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    HOT LIST: The 31 Romance Books You Must Read In 2016

    Here are thirty-one highly anticipated romance books you need to read in 2016. Some of these soon–to-be-released titles are so new that they don't even have an official cover yet! There is something for everyone including sports fans, dark romance lovers, hot bikers, angst filled friends-to-lovers, melt your e-reader erotica, forbidden love, gay, military romances and more. Find them at your favorite book retailer. This is going to be the year of the feels!

    1. The Baller by Vi Keeland (Contemporary Romance/Sports)

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    The first time I met Brody Easton was in the men’s locker room.

    It was my first interview as a professional sportscaster.

    The famed quarterback decided to bare all.

    And by all, I don’t mean he told me any of his secrets.

    No. The arrogant ass decided to drop his towel, just as I asked the first question. On camera.

    The Super Bowl MVP quickly adopted a new hobby—screwing with me.

    When I pushed back, he shifted from wanting to screw with me, to wanting to screw me.

    But I don’t date players.

    And it’s not because I’m one of the few women working in the world of professional football.

    I’d date an athlete.

    It’s the other kind of player I don’t date.

    You know the type. Good looking, strong, cocky, always looking to get laid.

    Brody Easton was the ultimate player.

    Every woman wanted to be the one to change him.

    But the truth was, all he needed was a girl worth changing for.

    Turned out, I was that girl.

    Simple right?

    Let’s face it. It never is.

    There’s a story between once upon a time and happily ever after…

    And this one is ours.

    Release Date: January 18, 2016

    2. Aced by K. Bromberg (Contemporary Romance/HOT Race Car Driver)

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    Rylee and Colton's ride continues...

    One moment. Six years ago.

    The night she made the world around me so much more than just a blur. Now it's the catalyst that threatens to tear us apart.

    Our happily was supposed to be ever after. So why do I feel like it's slipping through my fingers?

    How can one moment, when our world seemed so right, resurface and cause our perfect life to spiral out of control?

    I can't lose her.

    She's my checkered flag.

    Release Date: January 11, 2016

    3. Cunning by Aleatha Romig (Dark Romantic/ Suspense/HOT)

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    "He owns you. Whatever he tells you to do you do".

    One year. No future. A past that won't go away.

    Lennox "Nox" Demetri broke his own rule by making a deal. It may not have been directly with the devil, but that doesn't mean Satan himself isn't watching. Was it fate that brought Charli into his life and his bed? What will happen when rules are broken and secrets are revealed?

    "New rules."

    Alex "Charli" Collins found pleasure with Nox like she'd never known. That was before she knew his last name. Now that Infidelity is involved and the rules have changed, what will result when real life and fantasy collide?

    Is it really cheating if you're doing it to yourself?

    Release Date: January 19, 2016

    4. RoomHate by Penelope Ward (Contemporary Romance)

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    Sharing a summer house with a hot-as-hell roommate should be a dream come true, right?

    Not when it’s Justin…the only person I’d ever loved…who now hates me.

    When my grandmother died and left me half of the house on Aquidneck Island, there was a catch: the other half would go to the boy she helped raise.

    The same boy who turned into the teenager whose heart I broke years ago.

    The same teenager who’s now a man with a hard body and a hardass personality to match.

    I hadn’t seen him in years, and now we’re living together because neither one of us is willing to give up the house.

    The worst part? He didn’t come alone.

    I’d soon realize there’s a thin line between love and hate. I could see through that smug smile. Beneath it all…the boy is still there. So is our connection.

    The problem is…now that I can’t have Justin, I’ve never wanted him more.

    Release Date: February 15, 2016

    5. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover (Contemporary Romance)

    No cover or synopsis available. I could read Colleen Hoover's shopping list and be happy! I can't wait for all of the feels.

    Release Date: August 2, 2016

    6. Soulless by T.M. Frazier (Dark Romance)

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    The finale to Bear and Thia's epic love story.

    Please read this series in order:





    Release Date: February 23, 2016

    7. Ink & Lies by S.L. Jennings (Contemporary Romance)

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    No. Scratch that. Too cheesy.

    …two people, torn apart by the tumultuous tides of life, only to discover refuge in…

    WTF? What does that even mean? DELETE.

