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Most Anticipated Romance Novels of 2017

Top 25 Romance Books We Are Excited for in 2017

It's always kind of exciting at the beginning of the year to look ahead and see what new books are coming out. There is always an anticipation of new authors and stories to be discovered, along with a desire to see what anticipated sequels will bring to tried and true characters that we have grown to love.

A few of the books on this list have already been released, but most are in the "to be seen" list…and I, for one, cannot WAIT to see them! Some of them are part of a series, some are stand-alone novels by favorite authors, but all are bound to be a good way to spend some time by the fire this winter, during spring break or even by the beach this summer!

This list is a review of the most eagerly anticipated romance novels of this year.

Happy reading!

This is the third in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series which tells the story of Feyres struggle as war threatens all she cares about.

The basic story for the series begins when Feyre kills a wolf in the woods thinking it will help feed her family. Then a creature from the underworld shows up demanding that Feyre return with him in payment for the life she took. It is there that she meets Tamlin, and fear turns to desire as they fight together to threaten the forces which threaten them, and the world they know.

Why It's On the List This book is at the top (or close to the top) of every. single. list. Seriously, every single oneso, it obviously is on the top of my list too.

Maas is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has been nominated for/won numerous awards. She is known for her action/romance and the great back-and-forth between the characters.

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This is a novel by the same author who wrote The Reluctant Fundamentalist its for people who like a little intellectualism with their romance, plus I really like the premise here...its sounds both cool and interesting.

This novel promises to be incredibly timely, focusing on two people, Nadia and Saeed who lose everything and become refugees in an unkind world. They are forced out of their homes and eventually find themselves driven into one anothers arms. Together they discover secret doors which transport people to different cities, but once there they face a whole different kind of danger.

Why It's On the List This novel has been named one of the most anticipated books of 2017 by Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and The Huffington Post.

Hamid is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has been nominated for/won numerous awards. Some of his previous novels have been adapted for movies, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and his works have been translated into more than 30 languages.

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This is the 15th novel in the unbelievably popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

This novel focuses on the story of two non-members of the Black Dagger Brotherhood Xcor, an anti-hero, and Layla, a fallen Chosen. The teasers out for the novel talk about the return of a dangerous old enemy, which doesnt narrow it down since there have been so many of them over the course of this series! Plus, its unknown whether readers who are loyal to the Brotherhood will be invested in a story about someone who attempted to kill the Kingso this should be interesting!

Why It's On the List ITS BOOK #15!!!!! She must be doing something right!!!

Ward is an internationalbestselling, award-winning author. She is the absolute queen of vampire romance, and she writes beautifully. I love the world that she has created with this series, and I always make sure to have the next book in the series on hand so I can start it as soon as I finish the previous one.

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You know how you read a books description and think Hey, that sounds like a good book. Yep thats pretty much why this novel is here it sounds like a really good book!

This novel tells the story of Carly, who inherited her grandfathers trucking business -and some kind of mysterious secret- upon his death. Then the companys top driver is hijacked and murdered and there are no leads. Enter the hero, Cain, who is the really rich owner of a rival company, but Carlys grandfather did him a solid years before, and now he feels like its time to pay it back. As the book cover says: If she wont sell out, the only way to protect her is to keep her closeand fight like hell.  Yummm

Why It's On the List Publishers Weekly has it on their list for 2017, and I admit that I am intrigued!

Martin is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has been nominated for/won numerous awards, including RITA awards and RT Book Reviews. She has written over 65 books, and is published in 22 different countries.

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This novel is all about lost opportunities.

The basic story here is inspired by Jane Austens book Persuasion. It tells the story of Elliot (female character despite the male name) and Wade they had a history, she made a choice, he left angry, and now hes back but even angrier. Is it possible to recover lost love? This novel attempts to find out.

Why It's On the List This novel was on amazons best bets list for 2017, and Hart has written several other series which have received good reviews, and she publishes a really interesting personal/inspirational journal on her website.

