Steamy Romances to Heat Up December

Posted by Sharon on December 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 December: Royal romance gets dangerous in How to Catch a Queen; fate intervenes with a second chance at a New Year's Eve party in This Time Next Year; and a wedding goes awry in the latest from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Also this month: an ambitious rogue, a randy college professor, and a restless B&B ghost.
Add what catches your fancy to your Want to Read shelf and let us know what you're reading and recommending in the comments.

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If you like your romance haunted with echoes of paranormal spookiness, consider Layla, the new book from powerhouse author Colleen Hoover. Leeds and Layla are newly in love and all is well, until a sudden trauma puts Layla in the hospital. Recovering in the bed-and-breakfast where they first met, the two lovers encounter Willow, another B&B guest with a very mysterious vibe. Leeds wants to do right by both women, but things get weird in a hurry.

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Winner of this month’s unofficial Best Book Title award, How to Fail at Flirting seems like the kind of self-help book best left on the shelf. But no! Instead it’s the story of workaholic professor Naya Turner and her daring new to-do list. When she meets a handsome stranger in town on business, Naya sets some short-term goals, including a no-strings-attached hookup. Things happen and consequences follow, as they tend to. But good times are had by all.

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“Fake it ‘til you make it” is a surprisingly useful bit of free-floating advice. It works in all kinds of situations. For radio producer Everly Dean, it’s the last hope in her bag of tricks. Her boyfriend has cheated on her—with his assistant, which is so gross and predictable. Her new boss is cute and maybe interested, which you just know is going to be trouble. And an unfortunate “hot mic” incident has alerted radio listeners to Everly’s various crises.

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A baker named Minnie Cooper? Who’s cursed with perpetual bad luck? And meets the supposed source of her curse at a New Year's Eve party? And turns out they were born a minute apart at the same hospital? Yep, we must be in a rom-com! Cousens' take on the quintessential enemies-to-lovers tale adds a When Harry Met Sally-esque twist of missed encounters over multiple years. 

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The king of Njaza has taken a queen. It’s an arranged marriage, sure, but the new bride Shanti Mohapi is counting her blessings. Her new king and husband is a good man and the two share a powerful and mutual sexual attraction. Being a queen, however, isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. And when sudden chaos grips the king’s country and his marriage, the two royal lovers must find a way to move forward.

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A spin-off of two different book series—the Rock Chick and Dream Man seriesDream Chaser drops readers right into the action. Ryn Jansen has trust issues, with good reason, so she’s struggling with her feelings for sexy commando Boone Sadler. But when corrupt cops start gunning for Ryn, priorities shift. If they hope to see tomorrow, Ryn and Boone will need to put their trust in each other. And keep those window shades down!

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Winner of this month’s Seasonally Appropriate Book Title Award, A Warm Heart in Winter is a kind of sideways detour for the popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series. The new book follows beloved characters Blay and Qhuinn and their plans for a proper mating ceremony. Things do not go as planned. For a legion of devoted fans, J.R. Ward’s sprawling series is the ultimate in paranormal romance and urban fantasy.

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Aside from his uncommonly cool name, Gideon Hawthorne hasn’t had much luck. He’s been forced to work hard for everything he has, clawing his way up from the gutter and into the court of the Duke of Windemere. The vivacious Messalina Greycourt isn’t much impressed with the renowned rogue. Unfortunately, she’s been instructed to marry him. They’re both in for a series of surprises with this second installation of the Greycourt series.

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

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message 1: by Will (new)

Will Love seeing a M M book on recommendations. Keep it up!

♡ ✿ Angela Lauren ✿ ♡ Again, not enough LGBTQ representation.

PrinzessBookDragon ♡ ✿ Angela Lauren ✿ ♡ wrote: "Again, not enough LGBTQ representation."

Agreed and isn't Hoover's Layla suppose to be a psych thriller!!?? 👎🏾👎🏾

message 4: by Melanie (new)

Melanie ♡ ✿ Angela Lauren ✿ ♡ wrote: "Again, not enough LGBTQ representation."

There is 8 books on this list and 1 of them is LGBTQ. That means 12.5% of the books on this list are LGBTQ. I would like to know how many of these books need to be LGBTQ in order to satisfy you? The majority of the population is heterosexual and they still need to include them when publishing books.

Gianna A Gibson I love all of the books

message 6: by Debbie (new)

Debbie Yay. A Warm Heart in Winter! Reading this jem right now. Amazing!

message 7: by Anna (new)

Anna Kļaviņa Melanie wrote: "♡ ✿ Angela Lauren ✿ ♡ wrote: "Again, not enough LGBTQ representation."

There is 8 books on this list and 1 of them is LGBTQ. That means 12.5% of the books on this list are LGBTQ. I would like to k..."

I'm not Angela and I can't answer for her but from a list of 8 romance books I would like to see at least one m/m and one f/f.

message 8: by Melanie (new)

Melanie Anna wrote: "Melanie wrote: "♡ ✿ Angela Lauren ✿ ♡ wrote: "Again, not enough LGBTQ representation."

There is 8 books on this list and 1 of them is LGBTQ. That means 12.5% of the books on this list are LGBTQ. I..."

Thank you for your response. I appreciate it. I think that seems reasonable to me. This article features a m/m romance book but people would like to see a f/f book also so if anyone knows of any that are coming out this month that look good feel free to list them and inform people of the book.

Kate (Feathered Turtle Press Reviews) Most of these are pulled from my own December tbr!

Some F/F romances coming out this month:
All I Want for Christmas
16 Steps to Forever
Get It Right

Some other holiday/wintry F/F romances:
One Walk in Winter
When You Least Expect It
Fire & Ice

message 10: by anthony ferrel (new)

anthony ferrel Cool

message 11: by Nikai Hirsch (new)

Nikai Hirsch Sup dude

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