    …two people, confused as shit as to where they should be and who they should love and none of this means a damn thing because it’s all lies!


    I’m not Hope Hughes. I’m not some fierce woman romance machine. Hell, I’m not even a woman.

    I’m a liar.

    And while I refuse to believe my own BS, deceit masked in heartfelt phrases of love and devotion, I want to make her believe them. Because maybe—just maybe—if she can find the soul within my words, she’ll also be able to find the truth scribbled on my heart.

    You see, I once lived for the perfect plot twist.

    I just never expected to actually live it.

    This is my story. Well, maybe her story. I just wish I could make it our story.

    The one I’m still writing.

    Release Date: February 9, 2016

    8. Blind Reality by Heidi McLaughlin (Contemporary Romance/Celebrity)

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    Joshua Wilson, an up-and-coming movie star, is turned off by the idea of marriage. His Oscar-winning smile and breakout role in the summer’s hottest romantic comedy bring in enough attention to satisfy Joshua’s cravings for the spotlight – not to mention the never-ending supply of willing women.

    Joey Mitchell is down in the dumps after finding out that her fiancé cheated on her with her best friend, and is living at home with her parents until she can get back on her feet. Without Joey’s knowledge, her overbearing and neurotic mother submits an application for her to appear on the reality show, Married Blind. When the producers surprise her with the news that they have cast her, Joey wants nothing to do with the show but agrees to participate because, at this point in her life, she really has nothing to lose.

    Lights, camera, action… Welcome to another season of Married Blind. Contestants are about to take the plunge, but only one couple will come out of the house winners!

    Release Date: February 2, 2016

    9. Sin & Suffer by Pepper Winters (Biker/MC Romance)

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    Some say the past is in the past. That vengeance will hurt both innocent and guilty. I never believed those lies. Once my lust for revenge is sated, I'll say goodbye to hatred. I'll find a new beginning."


    She came from a past Arthur "Kill" Killian never forgot. She made him sin and made him suffer. She tugged him from the shadows and showed him he wasn't as dead as he thought. And with her resurrection came betrayal, deceit, and war.

    But then they took her. Stole her. Imprisoned her.

    Now Kill's carefully laid plans for vengeance are complete. He craves action, retribution-the blood of his enemies. War has begun. War is all they'll know until they've paid their penance. He will get her back-and rewrite their destiny . .

    Release Date: January 26, 2016

    10. Furious Rush by S.C. Stephens (Contemporary Romance/Sport Racing)

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    Mackenzie Cox is competing in her second year of professional motorcycle road racing. Last year, a fellow racer, the exceedingly arrogant, yet outrageously attractive Hayden Hayes distracted her. But this year, she's focused. And to stay that way she needs to stay away from Hayden.

    Fueled by passion, driven by desire, Hayden and Mackenzie both want to win entrance into a potentially career-defining race more than anything. Except for, maybe, each other. But anger, jealousy and extreme competitiveness aren't their only obstacles. Last year's top ten racers are mysteriously being plagued by technical difficulties, and Mackenzie's father suspects Hayden's team is to blame. Is Hayden truly interested in Mackenzie? Or is she just a pawn on his path to success?

    Release Date: May 10, 2016

    11. Missed Connection by Mara White & K. Larsen (Contemporary Romance)

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    Twenty years weren’t enough for either of them to forget.

    A chance encounter, a missed connection.

    Two wayward stars that collided in a turbulent sky, at the right place, but at the wrong time in both of their lives.

    What happens when they meet again? Do the same unforgettable sparks still fly?

    Titan Jennings and Jesenia Van Buren may come from two different worlds but their hearts are open to second chances. No matter who or what may stand against them, love is what anchors their lives together.

    Love may be infinite but time is not, Missed Connection is a novel about making the very best you can with what little you’ve got.

    Release Date: January 5, 2016

    12. Set The Pace by Kim Karr (Title/Cover Coming Soon!) / Via Kim Karr on Facebook

    Every city needs a hero, but Detroit’s white knight just might be a villain.

    A rough childhood branded Jasper Storm trouble. A bad boy. Not worth a damn. His love of cars was the only thing that could battle his delinquency. With the need for speed in his blood, he overcame his wayward ways. Mostly. All grown up, the broken city of Detroit hails him their shining star. And the man behind a new cutting-edge automobile is ready to turn this bankrupt town around.