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This is the third in The Summerhouse series which focuses on a mysterious house which transports guests back in time. The odd thing is that the first two novels focus on a house in Maine, but the early comments on this novel seem to indicate it is set in Virginia.

Beyond referencing two of her most popular novels, there isnt any other information available about this novel so since I LOVE Jude Deveraux and since I LOVED the first two novels in the series (which can definitely be read as stand-alone since the first one has nothing to do with the second one), this is definitely toward the top of the most anticipated list for this year!

Why It's On the List

Deveraux has over 60 million books in print, and has had over 40 novels on the New York Times bestseller list. She is a master at creating interesting stories and characters, and in fleshing out her settings in a way that always has me wanting to road trip to the places she writes about.

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This is the first in what seems to be a new series of novels about the Seattle Grizzlies football team.  

This novel tells the story of Iona, the teams new defensive line coach, and Ty, the teams star defensive lineman. She doesnt get involved with players; he is too focused on his game to really play any games despite what the tabloids say then they meet each other. Sparks fly, and they are off and running.

Why It's On the List This book has the classic combination of hot athlete and tough coach and I like that the football coach is a woman. That doesnt happen enough, and this novel seems to be a refreshing change that still follows the tried and true formula for athlete romance.

Bell is a seasoned writer who was nominated for a RT Book Reviews 2015 top pick award.

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This novel tells the story of a woman, Andrea, who is facing her 40th birthday without all the expected trappings no husband, no kidsheck, not even a cat. It is a story which seems to unapologetically explore people who decide to live life on their own terms.

This novel is told as a series of vignettes, where we meet the people around Andrea her therapist, her brother and his family, her best friend, etc.

Why It's On the List As vulture.com put it, . . .not every love story needs to end with wedding. To which I respond: Amen.

Plus it is on at least a dozen other cannot wait to read it lists, including those from Elle.com, Glamour.com, Chicago Tribune, Martha Stewart Living, Bustle.com, Nylon.com, etc etc etc.

Attenberg is a New York Times bestselling author who has been nominated for/won numerous awards.

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This is the third in The Ravenels series, which combines the characters she created in Marrying Winterbourne.

This novel tells the story of Lady Pandora Ravenel who is desperate to write her own happy ending, and it doesnt involve finding a husband. Of course she quickly finds herself enmeshed in a scandal and the only way out is through a marriage of convenience which slowly but surely turns into the real thing. Of course theres some action and adventure as she finds herself in the middle of a dangerous conspiracy from which only her husband can rescue her.

Why It's On the List

Kleypas is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has been nominated for/won numerous awards. She is known for her historical romance novels set in the Victorian era, and this one promises to be another winner for her.

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This is the third in the Scandal and Scoundrel series which tells the story of Malcolm, who just wants to forget the horrible mistake that cost him the woman he truly loved.

Malcolm, is in a self-imposed exile, but he still realizes that the dukedom must continue, which means he needs to find a wife. The twist is that he already has one and she wants nothing to do with him. He offers Sera, his wife, a deal she can be rid of him forever once she finds another woman who is willing to give him an heir. Of course, although she promises not to get drawn in by him again, she cannot resistand the summer she has to find her replacement takes a turn to something much, much more.

Why It's On the List

MacLean is well known and well-loved as the author of historical romance novels. She is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has been nominated for/won numerous awards, including back to back RITA awards for best historical romance.

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This is the third novel in Hannons Hope Harbor series.

Set in Oregon, this novels tells the story of police chief Lexie who is a single mom with a lot going on between her son and keeping her town safe. The last thing she needs is romance. Enter Adam, whose help is enlisted to help Lexie prevent a young man from getting into trouble, and cue music they realize that what their lives are missing is each other.

Why It's On the List

Hannon writes inspirational romance and romantic suspense. She has won two RITA awards, a National Readers Choice Award, two Reviewers Choice awards and several other awards, and she is also a 2-time finalist for the Christy Award.

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This is the third in the Rugby series which tells the story of, what else, hot college guys who play rugby!

