Our Books to Binge On feature is pretty simple in its purpose. Every month, we put together a monthly new releases list of books that we’re all looking forward to. These are the books that we can’t wait to read and want everyone to add to their monthly binge-reading lists. Here are the books that we plan to binge on in September of 2022.
The Viper (Black Dagger Brotherhood: Prison Camp #3) by J.R. Ward
Framed for the grisly murder of his shellan, Kane is condemned to the notorious prison camp—unaware of the dark truth behind his arranged mating. Centuries later, when he is horribly burned while attempting to save others, he prays he’ll finally be reunited in the Fade with his mate…not knowing what revelations await him.
Nadya is a self-taught nurse who does what she can to ease the suffering of the prisoners. When Kane comes under her care, she cannot help but empathize with his condition for very personal reasons—and as the guards take him away one last time, she fears he is facing a terrible death.
After a daring rescue, Kane is offered a treatment that will change his very nature. Choosing life, for the time being, he goes back for the female who took such good care of him—but his duty to Nadya sets him on a collision course with his own past. When long-buried secrets are exposed, his self-destruction is inevitable…unless true love can save his soul.
Casee: I’m a diehard fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. I’m not even going to deny it.
Making the Match (River Rain #4) by Kristen Ashley
Decades ago, tennis superstar Tom Pierce and “It Girl” Mika Stowe met at a party.
Mika fell in love. Tom was already in love with his wife. As badly as Tom wanted Mika as a friend, Mika knew it would hurt too much to be attracted to this amazing man and never be able to have him.
They parted ways for what they thought would be forever, only to reconnect just once, when unspeakable tragedy darkens Mika’s life.
Years later, the impossible happens.
A time comes when they’re both unattached.
But now Tom has made a terrible mistake. A mistake so damaging to the ones he loves, he feels he’ll never be redeemed.
Mika has never forgotten how far and how fast she fell when she met him, but Tom’s transgression is holding her distant from reaching out.
There are matchmakers in their midst, however.
And when the plot has been unleashed to make that match, Tom and Mika are thrown into an international intrigue that pits them against a Goliath of the sports industry.
Now they face a massive battle at the same time they’re navigating friendship, attraction, love, family, grief, redemption, two very different lives lived on two opposite sides of a continent and a box full of kittens
Casee: I haven’t read this series yet, but I really want to.
Desperation in Death (In Death #55) by J.D. Robb
New York, 2061: The place called the Pleasure Academy is a living nightmare where abducted girls are trapped, trained for a life of abject service while their souls are slowly but surely destroyed. Dorian, a thirteen-year-old runaway who’d been imprisoned there, might never have made it out if not for her fellow inmate Mina, who’d hatched the escape plan. Mina was the more daring of the two—but they’d been equally desperate.
Unfortunately, they didn’t get away fast enough. Now Dorian is injured, terrified, and wandering the streets of New York, and Mina lies dead near the waterfront while Lt. Eve Dallas looks over the scene.
Mina’s expensive, elegant clothes and beauty products convince Dallas that she was being groomed, literally and figuratively, for sex trafficking—and that whoever is investing in this high-overhead operation expects windfall profits. Her billionaire husband, Roarke, may be able to help, considering his ties to the city’s ultra-rich. But Roarke is also worried about the effect this case is having on Dallas, as it brings a rage to the surface she can barely control. No matter what, she must keep her head clear–because above all, she is desperate for justice and to take down those who prey on and torment the innocent.
Casee: I’m waaaaay behind in this series, but I always love to see new releases.
Holly: I, too, am way behind in this series, but I know I’ll go back to it someday.
Shattered Sea (Tattered & Torn #4) by Catherine Cowles
I’ve known every kind of pain. Of the heart. Of the body. Of the soul. All I want now is the freedom that comes from making my art.
The last thing I expected was Hollywood royalty to waltz into my gallery in a small town in the middle of nowhere and see me.
A man like Boden Cavanaugh shouldn’t understand me. Shouldn’t be able to soothe my most ragged edges. Even worse, he makes me want the one thing I can’t have. Him.
All it takes is one spark, and friendship catches flame. But as our attraction burns bright, there are forces desperate to send us back into the darkness. And they’ve already killed before…
Casee: Adding this one to my TBR for sure. I’ve loved everything I’ve read by CC.
Something in the Heir by Suzanne Enoch
Emmeline and William Pershing have enjoyed a perfectly convenient marriage for eight years. Their relationship is a seamless blend of their talents and goals. They’ve settled into separate, well-ordered lives beneath the same roof, and are content to stay that way—or so Emmeline thinks. And if William has secretly longed for a bit more from the woman he adores, he’s managed to be content with her supreme skills as a hostess and planner, which has helped him advance his career.
