Anticipated Releases of 2021

Hi all! It’s been a hot minute. I’m not going to bore anyone with the details of my long absence (waves hand vaguely at 2020) but I’m back. I hope. My plan is to commit to blogging at least 3 times a week, with at least one of those being a review. But, for today, I am here to bring you my anticipated releases the first half of 2021!

January

The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins (1/5) This is a modern day retelling of Jane Eyre, a book I happen to really like, so this one caught my eye. It looks fun and exciting, and I love myself a good retelling.

Lore by Alexandra Bracken (1/5) Nine Greek gods are forced to walk the earth as punishment for a rebellion. And that’s basically all it took to get me interested in this book. I love Greek mythology and retellings. This one looks amazing.

The Strange Case of Eliza Doolittle by Timothy Miller (1/19) Sherlock Holmes is called upon to investigate if Dr. Henry Higgins really managed to turn a flower girl into a duchess or if there’s something more nefarious going on. My Fair Lady crossed over with Sherlock Holmes? Yes, please (doubly so since Holmes interacts with Freddy which, if you get, you get. If not, go watch the Audrey Hepburn My Fair Lady followed by the Granada Sherlock Holmes series).

A Vow so Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer (1/26) Y’all, I am so excited for this book. I have loved the Cursbreaker series so much. Beauty and Beast, court intrigue, politics, battles… this book has everything. I am so excited to see how things turn out between Rhen, Harper, Grey, and Lia Mara. I cannot wait.

February

Rebel Daughter by Lori Banov Kaufmann (2/9) Despite not having a religious bone in my body, I love Biblical retelling. I’m not familiar enough of the story of Esther to be 100% certain that this is a retelling of that, but it looks like, if not a retelling, it’s a solid historical fiction book that I’ll like.

Wonderstruck by Allie Therin (2/9) This is another book I’m super excited for. I have loved every moment of the Magic in Manhattan series and excitedly look forward to the last. If you love stories where the grumpy one loves the sunshiny one, this series is for you. Rory and Arthur are adorable together. I cannot wait to reread the first two books before delving into this one.

April

A Wicked Conceit by Anna Lee Huber (4/6) This book is one of my top 3 most anticipated releases this year. I love the Lady Darby series. They’re smart, funny, tense, and great mysteries with a solid romance between Lady Darby and her now-husband. I love that he’s supportive of her role as an investigator and encourages her to do it. I haven’t read the description for this book yet; the whole series is an auto-buy.

A Noblemans Guide to Scandal and Shipwrecks by Mackenzi Lee (4/27) I have thoroughly enjoyed all the Montague sibling’s adventures. They’re over the top, entertaining, and just plain fun. I look forward to learning more about Adrian Montague and follow his adventures to find his wayward siblings.

Ariande by Jennifer Saint (4/29) I just finished rereading Circe by Madeline Millar and I really loved the portrayal of Ariande in it. Plus, as I mentioned earlier, I love Greek myths and mythological retellings. This explores Ariande’s life on Crete, her decision of help Theseus, and the consequences of her decision. I think it sounds amazing.

may

An Unlikely Spy by Rebecca Starford (6/1) This book follows Evelyn Varley, who is recruited by MI5 to become a spy during World War II. I’m always interested in female spies and their adventures and misadventures. This looks like it’s not going to be an easy read, but a satisfying one.

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston (6/8) This is another auto-buy. After reading and loving Red, White, and Royal Blue, I am ready to follow Casey where they lead. This is a queer retelling of Kate & Leopold. Now, that movie wasn’t my favorite, but a queer retelling sounds so interesting. I am there.

My Contrary Mary by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows (6/22) I love these authors. While I’ve not yet read My Calamity Jane, I am super excited for this one. I really liked Mary, Queen of Scotts in My Lady Jane and glad we’re going back to learn more about her.

Women of Troy by Pat Barker (9/29). Yes, another mythological retelling, but, y’all, this is about what happened to Briseis after Troy falls. After reading a million retellings of the Odyssey, I think this book is way overdue. Who cares about Odysseus? After Circe, I’m over him. But learning more about the women from Troy and what happened to them? I’m so there. I cannot wait.

I do technically have two more books on my list in July and September, but even though one of them is the third of my absolutely most anticipated books that I need to have right now, I’m going to save those for June.

What are some of the books you’re looking forward to reading this year?

Review: Santa Daddy by Kiera Andrews

Title: Santa Daddy

Author: Keira Andrews

Publisher: KA Books

Genre: m/m contemporary

Source: Amazon

Publication Date: November 19, 2020

After graduating from college, Hunter has found himself unsure of what is the right direction for him. He knows he should get a job in an office, but can’t find anything that fits him. On top of that, he’s romantically and sexually inexperienced and can’t get out of his own way. Staying with his mother, Hunter agrees to help out an old friend and play a Christmas elf one last time.

And, there he meets the sexiest Santa imaginable.

Nick is everything Hunter could want: tall, muscular, and devastatingly handsome. Unfortunately, he’s grumpy, withdrawn, and takes an immediate dislike to Hunter. However, he grudgingly agrees to let Hunter work at Nick’s Christmas tree farm to earn a little extra cash for the holidays.

When a blizzard hits and strands Hunter at the farm, sparks fly. Hunter manages to worm his way into Nick’s heart, which is still grieving for his partner who died years before. Can he take a change on this new connection? Or will Nick, like Hunter, get in his own way.

I thought this was a fun, light, and fluffy Christmas read. Hunter was adorable and very relatable. He overthinks everything and doubts everything about himself. At the same time he desperately wants to do the right thing. The chemistry between him and Nick was hot and sweet at the same time.

Nick was also a great character. His partner had died years before and Nick closed himself off to the world. But his heart is also soft and he can’t say no to helping out kids. He finds he also can’t say no to the adorable Hunter, and soon finds himself slipping into a role his thougt he’d never play again.

There wasn’t much of a conflict in the novel, which was nice for a Christmas read. There’s an age gap that’s addressed by other characters, but it’s also recognized that Hunter, while young, is also an adult capable to making his own decisions. If you don’t like age gaps, that might not work, but I do, so it worked well for me.

Overall, I felt this was a fun and easy read. It was a little like eating cotton candy: fun and sweet, but not much substance. But, for a Christmas romance, I think that’s perfect.