The cad in the title is Bryan (last name Leechduh). The co-ed in the title is Eilish (a little too close to delish for my liking), who is a single mom at 19. Of course Bryan is the father of Eilishs son, but he doesnt remember her. The more she tries to avoid him the more determined he is to pursue her. Thats when things start to get interesting

Why It's On the List

Reid is a bestselling author who has been nominated for/won several Goodreads awards. Cosway is an Irish writer who finds imperfect people to be the best ones to write about.

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This novel is the first in the Psy-Changeling Trinity Series.

The storyline here focuses on the desire to unify a divided world Silver is the director of an emergency response network, and Valentin is a changeling (from the StoneWater Bears). He is immediately fascinated by her, despite her emotionless aura. He senses a fire within her however, and the chase begins! Why It's On the List Singh has inspired hugely loyal followers, and those who are fans of her SnowDancer and DarkRiver novels will surely enjoy this one.

Singh is a New York Times bestselling author who has been nominated for/won numerous awards, including Publishers Weekly, RT Book Reviews, several RITA awards, All About Romance, etc.

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Theres definitely something to be said for a hot guy with a hot carbut what about a hot guy who knows how to build them? Even better!

This novel tells the story of Max, who works on custom cars all day. And hes pretty hot, too. Hes been pretty content to play the field and work on his cars until one day she comes along. We dont know who she is yet but Max definitely wants a piece of her. All we know about her is that she is his biggest rival and that shes fiery, talented and gorgeous. And shes a brunette. Oh, and she hates him. They come together to work on a big project, and slowly barriers are broken down between them, until one day they end up on the hood of a sports car

Why It's On the List

Blakely is a New York Times bestselling author who has been nominated for/won several Goodreads awards. Her novels will leave you both laughing and panting out loud just be warned in case you are reading in mixed company!

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This is the second in the Hidden Legacy series, continuing the story of Nevada and Connor (Rogan) which started in Burn for Me (2014).

The basic story is that Nevada is a detective who has a magical gift for knowing when people are lying. Connor Rogan is a billionaire prime (someone who is the highest rank of magic user). They clashed and came together once beforeand it looks like they will do it again, with even higher stakes.

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Honestly, because the first novel was such a blockbuster earning 5/5 stars on amazon from 81% of reviewers (15% gave it 4 stars). Plus, its been a few years since the first novel came outpeople are desperate for a follow up, and its been a long wait!!

Ilona Andrews is actually a husband and wife writing team and is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has been nominated for/won numerous Goodreads awards, including Best Fantasy, Best Debut, Favorite Book, Best Science Fiction, etc., as well as being nominated for/mentioned by Booklist, RT Book Reviews, Reviewers Choice Awards, etc.

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As the books teaser goes: For the perfect love, what would you be willing to lose?

Interesting question, no? This novel tells the story of Zoe and X, and the unexpected and unlikely romance in which they find themselves embroiled. Zoe (17) and her brother Jonah (8) are having a difficult and weird year their father is unexpectedly killed, their neighbors disappear and they are attacked. Rescued by Z, an other-worldly bounty hunter, they are about to embark on a romance that neither of them expected.

Why It's On the List This novel appeared on ew.coms recommendations for 2017.

Giles is a bestselling author who has wandered into then romance arena a little unexpectedly. He thought he was writing a fantasy novel but it has subsequently been embraced by romance readers.

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This is the second in the Truth and Lies Duet series which continues the passionate story of Noelle (Elle) and Penn.

The basic story is boy-saves-girl, they separate, they come back together. The book ends. Then the sequel comes out thank goodness!!!! Why It's On the List

Winters is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author who has been nominated for/won numerous awards. She is best known for her dark romance and erotic romance stories.

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Set during the Civil War era, this novel tells the story of Elle, a former slave who trades her freedom in order to spy for the North. Similarly, Malcolm is a detective who is called to infiltrate a rebel camp in Virginia. Sharing a common mission, the two join together when they uncover a plot which could undermine the North. And along the way, they also discover a growing love for one another, a love which might cost them everything, including their lives.

