So long 2021! It’s time to ring in the New Year with some amazing new books. Stock your TBR with classic tropes like age gap, or best friend’s brother. Maybe your interest leans toward cowboy heroes or sports stars? From mystery to time travel, historical to paranormal – if you’ve got a romantic craving, one of these thirteen upcoming titles is sure to satisfy your passion for happily-ever-after’s.
Spin Me Right Round by David Valdes (Jan 4)
When a hit on the head knocks teenage Luis back in time to 1985, he meets a doomed queer classmate and concocts a plan to give the guy his first real kiss. Luis is in over his head, trying not to make things worse, and determined to find a way to give his LGBTQ friends the respect they deserve… while also not risking his chance to be prom king.
Mountain Topped by K.M. Neuhold & Mia Monroe (Jan 7)
Bowen didn’t think he’d ever fall for anyone other than his straight best friend Hawthorne, but the more time he spends with Aldis, the more he likes him. A drunken admission of his deepest fantasy leads to the three of them sleeping together and now his best friend and his hookup-turned-more are bonding over their shared love of mountain climbing. The three of them are exploring, and Bowen has no idea where they’ll end up.
Spark by Susan Scott Shelley & Chantal Mer (Jan 11)
Mateo’s life revolves around working two jobs. His only respite is weekly rugby games with teammates who have become like family. Meeting Finlay, his rugby teammate’s brother, is a spark of light in Mateo’s hectic life. Their immediate connection outweighs Finlay’s hesitation, but when their worlds turn upside down, and their doubts are laid bare, can their burgeoning relationship survive the strain of keeping the spark alight?
Shouting Match by Pandora Pine (Jan 11)
Detective Fuller goes to a local Italian restaurant where the youngest Lombardi brother insists he knows exactly where to find the man of Fuller’s dreams—his overworked older brother, Capone—the guy Fuller almost arrested a few hours earlier. When a blizzard sets its sights on the Maine coast, a shouting match between the new lovers sends Fuller out into the raging storm. Things could be over before they’ve even begun if Capone can’t find him before it’s too late.
Clean Start at Forty-Seven by Nora Phoenix (Jan 12)
Kinsey is finally living his truth as an out gay man. Benoni, his new personal trainer, is twenty years his junior and happens to be his son’s best friend. Their love could be the clean start they both need in this, a first time gay, age gap, hurt/comfort romance that opens the Forty-seven duology.
The Missing Page by Cat Sebastian (Jan 18)
When country doctor James heads to Cornwall for the reading of a will, his uncle has tasked his heirs with uncovering the truth behind a woman’s disappearance twenty years earlier. Leo fears for James’s safety, so he does what any sensible semi-retired spy would do and infiltrates the house party. Together, they unravel a mystery that exposes long-standing family secrets and threatens to involve James more than either of them would like.
Icebreaker by A.L. Graziadei (Jan 18)
Seventeen-year-old Mickey is a college freshman whose father and grandfather have gone down in NHL history, which almost guarantees him the league’s top draft spot. The only person standing in his way is Jaysen, Mickey’s infuriatingly attractive teammate. When rivalry turns to something more, Mickey will have to decide what he really wants, and what he’s willing to risk for it.
The Best Men by Lauren Blakely & Sarina Bowen (Jan 18)
It’s a tale of merrily wedded mayhem in this enemies-to-lovers, opposites-attract romance between two best men, one a single dad, the other a cocky former athlete. While sharing a too-small guesthouse in steamy Miami, they decide on a no-strings fling. But what happens after the “I do’s” have been said and neither of them wants to leave behind their one true chance at happiness.
Until His Last Goodbye by Kiki Clark & E.M. Lindsey (Jan 20)
Elias is a powerful medium, a conduit between the living and the dead. One day, Death comes knocking. Elias has no business falling for an immortal collector of souls, no matter how kind and surprisingly innocent he might be. The Reaper’s gentle nature soothes the hollow ache in his heart, but there can be no way forward when you fall for Death… unless you join him.
Something Fabulous by Alexis Hall (Jan 25)
From the bestselling author of Boyfriend Material comes a delightfully witty historical romance featuring a reserved duke who’s betrothed to one twin and hopelessly enamored of the other. When Valentine proposes to Miss Arabella she flees into the night. He gives chase with her twin brother by his side. Bonny is unreasonable, overdramatic, and… beautiful. Being with him makes Valentine question everything he thought he knew. About himself. About love. Even about which sibling he should be pursuing.
His Fresh Start Cowboy by A.M. Arthur (Jan 25)
Hugo’s boots haven’t touched Texas soil in almost a decade, but he can’t resist going back for a job working with his best friend’s older brother. Working next to the most dangerously tempting man he’s ever known stirs up a deeper passion than either man expects. But by giving in to the chemistry without taking a risk, committing to each other, and living the lives they’ve always wanted, Brand and Hugo just might lose their second chance at true love.
Under His Lover’s Wing by Merry Farmer (Jan 25)
As far as gamekeeper Declan is concerned, animals are much easier to be around than people. He is content to live in isolation on the grounds of Wodehouse Abbey. Until handsome, intriguing Spencer wanders into his life like a wounded animal in need of care. When Declan is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, it is up to Spencer to prove him innocent…without running the risk of alienating Declan’s affections and losing him completely.
In latest volume of the popular charity anthology, fourteen authors ask what would happen if Heart2Heart, the dating and community app responsible for bringing together couples from all over the world, encouraged people to do something they’d never done before? Each of the stories show how funny, hot, and heartwarming it can be when these characters challenge themselves to do something outside of their comfort zones… while falling in love along the way.
About the Authors:
Jeff Adams & Will Knauss are husbands, authors of m/m romance and podcasters. Big Gay Fiction Podcast, their weekly show, is part of the Frolic Podcast Network. You can learn more about them at BigGayFictionPodcast.com, jeffadamswrites.com and willknauss.com
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