Then when Emmeline’s grandfather, the reclusive Duke of Welshire, summons them both for his birthday celebration and demands they bring their two little angelic children, William is stunned to discover that his very proper wife invented not one, but two heirs to fulfill the agreement for living at Winnover. But surely if Emmeline and William team up and borrow two cherubs to call their own, what could go wrong? Enter George, age 8, and Rose, 5—the two most unruly orphans in Britain.
As the insanity unfolds, their careful, professional arrangement takes some surprisingly intimate turns as well. Perhaps it takes a bit of madness to create the perfect happily ever after.
Holly: Another one for the TBR. I’m still collecting historicals even if I’m barely reading them. I love Enoch and this premise sounds adorable.
Only Bad Options (Galactic Truebond #1) by Jennifer Estep
A WOMAN WHO SEES EVERYTHING . . .
Few people know the name Vesper Quill. To most folks, I’m just a lowly lab rat who designs brewmakers and other household appliances in the research and development lab at the powerful Kent Corp. But when I point out a design flaw and a safety hazard in the new line of Kent Corp starcruisers, everyone knows who I am—and wants to eliminate me.
I might be a seer with a photographic memory, but I don’t see the trouble headed my way until it’s too late. Suddenly, I’m surrounded by enemies and fighting for my life.
I don’t think things can get any worse until I meet Kyrion Coldren, an arrogant Regal lord who insists that we have a connection, one that could be the death of us both.
A MAN WHO CAN’T FORGET HIS PAST . . .
The name Kyrion Coldren strikes fear in the hearts of people across the Archipelago Galaxy. As the leader of the Arrows, the Imperium’s elite fighting force, I’m used to being a villain, as well as the personal assassin of Lord Callus Holloway. Even the wealthy Regals who live on the planet of Corion are afraid of me.
But everything changes when I meet Vesper Quill. I might be a powerful psion with telepathic, telekinetic, and other abilities, but Vesper sees far too many of my secrets.
Thanks to an arcane, unwanted quirk of psionic magic, the two of us are forced to work together to unravel a dangerous conspiracy and outwit the dangerous enemies who want to bend us to their will.
Holly: A new sci-fi novel from an author I love? YES PLEASE.
Ooh, Only Bad Options sounds intriguing! You can add me to the group who stopped reading JD Robb books some time ago but plans to get back to the series… one day.
I feel as if I’m constantly amending my TBR these days to reflect new release dates. Several books that were on my August TBR have been postponed to September. As of right now, the following books are showing with publication dates in September:
September 2: NICKY THE DRIVER by Cate C. Wells. The second book in Wells’s Underboss Insurrection series. It’s a dark mafia romance with a forced marriage element.
September 6: FORCE OF NATURE by Skye Warren & Amelia Wilde. This book has been retitled once and postponed multiple times. A small plane crashes on a deserted island stranding the couple who were on board, but the island may not be as deserted as the couple think.
September 6: DISSENT: A CHARITY ANTHOLOGY. Over 150 writers (including many Romancelandia favorites) have contributed stories to this anthology. All proceeds will be donated to reproductive rights organizations.
September 13: TWO FOR THE SHOW by Skye Warren: In the sequel to ONE FOR THE MONEY, the heroine discovers she is pregnant by a man who has reasons for not wanting to have children. This book has been postponed a number of times, so I’m cautiously hopeful that it will arrive on September 13. I’m still baffled as to why, in a book with a pregnant heroine, the cover features a woman’s hand holding an alcoholic drink.
September 22: COWBOY, HOLD ME FOREVER by Genevieve Turner. Opposites-attract cowboy romance from the always-reliable Turner.
September 22: WONDERLAND by Rachel Ember: Part of the new m/m Vino & Veritas series titled In Vino Veritas. This is a second-chance romance that also features an abandoned amusement park.
September 27: WHEN THE RIVER RISES by Rachel Ember. Ember has been one of my discoveries this year. This is the fifth book in her m/m Wild Ones series. It features enforced-proximity and bodyguard tropes.
September 27: RECKLESS FORTUNE by M. M. Crane (aka, Megan Crane/Caitlin Crews). I loved BOLD FORTUNE, the first book in Crane’s Alaska-set Fortunes of Lost Lake series and I’m looking forward to the second book with a bush pilot and a woman determined to win a contest to help her family.
September 27: BEST MAN RANCHER by Maisey Yates. Yates is the queen of contemporary cowboy romances. This one features the best man and the maid of honor at the wedding of his brother and her sister. The heroine is a widow and is still grieving her loss, but a one-night-stand with the hero leads to an unplanned pregnancy.
September 27: UPPER HAND by Amelia Wilde. The sequel to POWER PLAY with a hero bent on revenge and the young women who is standing in his way.