    Everything he does in life is fast. He talks fast, f*cks fast, and drives fast. But when one reckless turn brings him face-to-face with the childhood he has tried very hard to forget, he finds himself on the edge of wondering if he shouldn’t slow down.

    Charlotte Lane was the tomboy who lived next door. She was his best friend. He was her protector. Then tragedy struck and she disappeared, forever—or so he thought.

    Jasper has many reasons to hate Charlotte and keep his distance, but she’s infiltrating his every thought and he can’t stay away. Back in town with an agenda of her own, she should push him aside. Make him turn around. Walk away herself. Yet she can't.

    With the past lurking between them, they proceed with caution. That is until one sex-filled night leads to murder. When Detroit’s biggest ally suddenly becomes suspect number one, will Charlotte—the girl Jasper once kept safe—be the one to save him?

    Release Date: February 21, 2016

    13. Tap by Georgia Cates (Contemporary Romance/Erotica)

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    A faceless name. That’s all she was when I agreed to play a part in deceiving her. But then the unplanned happened.

    We met. And all I wanted from her was a dirty weekend . . . until that wasn’t enough and I longed for so much more.

    Lawrence Thorn suddenly means the world to me. And that’s a problem. She’s my business partner’s sister. Forbidden fruit. Pursuing her can mean trouble for me at Lovibond Brewery. But I don’t care.

    I yearn for her skin against mine.

    I crave her smell on my body.

    I want to make her laugh and then hear her moan my name.

    And she does for a brief moment in time.

    But Lawrence wants more than I’m able to give. And it’s a damn shame because there’s no one on earth I want more than her.

    An epic love.

    A miserable ending.

    Unless it’s not.

    Release Date: January 11, 2016

    14. Sweetest Venom by Mia Asher (Contemporary Romance)

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    The highly anticipated follow up to Easy Virtue.

    Release Date: Not soon enough. I love this author and I know this book will be worth the wait!

    15. Legend by Katy Evans (Contemporary Romance/Sports)

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    Can love really conquer all?—Book Six in Katy Evans’s breakout New York Times bestselling series that began with REAL.

    Maverick “The Avenger” Cage wants to rise to the top and become a legend in the ring. Though he keeps his identity well guarded, he’s known on the fighting circuit as the new kid with a chip on his shoulder and a tattoo on his back that marks him as trouble. He’s got a personal score to settle with the Underground’s one and only Remington “Riptide” Tate.

    As Mav trains, he meets a young girl—the only other new person in the town—and sparks fly. When things get heated between them, he finds out she’s none other than Reese Dumas, the cousin of Remington Tate’s wife. A girl who’s supposed to root against him and a girl he’s supposed to stay away from.

    But Mav fights for the woman in his heart and the monsters in his blood. The world’s eyes are on them, and the victor will go down in history as the ultimate fighting champion—the ultimate LEGEND.

    Release Date: February 9, 2016

    16. Slave to Love by Julie A. Richman (Contemporary Romance)

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    There are risks to mixing business with pleasure...


    He was a royal prick.

    The night we met, he ignored me.

    Then Mr. Big Shot CEO grabbed my ass in a business meeting.

    My boss just loaned me out to this guy.

    Now, we’re working on a major project together.

    And our chemistry is dangerous.


    If I allow it to ignite, I’ll risk losing that promotion.

    Worse, what if I lose myself in him?


    From the moment I saw her I knew she was trouble.

    It was the combination of her fresh face, smart mouth and nipples that seemed to know my name.

    This woman could satisfy my needs both in the boardroom and the bedroom.

    But there was more to it than that.

    I wanted her.

    Really wanted her.

    And I was in the position to change the course of her life.

    But I’ve got secrets, secrets that could destroy her.

    And either make her mine or drive her away forever.

    Release Date: January 14, 2016

    17. Defenseless by Corinne Michaels (Contemporary Romance/Military)

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    My life is a secret.

    His life is dangerous.

    We’re both stubborn, calculating, and controlling.

    Mark Dixon doesn’t know what he’s getting into. He doesn’t know his games could cost us our lives. I have to do what is necessary to keep us alive, and that means guarding my heart.

