come Fly With Me” by author Judith Whitmore (http://www.judithwhitmore.com/books/come-fly-with-me/). The book isn’t your everyday love story and I think it has some unique twists and turns that strays from your usual “happily ever after” ending. The main characters, Kate and Rick, really have to fight for their relationship and this includes overcoming obstacles such as death, adultery, a difficult divorce, a dangerous rescue and more! The characters are more than likeable and you find yourself rooting for them throughout the book! I highly recommend it 🙂 Happy reading

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