We still have two and a half months left in this year, which is plenty of time to dive into some great new books. We’re also about to enter the most romantic season of all: snuggly fall evenings, warm spiced cider for two, and snowfalls that make you want to stay in bed for hours. So why not celebrate with some sweet and sexy romantic reads? Whether they involve handsome cowboys or rakish Dukes, there are still plenty of awesome love stories yet to be published this year.
Here are the 12 romance novels we can’t wait to read before 2016 leaves us for good:
Kept, Maya Banks (Berkley Publishing, October 25, 2016)
Sexy and dark, Kept is the third book in Banks’ Enforcers series. After a rough childhood, Silas needs complete control both in the bedroom and out of it. He’s given up on finding the right woman until Hayley enters his life, a gentle violinist who’s determined to hold onto her new love, despite (or maybe because of!) his dark appetites.
The Award, Danielle Steel (Delacorte Press, November 1, 2016)
In her latest novel, the queen of romance spans decades with the story of Gaëlle de Barbet and her enduring legacy. During WWII, Barbet works with the Resistance in occupied France, fearlessly fighting for independence despite the Nazi-collaborator stigma that becomes attached to her. Years later, her granddaughter sets out to right that wrong, tying together generations and family in this heartfelt tale.
Miracle on 5th Avenue, Sarah Morgan (HQN Books, November 29, 2016)
It’s all about Christmas in this adorable tale set in Manhattan. Eva and Lucas couldn’t be more opposite: she loves Christmas and romance; he’s cynical and has shut off his heart after the death of his wife. But when the two find themselves stuck in the same NYC apartment one snowy holiday, they just might realize that they have more in common than they think.
Island of Glass, Nora Roberts (Berkley Publishing, December 6, 2016)
Roberts concludes her addictive The Guardians Trilogy with Island of Glass, this time telling the story of archeologist Riley and the immortal Doyle. With the hunt for the Star of Ice well underway, the two find themselves powerfully drawn together, even as they continue to fight their mutual attraction.
Since I Fell For You, Bella Andre (Oak Press, November 15, 2016)
Andre’s Sullivan Family series is beloved — and for good reason. This is the second book in her New York Sullivan collection, focusing on Suzanne Sullivan, a digital security specialist who swears she doesn’t need a bodyguard. But that doesn’t stop her brothers from hiring the sexy Roman Huson, who just might be able to protect Suzanne in more ways than one.
Someone to Love, Mary Balogh (Signet, November 8, 2016)
If you’re a fan of historical romance, then you probably already know and love Balogh. In her latest, it turns out that orphan Anna Snow is actually an heiress who instantly catches the attention of Avery Archer, the Duke of Netherby who decides to help Anna claim her place in fine society.
The Holiday Gift, RaeAnne Thayne (Harlequin, November 22, 2016)
Part of Thayne’s Cowboys of Cold Creek series, The Holiday Gift gives us the love story between widow Faith Dustin and cowboy Chase Brannon. Chase has always been Faith’s trusted friend, but that all changes one Christmas when he decides it’s finally time to pursue the woman he’s been pining after for years.
Melt, Helen Hardt (Waterhouse Press, December 20, 2016)
This is the fourth book in Hardt’s popular Steel Brothers Saga. Jonah Steel is the oldest brother, who’s used to carrying the weight of the world — and his past — on his shoulders. When he falls hard for his therapist, Dr. Melanie Carmichael, both are forced to confront their dark pasts if they want to create a future together.
A Date at the Altar: Marrying the Duke, Cathy Maxwell (Avon, October 25, 2016)
Sometimes you just want to sink into a great historical romance, like Maxwell’s Marrying the Duke series. In this third installment, Gavin Whitridge, Duke of Baynton, is determined to find a suitable wife. Instead he falls for Sarah Pettijohn, an outspoken actress and playwright who is nothing like who he imagined he’d marry.
Blood Vow: Black Dagger Legacy, J.R. Ward (Ballantine Books, December 6, 2016)
We’re big fans of Ward, which means we can’t wait to dive into her latest Black Dagger Legacy novel. New recruit Axe is ready to prove himself by taking a job as a bodyguard, but his attraction to his new charge, Elise, might be more than he can handle.
Honor Bound, B.J. Daniels (HQN Books, October 18, 2016)
Who doesn’t love a hot cowboy book? Ainsley Hamilton (of The Montana Hamiltons) finds herself in danger as the daughter of a presidential candidate. Sawyer Nash has been secretly tasked with protecting her, though the more he learns about the seemingly-uptight beauty, the more intrigued he becomes.
Over the Edge, Meredith Wild (Waterhouse Press, November 22, 2016)
Wild’s Bridge Series continues with Olivia Bridge, the daughter who has always been the good girl. But then she meets Will Donovan, a man determined to bring out the secret wild child behind Liv’s nice girl façade.