    But I know I’m defenseless against him, and in the end, he’ll force me to surrender.

    Release Date: January 19, 2016

    18. The Score by Elle Kennedy (New Adult/Sports Romance)

    He knows how to score, on and off the ice

    Allie Hayes is in crisis mode. With graduation looming, she still doesn’t have the first clue about what she's going to do after college. To make matters worse, she’s nursing a broken heart thanks to the end of her longtime relationship. Wild rebound sex is definitely not the solution to her problems, but gorgeous hockey star Dean Di-Laurentis is impossible to resist. Just once, though, because even if her future is uncertain, it sure as heck won’t include the king of one-night stands.

    It’ll take more than flashy moves to win her over

    Dean always gets what he wants. Girls, grades, girls, recognition, girls…he’s a ladies man, all right, and he’s yet to meet a woman who’s immune to his charms. Until Allie. For one night, the feisty blonde rocked his entire world—and now she wants to be friends? Nope. It’s not over until he says it’s over. Dean is in full-on pursuit, but when life-rocking changes strike, he starts to wonder if maybe it’s time to stop focusing on scoring…and shoot for love.

    Release Date: January 11, 2016

    19. Hush by E.K. Blair (Dark Romance/Erotica/Suspense)

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    The final installment in the Black Lotus series!

    Please read this series in order:

    1. Bang

    2. Echo

    3. Hush

    Release Date: 2016

    20. Unseen Messages by Pepper Winters (Contemporary Romance)

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    There is a message for everything. From handwritten to verbal, seen and unseen. Messages exist all around us.

    But what if you don't see?

    What if you don't understand?

    What if by ignoring the message, your life is never the same again?

    Release Date: March or April 2016

    21. Love, Chloe by Alessandra Torre (Contemporary Romance)

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    Chloe Madison. That's me. A former NYU princess who just fell from grace, right off my pampered Manhattan throne and onto the unforgiving steps of Nicole Brantley, socialite and queen bitch. Now, I walk her dog and mix her smoothies. Try to navigate my own problems while fixing all of hers.

    I want what every New York girl wants. A career, an apartment, and true love, preferably in a smoking hot package.

    It turns out I'll have to fight for all of it.

    Release Date: March 7, 2016

    22. F*uck Love by Tarryn Fisher (Contemporary Romance)

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    Helena Conway has fallen in love.



    But not unprovoked. Kit Isley is everything she's not—unstructured, untethered, and not even a little bit careful.

    It could all be so beautiful...if he wasn't dating her best friend. Helena must defy her heart, do the right thing, and think of others.

    Until she doesn't

    Release Date: Winter 2015-2016

    23. The One Real Thing by Samantha Young (Contemporary Romance )

    Welcome to Hartwell, a quiet seaside escape where uncovering old secrets could lead one woman to discover the meaning of a love that lasts…

    While Doctor Jessica Huntington engages with the inmates at the women’s correctional facility where she works, she’s always careful to avoid emotional attachments in her personal life. Loss and betrayal taught her that lesson long ago. But when she comes across a set of old love letters in the prison’s library and visits the picturesque town of Hartwell to deliver them to their intended recipient, she finds herself unable to resist the town’s charm—and her attraction to the sexy owner of a local bar proves equally hard to deny.

    Since his divorce from his unfaithful ex-wife, Cooper Lawson has focused on what really matters: his family and the boardwalk pub they’ve owned for generations. But the first time Jessica steps into his bar, Cooper is beyond tempted to risk his heart on her.

    Yet as their attraction grows hotter and Jessica remains stubbornly closed off, he begins to realize it will take more than just passion to convince her there’s only one real thing in life worth fighting for….

    Release Date: September 6, 2016

    24. Last Kiss by Laurelin Paige (Contemporary Romance/Suspense)

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    When Emily Wayborn goes home to visit her mom while on hiatus from her hit TV show, she receives a voicemail from her former best friend, Amber. Though the two were once notorious party girls, they haven't spoken in years. Although the message might sound benign to anyone else, Amber uses a safe word that Emily recognizes, a word they always used to get out of sticky situations during their wild days. And what's more chilling than the voicemail: it turns out that Amber has gone missing.