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Cole is an award-winning author who writes in a variety of genres sci-fi, historical and romance. Her specialty, however, is in writing historical romance.

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Yep total formula hot (!!!) college quarterback; strong, independent young woman who isnt afraid to stand up for herself. Somehow they end up pretending to be engaged.

What starts off as a business deal quickly turns into true friendship, which then slowly (well, not that slowly) turns into something much more. As the review states: will the inferno burn them and kill what theyve built while they sit hopelessly on the sidelines watching it blaze out of control? Seriously, who writes this crap? Fortunately, the novel itself sounds like it will be much betteronly time will tell.

Why It's On the List It sounds like a super fun, easy read, and its time to start thinking about what to read over spring break!

Madden-Mills is a Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has been nominated for/won several awards.

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And its another novel where a woman is asked to be a pretend girlfriend for a while before things get all confusing. But thats okay we definitely know what we are in for!

This novel tells the story of Andi, who delivers pizzas for her fathers company to pay the bills for college. Then one day she delivers a pizza to a hot hockey player, Ryan, who answers the door completely naked (cue stupid hot delivery jokes here). He is intrigued, so he quickly becomes the pizza restaurants best customer. Finally she gives in, and he asks her to be his pretend girlfriend for his brothers wedding I mean, who could say no to that? Fortunately, the relationship between then develops from there.

Why It's On the List This is definitely another book for the spring break stockpilequick, easy and fun!

This is Kates debut novel, and I like to support new writers when it seems to warrant it.

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This novel focuses on our choices both right and wrong.

This book tells the story of high school music teacher Beth Prudhomme. She leaves Chicago for Oregon in search of a life and she soon meets Sam Carney. As the books description puts it: Sam is everything Beth is not. That, of course, is romance novel code for This is gonna be a really good story! And it is from the start when they both realize they actually have nothing in common, to an accident which brings them back together, to the friendship-turned-romance, this is bound to be a page-turner.

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Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author who has close to 200 million copies of her books in print. She has been a finalist or a winner for numerous awards, including the RITA Award, the Library Journal Award, the RT Book Reviews Award, etc.

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This book is the prequel to the incredibly popular Bridgerton series, and tells the story of Cecilia Harcourt.

In this story, Cecilia travels across the ocean to nurse her injured brother back to health after a war injury. She arrives but is unable to find her brother, finding instead his best friend, Edward. When the doctors try to rush her away she lies and says she is his wife. When he regains consciousness she is going to have some serious explaining to do! However, when he wakes up he has amnesia and doesnt remember her. Since everyone says they are married it must be true although he always assumed he would marry his neighbor back in England. Little does he knowand little does she know either!

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Quinn is a #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has been nominated for/won numerous awards, including several RITA Awards. She was also the 13th author to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame.

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I kind of had the feeling I would not be able to get through this list without a contribution from Nora Roberts, Queen of All Things Romance. And, as you can see, I was right.

This novel tells the story of Bodine Longbow, owner of the Bodine ranch and resort, and Callen (Cal) Skinner, the new hire. There is an assault, a murder, the return of a long lost relative, and lots (and lots) of passion

Why It's On the List Roberts writes great romantic suspense novels which have you on the edge of your seat, and this novel promises to be no different.

Roberts is a perennial New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has written over 200 books. She has been nominated for/won virtually dozens of awards, including several RITA Awards, Quill Awards, Romance Readers Anonymous Award, and extensive starred reviews.

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This is the second in the Royally series which tells the stories of hot princes who are not interested in the burdens of their title.

This novel seems to be a royal (and international) take on The Bachelor television show here a prince is wooed by 20 bluebloods who will do anything to win him and the diamond tiara and not necessarily in that order! The prince, Henry (of course!), is enamored by one of the quieter women, Sarah, who is described as a simple beauty who has strength, a kind spirit and a naughty sense of humor. Why is she participating in this mess of a game show again? Details, details

Why It's On the List It sounds like a fun read

Chase is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has been nominated for/won several awards, including debut author from Goodreads in 2013. She is also the author of the Tangled series and the Legal Briefs series.

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