MOST ANTICIPATED NEW ROMANCES OF AUGUST 2021
8 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in August 2021
There are so many exciting new romances coming out in August, some from authors whom I’m already completely enamoured with, and others I’ve never read before, but who’ve been on my radar for a while. I’ve tried to keep my list short but varied, from a range of subgenres and tropes, and I’ve even including some books I have been looking forward to all year. All these are making me very antsy for the month to change, so I hope that you find YOUR next great read here.
Happy reading, book junkies! ♡
Role Model | Rachel Reid
I have a thing for hockey. Well, I don’t really follow the sport, nor have I ever watched an actual game, but give me a book with a hockey player in it and I’m all over it, especially from an author who always hits the spot for me. We return to Rachel Reid’s Game Changers series with the story of Troy Barrett, who, after publicly confronting his friend and teammate over accusations of rape and sexual assault, is then traded to the Ottawa Centaurs, also known as the worst team in the NHL. His love interest is Harris Drover, out-and-proud social media manager for the Ottawa team and walking ball of sunshine. Troy is standoffish at first, still struggling to break free from the shackles of toxic masculinity that have made him miserable for so long, but his growing crush on the eternally optimistic social media manager helps him shed his grumpy armour, while finally embracing his true self as an openly gay athlete. Oh, and on a side note, Ilya Rozanov from Heated Rivalry is Troy’s new team captain, which means . . . more Ilya Rozanov for us all.
Release date: 10 August
What We May Be | Layla Reyne
Look, I want to tell you that this book initially caught my eye because of something someone said about it, or because I read the premise and I wanted to know more (which I do), but let’s be honest here—that cover had everything to do with it. Described as a polyromantic mystery, this sexy whodunit tells the story of three college friends, Sean, his roommate Trevor, and Trevor’s best friend, Charlotte, who once found love with each other, but one of them ended up leaving and taking the love with him. Now, ten years later, Sean is an FBI agent and he is back in town to investigate a murder. His case pits him against his two ex-lovers, and before too long, their feelings for one another spark once again. Oh, and I did mention that there’s a killer on the loose, too? The three lovers need to work together to solve the case and save their love for good in this adrenaline-fuelled tale of murder, mystery, ménage, and second chances. I really really want to read this book.
Release date: 16 August
Time Stamps | K.L. Kreig
It only took one book—Black Swan Affair—for me to want to read any book K.L. Kreig ever writes without even reading the blurb, so I’ll tell you all I know about this book so far . . . without reading the blurb. It’s going to be an intense, at times tortuous, but ultimately emotionally fulfilling journey for the reader as well as the characters. It’s going to be an exploration of the very state of being in love, stretching the human heart every which way, and testing its limitations. It’s going to be beautifully written. And it’s going to be witty, wrenching, dirty, and heartbreaking all at once. But I have no idea what this story is all about because a K.L. Kreig book is best experienced knowing nothing about it at all beforehand.
Release date: 17 August
There With You | Samantha Young
We return to the Scottish Highlands as another member of the Adair family finds their happily ever after. We met Thane Adair in Here With Me as Lachlan’s younger brother and single dad of two, and we now find him in need of a nanny for his children. Enter Regan Penhaligon, an American visiting her sister while also hiding from someone who has grown dangerously obsessed with her. As Thane’s children grow fonder and fonder of their new nanny, the young widower also struggles with his growing attraction to her, but as both their pasts threaten to take everything away from them, only trusting one another will give them a fighting chance at happiness. While the first book in the series was packed full of twists and turns, this one is said to only have some elements of suspense, but I hear Thane is a bossy alpha in the bedroom, so that alone is enough to have my heart racing already.
Release date: 23 August
Bombshell | Sarah MacLean
I’m wild about historical romances, never having come across one I didn’t enjoy at some level, but Sarah MacLean’s knack for engaging so purposefully with female identity, body norms, and sexuality in her stories makes me wild about anything she ever writes. Her brand new series, Hell’s Belles, centres on a fierce girl gang in Victorian London, and kicks off with the love story of Sesily Talbot and tavern owner Caleb Calhoun. After years of living as the talk of London’s scandal sheets, Lady Sesily Talbot has leaned into her reputation, luring men for her own aims. Caleb has tried to deny his attraction to Sesily, who is his best friend’s sister, but when he discovers her secret, the two embark on an unintended partnership. Caleb is determined to keep Sesily out of trouble during their escapades, but instead finds himself falling harder and harder for her. Another trailblazing heroine, another man who champions her instead of pushing her to the back, another Sarah MacLean romance I am more than ready for.
Release date: 24 August
The Heart Principle | Helen Hoang
I’ve already had the chance to read this book, but after pining for it for more than two years, I had to include it on this list. It’s the story of young violinist and YouTube star Anna Sun who finds herself paralysed artistically by both her sudden internet fame as well as her need to please others. After her boyfriend insists on an open relationship before they tie the knot, Anna decides to see other people, too, and that is how she meets Quan Diep. But even though they only agree on a one-night-stand, they somehow begin to see each other more and more, so when tragedy strikes Anna’s family, Quan becomes the lifeline she didn’t even know she needed in life. His unwavering support gives her the courage to free herself from the burden of expectations, both those that she harbours and the ones others have placed upon her. This marvellous, eye-opening, and at times, confronting read explores so poignantly a young woman’s battle to find herself and her own strength within a demanding, traditional Chinese-American family, whilst also finding love in the arms of a man who accepts her as she is. Every character Helen Hoang writes is searing and beautiful, but she has truly gone above and beyond with the two leads in this intimately written wonder of a novel.
Release date: 31 August
Tin Queen | Devney Perry
Devney Perry takes us back one last time to Clifton Forge, Montana with the story of Emmett Stone, former Tin Gypsy Motorcycle Club member, and Nova Talbot, the daughter of the man who murdered his father. But he doesn’t know her identity when they first meet, or when they start spending more and more time together, or when they start catching feelings for one another. Because while Emmett is out for a good time, Nova is out for revenge. And her identity might cost her the man she’s fallen in love with. I haven’t even processed the fact that this series is coming to an end with this book, and I am not even sure I am ready for it, but I trust this author to give these characters the kind of memorable send off that will strike the perfect balance of emotion, setting, and plot, as always.
Release date: 31 August
One Day Like This | Scarlett Cole
Manchester band Sad Fridays is a band on the edge. The edge of breaking up. The edge of making it big. The edge of killing one another on stage. The edge of falling in love when they least expect it. And we are about to read all about it in Scarlett Cole’s brand new rockstar romance series, kicking off in August. Matt Palmer has loved Izabel Bryson for a decade, but as his best friend’s little sister, he promised a long time ago that he’d never put his hands on her. Which is unfortunate, as Izabel has loved Matt for just as long, but has always believed that her feelings for him were not returned. Throw a fake date, only one bed, and a night of ruthless honesty into the mix, and you’ve got the makings of a sexy romance I can’t wait to get my hands on.
Release date: 31 August