Eagerly Awaited Books for July 2016

There are some months where many of us here at AAR are all chomping at the bit to get our hands on the same few books. And then there are months like this one. When July’s list of books on sale circulated to staff, there was lots of interest. And our interests were very diverse. We’re eagerly looking to read everything from contemporaries to historicals to m/m to fantasy. We’d love to hear what you’re eager to read, too!


justkissme Just Kiss Me by Rachel Gibson

Ms. Gibson is an autobuy for me. In this book, Ms. Gibson leaves Texas where her recent books have been set, and moves to Charleston, a city I love. I’m excited for this tale! – Dabney

Rachel Gibson is an auto-buy author for me. While not everyone is a DIK, they continue to entertain me, and I look forward to the different setting for this. – LinnieGayl

I own all of Ms. Gibson’s books and a number of those she has written are on my re-read list. The last couple of books she has published fell a little flat for me, but I am hoping that this one puts her back on top. – Mary

I wasn’t thrilled by her last couple books, but this plot really appeals to me and I’ve enjoyed a lot of her books in the past. – Alex

duketoremember A Duke to Remember by Kelly Bowen

Ms Bowen made an impression on me last year with her début series, and is continuing to produce well-written, strongly characterised stories. I enjoyed Duke of My Heart, and have high expectations for this latest release. – Caz

The first book in this series was excellent; I thought Ms. Bowen’s focus on a strong heroine in the first book was refreshing. This one focuses on another female working at Chegarre & Associates – an elite agency, run by a woman, that discreetly cleans up messy scandals (aren’t they they best kind?). I’m expecting scandal, a flawed hero and an agent with secrets of her own. Can’t wait. – Emily

I very much enjoyed book one in this series. Ms. Bowen writes well and her heroines kick ass. – Dabney

bourbonthief The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz

Ms. Reisz truly has a way with words. She often writes books featuring plot points and relationship dynamics that I find disturbing and unsettling, but I find myself drawn to her books again and again because she’s one of those authors that makes me reexamine my own biases and really think. Also, she’s a mighty vivid storyteller. – Lynn

I loved Ms. Reisz’s Original Sinners series, and am eager to see what direction her new stand alone novel will take. – Shannon

giftforguile A Gift for Guile by Alissa Johnson

I have missed reading her books, so glad she is writing again. – Lee

I’ve been a fan of this author for some time; she’s a great storyteller and brings a lot and warmth and humour to her books. I really liked the last book in this series (A Talent for Trickery) and am looking forward to another enjoyable, witty romance. – Caz



imprudence Imprudence by Gail Carriger

This is the second in Ms. Carriger’s latest steampunk series featuring Prudence, the daughter of the hero and heroine of her original parasol protectorate. The first in the series was a DIK for me and to say I’m excited about this is an understatement!!! – LinnieGayl

Gail Carriger’s novels are just so funny! – Rike



longwaytosmallplanet The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

I’ve heard nothing but great things about this – the story of the isolated crew of a small ship where the characters bounce off each other on a long journey. I love sci-fi that takes on something besides “giant space fleet battles” so this could be right up my alley. – Caroline

That title! I … must … learn … more. Also, angry reviewers called it “childish” and complained about the author’s agenda — so made it sound even more fun. – Anne

deepshadows Deep Shadows by Venetta Chapman

I like Inspirationals, I like dystopians. Combining them should be interesting. Add in the fact that I like the author and everything about this spells winner. – Maggie

I’ve heard good things about this author, and I have to admit that I’m intrigued by the plot of this book. Since I know Chapman is primarily known for her Amish romances, the change of pace really piqued my interest. – Lynn


asdeathdrawsnear As Death Draws Near by Anna Lee Huber

This fifth book in the author’s historical mystery marks the first investigation by the newly married Mr and Mrs Sebastian Gage. Ms Huber writes a tightly woven mystery and has created an engaging and multi-layered central couple. – Caz

