The Most Anticipated Romances of August

Posted by Sharon on August 1, 2020
Some people love books. Some people fall in love. And some people fall in love with books about falling in love. Every month our team sorts through the new romance books and sees how early readers are responding. We use this information to curate a list of soon-to-be-beloved favorites.

New in August: Two best friends plan a summer of libertine delights in The Friendship List. A married mom remembers her first love in The Secret of You and Me. And a reluctant fortune-teller enjoys a European adventure in Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop. Also this month: gamer girls, telenovela starlets, and feuding foodies.

Add what catches your fancy to your Want to Read shelf and let us know what you’re reading and recommending in the comments.

An intriguing riff on the old switcheroo concept, the new book from U.K. author Beth OLeary (The Flatshare) features London overachiever Leena Cotton and her newly single grandmother Eileen, who lives out in the country. Leena’s plan: Grandma can come to the big city for a few weeks while Leena takes a break in rural Yorkshire. Can Leena meet a fella in the sticks? Can Grandma meet a man in the city? Love, as is often the case, finds a way.

Besties Ellen and Unity are planning the summer of their lives. Single mom Ellen wants to impress upon her college-bound son that she will be just fine on her own, so she teams with recently widowed Unity for a debauched summer of YOLO adventures. Skydiving. Dancing. Delirious sex with a gorgeous stranger, maybe. Prepare for a summer of fun, sun, dubious decisions, and unfortunate tattoos.

Recommended for fans of Jane the Virgin and The Kiss Quotient, You Had Me at Hola is the latest romantic comedy from author Alexis Daria, this time set in the world of telenovelas. Soap opera queen Jasmine Lin Rodriguez has landed the leading role in a new bilingual TV rom-com. Ashton Suárez, a last-minute addition to the cast, needs a hit to revive his career. You can’t fake chemistry, though, so it’s a good thing nature seems to be taking its course behind the scenes.

Read our exclusive interview with Daria.

“Cupcakes-and-cocktails shop owner” is probably the pinnacle of all cute rom-com professions. But Blaire Calloway doesn’t find anything charming about the situation when Ronan Knight opens an old-fashioned sports bar next door. And when he plans his grand opening for the same day as hers? Well, Blaire can definitely ignore the sizzle between them, because this. means. war.

You might think that life as a video game producer is pretty sweet. And Melody Joo wants you to know, it really is. It gets even better when your goofball mobile game goes supernova and brings the studio fortune and glory. Things always get complicated, though, and this time the complication is the new intern, Nolan, who’s way, way more handsome than he has any right to be. If he wants to play games, then Melody knows games—and she’s in it to win it.

Sophie has a perfectly acceptable life—husband, daughter, career. But she can’t forget Nora, her best friend and first love, who left their conservative Texas town years ago. Now that Nora is back in the neighborhood, memories are surfacing, passions are flaring, and old feelings are returning. The life that Sophie has is good. But is it the life she wants? This tale of transformation comes from the genre-hopping author of Stillwater and Sawbones.

Vanessa Yu has the mystical ability to read tea leaves and see the future. It might seem like a gift, but it can be a curse. When she reads one fortune too many—her own, as it happens—Vanessa tries to dodge fate by joining her eccentric aunt Evelyn in Paris. Working a tea stall at a Parisian antique market, Vanessa tries matchmaking magic to reconcile multiple fortunes and keep everyone happy. But you know what they say about good intentions.

If you like your romance crossed with urban fantasy, consider Blood of Zeus, the first installment in a new series by Meredith Wild and Angel Payne. Kara Velari is a privileged undergraduate and, secretly, a powerful demon. Maximus Kane is a hunky college professor and, also secretly, a semi-immortal from a divine lineage. Professor-student relationships are strictly forbidden, of course. Actually, everything about this situation is forbidden. But, quite frankly, these two seem like rule breakers. Could be trouble.

The Jackal—a.k.a. Black Dagger Brotherhood: Prison Camp #1—continues the popular paranormal series with new complications, including a freak accident, a missing sister, and a secret underground labyrinth. United by common cause and uncommon passion, Nyx and the Jackal plot their escape. It’s another remarkably hot adventure of true love and ultimate sacrifice in the Black Dagger Brotherhood world.

Which new releases are you looking forward to reading? Let’s talk books in the comments!

Check out more recent articles, including:
August’s Most Anticipated New Releases
August’s Most Anticipated YA Books
Alexis Daria’s New Romance Pays Homage to Telenovelas

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message 1: by Mairy (new)

Mairy The Switch ended up being a DNF for me.. the story bored me out of my mind.
Currently reading You Had Me At Hola and enjoying it; from the attaching characters to the steamy sex scenes, it has all the good ingredients for a successful summer rom-com.

message 2: by Laura (new)

Laura Mitchell Hutchinson I loved The Switch, it was a really happy and easy-reading story which got me out of a quarantine funk!

message 3: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie The Friendship List is a must-read this summer!

LectoraEstherica I think I want to read them all!

message 5: by Carla (new)

Carla Alonso The switch was kind of a disappointment for me, especially after enjoying The flatshare. I only enjoyed half of the book, the other half felt boring with nonsense characters and scenes.
Nevertheless I am now intrigued to read most of the other books on this list.

Phily loves to devour books This is different from what I was expecting, especially since it seems most of them have been released before August. Was hoping to see the book I’d voted for “Hands Of Fate” here too

message 7: by TMR (new)

TMR So excited for this list.

message 8: by KnotAnOwl_4238 (new)

KnotAnOwl_4238 I should probably unsubscribe from romance. The only reason I clicked the link was because it said there were "gamer girls"

message 9: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Read the Friendship list it was pretty good!

message 10: by Serewyn (last edited Aug 30, 2020 01:43PM) (new)

Serewyn Is it me or are non of these covers very attractive?
'You had me at Hola' looks nice...

I want to read The friendship list and The Switch

message 11: by Me Like Reading (new)

Me Like Reading I have really enjoyed the Black Dagger Legacy series by JR Ward, and so I look forward to reading ‘The Jackal’. Also, ‘Blood of Zeus’ sounds as if it has an interesting storyline.

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