    Now Emily is on the hunt to find out what happened to Amber, a hunt that leads her to sexy enigmatic billionaire Reeve Sallis, a hotelier known for his shady dealings and play boy reputation. Reeve might have had something to do with Amber's disappearance, but Emily can't help the way she reacts to him.

    Time is running out and Emily must figure out who she can trust and if she can trust her feelings.

    Release Date: June 14, 2016

    25. Dark Room by Heidi McLaughlin & L.P. Dover (Contemporary Romance)

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    The rules of Society X are simple . . . break them and you're out.

    Rule #1 - No names

    It doesn't matter if you want to know, it's forbidden.

    Rule #2 - No exchanging numbers

    It doesn't matter if you want to call, it's forbidden.

    Rule #3 - Everything is to remain strictly anonymous

    It doesn’t matter if you want to tell, it’s forbidden.

    The Dark Room is the only place you can live out your fantasies and no one will ever know it’s you.

    For Parker, what started out as a business transaction has turned into an addiction.

    For Mia, it's been a chance to discover who she truly is.

    What happens in the dark will have you begging for more . . .

    Release Date: January 26, 2016

    26. Midnight Lily by Mia Sheridan (Contemporary Romance)

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    The next Sign of Love novel will be based on the astrological sign VIRGO!

    Release Date: March 2016

    27. Amped by Tina Reber

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    Synopsis & cover coming soon!

    Release Date: TBD 2016

    28. Full Domain by Kindle Alexander (M/M FBI/Romance)

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    Honor, integrity, and loyalty are how Deputy US Marshal Kreed Sinacola lives his life. A former SEAL now employed by the Special Operations Group of the US Marshal Service, Kreed spent most of his life working covert operations and avoiding relationships. Never one to mix business with pleasure, his boundaries blur and his convictions are put to the test when he finally comes face-to-face with the hot computer geek he’s been partnered with. Hell-bent on closing the ongoing case for his longtime friend, he pushes past his own limits and uncovers more than he expects.

    Aaron Stuart strives for one thing: justice. Young and full of idealism, his highly sought after computer skills land him a position with the National Security Agency. Aaron’s biggest hazard at his job is cramped fingers, but all that changes when he is drawn into the middle of a dangerous federal investigation. Aaron gets more than he bargained for when the FBI partners him with a handsome and tempting deputy US marshal. His attraction to the inked up, dark-haired man provides another kind of threat altogether. Aaron tries desperately to place a firewall around his heart and fight his developing feelings, knowing one misstep on his part could ultimately destroy him.

    The solution isn’t as easy as solving the case, which is treacherous enough as it is. But the growing sexual attraction between them threatens to derail more than just Kreed’s personal convictions as he quickly learns temptation and matters of the heart rarely fit easily into the rules he’s lived by. Will Kreed be able to convince Aaron to open his heart and face the fact that sometimes the answers aren’t always hidden in code?

    Release Date: January 12, 2016

    29. Bind Me by Anna Zaires (Romantic Suspense/Erotica)

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    He’s determined to break her.

    For Lucas Kent, his new prisoner is a maddening contradiction: compliant yet defiant, fragile yet strong. He needs to uncover her secrets, but doing so may ruin everything.

    His obsession could destroy her.

    She’s determined to escape.

    For Yulia Tzakova, her captor is the man of both her dreams and her nightmares: tender one moment, cruel the next. She can’t let him crack her, but resisting him may leave her broken.

    A moment of weakness could cost her everything.

    Release Date: February 2, 2016

    30. Roman Crazy (The Broads Abroad #1) (Contemporary Romance/Fun)

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    A delicious, sexy, laugh-out-loud modern romance about a newly single woman and her journey to find love again, from New York Times bestselling author Alice Clayton and debut author Nina Bocci.

    Release Date: September 13, 2016

    31. Never Let You Go by Monica Murphy (Forbidden Romance)

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    Lies hurt. Lies destroy. I tried my best to understand why Ethan kept his secrets, but it was so hard. Until I realized that I couldn’t deny myself any longer—I needed to be with him. We needed each other. Despite my family’s wariness, the media’s fascination with us, the fact that his father still has a stranglehold on our lives, we belong together. No matter what, I will never let Ethan go. But sometimes love destroys us, and we’re too weak to banish the demons. Especially when our demons are determined to ruin us.

    Release Date: May 3, 2016