I’ve been a huge fan of the series since the first entry. Ms. Huber mixes an interesting cast of characters in her mystery series, as well as well as a wonderful, ongoing romance. I can’t wait to visit Gage and Kiera post-wedding! – LinnieGayl

wolfsong Wolfsong by TJ Klune

Can’t wait to see Klune’s take on werewolves! – BJ



makemeloveyou Make Me Love You by Johanna Lindsey

This set-up is one of my favorites–the forced marriage between feuding families. Plus it’s Ms. Lindsey whose historical novels usually are passionate and full of interesting history. – Dabney


angelsshare The Angels’ Share by J.R. Ward

The first book in this series ended on a sort of cliffhanger, and I’m counting down the days until this one is released. It promises to be well worth the wait. – Shannon


trulymadlyguilty Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Always interested to read her books as they are set in Australia and her characters can surprise the reader. – Lee



troublewithgoats The Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

England 1976 sounds like a fascinating time period and I like mysteries. – Maggie



forevermore Forevermore by Kristen Callihan

Is there a level higher than Eagerly Awaiting, like Chomping at the Bit to read? That’s where I am on this one… – Sara



bodyrocks Body Rocks by A.M. Arthur

An m/m book with a pairing between a drummer AND a mysterious violinist? And they’re on rival bands! It sounds promising… – Anne


creamofthecrop Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton

Alice Clayton is officially an autobuy for me, after her last book (Nuts) came out. This is its sequel and I’m excited to see what she’s doing. – Alex


enslaved Enslaved by the Desert Trader by Greta Gilbert

Curious about an ancient world historical (Egypt) in which the kidnapped heroine, named Kiya, seems to also be non-white. Could it be an interesting spin on the modern sheikhs-and-Western women? I’m not sure, but I want to find out. – Caroline

dirty for me Dirty for Me by Jackie Ashenden

This author writes taut erotic romances, the kind that keep you turning pages to the very end. This is the first book in her new Motor City Royals series, a combination underground fighting/mechanic story and I’m expecting good things. – Maria Rose

unexpectedmarriage The Unexpected Marriage of Gabriel Stone by Louise Allen

Louise Allen is an autobuy author for me. – Rike



goodfight The Good Fight by Julianna Keyes

With a hero who is tortured but doesn’t wallow and a heroine who’s trying to learn to be empathetic, sparks are bound to fly. – Heather



fiercefab Fierce & Fabulous by Elizabeth Varlet

Behind the Sassy Boyz’s seductive smiles and sinful dance moves…Sounds like a Summer read to me! – BJ



matahari Mata Hari’s Last Dance by Michelle Moran

I’ve loved all of Ms. Moran’s historical novels. This one looks captivating, another excellent story featuring a strong, independent heroine. – Shannon


tohaveandtohold To Have and To Hold by Serena Bell

Part of her returning home series about wounded war veterans, this story takes a big of a different turn in that it’s about an already established couple. Hunter’s wounds include amnesia, and this one promises to be emotionally challenging as he struggles to remember his wife Trina and their life together before his injuries. It’s an interesting premise for a second chance romance and I’m looking forward to it. – Maria Rose


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06/14/2016 10:24 am

Jackie Ashenden and Rachel Gibson’s books are the ones that I could try in the future. I’ve enjoyed their books in the past. Gibson is one of my favourites. Ashenden can be a hit or miss with me, but she is one of the few whose books I enjoy in the erotic genre.
So I’m waiting for your reviews to know if I have to buy them ASAP or if they can wait.

06/13/2016 6:07 pm

July is going to be a quiet month for me for new releases, but June gave me five new releases from favorite authors, so I’m not complaining. I have some interest in the Huber book but I’ll most likely wait until the book is in paperback.

Reply to  Blackjack1
06/13/2016 7:12 pm

I heard the Huber might be out in paperback rather than hardback.

Reply to  linniegayl
06/13/2016 11:23 pm

Oh good, thanks!

Betsy S
Betsy S
Reply to  Blackjack1
06/15/2016 6:44 pm

It’ll be in trade paperback and on sale now at Amazon-the paperback is less than the ebook.

Reply to  Betsy S
06/15/2016 7:30 pm

Thank you!!

06/13/2016 3:42 pm

7/5 Anne Gracie, “The Summer Bride”
7/19 Roxanne St. Claire, “Barefoot at Moonrise”
7/26 Robyn Carr, “Swept Away”

06/13/2016 10:47 am

07/05 Hoyt, Once Upon a Moonlit Night , Hippolyta Royle novella
07/26 Illusion Town by Jayne Castle (Harmony/Arcane)
I am most excited for Alice Clayton and Rachel Gibson.

06/13/2016 9:54 am

Bowen, Johnson, Huber and Louise Allen all in one month! Good that I have porch time and two long plane rides